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Fighting for Freedom: Compelling Photos Document Prison Fights in Bangkok

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Poised at the edge of a boxing ring located in the courtyard of Bangkok’s Klong Prem prison, Vietnam-based photographer Aaron Joel Santos captures inmates as they prepare for Muay Thai fights that could determine the rest of their lives. Since 2013, the the Correctional Department of Thailand has worked alongside Prison Fight, a charity organization that provides gear and boxing training to maximum security inmates. Hundreds of Thai prisoners, convicted of crimes ranging from theft to murder, become highly-skilled athletes in hopes of beating free foreign fighters and earning a reduced sentence.

Gravity-Defying Photographs Capture Parkour Athletes in Motion

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In the darkened streets of New York City, Brooklyn-based photographer Ben Franke captures the gravity-defying vaults of Parkour athletes. The training practice, based in part off of military obstacle courses, is a noncompetitive discipline wherein skilled participants get from a point A to a point B using the most efficient techniques, including climbing, jumping, and vaulting. Hoping to stay true to the essence of the holistic method, the artist partnered with the city’s first Parkour facility, BRKLYN BEAST. By coating his agile subjects in flour, he is able to track their motion across a single frame. Like stardust flung across Franke’s spare set, the white powder explodes in the wake of leaps and bounds, allowing the passage of time to exist within a still photograph.

Mesmerizing Towers Built Entirely From Human Bodies

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Perched atop the upper platform of a gaping arena, photographer David Oliete captures astonishing human towers composed of up to 500 people. This is the “Concurs de Castells,” the city of Tarragona’s biennial castell competition. Often measuring six to ten humans tall, the castell, whose name means “castle,” is a treasure of Catalan heritage. The sport was invented in Valls in the late 1700s; each tower is said to represent the virtues of “strength, balance, courage, and common sense.”

What’s In Your Camera Bag?: Sports Illustrated Photographer Walter Iooss

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Kate Upton, shot for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Iooss has shot over 10 covers of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, the first one being in 1973.

What’s in your camera bag?
My gear is Canon. I carry 1 EOS 1D, 1 EOS 5D, 24-105 zoom f4, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.2, 1 extra camera battery, 1 card reader, 1 hard drive, 4 Sandisk cards, a lens tissue, swim goggles and golf glove for my two favorite pastimes, and mints for safe breath.

What’s in your bag that’s specific to the type of work you shoot? I shoot mostly portraits and all the lenses are geared for that—my action days are few. For the swimsuit shoots I would bring a 70-200 f4 zoom and a 300mm f4, along with 3 portable Profoto strobes. Sunlight is only good for a short period of time, early and late, especially for women. Light is always the most important element in my pictures, if I am free to control it. Some jobs are only cover shoots—for those, you start with light and backgrounds, and go from there with the poses.

What’s the most unusual item in your camera bag? My goggles and golf glove—I use these anywhere I can swim or hit balls.

Ostrich Racing, Monster Wrestling and Lingerie Basketball: Hysterical Photos of Really Weird Sporting Events

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The Color Run more resembles a Hindu Holi celebration than a 5k fun run. “It’s not about the run,” said Erika Schultz. “I think it’s about being a human canvas. Your body becomes art. You become art, a big impressionistic human painting.”

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Riders racing ostriches is a common sport in Africa. It’s still not exactly clear how it arrived in Virginia City, Nevada, famed home of TV western “Bonanza.”

Humans are weird indeed. There is much beautiful evidence of this in Portland-based photographer Sol Neelman’s Weird Sports 2, his hilarious second volume of pictures of oddball sports events.

The Pained Faces of Crossfitters Photographed by Philip Haynes

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Elite athletes, dancers, and performers of all kinds have long been ideal subjects for artists. Crossfitters, those who partake in the relatively new exercise method called “Crossfit,” are no different. For UK-based photographer Philip Haynes, a self-described “Norwich boy who just happens to shoot heroes,” the subjects in The Crossfitters deliver the ferocity and beauty of the phenomenal human body in motion.

Photos of Divers Caught in the Act

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There is something about that moment when you stop ascending and begin to fall that fascinates me.—Brad Harris

When NYC-based photographer Brad Harris isn’t shooting for clients like Apple, Nike and Rolling Stone, he can be found plunging into his personal projects where he extracts exquisite moments of character and beauty out of otherwise mundane scenarios. From his utterly lunar images of the World Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats to his regal portraits of battered boxers, exertion and the roar of the crowd are stripped away, revealing the silent grace that remains.

Photographer Chip Litherland Makes Anticlimactic Alabama vs. Notre Dame Game Actually Look Exciting

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Sometimes the big game is just a big dud.

There are blowouts every week in sportsland, but would would expect the BCS National Championship Game to be more of a – cough – game. Not so much. My challenge is to make something out of it. I sat there after the first half with Alabama up several touchdowns up on Notre Dame and ate a terrible hot dog in a media room where all the photographers just looked depressed. All of the excitement, the adrenaline, and preparedness was sucked right out of everyone. No hopes of a comeback. There were just a lot of shocked Notre Dame faces and chants of “Roll Tide!” Over. And over. And over.

Dramatic Photos of Cliff Diving in Ireland

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Just over a month ago I was lucky enough to be commissioned by Red Bull’s magazine RedBulletin to fly to Ireland and cover the 4th stop on the Red Bull Cliff diving tour. The competition was to take place on the Arran island of Inis Mór, jutting out from the Atlantic off of the west coast of Ireland.

I was in the fortunate position of having got the commission on the strength of my feature ‘Mountain of Hell‘, a story I shot in the French Alps last year. This meant that they wanted a similar style and approach, and were keen for me to shoot it in black and white, but equally were more or less happy for me to do my own thing. For photographers these are generally seen as dream assignments as it shows that the commissioning picture editor trusts you to explore the story in your own way, thus giving you much creative freedom. Finding this can be rare, especially when it’s your first time working for a new client.

Cage Fighting Photographs by Adam Smith

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Adam Smith is a documentary photographer based in Seattle, Washington. This work is from his series, Fight Journal. He writes:

‘Mixed Martial Arts, often referred to as MMA or Cage Fighting, is the fastest growing sport in North America. Driven, disciplined and dedicated, these individuals embrace the terrifying contradictions that are manifest in all humans. To succeed they must harness the power of human heart, embrace brutality’s beauty, endure crushing physical pain, and confront basic primal fears each day.’

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