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It has been 400 years since John Rolfe cultivated the first successful tobacco crop in Virginia. As part of his project, photographer Rocco Rorandelli traveled this year to Jamestown, the historic Virginia settlement where Rolfe planted the first crop, and to several tobacco farms in North Carolina.

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Agriculture • Rocco Rorandelli • U.S.

Stacy Pearsall began bringing her camera to medical appointments so she could photograph veterans in waiting rooms. Her photographs grew into the Veterans Portrait Project, an ongoing photo series that brings Pearsall across the country, averaging three to four cities in a week.

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Black-and-white • Military • Portraits • Stacy Pearsall • U.S.

For almost six months, photographer Clay Lomneth spent much of his free time documenting the everyday life of a family raising a child with autism. For the most part, the 3-year-old girl ignored him. But that was exactly what he wanted. It allowed him to capture her personality raw and unfettered.

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Autism • Clay Lomneth • Portraits • U.S.
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As the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, there are many who still remain weathered by the storm. For photographer Timothy Briner, it became increasingly clear that the aftermath of Sandy was just as much about salvation to the people who endured it as the storm itself.

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Black-and-white • Hurricane Sandy • Natural Disasters • Timothy Briner • U.S. • Weather

Welcome to Thunderdome, where winners and losers can be as young as age 5. It's called kids' MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, and New York-based photographer Sebastian Montalvo pulls back the curtain on one of the nation's fastest growing youth sports, which claims more than 3 million boys and girls.

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Sebastian Montalvo • Sports • U.S.
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Jared Soares went looking for “a piece of community in a big place.” He found it in Barry Farm, one of the oldest African-American neighborhoods in the nation’s capital, and the Goodman League, a summer basketball organization that’s one of the neighborhood’s premier attractions.

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Jared Soares • Sports • U.S.

One full year before Madonna appeared on television for the first time and confidently declared to Dick Clark on “American Bandstand” that she was going to “rule the world,” photographer Richard Corman could have told you the same thing.

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Entertainment • Madonna • Music • Photo Book • Portraits • Richard Corman • U.S.
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A woman in a Confederate flag minidress. A little boy with an “88” softly shaved into his head. These are some of the faces seen at Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR hosts two of their premier Sprint Cup races each year. This is also the place photographer Tammy Mercure likes to ply her trade.

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Motorsport • Portraits • Sports • Tammy Mercure • U.S.
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