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On January 5, 431 teams began the annual Dakar Rally: a two-week off-roading adventure through South America. The vehicles — which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quadbikes — are traversing extremely challenging territory between Rosario, Argentina, and Valparaíso, Chile. One racer and two members of the press have died so far in separate incidents. As the participants depart the Uyuni Salt Flats today, here is a look at Dakar 2014 in progress.
Each year, the Macedonian village of Vevcani marks the Orthodox St. Vasilij Day — the beginning of the old Julian calendar — with a 1,400-year-old carnival rooted in pre-Christian traditions. Performers revel in the streets wearing masks that reflect pagan rituals, religious issues, or political satires of current events. Below are some images of the costumes and parades in Vevcani over the past few years.
The first week of 2014 has brought frigid conditions to much of the Northern Hemisphere, including a phenomenon called a polar vortex, which pulled Arctic weather deep into Canada and the U.S. In Harbin, China, the chilly temperatures have one advantage: They come at a perfect time for the annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Collected here are recent images of the frozen north.
Western forces continue their long withdrawal from Afghanistan, scheduled to be complete within a year, save for a small number NATO advisers and security teams. Recent reports and evaluations of the state of affairs in Afghanistan indicate a bleak immediate future, despite billions of dollars of foreign aid. Human rights groups report that violence against women is intensifying, malnutrition is mysteriously on the rise nationwide, economic growth has dropped sharply, and continued foreign aid is threatened by possible instability post-withdrawal. Gathered here are recent images from this war-weary country, part of the ongoing series here on Afghanistan.
The Atlantic's Alan Taylor sifts through thousands of photographs to assemble his breathtaking In Focus galleries, covering everything from the conflict in Syria to volcanic activity around the globe. For the video above, we collected more than 80 photographs from the past year to create a three-minute montage set to a track by Broke for Free. The result is a visceral, graphic look at the tragedies and triumphs of 2013 and a tribute to the photojournalists who documented everything along the way.
With fewer than 10 days until Christmas, holiday celebrations and decorations are on display around the world. Mother Nature has contributed with snowfall from North America to the Middle East, as Santa’s helpers busy themselves everywhere from small markets to massive warehouses. Today’s essay is a peek at some of the scenes of the season so far.
Forty-five years ago today, Christmas Eve 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders saw something no human had ever seen before—our planet as it appeared to rise over the moon’s horizon.
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Maier took photos as a hobby for most of her life, but her talent was discovered just before she died—and today, it’s the romantic story consumers project onto her art that fuels her acclaim.