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For the last seven years, Carlos Javier Ortiz has been spending countless hours photographing families affected by gun violence. His images – emotionally striking and sometimes disturbing – illustrate in stark detail "what happens to young people and their families after they've been shot," he said.

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Black-and-white • Carlos Javier Ortiz • Chicago • Gun Control • U.S.
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At the age of 16, while most young people were learning to drive, Brad Elterman was begging his brother to loan him his camera so he could take pictures of legendary musicians and movie stars, such as Joan Jett, David Bowie, John Travolta and Brooke Shields – the list goes on.

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Brad Elterman • Entertainment • Hollywood • Los Angeles • Music • Photo Book • U.S.
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Ocean View in Norfolk, Virginia, boasts seven miles of shore. Once a port for sailors seeking pleasure, this stretch of land along the Chesapeake Bay is still rife with drugs, crime and gangs. Photographer and former resident Preston Gannaway says she finds the mix of life intoxicating.

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Preston Gannaway • U.S. • Virginia

Competitive video game tournaments, particularly in the fighting game genre, are seeing a boost in popularity around the world. Once thought to be the domain of the “basement-dwelling guy,” players in the genre include people from all walks of life. This caught the attention of photographer Simon Chetrit.

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Cosplay • Gaming • Portraits • Simon Chetrit • U.S.
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My sunny Valentine

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For three months a group of young journalists moved to Valentine, Nebraska, not far from where U.S. Route 83 crosses U.S. Highway 20, amid cattle ranches, Indian reservations and the scenic Niobrara River. The town quickly embraced the newcomers, offering truly intimate glimpses of rural American life.

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Andrew Dickinson • Jacob Zlomke • Lauren Justice • Nebraska • Nick Teets • U.S.
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The Lincoln Highway will celebrate its 100th anniversary in October. Spanning from Times Square in New York to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, it was America’s first cross-country highway designed with car travel in mind. But many Americans don’t even know it’s on the map. Eric and Kass Mencher aim to change that.

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Eric Mencher • Kass Mencher • Travel • U.S.
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In northern New Mexico, there is a stockpile of discarded junk from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation’s most infamous nuclear weapons research and development facility. Photographer Janire Najera captured the beginning of the end of the eclectic Black Hole museum and military surplus store.

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Black-and-white • Janire Najera • New Mexico • Still Life • U.S.
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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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