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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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God’s Canvas


Some things just take your breath away.  Sunrise helicopter trip through Ghor province 2006.

Photo by Brendan Smith of the United Kingdom.

Contest entry B0075.

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Waiting Helo


A helicopter waiting on the airfield for a mission during a sunrise in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, December of 2009.

Photo by Isaac Oquist of the United States of America.

Contest entry D0040.

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