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The object of a demolition derby is simple: Keep crashing into other cars until yours is the last one running. It’s much like bumper cars – only with real steel and gas-powered engines. It has been a popular attraction at county fairs and racetracks for decades. “It’s a pretty big rush,” said photographer Drew Anthony Smith.

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Black-and-white • Drew Anthony Smith • Missouri • Motorsport • Sports • U.S.
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Many were surprised when tiny Qatar, a Middle East nation with a population of less than 2 million, was awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup. No Arab country has ever hosted the international soccer tournament, and Qatar seemed like an unlikely candidate to be the first: A minnow in the footballing world, its national team has never even qualified for the event.

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Isabelle Eshraghi • Qatar • soccer • Sports
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The Olympics are a time for countries to come together and compete for glory, and the host cities use the event as a moment to shine. But what happens when the eternal flame moves on? Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit visited 13 Olympic hosts to document the legacy of the Games.

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Asia • Europe • Gary Hustwit • Jon Pack • Olympics • Sports • U.S.
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Photographer Sara Forrest started documenting Heather Hardy’s daily routine last year. The 31-year-old boxer has never lost a professional fight, but she knows what it’s like to get knocked down. When Superstorm Sandy hit New York in October, Hardy was still recovering from losing her home in a fire a few months earlier.

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Boxing • New York • Sara Forrest • Sports • U.S.
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Photography duo Emiliano Granado, 35, and Daniel Wakefield Pasley, 41, approached “Manual for Speed” the way their subjects would enter a race – as a team. The pair documented Team Exergy for two years, from the team’s jump to the pro ranks in 2011 to its final race at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August 2012.

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Cycling • Daniel Wakefield Pasley • Emiliano Granado • Sports
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Mike Belleme has been skateboarding since he was 12 years old. He was so caught up in the daily grind of skating that pursuing a long-term documentary project on it didn’t occur to him until it a friend suggested it years later. Since then, he has been trying to capture the essence of street skating.

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Black-and-white • Mike Belleme • Skateboarding • Sports • U.S.
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Just off the coast of the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, the waves at Teahupoo are commonly referred to as the heaviest in the world. They're also among the most dangerous, breaking over a razor-sharp reef just a few feet below the surface. Photographer Tim McKenna captures surfers braving the deadly conditions.

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French Polynesia • Sports • Surfing • Tahiti • Tim McKenna • World
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At 11, Claressa Shields decided she wanted to box. At 17, she is the youngest female competing in the women’s boxing arena at the 2012 Olympics in London. Zackary Canepari, along with Drea Cooper and Sue Jaye Johnson, document the teenage boxer as she trains, competes and lives the life of a normal teenager.

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Boxing • Olympics • Sports • Zackary Canepari
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