Children play at dusk in Akre Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist photographer 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 photographer 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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Dusk at a local pilgrim's route through Al Hillah. 

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Dusk at a local pilgrim's route through Al Hillah. 

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A man weeps inside a Masjid in the city of Leh in Ladakh.

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A man weeps inside a Masjid in the city of Leh in Ladakh.

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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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Varanasi India
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Varanasi, India

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Varanasi, India

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shi'a pilgrims during ashura in holy city of karbala Iraq
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Pilgrims watch volunteers dressed as Yazid horsemen recreate the 7th Century Battle of Karbala in which the Yazid army set fire to the tents of Imam Hussain’s family and companions. This form of mourning, where the Battle of Karbala is enacted is known as taziya.

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Pilgrims watch volunteers dressed as Yazid horsemen recreate the 7th Century Battle of Karbala in which the Yazid army set fire to the tents of Imam Hussain’s family and companions. This form of mourning, where the Battle of Karbala is enacted is known as taziya.

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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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Sunrise in Akre Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Akre, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.  On assignment with The Abraham Path Initiative. 

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Akre, Kurdistan Region in Iraq.  On assignment with The Abraham Path Initiative. 

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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 photographer 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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Finn, my nephew, at home.

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Finn, my nephew, at home.

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Children behind fabric during Arbaeen pilgrimage by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite
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Al Hillah, Iraq


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Al Hillah, Iraq


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grandmother
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My grandmother, Caroline, under the shade of a willow tree.

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My grandmother, Caroline, under the shade of a willow tree.

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mother
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My mother, Camilla

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My mother, Camilla

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Lake Malawi
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Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Chained elephant abuse at night in Varanasi India by British photojournalist photographer 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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Horseman reenacting the battle against the Yazid army on the road to Karbala.

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Horseman reenacting the battle against the Yazid army on the road to Karbala.

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Indonesian woman with baby critically endangered juvenile orang utans in Sumatra Indonesia by British conservation photographer 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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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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Sun bear in Sumatra Medan by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite for wildlife photographer of the year
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Sun bear in Medan, Sumatra. Sun bears are the world’s rarest bears, yet are commonly exploited for their gall bladders and bile. In traditional Chinese medicine the bile is thought to treat a range of ailments, from hangovers to hepatitis. Cubs are farmed, sometimes living permanently with a catheter used to drain the bile.

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Sun bear in Medan, Sumatra. Sun bears are the world’s rarest bears, yet are commonly exploited for their gall bladders and bile. In traditional Chinese medicine the bile is thought to treat a range of ailments, from hangovers to hepatitis. Cubs are farmed, sometimes living permanently with a catheter used to drain the bile.

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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 photographer 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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Eye hospital in Qom, Iran

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Eye hospital in Qom, Iran

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walking old man at midday with briefcase in calcutta India by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite
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Calcutta, India


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Calcutta, India


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orthodox priest inside Archangels’ church Bachkovo Monastery Bulgaria by British photojournalist photographer Emily Garthwaite
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An Orthodox priest sits inside Archangels’ church, built in the 13th Century, at Bachkovo Monastery in Bulgaria. It is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Europe. On assignment with SUITCASE Magazine.

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An Orthodox priest sits inside Archangels’ church, built in the 13th Century, at Bachkovo Monastery in Bulgaria. It is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Europe. On assignment with SUITCASE Magazine.

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Iranian eye test  in Qom Iran by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Ghazale receiving an eye test at a hospital in Qom, Iran.

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Ghazale receiving an eye test at a hospital in Qom, Iran.

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Green canyon in Mawat As Sulaymaniyah in Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist photographer 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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Al Qosh Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist Emily Garthwaite
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Al Qosh, Kurdistan Region in Iraq. On assignment with Article 36.

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Al Qosh, Kurdistan Region in Iraq. On assignment with Article 36.

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Child refugees Qamishli city in Syria at Bardarash refugee camp in Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist photographer 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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Imam Hassan Qazwini prays in his home before iftar holy month of Ramadan in Dearborn USA by British photojournalist photographer 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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Shepherd at dusk in Al Qosh Kurdistan Region in Iraq by British photojournalist photographer 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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