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In many ways, Yida is the South Sudan of popular imagination. Small Cessnas, ferrying medicine and other essential supplies, land on a tattered airstrip lined with beleaguered faces. The sprawling landscape is scorched and unforgiving. What little vegetation existed has been slashed and used by the camp’s more than 20,000 inhabitants to build basic shelters. Modest huts, made entirely of wood and thatch, dot a landscape that seems wholly unfit for human settlement.

The refugee camp in Yida rests approximately 18 miles south of the new and contested border between Sudan and South Sudan. To its north lies the embattled state of Southern Kordofan, where southern-aligned rebels wage a bitter and protracted insurgency against the northern government. In recent months, northern forces, operating under the command of Sudanese President Omar Al- Bashir, have employed brutal tactics to suppress the rebellion to no avail. An indiscriminate campaign of aerial bombardment has forced a mass exodus of Nuba civilians, more than 100,000 of whom have taken refuge in camps like Yida.

As fighting in Southern Kordofan and other adjacent border regions intensified in recent weeks, aid agencies in Yida reported a sharp rise in the number of new arrivals. Many come by foot, having walked for days to escape the high altitude bombers that have become a hallmark of the war. While Yida offers relative security, its extremely isolated location creates concern among aid agencies over their ability to provide adequate services for the rapidly swelling population. Food and water are scarce, electricity and phone networks are non-existent and political dynamics within the camp are contentious and secretive. The impending rain season threatens to turn the camp into a muddy and chaotic bastion of want and disease.

During the week I spent in Yida and neighboring camps, during which I provided visual media support for an Amnesty International research mission looking into wide-ranging human rights concerns in the area, I experienced alternating waves of inspiration and dismay. In nearly three years of covering South Sudan’s precarious transition to independence, I have yet to encounter a more welcoming, perseverant and intellectually driven community as the one I found in Yida. Despite dire circumstances, I met countless individuals who maintain an awe-inspiring thirst for education, a pursuit that many view as paramount in the battle against injustice and the marginalization of the Nuba people. Tea, coffee and assistance are offered at every turn and dignity defines the social landscape.

While their lives and aspirations have been compromised by this conflict, the mood among Yida’s refugees remains defiant. Many express support for the transformation of the Sudanese government, through forceful means if necessary, in order to bring about a system that more aptly embraces the country’s profound ethnic and racial diversity. “I ask myself why, for centuries, [the northern government] has been pushing us down,” wondered Issac Malak, a refugee from Southern Kordofan who arrived in Yida with hopes of finding employment. “There is no justice in Sudan…and I think of getting back my rights by all means that I have.”

With fighting in Southern Kordofan raging on and rains set to arrive in the coming weeks, the situation for refugees in Yida and other border camps is extremely precarious. “We pray for strength and peace,” says Abdul Rahman, a pastor in one of Yida’s six parishes. When I attended his service last Sunday, the pews of his thatch-roofed church were filled people who sang in tones that seem to put hope ahead of sorrow.

Pete Muller is a photographer based in South Sudan. He was named LightBox’s 2011 Wire Photographer of the Year. See more of his work here.

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The Overseas Press Club of America has just announced the winners of its annual awards. LightBox presents the work of the photojournalists who were honored by the OPC, and who will be further recognized tonight at the organization’s gala.

The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for “photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise” went to André Liohn (EPA/Prospekt) for Almost Dawn in Libya. Read more about the project here on LightBox.

The Olivier Rebbot Award for “best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines or books” went to David Guttenfelder (AP) for his work in Japan. Read more about Guttenfelder’s work here on LightBox. Sebastian Liste (Getty) and TIME’s Yuri Kozyrev (Noor) received citations for their work.

The John Faber Award for “best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers or news services” went to Pete Muller (AP) for his work in Eastern Congo. Muller was also named 2011 Wire Photographer of the Year by LightBox; read more about his work here. David Guttenfelder received a citation for his work.

The Feature Photography Award went to David Guttenfelder for his work inside North Korea. Todd Heisler (The New York Times) and Stephanie Sinclair (VII) also received citations.

The Overseas Press Club has, since 1939, been an association of journalists working in the United States and around the world. Read more about the organization here.

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Photojournalism that caught my eye during the month of March….

Features and Essays

One of my big faves, Tomas Munita, had a series from Cuba for Time to coincide the Papal visit to the country… opening double spread from the latest magazine seen here… Lightbox slideshow through the link…

Tomas Munita: Church and State: The Role of Religion in Cuba (Lightbox)

Side note on the above…what made me fall in love with his work? It was his stunning 2006 Oskar Barnack winning series from Kabul. You can see most of the frames here. Man, Leica, and slide film working in perfect harmony…

Japan. 11 March saw the anniversary of the tsunami…

Nachtwey recently got four double trucks in Time for his Japan 1 Year Later portfolio.Pretty rare these days for something like that to happen I think…

James Nachtwey: Japan One Year After (Lightbox)

Daniel Berehulak: Japan One Year After (NPR)

James Whitlow Delano: Black Tsunami (Vimeo)

David Guttenfelder: Tsunami, Then and Now (SacBee Frame blog)

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Route 45: Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami Anniversary (Reportage)

Espen Rasmussen: Fukushima Fallout (Panos)

Noriko Hayashi: One Year On (Panos)

Dean Chapman: Fading Memories II (Panos)

Hiroko Masuike: A Japanese Community After the Tsunami (NYT Lens) Related

Chris Steele-Perkins: Tsunami Streetwalk, Kesennuma / Streetwalk 2 (Magnum in Motion)

Syria.

Moises Saman: Refugees Flee Syrian Violence in Turkey (NYT)

Ed Ou: Syrians Find Refuge in Lebanon (NYT)

William Daniels: Escape from Syria (Lightbox)

Tyler Hicks: Glimpses of the Armed Opposition in Syria (NYT)

Rodrigo Abd: Inside Syria (Lightbox) from Guardian

Tyrone Turner: Where Slaves Ruled (Brazil) (NGM)

Recent great International Herald Tribune front page pic by Meredith Kohut and the slideshow on NYT.com…

Meredith Kohut: In Salvador, Prisons Packed to the Bars (NYT)

Pete Muller: Ethiopian Forces in Somalia (Newsweek)

Dominic Nahr: On the Ground: Safe fro Kony? (Lightbox)

Adam Dean: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Campaigns in Myanmar (NYT)

Adam Ferguson: Christians Flee Iraq (NYT)

Ikuru Kuwajima: Astana, Kazakhstan’s Capital Outside In (NYT Lens)

Sergey Kozmin: Elite Russian Military School for Girls (NYT Lens)

Stefano de Luigi: Cinema in Iran (Lightbox)

Eugene Richards: ‘War is Personal’ Continues (Lightbox)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: British Entertainment (VII)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: Siberian Supermodels (VII) multimedia

Franco Pagetti: Egypt (VII)

Davide Monteleone: Libya : Winners and Losers (VII)

Stefan Bladh: Youth in Kaliningrad, Russia (Lightbox)

Politics. Russia.

Yuri Kozyrev: On the Campaign Trail with Vladimir Putin (Lightbox)

Politics. US.

This was a TIME magazine cover story early this year…

Christopher Morris: A Day With Obama (VII)

Justin Maxon: On the Trail with Santorum (Lightbox)

Charles Ommanney: Santorum (Newsweek)

Lauren Lancaster: Super Tuesday (New Yorker)

Evan Vucci: GOP Campaign Trail with Instragram (MSNBC photo blog)

Lauren Fleishman: Romney : Super Tuesday (Lightbox)

Stephen Crowley: Smoke-Filled Rooms part 2 (NYT Lens)

Jeroen Oerlemans: Dreaming of Europe (Panos)

Adam Dean: City of Broken Dreams (Panos)

Alfredo Caliz: The Longest Spring (Panos)

William Daniels: Faded Tulips (Lightbox)

Afghanistan.

Alixandra Fazzina: Over Mountains, Underground (NOOR)

Jason P Howe: Afghanistan: Saving Private Bainbridge (Telegraph)

Andrea Bruce: Skiing in Afghanistan (NYT Lens)

Larry Towell: Afghanistan (Lightbox)

Peter Hapak: Olympic Women’s Boxing Hopefuls (Lightbox)

Rian Dundon: A View From Inside The Other New China (Burn)

Spencer Platt: Haiti Landfills (MSNBC photo blog)

Sally Ryan: Home No More (zReportage)

Kate Holt: Education for All (zReportage)

John Pendygraft: If I Die Young (zReportage)

Peggy Peattie: Angels of Milot (zReportage)

Fredrik Naumann: A Voice from Rost (Foto8)

Rob Hornstra: Empty Land, Promised Land, Forbidden Land (Foto8)

Dominic Nahr: Voices of Protest in Senegal (Magnum Photos)

Mila Teshaieva: Promising Waters (Lightbox)

Kevin Frayer: Holi Festivities (SecBee)

Chris Kelly: Situation in Southern Kordofan (Photographer’s archive)

Tomas Wiech: Poland’s Great Adventure (NYT Lens)

Brent Lewin: India’s ‘rat hole’ Mines (National Post)

Pete Pin: Cambodian Americans (NYT Lens)

Martin Parr: Think of Finland (Magnum)

Alejandro Cartagena: Car Poolers (Photographer’s website)

Erica McDonald: Change in Park Slope (NYT Lens)

Ben Lowy: Ohio’s Long Road to Recovery (Reportage by Getty Tumblr)

Graeme Robertson: Portraits of Malawi (Guardian)

Carl de Souza: The Maasai Cricket Warriors (Atlantic) Kenya

Enjoyed these sports pics…

Fred R. Conrad: Spring Training (NYT Lens)

NYT Lens (various photographers): Postcard from London

Kate Peters: Yes, Mistress (Institute)

Jonathan Torgovnik: Rebuilding the DRC (BBC)

Tom Stoddart: Women of Sarajevo Revisited (Reportage)

Bruce Gilden shooting fashion for Vice…

Bruce Gilden: In Broad Daylight (Vice)

Daniel Cuthbert: First on Scene : South African Paramedics (BBC)

Alex Troesch and Aline Paley: Mexican Pointy Boots (Lightbox)

Danko Stjepanovic: North Kosovo (photographer’s website)

Interviews and Talks

“I looked through a lens and ended up abandoning everything else’ – Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado (Guardian)

Sebastiao Salgado (Vimeo)

Excellent 9 minute video by Finnish photographer Rami Hanafi on Martin Parr working in Finland…

Martin Parr : Making of ‘Think of Finland’ (Vimeo)

Zohra Bensemra: My journey into Syria’s nightmare (Reuters)

Ed Kashi (NYT Lens)

Samuel Bollendorff (BJP)

Elliott Erwitt on the art of photographic sequencing (BBC)

Lynsey Addario (Newsweek)

Lynsey Addario (Newsweek)

Davide Monteleone (Develop Tube)

Sean Gallagher (Atlantic)

Alex Prager : this year’s Foam Paul Huf Award winner (BJP)

Sebastian Salgado : The Photographer as an activist (Youtube)

Giles Peress (Youtube)

Pieter Hugo (Vimeo)

Barbara Davidson (LA Times Framework blog)

Homer Sykes (Photoshelter blog)

Olivia Arthur (IdeasTap)

Naomi Harris (Thisisthewhat)

Dominic Bracco II : Turning Point (NYT Lens)

Fiona Rogers (IdeasTap)

Giles Duley : Becoming the Story (TED on Youtube)

Justyna Mielnikiewicz (TED Youtube on Reportage)

Steve Pyke (PicBod)

Mark Power (Impressions Gallery)

John Moore on on ‘Epic’ Libya Battles, Arab World Revolutions (Click)

Shaun Fenn : From Assistant to Photographer: Shaun Fenn’s Professional Transition (PDN)

Articles

Tyler Hicks on his assignment to Syria with late Anthony Shadid…

Tyler Hicks: Bearing Witness in Syria: A Correspondent’s Last Days (NYT)

Javier Espinosa: How I escaped from Homs as Syrian forces closed in (Guardian)

PDN: Remembering 13 Unsung Heroes of Photojournalism

PDN: Paula Lerner Obituary

NYT: Stan Stearns, Photographer of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Salute to Father, Dies at 76

NYT: Lillian Bassman, Fashion and Fine-Art Photographer, Dies at 94

Lynsey Addario was featured on Guardian’s brilliant ‘Best Shot’ series…

Guardian: Photographer Lynsey Addario’s Best Shot

Guardian: Photographer Tom Craig’s best shot

Related… Guardian: My best shot: The one that got away | For five years, G2 has been asking photographers to tell us the story behind their best shot. But what about their worst? Jane Bown, Martin Parr, Terry O’Neill and others reveal all

And… Guardian: My Worst Shot

Guardian: The Month in Photography

Guardian: Photographs Not Taken: what makes a photographer freeze? | A new book of essays by photographers explores the missed opportunities of images never captured

NYT Lens: Empowerment, Through a Lens

David Campbell: Kony2012, symbolic action and the potential for change

NYT: David LaChapelle, From Photographer to Artist

Verve: Kirsten Luce

Verve: Jeremy Nichol

Verve: Alessandro Grassani

Verve: Jonathan Lewis

Verve: Max Sher

Boston Globe on VII Photo’s Hipstamatic shot exhibition…

photo: John Stanmeyer

Boston Globe: With Hipstamatic app, photojournalists smartphone it in to new exhibit

Nick Stern: Why Instagram photos cheat the viewer (CNN)

PDN: Eggleston’s First-Ever Large Pigment Prints Earn 5.9 Million at Auction

D Perez: Chimping (Vimeo)

FT: What Eve Arnold Saw

Guardian: All About Eve

NYT Lens: Steichen, A New Trove From an Old Master

Diane Smyth: Dana Popa (PhotoMonitor)

BBC: England Uncensored by Peter Dench

Lightbox: DEVELOP Tube: A photographic resource grows

BJP: William Klein will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award at the Sony World Photogrpahy Awards

BJP: World Photo London is starting next month, packed with talks, seminars and workshops

Eggleston Shore (video on 1000Words blog)

Conscientious: How to make a photobook | related

Gregory Crewdson movie : trailer

PhotoShelter: Should Photo Contests Require Original Image Files?

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien won first prize in World Press Photo Multimedia contest for “Afrikaner Blood….Not surprised. I remember telling friends after Perpignan that one of the best things I had seen during the festival was that exact multimedia piece….

photo Ilvy Njiokiktjien

BJP: World Press Photo announces Multimedia contest winners | Related: Bombay FC: WPP Multimedia Judging part 2 . Part 1

Foto8 Summershow 2012

FotoVisura winners…

Photo: Erin Trieb

FotoVisura Photography Grant Winners

BJP: Anastasia Taylor-Lind has won the Center Project Award in Santa Fe

BJP: Paul Graham wins the Hasselblad Foundation International Award for Photography, worth $150,000

Days Japan Photojournalism Awards 2012

Slideluck Potshow is coming to London again….

Slideluck Potshow London IV Submissions | related on Wayne Ford’s blog

NPPA: Justin Maxon, Katie Orlinsky Win 2011 Alexia Foundation Grants

Finland’s press photos of the year…

Sami Kero got the POY with a photo from Cairo…

photo: Sami Kero / Helsingin Sanomat

Finland Press Photos of the Year 2011

London Festival of Photography 2012 Prize

The City of Levallois Photography Award

Eddie Adams Workshop now accepting submissions

LUCEO Student Project Award

KL Photo Awards 2012

Guardian Student Media Awards 2012

Agencies and Collectives

Magnum open to submissions again. Last year they didn’t take any new nominees, if I remember correctly…

photo: Burt Glinn

Apply to become a member of Magnum Photos : 2012 Submissions are now open : Deadline is 08/06/12

photo: Venetia Dearden

VII Photo Newsletter March 2012

Noor newsletter 15 March 2012

Prime Collective March 2012 newsletter

Reportage by Getty Images: Natalie Naccache now part of Emerging Talent

Read about this commercial agency on Twitter… Good line-up of photographers.. including Tom Stoddart..

Making Pictures : commercial photo agency : London

Books

VII Photo’s Questions Without Answers book featured on Phaidon blog…

Photo: Alexandra Boulat

Phaidon: The defining images of our turbulent times…VII: Questions Without Answers

Jörg Colberg: Better by Design: The role of design in the making of five modern photobooks (BJP)

multiMedia

Once Magazine

Blogs

Happy belated birthday to Lightbox!

photo: Joakim Eskildsen

Lightbox: A Year of Great Photography

Photo Archive News

Crowd Funding and related

photo: Andre Liohn

Almost Dawn in Libya aka ADIL (NYT Lens)

Paula Lerner Memorial Fund

Photo Time Machine on Kickstarter

Respecting My Elders on USAProjects

Jobs

Save The Children : 3 month internship opening in the Film&Photo team

Photographers

Thomas Lekfeldt

Tahnia Roberts

Max Strong

Max Fabrizi

To finish off… KillShot: A Rifle Camera for Hunting with Photos Instead of Bullets

And… Britain’s top 10 worst photographers

And… Photographic Moratorium – Looking Sad in the Tub

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Photographs from Egypt, South Sudan, Yemen and Vatican City.

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Of the millions of photographs moving through the news services—known as “the wires”—this year, the work of Associated Press freelancer Pete Muller, 29, stood out. His exceptional photographs—focused on Africa and particularly Sudan—take an individual approach to storytelling, one that combines a distinctive aesthetic with journalistic integrity.

The U.S.-born photographer moved to Sudan in 2009 knowing that the country was at a critical point in its history. Sudan had been devastated by decades of brutal civil war between the Arab-Islamic north and largely Christian south and was on the cusp of formal division. This July, southern Sudan became the world’s 193rd country, and Muller knew that very few journalists were in the region covering the story. “I thought that spending a few years documenting southern Sudan’s transition to independence would be of value to the historical record and might shed light on an underreported but geopolitically significant story,” he says.

Santiago Lyon, AP’s director of photography says Muller’s work showcases “a distinctiveness of voice combined with a fairly unique access.” Muller has found subject matter that balances the AP’s desire for news with a personal passion for more in-depth story telling. “I hope that, when appropriately paired with words, it contributes to the record of South Sudan at its long-awaited birth,” the photographer says of his work. “In an intellectual sense, I hope that it underscores the challenges of national identity and nation-states that exists in countless countries across the world and has, for centuries, been the source of immense bloodshed.” Internationally, where the majority of AP’s photo content is staff-produced, Muller is a rarity. He has been working for the AP since April 2010 and is one of a handful of freelancers the wire service works with, in part because of his location in Africa. In addition to his long-term work in Sudan, Muller has shot several stand-alone portrait stories, including one about rape victims in the Congo, in the last year.

Along with the work of a select group of established staff photographers—sprinkled across the bigger news agencies—Muller’s work diversifies the output from the wires to include work that differentiates itself from the standard news assignment fare. Other wire photographers who’ve also succeeded in adding their personal touch to their reportage work this year include Reuters photographer Finbarr O’Reilly, who produced a topographic series from Afghanistan and Libya, the AP’s Kevin Frayer, who shot an essay offering a different perspective on Afghanistan, the AP’s David Guttenfelder’s, notable for his series in North Korea and Japan, and the AP’s Rodrigo Abd, who used a box camera that developed the film inside the camera to make portraits of indigenous Guatemalan women. Getty’s John Moore deserves special mention for his work in Somalia, which was sandwiched among his coverage of some of theyear’s biggest news stories, including the revolution in Libya and the Occupy protests.

In an era of image saturation where it is more difficult than ever to differentiate one set of images from another, this more personal approach is finding support from the within the agencies. “We want photographers to have a voice and as long as that voice is journalistically sound and is as objective or impartial as it needs to be meet AP standards for fairness and accuracy,” Lyon says. “It is Important to have diverse group of photographers and it is important to let them express themselves—to let them to do something that, once upon a time, was not common and add even unheard of in the wire services.”

Although the lion’s share Muller’s work this past year went out through AP, he also worked directly for the New York Times, the Times of London, Foreign Policy and others publications. Muller has what Lyon describes as a triple threat: an accomplished lensman and writer who applies his skills within the rigors or art as well as journalism. “We’re not just about pretty pictures,“ Lyon says. “We want our pictures to say something, there’s a story there.” Muller’s work bares creative testament to this ethic. His photographs bring his stories more attention through his creative process, which balance a unique vision and aesthetic with journalistic integrity. And in this last year, Muller has been peerless in raising the bar for photography on the wires.

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Features and Essays 

Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s latest work done originally for this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass now on her agency VII’s website… Great series…See later in this post for a link to a related interview…

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: The National Womb (VII) Nagorno-Karabakh

There’s 7 billion of us in this planet now…To note the mark, Newsweek published Martin Roemers’ World Press Photo winning series Metropolis …

Martin Roemers: Metropolis (Newsweek)

Lynsey Addario: From One Maternity Ward, a Growing World (NYT Lens)

Ty Cacek: The Ku Klux Klan Revisited (Time Lightbox)

Rodrigo Abd: Guatemala (NYT Lens)

Gareth Phillips: Cross Channel Swimmers (MJR)

Benjamin Lowy: iAfghanistan (Reportage)

Liz Hingley: Jones’ (Firecracker)

Inge Morath: Dancing Queens: Lost Images from a Grand Ball (TIME Lightbox)

photo: Pep Bonet

NOOR: Urban Survivors (NOOR) Group project by the agency’s photographers

Jan Grarup: Hunger in the Horn of Africa (NOOR)

Elaine Stocki: Beyond Yale: Another View of New Haven (Time Lightbox)

photo: Alex Majoli

Magnum Photographers (Moises Saman and Alex Majoli): Libya Aftermath (Magnum)

Joao Silva: Twenty-Six Miles Along Recovery’s Road (NYT Lens)

Kike Arnal: Choco : Looking for Gold in a Distant Jungle (NYT Lens)

John Conn: When the City Was a House of Horrors (NYT Lens)

Lise Sarfati: Portraits (Photo Booth)

Pete Muller: Sudan (NYT Lens)

Veejay Villafranca: Manny Pacquiao (Newsweek)

James Hill: The Bolshoi Theater Reopens (NYT)

Corinne May Botz: Haunted Houses (Time Lightbox)

Yuri Kozyrev: Occupy Sana’a (Time Lightbox)

Erika Larsen: Sami Reindeer Herders (video) (NGM)

Liam Maloney: Grey Zone : Toronto’s injection drug harm reduction program (cbc.ca) Maloney’s website

Tomas Munita: In Egypt, Tourism Remains in Tailspin (NYT)

Benjamin Rusnak: Lost Harvest (zReportage)

Emilio Morenatti: Captured Collection (Denver Post Photo Blog)

Carlos Barria: Jugderdem’s backyard (Reuters’s photo blog)

Ed Thompson: Occupy London (Telegraph) Thompson’s website

Ed Thompson: Rescued Hens (Featureshoot)

Ben Roberts: Occupied Spaces (photographer’s website) Occupy London | Also on BBC

Alban Kakylya: Climate Tourism in Greenland (Smithsonian) Kakulya’s website

Fred Herzog: Vancouver (TIME Lightbox)

Danilo Balducci: Domik Town (zReportage)

Chris Floyd: 140 Characters (BBC) same in Guardian

I remember reading about the below project from 2007, a year or probably more ago, and when Duckrabbit recommended it last week I thought I’d share it here…Some Twitter comments for the website since last night’s initial posting… One photographer mentioned “Exactly how a website should not ever look like.” and another “It feels like a bad acid trip.”….so do have a look…. It really is quite an “experimental interface for storytelling” as mentioned on the project’s website, and in my opinion you don’t necessarily even want to ‘Begin the Whale Hunt‘ (unless of course you want the acid trip!)  instead of just look at some of the stills on the ‘Highlights‘ page…although the number could be edited well down…

Jonathan Harris: The Whale Hunt (Project website 2007)

Interviews

World Press Photo Contest opens for entries in December…Video interviews with recent top prize winners on the WPP site…

Spotlight on the World Press Photo of the Year Winners : Bieber, Masturzo, Suau, Hetherington (World Press Photo)

Giles Duley (Guardian)

“Champagne lifestyle on a beer salary” – Marcus Bleasdale defines photojournalists’ lifestyle by quoting Tom Stoddart

Marcus Bleasdale : (BBC World Service) Starts at  18:45.

David Guttenfelder (MSNBC Photo blog) Photographing in North Korea

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad (Guardian)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind (CPN)

Monica Allende (e-photoreview)

Danfung Dennis (BJP)

Marco Di Lauro (e-photoreview)

Karim Ben Khelifa (PDN) Banned for 20 Years, Photographer Returns to Tunisia

Emily Graham and Anna Stevens :  Contact Editions  (The Sip)

Ralph Morse : A Life Photographer’s Best Photos (life.com)

Elinor Carucci (La Lettre)

Lewis Whyld (BBC) England riots: One photographer’s baptism of fire

Steve McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass #4 (Phaidon blog)

Sophie Gerrard (London Festival Fringe)

Articles

BJP: Photographer Stephen Ferry wins first Tim Hetherington Grant

PDN: The first Tim Hetherington Grant of $27.5K was awarded to Stephen Ferry for his work on the Colombian guerrilla war

photo: Michael Kamber

PDN: Compact Cameras, Keep it Discreet 

Guardian: Photographer Mitch Epstein’s Best Shot

Guardian: Mitch Epstein: American Power; Chris Steele-Perkins: The Pleasure Principle – review

Guardian: Britain’s photographic revolution

Guardian: Squeezing the vision of London’s proposed photographic spaces

BBC: Picture Power: Portraits of Five Leading Press Photographers

BBC: Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis project

TIME Lightbox: Rawiya: Photography Collective Finds Strength in Numbers

NYT: Propaganda in a Time of War

NYT: Years Later, Lawsuit Seeks to Recreate a Wedding

New Yorker Photo Booth: Great Mistakes: Richard Mosse (Photo Booth)

PDN: Pictures of Photog’s Arrest Force Police Accountability

Lightbox: Collect.give : Photography Meets Philanthrophy

Telegraph: Warhol at the Glass House: the story behind the photograph
NYT: Vogue's Fashion Photos Spark Debate in India

NYT Lens: 15 Years That Changed Photography 

BJP: “Security guards have no right to prevent street photography,” says Home Office

Verve: Adriana Zehbrauskas

Verve: Bryan Derballa

Verve: Araminta de Clermont

Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Navesh Chitrakar

Guardian: Overzealous cleaner ruins £690,000 artwork that she thought was dirty

BBC: Two photographers seeking an MA

Lightstalking: Keywording Tips and Strategies for Photographers

Trey Ratcliff :  Public Why I Don't Use Watermarks (Google+) 
Andrew Burton: What is Photojournalism? (photographer's blog)

Events and Exhibitions

World Press Photo 2011 exhibition ad seen in this week’s Time magazine….

World Press Photo 2011 opens at Southbank Centre London Friday 11 November

Emerging photographers to talk at BJP’s Vision (BJP)

Apple plans week of photography events (BJP)

Books and e-publications

This should be good… World Press Photo book of this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass participants’ work…

Next 01 : Joop Swart Masterclass 2011 

Danish Photojournalism by The Danish School of Media and Journalism

Vincent Laforet: Visual Stories

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Eros Hoagland Wins Aftermath Project Grant

World Press Photo opens for entries in December (BJP)

Lucas Dolega Award

Agencies and Collectives

I really like how Redux Pictures often tweet their photographers’ tear sheets….Ended up spending quite a bit of time on their website as a result the other day….Great line-up of photographers and contributors…Check ‘em out, if you are not familiar…

Redux Pictures : Photographers : Contributors

VII November 2011 newsletter

Getty Images Global Assignment November 2011 newsletter

Magnum Photos November newsletter

Cartel Photos

Crowdfunding and Initiatives

My friend Peter DiCampo has started a campaign to raise funds to help him continue his long term Life Without Lights project…. Peter has quite a track record with the project already, with awards such as British Journal of Photography’s International Photography award 2010, showcases and publications in Lens blog and others places, so do go and have a look….

Life Without Lights by Peter DiCampo (Kickstarter)

New York Times: Picturing 7 Billion : A Visual Time Capsule

The Karen of Mayo by Phil Behan (fundit.ie)

‘Everybody Street’ by Cheryl Dunn (Kickstarter)

Behind the smokescreen by Rocco Rorandelli (Emphas.is)

Spotlight on crowdfunding: Robin Hammond’s Condemned (BJP)

In the Shadow of the Pyramids by Laura El-Tantawy (Telegraph)

Services

Custom Brackets

White room Studios : photo studio hire London

Jobs

Director Brighton Photo Fringe

Blogs

CNN Photos blog

Reportage by Getty Images Tumblr

Photographers

Saw several nice portraits by Linda Brownlee of young British actors in the Independent on Sunday’s The New Review..Her website…

Linda Brownlee

Diana Markosian

Ayman Oghanna

To finish off… check out this pretty incredible video of starling murmuration

and Joe McNally’s Feelings on the Digital Workflow

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Features and Essays

South Sudan is now independent… Some photos from the days prior the declaration of independence…

Pete Muller: Small arms and cattle-raiding in southern Sudan (Guardian: July 2011) One of the  photos…the one of police, very evocative of Dominic Nahr’s DRC Soldiers I thought…see for yourself.

Pete Muller: Into Existence: Southern Sudan on the Eve of Independence (TIME LB: July 2011)

Tyler Hicks: South Sudan Prepares for Independence (NYT: July 2011) Some of Hicks’ black and white work from South Sudan was featured on Lens blog.

Cedric Gerbehaye: Birth and Death in Southern Sudan (TIME LB: July 2011)

John Moore: Surviving the U.S. Recession (BagNewsNotes: July 2011)

Martin Parr: Harrow School (Magnum: July 2011)

Ed Kashi: Malawi (VII: July 2011)

Went to the Foto8 Summer Show opening at HOST gallery last Friday… Terrific work and a great night out…although, I might have got a bit too carried away with the drinking…Anyhow, check out all the work exhibited…The below photo by Dougie Wallace was Veronica’s favourite…I quite like it too…

photo: Dougie Wallace

Foto8 Summer Show 2011: Shortlisted (Foto8: July 2011) Feature on BBC

New Panos member Mads Nissen has been to Manila, Philippines for an interesting story about one of the most crowded cities in the world…

Mads Nissen : Among the Madding Crowd (Panos: July 2011) Philippines

Michael Sharkey: Young (Gay) Americans (Guardian: July 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen: Via PanAm (NYT Lens: July 2011)

William Daniels: Faded Tulips (Burn: July 2011) Kyrgyzstan

Yola Monakhov: Empire State (TIME LB: July 2011)

Tyler Hicks: Opportunities at Home Reduce Illegal Immigration From Mexico (NYT: July 2011)

Bryan Denton is back in Libya for NYT with writer Chris Chivers..

Bryan Denton: The Battle for a Libyan Village (NYT: July 2011) Great Libya coverage by the two over on At War blog

Atlantis Shuttle was launched past Friday…NYT sent Todd Heisler to take photos…Slideshow here…In relation to the Atlantis launch, I suppose, the Lens blog featured some of David Burnett’s terrific photos from the the launch of Apollo 11 in 1969…

David Burnett: Apollo 11 (NYT: July 2011)

Been interesting to note several big names getting their first sites during the last year or so…Christopher Morris, Gary Knight, Christopher Anderson…now Charles Ommanney has a website too…Do check out the tear sheets…There are a lot of them…Going through provides a stunning visual recap on contemporary history of U.S. Presidential politics…Love the other stuff too…

Charles Ommanney

Interviews and Talks

Giles Duley :  ”Bomb Took 3 Limbs, but Not Photographer’s Can-Do Spirit” (NYT: July 2011)

Stephanie Sinclair : The Lives of Child Brides (PBS.org: July 2011)

photo: Damon Winter

Kathy Ryan : New York Times Magazine (Le Lettre: 2011)

Bruce Davidson (Telegraph21: 2011)

Anton Corbijn (Foam: July 2011)

“I’m more interested in a photography that is ‘unfinished.’” – Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellgerin (Today’s Zaman: July 2011)

John Szarkovski (Charlie Rose: 2005)

Jehad Nga (Wired Raw File blog: 2011)

Dominic Nahr (Vimeo: 2011)

Masaru Goto (Invisible Photographer Asia: 2011)

Olivia Arthur (e-photoreview: June 2011)

Amanda Rivkin (photographer’s blog: 2011)

Roof Unit Artists Preview 2 : Liz Hingley, Laura Hynd, Chloe Dewe Mathews : July 13 : Bethnal Green, London

Articles

NYT: Georgia – Photographers Still Jailed (NYT: July 2011)

Magnum to distribute Tim Hetherington’s archive…

Photo: Tim Hetherington

Magnum: News from Magnum: Magnum Photos to Distribute Archive of Tim Hetherington (Magnum: July 2011)

‘Debate’ around modern war photography continues over at Duckrabbit…Make sure to read the comments…

Duckrabbit: War Photographers’ biggest story: themselves part 1 \ part 2  (duckrabbit: July 2011)

Everybody’s was talking about Arles online last week…I’ve never been there… Need to try and make my way next year…Festival review by Guardian’s Sean O’Hagan….

Guardian: Les Rencontres d’Arles 2011 (Guardian: July 2011)  review Europe’s high-profile photography festival is a disjointed affair this year, but it’s worth making the trip to see the stunning showcase of Mexican work

Guardian: War photography? Isn’t there an app for that? (Guardian: July 2011) Two war photographers have used camera-phones and a simple app to record stunningly personal images of soldiers and locals in Afghanistan

Guardian: The month in photography (Guardian: July 2011) The Observer New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books, featuring Pieter Hugo, Vanessa Winship, Elliott Erwitt, Taryn Simon and Walker Evans.

Emphas.is: Crowdfunding vs Grants (Emphas.is blog: July 2011)

BBC:  Rediscovering the work of Ernst Haas, a master of colour (BBC: July 2011)

David Campbell: Photographic anxiety: should we worry about image abundance? (DC blog: July 2011)

Poynter: AP drops freelance photographer who Photoshopped his shadow out of image (Poynter: July 2011)

Marcus Bleasdale: A Fixer in Need: Good News from The Pastor (TIME LB: July 2011)

BJP: Leica partners with Facing Change collective (BJP: July 2011)

Anthony Suau: The Leica S2: On the Road with FCDA (FCDA blog: May 2011)

Stephen Farrell: Reporting Under Fire: a Survey of a Century of War Correspondents (NYT At War blog: June 2011)

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

From Guardian….Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse winners of  the Rencontred d’Arles Discovery Award.

Ian Parry Scholarship deadline extended to Thursday 14th July

NPPA Announces Short Grants For Photographers

Shortlist for 2011 IdeasTap Photographic Award

Oskar Barnack Award 2011 winners on Vimeo

Agencies 

Magnum Photos July Newsletter

From BJP….Picturetank, the Paris-based photo cooperative, is looking for photographers to join

Noor is looking for new members. Deadline 5 August

Magnum Photos have an opening for a sales role in their London office. Applications are open

Books

Seba Kurtis: Drowned (Here: 2011)

Platon’s Power gallery on Guardian website | article

Platon: Power (Chronicle: 2011) There’s also an app

WorkshopsEddie Adams Workshop : Class of 2011

To finish off…

Use an action to make any picture look like an instagram picture  Via @lucasjackson

Is this for real????

The iPhone SLR Mount.

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The world has a new nation. The Republic of South Sudan officially seceded from Sudan on July 9, ending a 50-year struggle marked by decades of civil war. After a referendum earlier this year on independence passed with the support of 99% of the population of southern Sudan, events were set in motion that led to Saturday's celebration. Joy marked the festivities, but South Sudan faces steep challenges. Although the country has oil reserves and fertile soil, there is much poverty and little infrastructure. Collected here are images from the last several months, showing scenes of daily life, portraits of South Sudanese, and the celebration of independence. -- Lane Turner (36 photos total)
Thousands celebrate their country's independence during a ceremony in the capital Juba on July 9, 2011. South Sudan separated from Sudan to become the world's newest and 193rd nation. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

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Arizona residents were caught by surprise when a giant dust storm developed over Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The swift storm left the city covered in dust and residents spent the week cleaning up.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix after greeting supporters from a balcony of Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 4, 2011. Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba on Monday morning, stepping off a plane hours before dawn and saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor.

Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse July 7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011 but will serve four, one-year sentences on her conviction of lying to a law enforcement officer. She will be credited for the nearly three-years of time served and good behavior and will be released July 13.

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In this photo taken Friday July 1, 2011, ballet students from the Lynn Williams Rouzier Institute help each other with their make-up backstage before performing "Paquita" at their school's farewell gala in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) #

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A calf, used as a game to amuse revelers jumps to the arena after the running of the bulls at the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Pamplona, Spain.(AP Photo/Ivan Aguinaga) #

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A worker of Cuba's National Aquarium performs with dolphins in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Since its opening in 1960 Cuba's National Aquarium promotes educational activities aiming to widespread knowledge about the sea and its resources. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) #

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New couples kiss during a military mass wedding ceremony in Taipei on July 5, 2011. A total of 268 new couples will take part in this mass wedding ceremony between July 5-6 to mark the 100th anniversary of Republic of China. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images #

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Spanish novillero bullfighter Jimenez Fortes falls in front of the horns of a bull during a bullfight on the eve of the 2011 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Fortes fell in front of the bull and managed to roll over to avoid the horns, lucky to be unhurt in the incident. Novilleros, is the stage prior to becoming a 'matador' where bullfights are performed with young bulls.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix after greeting supporters from a balcony of Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 4, 2011. Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba on Monday morning, stepping off a plane hours before dawn and saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) #

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Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse July 7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011 but will serve four, one-year sentences on her conviction of lying to a law enforcement officer. She will be credited for the nearly three-years of time served and good behavior and will be released July 13. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images) #

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Flora Reece protests outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 7, 2011. Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her daughter, Caylee Anthony, faces sentencing for lesser charges. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) #

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Defense attorney Dorothy Clay Sims, in gray jacket, covers her client Casey Anthony in a hug along with the rest of the defense team after Anthony was acquitted of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool) #

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The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is seen in Arlington, Va., Monday July 4, 2011, as fireworks burst over Washington, during the annual Fourth of July display. The Washington Monument and the Capitol can be seen in the distance. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #

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In this image provided by NASA, the space shuttle Atlantis is seen shortly after the rotating service structure (RSS) was rolled back at launch pad 39a, Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is set to liftoff Friday on the final flight of the shuttle program, STS-135, a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. NASA decided to start the fueling operations early Friday morning. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls) #

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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. (AP Photo/John Raoux) #

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IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA world champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine celebrates winning the heavyweight unification fight against former WBA world champion David Haye,of Britain in the stadium in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) #

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Gymnasts perform in front of an image of international pop diva Lady Gaga at a welcoming ceremony during "Lady Gaga Day" in Taichung, Taiwan, Sunday, July 3, 2011. Lady Gaga is visiting Taiwan for five days promoting her new album "Born This Way". (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

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Los Alamos Canyon is filled with smoke from the Las Conchas fire in Los Alamos, N.M., Friday, July 1, 2011. As firefighters held their ground Friday on the flank of the massive wildfire that burned near the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratory, officials at the lab and in the surrounding town began planning for the return of thousands of residents and employees who fled the area earlier this week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #

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A Tibetan exile tussles with Nepalese police officers as she is prevented from proceeding to the venue where a birthday celebration for spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is being held, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Nepalese authorities prevented exiled Tibetans from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday on Wednesday over concerns that gatherings will turn anti-Chinese. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi) #

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A man who claimed his daughter was inside the house where three bodies were found collapses in the street Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Police say seven people have been fatally shot at two locations in the western Michigan city of Grand Rapids and the victims include a child. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark) #

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Belarusian Catholics attend a procession during the annual Icon of the Mother of God celebration in Budslav, some 150 km north from Minsk on July1, 2011. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images #

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A woman fills a net with clams during low tide on Lantau island, Hong Kong on July 3, 2011. Whether for business or pleasure, the tradition of digging for clams is a regular draw for residents of Hong Kong's outlying islands. Bounty hunters prepared to spend hours hunched over barnacled rocks can expect a sure reward for their currency of clams from the ever-present nearby seafood establisments only too happy to serve up a hard-won catch. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images #

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Rebel fighters fire a grad rocket launcher towards Kadhafi forces in Gualish, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Tripoli, during heaving fighting on July 6, 2011, the first day of the NATO-backed push on the Libyan capital. COLIN SUMMERS/AFP/Getty Images #

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In a picture taken on July 6, 2011 Chinese anti-terrorism police undergo a drill in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province. After setting up its own cyber-warfare team, China's military has now developed its first online war game aimed at improving combat skills and battle awareness, state press said. STR/AFP/Getty Images #

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Belarusian women protect themselves with an umbrellas as they sell home-grown potatoes at the roadside near the village of Pilchuki, some 210 km ( 131 miles) west of capital Minsk, Belarus, Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #

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The pack passes world heritage site Mont Saint Michel, rear, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during he sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 226.5 kilometers (140.7 miles) starting in Dinan, Brittany, and finishing in Lisieux, Normandy, western France, Thursday July 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #

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Oscar Henningsson of Sweden prepares to play his second shot into the 18th green during the first round of The Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 7, 2011 in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) #

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In this photo taken Saturday, July 2, 2011, Tibetan Tenzin Paldon, 6 , holds a portrait of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama that hangs in the Tibetan Children's School as she stands in front of classmates in the hill station town of Dharmsala, northern India. In a lifetime spent advocating the plight of his Tibetan community, promoting inter-religious harmony and pleading for world peace, the Dalai Lama now faces perhaps his greatest challenge: trying to truly retire from politics. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #

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Fireworks explode over the Hudson River in New York, Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #

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A carcass of an animal lies on an empty road, near Lagbogal, 56 kilometers from Wajir town, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating, (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim) #

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Somalis women and children from southern Mogadishu, line up to receive food at a camp in Mogadishu distributed by Jumbo organization a local NGO in Mogadishu , Somalia, after fleeing from southern Somalia, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the past two weeks seeking assistance and the number is increasing by the day, due to lack of water and food. The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating, (AP Photo Farah Abdi Warsameh) #

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Tourists enjoy a Shikara, a traditional gondola ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar, India, Saturday, July 2, 2011. Set in the Himalayas, Kashmir is a green, saucer-shaped valley full of fruit orchards and surrounded by snowy mountain ranges. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin) #

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A Libyan girl hangs onto a stairwell banister in downtown Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The U.S. Senate scheduled a vote on Tuesday whether to proceed with a resolution authorizing "the limited use of United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya." The resolution would expire when the NATO operation ends or after one year, and it would prohibit the use of American ground forces or private security contractors in Libya. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) #

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A Pakistani girl looks on while collecting seashells along the beach of Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, July 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) #

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Members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army stand at attention, during a rehearsal for independence, in the southern capital of Juba on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Southern Sudan is set to declare independence from the north on July 9, an event that follows decades of civil war between them. The Republic of South Sudan, as it will be named on Saturday, will be the world's 193rd country. (AP Photo/Pete Muller) #

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Southern Sudanese boys take shelter from afternoon rains that disrupted rehearsal for independence day celebrations in the capital city of Juba on Monday, July 4, 2011. Southern Sudan is set to declare independence from the north on July 9. The north and south have been steeped in decades of civil war that resulted in a 2005 agreement that allowed for a referendum southern secession. The southern government said Monday that 30 African heads of state including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will travel to Juba for this weekend's celebrations. (AP Photo/Pete Muller) #

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Revelers celebrate the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket. Perhaps best glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises," the San Fermin festival is known around the world for the daily running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #

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Buddhist monks gather near an election poster for a candidate in Thailand's Democrat party during their morning rounds in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday July 3, 2011. Thais go to the polls Sunday in general elections that is shaping up to be a battle between Yingluck Shinawatra of the Pheu Thai Party and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party. Yingluck Shinawatra is the sister of ousted former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. (AP Photo/David Longstreath) #

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