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9 Incredible Photo Stories You Absolutely Can’t Miss

Here are the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the web.

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1. "The Difference Between the Morning You and Night You" — BuzzFeed

Barbara Iweins

"A good photo series has the ability isolate the subtle nuances of everyday life and offer an opportunity to examine the world we live in. This series by photographer Barbara Iweins does exactly that by capturing portraits of people at both 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The premise is simple, and the pictures are accompanied by no description other than the time each photo was taken. Without any names or details, we’re left with only our recollections to how much we change ourselves throughout a passing day." —Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed News

2. "From Retro Rockets to Robots That Will Take Us to Mars" — Wired

Benedict Redgrove / Wired

"For Wired UK’s November issue, they secured unprecedented access inside NASA, which allowed photographer Benedict Redgrove to capture these images of the equipment and machines that make space travel possible. At turns surreal and quirky, the white backgrounds enhance the sci-fi quality of the robots, vehicles, and equipment developed by the space agency. The most striking images are the ones that foil the scale — the space shuttle, the crawler transporter — in part because of the fidelity of the images, which highlights both the detail and complexity of these incredible pieces of engineering." —Ben King, art director, BuzzFeed News

3. "Australian Ute Culture" — Reuters

Jason Reed / Reuters

"This photo story doesn’t even show deadly snakes or creepy spiders, but it’s no less wild and truly Australian — well, true for some Aussies, at least. Jason Reed’s feature perfectly captures the craziest Australians can ever be and leaves you wondering whether you should go to this annual party, even just once, you know — for the experience." —Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

4. "Around the World in 24 Hours" — National Geographic

Cody Duncan / National Geographic

This one uses photography in a gripping and active manner, taking viewers on a 24-hour journey around the globe through a collection of stunning pictures and captions. Beginning at 5 a.m. in Hawaii and ending at 4 a.m. in Northern Ireland, Nat Geo bounces from country to country every hour with a breathtaking scene unique to that nation. This one is truly an adventure.” —GHS

5. "The Secret Lives of Mexican Nuns" — National Geographic

National Geographic

"I guess it’s not really a secret. It’s just rare seeing the usually timid prayer warriors doing anything else. Here, National Geographic gives us a look into their daily lives, the bits that the wider public don’t usually see, and how refreshing is that?" —AM

6. "18 Horrifying Pictures From the Philippines’ Bloody Drug War" — BuzzFeed

Shaun Swingler

"Shaun Swingler’s work does a tremendous job documenting the sharp crackdown on drugs in Indonesia. The balance between law and vigilantes has grown increasingly blurry, and these photos show how that is affecting society at large." —Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

7. "These Photos Reveal the Guts of Those Massive Cooling Towers" — PetaPixel

Reginald Van de Velde / PetaPixel

"I’ve always wondered what lies inside these goliath cooling towers that mark our landscape. As child I imagined bubbling acid gurgling away in the mouth of these chimneys. Belgian photographer Reginald Van de Velde must have had the same curiosity, making this fascinating series of photos from the belly of cooling towers, which is simultaneously beautiful, alien, and dreamlike. Urbex photography at its best. Seeing these photos also made me realize that a cooling tower must have been used in a disturbing and surreal scene in the film Brazil with Michael Palin and Jonathan Pryce." —Matthew Tucker, picture editor, BuzzFeed UK

8. "Go Inside an Underground Amusement Park in Syria" — Time

Mohammed Badra / Time

"I look back on my childhood...going to fairs, carnivals, amusement parks, and I remember them as colorful, amazingly fun, and happy times. These photos show the effort it takes to try to make childhood thrive in Syria right now. The fact that children have to go underground to find simple childhood pleasures will make anyone's heart hurt, but the very existence of such a place shows the strength of the human spirit. Being underground, it's more protected from any disarray that could happen on the surface, as if to say that childhood and fun are things that cannot be taken away from these strong people." —Sarah Kobos, photo editor, BuzzFeed

9. "Inside Venezuela's Prison Underworld" — Foreign Policy

Oscar B. Castillo / Foreign Policy

"Oscar Castillo’s work predates the current political crisis rocking Venezuela, but the images capture a poetry that is surprising to find within a prison. The series is less about criminal justice and more about how community can flourish even in unlikely places." —KB

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