The best journeys don’t just show us the unfamiliar – they help us understand it. In these stories, our nomads dive deep into the local culture in search of the beliefs, desires, and history behind the customs.
Find out which 10 images by our talented contributors astonished and inspired us the most this year.
From the Temple of Apollo to Dracula's hometown, Kai Wada Roath travels the globe seeking monsters and legends.
Travel writer and wildlife conservationist Bryony witnesses two giraffes locked in an epic battle for survival.
For Afro-Uruguayans in Montevideo, this colorful and exuberant tradition is a way to honor their ancestors.
On the Uruguayan coast, local fisherman Robert shares his passion for his work, and offers a lesson in sustainability.
In rural Uruguay, these performers help preserve the traditional gaucho lifestyle through song.
In southeast Estonia, Easter traditions are a bit Orthodox Christian, a bit pagan, and altogether fascinating.
Camera in hand, scholarship winner Kelly Beckta joins the celebrations at Angkor Wat.
In this photo essay, Emily Polar shows how a Sikh temple feeds 100,000 people every day, 24 hours a day.
2016 Photography Scholarship Winner Felipe Romero Beltran captures ultra-Orthodox Jewish celebrations in Israel.
Photography Scholarship winner Kelly Beckta shows the camaraderie of Middle Eastern fishermen as they join together to land the day's haul.
Travel Writing Scholarship Winner Madeline Russo takes us where her local guides will not go – across the barrier between Catholic and Protestant Belfast.
Mechanics in Cuba need to be open-minded – the only thing that’s limited is how far they can think outside the box.
This salon is a well-oiled machine, creating outlandish styles based on pop culture.