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Photo of the Day : People & Culture

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Picture of policemen training in Kanker, Chhattisgarh, India

Grueling Coursework

Photo of the Day, March 26, 2015

Policemen in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh are put through a grueling commando course at the Counter Terrorism and Jungle ...

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Picture of amateur opera singers getting ready for a performance in China

Character Development

Photo of the Day, March 24, 2015

Amateur opera singers transform themselves into their characters before a performance in China. “They all have day jobs and are ...

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Picture of Nasca geoglyphs and the Pan American Highway, Peru

Lines in the Sand

Photo of the Day, March 23, 2015

The Pan American Highway cuts a modern path past some of Peru’s ancient Nasca lines, here captured from a ...

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Picture of a Suri woman dressed in a feathered costume representing a sacred bird, Jujuy Province, Argentina

Sacred Feathers

Photo of the Day, March 22, 2015

In Argentina’s Jujuy Province, the Suris, also known as Samilantes, are a cultural group within the Quechua community. This ...

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Picture of a self-portrait silhouette on a rock in Reata Pass, Arizona

Southwestern Sungraph

Photo of the Day, March 16, 2015

Your Shot member Andrei Stoica used the sun and an Arizona landscape to create this self-portrait for a recent community ...

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Picture of girls and young women, La Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre, Teotitlan del Valle, Mexico

Parade Rest

Photo of the Day, March 11, 2015

In Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, a group of unmarried young women and girls gather in front of Preciosa Sangre de ...

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Picture of strobe rockets lighting up the sky in Mason City, Iowa

Rocket Land

Photo of the Day, March 9, 2015

Strobe rockets light up the night sky in Mason City, Iowa. Mason City is home to the Iowa Thunderstorm, the ...

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Picture of Hellenic cadets touring the Parthenon

Hellenic Cadets

Photo of the Day, March 7, 2015

Cadets from the Hellenic Military Academy tour the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Degraded by pollution, the ancient temple to the ...

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Picture of Danny MacAskill riding along the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Pinnacle

Photo of the Day, February 27, 2015

“We were near the summit of Sgurr Dearg, [also called] the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a famous feature of the Cuillin Ridge ...

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Picture of people walking in and around Germany’s 1894 parliament building, the Reichstag

Berlin’s Reichstag

Photo of the Day, February 25, 2015

Berlin, the imposing power city at the heart of Europe’s 20th-century tragedy, is learning to live with its troubled ...

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Picture of locals in Myanmar walking down a path alongside cattle in the early morning

Burmese Day

Photo of the Day, February 24, 2015

While walking the mountain villages between Kalaw and Inle Lake in Myanmar (Burma), Your Shot member Alexandros Tsoutis woke early ...

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Picture of a man on his way to sell do, a bamboo item used to catch fish in Vietnam

The 'Do' Seller

Photo of the Day, February 12, 2015

After the harvest, farmers in the village of Tat Vien in Vietnam’s Hung Yen Province spend their spare time ...

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Picture of a gondola on the Grand Canal at sunset, Venice, Italy

Sunset on the Grand Canal

Photo of the Day, February 9, 2015

A gondola floats through the waters of Venice’s famed Grand Canal at sunset. Venice's gondolas are painted black ...

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Picture of housing developments on the edge of swampland in west Palm Beach County, Florida

Home on the Water

Photo of the Day, February 6, 2015

Some 2,100 miles of canals built over the past century to drain the Florida Everglades empty into the Atlantic ...

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Picture of boys dressed as bears for a Romanian Christmas caroling tradition

Ursa Minors

Photo of the Day, February 3, 2015

In Bucharest for the holidays, boys from Romania’s Moldova region participate in a tradition called ursul, dressing as bears ...

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Picture of people propelled into the air using high-pressure jets in Biscayne Bay, near downtown Miami

Jet Set

Photo of the Day, January 31, 2015

Though many coastal places around the world are at risk from rising sea levels due to climate change, Florida is ...

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Picture of people shooting off fireworks at the Gion Matsuri festival in Toyohashi City, Japan

Fire Flies

Photo of the Day, January 29, 2015

“These homemade and handheld ‘pistol fireworks’ are used at the Gion Matsuri festival at the Yoshida Shrine in Toyohashi City ...

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Picture of two girls diving under a wave while surfing in Makaha on Oahu, Hawaii

Spiritual Revival

Photo of the Day, January 27, 2015

Best friends Ha‘a Keaulana, at right, and Maili Makana dive under a wave on their way to a surfing ...

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Picture of people at a temple in Kolkata, India, during a ritual showering of grain called Annakut

Annakut in Kolkata

Photo of the Day, January 25, 2015

Devotees catch rice during Annakut (“heap of grain”) celebrations at a temple in Kolkata, India. “I was keen to capture ...

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Picture of a celebratory dance in front of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, Mexico

Crossing Cultures

Photo of the Day, January 23, 2015

“Plain luck” put Your Shot member Alex Visbal in the main plaza of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, during a ...

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Picture of three surfers preparing to head into the surf at Makaha in Oahu, Hawaii

Surfing Makaha

Photo of the Day, January 19, 2015

Located on the west coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Makaha has a reputation as a tightly cloistered community ...

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Picture of calf and team ropers at a rodeo in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

In the Loop

Photo of the Day, January 16, 2015

Calf and team ropers chat before competing in the Lone Star Rodeo in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in this picture by Your ...

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Picture of a shepherd trekking through the snow in northern Iran

A Day’s Work

Photo of the Day, January 11, 2015

A shepherd carries heavy luggage on a snowy mountain in northern Iran. According to Your Shot member Hemad Nazari, shepherds ...

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Picture of street vendors at a busy market in Lagos Island, Nigeria

Local Color

Photo of the Day, January 8, 2015

Vendors hawk goods at one of many markets on Lagos Island, demonstrating the entrepreneurial fervor that has made Nigeria’s ...

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Picture of a group of women walking across the Hunza riverbed after gathering wood in Pakistan

Gathered Greens

Photo of the Day, January 4, 2015

A group of Wakhi women return from a daily excursion across Pakistan’s Hunza riverbed to gather fodder and wood ...

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Picture of a woman wearing an oversize hat on a street in Cuenca, Ecuador

Unsolved Mystery

Photo of the Day, December 30, 2014

While strolling in a historic neighborhood in Cuenca, Ecuador, Your Shot member Fikry Botros noticed this outsize accessory lying near ...

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Picture of an explorer in Blombos Cave on the southern coast of South Africa

Artists’ Cave

Photo of the Day, December 29, 2014

Perched near Africa’s southern tip, Blombos Cave has yielded some of the earliest evidence of symbolic expression, including shell ...

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Picture of guests adorned in purple at a wedding in Lagos, Nigeria

Wedding Colors

Photo of the Day, December 27, 2014

In Nigeria it’s common to ask guests to wear color-coordinated outfits, called aso ebi, at social events, such as ...

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Picture of a street crowded with yellow vans on Lagos Island, Nigeria

Evening Commute

Photo of the Day, December 24, 2014

The entrepreneurial fervor of the Nigerian capital of Lagos has made that country’s economy the most vibrant in Africa ...

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Picture of Shiite Muslims mourning during Ashura, Bijar, Iran

Ashura in Bijar

Photo of the Day, December 17, 2014

Shiite Muslims in Bijar, Iran, mourn during the first ten days of the Islamic month of Muharram, the first month ...

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Picture of ballet dancers getting ready for a photo shoot in Walla Walla, Washington

Between Takes

Photo of the Day, December 13, 2014

Dancers get into position before a photo shoot at the Walla Walla Dance Company in Washington State. “I wanted to ...

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Picture of a diver at a pool in Miami, Florida

Sky Dive

Photo of the Day, December 11, 2014

A member of the University of Miami diving team is captured mid-arc against a partly cloudy South Florida sky. Your ...

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Picture of youths exploring Roman ruins at Samaria-Sebaste, a West Bank archaeological site

Layered Land

Photo of the Day, December 9, 2014

Youths explore Roman ruins at Samaria-Sebaste, a West Bank archaeological site divided between Israeli and Palestinian control. A forum and ...

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Picture of a woman collecting wild water lilies in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Floating Season

Photo of the Day, December 6, 2014

“During the floating season on the Mekong Delta, wild water lilies grow in the rice fields now covered by water ...

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Picture of Sherpa children in Kathmandu, Nepal

More Than Everest

Photo of the Day, November 24, 2014

For the Sherpas of Nepal, the years spent working on Mount Everest are fraught with danger. Some Sherpa families in ...

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Picture of bagualeros searching for cattle on Antonio Varas Peninsula, Patagonia, Chile

The Bagualero Way

Photo of the Day, November 20, 2014

In the wilds of Patagonia, cowboys called bagualeros pit themselves against the meanest livestock on the planet. Here, bagueleros pause ...

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