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Robert Hariman Photo February 27, 2015

The Face of Battle in the Ukraine

War is far more than battle, from the extensive organization that is required to project power and hold territory, to the thousand ways that it disrupts, distorts, corrupts, and shatters entire worlds.

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Culture Focus Photo February 26, 2015

Poor Kanye: Cell Phones, Martyrdom and Celebrity Culture

I am partly posting Kanye’s shaming of the celebrity-crazed public and his indictment of mobile photography as an example of how much pictures can take on a life of their own.

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Culture Focus Photo February 25, 2015

On Texas Muslim Capitol Day: Photos by Nina Berman from Austin

The hostility of anti-Muslim protesters on the seventh annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day pales in comparison to the recognition and appreciation of the different cultural and religious communities among us.

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Disaster Focus Photo February 24, 2015

"Breaking" Pic from Fukushima

Don't worry yourself what's bubbling beyond the tarp?

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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo February 23, 2015

ISIS Attacks Iraqi Base Full of US Trainers, Ho Hum

Whatever the reasons for the quiet, America's reengagement in Iraq is primarily significant for the lack of attention.

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Culture Focus Photo February 22, 2015

Award Season and Western Cultural Exports

If the 2015 Oscars expose a diversity problem with western cultural exporting, then the selection by POY doubles down on the indictment.

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Photography/Photojournalism Photo February 21, 2015

War Photography Family Portrait of the Year

What I find so powerful is how much Alexey Furman's photo from Ukraine manages to capture and express war as an act of domestic violence.

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More Contest Winners: DC Meets Oz

Don't know whether to laugh or cry, right?

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President Obama Photo February 20, 2015

Seven Years into a Presidency, What Lurks Beneath the Laugh Track

What's brilliant is the way the photo, on the surface a textbook example of political celebrity, also taps into America's racial polarization.

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International Focus Photo February 19, 2015

On Those Migrants Up a Pole (POYi Spot News Award)

What is it about this photo of Sub-Saharan migrants high up a pole in Spain’s border town of Melilla that earned a POY award?

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USA(ID)! USA(ID)!: Full Salute to a Military Photo

And when in our lifetimes have we been made aware the military has been deployed to save lives?

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Culture Focus Photo February 18, 2015

Seeing Surveillance Everywhere and Nowhere

In this day and age, when an image could as easily have been pulled off a civil defense drone or a surveillance camera, we also register that.

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World Press, Spot News: Tangled Up in Blue

Sure, the cops got their girl. But for goodness' sake, is a riot police scrum supposed to look so glamorous?

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International Focus Photo February 16, 2015

Human Trafficking Awareness and Photographic Ensnarement: A World Press Winning Portrait

Despite the photo’s potential utility, however, it also raises important questions about the ways in which well-meaning outsiders and journalists depict the problem of human trafficking.

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Beyond FEMEN: That Arresting Photo Outside the Strauss-Kahn Trial

I doubt the group expected a photo this effective, even if Femen protesters are consistently “manhandled” by police.

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World Press Photo: As Much About News as About the Human Condition?

The picture of “Jon and Alex” seems to also be part of an emerging trend among the winning photographs of recent years: a cinematic aesthetics that combines artistic compositions with invitation to storytelling.

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Photography/Photojournalism Photo February 14, 2015

Picture of the Year (Sports Feature): What is it About Men and their Balls?

It could have landed on his shoe. It could have bounced and landed on that other guy's straw hat. But, it didn't.

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Photography/Photojournalism Photo February 13, 2015

LGBT Love and Anxiety: The Ambiguity and Politics of the World Press Photo of the Year

Perhaps the noirish quality serves as a buffer but this photo is at least as tense as it is tender.

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