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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 7, Part 1

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“Powder Color”. Personal project to explore the power of the color powder on face. Photo location: Montréal. (Photo and caption by Christopher Dormoy/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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Black Tusk by Nick Joseph

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Nick Joseph is a Los Angeles-based photographer specializing in medium format and 35mm photography. He’s worked with brands such as Element Skateboards, Oakley, Stussy, Nike, New Era, Highsnobiety.com and many others. His work has been seen worldwide in various global publications including Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Size, and FNG Magazine.

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Claro Musica by SKINPOP Studio

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Set of creative illustrations and typographic artworks by SKINPOP Studio.

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Apartment in Amsterdam by MAMM Design

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Designed in 2013 by Japanese MAMM Design, this fresh 1,432 sq ft apartment is situated in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Lid Holder For Kitchen Cupboard

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With just scrap fabric and basic sewing knowledge, you can make your own breathable lid holder and dryer for the kitchen cupboard.

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Students Celebrate Raisin Monday at St Andrew’s University

1288 Students Celebrate Raisin Monday at St Andrews University

Students from St Andrew’s University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the “academic family” on October 20, 2014, in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the “raisin weekend” which is held in the university’s Lower College Lawn, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin. (Photos by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Petr Pavlensky: a Naked Protest Against the Kremlin

Pavlensky was born in 1984 in Saint Petersburg. Became renowned for his political action in support of a Russian punk group «p*ssy Riot». On July 23 of 2012 the artist came to Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg with his mouth sewn up with a coarse thread, holding a banner reading: “Action of p*ssy Riot was a replica of the famous action of Jesus Christ (Matthew.21:12–13)”. The police called an ambulance, which took Pavlensky for a psychiatric examination, but the psychiatrist declared him sane and released shortly after the incident. Later, Pavlensky made an additional comment about his action: “By suturing my mouth in front of the Kazan Cathedral, I wanted to show position of the artist in contemporary Russia: a ban on publicity. I am sickened by intimidation of society, mass paranoia, which manifestations I see everywhere”.

On May 3, 2013 Pavlensky held a political protest action against repressive policies of the government. His art performance was called Carcass. Artist’s assistants brought him naked and wrapped in a multilayered cocoon of barbed wire to the main entrance of the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg. The artist remained silent laying still in a half-bent position inside the cocoon and did not react to the actions of others, until he was released by the police with the help of the garden clippers. In her interview to Radio Liberty, Pavlensky’s colleague Oksana Shalygina mentioned that a metaphor of the action had its immediate realization in the reality: as soon as the barbed wire was cut off, and the artist was freed from it, “the same exact wire wrapped him back in as police, ambulance and numerous field investigators”.

On November 10 of 2013, while sitting naked on the stone pavement in front of the Lenin’s Mausoleum on the Red Square, Moscow, Pavlensky hammered a large nail through his scrotum affixing it to the stone pavement. His action coincides with the annual Russian Police Day. When the police arrived, they covered him with a blanket and later arrested him. “A naked artist, looking at his testicles nailed to the cobblestone is a metaphor of apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of Russian society”, declared Pavlensky in his statement to the media.

On 19 October 2014 Pavlensky cut his ear while sitting naked on the roof of the infamous Serbsky Center in protest against political abuse of psychiatry in Russia.

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Artist Pyotr Pavlensky sits on the wall enclosing the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry after he cut off a part of his earlobe during his protest action titled “Segregation” in Moscow October 19, 2014. Pavlensky protested against the usage of forensic psychiatry for politically motivated purposes. He cut off his earlobe to demonstrate how authorities could “cut off” an unwanted individual from society by using psychiatric and medical diagnosis to forcefully send a person to a penitentiary hospital, according to Pavlensky. (Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters)

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Elephant Cutlery Drainer

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It may not be a real elephant, but this jumbo-sized cutlery drainer can be just as productive and playful as its animal counterpart.

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Manufactured Scapes by Yorgos Efthymiadis

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Yorgos Efthymiadis is a fine art and architectural photographer from Greece who resides in Somerville, MA. He has always been drawn to buildings, their shapes, their forms and materials, always questioning the perspective and viewpoints. Using light to illuminate their unique character, he often wonders how architects imagined their constructions and frequently reduces architecture to pure geometry.

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Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights

Diwali also known as Deepavali and the “Festival of Lights”, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After puja (prayers), fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Diwali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

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A potter carries a basket filled with clay money boxes at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi October 16, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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Black and White Photography by Nadja Sveir

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Nadja Sveir is a 20 years old photographer based in Moscow, Russia. She started photography for about four years, mostly on film nikon. Nadja shoot a lot of bw photography, she like experiments and unpredictable results.

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Creative Illustrations by Robert Carter

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Robert Carter is a multiple award-winning full time professional freelance illustrator from Canada. Combining a strong foundation in portraiture with a unique sense of visual and conceptual problem-solving Robert creates striking, vibrant, and textured illustrations and portraits with subjects ranging from the realistic to the surreal. With a background in traditional oil painting Robert applied those skills to the digital realm and taught himself the digital painting medium, which is now his preferred method of working for it’s speed and flexibility.

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Creative Art by Anti-Phony

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Set of inspiring and original illustrations by Anthony aka Anti-Phony.

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Dune Villa by Hilberinkbosch Architecten

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This luxurious private residence designed in 2014 by Hilberinkbosch Architecten is situated in the Dutch village of Vleuten.

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