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Game of Thrones Disney Style by Fernando Mendonca and Anderson Mahans

1105 Game of Thrones Disney Style by Fernando Mendonca and Anderson Mahans

What happens when you combine two of our favorite things, “Game of Thrones” and Disney animation? That’s right: magic. Artists Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski are the ones responsible for the abundance of joy you’ll find below and all we can think is, will Disney ever take on Westeros and give us “Mother of Dragons and the 7 Kingdoms”?

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Photo of the Day: The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who’s Buying Up All the World’s Vinyl Records

1103 Photo of the Day: The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who’s Buying Up All the World’s Vinyl Records

Paul Mawhinney, a former music-store owner in Pittsburgh, spent more than 40 years amassing a collection of some three million LPs and 45s, many of them bargain-bin rejects that had been thoroughly forgotten. The world’s indifference, he believed, made even the most neglected records precious: music that hadn’t been transferred to digital files would vanish forever unless someone bought his collection and preserved it. (Sebastián Liste/Noor, for The New York Times)

The Frog and Snake

1102 The Frog and Snake

The frog and snake. Clinging on with sticky toes, a green tree frog sits bravely on its unlikely friend – a large tree python. Curled around the branches of a small coconut tree, the snake appears relatively undisturbed by the bold passenger that has clambered onto its skin. Grown in captivity together, the pair display no signs of aggression or fear, comfortable with their encounters high up in the leafy branches. Photo enthusiast Fahmi Bhs watched in surprise as the frog slowly climbed along the scales of the metre long snake in a zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photos by Fahmi Bhs/Solent News/SIPA Press)

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Serene Icebergs

1101 Serene Icebergs

A serene turquoise glow glimmers from underneath these powerful icebergs. Stood in the middle of Antarctica, the giant icebergs appear to be from an unearthly world. These stunning photographs were captured by American photographer Michael Leggero. “My images show pure nature, as that is how I describe Antarctica, simply pure nature”, says the 43 year old, of Carthage, New York. “It is the only place on our planet that humans have not left a presence behind”. (Photo by Michael Leggero/Hotspotmedia/Visual Press Agency)

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How North Korean Architects Envision the Future

1100 How North Korean Architects Envision the Future

At this year’s Venice Bienniale in Italy, the Korean pavilion has a curious exhibit called “Commissions for Utopia”. It includes renderings from North Korea’s top architects and artists (all anonymous), many of whom studied at the Paekho Institute of Architecture, North Korea’s state-run architectural college, and none of whom have ever left the country. They were asked to create a vision of North Korea’s future sustainable architecture for its expanding tourism industry. Their final products are a glimpse into what it would be like to envision the future after being entirely cut off from the present for almost 70 years. (Photos by Nick Bonner/Kyle Vanhemert/Luigi Costantini/Venice Architecture Biennale/AP Photo)

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The South China Karst

The South China Karst, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2007, spans the provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, and Yunnan. It is noted for its karst features and landscapes as well as rich biodiversity. The site comprises three clusters: Libo Karst, Shilin Karst and Wulong Karst. UNESCO describes the South China Karst as “unrivalled in terms of the diversity of its karst features and landscapes”. It contains the most significant types of karst landforms, including tower karst, pinnacle karst and cone karst formations, along with other spectacular characteristics such as natural bridges, gorges and large cave systems.

199 The South China Karst
File photo taken on July 3, 2012 shows the scenery of karst landform in Dacai Township under Maonan Autonomous County of Huaijiang, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The World Heritage Committee on Monday inscribed an extension of South China Karst, a natural World Heritage Site since 2007, into the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. (Photo by Wang Xiufa/Xinhua)

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Elephant vs Car

198 Elephant vs Car

Two terrified occupants of a Volkswagen Polo found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time as the giant animal stooped down to rub itself against the vehicle’s roof and bonnet. The incredible scene was captured by field guide and lodge manager Armand Grobler, 21, at Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa. He said: “I was doing ethology – the study of animal behaviour – at the time, so I had a basic understanding of what was going on. The elephant was presumably on Musth, which is a time that an elephant male has an excess amount of testosterone, turning even the calmest Dumbo into a raging bull. Yet even though it was in this condition, it displayed no signs of aggression or frustration and was in a more playful mood”. Elephants frequently use logs, small trees and rocks to relieve an itch or remove parasites – but with the car so close to hand, this was a chance too good to pass up. (Photos by Armand Grobler/Barcroft Media)

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Brutus the Giant Crocodile Attacks Shark in Australia

197 Brutus the Giant Crocodile Attacks Shark in Australia

A 5.5 metre massive crocodile makes mince meat out of a bull shark in Kakadu’s Adelaide River on August 5, 2014 in Kakadu, Australia. The crocodile forced the bull shark into the mangroves and devoured the bull shark. A 43 year old Sydney father took these exclusive photos in the Northern Territory. (Photo by Andrew Paice/Getty Images)

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An Enormous Crocodile Mauls a Young Hippo in South Africa

190 An Enormous Crocodile Mauls a Young Hippo in South Africa

An enormous crocodile mauls a young hippo calf carcass near Lower Sabie on May 11, 2014, in Kruger National Park, South Africa. An enormous crocodile tosses around a young hippo calf caught in its lethal jaws. The giant reared out of the water revealing a young hippo calf between its teeth. The huge beast then span, jumped and splashed in the water with the small carcass. Amateur photographer Roland Ross captured these incredible photographs near Lower Sabie in Kruger Park, South Africa. (Photo by Roland Ross/Barcroft Media)

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This Couple Took An Amazing Newborn Photoshoot… With Their Dog

189 This Couple Took An Amazing Newborn Photoshoot… With Their Dog

One day, after professional family and pet portrait photographer Jame Clauss wrapped up a photoshoot, she found herself with nothing to do.

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Tiny Humans Lost In The Majesty Of Nature

No matter how caught up we get in our stressful day-to-day lives, nature always gives us the perfect place to escape to. The great outdoors have a way of making you seem small and insignificant, and of putting all of your problems into perspective. With that in mind, here are some stunning photographs showing just how small we can seem when eclipsed by the powerful wonder of nature.

187 Tiny Humans Lost In The Majesty Of Nature
British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Lizzy Gadd

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Applications of Bionics in Sport

180 Applications of Bionics in Sport
A general view is seen of the prosthetic leg belonging to Urs Kolly of Switzerland as he prepares to race in the 400m of the men’s pentathlon P44 Athletics event at the National Stadium during day five of the 2008 Paralympic Games on September 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism 2014 Awards

178 National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism 2014 Awards
First Place, Domestic News. Photo by John Tlumacki of The Boston Globe, who was also named Photojournalist Of The Year (Large Markets). Boston police officers race toward downed runner Bill Iffrig seconds after the first bomb exploded during the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon. (Photo by John Tlumacki)

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“Come and See”. True Reality of War Photos by Peter Van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael (b. 1981) graduated from Yale University in 2003 with a degree in History. Following graduation, he spent a year in China on the Charles P. Howland fellowship photographing the effects of the Three Gorges Dam. He became a freelance photographer at the end of 2004. Since the beginning of 2006, he has documented the consequences of America’s Wars, at home and abroad. A monograph of the work, “2nd Tour Hope I Don’t Die” was published in 2009. In 2008, he helped organize the exhibition and book Battlespace, a retrospective of unseen work from 22 photographers covering Iraq and Afghanistan. He is represented by Magnum Photos

175 “Come and See”. True Reality of War Photos by Peter Van Agtmael
Peter Van Agtmael began his first tour documenting the army at 24, the same age as many of the soldiers. A friend of this young Marine at FOB Delhi asked Van Agtmael if he wanted to see a picture that he’d drawn. It was of an angry pig with a giant pen*s dressed as a Marine, holding a machine gun. (Photo and caption by Van Agtmael/Harrison Jacobs/Magnum Photos)

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Photo of the Day: Check It Out, Bro

170 Photo of the Day: Check It Out, Bro

A black crow takes off as another looks on a 1932 lead statue named “Air” by French artist Aristide Maillol 1861-1944 in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (Photo by Francois Mori/AP Photo)