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As far as liminal spaces go, the beach might be my favourite one. Anything goes on the beach. A 70 year-old lady with purple hair wearing a thong bikini? Fine. A man wrapped in nothing but a flimsy leopard-print sarong, fluttering in the breeze? Also fine. Is that an entire family having a wee in the sea in unison? Not a big deal.

Accordingly, this series by Lithuania-based photographer Tadao Cern is right up my street. Taking the humble beach towel as his spot of choice, he has photographed a whole range of subjects in their holiday personae, sprawled, dribbling, naked, splurging and asleep. Revelatory, funny and surprisingly tender, the resulting images give a poignant insight into what society might be like if we could just let go of our inhibitions for a bit and sport our obnoxious beach-towels everywhere we go. Glorious.

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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. Whether organized by history enthusiasts, government offices, religious groups, or just for fun, military battles and religious events are the most popular subjects for re-enactment. Collected here are recent performances from around the world, covering a few events from the past 2,000 years. [36 photos]

Actors wearing military uniforms of the Hungarian and Austrian Hapsburg dynasty reenact the first stage of the 1849 Battle of Isaszeg, Hungary, on April 6, 2013 during the Isaszeg Historical Days event. The battle was part of the Spring Campaign of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 between the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)     

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The city of Salvador, Brazil, one of the country's main tourist destinations and a 2014 World Cup host city has suffered from an unprecedented wave of deadly violence with an increase of more than 250% in the murder rate (according to the Brazilian Center for Latin American Studies (CEBELA). Reuters photographer, Lunae Parracho traveled to Salvador to document a police patrol through the slums, high-tech police training, a homicide squad, victims of gun violence; and to make portraits of drug gang members. The images that follow are all by Parracho. -- Paula Nelson( 24 photos total)
Police patrol in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, March 28, 2013. One of Brazil's main tourist destinations and a 2014 World Cup host city, Salvador is suffering from an unprecedented wave of violence (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)    

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Alone in Serbia: Living on a Rock

While clicking through the Picture of the Day section of the British Telegraph, this special domicile captured by Marko Djurica, caught our eye. A house built on a rock on the river Drina near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta. The house was built in 1968 by a group of young men who decided that the rock on the river was an ideal place for a tiny shelter. We totally agree.

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By JOHN LELAND

A Greek photographer was unmoved by the immigrant community in Astoria, Queens, when he visited as a teenager. Twenty-five years later, he returned, drawn to the same community that alienated him as a youth.

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The National Geographic Traveler Magazine photo contest, now in its 25th year, has begun. There is still plenty of time to enter. The entry deadline is Sunday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. Entrants may submit their photographs in any or all of the four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The magazine's photo editors showcase their favorite entries each week in galleries. You can also vote for your favorites. "The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult," says Keith Bellows, magazine editor in chief. (The captions are written by the entrants, some slightly edited for readability.) As always, you can take a look at some of last year's entries and winners.. -- Paula Nelson ( 40 photos total)
OUTDOOR SCENES - Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl - Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey. Okeefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)     

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Under communism, Albania was in a near perpetual state of paranoia, formally at war with neighboring Greece, and firmly under the control of dictator Enver Hoxha. Reflecting its leader's military mindset, the country constructed some 700,000 concrete bunkers — one for every four citizens — most of which still pepper the landscape today. Dutch photographer David Galjaard shows how the buildings are a constant reminder of the past in Concresco, an award-winning photo book. In an interview with Wired, Galjaard gives the story behind some of the book's most stunning images, and explains how much more there is to Albania than the little concrete domes.

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