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Photo of the Day : People & Culture

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Picture of an elderly woman performing a ritual in India

Predawn Offering

Photo of the Day, January 25, 2014

Before dawn during India's Maha Kumbh Mela—the largest religious festival in the world—an old woman performs puja ...

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Picture of a bride waiting for a train in Bangladesh

The Pilgrim Bride

Photo of the Day, January 15, 2014

"A newlywed bride waits for her husband before boarding the special train in Kamlapur Railway Station in Dhaka, Bangladesh," writes ...

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Picture of African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city, Africa

Searching for Signals

Photo of the Day, January 11, 2014

Impoverished African migrants crowd the night shore of Djibouti city, trying to capture inexpensive cell signals from neighboring Somalia—a ...

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Picture of people touring their ancestral homeland in the Caucasus

Homeland

Photo of the Day, January 9, 2014

Circassians tour their ancestral homeland in the Caucasus, where the Russian Empire carried out a brutal military campaign in the ...

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Picture of Ethiopian Orthodox women arriving for prayer in Asita, Ethiopia

Arriving for Prayer

Photo of the Day, January 6, 2014

Wrapped in white to symbolize purity, women arrive for prayer at an Ethiopian Orthodox church in Asaita. An increasing number ...

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Picture of a shepherd with a flock of sheep in Iraq

A Shepherd's Flock

Photo of the Day, December 25, 2013

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Silence and light accompany sheep and shepherd, day ...

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Picture of celebrants of the Saidi-ji Eyo festival in Japan

The Blessed Man

Photo of the Day, December 21, 2013

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The Saidai-ji Eyo festival, considered one of the ...

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Picture of a bride preparing for a wedding in Kosovo

Bride, Kosovo

Photo of the Day, December 14, 2013

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A tradition a thousand years old, passed on ...

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Picture of performers at a festival in Japan

Festival Performers, Japan

Photo of the Day, December 9, 2013

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Gion Matsuri is one of Japan's oldest ...

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Picture of skateboarders in San Francisco

Skateboarders, San Francisco

Photo of the Day, December 6, 2013

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The short length of a two-day stop in ...

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Picture of revelers dressed as devils during a festival in Barcelona

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

Photo of the Day, December 1, 2013

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Devils run amidst the pyrotechnics during the celebration ...

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Picture of discarded computer hardware in Tahiti

Computer Parts, French Polynesia

Photo of the Day, November 24, 2013

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What is changing faster than our computers? This shot was taken ...

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Picture of a woman walking down the street in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong

Summer Evening, Hong Kong

Photo of the Day, November 21, 2013

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A lady fans her skirt on a hot summer night in ...

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Picture of a rice mill worker taking a rest in Bangladesh

Rice Mill, Bangladesh

Photo of the Day, November 20, 2013

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A rice mill worker rests in Bangladesh.

What Makes This a ...

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Picture of a Holy Week procession in Guatemala

Holy Week Procession, Guatemala

Photo of the Day, November 19, 2013

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This photo was taken during a procession in Antigua Guatemala during ...

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Picture of face in a crowd of people entering a church in Romania

Churchgoers, Romania

Photo of the Day, November 14, 2013

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In Maramureş, Orthodox churches are divided in half. The front half ...

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Picture of street art in Tel Aviv

Street Art, Tel Aviv

Photo of the Day, November 10, 2013

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I was captivated by this airbrushed artwork in an industrial section ...

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Picture of a snake charmer in China

Snake Charmer, China

Photo of the Day, November 2, 2013

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A snake charmer performs with his pet snake during a spring ...

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Picture of a burial ceremony in Australia’s Northern Territory

Burial Ceremony, Australia

Photo of the Day, October 26, 2013

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Australia's Aboriginals make up less than 3 percent ...

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Picture of Kyrgyz men seeking shelter in a cave in Afghanistan

Shepherd’s Cave, Afghanistan

Photo of the Day, October 22, 2013

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Kyrgyz men seek shelter in a shepherd’s cave ...

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Picture of children holding tiles to create the face of a soldier during the annual mass games in Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang Mass Games, North Korea

Photo of the Day, October 20, 2013

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Children mobilized for the annual mass games in Pyongyang ...

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Picture of a pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid, Chichén Itzá

Photo of the Day, October 15, 2013

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A pyramid 90 feet tall and a platform adorned ...

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Picture of a military guide leading a tour in North Korea

Military Guide, North Korea

Photo of the Day, October 8, 2013

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A military guide leads a tour to the mystical ...

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Picture of a Rath Yatra festival in Sylhet, Bangladesh

Rath Yatra Festival, Bangladesh

Photo of the Day, September 30, 2013

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Enthusiastic devotees take part in a colorful Rath ...

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Picture of people enjoying an afternoon outdoors in Cartagena, Colombia

Bubbles, Cartagena

Photo of the Day, September 26, 2013

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On Sundays during Mes de la Cometas, or ...

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Picture of commuters on a crowded train in Bangladesh

Train, Bangladesh

Photo of the Day, September 25, 2013

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For Your Shot contributor Junaid Ahmed, the rapid ...

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Picture of a player on an outdoor basketball court in Hong Kong

Basketball Court, Hong Kong

Photo of the Day, September 23, 2013

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Your Shot contributor Brian Yen calls it his ...

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Picture of vehicles parked outside the Birdsville Race Track in Australia

Birdsville Race Track, Australia

Photo of the Day, September 22, 2013

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Once a year, thousands of people descend on ...

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Picture of a woman on a staircase in Tokyo

Spiral Staircase, Tokyo

Photo of the Day, September 19, 2013

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When Tomoyasu Chida was shooting photos near the ...

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Picture of dancers in India

Festival Dancers, India

Photo of the Day, September 11, 2013

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A cloud of marigold, rose, and jasmine petals ...

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Picture of children swimming in a lake in India

Swimmers, Kumta

Photo of the Day, September 5, 2013

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"Nonstop rain for a week left all the ...

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Picture of a wedding in Krakow

Wedding, Krakow

Photo of the Day, August 26, 2013

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Kazimierz, the historical Jewish quarter of Krakow, provides a colorful backdrop ...

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Picture of two teenage couples in Brooklyn, New York

Teenagers, Brooklyn

Photo of the Day, August 24, 2013

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In 1980s Brooklyn, teenage couples stand proudly before a flashy Trans ...

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Picture of models backstage at a fashion show in Paris

Fashion Show, Paris

Photo of the Day, August 18, 2013

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Models wait backstage at Emanuel Ungaro's ready-to-wear show in this ...

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Picture of Garosugil street in Seoul, South Korea

Garosu-Gil, Seoul

Photo of the Day, August 12, 2013

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Fallen ginkgo leaves color fashionable Garosu-gil, a tree-lined stretch of stylish ...

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Picture of crowds in a railway station in Mumbai, India

Churchgate Railway Station, Mumbai

Photo of the Day, August 11, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Travelers crowd the platforms at Churchgate Railway Station in Mumbai—the ...

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