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New Rebels- Burma   New Rebels- Burma
Giorgio Taraschi / Invision/ Aurora Photos
Five young women with an appetite for rebellion are taking Burma by storm, and the ultra-conservative society doesn’t know what hit them. The Me N Ma Girls, the first all-girl band in the history of Burma are pushing cultural limits in their native country.
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Snapshot of the Year   Snapshot of the Year
Various / Aurora Photos
Aurora takes a look back at the images and moments that have shaped 2011 so far.
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Homeless in Seattle   Homeless in Seattle
Mike Kane / Aurora Photos
In a compelling set of images taken in Seattle, WA photographer Mike Kane captures the daily lives of the young adults who have become the new face of homelessness Studies show it's a group driven by two large converging forces: an economy that has been especially brutal on young people, and the large number of kids currently exiting foster care. Today 1000 young adults are homeless each night.
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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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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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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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Saudi Arabia   Saudi Arabia
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelozero / Aurora
A look at the Saudi Arabia of the future. Photographer Gandolfi tries to imagine it in this set of images capturing the capital; Riyadh, the desert in the north, and finally Jeddah; one of the most cosmopolitan cities on Earth. Here, a different Arabia is being formed, more tolerant and less attached to the oil economy, recognizing that the future of the country relies on tourism.
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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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The Model Village   The Model Village
Grassani / Invision / Aurora
The Vauban district in Freiberg, Germany was specifically designed by its inhabitants to meet their ecological, social, economic and cultural requirements. They utilized new concepts in energy, traffic, building and social interaction to create a sustainable, flourishing neighborhood.
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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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Women Are Heroes   Women Are Heroes
JR / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
JR, an anonymous, innovative, humanitarian artist has been named the recipient of the 2011 TED Prize. Working with volunteers in urban environments around the world, he mounts enormous black-and-white photo canvases of women whose stories have inspired him. These images become part of the local landscape, challenging pedestrians in their daily routines and capturing people's attention and imagination around the world.
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Back to work in the Gulf?   Back to work in the Gulf?
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelo Zero / Aurora
While some areas have recently opened to fishing, change for many comes slowly. Photographer Alessandro Gandolfi explores the aftermath of the BP oil spill along the Gulf of Mexico.
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Tobacco   Tobacco
Rocco Rorandelli / TerraProject / Aurora Photos
When photographer Rocco Rorandelli's father was dying of lung cancer and refused to stop smoking cigarettes, Rorandelli decided he needed to learn more about the industry. He visited China and India, the first and second largest producers of tobacco in the world. These photos explore the extreme differences he found between the two country's views on tobacco; in China the industry is synonymous with prosperity and is a symbol of suburbia, while in India tobacco is equated with poverty and hardship.
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Prison Valley   Prison Valley
Phillippe Brault / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
Philippe Brault spent several many weeks documenting life in Fremont County, Colorado. There, prisons are an industry like any another, and the great majority of the county's inhabitants depend on the prison industry.
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Meat Packing   Meat Packing
Kevin Moloney / Aurora Photos
At the Cargill meat packing plant in Fort Morgan, Colorado, vaccinating the cattle for e-coli is one of the many measures taken to control the harmful-to-humans pathogens that can come in the process of slaughtering. Inspectors work hard taking core samples and scanning beef trimmings to be tested for e-coli and other contaminants.
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Beyond a Spill   Beyond a Spill
James Balog / Aurora Photos
James Balog gets into the visceral heart of the gulf spill catastrophe, an epic breakdown of technology and of the human response to the breakdown. From the source, to the fisherman, to the earth, Balog illustrates the entire episode as a bitter paradox; a fight of technology versus nature.
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Gulf Oil Spill Hits   Gulf Oil Spill Hits
Bridget Besaw / Aurora Photos
In Southeast Louisiana, Near Grand Terre Island, Aurora Photographer, Bridget Besaw, along with biologists from the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, inspect the impact the gulf oil spill has had on the coast. Clean up crews work with towels, vacuums, and absorbent pompom booms to absorb the oil, while dolphins, crabs, birds and other sea life await rescue.
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Hearing Around the World   Hearing Around the World
Andy Richter / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer, Andy Richter, worked with The Starkey Foundation, whose aim is to bring the simple miracle of hearing to the developing world. The foundation has distributed hundreds of thousands of hearing aids in Africa and Asia providing many young people with the ability to hear for the very first time.
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Congo refugee   Congo refugee
Frederic Noy/ Cosmos / Aurora Photos
The long-running conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been one of the deadliest in the last half century. Displaced people and host communities in eastern DRC require assistance beyond basic services, particularly livelihood and education programs. A decrease in violence in some parts of the DRC has allowed increasing numbers of displaced people to return home. However, infrastructure, particularly roads, remains poor, and returnees are often cut off from services and access to economic opportunities.
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Gabon: The Lost Eden   Gabon: The Lost Eden
Davide Scagliola / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Gabon has two main resources, wood and oil. With logging as the country's main industry, the country's economy grew, however the industry also took a toll on the environment. In 2002, the president lowered the wood cutting quota creating 13 National Parks to try to restore Gabon back to it's natural state.
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Greenland Ice Sheet   Greenland Ice Sheet
James Balog / Aurora Photos
The greenland ice sheet is a vast body of ice covering 660,235 square miles, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. James Balog has been documenting glaciers in the arctic for several years now, as visual proof of global warming. Scientists estimate that global warming will push the ice sheet over a threshold where the entire ice sheet will melt in less than a few hundred years.
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Gulf Oil Spill   Gulf Oil Spill
Blake Gordon / Aurora Photos
It's one of America's biggest environmental disasters and the largest oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico since 1979. As experts scramble to stop the leak, Aurora Photographer, Blake Gordon goes behind the scenes to see local townspeople and fisherman in Louisiana are being effected and what efforts are being made to protect our nation's sacred coasts.
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HIV AIDS in India   HIV AIDS in India
Leah Nash / Gruppe28 / Aurora Photos
India is one of the largest and most populated countries in the world, with over one billion inhabitants. Within this population, it's estimated that around 2.3 million people are living with HIV. Infection rates soared throughout the 1990s, and today the epidemic affects all sectors of Indian society, not just the groups such as sex workers and truck drivers, with which it was originally associated.
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Plastic Plastic Everywhere   Plastic Plastic Everywhere
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Considering that plastics are made form non-renewable petroleum and natural gas, it's not surprising to know that plastic manufacturing is a major source of industrial pollution. Nothing in nature, not even sunlight and oxygen, can break apart the bonds that hold plastic together, so it lingers on our planet indefinitely.
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Congo's Illegal Charcoal   Congo's Illegal Charcoal
Gael Turine / Vu / Aurora
Divided by civil wars, the Democratic Republic of the Congo must fight against the looting of its natural resources, among the richest on the continent. Gaël Turine follows guards in Virunga National Park as they combat the illegal production of coal. The Congolese Institute for the Preservation of Nature (CIPN) supplies local villages with machines which create vegetal bricks, a sustainable energy alternative which protects trees and vegetation inside of the Virunga park.
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Liberia: Trying To Recover   Liberia: Trying To Recover
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora
Liberia is Africa's oldest republic, but it became better known in the 1990s for its long-running, ruinous civil war and its role in a rebellion in neighboring Sierra Leone. Around 250,000 people were killed in Liberia's civil war and many thousands more fled the fighting. The conflict left the country in economic ruin and overrun with weapons. The capital remains without electricity and running water. Corruption is rife and unemployment and illiteracy are endemic.
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Basic Training   Basic Training
Stacy Pearsall / Aurora Photos
Basic Combat Training (BCT) is a training course that transforms civilians into Soldiers. Over the course of nine weeks these recruits participate in field exercises, marksmanship training, rappelling exercises, and weapon training. Most importantly, they learn how to work together as a team and what it takes to succeed as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.
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Introducing Ashley Cooper   Introducing Ashley Cooper
Ashley Cooper / Aurora Photos
Ashley Cooper has always been passionate about the environment and in recent years Global Warming, the affects of which he has been documenting for the last 8 years. His trips have taken him to many parts of the world with his particular interest being in capturing images that graphically demonstrate the impact of global warming, on people, places and wildlife. This set illustrates visual solutions to global warming through effective ways of lowing our carbon footprint such as alternative transport, renewable energy generation, organic food production, and more.
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Green Collar   Green Collar
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
From installing solar panels to weatherizing homes, brewing biofuels, to building hybrid cars, there is no doubt that the number of green-collar jobs is growing, as homeowners, businesses and industry shift toward conservation and renewable energy. Make green by being green with Aurora Photos.
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Windpark   Windpark
Sabine Vielmo / Gruppe 28 / Aurora Photos
Until 2007, Germany was the world's largest user of wind power with an installed capacity of 22.3 GW that year. More than 19,460 wind turbines are located in the German federal area and the country has plans to build more. Sabine Vielmo documents the construction of a 2 megawatt wind turbine in Ketzin Germany.
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Pakistan Media   Pakistan Media
Massimo Berruti / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Under the pressure of the Taliban and the government repression, the freedom of the media is jeopardized in Pakistan. According to the last report of Reporters without Borders, Pakistan is the country with the highest number of journalists killed in 2009.
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Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide   Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide
Kathryn Cook / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
On March 4th, 2010, the US congressional committee passed a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide. "Memory Denied" explores the memory of the Armenian deportations and massacres that occurred during the decline of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. Recognized as "genocide" today by more than a dozen countries, Turkey still vigorously rejects that claim.
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Haiti Earthquake   Haiti Earthquake
Angelos Tzortzinis / Gruppe28 / Aurora Photos
On Jan. 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, reducing much of its capital to rubble. It was the worst earthquake in the region in more than 200 years. Huge swaths of the capital, Port-au-Prince, lay in ruins, and thousands of people were trapped in the rubble of government buildings, foreign aid offices and shantytowns. The devastation created serious obstacles to those attempting to deliver promised foreign aid.
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The Aftermath in Chile   The Aftermath in Chile
Rodrigo Gomez Rovira / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
A magnitude-8.8 earthquake on Feb. 27, 2010, one of the most powerful earthquakes on record, devastated the country, which has some of the strictest building codes on the continent. The quakes were among the scores of strong aftershocks that have rattled Chile's interior and its coastline.
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Tropoje Albania   Tropoje Albania
Maria Coccia / Invision / Aurora Photos
The region of Tropoje, in northern Albania, at the border with Kosovo, is perhaps the most remote place in Europe. It is a region where the Kanun - a set of laws used from the 15th century and revived recently, after the fall of communism and the Kosovo war - dramatically mirrors some of the customs of the society.
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Peshawar Pakistan   Peshawar Pakistan
Massimo Berruti / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
For the past two years, the Taliban's terrorist attacks have claimed more than 2000 victims in Pakistan. These attacks are mostly located in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and its capital, Peshawar, where many deaths are caused by road-side bombs. The population is suffering and public opinion is putting the blame on the American military policy.
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Remembering Christian Poveda   Remembering Christian Poveda
Christian Poveda / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
French photojournalist and documentary film-maker, Christian Poveda worked his whole life documenting politically contentious or dangerous subjects that others wouldn't touch. He is most notably known for his film La Vida Loca, which documented the lives of the El Salvador gang Mara, and led to his death in September of last year.
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Recycling in Greece   Recycling in Greece
Gerasimos Domenikos / Invision / Aurora Photos
Greece is embarking on a long-term plan to overhaul its waste management practices. New technologies that meet the demand for disposal, energy generation, recycling, and building new, closed-loop systems that limit waste generation are needed to deal with an increasing burden of waste and recyclable materials.
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Hungry Horse Montana   Hungry Horse Montana
Pieter Ten Hoopen / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
At the far end of Montana, in middle America, lies the little town of Hungry Horse. Many of the towns 900 inhabitants work in other towns of the valley or are unemployed. Drug usage is a common escape from the loneliness and boredom of life, while others, leave school to join the army as an alternative way out.
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Somalia's Struggle Continues   Somalia's Struggle Continues
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora
Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when the former government was toppled by clan militias that later turned on each other. Somalia remains a raging battle zone today, with jihadists pouring in from overseas, intent on toppling the transitional federal government, TFG.
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Norway's Arctic Wildlife   Norway's Arctic Wildlife
Steven J. Kazlowski / GHG / Aurora Photos
Join Steven Kazlowski, as he journeys through Norway documenting arctic life for GHG, the coalition of science, environmental, nature, and documentary photographers who have spent the last several years focused on greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of those emissions on our planet.
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Care and Relief   Care and Relief
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
In times of trouble, health professionals, organizations, and volunteers generously provide care and give relief to restore and revitalize individuals and international communities. There humanitarian efforts draw attention to the global need for advanced aid systems and treatments for all people.
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Tipping Point   Tipping Point
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
These days it seems as though the need to simplify and begin anew is growing more and more apparent. With a continually growing population and limited resources a tipping point is inevitable. But, in the face of collapse comes new opportunities to work together to rebuild for a just and sustainable future.
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Kabul Today   Kabul Today
Rafal Gerszak / Aurora Photos
Afghanistan's capital, Kabul is a refuge for many who flee from violence in search of a peaceful life and economic opportunities. However, the city has been repeatedly struck by suicide bombers and rocket attacks that usually kill more Afghan civilians than foreign soldiers. It is a harsh reality with little respite.
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Salmon Country   Salmon Country
Bridgett Besaw / Aurora Photos
From the mountains of Alaska to the coast of California salmon are a biological phenomena that bind the entire region together. In recent years salmon runs have been devastated due to dramatic changes in their ecosystems. The nature conservancy is working to protect salmon and the habitats.
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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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Acharnai Olympic Village   Acharnai Olympic Village
Francesca Oggiano / Invision / Aurora Photos
The “glorious Olympic village” in Acharnai hosted 17,000 athletes from all around the world during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Six months after the end of the Olympic games, it was transformed into an outlying suburb. Most buildings and houses were assigned by OEK, the Worker's Housing Organization, as primary residences for beneficiary families. Everything else that is taken for granted by most citizens, like banks, shopping malls, bars and restaurants, are a long distance away. All the plans for development of the village were not realized.
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Taoudeni Salt Mine   Taoudeni Salt Mine
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
For centuries, Timbuktu in Mali has been living on the trade of salt coming from the mines of Taoudeni, a town just north of the city. They are working in the mines to pay back their debts to wealthy merchants in Timbuktu. They live in isolation and work in treacherous conditions. Yet, they cannot get out of the cycle of debt.
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Working Towards Peace in Chad   Working Towards Peace in Chad
Frederic Noy/Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Since it’s independence in 1960, Chad seems to be locked in a destiny where power is taken at gunpoint and war is always on the horizon. Nevertheless, the streets of N’Djamena are filling up with public works, oil money is flowing, avenues are tarred, buildings are rising and farmers are attending to their job. As 11 million Chadians face enormous struggles from war and underdevelopment, they push forward with the hope for permanent peace in Chad.
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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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East Germany Change   East Germany Change
Stefan Enders/ Gruppe 28 / Aurora Photos
In November 1989, photographer Stefan Enders photographed the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was not only a great historic day, it was a day for him as a Western German to remember.
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Malaria in Sierra Leone   Malaria in Sierra Leone
Ake Ericson / Aurora Photos
Malaria is the number one killer of children and is hyperendemic in Sierra Leone. Currently, there is a promising vaccine being tested in Africa. In a trial, 65% of the infants vaccinated were less likely to contract malaria than a control group. If successful, the vaccine will be licensed in 2011.
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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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Human Trafficking in India   Human Trafficking in India
Justin Vela / Aurora Photos
In August 2009 photographer Justin Vela began a new long term project on human trafficking with a series of images made in India’s Bihar state which runs along the eastern border with Nepal. In Bihar, parents often unintentionally sell their children to traffickers believing they are sending them away to learn new skills and improve their lives in big cities.
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall   The Fall of the Berlin Wall
Stephane Duroy / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Having decided to photograph West Berlin in 1979, Stéphane Duroy also wanted to understand Germany, the country that gave birth to Nazism, a unique phenomenon in history, generated by such a civilized nation. In 1989, ten years later, he took pictures of the fall of the Berlin wall.
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Iraqi Refugees in Denmark   Iraqi Refugees in Denmark
Ake Ericson / Aurora Photos
Many Iraqi refugees travel through Denmark to reach Sweden, one of few European countries that will still grant asylum to Iraqis. Having undertaken grueling journeys across the continent, often paying vast sums of money to smugglers, some end up in Danish refugee centers where they wait indefinitely for asylum in a country which has tightened immigration laws in recent years.
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North Korea   North Korea
Ĺke Ericson / Aurora Photos
Photographer Ake Ericson documented the totalitarian state of North Korea. It's citizens, and the few tourists who are let into the country, are strictly controlled. To be able to enter the country and take pictures requires ingenuity.
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German Democratic Republic in the 80's   German Democratic Republic in the 80's
Jens Rötzsch / Gruppe28 / Aurora Photos
Photographer Jens Rötzsch caught the mood of a country heading for a revolution and captured the faces of the GDR in the 1980's.
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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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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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Yemen Female Counter-Terrorism Unit   Yemen Female Counter-Terrorism Unit
Catalina Martin-Chico / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
As a response to Al-Qaeda's strategy of using women's dress to avoid facing capture, the counter-terrorism unit has brought on female combat troops in Yemen. The use of female troops is necessary since the searching of women by male troops is strictly forbidden in Yemen.
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Haut du Lievre   Haut du Lievre
Andrzej Kramarz / Visavis / Aurora Photos
Haut du Lievre is a housing estate consisting of huge blocks of apartments rising above the city of Nancy, France. Built in the 1960s, it was a destination for citizens who wanted to rebuild their destroyed country after World War II. The Haut du Lievre was a symbol of new strength and hope for future development. As time passed, the unique estate became a place for illegal immigrants and disadvantaged people.
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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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Consumerism in China   Consumerism in China
M.Scott Brauer / Invision Images / Aurora Photos
The country's reputation as the world's factory still rings true, but increasingly the consumer goods churned out by Shenzhen's factories remain in China. International retailers have been expanding in China for decades. The country's enormous consumer class now draws the world's attention as a potential savior from the current economic turmoil. The domestic market here is the largest in the world, and the potential for expansion into China has become a major priority for many international companies.
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The Threat of Sand   The Threat of Sand
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
The Niger river, which flows over 1700 kms, is threatened by the sand. The fertile green land beyond its banks, which provides a living for thousands of people, is at risk of being engulfed by the desert. In 2006, villages started to plant trees as barriers to the sand.
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Nowa Huta: The Ghost of Communist Past   Nowa Huta: The Ghost of Communist Past
Henryk Makarewicz / Visavis / Aurora Photos
In the late 1940's, Communist dictator Joseph Stalin came up with the idea to create a huge steel works and surrounding infrastructure in Poland. Nowa Huta was a district built in the 1950's to house 100,000 inhabitants. It was the first borough of its kind, built specifically to house a socialist secular population. Nowa Huta is an old symbol of modernity and progress and was the 'Polish socialist city of dreams'. It's story and the legacy of a socialist Poland is forever preserved in photographs from that era by Henryk Makarewicz.
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Myanmar Behind Closed Doors   Myanmar Behind Closed Doors
Tomasz Padlo / Visavis / Aurora Photos
Under years of political oppression, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a country struggling to find it's freedom. Though, daily life continues beyond Myanmar's closed doors.
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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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Born Behind Bars   Born Behind Bars
Caroline Bennett / Aurora Photos
A look into the Santa Martha Acatitla women’s penitentiary in Mexico D.F., where babies born into the system are allowed to live with incarcerated mothers until they are six years old
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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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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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Greece: Illegal Immigration   Greece: Illegal Immigration
Angelos Tzortzinis / Invision / Aurora Photos
For years, Greece has been the crossroad for thousands of illegal immigrants, passing through on their way to Europe. Each year the percentage of illegal entries rises, and with each increase immigrations laws become more strict. In 2008, Greek coast guard officers arrested 15,315 migrants at their attempt to enter the country illegally by boat. Many of the immigrants come from Afghanistan, Somalia and Kurdistan, in hopes of finding a new and better life.
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Rwanda Prisons   Rwanda Prisons
Kevin Horan / Aurora Photos
Nsinda Prison, Rwanda's largest prison, about 60 km. east of the capital, still holds 11,200 prisoners, primarily from the genocide. About a thousand of them go out each morning to work in nearby fields, growing what they eat.
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Soy Farming in Paraguay   Soy Farming in Paraguay
Evan Abramson / Aurora Photos
The industry of soy production in Paraguay has generated social conflict and devastation. Small farmers, who, after living for years on government-allotted forestland, have begun to be uprooted. The area has also reported extreme rates of cancer, birth defects, and miscarriages believed to be associated with high levels of pesticides being used to treat the crops.
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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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Los Angeles' Skid Row   Los Angeles' Skid Row
Justin Maxon / Aurora Photos
Los Angeles' Skid Row is home to thousands of people with no permanent place to call home. The sidewalks used to be lined with tents and makeshift shelters at every hour of the day. It's been a haven for drug dealers and prostitutes.
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Mary and Martha   Mary and Martha
Ryan Anson / Aurora Photos
With a majority of New England states passing laws allowing same sex marriage, and with the California Supreme Court about to make a decision, the tide seems to be turning on the issue of same sex unions. Aurora Photographer Ryan Anson has documented a committed couple, their marriage and the joyful addition of children to their family.
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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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James Balog Extreme Ice   James Balog Extreme Ice
James Balog / Aurora Photos
Aurora houses the unique glacier photography generated from the Extreme Ice Survey. Extreme Ice Now by Aurora Photographer James Balog has just been released to great reviews.
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New Days for Liberia   New Days for Liberia
David Yoder / Aurora Photos
After more than a decade of civil wars that left Liberia sacked and its population traumatized, Africa’s oldest republic now has a window of opportunity to remake itself from scratch. Stabilized by United Nations forces, rich in virtually untouched natural resources, and led by a charismatic president-- Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , the first woman ever elected to rule an African country—Liberia may prove a test case in how to rehabilitate an African nation.
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Tent City   Tent City
Various / Aurora Photos
Sometimes called Modern Day Hoovervilles, shantytowns known as Tent Cities are springing up all across the country. Residents of this Tent City in Sacramento have already been served eviction notices, making even a tent an uncertain place to stay. Aurora photographers take a compassionate look at a poignant reminder of new economic realities.
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Foreclosure Alley   Foreclosure Alley
Guillaume Zuili / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Outside of Los Angeles, along highway 15, hundreds of gated communities were created with their adjacent malls in less than five years. What was the American dream is now a tremendous nightmare with an astounding number of foreclosures. Now "For Sale" or "Bank Owned" signs are the new landscape.
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Welfare   Welfare
Matt Eich / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer, Matt Eich, captured a single mother and her daughter coping with life in the Welfare system.
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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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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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Unpredictable Future   Unpredictable Future
Matt Eich / Aurora Photos
In the heart of America where agriculture once helped drive the economy, farming has become a fading way of life. Along the foothills of Appalachia in Southeastern Ohio, aging farmers struggle to keep their farms afloat in order to provide for their families and communities. The recent economic downturn has made life more difficult for a dying breed of farmers to survive, but has increased the importance of self-sustainability in the communities that rely on this resource.
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Enoughism   Enoughism
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
The act or practice of switching things off, buying less stuff and seeking to reconnect with the simpler pleasures of life.
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Rising from the Ashes   Rising from the Ashes
Justin Maxon / Aurora Photos
Los Angeles has one of the highest concentrations of gang activity in all of U.S. For many young guys trying to leave gangs, the journey is long and difficult. Though, some made the recent choice to remove themselves from their gang and are attempting to create a better life for themsevles by getting an honest job and obeying the law.
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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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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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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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Venezuela Elections   Venezuela Elections
Meridith Kohut / Aurora Photos
Venezuelans held pivotal elections that politically empowered the opposition movement against leftist President Hugo Chavez and his Socialist revolution on Sunday, Nov 23, 2008. Elections were held across the country for 22 of the 23 state governorships, 328 mayors and 233 state legislators. Aurora photographer, Meridith Kohut, captured some of the moments during the elections.
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Race to the White House   Race to the White House
Various Photographers/Aurora Photos
The 2008 U.S. Presidential election will take place on November 4, 2008. As the world watches, the race for president heats up between Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, and Republican nominee, John McCain.
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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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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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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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World Food Crisis   World Food Crisis
Various/ Aurora Photos
In the past year, prices have risen significantly for basic food on the international commodity market. Around the world, countries are feeling the effects with severe food shortages. Over the past year, rice prices have risen by 70%. The price of wheat has more than doubled. Corn and soy have been trading well above average. The global food crisis is being blamed on factors such as the growing population and emerging economies like China and India.
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Life on the Streets of Hanoi   Life on the Streets of Hanoi
Justin Maxon / Aurora Photos
In Hanoi, Vietnam, after years being homeless, Ly Thi Mui, 34 with her son, Trun Van Pha, 5, has adapted and developed her own sense of happiness, living for her son and also living the life of a Buddhist detachment from worldly possessions.
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On the Trail with Barack Obama   On the Trail with Barack Obama
Callie Shell / Aurora Photos
Join Aurora photographer Callie Shell as she covers Barack Obama on the Iowa caucus campaign trail with exclusive behind-the-scenes access shot on assignment for Time magazine.
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Galapagos Under Siege   Galapagos Under Siege
Eric Rorer / Aurora Photos
Ever since Charles Darwin first visited the Galapagos in 1835, the tiny archipelago 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador has captivated the world’s imagination. However, increased tourist traffic and population growth have put a huge stress on the islands’ ecological balance. Invasive non-native plants and animals are feeding on or forcing out rare native species and the heavy impact of the human footprint is often hidden out of view. Aurora photographer shows a place that is at once beautiful, magical and under siege.
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Our Toxic World   Our Toxic World
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
Chemicals are all around us. Their applications endless: flame retardant clothes, air fresheners, perfumes, more vibrant colors. All this convenience comes at what cost? Aurora photographer Peter Essick examines the toll that chemicals take on our bodies and minds.
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The Faces of Colombia   The Faces of Colombia
Dennis Drenner / Aurora
When you mention Colombia these days, most people imagine a lawless country overrun with guerillas and narcotics traffickers: The land of Pablo Escobar, car bombs in the streets of Bogota, a place where you might get kidnapped at any moment. While Colombia still has serious problems, the reality of the place is a far cry from the dismal stereotypes, and public safety has increased greatly in recent years. In an effort to present a more complex view of a country he has grown to love, Aurora photographer Dennis Drenner spent three years working on a series of portraits shot all over the country. The series aims to reflect Colombia’s great ethnic diversity and social structure, the nightmares of its past and its hopes for the future.
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Does it bring more than oil?   Does it bring more than oil?
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora
One of the biggest engineering projects of the decade, the Baku-Tbili-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline was expected to benefit the economies and inhabitants of Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Running east-west from Baku, Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea, through Tbilisi, Georgia and finally to Ceyhan, Turkey on the Mediterranean; the BTC transmits oil to points in Europe and across the world. Despite this, however, the standard of living in these countries remains low, and the pipeline brings new environmental and physical dangers. Now, with construction on new natural gas and oil pipelines underway, the region has become a region of great strategic significance, often, to the detriment of its inhabitants. "
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Mexican Immigration   Mexican Immigration
Various Aurora Photographers
The US immigration Act of 1907 reorganized the states bordering Mexico into Mexican Border District to stem the flow of immigrants into the U.S. Almost 100 years later the flow continues and the issues remain. Various Aurora photographers have examined this subject visually telling human stories in the process.
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On Borrowed Time   On Borrowed Time
Katja Heinemann / Aurora
For the first time in the history of the AIDS, HIV-positive children are growing up to become teenagers. But a cure for the disease has yet to be found, and infected children have to cope with toxic, often experimental medical regimens and a budding consciousness of sexuality and the conflicts with the knowledge of their affliction.
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Remember: Martin Luther King   Remember: Martin Luther King
Various Aurora Photographers
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King - 1929-1968
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Fat Camp   Fat Camp
Katja Heinemann/Aurora
The latest statistics show that as many as 30 percent of children aged 6-19 in the U.S. are overweight. Obesity puts them at increased risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes and emotional problems in adolescence and adulthood. Some parents are trying to find a solution by sending their children to "Fat Camp" for the summer. Weight loss camps are usually advertised as a "fitness camps", but many campers call it "fat camp". A main goal of these camos is to raise the child's self-esteem through social interactions with others who share many of the same characteristics
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Women's Labor in Asia   Women's Labor in Asia
Fernando Moleres
In the global economy new centers of garment production have appeared in Asian countries like China, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Fernando Moleres documents these new centers, showing the working conditions and way of life of workers there.
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Water Issues   Water Issues
Peter Essick/Aurora
Already overburdened, the Earth's six billion people can't get enough of fresh water. With populations continuing to climb, what happens next? Read on...
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Methamphetamine: The Number One Drug Problem in America   Methamphetamine: The Number One Drug Problem in America
Wes Pope/Aurora
The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration has called methamphetamine the "number one drug problem in America." Snohomish County Washington, north of Seattle, is representative of the trend in rural and suburban ar
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Home Schooling USA   Home Schooling USA
Todd Bigelow / Aurora Photos
Chronicling a family’s first-year journey into the homeschooling phenomenon sweeping America. It’s a day like any other as 8am approaches at...read on...
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Women Senators   Women Senators
Melina Mara/Aurora
Changing the Face of Power - Women are transforming this country's most prestigious governing body. Their bi-partisan teamwork, compassion for social issues, and coalition building, are laying a foundation for a new type of politician.
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Migrant´s Journey   Migrant´s Journey
Todd Bigelow/ Aurora
Migrant workers routinely embark on dangerous border crossings seeking jobs in the US. A crackdown by the border patrol has changed the conditions of routes and methods of obtaining entry.
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The Longest Day   The Longest Day
Todd Bigelow / Aurora Photos
This is a look at the first 24 hours of Angel Coronado's release from a Texas prison, from 10:00am on a Friday until 10:00am the following morning.
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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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TV wars - perspective from Jerusalem - March   TV wars - perspective from Jerusalem - March
Andrew Lichtenstein/Aurora
Nowhere is the explosion of the information age more dramaticthan in Jerusalem. Next door neighbors are watching two completelydifferent versions of the war.
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The Military Enters American Public Schools   The Military Enters American Public Schools
Nina Berman/Aurora
In Oakland California, on a decommissioned naval base, 200 7th and 8thgrade children in military uniforms line up in platoon formation...
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Habitat for Humanity   Habitat for Humanity
Randy Olson & Melissa Farlow/Aurora
Across the United States, a Habitat for Humanity build brings many different people together to help give others a roof over their heads and a place to call home.
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Guyana   Guyana
Randy Olson/ Aurora *Winner Magazine Photographer Of The Year POY 2003
Multi-nationals raping a once pristine jungle are now in conflict with the traditional way of life of the Guyana Amerindian population.
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Lynching trial in Jasper Texas   Lynching trial in Jasper Texas
Lynn Johnson/Aurora
A black man James Byrd, Jr. was chained to the back of a pick-up truck and dragged to his death by three white supremacists. Jasper Texas has been brought into the spotlight by a PBS documentary.
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Exonerated   Exonerated
Andrew Lichtenstein/Aurora
Portraits of death row prisoners subsequently found innocent and released. Read their stories.
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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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Marine Recruitment   Marine Recruitment
Artz/Laif/Aurora
At Parris Island, S.C. Marine recruitment takes on an interesting twist.
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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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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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Alzheimers   Alzheimers
Peter Granser/Aurora
An intimate portrait of a devasting disease from the German Agency laif.

Photographer Peter Granser has won an award. View details
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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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Olympic Gold   Olympic Gold

How Federal Taxpayers Paid for the Salt Lake City Games. As reported in the December 10th issue of Sports Illustrated
Photographed by Todd Bigelow/Aurora
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The Children of Chernobyl   The Children of Chernobyl
Chris Hamilton/Aurora
Fifteen years since the disaster at Chernobyl, Cuba is still receiving and treating the radiation fallout victims. Over 19,000 children have been treated since the program started.
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Exit Huntsville   Exit Huntsville
Andrew Lichtenstein/Aurora
Every weekday afternoon in Hunstville, Texas, over 150 former inmates walk out from behind prison fences and into freedom, some are met outside while other wait to catch a Greyhound bus.
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Police Brutality   Police Brutality
Andrew Lichtenstein/Aurora
Meet the families of the victims of police brutality and bear witness to how they have been affected by this social menace.
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Death Row in Texas   Death Row in Texas
Andrew Lichtenstein/Aurora
Texas has the highest execution rate in the United States. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Texas has performed a total of 241 executions by lethal injection.
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Throwing Stones   Throwing Stones
Chris Anderson/Aurora
Palestinian youths and Israeli troops clash daily in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian boys throw stones and Molotov cocktails. The highly trained Israeli troops retaliate with tear gas and gunfire.
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Habitat for Humanity   Habitat for Humanity
Photographs by Randy Olson and Melissa Farlow
Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families, "achieve a simple, decent place to live through no-interest mortgages and sweat equity hours."
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Silent Company   Silent Company
Randy Olson/Aurora
Aurora photographer Randy Olson has documented the life of the Whitmans, a family in which four members all tested positive for HIV. This is their story, and albeit an undeniably tragic one, on a deeper level it is te
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Robert Taylor Projects   Robert Taylor Projects
Nina Berman/Aurora
These are the Robert Taylor Homes on Chicago's south side. Opened in 1962 to great fanfare - the Taylor homes were considered a utopian vision of urban housing - and ended up a symbol of racism and urban degradation.
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Feeding the Planet   Feeding the Planet
Robb Kendrick/Aurora
Will we continue to produce enough food to feed thebillions living on this planet?
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