Children play at dusk in Akre Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Akre, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Akre, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Kurdish Syrian refugee woman in Gawilan refugee camp Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Gulstan, a Kurdish-Syrian refugee in Gawilan refugee camp, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Gulstan, a Kurdish-Syrian refugee in Gawilan refugee camp, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Green canyon in Mawat As Sulaymaniyah in Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Mawat, As Sulaymaniyah in Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Mawat, As Sulaymaniyah in Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Child refugees Qamishli city in Syria at Bardarash refugee camp in Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Mohammed [20] and Alan [14], refugees from Qamishli city in Syria, at Bardarash refugee camp in Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Mohammed [20] and Alan [14], refugees from Qamishli city in Syria, at Bardarash refugee camp in Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Shepherd at dusk in Al Qosh Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Shepherd in Al Qosh, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Shepherd in Al Qosh, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Children play in Kefal river during Imam Hussain Shrine in Holy city Karbala during Arbaeen Arba'een Shi'a muslim pilgrimage in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Children play in the Euphrates near Kefal during the Arbaeen pilgrimage in Iraq.

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Children play in the Euphrates near Kefal during the Arbaeen pilgrimage in Iraq.

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Women pilgrims outside Zaynab Hill in Karbala during Imam Hussain Shrine in Holy city Karbala during Arbaeen Arba'een Shi'a muslim pilgrimage in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Women queue at the entrance to Zeynab's Hill in Karbala, Iraq. 

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Women queue at the entrance to Zeynab's Hill in Karbala, Iraq. 

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Imam Hassan Qazwini prays in his home before iftar holy month of Ramadan in Dearborn USA by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Imam Hassan Qazwini prays in his home before iftar, the evening meal that breaks the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Imam Hassan Qazwini prays in his home before iftar, the evening meal that breaks the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Indonesian woman with baby critically endangered juvenile orang utans in Sumatra Indonesia by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite wildlife photographer of the year
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Juvenile orangutans hold on to Emmy, a keeper at SOCP's orangutan quarantine centre in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Well over 200 orangutans have been returned to the wild as a result of this work, and two entirely new wild populations of this Critically Endangered species are gradually being established, as a back up “safety net” for the remaining wild population, increasing the likelihood that at least some orangutans will survive in Sumatra’s forests in the future.

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Juvenile orangutans hold on to Emmy, a keeper at SOCP's orangutan quarantine centre in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Well over 200 orangutans have been returned to the wild as a result of this work, and two entirely new wild populations of this Critically Endangered species are gradually being established, as a back up “safety net” for the remaining wild population, increasing the likelihood that at least some orangutans will survive in Sumatra’s forests in the future.

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Chained elephant abuse at night in Varanasi India  by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite for wildlife photographer of the year
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An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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An Asian elephant stands visibly traumatised, chained to a temple pillar following a six-hour procession. It was paraded through the streets of Varanasi, noisy with crowds and rocketing fireworks, in the build up to Diwali, the festival of lights. The elephant was swaying and its bloodshot eyes swirled, as its owner looked on anxiously. There are an estimated 3,600 domesticated Asian elephants in India, belonging either to the government, wealthy families or temples and used in festivals throughout the year. They are an endangered species, their wild counterparts under threat from habitat loss and conflict with humans in agricultural areas.

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Iranian nurse and mammogram machine in Qom Iran by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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An Iranian nurse prepares a mammogram machine in Qom, Iran.

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An Iranian nurse prepares a mammogram machine in Qom, Iran.

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hijabi woman inside hr home for Ramadan in Dearborn the USA by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Mariam Eastman at home in Dearborn, USA.

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Mariam Eastman at home in Dearborn, USA.

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girl punching karate at Nari Gunjan in Bihar India by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Khushboo is from the Musuhar caste, one of the most marginalised communities in India. The threat of child marriage and trafficking is critically high amongst these communities. Female empowerment organisations like Nari Gunjun provide support, safe houses and education for young girls. Khushboo now lives at Nari Gunjun's boarding school in Bihar and has won nationally in karate.

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Khushboo is from the Musuhar caste, one of the most marginalised communities in India. The threat of child marriage and trafficking is critically high amongst these communities. Female empowerment organisations like Nari Gunjun provide support, safe houses and education for young girls. Khushboo now lives at Nari Gunjun's boarding school in Bihar and has won nationally in karate.

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Hiker in Choman Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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On the road in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq exploring lesser seen parts of this wild and beautiful region, and the communities that live among it all. While walking in Choman province we came across people on foot at every turn.

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On the road in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq exploring lesser seen parts of this wild and beautiful region, and the communities that live among it all. While walking in Choman province we came across people on foot at every turn.

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Father and son from Iraq at sunset dusk between Najaf and Diwaniyah  during Imam Hussain Arbaeen Arba'een Shi'a muslim pilgrimage in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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An Iraqi father and son on the road from Najaf to Diwaniyah. Local families in this region are Date farmers. The dusty roads are lined with Date palm trees, modestly built homes and livestock roam through what is known as 'Palm jungle'. Before the war with Iran in the 1980s, Iraq was the largest exporter of dates in the world, producing 1 million tonnes of them annually. Saddam Hussein's military campaigns and subsequent decades of neglect destroyed the industry, cutting yearly production to 420,000 tonnes.

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An Iraqi father and son on the road from Najaf to Diwaniyah. Local families in this region are Date farmers. The dusty roads are lined with Date palm trees, modestly built homes and livestock roam through what is known as 'Palm jungle'. Before the war with Iran in the 1980s, Iraq was the largest exporter of dates in the world, producing 1 million tonnes of them annually. Saddam Hussein's military campaigns and subsequent decades of neglect destroyed the industry, cutting yearly production to 420,000 tonnes.

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Women in Chalunka Balti villages in Ladakh the Union Territory of India-administered Kashmir by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Chalunka village is one of four Balti villages located in the far north of Ladakh, the Union Territory of India-administered Kashmir. In 1947, these villages came under the occupation of India at the end of the Indo-Pakistani war. Families evacuated Chalunka village as it was located on the agreed cease-fire line between India and Pakistan. It’s not easy to reach these four small village located in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh region. On one side flows the Shyok River and on the other side are the high peaks of the Karakoram mountain range.

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Chalunka village is one of four Balti villages located in the far north of Ladakh, the Union Territory of India-administered Kashmir. In 1947, these villages came under the occupation of India at the end of the Indo-Pakistani war. Families evacuated Chalunka village as it was located on the agreed cease-fire line between India and Pakistan. It’s not easy to reach these four small village located in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh region. On one side flows the Shyok River and on the other side are the high peaks of the Karakoram mountain range.

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Sunrise in Akre Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Akre, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Akre, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Bardarash Refugee Camp in Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Bardarash refugee camp, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Bardarash refugee camp, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Rural date palm fields reflecting on the river at dusk in Al Hillah Iraq during Imam Hussain Shrine in Holy city Karbala during Arbaeen Arba'een Shi'a muslim pilgrimage in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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A rural pilgrim route in Al Hillah, Iraq at dusk. Pilgrims continue to walk late into the night, some walking from as far as Basra to reach Karbala. [2017]

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A rural pilgrim route in Al Hillah, Iraq at dusk. Pilgrims continue to walk late into the night, some walking from as far as Basra to reach Karbala. [2017]

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Iranian eye test  in Qom Iran by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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This is Ghazale. She’s 19 years old and receiving an eye test at a hospital in Qom, Iran. She has a message, “I must believe I am a powerful woman. It is my heart that makes me powerful and I cannot doubt it”.

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This is Ghazale. She’s 19 years old and receiving an eye test at a hospital in Qom, Iran. She has a message, “I must believe I am a powerful woman. It is my heart that makes me powerful and I cannot doubt it”.

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Al Qosh Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Al Qosh, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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Al Qosh, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

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