An Award-Winning Nepal Photo Essay

Photographer's chronicle of a trip with his mother nabs 2015 Wilbur Award.

Among the things we learned from perusing “Journey to the Clouds,” announced today as a 2015 Wilbur Award winner by the Religious Communications Council:

– Boys in Tibet can take their novice monk vows starting at the age of seven;

– There is a hotel in Upper Mustang called Mona Lisa Smile;

– Cell phone towers and good reception are both in abundant supply.

The photos were taken by Mendocino, California based photographer Nile Sprague last year during a 24-day trip with his mother to the Annapurna Circuit and Upper Mustang regions of Nepal. Other winners announced today include Julia Duin’s More magazine profile “From Rebel to Reverend,” Huffington Post senior religion writer Jaweed Kaleem and St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lily Fowler for Ferguson coverage items like this one.

The awards will be presented April 9 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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