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Bamyan « Photo Contest: "Why Afghanistan Matters"

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Ready for the Next Run


Despite never having skied before, there were some impressive runs (and spills). This young man is using skis made in the local bazaar out of wood, metal sheeting nailed to the bottom and sides and homemade bindings.

Contest entry A0158.

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The Slopes of Bamyan


To promote eco-tourism in Bamyan province, the Agha Khan Foundation organized a day of skiing near the village of Ali Beg. Hundreds of Afghans turned out for the event and tried skiing for the first time in their lives.

Contest entry A0157.

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Sunrise over Bamyan Valley


Bamyan Valley is home to the giant ancient Buddha statues, at least what is left of them after the Taliban destroyed them in 2001. They valley is stunning with a rich history, some of it very prosperous and powerful, other times tragic and violent (Ghengis Khan destroyed it in the 13th century).

Contest entry B0080.

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