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Lake of Serenity


A photo looking down onto the natural rock formations along the shoreline of the huge beautiful lake at Kajaki in Helmand Province.

Photo by Gareth, of England.

Contest entry B0067.

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Naghloo Reservoir


A view of the Naghloo reservoir and the Hindu Kush mountains to the north.

Photo by John Zada of Canada.

Contest entry B0066.

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Bandi Amir Lake in Bamiyan Province.

Photo by Jacob Simkin of Australia.

Contest entry B0055.

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D0060New Zealand soldiers from ISAF visit Band-e-Amir lake for the first time and are amazed.

Photo by a high school student from Afghanistan.

Contest entry D0060.

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Deep Blue


The waters of Band-e-Amir Lakes, Afghanistan’s first national park, are so blue it can be startling.

Photo by a high school student from Afghanistan.

Contest entry B0048.

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Water and Earth


Band-e-Amir lakes, Afghanistan’s first national park, is a popular site for photographers seeking to capture Afghanistan’s natural beauty.

Photo by a high school student from Afghanistan.

Contest entry B0047.

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Weir in Qoutsa-Suf-la micro hydro power plant, Ghor province.

Photo by Tomas Balkus of Lithuania.

Contest entry B0036.

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Band Amir


Band-e Amir Lake, meaning “Commander’s Dam”–a reference to the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali, the first imam of the Shia Muslims and the fourth Caliph of the Sunni Muslims)) refers to five lakes high in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Central Afghanistan at approximately 3000 meters elevation, west of the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan. They were created by the carbon dioxide rich water oozing out of the faults and fractures to deposit calcium carbonate precipitate in the form of travertine walls that today store the water of these lakes.

Photo by Nasim Fekrat of Afghanistan.

Contest Entry B0023.

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