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Photo Essay

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17 powerful portraits of Alaska’s bears

by Drew Hamilton

24 hour photo mission: Tokyo

by Cassandra O'Leary
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Sights and sounds of British Columbia’s wild west coast

by Carlo Alcos
3

A bitter taste of freedom for Syria’s Kurds

by Cengiz Yar Jr.
1

Northern Nicaragua’s top adventures, in photos

by Ben Adkison
4

14 images of the real Paraguay

by Karin-Marijke Vis
2

14 mesmerizing star trails and portraits of the night sky

by Ibrahim Centindemir
8

10 stunning portraits of Iceland’s waterscapes

by Sebastien Beun
3

People with no address: Meeting the nomads of Gujarat, India

by Emanuele e Romana Siracusa

An exploration of Bamiyan, Afghanistan by bike

by Shannon Galpin
1

On the trail of gorillas in Odzala National Park, Congo

by Sophie Smith
1

Wakatobi, Indonesia: The world’s most remote dive resort

by Jett and Kathryn Britnell
2

24 images from a war zone: Rojava, Syria

by Cengiz Yar Jr.
1

Free-diving with the whale sharks of Papua [pics]

by Diana Himmelspach

Philadelphia’s Mural Mile is street art at its best

by Branden Eastwood
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15 ways Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may surprise you

by Andrea Cauthen

A meditation on life as a pro climber

by Katie Lambert
3

20 portraits from the enduring Caribbean

by Daniel Chafer
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