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Each fall in Kulasekarapattinam, a metamorphosis from human to divine takes hold. Millions converge on the coastal town in South India to celebrate the 10-day Hindu festival of Navratri – a vibrant embodiment of the triumph of good over evil.

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Black-and-white • India • Portraits • World • Yannick Cormier

By juxtaposing original portraits of Native Americans with photos of herself dressed in garments from her native India, photographer Annu Palakunnathu Matthew seems to ask viewers to scrutinize reinforced stereotypes about the two cultures.

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Annu Palakunnathu Matthew • Black-and-white • India • Native American • Portraits • U.S. • World
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After graduating in 2011, photographer Sara Swaty returned to her hometown of St. Louis with plans to continue a project. She found a muse, she said, in an old high school classmate. She remembered Hayley as a cute, funny lesbian. But now Hayley was Harrison, transitioning to a man.

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Black-and-white • Portraits • Sara Swaty
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Many Guatemalans still fight against racial discrimination, poverty and low pay almost 20 years after a devastating civil war. Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Rodrigo Abd traveled to document the faces of those still struggling, but with unlikely equipment.

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Black-and-white • Guatemala • Portraits • Rodrigo Abd • World
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Jan Sochor, a 39-year-old photographer from the Czech Republic, discovered that wheelchair rugby is more than sport for players in Colombia. It is a way for disabled men in the South American country to show how strong they are physically and mentally.

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Black-and-white • Colombia • Jan Sochor • Sports • World
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Mikolaj Nowacki is in love with New York City, and he wants to share it with the world. The Polish-born lawyer-turned-photographer travels the world for prestigious publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde and Neue Zurcher Zeitung, but the Big Apple holds a particular place in his heart.

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Black-and-white • Mikolaj Nowacki • New York • U.S.
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Every June, people gather in Florence, Italy, to attend a few soccer matches. But this is no ordinary soccer. Florentine soccer, which has been a tradition for hundreds of years, allows players to fight their opponents. German photographer Michael Lowa captured this unique sport in his project “The Last Gladiators.”

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Black-and-white • Italy • Michael Löwa • Sports • World
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Photograher Felipe Jacome set out to explore a Haitian society he had found to be more resilient, resourceful and self-reliant than was typically recognized. The result is a series of elegant and dignified portraits profiling some of the women working for KOFAVIV, a group offering support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

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Black-and-white • Felipe Jacome • Haiti • Portraits • World
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