Underwater Wedding in Shanghai

195 Underwater Wedding in Shanghai
This photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows Qin Riyang (L) and Leng Yuting, both 26 years old, posing underwater for their wedding pictures at a photo studio in Shanghai, ahead of their wedding next year. Fiance Riyang said they had their wedding photographs taken underwater because “its romantic and beautiful”. Mr Wedding studio owner, Tina Lui, started providing underwater pictures four years ago. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)

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A Martyrology of MH370

“Almost six months have passed since the Malaysian Airlines MH370 disappeared. Although authorities concluded that the plane crashed in the remote Indian Ocean and lost all the passengers, many family members refuse to accept that conclusion. They hope that they are still alive. However, public interest towards this incident has faded, so I decided to record what these family members are still going through and shed light on this mysterious incident once again. I thought that portrait-style pictures showing family members together with the missing passengers’ mementos would tell a story. Before I started the project, I assumed I would find a couple of families at most, but the victims’ relatives really wanted to speak out about the incident and how much they are suffering now.

Finding the right object to show their grief was quite simple because they had already kept objects, or mementos, with them since the incident; objects which now have a special meaning for them. The relatives often had more than one memento and these included a wide variety of things, such as photos, dolls, pets, books, furniture, a whole house, and records of chat messages. Every item held a different meaning for each person. I was very careful not to hurt their feelings or invade their privacy when taking these pictures. My first priority was showing my respect for the family members, so before photographing them, I would wait to ask their permission to take pictures until I felt that they were ready and would always spend some time listening to them talk. Sometimes this brought tears to my eyes.

This incident was different from any other disaster story I’ve covered because we still don’t know what exactly happened to the missing plane and passengers. The family members desperately want to know what happened to their loved ones and where the missing plane is. I don’t think we should stop searching for the plane until we can find out what happened. That will be the only way to comfort the grieving family members and stop their crying”. – Kim Kyung-Hoon via Reuters.

179 A Martyrology of MH370
Cheng Liping, whose husband Ju was onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared on March 8, 2014, shows a picture of she and her husband together and an old card with a message given by her husband, at a park near her house where she and her husband used to visit during an interview with Reuters in Beijing July 24, 2014. Cheng said her life has been totally changed since the incident. Their two little sons, who don’t know about this incident, keep asking her when their dad is coming back. Six months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, with 239 mostly Chinese people on board, disappeared about an hour into a routine journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing March 8, loved ones of missing passengers derive what comfort they can from what’s left behind after the world’s greatest aviation mystery. More than two dozen countries have been involved in the air, sea and underwater search for the Boeing 777 but months of sorties failed to turn up any trace – even after narrowing the search area to the southern Indian Ocean – long after batteries on the black box voice and data recorders had gone flat. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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The Annual West Indian Day Parade

137 The Annual West Indian Day Parade
In this September 2, 2013, file photo, dressed in costume, Kelva Joseph makes her way along Eastern Parkway in the Brooklyn borough of New York during the West Indian Day Parade. The annual parade is set for Monday, September 1, 2014, in Brooklyn. It echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities and features dancers wearing elaborate, often feathered costumes. (Photo by Tina Fineberg/AP Photo)

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Burning Man 2014

114 Burning Man 2014
The procession is seen before the Man burns during the Burning Man 2014 “Caravansary” arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. (Photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

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Fairy-Tale Night for Girls in Rio Slum

“The 15-year-old girls were escorted to the ball held in a Copacabana dancehall Friday night by members of the Pacifying Police Unit from their community. The police units have re-conquered slums ruled for decades by drug-dealing gangs. The girls were coiffed and made up by volunteers, and their dresses were loaned by a formal wear shop. Debutante balls, which mark a girl’s transition from childhood to adulthood, have been a custom among upper-middle-class and wealthy Brazilian families, but are usually out of reach for girls growing up in Rio’s slums”. – The Palm Beach Post

112 Fairy Tale Night for Girls in Rio Slum
The Santa Marta favela, one of Rio’s oldest slums, is seen on December 3, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Santa Marta is one of a number of favelas where police are attempting a softer touch by participating in community policing after they clear the area of drug gangs. In figures released by the IBGE (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística) statistics agency it was found that an average of 68 young Brazilian men died violently each day between 1998 and 2008. These numbers included murder, traffic accidents and gang violence involving the police. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images via The Palm Beach Post)

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Tomatina 2014

1207 Tomatina 2014
Young people take part in the traditional tomato fight “Tomatina” during the week of fiestas in Bunol, Spain, 27 August 2014. Around 22,000 people attended the 69th edition of the traditional tomato throwing festival. (Photo by Gustavo Grillo/EPA)

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Alter Egos: World War I Re-Enactors

1196 Alter Egos: World War I Re Enactors
Custom silicone technician Corin Watts, portraying a Lance Corporal in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, part of the Rifles Living History Society, participates in a rifle drill whilst recreating life as a First World War soldier at the Colchester Military Tournament in Colchester, eastern England July 6, 2014. Corin became interested in World War One when, as a child, he would pass the statue of “The Driver” on the Royal Artillery Monument by Charles Sargeant Jagger. Because of its size and imposing nature it scared him, but also provoked him to ask questions about the Great War. Of his fellow re-enactors he says “I like the people, its an odd community re-enactment, they are the most bizarre but at the same time most grounded and down to earth people you’d ever meet”. United by a fascination with military history and a fondness for dressing up, groups such as the Rifles Living History Society and the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group get together to recreate aspects of life during the First World War. Reuters photographer Luke MacGregor photographed members of the groups, both as they took part in living history events and at their day jobs. (Photo by Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

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Press Photographers Behind The Global Conflicts

1192 Press Photographers Behind The Global Conflicts
Photographers cower as protesters throw stones towards riot police along Sheikh Rihan street near Tahrir Square in Cairo January 25, 2013. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

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Some Iconic Pictures of Global Unrest from the Last Years

1189 Some Iconic Pictures of Global Unrest from the Last Years
Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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Japan’s Pachinko Parlours

Pachinko is a mechanical game originating in Japan and is used as both a form of recreational arcade game and much more frequently as a gambling device, filling a Japanese gambling niche comparable to that of the slot machine in Western gaming. A pachinko machine resembles a vertical pinball machine, but has no flippers and uses a large number of small balls. The player fires balls into the machine, which then cascade down through a dense forest of pins. If the balls go into certain locations, they may be captured and sequences of events may be triggered that result in more balls being released. The object of the game is to capture as many balls as possible. These balls can then be exchanged for prizes.

Pachinko machines were originally strictly mechanical, but modern ones have incorporated extensive electronics, becoming similar to video slot machines. Pachinko parlors are widespread in Japan, and they usually also feature a number of slot machines (called pachislo or pachislots); hence, these venues operate and look similar to casinos. Modern pachinko machines are highly customizable, keeping enthusiasts continuously entertained. Gambling for cash is illegal in Japan. Balls won cannot be exchanged directly for money in the parlor. The balls are exchanged for tokens or prizes, which are then taken outside and exchanged for cash at a place nominally separate from the parlor.

1181 Japans Pachinko Parlours
Visitors play at Dynam’s pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. Japan’s once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a greying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. Pachinko, a modified version of pinball, is a fading national obsession, with about 12,000 parlours nation-wide and one in thirteen people playing the game. But that figure is declining as the population shrinks and younger people prefer games on their mobile phones. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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Holi Festival in Madrid

1133 Holi Festival in Madrid

Revelers of the Holi Festival of Colors dance after throwing colored powders in the air in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, August 9, 2014. The festival is fashioned after the Hindu spring festival Holi, which is mainly celebrated in the north and east areas of India. (Photos by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Andres Kudacki/AP Photo)

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Being Elmo on Times Square

160 Being Elmo on Times Square
Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, carries the head of the Sesame Street character Elmo while he walks through Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. Elmo and Cookie Monster have long delighted young viewers on TV’s “Sesame Street”, but the recent antics of New York street performers dressed as the beloved characters have drawn the ire of city officials and now the show’s producers. Sesame Workshop, which owns the rights to Big Bird, Ernie and the assorted puppet monsters on the 45-year-old program, said on July 29, 2014 it was drafting plans to stop performers who dress up as the characters from appearing in Times Square, where they pose for photos with tourists and then demand tips. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

157 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
The largest performing arts festival in the world has been running for the past three weeks and has enjoyed an increase in venues and visitors compared with previous years. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Little Giant Girl Marches through Liverpool

1301 Little Giant Girl Marches through Liverpool
Puppeteers operate the The Little Giant Girl, one of the giant Royal De Luxe street puppets taking part in Liverpool’s World War I centenary commemorations as she walks through the streets of Liverpool on July 25, 2014 in Liverpool, England. French street theatre company Royal de Luxe are putting on a show throughout the city as part of Liverpool’s World War I centenary commemorations from July 23-27. The giant puppet grandmother has slept in the hall for two days as part of “Memories of August 1914”. As the giants tour the city the Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo will meet up with the giant Grandmother telling the story of life leading up to World War One. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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The Mystery of the White Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge

1206 The Mystery of the White Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge

Two bleached-white American flags mysteriously appeared atop the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning. It is unknown whether this stunt was an art project, a political statement or just tomfoolery. Investigators are trying to determine how two bleached-white American flags mysteriously appeared atop the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning—and whether the stunt was an art project, a political statement or just tomfoolery. (Photo: AP)

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