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The Central African Republic is “a country where everything is broken,” Michael Zumstein says. The French-Swiss photographer arrived there in September as the country was descending into a steep spiral of sectarian violence.

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Africa • Michael Zumstein • World
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Photographer Jessica Antola spent February traveling the Ethiopian countryside, admiring the natural beauty of the land. She was blown away by the valleys and mountains with their breathtaking views, but she was ultimately drawn to the people.

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Africa • Ethiopia • Jessica Antola • Portraits • World
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Conflict in Mali

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In Northern Mali, photographer Ferhat Bouda chronicles the complex, confusing conflict that has entangled al Qaeda-linked jihadists, the Malian army, French-led international forces and the Tuaregs, an indigenous group that has been fighting for independence in the region for decades.

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Africa • Black-and-white • Conflict Photography • Ferhat Bouda • Mali • World
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Kyle Meyer, a 28-year-old photographer from Manhattan, discovered a church in the small African country of Swaziland that harkens back to indigenous ancestral worship mixed with Christianity. One of the tenets of religion that isn’t spoken of often, but used weekly, is the practice of exorcisms.

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Africa • Black-and-white • Kyle Meyer • Religion • Swaziland • World

More than 4,500 miles separate the small Finnish village of Kuusamo, where photographer Meeri Koutaniemi grew up, and Kenya’s Maasai villages, where she ended up chronicling the lives of women who had experienced or escaped genital mutilation and child marriage.

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Africa • Health • Kenya • Meeri Koutaniemi • Portraits • World
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Gay in Uganda

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In 2009 and 2010, photographer Tadej Znidarcic posed gay Ugandans in front of a crumbling wall, their backs to his camera. When Znidarcic revisited his subjects this year, much had changed. Many of the subjects chose to face the camera – and a society that had criminalized their sexual orientation.

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Africa • Gender and Sexuality • Portraits • Redux Pictures • Tadej Znidarcic • Uganda • World

When South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord released the music video for their single “I Fink U Freeky,” the world watched. The visually stunning black-and-white video went viral because the man behind the camera had been perfecting his aesthetic for the past 10 years.

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Africa • Black-and-white • Entertainment • Music • Roger Ballen • South Africa • World

The Kara tribe lives on the banks of the Omo River in an extremely remote area of southern Ethiopia. Photographer Rick Egan visited the village for the first time in 2011 and returned this year with a new project in mind. “I wanted to see what they would do if they had a chance to take their own pictures,” he said.

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Africa • Ethiopia • Rick Egan • World
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