SPLIT, Croatia — The 2019 Cigar Smoking World Championships, now in their 10th year, saw over 120 competitors gathereto determine who could smoke a cigar the slowest. Photographed for The New York Times.
Oleg Pedan focuses on his cigar as fellow competitors, judges and spectators look on, moments before winning the 10th Cigar Smoking World Championships at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa on August 31, 2019 in Split, Croatia. At right, in red, is Marko Bilic, the founder of the Cigar Smoking World Championships and emcee for the event. At left, seated, is former world champion Darren Cioffi, and leaning in behind him is head judge and Olympic sports shooter Marija Marovi.