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Photographer Seeks Out Havana’s Cool Kids in ‘Cuban Millennials’

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Cristobal (22) has graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and is now working as a tattoo artist in Pinar del Río. Young Cubans are embracing foreign cultural trends more than at any other time. The fondness for tattoos is big and growing, despite the difficulty of tattoo artists to import the necessary equipment (needles, sterilizers, and ink). Recent reforms have not formally legalized the activity, although the first official tattoo studio has opened, attached to an urban art gallery in Havana .

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22-year-old Shellys Mayara is a second-year student of the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte), but she also works as an actress and model. “I am doing very well and I am very happy because I am lucky to be very busy working as an actress, makeup artist and model.” She will participate in a US/Mexican horror film soon.

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Night party at King Bar, Vedado. In recent years, many private restaurants, bars and new clubs opened, often at prices beyond the reach of ordinary Cubans.

Barcelona-born, New York City-based photographer Edu Bayer has always valued and felt close to Cuban culture and history, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that he finally made the trip to see for himself the metamorphosis of the nation. Cuban Millennials is his ongoing investigation into the lives, heritage, and futures of a the country’s rising generation of creatives and intellectuals, who in the wake of reparations in US-Cuba relations, are forging a new and unchartered path.

64 Photos of Unforgettable Summer Vacations

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The Gorge, near Portland, OR © Justin Nunnink

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Honolulu, Hawaii © Adrian Mueller

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French Riviera © Laurent Roch

For our latest group show, we invited you to submit your photographs of summer vacation. Judged by April Jenkins, Photo Editor for Offset, a new collection of high-end stock photography and illustration from artists around the globe, the images selected for this collection capture locales as diverse as the French Riviera and the Bahamas, Romania and Cinque Terre, Italy. It’s said that the human brain is more likely to hold onto memories that are new and exotic than those that are familiar and routine, a theory that might help explain why so many of our most cherished recollections are associated with vacations abroad rather than day-to-day life at home. For many, the most meaningful part of a summer vacation is the opportunity to make memories that are hard to forget, that will stay lodged in our consciousness for years to come. For this reason, photographs have become a key ingredient in summer vacations around the world, meant to be mounted and remembered long after we have returned home.

Photographer Gains Once-in-a-Lifetime Access to the Festival of Niger’s Nomadic Tribes

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When rainfall quenches the bone-dry terrain of Southern Niger, says New York-based travel photographer Terri Gold, a thousand Wodaabe nomads, along with thousands of their treasured animals, converge across the desert in celebration of the The Guérewol Festival. As part of the weeklong event, the men dress in traditional finery, adorn their faces in paint, and perform for hours in hopes of winning the admiration of a set of young women judges. After braving the 110 degree heat in search of the merrymaking, Gold at last happened upon Guérewol after weeks of anticipation and captured the scene using infrared film.

Photos Examine the Impact of Rapid Development on Nomadic Life in Mongolia

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Mongolia is a country divided by two kinds of people. There are those who retain a traditional nomadic lifestyle and those who strive for a more modern life. Photographer Michele Palazzi’s Black Gold Hotel is a long term project about the impact of modernization in Mongolia.

Photographer Traverses the Frozen Wilderness, Comes Back with Ethereal, Dreamlike Images

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For Alaskan photographer Acacia Johnson, traversing the Far North signifies a homecoming, a return to the curiosity and awe she felt as a young child for the icy wilderness. For Polaris, named for the North Star, the photographer camps and hikes across Alaska and Iceland, chasing down the elusive threads of belonging that bind her to the inhospitable terrain.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Summer Vacation

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© Alberto Bernasconi / Offset

Summer vacation is one of the fundamentally joyous facts of life, the birthplace of the memories and daydreams that keep us pushing through the grind of the winter months. For people of all ages, sunny getaways promise the carefree bliss of childhood, a few cherished weeks or days filled with adventures and picnics, sightseeing and sunbathing. Because we spend so much of our time fantasizing about summer and precious little time actually relishing it, the photographs snapped on these trips are often as valuable as the trips themselves, reminding us of sleepy mornings in exotic locales long after we have departed. For our next group show, we’re looking for your summer vacation photos.

Our judge for this group show will be April Jenkins, Photo Editor for Offset, a new collection of high-end stock photography and illustration from artist around the globe. The winning photographer will receive a GoPro Hero4 Black. All submitting photographers will be considered to join Offset’s curated collection of award-winning and high end photography. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “Summer Vacation” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions detailing the locations of the photographs within the body of the email.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015.

Curious about joining offset? Check out this video in which some of our favorite photographers discuss what it means to be represented by Offset.

Offset is a category partner on Feature Shoot.

A Photographers Journey to Find ‘Home’ in China

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During Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi‘s one year stay in China, he sought out to find “home” in a world completely unknown and foreign to him. Unable to speak the language, and with no assistance, it was nearly impossible to communicate with the local people. As a result, he refrained from photographing people and instead focused his creative energy on capturing the environment. Segue is a photographic journey of a foreign space, as depicted through landscapes and inanimate objects.

Rhythmic Photos of Tourists Swarming Across the Gobi Desert

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Budapest-based photographer Bence Bakonyi knew he would visit the town of Dunhuang the moment he caught a glimpse of it on the surface of postcard. Positioned in western China on the shores of the seemingly infinite Gobi Desert, the terrain cried out to him to be traversed, as it had thousands of years previously by the merchants and nomadic peoples of the ancient Silk Road.

Beguiling Photos Capture the Beauty of Antarctica’s Icebergs

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In Antarctica, says London-based photographer Anna Vlasova, snow comes in more shades than white, coloring ancient icebergs in pastel shades of blue and green. Seventy percent of the planet’s water is held precariously within these floating monoliths, bodies of frozen fluid that can tower as high as our lofty skyscrapers and extend well below sea level, where they are blanketed in a fuzzy layer of ice algae. For The Character of Snow, Vlasova tells the story of these enigmatical and volatile bodies, glancing back thousands of years to a time when they roamed the seas, uninhibited and unbroken by the will of mankind.

These 40 Hiking Photos From Around the World Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

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Hiking at a glacial ice cave at Skaftafell National Park, Iceland © Peter Adams / Offset

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Backpacker in autumn Nire shrubs in Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina © Johnathan Ampersand Esper / Aurora Photos / Offset

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Couple hiking on the island of Oahu, Hawaii © Julian Walter / Offset

Hiking and art-making might seem at first like unrelated pastimes, but a small glimpse through history will reveal the two recreations are often inextricably intertwined. Hiking for sport came into prominence in the late 1700s, born in large part from the Romanticism that permeated contemporary art movements. As European cities became increasingly industrial, creative minds flocked to the hilly countryside in hopes of reconnecting with the sublime in nature. Painters like German-born Caspar David Friedrich frequently pictured lone hikers dwarfed by the divine and sprawling landscape that surrounded them, rendering moments in which mankind was at once humbled and exalted by the powers of the wilderness.