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#11 The secrets of sleep, 2010 |||| Photographer Maggie Steber took this photo of four young sisters in Miami, Florida, napping on a Sunday afternoon after attending church, as part of a feature on sleep. - Amazing photos

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#11 The secrets of sleep, 2010 |||| Photographer Maggie Steber took this photo of four young...

#10 the other Tibet -- China's Uygurs, 2009 |||| In Hotan, a Uygur town with a rising Han Chinese population, Uygurs socialize at their own nightclubs, in this photo by Carolyn Drake. - Amazing photos

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#10 the other Tibet -- China's Uygurs, 2009 |||| In Hotan, a Uygur town with a rising Han Chinese...

#7 Lessons of the hunt, 2007 |||| Beverly and Dereck Joubert first encountered this leopard when she was only days old and ended up following her for nearly five years. Here, the eight-month-old cub plays a hunting game with her mother. - Amazing photos

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#7 Lessons of the hunt, 2007 |||| Beverly and Dereck Joubert first encountered this leopard when...

#6 Green roof, 2009 |||| Diane Cook photographed Chicago City Hall's award-winning green rooftop. "I thought 'We're going to reveal a secret landscape to people.' And it is really magical," she said. - Amazing photos

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#6 Green roof, 2009 |||| Diane Cook photographed Chicago City Hall's award-winning green rooftop....

#8 Veiled rebellion, 2009 |||| Women—mostly widows—train for police force jobs at a firing range near Kabul, in this image by Lynsey Addario. The female officers can take on tasks that men cannot because of Islamic custom: frisking other women, searching homes where female family members are present. - Amazing photos

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#8 Veiled rebellion, 2009 |||| Women—mostly widows—train for police force jobs at a...

#9 Tracking the next killer flu, 2005 |||| Comatose and on a ventilator, a bird flu patient in Hanoi who was not expected to live made a remarkable recovery, in this haunting photograph by Lynn Johnson. - Amazing photos

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#9 Tracking the next killer flu, 2005 |||| Comatose and on a ventilator, a bird flu patient in...

#4 Yemen, 2012 |||| A female member of Yemen's elite counterterrorsim unit checks the barracks, in this photo from Stephanie Sinclair. - Amazing photos

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#4 Yemen, 2012 |||| A female member of Yemen's elite counterterrorsim unit checks the barracks,...

#2 Frozen World, 2011 |||| Larsen spent four years living with the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia, as part of the photography project. Tepee-style structures are common in Sami villages, where they are often used to smoke reindeer meat. - Amazing photos

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#2 Frozen World, 2011 |||| Larsen spent four years living with the indigenous Sami people of...

#5 ZipUSA, 2001 |||| Amy Toensing captured these women swimming on America's Jersey Shore with an underwater camera. "There's a beautiful lack of control that happens when you're out in those swells. I think this picture gives you that feeling," she said. - Amazing photos

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#5 ZipUSA, 2001 |||| Amy Toensing captured these women swimming on America's Jersey Shore with an...

#1 Winter wonderland, 2011 |||| The photographs are part of a National Geographic exhibition called "Women of Vision," featuring 11 female photojournalists. Here, a herder in Norway practices a time-honored custom called yoiking -- chanting softly while tending his reindeer. - Amazing photos

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#1 Winter wonderland, 2011 |||| The photographs are part of a National Geographic exhibition...

#3 Too young to wed, 2011 |||| Stephanie Sinclair traveled to Yemen for an assignment on child brides. Here, she captures Nujood Ali and her younger sister, a few of years after 10-year-old Ali fled an abusive husband in his 30s. - Amazing photos

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#3 Too young to wed, 2011 |||| Stephanie Sinclair traveled to Yemen for an assignment on child...