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Sunrise over Bamyan Valley

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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

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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

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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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