If you need any proof that the world is a dazzling, diverse, and fascinating place, look no further than our photo contributors. Through photo essays and scholarship entries, they took us all over the globe this past year, from a sulfur mine in Indonesia, to a rock-hewn church in Ethiopia, to a blues club in America’s Deep South.
They told us stories about back-breaking work, joyous celebrations, human generosity, and age-old traditions. They showed us how very differently people around the world live, and how much we actually have in common.
Here are our favorite images from 2018 – believe us, it was hard to narrow it down to only 10!
Satyaki Chakraborti was a finalist in our 2018 Scholarship. View the complete entry about community housing blocks in Saigon.
Francesco Soave was another of our 2018 Scholarship finalists. Here is his complete entry about Indonesian sulfur miners.
Sai Priya made our 2018 Scholarship shortlist with her essay about Pehalwans at the wrestling training institutes of Kolhapur, India.
Bhishma Thapa made our 2018 Scholarship shortlist with his essay about wild honey hunters in Nepal. View the rest of his amazing photos here.
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