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Muay Thai, a martial art that has captivated Thailand’s culture for centuries, has evolved into an international sensation with professional fighters competing for championship belts and thousands of dollars. But as photographer Jean-Michel Clajot witnessed, even children and prisoners are among those who fight.

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Jean-Michele Clajot • Sports • World
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Photographer Laura El-Tantawy is traveling around the world to explore the changing relationship between farmers and their land. She recently took a series of abstract photos of the Nile River — the lifeblood of Egyptian farming — and she says the details speak to something much deeper.

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Egypt • Fine Art Photography • Laura El-Tantawy • World

Laia Abril had long been shooting projects about gender and sexuality when she stumbled into a concept she'd never before heard of: asexuality – people who feel no sexual attraction to others. To tell their stories, Abril interviewed each person and created an online multimedia project about their perspectives.

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Gender and Sexuality • Laia Abril • Portraits • World
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Their faces are shocked, drawn and grim, these Somali refugees arriving at a camp just over the Kenyan border. Yet photographer Luca Catalano Gonzaga sees the positive side: people who are willing to stand up for themselves and sacrifice for a new life rather than remain in their troubled homeland.

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Black-and-white • Luca Catalano Gonzaga • Portraits • Refugees • Somalia • World
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More than a century of coal mining has transformed the landscape of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, wiping out forests to make room for huge, open-cut mines. Photographer Erik Messori spent three months in the region, chronicling the human and environmental toll that Jharkhand’s coal industry has exacted.

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Environment • Erik Messori • India • World
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Photographer Alexander Lepeshkin spends whole nights at Clumba parties where the young creatives of Russia put on their most flashy and drink. His photos capture candid moments of alcohol-enhanced connections and collapses, but he says he’s not a party photographer – he’s a youth photographer.

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Alexander Lepeshkin • Black-and-white • Russia • World
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The most common cause of dwarfism is a condition called achondroplasia. It is a birth defect that affects bone growth, especially in the arms and legs. Photographer Lourdes Segade followed children who suffer from the disorder and underwent a painful limb-lengthening procedure to help them become taller.

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Health • Lourdes Segade • Portraits • World
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Photojournalist Rodrigo Cruz was touring in the Peruvian Andes in 2012 when he discovered the Cholitas, female pro wrestlers performing in nearby La Paz, Bolivia. The Cholitas are well known in Bolivia for wearing the attire of the Aymara people, their colonial ancestors in the Andes and Altipiano regions of South America.

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Bolivia • Rodrigo Cruz • Sports • World
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