World photography day 2016

We share some stunning pictures from around the world and their stories
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Characters team Aug 19. 2016
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Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year (2016)
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A family moves their cattle from their home in Fatima, Portugal, to Las Navas de San Juan in Spain. They embark on the long 200km journey with more than 550 sheep to look for the best grass during winter 
 
Credit: Susana Giron/2016 Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year
 

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An iconic building in Qatar commonly known as Burj Qatar is almost covered by thick fog which is a result of the change in season from summer to winter or winter to summer
 

Credit: Ray Toh/2016 Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

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Photographer Faisal Azim captured the moment three gravel workmen look through a window which is covered in sand in Chittagong, Bangladesh

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Christian Aslund's photograph taken in the Arctic Ocean at the Greenland Underwater split shows a seismic blasting operation taking place.The process involves firing airguns that emit 259-decibel blasts towards the seabed in order to identify possible oil and gas reservoirs

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A man can be seen searching through rubbish while carrying two huge sacks at sunrise from behind the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Credit: Mustafa AbdulHadi/2016 Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

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This picture of divers with humpback whales off the coast of Mexico's Roca Partida Island won the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest.

N.G.T.: You did name your picture “Whale Whisperers.” So you hear the whales while you are diving? 

Anuar Patjane Floriuk: Yes, most of the time you can hear them, and when they are near, the sound is overwhelmingly beautiful and strong. It is the male that creates those long and repetitive beautiful sounds. This mother whale was a quiet one. I named the photo “Whale Whisperers” because the image transmits that moment between two species, sharing space and communicating not with words but with acknowledgement and body language. You can feel and know when the mother lets you get near. 

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Chasma Boreale and North Polar Ice Cap of Mars

Mars has bright polar caps of ice that are easily visible from telescopes on Earth. A seasonal cover of carbon-dioxide ice and snow is observed to advance and retreat over the poles during the Martian year. Scientists using radar data have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the north polar ice cap.

Photograph: NASA

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Bahia, sugar cane plantation

‘I spent several days with the hard-working cane cutters. Setting fire to the cane to make it easier to cut later is a standard practice. As usual, I waded right in to see up close this burning of the cane. Everything was fine until suddenly the wind shifted, sending the flames right in our direction. The workers started to run for their lives. I had to make a fast decision: run or shoot. I did both. Finally the heat was overwhelming. My metal Leica was burning my hands. Yet I knew I had to get this picture’

Photograph: David Alan Harvey / the guardians

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Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

‘A rainy day in Rio and nobody goes out! Of course, I love rainy-day light because I know special things can happen. I went to Ipanema with my assistant and she went out on to Arpoador rock. The rain let up for a bit, and the magic light gave us this colour palette’

Photograph: David Alan Harvey

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 Forged by the wear of water rushing over rocks, Olo Canyon in Arizona is concealed inside the Grand Canyon. Its alluring landscape includes natural springs and rocks shaped like cathedral amphitheaters.

Source: National Geographic
 

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Flashes of lightning illuminate the night sky above Lake Ontario, as seen from an overlook in Lyndonville, New York—located about an hour from the Canadian border at Niagara Falls.

Source: National Geographic
 

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Birds gather on a rock formation—a popular attraction for both seabirds and people—at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California.

Source: National Geographic

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By day, the water of Arizona's Havasu Falls is a remarkable, bright blue-green. In this image submitted by Jes Stockhausen, it’s a milky ribbon, illuminated at night by the light of a camper’s headlamps.
 
Source: National Geographic

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Spiking from inky storm clouds, a white-hot thunderbolt spears the plateau during a summer storm in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The monument comprises 300,000 unspoiled acres that cross both Arizona and Utah and contain steep cliffs, deep canyons, and sandstone formations.

Source: National Geographic
 

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“Hundreds of old cypresses guard the perimeter of Lake Camécuaro and its turquoise-colored, crystal clear water,” Javier Eduardo Alvarez writes of this photo he made of the small Mexican lake, popular for its picturesque beauty. “This place is magical.”
 
Source: National Geographic

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Floodlights illuminate the temple of Poseidon, god of the sea, at Cape Sounion, Greece. The cults of ancient Greece helped define our ideas of the afterlife today.

Source: National Geographic

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 An ice cave beckons on Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake, located in Siberia. Photographers eager to capture an image like this one should be ready to brave the bone-chilling Siberian winter, which renders Lake Baikal sealed by a thick sheet of ice between November and March.

Source: National Geographic

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Seawater pours into the gaping maw of Thor’s Well in this photo submitted by Gary Fua. Located in Oregon near Cape Perpetua, the dangerous but beautiful hole, also known as Spouting Horn, is estimated to be about 20 feet deep.

Source: National Geographic
 
 

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The icy surface of Russia’s Lake Baikal cracks around the rocky outcropping of Elenka Island. Photographer Anton Petrus braved winter temperatures to capture this sunset image.

Source: National Geographic

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