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Photo Essay

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16 images of life on the streets in LA

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10 powerful portraits from the Ecuadorian Amazon

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Last of the sea nomads

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11 stunning images of Arctic wildlife

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15 images that changed my perception of Vietnam

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A photographic journey through remote East Greenland

by Mads Pihl
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19 images from the first days of the 2014 World Cup

by Stephanie Foden
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Refugee life: 23 images of the growing Syrian diaspora in Jordan

by David Maurice Smith
1

What it’s like to work on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska

by Branden Eastwood
6

Lessons Costa Rica can teach us

by Mirae Campbell
4

40 of the most photogenic coastlines in the world

by Abigail Fox
2

Meet the 12 host cities of World Cup 2014, Brazil

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10 portraits of Ciudad Juarez, the recovering ground zero of Mexico’s drug war

by Branden Eastwood
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26 inspiring moments from a conservation trip through Costa Rica

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