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All in a Day’s Work

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In the sweltering midday heat of summer, traders at the Ishkashim border market relax and count their profit.

Photo by Alida Bata of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry A0182.

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Beauty Upon Beauty

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A natural salesman, the boy displays a collection of his finest Afghan carpets against the stunning backdrop of the Pamir Mountains.

Photo by Alida Bata of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry A0181.

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Because We’re Not So Different After All

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Picture the scene: Isolated by the overwhelming Pamir Mountains, thousands meet at the Ishkashim border market held every Saturday. Surrounded by hundreds of market stalls, the smell of fresh non and chatter of families and traders, you’ve got to be fast to dodge the shoppers and their overfilled carrier bags!

Photo by Alida Bata of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry A0180.

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Speechless

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A girl at the Ishkashim Border Market

Photo by Alida Bata of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry A0179.

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Salaam from Afghanistan!

A0178The photo was taken from Tajikistan looking across the River Panj – the border between Tajik and Afghan Badakshan. The kids came to pick up their cows when they spotted us taking photos and wanted to get in on the action. As we posed for their improvised rock cameras they waved frantically and shouted us over for some tea!

Photo by Alida Bata of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry A0178.

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Uncertain Wave

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The road to Massoud, Afghanistan, April 21st, 2009.

Photo by Constantin Mireanu of Romania.

Contest entry A0177.

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Waiting in the Sun

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Near FOB Massoud, next to an Afghan Police Station, April 22th, 2009

Photo by Constantin Mireanu of Romania.

Contest entry A0176.

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Resting

A0175Near FOB Massoud, next to an Afghan Police Station, April 22th, 2009.

Photo by Constantin Mireanu of Romania.

Contest entry A0175.

Near FOB Massoud, next to an Afghan Police Station, April 22th, 2009
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Elders

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Leaders from Spinaghabarga village, Qalat Region, Afghanistan, April 20th, 2009.

Photo by Constantin Mireanu of Romania.

Contest entry A0174.

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Girl

A0173Afghan girl, Spinaghabarga village, Qalat Region, April 20th, 2009.

Photo by Constantin Mireanu of Romania.

Contest entry A0173.

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