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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

In his new book “Side Effects,” aerial photographer Kacper Kowalski took to the skies to paint a portrait of the complex relationship between humans and nature. From the sky, he captured where nature and civilization collide into aesthetic, abstract colors and shapes.

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Kacper Kowalski • Landscapes • Panos Pictures • Photo Book • Poland • World
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In anticipation of the World Cup soccer tournament, which Brazil hosts in June, military police have stormed dozens of slums in Rio de Janeiro to push out drug gangs and “pacify” the neighborhoods. Photographer Sebastiano Tomada recently spent time with the police and those who live in these favelas.

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Brazil • Sebastiano Tomada • World
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Markel Redondo photographed witnesses of Holocaust massacres across Ukraine, Russia and Moldova. Through an initiative by the Paris-based group Yahad – In Unum, he listened to their stories — many of which are difficult to hear — about victims who were executed by Nazis and their allies throughout Eastern Europe.

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Holocaust • Markel Redondo • Panos Pictures • Portraits • World
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Living in Ostrava, an industrial city in Czech Republic near its northern border with Poland, photographer Viktor Kolar has seen the rise and fall of communism, the division of one country into two, and the decline of his home city as an industrial powerhouse. Throughout, he captured moments among the locals.

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Black-and-white • Street Photography • Viktor Kolar • World
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German photographer Robin Hinsch trudged through the blackened sludge and bloodstains left in Kiev’s riot-torn main square, the Maidan, to profile the faces behind the anti-government protests that culminated in the overthrow of Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych.

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Black-and-white • Photo Book • Robin Hinsch • Ukraine • World
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One form of track racing, called keirin, is a sprint event involving multiple cyclists at the same time. It became an Olympic sport in 2000, and people also compete professionally. And, as photographer Tim Bowditch found out, it’s a major draw for gamblers in Japan, where the sport originated.

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Gambling • Sports • Tim Bowditch • World
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