The billboard in support of the national team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Jun 14, 2018 at Valiasr squre was widely criticized as it didn’t show women football fans and changed shortly.

We hereby proudly announce that @javidnikpour has been awarded the grand prix of @parissportphoto 2019 for “After 40 years” story.

The story “After 40 years” tries to focus on women who could enter the Azadi stadium to watch the screening of the football match between Iran and Spain and Iran and Portugal as well during FIFA World Cup 2018, after 40 years ban on women entering stadiums.

This story is a part of a long-term project reflecting on contemporary issues of Iran within cultural, political and religious scopes and their impacts on the lives of football and non-football fans.

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