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Photograph and caption by Faisal Azim
Gravel crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place.
Photograph and caption by Sabino Parente
Cuba, haircut under the big flag of the country and the myth of the revolucion.
Photograph and caption by Mike Morgan
The wayang or shadow puppet is popular theatrical expression in Bali. In a performance, flat cut-out figures are silhouetted against a translucent, white screen, with a coconut-husk lamp as its source of light. Often these performances depict hindu stories and folklore. In this photo a young Balinese boy offers up a prayer into the back of his puppet before practicing his art in front of his family in the village of Budakelin.
Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Photograph and caption by Abdullah Alkandari
The Erbore tribe is a tribe that lives in the southwest of the Omo Valley.They are pastoralists, measuring their wealth in terms of the amount of cattle they own.The women wear a black cloth to cover their head and use colorful necklaces and earrings.The children wear a calabash hat to protect them from the sun.Another custom is bodypainting using natural products.
Photograph and caption by Camilo Diaz
7:10 a.m. the wind moves and moves a little sand , the child guide me THROUGH the Thar desert, a towel , a camel, a chair with us to the city of Jaisalmer in India.
Photograph and caption by Drew Hess
Bolivian mountain guide Alex Tinta points to our next goal from the summit of Huayna Potosi [19,974’ (6088 m)] in April 2015. We killed time in -12C before the last push to give the sun time to rise, and shortly thereafter enjoyed the first fruits of the light after leaving camp last and arriving to the top first.
Photograph and caption by Janet Kotwas
Since 1962 the Sombrero Ranch of Craig, Colorado, has driven one of the largest horse herds in Colorado-- in excess of 600 horses. The annual Great American Horse Drive begins from their remote 50,000 acre wintering area near Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge to the 18,000 acre Sombrero Ranch, located 13 miles west of Craig, Colorado. Quentin has participated in the drive for more than a decade.
Photograph and caption by Wayne Chen
While traveling through Castelbuono, Sicily our group came upon a group of retirees sitting at the entrance to their music club - Amici della Musica. After introducing ourselves and striking up some friendly conversation, the leader of the club started playing local folk songs on his accordion and becoming lost in his music.
Durban, South Africa
Photograph and caption by Jordan Lee
A mieles (corn) cooker takes a break from the smokey fires of her work in the Warwick Junction area of Durban, South Africa. She wears a lime paste on her face, which is traditionally the mark of a healer, but it also doubles as a sunscreen.
Photograph and caption by Jacek Obloj
He sleeps where he works. He came to London from Cyprus when young and has his shop in Fitzrovia, in the heart of London. It is a wealthy and sought after area, so he has customers for suits, but also the rent is constatnly going up and up so he struggles. It takes six weeks to make a suit!
Photograph and caption by Baudouin Nachtergaele
During the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, in the Bungamati suburb of Kathmandu, locals are starting to bring down the remaining parts of their houses. This lady is carrying food supplies to the workers in her house behind her. Everywhere could be seen women carrying huge baskets full of bricks, or several 30kg sacks of rice like the one she has under her arm.
Photograph and caption by Patrick Fileti
Lonely trucker awaits his next load at a neon lit Diner in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photograph and caption by Jordi Rafel
People gather daily at the Jose Martí stadium for baseball training, casual games or any other athletic activities. Here in the picture a young boy were waiting for his moment to bat in a training session of baseball.
Photograph and caption by Ayman Abbas
I took this shot during a photoshoot for water filters brand, this was during testing the light before i take the shot The real shot was not at the same place, but after i saw the great frame and the reaction of the lady, i decided to re set my light to take this shot just for me.
Photograph and caption by Nick St.Oegger
I recently visited Gjirokaster in Albania for the national folklore festival that is held every five years. Groups from all regions of Albania and diaspora communities come to perform traditional dances and musical pieces. This man posed with his drum and costume, with a mixture of both fun and extreme pride in his face.
Photograph and caption by Yu Haoliang
Ethiopia southern red tribe woman portrait.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Photograph and caption by Abbie Sophia
After I was privileged with a special moment between father and child walking in to the sunset, I offered the mother a quick photo. She magically pulled up her shirt to reveal her pregnant belly, and her beautiful son looked right at me as the last licks of light melted into the horizon.
Photograph and caption by Beniamino Pisati
Tobacco harvesting in Cuba.
Photograph and caption by ARTURO ILLANA
A girl mursi, prepares with its best ornaments, to participate in an important Festival.
Photograph and caption by Iulia Iacoban
Customs and traditions winter festival from Romania.
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Photograph and caption by Adam Kiefer
The Virunga National Park Rangers are some of the most heroic conservationists in the entire world. Their incredibly progressive decision to admit female rangers to their training academy in 2014 has seen 14 women graduate the intensive program. Xaverine is a second-generation ranger whose father is still in active service to the park. Her beauty along with the majestic surroundings of Virunga made for a very moving portrait on a damp afternoon in the rainy season.
Altai Mountains, Mongolia
Photograph and caption by David Baxendale
An ethnic Kazakh nomad sits at the door of his Ger in Altai Mountains of Mongolia.
Photograph and caption by Monica Mietitore
Ciad, Oct. 2014 - Bororo (or Peul) people are one of the largest ethnolinguistic groups in Africa
Photograph and caption by Julie Tanchis
Syrian refugee camp in Suruç (south Turkey)
Rainy day, mid-February. The kid is looking thought that blue tent which is a school inside the refugee camp. His childish eyes pierced me...
Such an image...a Methaphor , the world is also watching Syria by a small screen.
Heal The World.
Photograph and caption by Felicia Simion
A 6-year-old boy imitates the elder shepherds of a small Romanian village.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photograph and caption by Malachy McCrudden
The Indian team show support for the friend's in the USA Street Team. In 2014 I was out with charity called Street Child World Cup, which was held in Rio, Brazil. 230 children from 19 different Countries. Football has changed the lives of these children as it gives them something to aim for, to keep up education and training to see something become of themselves.
Photograph and caption by Arif Nurhakim
I have always wondered why am I so attracted to portrait photography from the start. What is it about portraits that reels me in each and every single time. Then one day after I took this shot and stared hard at it, I realised I do not love capturing portraits but instead, I love capturing raw human emotions.
Photograph and caption by Marja Schwartz
Portrait of a Kikuyu Tribesman, Thomson Falls, Kenya, Africa.
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Photograph and caption by Tariq Zaidi
The people of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia have lived their lives virtually undisturbed by outsiders for centuries. What’s more, the region in which they live is even more ancient. The site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and according to UNESCO, the area is “unlike any other place on Earth in that so many different types of people have inhabited such a small area of land over many millennia.”
This image is part of a series focusing specifically on Women of the Omo Valley.
Photograph and caption by Bartłomiej Jurecki
Traditional haymaking in Poland. Many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay.
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Photograph and caption by Tung Sing Robert Tiong
A boy of Bajau origin was seen selling his catch of the day at Kampung Sabang Baru, Sabah, Malaysia. He was very camera shy and covered his face with the fishes and only one shot with his eye was taken when he peeped at the photographer (me) once through the fishes. It is a common sight that Bajau children of this tender age are engaging in business due to the fact that they are generally living below poverty line and they are too poor to afford formal education too.
Mrauk U, Myanmar
Photograph and caption by María Ibáñez
Ma Mya Moo was eight years old when she became a woman. She was tattooed all over her face. Three days of suffering and agony to cover her face with a pattern of circles and lines. A ritual held for generations by the Chin minority ethnic in Myanmar (Burma) and that it was abolished by the communist regime in the 60's. Ma Mya Moo is one of the latest tattooed women, survivors of the Chin ethnic group. Her history, her face will disappear when she dies.
Photograph and caption by Kent Schaffer
A young Burmese monk meditating in the late afternoon.
Photograph and caption by Tariq Zaidi
Celebrating African ingenuity, resourcefulness and curiosity….
The moon’s shadow swept across the Earth creating a total eclipse of the sun. One of the best place to observe the total solar eclipse was in Uganda. This image is part of a series of 9 images taken on the streets of Uganda, on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Photograph and caption by Bhargav Boppa
We were enjoying the beauty of City Palace in Udaipur and I came across this frame with lovely blue tones and natural light, and a guard looking at the crowd downstairs.
Photograph and caption by Mattia Passarini
Dani tribe is the indigenous people that inhabit the fertile lands of the Baliem Valley in West Papua, New Guinea. The members of this tribe cut off their fingers as a way of displaying their grief at funeral ceremonies. They will cut off their hand’s fingers to express love to someone they love very much, and the cutting is said to be symbolic of the pain suffered after losing a loved. When a person in Dani’s tribe passed away, his relative like wife or husband cut off his hand finger and bury.
Photograph and caption by Martin Seger
I took this shot during my visit of a traditional Himba village in Epupa (Namibia). The young women invited me to her home, a small mud hut, where she proudly presented her bridal veil to me. I asked her then to wear it. She seemed very shy but when i showed her the picture, she smiled embarrassed and said: "i'm the most beautiful one."
Photograph and caption by Alican Akcol
Igorots "mountain people." Here a proud man stood before me dressed like his ancestors did trying to keep their traditions alive.
Photograph and caption by Oded Wagenstein
Cuba is changing. There is no doubt about that. And change is usually for better right? American dollars will start flowing, the tourism industry will develop along with countless of othger great changes. The younger generation can not wait, I'm sure. But what about the older generation left behind?
Photograph and caption by Silviu-Florin Salomia
A Romanian shepherd who lives alone in the mountains, above the town of Orsova, calms his two horses by whistling in their years. He worked as welder in his youth for the local shipyards, where he lost some of his fingers. He now lives with no electricity, together with his sheep, cows, horses and dogs, in a small mountain shed, selling the cheese and milk for other produce.
Photograph and caption by Jerome Gence
This photograph was shot in a sponateous moment like my others photographs. This is the reason for me that photography is above all a question of chance of few seconds. This little girl just inclined herself on her grandfather. She's young but she has the looking and the posture of a western model where as her grandfather has a more classical one. It's actually the dilemma of the old and new generation in The Himalayas : Following the tradition or choosing the modernity.
Photograph and caption by Sofia Demetriou
A man in gold warrior angel suit posing around Warsaw Castle Square in Poland.
Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Photograph and caption by Ali Al-Zaidi
Arbore tribe, Ethiopia. A little girl from a simple village treats and hold this little baby goat as one of her little siblings. This shows the connection between human and animal and how the animal response to the human. As well, in this simple village people raise the animal carefully so they be source of food and living.
Photograph and caption by Fahad Alajmi
In the church lalibela see the pepole in the busy feeling my faith in worship.
Photograph and caption by Roel Beurskens
When I saw this lady walking by in the old town of Pokhara in Nepal I had to ask her if I could take a picture. Since it was at the middle of the day I asked het to stand out of the sun in the door opening of a little bar. The light bouncing of the street was the perfect light to show the dimples in her beautiful face.
Photograph and caption by Amr ElDessouki
A smile worth a thousand words. This beautiful young lady lives high in the Peruvian Highlands where I met her during my drive from Arequipa to Chivay. She spends most of her day herding her grazing llamas and taking care of her younger sister. I asked her if I could take her picture and she replied "only if you have some candy" - that moment made my day.
Photograph and caption by Ricardo Porteus
I was fortunate enough to catch this gentleman as we left the Amber Fort in Jaipur. He had the most incredible gaze which really caught my attention. I was concerned in photographing him so close up but he was incredibly welcoming. A tight crop on this shot helps to really draw you into that infectious gaze. Dark heavy eyes but a light and bright soul! It was a pleasure to meet him.
Photograph and caption by Daria Berkowska
Toddler helping her mother with laundry by hanging clothes on their ger in Mongolia.
Photograh and caption by Allan Gichigi
Kit Mikayi is a rock formation about 40m high situated west of kisumu, western Kenya. She climbs up the rocks rocks daily to meditate.
Photograph and caption by Aashit Desai
Angalamman Festival is celebrated every year in a small town called Kaveripattinam in Tamil Nadu. Devotees, numbering in tens of thousands, converge in this town the day after Maha Shivratri to worship the deity Angalamman, meaning 'The Guardian God'. During the festival some of the worshippers paint their faces that personifies Goddess Kali. Other indulge in the ritual of piercing iron rods throughout their cheeks.
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Photograph and caption by Nicola Bailey
In a recent effort to develop the country, The Government of Ethiopia has started construction on a hydroelectric dam as well as starting to grow vast tracts of plantations. Both are taking water from the Omo River - the source of water that the tribes in the Lower Omo Valley rely on for their survival. This boy, who I met early one morning when he was bringing his cattle back to the village, comes from the Bodi tribe, one of the tribes which will be most impacted by these developments.
Photograph and caption by Mohammwd Alqahtani
In this shot I've been seen the face of this innocent child I loved to give this shot the title of " Innocence of Nepal ".
Polhena, Sri Lanka
Photograph and caption by Marcel Koláček
A muslim woman. A asked husband if i can take a portrait his wife on street. He agreed. She is a teacher of English language, mother of two children. Then we conversed for a while about Islamic culture. I asked him many questions, including polygamy, covering women and extremism. Answered my questions very helpful.
Photograph and caption by Abrar Mohsin
The Yetis of Nepal - The Aghoris as they are called are marked by colorful body paint and clothes
Photograph and caption by Mattia Passarini
The Konyak are a Naga people, and are recognized among other Naga by their tattoos, which they have all over their face and hands; facial tattoos were earned for taking an enemy's head. In the recent past, they were known as war loving and often attacked nearby villages of other tribes taking the heads of opposing warriors as trophies to hang in the house. The number of heads indicated the power of a warrior and the tribe and becomes a collective totem.
Photograph and caption by Jose Llaveria
During the celebration of the Fallas people, dress in traditional clothes, take red flowers to dress a large image of Virgin Mary that stands outside Valencia's Cathedral. The event lasts for three days and is intermixed with Fallas images that are burnt on March 19th.
Photograph and caption by Lexi Novitske
I travelled with a Russian friend, who had built a relationship with a Nenet family. The family lives a nomadic life in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia. Finding the family was half the trouble, as they are always on the move to travel to warmer climates in the winter (and better grazing ground in the summer.) Once there we joined in the work: herding the over 1,000 caribou, packing all the belongings on sleds, and traveling in a mile-long caravan for the few hours of daylight.
Arenys de Mar, Spain
Photograph and caption by Lucas Urenda
Retrato Capitán Tornuero (Marruecos) en Arenys de Mar, Catalunya, España.
Retratos sobre las personas que practican la pesca en el lugar. Arenys de Mar es conocido por seguir con la pesca tradicional resistiéndose a la modernización de ésta, aunque poco a poco se entrega a la nueva tecnología pesquera
Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar
Photograph and caption by James Kao
At the Shwe Yan Pyay monastery in Nyaung Shwe near Inle Lake in Myanmar, I had a chance to photograph this young monk in a temple.
British Columbia, Canada
Photograph and caption by Eric Thompson
A portrait of a bearded friend in a field during a storm in Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Photograph and caption by Corneliu Cazacu
Portrait using the natural light filtered through a filigran in the cupola of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan.The light is available only between certain hours so I returned several times to catch the concentrated fascicles of light.
Photograph and caption by Corneliu Cazacu
I met Kadyr before the Salbuurun, the hunters´ contest by the Issyk-Kul lake, and spent several days in his home, following him as he took out his eagle for hunting.
Photo taken near the village of Kaji-Say
Turmi, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia
Photograph and caption by Carey Nash
A hamer woman and her son in the omo valley of Ethiopia. After walking from our tent along the river bed we met up with this nearby village and the beautiful people that lived there. We felt so welcomed.
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Photograph and caption by Oded Wagenstein
This is the net (40). He lives on a small beach, on the island of Koh Phi Phi in southern Thailand. It has been almost ten years since I start to be involved in documenting the community of Sea Gypsies (Moken) who lives in this area, which was almost completely destroyed in the deadly tsunami of 2004."I still remember that day", Net told me. He and his small community fled to the mountains, "all were saved, but I am sorry we could not save others". He was a fisherman in the past, not anymore.
Abyāneh, Esfahan, Iran
Photograph and caption by Zeljko Stevanic
An Abyunaki woman in a typically white long scarf with a colorful pattern. The people of Abyaneh are living atleast 2500 years in this village and have for thousands of years maintained their culture, customs and costumes.The dialect spoken by Abyunaki people is believed to have been the language of ancient Persia.
Iguape, Bahia, Brazil
Photograph and caption by Geralyn Shukwit
A gentle soul living off the land in a small village near Iguape.
Jinka, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia
Photograph and caption by S. Ram
Taken at a Karo Village in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia. The Karo are famous for their body-paint culture and skill. Away from the crowded village square, I found this "make up artist" focused on applying make-up on a young woman. Using a q-tip as a brush he used a Georges Seurat like Pointillism technique ! The calm focused look of the artist is contrasted by the nervous, perspiring client - perhaps unsure about the results (or my camera :-)
Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal
Photograph and caption by Mohd Irman Ismail
A sadhu is usually referred to as Baba by common people. The word baba also means father, grandfather, or uncle in many Indian languages. Sometimes the respectful suffix -ji may also be added after baba, to give greater respect to the renunciate. It is also a term of endearment for small boys.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Photograph by Quinten Questel
The Moko jumbie is a traditional character that is part of one of the biggest and most beautiful street parades in the world in the tiny islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Photograph and caption by Lal Nallath
Attukaal Ponkala (a Festival in Kerala) celebrated every year about 4 million women comes here to offer prayers and make a sweet dish together. If you are not used to smoke then it will be unbearable to stand here.. the whole Thiruvananthapuram city will be full of smoke.
Masai Mara, Rift Valley, Kenya
Photograph and caption by Burcu Basar
A Masai Man whom I met in Kenya. The sky looked so dramatic that day that I laid on the ground to take this photo in order to let the sky dominate the composition.
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