Exemplary photography we published this year, from MatadorU students, to iPhone photographers, to the pros.
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Photo for baksheesh

A group of young boys and girls approached me asking me to take their photos in exchange for 'baksheesh.' Often I ignore this as when you give one child 'baksheesh' about three more pop out of nowhere and won't leave you alone until you give them some money or biscuits, but I found that this girl just looked so interesting with her big messy hair and beautiful jewelry that I had to take a photograph. Photo: MatadorU student, Naomi Healing

2

Dragonfly

From What it takes to be a wildlife photographer. Photo: Kathrine Lloyd

3

Angkor, Cambodia

From 46 quotes for reflection in 2012. Photo: Mike Behnken

4

Men with guns

From The DRC you don't see in the news. Photo: Richard Stupart

5

Maasai warrior boy

This Maasai boy is 15 years old. On his head he wears the mane of a lion that he killed to prove his manhood. Photo: MatadorU student, Naomi Stolow

6

First descent

From Kayakers’ first descents of epic Japanese waterfalls. Photo: Darin McQuoid

7

Front-line Kachin Independence Army soldier

From Fostering homegrown photography in northern Myanmar. Photo: Ryan Libre

8

Elakala Waterfalls, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

From 21 spectacular waterfalls you've never heard of. Photo: Nature Pictures by ForestWanderer

9

Iceland

From Surfing unbelievably cold water. Photo: Chris Burkard

10

Hundreds and hundreds of windows

From Singapore: A modern day LEGO city. Photo: Aiste Stancikaite

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A closer look

From Cayos Cochinos, Honduras. Photo: Scott Sporleder

12

Holiday on horseback

From How I joined a wolf pack in Banff National Park, Alberta. Photo: Jeff Bartlett

13

John John Florence taking to the air

From Shunning surf porn: Photographer Al McKinnon. Photo: Al McKinnon

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Waiting for the teacher

A group of first-graders wait for their teacher to arrive at the Kent College Nepal School, situated in the remote and mountainous community of Lahachowk in western Nepal. Sat at the back of the classroom this shot drew me in as the expressions of the children summed up the universal experience of what it means to be five years old and day-dreaming! Photo: MatadorU student, Laura Cook

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Shepherd in New Zealand

From Away from the waves: A Chris Burkard travel gallery. Photo: Chris Burkard

16

Pelican

From Aquatic wildlife of the Galapagos. Photo: Zak Erving

17

Red eye

From What I found on Costa Rica’s and Panama’s beaches. Photo: Coen Wubbles

18

Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail

From Two weeks in Glacier National Park. Photo: Jorge Santiago

19

We watched...

From The ‘Streets of Afghanistan’ photography project returns home. Photo: Shannon Galpin

20

Glen Canyon, near Page, Arizona, US

From 27 of the deepest canyons you can explore. Photo: Eddie 11uisma

21

Marin Headlands, CA

From 47 unearthly lightning strikes. Photo: maxxsmart

22

Tiger's Nest Monastery - Paro Valley, Bhutan

From 82 iconic world landmarks to visit before you die. Photo: Göran (Kartläsarn)

23

Pinot Noir

From 22 ways to remember Tasmania. Photo: Scott Sporleder

24

Kepler Track, New Zealand

From 35 hikes through some of the biggest country on earth. Photo: Nomad Tales

25

Two puffins

From Wildlife and culture on Grand Manan Island. Photo: William Drumm

26

Crossing

From Crossing Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley by bike. Photo: Shannon Galpin

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German/Portuguese Nike team rider Nic Von Rupp, perfect day, England

From Inspired: Al McKinnon's surf and travel photography. Photo: Al McKinnon

28

Stephen's Gap - Alabama

From 23 of the world's most insane caves you can explore. Photo: Jeffrey Rease

29

Sochi, Russia

From Winter is coming: 13 photos to get you psyching. Photo: Griffin Post

30

Kolmanskop

From 28 freaky ghost towns you can visit. Photo: coda

31

Dormition Cathedral

From 20 iPhone portraits of Kiev. Photo: Larissa Olenicoff

32

Transparent leaf

From Hiking the American Southwest. Photo: Kat Carney

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Ari and Baa Atolls, Maldives

From 10 places to swim with whale sharks. Photo: Rory Moore

34

Linapacan Island, Palawan, Philippines

From 35 places to swim in the world's clearest water. Photo: Scott Sporleder

35

Quad biking

From What do to in Australia's Northern Territory. Photo: Scott Sporleder

36

Yukigassen

From Observations on Canada's largest snowball fight. Photo: Jeff Bartlett

37

Cooking near the river

From Faces of Colombia. Photo: Andrés Vanegas Canosa

38

Secret spot - Kona, Hawaii

From 25 intimate portraits of place. Photo: Sarah Lee

39

Swing

Baños, Ecuador is named for the thermal hot springs nearby, but I was more interested in the rumor of a treehouse situated somewhere up the slope of still-breathing Volcán Tungurahua, and I battled rain, slippery inclines, and a hefty elevation gain (which began at 6,000 feet) on my way up. Photo: MatadorU student, Zak Erving

40

Yee Peng

From Light and shadow in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo: Kimberly Bryant

41

Ice cave

From 26 views from deep inside waves. Photo: Scott Sporleder

42

K2 Tower, Liege, Belgium

From 27 of the world's burliest bungee jumps. Photo: Insane Focus

43

‘The Hump’ on the Beas River, Himachal Pradesh

From Weeks of whitewater in the Indian Himalaya. Photo: Henry Munter

44

Vortex cloud, Wallops Island, VA

From 60 insane cloud formations from around the world. Photo: NASA Langley Research Center (NASA-LaRC)

45

Chris Noble: Winter's dawn in Scotland

From Power of a moment: From Kelly Slater to a Chagos native. Photo: Cody Forest Doucette

46

There are many roads, but not so many routes.

From 9 things I learned in Saskatchewan. Photo: Jeff Bartlett

47

Beautiful rubble of rural Ukraine

From Beautiful rubble of rural Ukraine. Photo: Chris Miller

48

Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

From 41 places so rad you have to stop driving and get out of the car. Photo: Garry

49

Tired reflection

From Pokhara to Poon Hill on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal. Photo: Dikson

50

Paddling Lowell Lake

From Unearthly images of the world's largest non-polar icefield. Photo: Colin Delehanty

51

Wind Point lighthouse

From 23 iconic lighthouses around the world. Photo: James Jordan

52

Istanbul iPhoneography

From Istanbul through an iPhone lens. Photo: Larissa Olenicoff

53

The Longji Rice Terraces

The Longji Rice Terraces, also known as the "Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces" are a man-made wonder and well-known in China. The rice terraces were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago but construction actually already began in the Yuan Dynasty over 700 years ago. Photo: MatadorU student, Nisa Maier

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PEI casting

From Instagramming Prince Edward Island. Photo: Ryan Van Duzer

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