KAYA WATERHOLE KIDS BY GILES CLARKE In a muddy watering hole in northern Burkina Faso, kids cool off in the midday sun. The area has become increasingly unstable in recent years as the growing number of armed militia extremists wreak havoc throughout the region.
LOVERS who haven’t seen each other for three months embrace tenderly through masks. A couple stare at the camera a week before their baby is born, their faces reflecting the isolation of the pandemic. And two old friends contemplate the sea from a train.
These are just some of the winning images of everyday life from the international Portrait of Humanity awards, a global photography competition with the philosophy that “there’s more that unites us than sets us apart”.
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KEEPING IT REAL
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THE CLAWS ARE OUT
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‘I'M FREE NOW'
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WHY I'M SUING MY MOM FOR MAINTENANCE
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ON THE BRINK
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‘I FEEL AMAZING'
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Stacey Abrams is known for getting things done – it may be thanks to her that Joe Biden is president
GAME OF THRONES
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