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Photographers Liam Sinnott, Sergey Poteryaev, Simon Crofts, Richard Renaldi, and Jason Andre Take Over Our Instagram

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Liam Sinnott [@liamsinnott] / February 20, 21, 22

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Sergey Poteryaev [@poteryaevs] / February 23, 24, 25

We’re getting to that final stretch of winter, and one of the things giving us perspective on these frigid days is knowing that we can instantly travel to regions around the globe with our Guest Instagrammers. Our lineup begins this time around with Liam Sinnott in sunny Los Angeles and Sergey Poteryaev in various cities across India. From there, we’ll get a glimpse of a snow-blanketed Ukraine with Simon Crofts and jet off to Thailand to explore with Richard Renaldi. We’ll conclude with Jason Andrew in the jungles of Nigeria, where the photographer is documenting the poaching crisis now plaguing the country.

Enchanting Photos of Portugal by Photographer Ruben Vicente

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Lisbon-based photographer Ruben Vicente has been to countries all over Europe and Asia, from Iceland to India, Myanmar to Japan, and yet some of his most enchanting work has been created just a stone’s throw from home, amidst the mountains and coastal shores of western Portugal.

Poignant Portraits and Stories of Farm Animals Who Have Been Rescued from Abusive Situations

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Norman, resident of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
“Norman was a veal calf, originally rescued as a baby from an auction by another sanctuary. He came to us as an adult with his girlfriend, a large black Angus cow named Ellie May. Norman and Ellie May were inseparable, always grazing together and sleeping side-by-side in the barn at night. When Ellie May passed away, Norman grieved for weeks, wandering the fields looking for her, and refusing to eat. He even slept on top of her grave. Eventually, he regained his sweet exuberant personality, but he has been a loner amongst the other cows ever since. He is a gentle giant who loves people and enjoys getting treats. His favorites are apples and cinnamon buns.”
- Terry Cummings, co-founder, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

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Mata Hari, resident of SASHA Farm
“By the time my Mata Hari came to live at SASHA Farm, she was already a local celebrity. She’d made the news twice, bloggers were following her travels, and she even had her own Facebook fan page. She was ‘The Ann Arbor Sheep,’ an elusive ewe who had managed to evade capture for months as she grazed Ann Arbor parks and cemeteries, stopped traffic at busy intersections, interrupted business meetings and tennis matches and became to some an urban legend.

“She began frequenting a secluded area behind an Art Van Furniture store, and after she seemed ready to stay a while, they began feeding her. When she showed up one day with a badly wounded neck from a dog attack during the night, they feared she might die of infection. After the police and local animal control were unsuccessful in their attempts to catch her, employees called SASHA Farm. A pen was erected behind the building in the spot where they fed her, and the next day, the door was closed and she was on her way to her new home at SASHA Farm.”
- Amanda, SASHA Farm

For Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals, Florida-based photographer Sharon Lee Hart creates gentle portraits of creatures great and small, all of whom have been delivered from harrowing and abusive situations in live meat markets, cockfighting rings, or slaughterhouses.

The Best Links of the Week (February 14-20)

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From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • ModCloth substitutes models with employees of all shapes and sizes [Digiday]
  • ‘Your Dick Pics Are About to be All Over the Internet’ [WIRED]
  • “How narcissistic do you have to be to warrant buying a selfie toaster?” [Incredible Things]
  • ‘Can you match these Westminster Dog Show dogs with their owners?’ [NYTimes.com]
  • Un-retouched photos of Cindy Crawford leaked, Internet responds perfectly [Metro News]
  • Crying North West placated by toy-weilding photographer at New York Fashion Week [Us Weekly]
  • Plus-sized Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence, and Mila Kunis [Lost at E Minor]
  • BBC, Associated Press, the Pulitzer Center and more take steps to protect freelancers [dvafoto]

Announcing the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award Winners: Jiehao Su, Sebastian Collett and Ayumi Tanaka

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Clockwise from left: Jiehao Su, Ayumi Tanaka, Sebastian Collett

We are excited to announce the three winners of the inaugural Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards!  We reviewed over 2,000 submissions from all over the world in the categories of portraits, fine art and documentary. Our esteemed jury choose Jiehao Su‘s Borderland to receive the Grand Prize; Sebastian Collett was selected for his Vanishing Point series, and Ayumi Tanaka was chosen for her series Wish You Were Here.

‘In This Beautiful Bubble’ Photo Series Captures the Everyday Lives of Kids in An Upscale San Diego Neighborhood

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Rory and Her Pony, 2013

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Amber in Closet, 2010

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Monarch Butterflies and Watermelon, 2013

For In This Beautiful Bubble, San Diego-based photographer Eri Morita captures childhood in her small, quiet neighborhood, where her daughter and her peers come of age within the protective confines of large houses, safe streets, and an idyllic landscape.

A Look Into the Daily Lives of Little People in the Philippines

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Perry at the supermarket. He finds physical difficulties everywhere – during shopping, it is the height of the shelves that places goods out of his reach, and the weight of bulky items, which requires him to take several trips.

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Josephine during her graduation day at high school. “Is quite difficult for little people to finish high school in the public system because the population is so big,” she says.

When Perry Berry was a child growing up in the Philippine island of Panay, he was bullied for being a little person; when he got older and moved to the capital Manila, he found that the jobs available to little people were mostly in the entertainment field, where they were asked to perform degrading and often humiliating acts. Now the President of the national Little People Association, Berry dreams of a city built entirely for and governed by little people, a community wherein individuals can live without fear of discrimination.

Photos Take Us Behind the Scenes at ‘Fetish Con’ (NSFW)

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With thousands of annual attendees, Fetish Con covers everything S&M, from flogging to tickling to verbal humiliation. Now in its fifteenth year, the St. Petersburg, Florida convention brings together the most popular fetish models for a weekend of fearless exploration, a safe space wherein amateur and advanced kink enthusiasts can discuss—and act upon— their desires.

Hordes of Plastic Bags Photographed to Resemble Flocks of Birds

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For Murmurations: Ephemeral Plastic Sculptures, Paris-based photographer Alain Delorme constructs foreboding hordes of winged creatures that upon closer inspection reveal themselves to be composed entirely of fluttering plastic bags.

Portraits Capture the Pride and Grace of Samburu Warriors of Kenya

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Photographer Dirk Rees feels extremely fortunate in his ability to pursue his passion for capturing Africa’s most iconic tribes. Having travelled extensively and lived all over Southern Africa, he has developed an unconditional love for the vast and diverse continent. For this particular project, he found himself in Kenya documenting the distinct tribe members who are known as Samburu Warriors.