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Beyond the Olympics and Carnival, Photos Take You to the Real Brazil (Sponsored)

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The town of Ouro Preto and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Mina Gerais State in Brazil © Yadid Levy / Offset

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People line up wearing animal masks in Northeast Bahia © Gabriel Boieras / SambaPhoto / Offset

The cultural diversity of Brazil, cultivated over 500 years of recorded history, has given rise to some of the most distinctive travel experiences in the world, from the five days of elaborate parade floats, cross-dressers, stolen kisses, and laughter that fills the streets during Carnival to the sleepy days spent sunbathing on 5,000 miles white sand beaches.

Only in Rio de Janeiro can you sip frozen drinks made with açaí berries fresh from the Amazon, join the locals playing footvolley–a cross between beach volleyball and soccer– between dips in the surf, or listen to the percussive music flowing from the spontaneous Samba circles that crop up throughout the Lapa neighborhood.

In honor of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, we’ve selected some of our favorite images from Brazil, all curated from the remarkable Offset collection. These photographs capture the flavors Bahia, where seafood stew is cooked in a clay pot and served fragrant and spicy, and the colorful facades of old, colonial houses that line the oldest, most well-trodden streets of Salvador.

Artist uses Long Exposures to Create Ecstatic Light Sculptures

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Comfortable with long exposure photography, Vitor Schietti decided he wanted to learn more, to push himself to experiment further. After discovering the work of light painting photo artists such as Eric Staller, Lightmark, and Brian Hart – amongst others – he began to make his own light paintings. The results are a dazzling series of images titled Impermanent Sculptures.

Driving Through the Magnificent Landscape of Iceland

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In 2014, Michalina Okreglicka and her husband decided to move to Iceland, packing their belongings into their beloved old Nissan and driving across onto the ferry from Denmark.

Drone Captures Wedding Photos Like You’ve Never Seen Before

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“They are together but alone,” says Tahiti-based photographer Helene Havard, who has captured weddings throughout the islands of French Polynesia using a drone camera. Placing her couples within the infinite and wild terrain, she explains, speaks to the closeness and indeed the solitude of being in love. Her lovers stand hand-in-hand, adrift on the blue currents of the open sea.

The Sacred Spirit of Cattle Captured in Beguiling Photos

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Ankole 3. Outside Mbarara, Kiruhura district, Western Region, Uganda, 2012

Mattu Pongal 06. Kannakurkkai district, Tamil Nadu, India, 2014.

Mattu Pongal 6. Kannakurkkai district, Tamil Nadu, India, 2014

According to Hindu mythology, words whispered into the ear of a bull might be passed on to the gods. Guarding the temples of Lord Shiva are statues of Nandi the Bull, the dear companion and mount of the god himself. Reaching down to graze the foot of Nandi brings the promise of fertility, and here on Earth, cattle are the rare and precious emissaries of the divine realm.

Poetry and Violence on the Open Seas

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Australian photographer Luke Shadbolt spent his childhood in New South Wales, drawing never closer to the savage waves that crashed along the coastline. Maelstrom is his tribute to the sea and its manic, feral tides and a revelation of mankind’s fragility in the face of its rapacious appetite.

Photographer Inspires Serious Wanderlust With ’72 Hours’ Project

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When Wales-based photographer Finn Beales travels the globe, he gives himself three days to immerse himself in the culture and landscape of each place. He seeks out the holes in the wall, pulls back the layers to reveal the bared, thrumming heart of every locale. He lives for the mountain air, for the scent of forgotten spaces in faraway lands.

Six-Year-Old Hawkeye Huey Publishes His First Photo Book

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Portrait of the artist

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Seattle-based photographer Hawkeye Huey, age six, has camped in the desert, climbed mountains, encountered the free spirits of Slab City, and conferred with the citizens of Navajo Nation. His father Aaron, who happens to be a National Geographic photographer with a “very long and fancy” resume of his own, gifted Hawkeye with his first Fuji Instax two years ago before taking him on special father-son photo adventures throughout the Western United States.

An Unforgettable Look at an Abandoned ‘Wizard of Oz’ Theme Park

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When the enigmatical photographer known only by the pseudonym Seph Lawless first heard tell of the forgotten Yellow Brick Road on the tippy top of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, he instantly felt a kinship with the place, which today remains shrouded in old mysteries left unsolved.

These Photos of Decaying Sanctuaries Will Make You Believe in Ghosts

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Dresden-based photographer Matthias Haker keeps his forsaken sanctuaries a secret, guarded closely from meddlesome spirits and prying hands. When he asked about the aged ballrooms, power plants, hotels, and bathhouses, the artist responds evasively, “Somewhere in Europe…”

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