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CULTURE & TRADITIONS:
Kicking Out War   Kicking Out War
Giorgio Palmera / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
When you are living in a war torn region like Palestine, every day is a reminder of the danger and tragedy all around. For citizens of Ramallah, a soccer stadium and league provide a much needed break from war. Regional league games and local youth play are an appreciated distraction.
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Mercy On The Water   Mercy On The Water
Gael Turine / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
In October 2011, a ferry landed in the harbor Freetown, Sierra Leone. The boat “African Mercy” is a hospital ship that travels Africa providing needed help to the local population. During the past year alone, the hospital staff has completed over 3000 intensive procedures.
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Beauty in Manila   Beauty in Manila
Davide Scagliola / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Project Runway was a massive success in the United States. Now the contest is finding equal success in the Philippines as models display a beauty and style unique to Manila. From local beauty contests to national shows, Manila is making a name for itself as a beauty hub.
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Dancing Behind Bars   Dancing Behind Bars
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Five years later, prisoners are still dancing in lockstep!
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Matthew Wakem Explores Laos   Matthew Wakem Explores Laos
Matthew Wakem / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer Matthew Wakem took a trip to Laos - Lucky for us, he brought along his camera and captured some spectacular portraits and superb travel images! We’ve created a lightbox of of our favorites.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe   Our Lady of Guadalupe
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
In Mexico, the vision of the Virgin Mary is known as "Our Lady of Guadalupe", a collective national symbol of heritage, pride, faith and miracles. Every year, pilgrims flood to her namesake basilica in Mexico City, to receive blessings and proclaim their devotion.
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Before The Violence   Before The Violence
Anamaria Dinulescu / INVISION / Aurora Photos
Before Arab Spring and Syria's severe government crack down on the revolutionary attempts that began about a year ago, the metropolis of Damascus was known more for being one of the world's most ancient cities, home not only of Syria's central government but many religious and cultural gems.
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Mysterious Morocco   Mysterious Morocco
Guillem Lopez / Aurora Photos
Experience the people and places of Morocco through the lens of Aurora photographer Guillem Lopez. His journey includes everything from urban markets to vast stretches of deserts.
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Skiing With God   Skiing With God
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
This ski race isn't like any other in Italy. One participant is a former DJ and self-identified womanizer and another has a big, white beard and still uses wooden skis. One racer leads mass at a local church before his daily morning run. There are over seventy racers in the "May God Ski with You" competition- each of them either a priest, missionary or friar.
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In The Shadow of Ruins   In The Shadow of Ruins
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
In 1909 Hiram Bingham, the man that brought Machu Picchu to the Western world, visited the remote remnants of a grand and terraced ancient city. Two years later, he brought Machu Picchu into the spotlight while Choquequirao remained partially buried. Today, the site is a several day hike from established civilization and is partly hidden by jungle. For some hardy visitors, the trek is well worth it to see what remains of the once great and powerful culture.
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Holy Andalusia   Holy Andalusia
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
Semana Santa is a week long tradition of penance and religious celebration taking place in Anadalusia Spain each April. Wearing penitential robes and walking through the streets barefoot, participants demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity. The series of penances and rituals have been carefully orchestrated by the local religious brotherhood and fraternal organizations for more than 800 years.
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Beach Patrol   Beach Patrol
Narelle Autio / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
Lucky and Ramli are sisters, born in Somalia and living in Australia. In Adelaide, where they live, there is a movement to encourage and empower Muslim girls, and through The Muslim Girls Kollective and Surf Life Australia, the sisters discovered lifeguarding. They are both training to become members of the Australian Lifeguard Service. They wear a new innovation called a burqini, a mix between a swim cap and a veil that allows them to observe the Muslim tradition of modesty while swimming and diving.
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My Favorite Images of 2011   My Favorite Images of 2011
Various / Aurora PHotos
A collection of Jose Azel's (founder/President Aurora Photos) favorite images of 2011!
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The Biggest Party in Rio   The Biggest Party in Rio
Yadid Levy /Aurora Photos
If you want to be a part of one of South America’s biggest shindigs, you should make your way to Rio de Janeiro every February. The Brazilian Carnival is celebrated city-wide in Rio, with performances, parades, and parties in every neighborhood!
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Cassava Country   Cassava Country
Carl Walsh / Aurora Photos
The cassava shrub is a way of life in parts of Western Kenya. Take a look at this collection of images from Aurora photographer Karl Wash who documented an organization working to produce disease-free cassava seed for nearly six million people.
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The Miao Women   The Miao Women
TAO Images / Aurora Photos
Miao girls begin learning their people’s crafts around age seven, and by adolescence they are adept at embroidery, jewelry-making, weaving and fabric dying. An animist society, they incorporate the images of birds, flowers and animals into their intricate creations to honor the spirit of each living thing. One of the largest minority group in China, the Miao ethnicity includes several societal branches, such as the Hmong, and spans over six Chinese prefectures.
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The Women In Black   The Women In Black
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
In New Zealnd where rubgy maintains a near hysteria for fans, everyone knows the national rugby team the All Blacks. The Black Ferns, the nation’s all-women’s team, are just as highly lauded especially after becoming four-time World Cup champions. However, unlike their male counterparts, the team subsists on a tiny budget and its athletes train and compete without pay. A national symbol of women’s strength, the Black Ferns bring tenacity and determination to the field.
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The Laughter Fair   The Laughter Fair
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
“Behind a good clown, there should be a good human,” said Yadira Lagunes Rivera in, dressed in a pink wig, pink ruffled dress and a classic red nose. The 16th International Clown Convention held in Mexico City gathered thousands for abundant silliness. Leida Jimenez added, “a clown’s task is to make them laugh, forget about their problems for a little while.” And in Mexico, notorious for rising homicide and drug trade statistics, the clown’s job may be even more necessary.
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Exploring Algeria   Exploring Algeria
Various / Aurora Photos
Take a journey with Aurora Photos to Algeria and experience breathtaking destinations. From traditional tribal villages, to modern bustling cites, this collection of images is sure to excite the explorer in all of us.
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I Love You New York   I Love You New York
Various / Aurora Photos
When was the last time you rode the subway or strolled down West 22nd Street? If you happen to be in a New York State of mind, here’s a set of images that will remind you why NYC is the greatest city on Earth.
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Famous Faces   Famous Faces
David Burnett / Aurora Photos
Take a look at some of the best and brightest celebrity images Aurora has to offer!
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Religion Land   Religion Land
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
For 30 pesos, you can see the Last Supper, pray at the Western Wall and see Jesus’ ascent into heaven. You can carry Jesus’ cross or indulge in some biblical-era snacks in the food court or swim in a Christianity-based water park. At Tierra Santos, the world’s first religious theme park just outside Buenos Aires, Argentinean families, curious visitors and devotees come to pray, take snapshots and light candles at the park’s array of faith-based attractions.
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Runners Like You   Runners Like You
Marcos Ferro / Aurora Photos
The Tarahumara have become internationally recognized for their speed and endurance as well as their indigenous lifestyle. Traditionally, the Tarahumara grew rice and beans, brewed home-made ale, hunted on foot and ran hundreds of miles between widely dispersed settlements.Today, many Tarahumara still live in relative isolation and both men and women still run for necessity and sport. However, these days they are just as likely to run long distances as a way of practical travel as they are to run a 10k race.
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Operation: Water Polo   Operation: Water Polo
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Afghanistan dominates the headlines with stories of war, suicide bombers and casualties. Amid that hostile atmosphere, a team of unlikely athletes is hoping to win Olympic Gold. Jeremy Piasecki, an ex-U.S.Army sergeant and former professional water polo player is training the first Afghan National Water Polo team in a military base swimming pool in the middle of the desert. The team, made up of Afghan soldiers, hopes their training at this desert oasis will bring them to the next Olympic trials.
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Beira Grand Hotel   Beira Grand Hotel
Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Grand Hotel Beira, built in 1952, was once the most luxurious destination in colonial Mozambique. But the elite guests never came, the fine flooring was burnt for fuel and the finery looted decades ago. During the Mozambican civil war, it was used as a refugee camp and its basement once housed political prisoners. Today, around 2,000 squatters, families and vagabonds call the skeletal building home, living without running water or electricity.
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Patrick Orton   Patrick Orton
Patrick Orton / Aurora Photos
The work of Aurora photographer Patrick Orton
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A Taste of Ethiopian Coffee   A Taste of Ethiopian Coffee
Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
The Kaffa region of Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. “Kaffa bun” which has since been anglicized to “coffee bean” grows wildly in local forests. Aurora and partner Agence VU provide an in-depth look at Ethiopia’s coffee culture.
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Holiday Images 2011   Holiday Images 2011
Various / Aurora Photos
The holiday season is right around the corner and we at Aurora have put together some of our favorite holiday images. From quirky to nostalgic, these images are sure to get even the most negative scrooge excited!
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Journey To Campania, Italy   Journey To Campania, Italy
Various / Aurora Photos
Campania is a region in southern Italy famous for its rich culture. Tourists are able to enjoy amazing local cuisine, music, and architecture. Likewise, the Campania region is home to many famous historical sites including Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum.
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Places Unseen   Places Unseen
Mauricio Abreu / JWL / Aurora Photos
The volcanic crater of Lagoa de Fogo is one of the most preserved sites in Portugal’s Azores Islands. Lavish views are outlined by a jagged shoreline - a beautiful remnant of volcanic activity. Still, Lagoa de Fogo is just one of the breathtaking destinations captured by photographer Mauricio Abreau. Journey into Portugal’s rural carnivals, poplar forests, coastal golf courses, and bustling fish markets. Unique and varied, it’s these destinations that give Portugal its distinct character.
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Marble Men   Marble Men
Romano Cagnoni / stillpictures / Aurora Photos
Life in Carrara, Italy revolves around one thing - marble. Dating back to the 9th century BC, the unique white or blue-grey marble quarried in Carrara has been a highly sought after commodity. The quarry workers themselves are notorious for their radical political beliefs. The city was a popular destination for violent revolutionists who had been expelled from Belgium and Switzerland in the late 1800’s. In fact, the first official anarchist group in Italy was founded in Carrara in 1885.
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Life On The River   Life On The River
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Murray River is Australia’s longest river, spanning 1,476 miles as it stretches from the western Australian Alps to the ocean at Lake Alexandrina. The river became a transportation hub during the 19th century, delivering wool south to Melbourne. However, the popularity of the river as a shipping route declined once the railway was expanded in the late 1800’s. Today, life on the river has become mostly recreational. These days, vacation houseboats, small vessels for water skiing, and multi-day cruise ships are all common sights on the water.
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Exploring Africa   Exploring Africa
Adrian Arbib / stillpictures / Aurora Photos
Benedict Allen believes that a true explorer’s expedition shouldn’t include film crews, satellite phones, GPS units, or any other “backup.” In Allen’s latest adventure, he journeys along Namibia’s “skeleton coast” with a team of camels, modest supplies, and a paper map. Allen comes across many items of note during his trip including abandoned diamond mines, members of the Himba tribe struggling with alcoholism, bushmen carvings, and dunes full of skeletons for which the region is named.
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Game of the Mayans   Game of the Mayans
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
Ulama is one of the oldest sports played in the world. A popular sport in ancient Mexico, archeologists have found rubber balls (ulli) dating back to at least 1600 BC. The object of the game is to keep a rubber ball from leaving the bounds of the court. Ulama games can be infamously long - it is rumored that one game lasted for more than 8 days! Current games are typically stopped after two hours, much to the liking of modern players...
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Devil Dancers   Devil Dancers
Daimon Xanthopoulos / Invision / Aurora
The Poro are a magical West African secret society that help young people grow into adulthood. Students enrolled at special Poro-bush schools are given lessons about marriage, sex, health, and martial arts. A special dance with a wooden mask is one of the most important rituals of the society members. However, outsiders beware - non-members will become blind or die if they witness the masked devil dancing!
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Prestige In Paris   Prestige In Paris
Bertrand Desprez / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
The Paris Opera Ballet is the oldest national ballet company in existence. The company boasts some of the most famous choreographers and dancers ever to grace the stage. Accordingly, the Paris Opera Ballet School is one of the most rigorous dance programs in the world. Every year 300 students apply for 30 spots, with an average of 10 returning for year two, and only several that will ultimately graduate. Girls start at the school between ages 8 and 10, and are groomed to one day perform in the Paris Opera Ballet.
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The Chaccu   The Chaccu
Davide Scagliola / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
The Chaccu is a tradition that has existed in Peru since the days of the Inca. Crowds gather to watch as flocks of vicuńa, small deer-like creatures, are carefully sheered. Each vicuńa has about 200 grams of a very valuable fiber. After decades of poaching, the Chaccu provides a culturally based mechanism for responsibly harvesting vicuńa fiber. In fact, Vicuńa populations have grown from 5,000 to 130,000 in the past 33 years due to careful supervision.
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Cattle Village   Cattle Village
Bruno Zanzottera / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Life for the Mundari people in South Sudan is a snapshot of centuries of culture and tradition. The Mundari are composed primarily of cattle-herders, and like other nilotic tribes in Sudan,use cattle as a form of food, currency, and status. Marriages are even arranged based on the groom’s ability to provide cattle to the bride’s family - a husband may take as many wives as he can support with cattle. During the dry season cattle raiding is common with the Bor Dinka tribe, making for turbulent and dangerous regional interactions.
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Introducing Sergio Ramazzotti   Introducing Sergio Ramazzotti
Sergio Ramazzotti / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
ParralleloZero co-founder Sergio Ramazzotti has written and photographed over 200 stories, gaining acclaim both at home in Italy and abroad. A dedicated editorial photographer, Sergio has traveled the world capturing amazing people, places, and things through his camera.
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The Western Kingdom   The Western Kingdom
Stacy Pearsall / Aurora Photos
Morocco presents an amazing snapshot of life from another era due to the variety of cultures that have inhabited the region over the past several centuries - Wander into a traditional Moroccan market to witness sights and sounds that could have been experienced centuries ago: a women covered in henna tattoos, men donning traditional African garb, camels carrying travelers and equipment, and ancient mosques silhouetted in the distance.
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Fighting For True Love in India   Fighting For True Love in India
Gualazzini / Paralellozero / Aurora
Even in today's India, marrying outside your caste or religion can mean a life of hiding or a threat of death. Thanks to a dedicated group who call themselves the "Love Commandos" the path of true love can come with an escape route, legal advice, and police protection.
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Lady Law   Lady Law
Ramazzotti / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
A shining beacon for the progress of women's rights in the Middle East, the Yemeni Women's Police Force has grown from its first member in the early 1980's to over 1,500 members to date. At Sana'a, the nation's top female police academy, cadets go through rigorous training with a focus on fighting terror in Yemen. Once in the field, the female police officers work alongside their male counterparts while also managing several departments dealing with specific women’s issues in Yemen.
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Fortitude of a Culture   Fortitude of a Culture
Rafal Gerszack / Aurora Photos
No group of Afghani people suffered more during the reign of the Taliban than the Hazara. After surviving centuries of persecution, the Hazara have found relative calm in post-Taliban Afghanistan. However, the continual threat of a Taliban resurgence and harsh living conditions make daily life a struggle for the Hazara. Still, the Hazara people continue to do what they have done best over the past several centuries - survive.
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Singapore Don't Move   Singapore Don't Move
Huguier / Vu / Aurora Photos
When Singapore gained independence in 1965, the ruling family who came to power decided to end racist fights within the city by creating a racially integrated Housing Development Board (HBD). The board constructs uniform buildings and fills them using a quota system that allots a certain number of Chinese, India and Malayan people to each building. This type of government control is the norm in Singaporean society, but most of the citizens accept it and believe the rest of the world is dangerous; for them there is no reason to ever move.
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Opulence in Dubai   Opulence in Dubai
Xanthopoulos / Invision / Aurora Photos
The city of Dubai is in deep financial crisis, but it certainly doesn’t look that way from the outside looking in. Walking around Dubai city you will see one amazing building after the other. The neighborhoods within the city are all built like small theme parks, filled with shopping malls that boast luxuries such as indoor ski resorts. Everywhere is air conditioned, and even the bus stops have exotic fish tanks. Dubai is like a playground for the rich, for as long as it holds.
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Recycling Wizards   Recycling Wizards
Zanzottera / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
In the capital of Mali there is a place where hundreds of people are busy in a sort of percussion concert; the district of blacksmiths. African blacksmiths are a scorned caste, yet feared at the same time. Viewed as magicians who are able to tame fire to make utensils such as ploughs, stoves, trunks and pails out of car wrecks, old oil drums and food cans. In the Western world, where recycling is a relatively new trend, we don't realize that in nations such as Africa, people do it everyday out of necessity.
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Women of Saudi Arabia   Women of Saudi Arabia
Isabelle Eshraghi / Vu / Aurora Photos
For the past 5 years small reforms have been seen in Saudi Arabian society; a mixed university opened in 2010, and women have access to more professional sectors. However these changes remain limited; women still don't have the right to drive, walk alone in the streets, or talk to a man in public. Photographer Isabelle Eshraghi met with women who are doctors, students, artists, and whose enthusiasm gives evidence towards a slow but positive evolution of society.
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China's Rising Middle Class   China's Rising Middle Class
Tunbjork / Vu / Aurora Photos
While many countries are still reeling from the global financial crisis, China is witnessing a frenzy of consumer spending. With the help of its 200 million strong middle class, eager to part with their disposable income, China has become the world's second-biggest consumer of luxury goods. This rampant consumerism can be seen in part, in the booming wedding industry and packed malls and department stores.
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Albania: Revenge   Albania: Revenge
Cerio / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
The Kanun is a set of traditional laws used to rule the public and private lives of Albanians. Article 125 says, “All the male members of the murderer's family may be targeted by the revenge. If a member of one's family has been murdered, it is necessary to take revenge on the murderer or on the male members of his family.” Today, more than 300 families are affected by the Kanun, and they all have only one way to survive: remain at home for the rest of their lives.
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Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania   Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
Bruno Zanzottera / Parallelozero / Aurora
ParalleloZero photographer Bruno Zanzottera traveled to Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, Africa to shoot the breathtaking scenery and The MV Liemba. The ship was originally built in Germany in 1913, transported by rail and then reassembled on the lake. She is currently the only means of transportation for people and goods on the lake, and is probably the oldest boat still in service in the world.
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India and Italy Parmesan   India and Italy Parmesan
Marco Gualazzini / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Multiculturalism, dialogue and reception are slowly becoming the norm in the Italian province of Parma as immigration, particularly Indian, becomes more prevalent. Indian immigrants are being incorporated into the growth, trade and wealth of the area, engaging in agriculture and dairy production and over time sharing in the important tradition of the Parma area; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
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Is Chad Forgotten?   Is Chad Forgotten?
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelozero / Aurora
After years of civil wars, the most neglected French colony in Africa is seeking a way to start again. It’s not easy: Chad is stricken by drought and desertification and is invaded by hundreds of thousands of refugees from Central Africa and Sudan. The international community whose primary focus is on nearby Darfur seems to have forgotten Chad, and to make matters worse, in 2011 the UN military forces are going to abandon the country.
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Swordfishing in Italy   Swordfishing in Italy
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora
ParalleloZero photographer Sergio Ramazzotti shot the now-dying historical profession, which uses techniques developed 2,200 years ago. Using special boats called "passerelle", which are equipped with a 20 meter high viewpoint and a 40 meter long gangway, expert throwers harpoon and capture the fish. These rich, moving images offer a glimpse at a hard, traditional lifestyle.
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Walking a Frozen River   Walking a Frozen River
Bruno Zanzottera / Parallelozero / Aurora
The Zanskar river runs through a remote valley in northern India. In winter, the villages in the valley would be totally isolated from the rest of the world if not for the river, which freezes over and permits the inhabitants to walk on it, and use it as a means to transport butter to the market. Photographer Bruno Zanzottera captured the fascinating journey which winds amongst 70 km of gorges, and at night reaches temperatures as low as -30°, forcing people to seek shelter inside caves created by the erosion of the soft sandstone.
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North Korea Utopia   North Korea Utopia
Ramazzotti / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
ParelleloZero Photographer Ramazzotti brings us an exceptional reportage from the heart of the impenetrable kingdom of Kim Jong Il, the absolute dictator of North Korea. Completely isolated from the rest of the world, the people try to survive the scorching summers, freezing winters, and ongoing hunger without neglecting their duty as good citizens: to honor the sacred name of their great leader every day of the year.
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Ghana: The Ritual of the Glass Beads   Ghana: The Ritual of the Glass Beads
Zanzottera / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
Photographer Zanzottera traveled to Ghana to capture the preparation and many stages of the four-day long Dipo festival. An initiation ceremony which marks the passage from children into marriageable women. On the final day of the ceremony each girl dresses in their best clothes and their bodies are decorated with beads made of crushed glass bottles, which are kiln fired and hand painted. Adorned in strands and strands of necklaces with their heads freshly shaven the girls go through the rite of the sacred stone which reveals their purity and completes the ritual.
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Brazil: Forgotten Sertao   Brazil: Forgotten Sertao
Gandolfi / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
The Sertao, an often forgotten corner of Brazil is part sea, part desert and part steppe and home to half of South America's poorest inhabitants. Every year two natural phenomena hit the land, first a drought, and then a deluge of rain comes, causing strife and poverty to continue decade after decade. ParalleloZero photographer Gandolfi captures the spirit of the people who live here who beguilingly, continue to have hope as they work and play, embracing their unforgiving land.
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Bolivia   Bolivia
Juan Manuel Castro Prieto / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
Often associated with the bright, saturated colors of the Incan tradition, portraits of Bolivia are many times reduced to kitschy images appealing to the tourism industry. In the wake of that comes this refreshing collection of subtle images that captures the dichotomy between the traditional and contemporary evident in the country's people and its geography.
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Highlighting Axiom   Highlighting Axiom
Various Photographers / Axiom / Aurora Photos
From our partner Axiom comes a travel reportage collection with a fresh take on capturing people, landscapes and architecture from around the world. The tools you need to design and create.
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Art with Strings and Wood   Art with Strings and Wood
Serge Picard / Vu / Aurora
Photographer Serge Picard traveled to Cremone, Italy, a city in northern Italy famous for its musical history and traditions to document the art of building a violin. He visited several workshops and captured the beautiful materials, tools and precise detail that a master craftsman uses to create each instrument. Picard's images illustrate the stages of the making of a violin, from a clean piece of wood being hand-planed, to the finished instrument ready for a concert.
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Innovation from ParalleloZero   Innovation from ParalleloZero
Various Photographers / ParalleloZero / Aurora Photos
This dynamic set of reportage images tells stories from all over the world. ParalleloZero is a group of four photographers who combine their travel experience and narrative power to create new and innovative image collections. Experience their power.
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Acting Viking   Acting Viking
Thomas Haugersveen / VU / Aurora
Every other summer for one week at Borrekaupangen in Scandinavia hundreds of Viking enthusiasts meet to keep their ancient culture alive. Sleeping in tents and dressing in authentic outfits people leave all technology at home and live like the Vikings did thousands of years ago; making handcrafts to sell at the market, having sword fights and holding archery competitions. A thousand years later, the long lost culture of the Scandinavian Vikings still fascinates.
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Flamenco Passion   Flamenco Passion
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
Spain's deep south, Andalusia, gave birth to Flamenco. It was prohibited under penalty of death by the Catholic kings and later used by Spain during the French invasion to communicate news and political and military plans. Only during the Romantic age did Flamenco open up to the public and transform into the tradition we know today.
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Oro Win   Oro Win
Andy Richter / Aurora Photos
Deep in the Amazon Basin of Brazil, the Oro Win are an indigenous tribe on the cusp of change. Only five native speakers of their traditional language remain, and as the words of their ancestors fade, so does much of their culture. By day, they live traditional native life; fishing, cooking, weaving baskets, yet modern technologies such as television, and electricity have been introduced. With one foot in the past and the other in the future, Aurora Photographer, Andy Richter, documented the present moment with the Oro Win at this picotal time in history.
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Gaza Daily Life   Gaza Daily Life
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Gaza today is a land marked by war; physically and psychologically. Recently, the world's focus has been on the humanitarian crisis, however there are basic quality of life issues such as unemployment, and the lack of electricity and water. For many, everyday life is unbearable, and most Gazans wish to return to normal life and dream of a better future. "Behind every crisis there's an opportunity," says Ammar Al Yazegi, 27, "Even here in Gaza."
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Introducing Renan Rosa   Introducing Renan Rosa
Renan Rosa / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer, Renan Rosa, has traveled around the world, to nearly 40 countries documenting exotic places and beautiful people. Renan's photography uncovers human reality through calming and intimate portraits that explore ethnic and social diversities.
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John Warburton-Lee JWL   John Warburton-Lee JWL
John Warburton-Lee / JWL / Aurora Photos
John Warburton-Lee undertakes assignments both in the UK and worldwide for a broad range of editorial, advertising and commercial clients. Recent commissions have taken him to photograph luxury holidays in India, wildlife in Tanzania and conservation projects in Chile.
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Paul Harris-JWL   Paul Harris-JWL
Paul Harris / JWL / Aurora Photos
Paul Harris is one of Europe's leading adventure travel and documentary photographers. Since 1990, Paul has documented cultural identity in Vietnam, Ecuador, Chile, Honduras and Iran, as well as expeditions to India's Northwest and Northeast frontiers, the Malay Archipelago, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan and Niger.
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Nigel Pavitt-JWL   Nigel Pavitt-JWL
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From his home in Nairobi, Nigel has traveled extensively throughout East and Central Africa photographing indigenous people and Africa's rugged landscapes. For the last 15 years he has photographed the customs and traditions of pastoral societies, capturing their remarkable lifestyles before they are changed forever.
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Christian Kober-JWL   Christian Kober-JWL
Christian Kober / JWL / Aurora Photos
Christian Kober is based in the UK but has spent most of the last 10 years photographing in the Far East including 3 years in Japan. He has spent the last two years photographing all aspects of life in China. His in depth coverage of these countries is spectacular, and he also writes a regular travel column for the popular expat magazine, The Beijinger.
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Little Big Men   Little Big Men
Bruno Zanzottera/ Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
The Bambuti pygmies, live in the remote tropical rain forests in the heart of the Congo. A life in balance, between the forest and the roads, between customs and habits, which are the result of an extremely ancient wisdom and the forced contact with a “modernity” which is often transformed into abuses and exploitation.
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Exorcism in the Congo   Exorcism in the Congo
Bruno Zanzottera/Parallelozero/Aurora Photos
Father Riccardo, a Saverian missionary, is 67. For the past 37 years he's lived in Congo and for the last 20 he's been carrying out a very special job: as an exorcist. Thousands of people frequent his home, receiving free advice and care. In return, Father Riccardo has many stories to tell: from houses burnt to the ground but with the image of the Virgin still intact, to scissors extracted from a patient's vagina.
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Mohenjo-daro, Pakistan   Mohenjo-daro, Pakistan
Pascal Maitre/ Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Mohenjo-daro was built around 2600BCE and abandoned around 1500 BCE. It was rediscovered in 1922, and after massive excavations it has been discovered that Mohenjo-daro in ancient times was one of the most developed and advanced cities in South Asia. The planning and engineering uncovered showed the importance of the city to the people of the Indus Valley. Today, the Mohanas live like their ancestors, hunting birds wearing masks made from stuffed birds, have floating homes, and produce the same bricks in factories that were originally used to build the city.
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Introducing Still Pictures   Introducing Still Pictures
Various Photographers / Still Pictures
We are pleased to announce our newest partnership with Still Pictures. Their collection specializse in environmental, nature and development issues, as well as travel, wildlife and culture.
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Quirimbas Time Machine   Quirimbas Time Machine
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
These forgotten islands off the northern coast of Mozambique, once flourishing as the center of the Swahili kingdom and the province of the Islamic empire, are now abandoned. The colonial architecture of the islands slowly succumbing attacks by sea-salt and ficus roots. And they're also suffering by a gentle sadness which the Portuguese would define as "saudade", crystallized in time like a clock without hands.
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Gorongosa, Dot-Com   Gorongosa, Dot-Com

Gorongosa, in central Mozambique, was one of the first nature reserves to be created in Africa. In the Sixties, the variety of its fauna was such, that the Portuguese called it the "place where Noah landed the ark". A civil war, fiercely fought right within its boundaries, wiped out the animals. Today Gorongosa, returns to life, thanks in part to nature's amazing regeneration abilities, but also thanks to Greg Carr, an American former dot-com entrepreneur, who has invested 40 million dollars to restore the park to its original splendor.
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Patagonia   Patagonia
Bridget Besaw / Aurora Photos
The pristine Baker and Pascua Rivers, two of the world's wildest rivers in remote Chilean Patagonia, are the proposed sites for five new hydropower dams. From Cochrane to Villa O'Higgins, towns at the very edge of the Patagonian wilderness are at risk of loosing their remote beauty and cultural traditions if these dams and surrounding development are approved.
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Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon   Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon
Ryan Heffernan / Aurora Photos
The 6th Annual Copper Canyons Ultra Marathon was run on Sunday, March 6th in the town of Urique, Mexico. 365 runners participated, most of whom were native Tarahumara Indians. Over sixty international runners competed as well, many inspired to run alongside the Tarahumara by Christopher McDougall's book "Born to Run". The following images aim to capture the spirit of this incredible race.
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Footballing Africa   Footballing Africa
Bruno Zanzottera / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Football in Africa, is not just sport and leisure. African soccer players are treated like stars, and importat matches can paralyze the entire nation. Following the dreams of glory, millions of children run after battered footballs on improvised dust fields. Nowadays African soccer is a gold mine that produces champions and sport fairy tales, but subsequently also disappointments and ruthless failures.
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Singapore: High Tech Powerhouse   Singapore: High Tech Powerhouse
David McLain / Aurora Photos
Singapore is a city with its head in the future and its soul in the past. In just 150 years, Singapore has grown into a thriving centre of commerce and industry. The per capita income for its 3.7 million citizens exceeds that of many European countries, the education and health systems rival anything in the West, government officials are largely corruption free, taxes are relatively low, sidewalks are clean, and its port is the busiest in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers, container ships and passenger liners out globally.
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Chiapas, Mexico   Chiapas, Mexico
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico, is as rich in history as it is in culture and natural wonder. The state of Chiapas remains largely unknown to travelers, which can lead to rich authentic travel experiences. Between visiting Mayan ruins to making your way through wild tropical jungles, there is a diverse range of adventure just waiting to be found.
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Caucasus Treasure   Caucasus Treasure
Stephane Remael / Invision / Aurora Photos
Situated between 5,000 meter summits and ten hours by route from the Georgian capital, Svanetia, is a natural fortress. For centuries, its inhabitants have hidden in their homes treasures worthy of the worlds' greatest museums. Kings regularly sent their treasures to Svanetia to recuperate them after winning wars, and the Svans, as brave and faithful people, defended their treasures from invaders.
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Medoc   Medoc
Jean-Luc Chapin / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Over the course of an entire year, photographer Jean-Luc Chapin paced up and down Sociando-Mallet property, in the North of Médoc, Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, capturing the evolution of the vineyard and the changing landscape throughout the seasons. Chapin's images with superb color and texture depict the atmosphere of the land as both wild and civilized.
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Japanese Details   Japanese Details
Ron Koeberer / Aurora Photos
From traditional rock gardens to the Tokyo Stock Exchange, from frozen tuna to rows of torii gates, Aurora photographer, Ron Koeberer brings a unique perspective of the culture, traditions and trends of Japan.
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Ostalgie Berlin   Ostalgie Berlin
Katja Heinemann / Aurora Photos
Since 1989, a generation of young Germans has come of age without lasting memories of life in communist East Germany, yet a powerful sense of separation remains lodged in the country’s collective consciousness. Today, in 'Ostalgie' Berlin, a commercial market has developed with a somewhat blurred vision of the past, and without serious commemoration of the victims of the Communist regime.
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Musicality   Musicality
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
From strings to winds, brass to drums, instruments and the music they produce are as diverse as the cultures from which they derive. Aurora Photos brings sight to sound with a diverse collection of musical imagery from around the world.
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Expression Through Dance   Expression Through Dance
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
From ballet to break-dancing, tango to tap, dancing has been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations and entertainment since the earliest human civilizations. Close your eyes, listen to the music, and let the rhythm move you. Then open your eyes and check out these great images of dance from Aurora Photos.
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Spa Life   Spa Life
Matthew Wakem / Aurora Photos
From September 2008 to May 2009, Matthew Wakem and his wife Maria embarked on an 9-month personal photography project documenting high-end destination spas throughout Asia. The countries on their itinerary included India, Sri Lanka,Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia. The Wakems’ main goal was to create a visual database of Asian holistic spa treatments and premiere resorts.
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The Chilean Huaso   The Chilean Huaso
Mustafah Abdulaziz / Aurora Photos
Like the gauchos, their colleagues east of the Andes, the Chilean huasos are skilled horsemen, honing their skills daily. Over the years, the huaso has come to signify much of the Chilean folkloric culture, and he is a vital part of parades, fiestas, and holidays.
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Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon   Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon
Holly Wilmeth / Aurora Photos
As a landlocked nation in South Asia, The Kingdom of Bhutan was once one of the most isolated nations in the world. New technologies have brought Bhutan closer to the modern world. However, the nation takes great measures to preserve it's traditional culture, identity and environment. Journey with Aurora Photographer, Holly Wilmeth, as she travels through the land of the thunder dragon.
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From Sun Salt   From Sun Salt
Joao Pedro Marnoto / Invision / Aurora
Shallow lagoons that separate the city of Aveiro from the Atlantic. For more than 1000 years, Marnotos, the worker that produce salt through evaporation, work between spring and late summer. It's tough work with great physical effort done under intense sun. The last decades with the expansion of global competition, this labor intensive industry has suffered, even with a charm that lures tourists, the value is not enough to rescue the situation. In the new generation who will continue the tradition?
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Ikea Town   Ikea Town
Lars Tunbjork / Vu / Aurora
Sixty years ago,Ingvar Kamprad was seventeen years old and sold matches. Kampgrad quickly founded his own company selling pens, furniture, socks... He names it Ikea, an acronym of his initials, that of his village and that of his farm. The legend is born. Today, Ikea has 267 stores in 35 countries, and revenue of 21 Billion euros.
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A Colorful Harvest   A Colorful Harvest
Kerry Sherck / Aurora Photos
The 40-acre Old Colony Bog was started around 1886 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. The bog produces two kinds of cranberries, the Early Black and Howes varieties. According to owner, Craig Williams. the bog still contains about 75 percent of the original plants.
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Teuquelín   Teuquelín
Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky / Aurora Photos
Teuquelín is a tiny island near Chiloé in the south of Chile. The only people who live in Teuquelín are of the Peranchiguay family, who arrived about 200 years ago. They live completely isolated from the outside world.
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The Spark of Hope: Healing and Reconciliation in Modern Rwanda   The Spark of Hope: Healing and Reconciliation in Modern Rwanda
Chris Noble / Aurora Photos
In late February 2007, photographer Chris Noble accompanied the artist and social activist Lily Yeh and members of her organization, the Barefoot Artists, as they visited their most extensive and ambitious project — the Genocide Survivor's Survivors' Village of Rugerero in western Rwanda. His role was to document Yeh’s work in Rwanda, as well as produce portraits of the genocide survivors (no apostrophe) living in Rugerero.
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Yawar Festival   Yawar Festival
Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky / Aurora Photos
Every year, during Peru’s Independence Day, the Blood Fest is celebrated in the highland communities of Apurimac. This celebration symbolizes the clash between the indigenous people (condor) and the Spaniards (bull).
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Introducing AWL   Introducing AWL
Various Photographers / AWL / Aurora Photos
We are pleased to announce our newest partnership with AWL, market leading supplier of premium travel images from over 200 countries.
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Tihama: The Other Yemen   Tihama: The Other Yemen
Pascal Meunier / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Nestling at the foot of the famous Yemeni summits, the coastal plain of Tihama meets the Red Sea. Though Tihama has lost some of its grandeur, its contrast to the rest of Yemen is fascinating. With its sculpted cities of a glorious past and its abandoned villages of decorated huts, this little known region is pushing to stay alive.
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Shanghai   Shanghai
Christopher Herwig / Aurora Photos
Photographer Christopher Herwig's series of images deals with the ultra modern city of Shanghai. Focusing on its new and ambitious developments, it prepares itself to host the 2010 World Expo. His explorations include traveling to a traditional silk factory in the nearby city of Suzhou and the ancient canal village of Xitang.
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Gansu   Gansu
Christopher Herwig / Aurora Photos
Gansu is a Chinese province located in the Northwest of the country. Aurora photographer, Christopher Herwig, took a trip along the old silk route. His series of images explores the province's capital Lanzhou, a city of 5 million along the Yellow River, the outpost fortress of Jiayuguan, and the deserts around Dunhuang.
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Xinjiang   Xinjiang
Christopher Herwig / Aurora Photos
Xinjiang is a Chinese province located in the far North West of the country. The Uyghur Autonomous Region has seen ethnic unrest in the form of riots between muslim Uyghurs and Han Chinese in the Summer of 2009, mainly in the capital of Urumqi. This series of images follows a trip along the old silk route and with the day to day life in the province's capital Urumqi, the desert oasis's of Turpan and Khotan, and the market towns of Kashgar, Yarkand and Kucha.
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Lamalera: Whale Hunting Village   Lamalera: Whale Hunting Village
Gyula Sorponyi / Invision / Aurora Photos
The Indonesian whale hunter village, Lamalera, mostly exists in the prayers of the Christian people of Lamalera. Lamalera's people have survived for hundreds of years only by the sea and it's fruits: little fish, manta, bottlenose dolphin and the fervently hoped for whale.
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Roma Displacement in Serbia   Roma Displacement in Serbia
Matt Lutton / Invision / Aurora Photos
In August 2009, the government of Belgrade, Serbia began enforcing the resettlement of Roma from camps under the Gazela Bridge. Photographer Matt Lutton’s imagery documents the plight of impoverished people in a struggling nation.
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Bill Pickett Rodeo   Bill Pickett Rodeo
Gabriela Hasbun / Aurora Photos
In 2009, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo celebrates it's 25th Anniversary. The essence of the rodeo is to educate people from all over the world about the story of African American cowboys and cowgirls. More than 8,000 Black cowboys rode in the great Western cattle drives of the late 1860’s. The legendary Bill Pickett was the first black athlete to be honored in the Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1971.
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New Europe   New Europe
Lukasz Trzcinski / Visavis / Aurora Photos
2009 marks twenty years since the events which led to the disintegration of the communist system in Central and Eastern Europe. Almost 50 years of communist indoctrination had been imprinted in the landscape, economy and mentality of people. It is now clear that the relative homogeneity of the socialist Central and Eastern Europe is on the decline. This part of Europe is increasingly diversifying. Photographer Łukasz Trzciński tried to portray this New Europe through the prism of local attitudes which reflect the history and the current reality of a given country and yet are representative of the region as a whole.
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The Vibrant City of Cairo   The Vibrant City of Cairo
Pascal Meunier / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Experience Cairo through the eyes of Pascal Meunier. He takes you through a city that is firmly attached to it's historical roots, but home to a vibrant modern society.
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Mostar Divers   Mostar Divers
Matt Lutton / Invision / Aurora Photos
Divers and tourists meet at Mostar's famous Old Bridge (Stari Most) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This bridge is the city and region's biggest tourist attraction and there are buses full of tourists coming in from Sarajevo and Dubrovnik, Croatia. For 25 euros, tourists can train to jump from the bridge themselves, under supervision from the "professional" Mostar divers known as the Mostari.
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Cuba Daily Life   Cuba Daily Life
Claudius Schulze / Bilderberg / Aurora Photos
The classic images of this Caribbean Island are what draws in two million tourists each year. You can hear lively music being played, smell the rum and cigars, and feel the joie de vivre. But the fact that many Cubans are struggling to get by shows another reality of this country.
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The Bolivian Mennonites   The Bolivian Mennonites
Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet / Aurora Photos
In Bolivia, a Mennonite settlement of 37 families was established between 1954 and 1957 in the neighborhood of the city of Santa Cruz, in the fertile plains east of the Andes Mountains. Mennonites follow the teachings of Menno Simons, a 16th Century religious leader from what is now the Netherlands. Their community lives traditionally, shunning modern technology and it’s ability to distract them from the path of Christ. It's estimated that there are around 15,400 Mennonites in Bolivia.
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The Fiestas of Zumbahau   The Fiestas of Zumbahau
Ivan Kashinsky / Aurora Photos
In the ice cold Ecuadorian Páramo, the fiestas of Zumbahau echo off the steep canyon walls. The poor farmers save for years in order to throw giant parties. When the fiesta comes they spend everything they have saved and party for days. During this wild rage of festivities one will find that Catholic and pre-Colombian beliefs have been seamed together. Dancers representing the ancient Andean sun god move through the fiesta to the hypnotic rhythm of giant drums. Mother Mary and Mother Earth become one and the Indigenous people of the Andes celebrate the rituals they have been practicing for years.
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Traditional Skiers of The Altay Mountains   Traditional Skiers of The Altay Mountains
lja Herb / Aurora Photos
In the Altay mountains of China’s Xingjiang province, also known as the Uighur Autonomous region, people still follow in the footsteps of their Mongolian ancestors. Like their ancestors, these people live, ski and hunt using the same handcrafted skis and techniques they have for thousands of years.
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The Sacred Andes   The Sacred Andes
Krystian Bielatowicz / Visavis / Aurora Photos
Photographer Krystian Bielatowicz traveled around Peru and the nearby Bolivian border region for three months to shoot and take part in various celebrations and customs of the indigenous Andean peoples. He went on pilgrimages lasting several days, observed life in a provincial parish and took part in the session led by curanderos – Peruvian shamans.
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High Altitude People   High Altitude People
Claudia Lopez / Aurora Photos
An interesting and vivid selection of portraits of Nepalese people in the Makalu-Barun Valley, home to many Himalayan Sherpas and mountain porters.
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Vietnam's New Generation   Vietnam's New Generation
Gyula Sopronyi / Invision / Aurora Photos
Vietnam's "New Generation" can be described by one word: driven. They sport the latest fashions, ride on motorbikes and chat on mobile phones. And, for better or worse, "MTV" now has faithful viewers in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. But this "New Generation" is faced with many dilemmas along the way. How do its members balance family traditions and duties with the pursuit of their own dreams and goals?
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8 Years Later   8 Years Later
Rafal Gerszak / Aurora Photos
8 years after the invasion of Afghanistan, life goes on as does the war. In 2009, there has been the highest number of coalition forces' causalities since the beginning of the war in 2001. Kabul, the country's capital, has been attacked numerous times by suicide bombers, rockets and ambushes. Living in a country that has suffered over 30 years of war is difficult, but people still have hope and hang on to the dream of freedom. 
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The Uyghurs   The Uyghurs
Jakub Sliwa / Aurora Photos
Uyghurs are a Muslim minority ethnic group living in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwestern China. They have long campaigned for independence from Chinese rule, and their separatist demands have led to bloodshed over recent years.
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The Purhépechas   The Purhépechas
Serge Sibert / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
The Purhépechas are an indigenous people who live in the northwestern lake and mountain region of the Mexican state of Michoacan.
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Srebrenica Memorial   Srebrenica Memorial
Matt Lutton / Invision Images / Aurora Photos
The Srebrenica Genocide occurred in July 2005 near the end of the Bosnian war when an estimated 8000 Bosniak men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb paramilitaries. Every year, on the anniversary of the tragedy, thousands from around Bosnia make a pilgrimage to the memorial site and cemetery in Potocari adjacent to the factory where many of the victims were offered protection by Dutch UN troops before the genocide.
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Egypt, My Love   Egypt, My Love
Denis Dailleux / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Between Denis Dailleux and Cairo, it is a true love story : on one side, an insatiable fascination for this unique place, its mood, its magical lights and an unspeakable tenderness towards its inhabitants ; on the other, a natural generosity, a city which offers itself to this subjugated look, inhabitants full of spontaneous kindness. Denis Dailleux makes regular trips to Cairo, in an obsessive way.
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The Karczeby   The Karczeby
Adam Panczuk / Visavis / Aurora Photos
Karczeby is a project which presents a Polish village, focusing on the relationship between the human being and nature and on the essence of humanity in relation to the earth. It shows the people living in villages, their attachment to the land and respect for nature and also how hard work translates into the farmers' dignity. The Polish photographer Adam Panczuk has memorialized these people in a series of black-and-white pictures in a classic square format.
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The Opening of Syria's Doors   The Opening of Syria's Doors
Tomasz Padlo / Visavis / Aurora Photos
The second half of the 20th century was a difficult time for Syria. The never-ending conflict with Israel and other regional conflicts caused bad relations with neighbors through the Middle East, as well as a deep economical crisis. After the death of charismatic President Nafez al-Assad, many economic reforms were made in Syria. Today, Syria is a country opening up to tourism and foreign investments, despite the ongoing political challenges of being in the heart of the Middle East.
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The Golden Astronauts   The Golden Astronauts
Bogdan Krezel / Visavis / Aurora Photos
In 2009, former Soviet-bloc countries are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. Paweł Althamer, a Polish artist decided to honor this significant time in a completely different way. He dressed as a golden astronaut in a golden plane with a golden crew. Under the name ’Common task’, the golden crew flew to Brussels to spread positive vibrations to everyone they met, as a symbol of Poland's comeback to democratic Europe.
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Temples and Dzongs of Bhutan   Temples and Dzongs of Bhutan
Tim Klein / Aurora Photos
Bhutan has a thriving tourist industry that is growing exponentially. Everywhere you look, new hotels are being constructed. To tour Bhutan you must be accompanied by a Bhutanese guide. Most travelers are in groups, though you can travel alone as long as you have a Bhutanese guide. Many of the attractions in Bhutan are the ancient Buddhist temples and Dzongs, which are elaborate fortress architectures. There are seasonal festivals, where you can watch dancing and religious rituals as well as the local people in traditional dress.
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Afghanistan Elections   Afghanistan Elections
Rafal Gerszak / Aurora Photos
Afghanistan's second democratic presidential elections in conjunction with the provincial councils elections were held on August 20, 2009. The top three presidential candidates for this year's presidential election are Presidaent Hamid Karzai, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani. It's been said that 87% of the country's population has been registered to vote. Some have disputed the numbers and are accusing the current government of fraudulent activities.
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Pilgrimage of San Juan de Los Lagos   Pilgrimage of San Juan de Los Lagos
Holly Wilmeth / Aurora Photos
Thousands of pilgrims make a journey to San Juan de los Lagos every year. The small town is the second most visited pilgrimage shrine in Mexico. Most pilgrims come around February 2nd to celebrate Virgen de San Juan, arriving on foot, bicycle, and bus.
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Aleutian Islands   Aleutian Islands
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
The Aleutian Islands are a chain of hundreds of small volcanic islands, forming a volcanic arc in the Northern Pacific Ocean, that are remote and rarely visited. Most of the archipelago is considered Alaska, while the westernmost extension is a part of Russia.
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Portraits of Thailand's Transsexuals   Portraits of Thailand's Transsexuals
Stephane Remael / Invision Images / Aurora Photos
A Thai proverb states "when you meet a very beautiful woman, beware: she is probably a man". No other country in the world counts so many transsexuals so well integrated in society as Thailand. Visible and numerous - 150,000 in a population of 63 million these trans genders enjoy a particular status in a sexually tolerant Buddhist society which accepts them relatively well. As Professors, doctors, hair dressers, dancers, television presenters and much more, they integrate themselves like other women.
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Dubai's Robot Jockeys   Dubai's Robot Jockeys
Ezequiel Scagnetti / Invision Images / Aurora Photos
Robot jockeys, controlled remotely by operators in cars driving along the track, race camels in Dubai. In 2004, robotic jockeys were used in response to the outcry against the use of small children as jockeys.
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The Last Dogfight   The Last Dogfight
Massimo Berruti / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
In March, the people of Pakistan celebrate a national holiday called Pakistan Day. One of the most important celebrations of this day is the Last DogFight. The dogfight takes place only in the cold season to respect the dog's health. This happening attracts thousands of rural and tribal people from all over the four principal provinces. For the dog's owners this is a great chance to show their talent and to win a considerable amount of money.
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Kanun   Kanun
Enri Canaj/ Invision Images / Aurora Photos
The Kanun is a set of laws used mostly in northern Albania and Kosovo from the 15th century until the 20th century and revived recently after the fall of communism in the early 90's. These rules have recently resurfaced in northern Albania. There are organizations that try to mediate between feuding families and try to get them to "pardon the blood", but often the only resort is for men of age to stay in their homes, which are considered a safe refuge by the Kanuni, or flee the country.
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Explore Iceland   Explore Iceland
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
A geologically young land, Iceland offers visitors the chance to explore geysers, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, volcanoes and some of the most breathtaking beauty on earth.
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Navigate Norway   Navigate Norway
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Known for its world famous Norwegian fjords with tall mountains and glaciers Norway is a country with a rugged landscape shaped by the Ice Age.
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Tripoli   Tripoli
Pascal Meunier / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Libya, Tripoli, the former Carthaginian trading post, is regaining its influence in the region.The city's old town is still unspoiled by mass-tourism, though it is increasingly being exposed to more and more visitors from abroad, following the lifting of the UN embargo in 2003.
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Hakamas Singers in Sudan   Hakamas Singers in Sudan
Frédéric Noy / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Hakamas are groups of women in Sudan who were actively associated with groups of fighting forces during the prolonged civil war in Sudan. Recognizing the influential role of the Hakamas, Unicef commissioned an on going project to work with these talented women to change their message from one that would incite fighting during the years of civil wars to one that promotes peace in current post-conflict times.
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Destination Yucatan   Destination Yucatan
Various / Aurora Photos
Travel to the Yucatán Peninsula, a land caught between two worlds. There are the resorts and uber-tourist spots of Cancún and Playa del Carmen on one side and on the other are Mayan traditions and culture in places like Mérida.
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Introducing India Pictures   Introducing India Pictures
Various Photographers / India Pictures / Aurora Photos
Partner agency, IndiaPicture, brings fresh images of the people and cultures of India. Among the vast range of images are a plethora of sections ranging from concepts to human emotions.
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Voyage to Vietnam   Voyage to Vietnam
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Vietnam's natural beauty, ethnic culture, imperial history, pleasant sea resorts and dynamic cities make it a perfect year round destination. Stretching along the eat coast of the Indochinese Peninsula, Vietnam deserves one place among the Asian's leading tourist destinations.
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Discover Laos   Discover Laos
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
With a strong traditional Buddhist culture and limits on tourism to ensure that places such as Luang Prabang remain unspoiled, Laos is one of the best places to visit for travelers searching for somewhere off the beaten path.
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Bull Fighting American Style   Bull Fighting American Style
Dave Shafer / Aurora Photos
La Querencia is the Spanish word that loosely translates to the area in a bullring that the fighting bull imagines as his sanctuary. Deep in the valley of South Texas, La Querencia is where strength of character is drawn for the matadors that perform, similarly to the grand plazas of Spain or Mexico.
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Kunming City's Expansion   Kunming City's Expansion
M. Scott Brauer / Invision / Aurora
Kunming City, capital of Yunnan Province in China, is finishing its 2005 to 2010 expansion. The plans are to nearly double in size, both population, to eight million people and in area. It hopes to be a trade, transport, financial and cultural center of Southeast Asia.
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Jewish Quarter in Prague   Jewish Quarter in Prague
Jens Reutzsch / Gruppe28 / Aurora
The Jewish quarter Josefov in Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, it has become one of Europe's (and the world's) most popular tourist destinations.
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Quinceaneras in Cuba   Quinceaneras in Cuba
Claudine Doury / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Photographer Claudine Doury caught the spirit of Quinceaneras, the rites of passage to adulthood, around Havana. Quinceaneras are coming of age ceremonies held on a girl's fifteenth birthday in Latin American cultures.
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Bordeaux Wine   Bordeaux Wine
Serge Picard / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
Serge Picard captures the essence of the Bordeaux region of France, which is the second largest wine-growing area in the world.
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China Punk   China Punk
Invision / Scott Brauer/ Aurora Photos
Drumsticks count up to four and the wall of noise starts. Deep in an endless sea of concrete apartment buildings,a garage band's screaming at the top of its lungs. You've heard the music before, it's raw,unpolished, punk rock, but this time, it's in China. There's a burgeoning scene in China, and Beijing's where it's at.
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Saut D'eau Voodoo Festival   Saut D'eau Voodoo Festival
David Zentz / Aurora Photos
Every summer, thousands of Voodoo practitioners make pilgrimages to numerous multi-day festivals throughout the small island nation. During Saut D'eau, one of the most famous and popular festivals, voodooists and Catholics from across Haiti and the American Diaspora flock to the quaint village of Ville Bonheur, near the country's center, to bathe and worship beneath the nearby Saut D’eau waterfalls where they hope to win the favor of various lwas, or spirits.
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Milanese Cuisine   Milanese Cuisine
David Yoder / Aurora Photos
Although Milan is a city that is renowned for its fashion and design, it also remains one of the strongest cities of traditional Italian cooking, where homemade elements are still very much praised and appreciated.
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Fine Dining in Venice   Fine Dining in Venice
David Yoder / Aurora Photos
Venice's proximity to the Adriatic Sea has given it more then just its famous canals. The cities cuisine is rich with seafood dishes including one of its trademark foods, cuttlefish and its ink.
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Introducing Invision   Introducing Invision
Invision Photographers / Aurora Photos
Invision Images is a photo agency founded in 2006, based in Athens, Greece. Working with a team of photographers their aim is to promote new forms of photojournalism and documentary photography.
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Samso Island   Samso Island
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
In 1997, Samso Island, Denmark won a government competition to become a model renewable energy community. Now 100% of its electricity comes from wind power and 75% of its heat comes from solar power and biomass.
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Explore Beijing   Explore Beijing
Martin Puddy / Asia Images / Aurora Photos
Beijing is often called one of the world's great cities and is known as the center of culture and art in China.
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Spirituality   Spirituality
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
The search for meaning can take many forms and many faiths.  In trying times, people are turning to new ideas about spiritual healing, returning to the traditional faiths of the East and West, or simply looking for an interior place of peace in a tumultuous world.  Come explore the Non-material world with Aurora Photos.
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Travel to the Center of the World   Travel to the Center of the World
Christian Heeb / Aurora Photos
Ecuador possesses great ethnic, racial and linguistic diversity. It is populated by more than twelve indigenous peoples. In addition, Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse territories on earth.
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Core BMX   Core BMX
Fat Tony / Aurora Photos
Even after fracturing his skull during a BMX stunt gone awry, Aurora contributing photographer, Fat Tony continues to live, breathe and creatively document BMX culture in the heart of Los Angeles.
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Comic Con   Comic Con
Tom Sperduto / Aurora Photos
While Friday's weather was below freezing on the first day of New York Comic-Con 2009, over 77,000 fans came out in force to check out the comics, celebrities, movies and video game demos that weekend. Growing steadily with each passing year, Comic-Cons can know be found across the country.
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Portraits of the Tarahumara   Portraits of the Tarahumara
Robb Kendrick / Aurora Photos
The Tarahumara, who live in and above the canyons of northern Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental, evaded Spanish conquerors in the sixteenth century. But can they survive the onslaught of modernity? Fast food, tourism and the modern world is at their door.
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The Pomaks of Bulgaria   The Pomaks of Bulgaria
Valentina Petrava / Invision / Aurora Photos
The inhabitants of the village of Ribnovo are Bulgarian-speaking Muslims, sometimes referred to as 'Pomaks' or 'people who have suffered'. Muslim Bulgarians are descendants of Christian Bulgarians who have converted to Islam, during the 14th, 16th and the 18th century.
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Farming Life   Farming Life
Dan Chung / Aurora Photos
Family farming has always interested photographer Dan Chung because it is a lifestyle that demands a lot, but pays very little. The farm's future in the next 5 years is uncertain. but they have held on to this lifestyle for many years now. Things are tougher for them now more than ever, but they are very tough people.
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Rodeo Montubio   Rodeo Montubio
Ivan Kashinsky / Aurora Photos
Every year on October 12, the people gather for a classic Rodeo Montubio in the dusty village of Salitre, Ecuador. During the fiesta men fire their guns in the air after a good performance. Salitre is known as the Montubio capital of Ecuador. Montubios are mestizo cowboys in the coastal regions of Ecuador. During the rodeo groups from different haciendas come to compete and show of their "cowboy skills".
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Introducing Noor   Introducing Noor
Various/ Noor/ Aurora Photos
Amsterdam based, NOOR is an international photography collective combining the talents and perspectives of nine photographers hailing from seven countries, producing cutting edge, and visually distinctive photographic reportage on news and culture.
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The Paris of South America   The Paris of South America
Various / Aurora Photos
Buenos Aires is a vibrant, affordable city in Argentina. Along with the city's European flavor, it's residents called porteńos bring a sense of passion to travelers.
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Out West   Out West
Christian Lutz / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
Photographer, Christian Lutz, captures the life of cattle-breeders and cowboys in Oregon. The story focuses on the relationship between man and nature.
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New Foundland   New Foundland
Andrew Querner / Aurora Photos
For centuries, the cod industry sustained a way of life that came to define Canada's most eastern province. Today, with few alternatives, many are being forced to seek work in far away places like Ontario and Alberta, a trend reflected in census statistics. As the population leaves home and family behind in search of opportunity, the out-port communities and the culture that surrounds them quickly erodes.
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Tequila   Tequila
Aaron Ansarov / Aurora Photos
Archeologists say the agave has been cultivated for at least 9000 years in the central, arid highlands of Mexico. In the 400 years following the Conquest, tequila has become an icon of the Mexican nationality, pride and culture.
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Today's Maya   Today's Maya
Dewever / VU / Aurora Photos
The Maya civilization is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. Today's Maya live in the same regions of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras as their ancestors and retain many of their ancient traditions.
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The Melting Village of Kivalina   The Melting Village of Kivalina
Kevin Horan / Aurora Photos
There is growing evidence that the small and impoverished Alaskan village of Kivlina is melting into the sea due to global warming. In February 2008, the village began taking action against some of the world's largest greenhouse gas offenders.
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Anita Conti's World   Anita Conti's World
Anita Conti / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
In the 1950's, Anita Conti spent many fishing seasons aboard French Newfoundland bound trawlers over cod fisheries. She captured and described this floating world in amazing photographs.
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Doha Booming   Doha Booming
Pascal Meunier / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Who knows Doha? The capital of Qatar is exploding and reaching the same proportions of Dubai's growth as a city.
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Pakistan Cadet College   Pakistan Cadet College
Massimo Berruti/VU / Aurora Photos
Pakistan is a troubled country at the center of international interests. It's military is now in the spotlight as Pakistan plays a pivotal role in the "War on Terror". Pakistan's Cadet Colleges are the grounds where children begin their education to become future soldiers and officers.
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Harar: Jewel of the Horn of Africa   Harar: Jewel of the Horn of Africa
Pascal Meunier / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Harar is an Islamic city situated in the mostly Christian country of Ethiopia. Photographer, Pascal Meunier, captured the unique surroundings of Harar.
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The Fighting Cholitas   The Fighting Cholitas
Ivan Kashinsky / Aurora Photos
High up in the Bolivian Andes, Cholitas take part in Lucha Libre, a style of wrestling that began in Mexico. The Cholitas that participate in this wild sport are of Aymara decent and dress head to toe in their traditional clothing.
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Introducing Chico Sanchez   Introducing Chico Sanchez
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
Mexico based photographer, Chico Sanchez, brings his passion for photojournalism and eye for unique stories to Aurora. From his travels in Spain to the cities of Mexico, Chico captures the spirit of his subjects.
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Mentawai Islands   Mentawai Islands
Juan-Manuel Castro Prieto / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
Agence Vu photographer,Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, traveled to Mentawai. The Mentawai archipelago is a group of four small islands located approximately 150 kms from the west coast of Sumatra. This isolated land hosts a native Malay population and is a noted destination for surfing.
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Explore Greece   Explore Greece
Various/Aurora Photos
Greece is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. From it's beaches to it's suitable sunny summer weather, Aurora photographers let you explore Greece through their lenses.
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Harvest Time   Harvest Time
Aurora Photographers
Experience an array of taste and colorful harvests from around the world.
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Climate refugees   Climate refugees
Munem Wasif / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Bangladesh, which has 140 million people packed into an area a little smaller than the state of Illinois, is one of the most vulnerable targets of climate change. In the last 10 years, farmers have had to move their homes to escape the encroaching waters of the huge Brahmaputra River in Kurigram, Once happy villagers today they have turned into mere'Climate Refugees'.
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The Heirs of Genghis Khan   The Heirs of Genghis Khan
Jens Rötzsch / Gruppe28 / Aurora Photos
Photographer Jens Rötzsch visited Mongolia, and shows with his images, a country at the crossroad between traditional nomadic life and western modernity.
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Nordic Photo Collection   Nordic Photo Collection
Various Photographers/ Nordic Photos / Aurora Photos
Nordic Photos is one of the largest collections of images focused on the Nordic region. From editorial to creative imagery, The Nordic Photos collection at Aurora Photos is your source for images from the North.
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Discover Slovenia   Discover Slovenia
Various/ Aurora Photos
Formerly a part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia is a European gem for people traveling on a budget. Various photographers capture this Central European country that is becoming popular with tourists.
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Explore Iceland: the Land of Fire and Ice   Explore Iceland: the Land of Fire and Ice
Various Photographers/Aurora Photos
Iceland is quickly becoming one of Europe's hottest travel spots. From it's breathtaking glaciers to it's enchanting hot springs, Iceland offers a unique experience. Various Aurora photographers capture the essence of Iceland through shooting the country's natural features.
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The Rez - Home of the Lakota Nation   The Rez - Home of the Lakota Nation
Svetlana Bahchevanova / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer Svetlana Bahchevanova explores the contrast and psychological conflict between the reclaimed cultural and spiritual identify of the Lakota Sioux and the poverty and deprivation of life on the Rez, as it is familiarly known to its residents .
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Hemis Photo Collection   Hemis Photo Collection
Various Photographers/ Hemis Photos / Aurora Photos
Hemis photos is the largest collection of stock images of France and is recognized for its outstanding travel pictures for editorial and advertising use. The Hemis photo collection at Aurora Photos is your source for creative travel imagery.
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Myanmar Behind Closed Doors   Myanmar Behind Closed Doors
Various Photographers/Aurora Photos
From political oppression to the aftermath of a cyclone, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a country struggling to find it's freedom. Various Aurora photographers capture Myanmar's amazing culture and beauty behind it's closed doors.
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Dubai: Flourishing Sports Mecca   Dubai: Flourishing Sports Mecca
Lars Tunbjork / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Dubai is emerging as a center of interest in the world for sports. Emirati billionaires pursue their quest to provide the biggest and best of everything from golf courses watered by 2,256 sprinklers to one of the world's largest indoor ski resorts.
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Portugal: the West Coast of Europe   Portugal: the West Coast of Europe
Various Aurora Photographers
Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world, but quickly growing as a new cultural hot spot. Aurora photographers give you a glimpse of what this country has to offer.
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Experience the Kingdom of Thailand   Experience the Kingdom of Thailand
Various Aurora Photographers
Thailand is one of the biggest tourist destinations in southeast Asia. Aurora photographers capture the essence of this ancient kingdom's natural beauty and cultural attraction.
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Carry Me Ohio   Carry Me Ohio
Matt Eich/Alexia Foundation/ Aurora Photos
Millions of toxic electronic parts are discarded every year in the U.S. Large amounts of used electronics end up being sent to developing countries where there are poor environmental standards. Pushed to the fringes of American society are communities in Appalachia marginalized by poverty, which has forged their culture and lifestyle since the early 1900s. Aurora photographer Matt Eich documents the people in these communities.
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In the Footsteps of a Million Camels   In the Footsteps of a Million Camels
Joanna B. Pinneo/ Aurora Photos
Each year, Sudan exports a quarter million camels to Egypt. Desert nomads depend on the profitable camel trade for their livelihood. To do so, they must travel one of the most treacherous of the ancient trading routes - Darb el-Arbein, the Forty Days Road, so named because of the length of time it takes to travel from central Sudan to southern Egypt.
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In A New York Minute   In A New York Minute
Katja Heinemann / Aurora Photos
From outdoor films and concerts to the season's coolest events and installations, explore NYC's summer moments. Aurora photographer Katja Heinemann shares her glimpse of the NYC experience.
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China's National People's Congress   China's National People's Congress
Natalie Behring / Aurora Photos
The National People’s Congress of China, which convenes annually every March, is China's greatest spectacle of communist tradition. The cavernous building is populated by countless manicured attendants ready to provide security to China's elusive leadership.
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The Soviet Roadside Bus-stop   The Soviet Roadside Bus-stop
Christopher Herwig/ Aurora Photos
n 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed it tore down with it the infamous Iron Curtain revealing a world that was mostly unknown to the west for the better part of the century. The phenomenon of the road side bus stop shelter as works of art is a surprising revelation one may not have expected to discover in this land filled with functionality and coldness.
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Bold China   Bold China
Various Aurora Photographers
This summer the eyes of the world will be focused on China. Aurora contributing photographers have been focusing their lenses on China. Here are some of their outstanding images.
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Valentine's Day   Valentine's Day
Various Aurora Photographers
Valentine's Day is shrouded in mystery. Still, February is a month of romance containing both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.
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Maine Island Life   Maine Island Life
David McLain / Aurora Photos
The popular perception is that life on an island off the coast of Maine is idyllic. David McLain's photography captures this notion.
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Scarification In Benin   Scarification In Benin
Jean-Michel Clajot / Aurora
In Djougou, central Benin, scarifications pass from generation to generation, with a boy carrying the same marks as his father. The scarification ceremony itself is of great social importance, as it represents the passage into adulthood.
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India's Kumbh Mela   India's Kumbh Mela
Kris Pannecoucke / Aurora Photos
Men, women and children bathe in the waters of Sangam in India during a cycle of pilgrimage known as the Kumbh Mela when millions of Hindus visit four cities on a 12-yearly cycle to expunge their sins by bathing in especially holy stretches of the Ganges and its tributaries in the belief that a ritual dip would wash away all sins. The biggest days of the Kumbh Mela festival are January 19 (Mauni Amavasya), when about 20-25 million are expected to converge for this spectacle of spirituality, devotion and stoicism.
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The Netherlands, a.k.a. Holland   The Netherlands, a.k.a. Holland
Various Aurora Photographers
A densely populated and geographically low-lying country, about half of its surface area is less than 1 metre (3.3 ft) above sea level and much of it is actually below sea level, The Netherlands is popularly known for its windmills, cheese, wooden shoes, dikes, flowers, dunes, bicycles and social tolerance. Come explore a country most call Holland.
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The Winter Road to Zanskar   The Winter Road to Zanskar
Frank Huster / Aurora Photos
The old Buddhist kingdom of Zanskar quietly sits in a remote valley in the Indian Himalaya, near the border of Pakistan. Only during summer does a dirt road connect Zanskar to the rest of the world. The remainder of the year, the region remains cut-off, but for a couple of winter months when the temperature drops enough for the Zanskar River to freeze and “Chadhar” to come to life. Chadhar is this vital section of the River that flows from Zanskar into the Indus River and allows walkers to rejoin the highway connecting Leh, the capital of Ladakh to Kargil and the West. The week-long journey remains a traditional route used by all who must travel during the winter months. The Indian army’s Border Roads Organization (BRO) is building a road in the Zanskar river gorge, which will quickly and safely link Zanskar’s capital Padum to Leh. While everybody in Zanskar wants the road, they also know it will change their culture and traditions forever.
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Robb Kendrick's Tintypes   Robb Kendrick's Tintypes
Robb Kendrick / Aurora Photos
In the past few years, Robb Kendrick has traveled to 76 countries and all seven continents. Kendrick works for National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian. But Kendrick's true passion has become wet plate photography on tin, known as tintype.
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Masks of Spain   Masks of Spain
Various ASA Photographers
Masks appear the world over in social and religious celebrations and rituals. They serve as storytelling aids and as portals to the spirits of animals, gods, and the dead. In Spain, masks are an especially vivid part of traditional culture. They appear in festivals and during carnival; often manifesting a combination of Christian and indigenous tradition. Aurora brings you exceptional images from Spain, representing the vibrancy and diversity of Spanish masks.
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Festivals   Festivals
Various Aurora Photographers
Across the world, festivals - communal celebrations of harvests, history, culture, religion, and entertainment – bring us together in revelry and remembrance. They become events of human interaction punctuated by colorful clothing, lights, dance, food, and music. Aurora Photos has some of the best and most interesting images from festivals around the world. Take a look.
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Introducing Anders Ryman   Introducing Anders Ryman
Anders Ryman
Anthropologist, photographer, and writer, Anders Ryman put them all together and focuses his camera on travel and traditional cultures around the world. His work shows a deep understanding and appreciation for people and cultures, whether he is photographing the Hait Haddidou in the High Atlas of Morocco or Uru Murato Indians in Bolivia’s Altiplano. Based in Sweden, Anders consistently brings back compelling images and stories from all corners of the globe.
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Why Some Live Longer   Why Some Live Longer
David McLain / Aurora Photos
None of the centenarians smoke, but all of them eat a diet consisting mainly of fruit and vegetables, share a strong emphasis on the family, and are are deeply invested in their communities. Experts tell us it is possible to view the behaviors of the world's longest lived people as a kind of ala carte menu from which a person can choose their favorite habits from each culture and incorporate them into their lives accordingly. These mall habits and lifestyle choices can add or subtract a significant number of healthy years to one's life. The choice is up to you. Click "text" bellow on the thumbnail to read more...
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Small Town Jamboree   Small Town Jamboree
Jonathan Kingston / Aurora
High atop the Blue Ridge Mountains there is a place that transcends time and gathers old and young, to share in the harmony of music. Folks from around the world congregate in the Country Store in Floyd, Virginia to dance to the rhythm of bluegrass and old-time music that is borrowed from the surrounding hills and valleys.
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The Saami Culture   The Saami Culture
Anders Ryman / Aurora
The Saami people living in Kautokeino, Norway celebrate weddings and other life cycle ceremonies at Easter time, after which the reindeer herders move with their herds to the Atlantic coast for summer pasture. The Saami currently live in Norway, Sweden, Russia and Finland.
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Christmas Around the World   Christmas Around the World
Various Aurora Photographers
Join Aurora on a visual journey, Christmas Around the World. May your holiday season be a peaceful.
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Holland, Michigan 49422   Holland, Michigan 49422
Jose Azel / Aurora
Two and a half million people visit Holland each year - not the country across the ocean where the people wear wooden shoes, but the town (pop. 35,048) in Michigan that is home to six million tulips and an annual festival that celebrates the town's most beloved perennial.
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Food in China   Food in China
Various Aurora Photographers
Few cultures are as food oriented as the Chinese. Variety is a cornerstone for many reasons, from China's size to famine. Having suffered from many poor harvests people would explore everything eatable to stay alive. Ingredients such as wood ears and lily buds were discovered this way. Scarcity also taught people how to avoid waste. Various fruit and vegetable peels and even shark fins turned out to be delicacies in Chinese food.
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The Transvestites of Pakistan   The Transvestites of Pakistan
Dennis Drenner / Aurora
On the bottom rungs of Pakistan's social ladder, the eunuch-transvestites or "Hijras" scrape out a hard existence. Cultural descendants of the court eunuchs of the Mughal Empire (1526-1858), the Hijras now earn their living as beggars, dancers and prostitutes.
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The Kingdom of Mustang   The Kingdom of Mustang
Robert Caputo / Aurora
Geographically and culturally more a part of Tibet than Nepal, Mustang contains a wild landscape of eroded cliffs and hidden caves. Little changed by twentieth century influences, the culture of the hardy Lobas people remains full of myth and legend. Mustang was founded in the 15th century by a Tibetan monarch who consolidated various small local chiefdoms into the Kingdom of Lo. Eventually Mustang was incorporated into Nepal but it has remained isolated, and rarely visited.
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Tunisia for Tourists   Tunisia for Tourists
Steve Outram / Aurora
Tunisia's beautiful beaches and historical treasures attract nearly 5 million each year. They come for the history, architecture and the 810 mile coastline. They sunbath, dive, and sail along the vast stretches of white sand beaches along the Mediterranean. The visit the Punic and Roman archaeological sites in Carthage and 2nd Century Roman temple in Dougga, the Phoenician port of Utica, and El Jem's Coliseum, which is second only to Rome. The Bardo Museum, near Tunis, boasts the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Masterpieces of Arab-Islamic architecture attract other visitors.
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A Small Place in the Desert - Oualata   A Small Place in the Desert - Oualata

Listed on the World Human Heritage site, Oualata has resisted a hostile climate, the advance of the desert, absence of drinking water and remoteness. Yet, it is the most beautiful city of Mauritania, well known for the intricate, architectural ornamentation. The beautiful designs on walls and doors are mainly made from local gypsum and clay. In addition the traveler will find a world-famous Koranic school that positions the city as one of the most renowned centers of Islamic scholarship in the Sahara region. In contrast, with no surface roads and one airstrip,.Oualata is used for the internal exile of Mauritanian political prisoners.
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Hammam   Hammam
Pascal Meunier/Cosmos/Aurora
When the conquering empire receded south, the architectual remains of the Greek and Roman baths and the balnea gave way to the bath houses, or hammams of Islam. However, not until Muhammed praised the use of sweat baths in the 5th Century did the Islamic hammam proliferate.
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A Slow Boat to Somewhere   A Slow Boat to Somewhere
Peter McBride/Aurora
The cargo ship "Kura Ora" ("Good Morning") is the lifeline of the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia's 3000 mile long archipelago. The rusty, 163-foot vessel travels to 21 of the 78 Tuamotu Islands, covering a distance of over 900 miles on its monthly run. The ship brings vital supplies to the islands, transporting everything from food, fuel, and lumber to beer, bikes and tractors--over 600 tons of supplies. Truly making it the lifeline of the islanders and one of the world's most unique cargo ships.
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Images of Argentina   Images of Argentina
Andres Salinero
Patagonia, the tango and gauchos, what can be more Argentine? Read onÉ..
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Introducing Russell Gordon   Introducing Russell Gordon
Russell Gordon/Aurora
Over the past 10 years, Russell Gordon has covered people, news and events in more than 30 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. In Afghanistan, Cambodia, Yugoslavia and the Bosnian Serb Republic, he has reported on civil war and ethnic. He has been published in many international publications such as Newsweek/Japan, Newsweek en Espanol, TIME Magazine, Business Week/Latin America, GEO Germany, Neue Revue, Lufthansa Magazine and more. Currently he is based and home in Mexico City.
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Picasso Museum   Picasso Museum
Raul Montanos/ASA/Aurora
Last year the Buenavista Palace was restored and opened for the long anticipated Picasso Museum, in Picasso's home town of Malaga, Spain.
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The Nuba   The Nuba
Meridith Davenport/Aurora
In the Nuba Mountains of Sudan the traditional way of life of it’s people a hard battle is being fought. Hunger and sickness have affected the physiques of the Nuba, yet they persever. Even though tens of thousands died and hundreds of thousands have been forced into government camps, more than a million survive. Meredith Davenport takes us into their world. More….
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Madagascar Unseen   Madagascar Unseen
Pascal Maitre/Cosmos/Aurora
The Malagasy proverb claims: "They who drink the water from the Manangareza river always come back to Madagascar". Read on…
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Sand Cities   Sand Cities
Serge Sibert / Cosmos / Aurora
Deep in the Mauritanian Desert the sand cities of Ouadane, Witness daily life in Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichit, and Oualata, all cities that date from the 10th Century and all named World Human Heritage sites by Unesco.
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Vipassana - Reform from Within   Vipassana - Reform from Within
Tim Georgeson/Cosmos/Aurora
Vipassana, an ancient Buddhist meditation technique has been introduced to the Tihar Jail, the largest prison complex in India.
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WW II Again   WW II Again
Katja Heinemann/Aurora
World War II takes place each year in Reading, Pennsylvania. There are bombed-out French villages constructed of plywood, vintage trucks, machine guns and jeeps, and lot's of GIs and German soldiers participating mock battles.
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New York City Pro-War Rally   New York City Pro-War Rally
Nina Berman/Aurora
Photographs by Nina Berman
On March 23, 2003 Supporters of the Iraq war, turn out for a support President Bush and the troops demonstration in Times Square sponsored by the Christian Coalition, pro-Israeli groups, and conservative organizations.
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Fulton Fish Market   Fulton Fish Market
Bridget Besaw Gorman/Aurora
A New York City establishment for 160 years soon to disappear - but for now still hustling and bustling with activity and tradition.
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American '50's - Sentimental Journey   American '50's - Sentimental Journey
Jeff Jacobson/Aurora
Certain memories unite us-memories of a place, a time, a shared experience.
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Masters of the Hunt   Masters of the Hunt
Todd Bigelow/Aurora
Coyote hunting in California. Americans pursue the tradition and trappings of English fox hunting.
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Marine Recruitment   Marine Recruitment
Artz/Laif/Aurora
At Parris Island, S.C. Marine recruitment takes on an interesting twist.
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The Lewis and Clark Trail   The Lewis and Clark Trail
Jose Azel/Aurora
Almost 200 years ago the land's of Native Americans, bison and wilderness began an epic of change.
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American Christmas   American Christmas
Jeff Jacobson / Aurora
A drive across America reveals a Christmas landscape.
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Cyber Sex - Big Business Online   Cyber Sex - Big Business Online
Photographs by Jim Lo Scalzo/US News/Aurora
You can make money on the Internet. Sex.
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Drakensberg Mountain Range   Drakensberg Mountain Range
Adrian Bailey/Aurora
Adrian Bailey and writer David Bristow attempt South Africa's largest range known as the Dragon's Mountain. Full Text Available For License.
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Israeli Settlements   Israeli Settlements
David Blumenfeld/Aurora
At the heart of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, these settlements stand at the edge between domestic calm and all out war.
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Soccer Around the World   Soccer Around the World
Andoni Canela/Aurora
The passion for Soccer reaches even the most remote of places. Soccer fields dot the urban and rural landscape around the world much the way baseball fields do here in the USA.
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Rhythm of the Tides   Rhythm of the Tides
Tim Peters/Aurora
Explore the Grand Manan Island fisheries in New Brunswick, Canada.
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Oskalooska   Oskalooska
Nina Berman/Aurora
In the wake of September 11 lives a small town in America; a place where there's prayer in school, football heroes are created, corn fields grow and people lead simple yet satisfying lives.
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Women of Afghanistan   Women of Afghanistan
Nina Berman/Aurora
This is the story of Afghanistan as it was before the events of September 11th, at a time when the world's focus was not on this dry, Middle Eastern country and the Taliban reigned supreme.
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The Age of E-Mail   The Age of E-Mail
Nina Berman/Aurora
It's been 30 years since the first email made its way through a computer room in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Now, billions of emails crisscross cyberspace every day. There are email addicts, hackers, and kidnappers send
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Cuban Cars   Cuban Cars
Scott S. Warren/Aurora
In Cuba politics and necessity have conspired to create a living snapshot of America's golden age of automobiles.
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Crossing the Sahara   Crossing the Sahara
Chris Anderson/Aurora
The Sahara's Ténéré is a chunk of the planet gone dead, 154,000 square miles [398,860 square kilometers] of nothing-except for faith, war, salt, beer, speed … and an urgent sense of what it is to be alive.
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The Khanty of Siberia   The Khanty of Siberia
Scott S. Warren/Aurora
The Khanty people of northwestern Siberia have lived there for thousands of years as fishermen, hunters and Reindeer herders. Having survived decades of Soviet oppression, the Khanty now face a newer, more ominous
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Assignment USA   Assignment USA
Todd Bigelow/Aurora
Whether in protest or celebration,in the heartland or along the border,Todd Bigelow catches glimpses intothe lives of everyday Americans-those who when knitted togetherdefine the fabric of America.
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Ft. Worth Stock Show   Ft. Worth Stock Show
Robb Kendrick/Aurora
Founded in 1896, the Southwestern Exhibition and Livestock Show of Ft. Worth, Texas, features the world's original rodeo and more than 20,000 head of livestock from America's top herds.
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Seeds of Peace   Seeds of Peace
Carl Walsh / Aurora Photos
The Seeds of Peace internationally recognized program aims at empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. The model begins at the International Camp in Maine and continues through follow-up programming with international youth conferences, regional workshops, educational and professional opportunities, and an adult educator program. This comprehensive system allows participants to develop empathy, respect, and confidence as well as leadership, communication and negotiation skills — all critical components that will facilitate peaceful coexistence for the next generation.
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County Fairs   County Fairs
Randy Olson/Aurora
Take a stroll through an amalgam of prize vegetables, fried dough and carnival rides.
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Rattlesnake Roundup   Rattlesnake Roundup
Chris Hamilton/Aurora
Join Aurora photographer Chris Hamilton as he documents the annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas - the largest Rattlesnake Roundup in the world.
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Mustang   Mustang
Robert Caputo/Aurora
Venture into a remote corner of Nepal where centuries-old Buddhist traditions lie preserved in the isolated mountain villages of a region called Mustang.
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Cuba   Cuba
Photographs by Randy Olson and Melissa Farlow
Buscas algo un poco diferente? Visite una isla carribeana lleno de historia, musica y corazon.
Journey to Cuba!
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Drug Tourism in Peru   Drug Tourism in Peru
Andrew Lichtenstein / Aurora
The shamans of Amazonia have used Ayahuasca, Salvia divinorum, for thousands of years to heal physical, emotional, and psychological conditions. Today western tourists visit isolated regions of South America to experience the powerful hallucinogenic, as well as its therapeutic affects.
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Nature's Medicine   Nature's Medicine
Lynn Johnson/Aurora
When illness strikes, millions of us turn to nature's medicine cabinet for relief. Join Lynn Johnson as she explores how healing plants, human touch, meditation and a holistic approach to health can maintain the body,
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The Pan American Highway   The Pan American Highway
Melissa Farlow/Aurora
Hit the road with Melissa as she travels through Mexico, Peru and Chile along the Pan American Highway.
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Exploring Inner Maine   Exploring Inner Maine
Jose Azel / Aurora Photos
Inner Maine, when explored, reveals a patchwork quilt of beauty, ruggedness, and stalwart independence.
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Meat Packing District   Meat Packing District
Nina Berman/Aurora
In Manhattan's Meat Packing District, the theme changes every night but generally a mix of fetish, drag queens, and goth rockers take the streets and clubs.
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Perfume   Perfume
Robb Kendrick/Aurora
Ever wonder where all those exotic smells and fragrances come from? Click and find out
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Brethren Family   Brethren Family
Randy Olson/Aurora
The Protiva family escaped urban angst by moving to Peace Valley, Missouri and adopting a conservative Christian lifestyle.
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