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    31 Photos That Show The Striking Diversity Of Workplaces Around The World

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    Forget the familiar office, retail shop, or factory; these competition pictures capture unusual, brutal, and sometimes beautiful workplaces in which some people earn a living., the online photography community, ran the international photo contest to show the world the striking range of workplaces around the world.

    Instead of an official photographic jury, the winning images were picked by public online crowdvoting.

    Winner: "Fisherman at Work", Thailand, by Duangmon Chaturapitaporn

    Duangmon Chaturapitaporn /

    Runner-Up: "Flock", Tuscany, Italy, by Krzysztof Browko

    Krzysztof Browko /

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    "Head for Heights", London, England, by Naf Selmani

    Naf Selmani /

    "Wearing earplugs to muffle the chimes of Big Ben and armed with buckets and cloths, a team of abseilers are busy cleaning the clock faces at the Elizabeth Tower in London." – Naf Selmani

    "Torreadora", Transylvania, Romania, by Pal Szilagyi Palko

    Pal Szilagyi Palko /

    "This photo was taken in an isolated small village in the mountains called Bratca in Transylvania, Romania. The settlement contains only a dozen houses, several hundred metres from one another, inhabited mostly by old widows." – Pal Szilagyi Palko

    "Afternoon Break", London, England, by Darrell Godliman

    Darrell Godliman /

    "The Crane Pilot", Nancy, France, by Bastien

    Bastien /

    A crane pilot operates at the ARTEM campus construction site in Nancy.

    "Foundry Story", Kolkata, India, by Sagnik

    Sagnik /

    "This is the hard life. The workers at this iron cast foundry work immensely hard and they do not even wear protective clothing." – Sagnik

    Istanbul, Turkey, by Tolga Ildun

    Tolga Ildun /

    "A group of workers clean the windows of a modern skyscraper in Istanbul's financial district." – Tolga Ildun

    "Barber in Street", Kolkata, India, by Subrata Adhikary

    Subrata Adhikary /

    "These barbers have no permanent place. On this day they were continuing their profession on a footpath in Kolkata." – Subrata Adhikary

    "Leathersmith", Shropshire, England, by Jasmine

    Jasmine /

    A leather smith concentrates hard on making a belt in the Blists Hill Victorian Town museum in Telford.

    "Science Museum Café", London, England, by Darrell Godliman

    Darrell Godliman /

    "A shot of the Deep Blue Café at the Science Museum in London. Being one of the first people through the doors of the museum in the morning, I was able to get this shot of a waitress preparing for the busy day ahead." – Darrell Godliman

    "Porters", Java, Indonesia, by Marek Kosiba

    Marek Kosiba /

    Porters carry loads of sulphur chunks (weighing around 80–100kg) about 3km from the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano to a nearby town.

    "Sri Lanka's Stilt Fisherman" by Anton Yankovyi

    Anton Yankovyi /

    "Fishing on stilts is very common in many Asian countries, but most of all in Sri Lanka, in the Ahangama village. Early in the morning, as soon as the sun rises, local fishermen climb the poles to the level of about two metres and spend many hours there every day. A few years ago they typically earned less than 200 rupees ($1.60) a day, which meant they were unable to afford to pay for their children’s education or other basic needs." – Anton Yankovyi

    "Welding" by Ouladallah Amine

    Ouladallah Amine/

    "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", Dublin, Ireland, by Sean McMahon

    Sean McMahon/

    "And There Was Life", Emalahleni, South Africa, by Leon

    "Men at Work", London, England, by Maggie Railton

    Maggie Railton /

    "Pole Dancer", Barcelona, Spain, by Björn Svensson

    Björn Svensson/

    "Bric-a-Brac", Aix-en-Provence, France, by Mal Smith

    Mal Smith /

    "Orange on White", by Shaikh Jan Mohammad

    Shaikh Jan Mohammad/

    "A man is employed to remove lather from water." – Shaikh Jan Mohammad

    "A Break From Work", London, England, by João Pico

    João Pico/

    "Sandgirl", Weston-super-Mare, England, by Gary Owens

    Gary Owens/

    "Garbage for Money", Jambi, Indonesia, by Hendi Syarifuddin

    Hendi Syarifuddin/

    "The men were collecting garbage which could be sold and recycled." – Hendi Syarifuddin

    "If You Want to Get Ahead...", Brazil, by Patience

    Patience /

    "In Brazil if you want to sell hats to an ever-shifting tourist crowd, the best way is to carry your stock to them." – Patience

    "Nusa Lembongan", Bali, Indonesia, by Peter Sawers

    Peter Sawers/

    "Sports Photographer" by melis82

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    "Milking", Kanagawa, Japan, by Masayuki Yamashita

    Masayuki Yamashita/

    "Break the Line", near Burnley, England, by Kevin Rushton

    Kevin Rushton/

    "The Rice Makers", Bangladesh, by Ata Mohammad Adnan

    Ata Mohammad Adnan/

    "Walking the Track" by Russell Edwards

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