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The 49 Most Powerful Images From Latin America In 2015

A visual journey through what happened this year in this part of the world.

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Santa Cruz, Argentina - A group of people go on a hike on the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This is the third biggest ice camp in the world.


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Río de Janeiro, Brazil - Participants balance on a tightrope between two boulders in the Cantagalo favela during the Highgirls festival. The event centers on women and only allows men to participate if they are wearing girl’s clothing.



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Colombia-Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro ordered the Colombia-Venezuela border closed on Thursday, August 20th. The closure was accompanied by massive deportations of Colombians.



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Port-au-Prince, Haití - Two men help a woman stay upright while they walk to the cemetery holding a funeral for the victims who died during a carnival stampede which claimed 17 lives.


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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Then-presidential candidate Mauricio Macri kisses his wife Juliana Awada after a debate while Daniel Scioli looks on. Macri went on to win the election.


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Minas Gerais, Brazil - A firefighter rescued a dog that was completely covered in mud. Dam contention walls holding iron extraction waste broke earlier.



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Patacamaya, Bolivia - Student Esteban Quispe, 17, walks over waste in a garbage dump while a Wall-E replica trails him. Quispe built that robot using material he found in dumps and hopes to help his city by creating robots that run on solar energy.


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Mexico City, México - A group dressed as The Beatles poses at Chapultepec park during a national call to break the Guinness Record on most people dressed as members of the English band.


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São Paulo, Brazil - Pianist Ricardo de Castro Monteiro plays on a piano suspended in the air by ropes during the annual event ‘Virada Cultural’.



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São Luís, Brazil - Inmates hold their children while they greet visitors in the Pedrinhas prison, formerly known as the most violent in the country.



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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner dances next to her son Maximo Kirchner after giving her last speech prior to the election.


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Montevideo, Uruguay - Former president Jose Mujica slides into his Volkswagen after handing over the presidential sash to Tabare Vazquez on March 1st.


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Caracas, Venezuela - Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan Leopoldo López, celebrates winning control of parliament next to candidates of the opposition coalition.


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Guna Yala, Panamá - Cuban immigrants help a young girl cross the border from Colombia through the La Miel jungle. According to authorities, 100-150 Cubans have arrived in Panama daily from Colombia during the last months.


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Anamã, Brazil - A child plays in the streets, flooded by the Rio Solimoes. According the Civil Defense, more than 250,000 people were affected by the heavy rains.


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Pachuca, México - View of Las Palmitas, Hidalgo. This mural came out of an initiative seeking to change the look of one of the most violent neighborhoods in Mexico City.


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San Cristóbal, Venezuela - A young, bloodied man kneels in front of an officer after Kluiver Roa, a 14-year-old student, was killed during protests stemming from the economic crisis in the country.


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Santa Cruz, Bolivia - Pope Francis and president Evo Morales wear hats that have the word “Tahuichi” inscribed on them, which means “big bird”.


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Caracas, Venezuela - Inmates at the Bolivarian Police prison during a protest in which they took officers hostage in repudiation of overcrowding at the prison.


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San Salvador, El Salvador - People dressed as Star Wars characters during a charity event in the “Eugenia Duenas” rehabilitation center for blind people, organized by the Star Wars fan-club in El Salvador.



San Salvador, El Salvador - Transexual activists protest in an effort to demand an investigation into the killing of Francela Méndez, the tenth transexual person murdered in the country this year.


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Guna Yala, Panamá - Four albino sisters in the Guna Yala community pose for a photograph with their mother and siblings. The four girls are part of “Children of the Moon,” a venerated group in the community.


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Saltillo, México - A homosexual man stands in the corner while a goat walks by, waiting to be killed by a shaman. Joaquin is a shaman that says he can cure homosexuality with a 20-minute ritual.


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