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Once homeless and alone in Barcelona, Spain, Hernan Montoya found himself watching pigeons in the sky. He followed the pigeons to their residence, a decision that would turn his life around. Photographer Serena De Sanctis spent a year with Montoya and documented his relationship with his racing pigeons.

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Animals • Black-and-white • Serena De Sanctis • World

Luke Duggleby's photos take viewers inside Southeast Asia’s illegal dog-meat trade. Duggleby, who traveled to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam for the story, documents a business that is estimated to include hundreds of thousands of dogs per year.

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Animals • Asia • Luke Duggleby • Thailand • Vietnam • World
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Uriel Sinai spent about a year photographing the Israeli Wildlife Hospital in Ramat Gan, Israel. The hospital, which works in conjunction with the zoo in Ramat Gan, treats around 2,000 animals a year, including tigers, elephants, hyenas and pelicans.

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Animals • Getty Images • Uriel Sinai • World

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Having mastered human portraits, Brad Wilson looked for a new challenge in animal portraits. Through the project, he said he felt a connection with man's past life as a part of the natural world. "It's almost a primal moment when you confront a predator and you're the prey," he said.

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Animals • Brad Wilson • Portraits

Think you know chickens? Ernest Goh wants you to take another look. Many of these chickens are actually pageant contestants, raised as pets and entered into competitions across different villages in Malaysia. Judges inspect each chicken and choose winners based on their physical assets.

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Animals • Ernest Goh • Photo Book • Portraits • World
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Pigeons – love them or hate them, everyone has an opinion about them. In big cities, they are often regarded as filthy or diseased and referred to as “flying rats.” But Brooklyn-based photographer Mansura Khanam feels these avian underdogs deserve a closer look.

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Animals • Mansura Khanam • New York • Portraits • U.S. • Wildlife
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Takayuki Maekawa has stalked and shot wild animals, but he’s not a hunter. The photographer has traveled to Asia, India, Africa and North America to capture the human side of his subjects in his images. He waits, sometimes 10 hours a day for as long as a month, for the animal and the picture.

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Animals • Photo Contest • Photo Exhibit • Steven Kasher Gallery • Takayuki Maekawa • Wildlife • World

“Dread and wonder” is how photographer Bryant Austin described the feeling of a solid, mighty tap on his shoulder from a humpback whale. He sometimes floats in the ocean for hours waiting for the giant creatures to come to him. It took six years to complete his latest book, “Beautiful Whale."

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Animals • Bryant Austin • Photo Book • Photo Exhibit • World
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