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Time once more for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include Iranian dog owners under pressure, a bloom of mayflies, Kim Jong-un visiting Breeding Station No. 621, animals fleeing recent fires and floods, and a dachshund receiving acupuncture therapy. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [38 photos]

James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie's auction house holds a complete sub-fossilised elephant bird egg on March 27, 2013 in London, England. The massive egg, from the now-extinct elephant bird sold for $101,813 at Christie's "Travel, Science and Natural History" sale, on April 24, 2013 in London. Elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years ago. The egg, laid on the island of Madagascar, is believed to date back before the 17th century. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)     

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Another year has come and gone and with it hundreds of thousands of images have recorded the world's evolving history; moments in individual lives; the weather and it's affects on the planet; acts of humanity and tragedies brought by man and by nature. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the first 4 months of 2012. Parts II and III to follow this week. -- Paula Nelson ( 64 photos total)
Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Ben just after midnight, January 1, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Victoria Mitchell of VIC clears the water steeple during the Womens 3000 Metre Steeple Open during day two of the Australian Athletics Championships at Lakeside Stadium on April 14, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. North Korean people hold up plastic flowers during an unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung [...]

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Wow, it’s been over three days since last updates….This would have never happened in the old days, but my personal work has finally picked up, getting assignments that is, and I just haven’t had the same amount of time to spend on the blog as before. I’ve still been gathering links pretty much as normal though, so have loads to share…Here we go…

A lot of talk about the new Larry Clark (@punkpicasso) show in Paris…

Articles - Guardian: Too hot to handle? Larry Clark’s controversial photographs (Guardian: October 2010) “Some regard him as a brilliant artist who flirts with the boundaries of acceptability; others as a creepy voyeur. But, according to the Mayor of Paris, Larry Clark’s photographs are not suitable for children. Because of the explicit nature of some of his images, city hall has decided to ban under-18s from a new retrospective – despite the fact that many of them are decades old, and even though this hands Clark the publicity coup of a lifetime. Fair cop or heavy-handed? You decide …”

Alixandra Fazzina finally received her Nansen Refugee Award….

Articles British Photo Journalist Alixandra Fazzina Awarded in Geneva (NRC: October 2010)

Interviews - Alixandra Fazzina (YouTube: 2010)

Features and Essays - Mimi Mollica: Senegals Changing Urban Landscape (NYT Lens: October 2010)

PhotographersMimi Mollica

North Korea having been in the news a lot regarding Kim Jong-il and his chosen successor, his son Kim Jong-un…what a better place to recap on the country’s contemporary situation than by heading  to Lens Culture and Tomas van Houtryve’s North Korea work…

Features and Essays – Tomas van Houtryve: North Korea (Lens Culture: October 2010)

More on the Dead or Alive…

Articles - David Campbell: Dead or Alive? The State of Photojournalism (David Campbell: October 2010)

Justin Maxon was featured on the NYT Lens Turning Point series a couple of days ago…

InterviewsJustin Maxon (NYT Lens: October 2010)

I saw a great talk Wednesday night in Brighton by @simoncroberts about The Election Project. Do visit the exhibition at Btighton Photo Fringe if you are town at any point…

Simon talking about the project in this YouTube video…

Interviews - Simon Roberts (YouTube: 2010) http://bit.ly/aqRq7p

Tutorials - Grantseeking advice (Foundation Center)

Blogs - Reuters: Behind the glass: The secret of the remote camera (Reuters: October 2010)

Saw this on Twitter earlier… It’s from 2008, but makes interesting reading..

Articles – Brian Ach: So, You Want To Be A Wire Service Photographer? (JPG Magazine: 2008)

I met Laurence in Perpignan…

Photographers - Laurence Buter-Roch

Articles – Guardian: Photographer Uta Kögelsberger’s best shot (Guardian: October 2010)

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