Monday, June 25, 2012 8:25:33 AM
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|NG Traveler Magazine: 2012 Photo Contest|
National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2012 Photo Contest
The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing. The entry deadline has been extended until July 11. The four categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Last year's contest drew nearly 13,000 images from all over the world. The pictures are as diverse as their authors, capturing an assortment of people, places and wildlife - everything that makes traveling so memorable, evoking a sense of delight and discovery. The following post includes a small sampling of the entrant's work, taken from the editor's picks in each of the categories. (The captions are written by the entrants, some slightly corrected for readability.) And for fun, take a look back at the winners from 2011 at National Geographic Traveler.
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Marrakech Traveler: It was mid-morning and he must have wanted to ride into the light. I was shooting for the ABC TV show Born to Explore when I snapped this photo. |John Barnhardt|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Curious: As a kid I was always curious to know where we were going. Always impatient to know the current location, and how much time it would take to get to the destination. Somehow knowing that would make me feel better. On a recent trip on a train early morning I was taking some photos and there was this kid. He was peeping back every now and then and every time the train stopped he was looking at the boards. Once he saw the camera in my hand, he got curious but was not waiting for me to click. It was worth the wait and tries. I love how it just reminds me of my childhood travels. |Gopal Patil|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS – The Running Boy: A young boy is "flying" home. |Pietro Sferrino|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Women’s Prayer: This was my first time seeing many women from the youngest to the oldest praying seriously with all of their heart and mind. |Lydia Isnanto|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Innocence and Icon: The classic American car has become a symbol and staple throughout Cuba. In the back streets of Havana, one who has yet to learn of the country’s history, shows her innocence at play. |Eric Kruszewski|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS – Deer Under Falling Cherry Blossom Petals: I sat down on a stump for rest after stroll in Nara Park, and watching deer. They were eating fallen cherry blossom petals, peacefully. Suddenly strong wind blew out and cherry blossom petals were started to fall on the deer. It is like a shower of falling cherry blossom petals. It is called "Hana Fubuki" in Japanese, literally means flower snowstorm. |Hisao Mogi|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Chick Dropped in Soup: No, not chicken soup...It's a literal translation of a Chinese expression for being drenched. Caught this well-dressed lady trying to cross the street in a torrential downpour. |Brian Yen|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Window Washers: All of the sudden I looked up and there were four window washers way high up on the adjacent skyscraper. I grabbed my camera and started shooting. To get an interesting angle, I went under the glass awning and shot upward. |Amy Sacka|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Swirl: This was taken on 95th floor of John Hancock Building. I was fortunate to watch as fast moving low hanging clouds swept through the city buildings during late afternoon. A cloud swirled around the Trump Tower for a very brief moment for me to capture two frames. This is one of the two. |Jian Lou|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE – 4800 Above Sea Level: This shot was taken in Bolivia, close to Sucre city. On 4800 meters above sea level the mountain releases gas everyday from 5am till 7am. The gas is hot but not dangerous. It’s a beautiful view in the middle of a desert. There is always a lot of travelers stopping and checking out because the place is included on the Salar de Uyuni tour. |Stylianos Papardelas|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE - Split: The ancient Old Town of Split (Croatia) in February 2012 during the heaviest snowfall in its recorded history. |Nenad Saljic|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE - Alone: I felt the beautiful landscape of the Earth. |Takaki Watanabe|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE - Cruising in Cuba: The National Highway in Cuba has many stretches where you will not see another car for miles. Then when you do see one, it is an old classic like this 1950s Buick, which looks at home on the open road with the Cuban landscape of fields and mountains in the distance. |James Kao|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE - Lost in Time – An Ancient Forest: Near the city of Morondava, on the West coast of Madagascar lies an ancient forest of Baobab trees. Unique to Madagascar, the endemic species is sacred to the Malagasy people, and rightly so. Walking amongst these giants is like nothing else on this planet. Some of the trees here are over a thousand years old. It is a spiritual place, almost magical. |Ken Thorne|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE - Snowflakes: Frozen snowflakes on the side window of the car while driving towards the slopes for a great day of snowboarding. |Mark Timmermans|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE - Waterfall at the WTC Memorial: The World Trade Center Memorial in New York City seemed vast and somewhat sterile until I focused on just a part of the waterfall and was overwhelmed with the feeling of all those fleeting souls coursing down into the abyss. |Joan Stiehl|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE - Swimming in the Rain: My sister in the south of Chile. We are sitting at home next to the fireplace in our southern lake house when it suddenly began to pour uncontrollably. Had to rush into the lake to take this snapshot! |Camila Massu|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
SENSE OF PLACE - The Ice Cave Experience: Deep, blue and cold. The frightening experience of climbing inside an ice cave on the north face of alpine summit at 3800 meters above sea level is very difficult to describe in words; especially in summer, when all the glacial ice melts making place for completely new formations. You need to stay focused, pay attention to every single move and commit yourself entirely to this climb. The reward: an amazing experience of climbing something pure and truly unique. |Kamil Tamiola|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|)
SENSE OF PLACE - Divine: When light pours over the Taj Mahal everything else clears your mind. The tour guides, the crowds, the construction statistics...all become moot. |Colin Roohan|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES - Lenticular Over Mt. Rainer: The wonder of the weather. |Rolland Hartstrom|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – The Village of Gasadalur: The village of Gasadalur and the island of Mykines in the background. Until a tunnel was built in 2004, the 16 residents living in Gasadalur had to take a strenuous hike or horseback over the steep 400 meters mountain in order to make it to the other villages. It was a rare sunny day in the Faroe Islands and I had to wait until the clouds rolled in to provide some softer light. I decided to go with a long exposure (1 minute 10 seconds) to illustrate the force of the wind and a serene sea among the isolated islands. |Ken Bower|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – Table Mountain’s Cloudy Tablecloth: This gorgeous phenomena of clouds pouring over the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, is what gave the mountain it's name. I was mesmerized by this stunning, slow motion, waterfall effect and had to capture it with my camera...which I think is impossible to ever truly capture. |Laura Grier|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – Giant Marbles: Like ancient giant marbles, the Moeraki Boulders are strewn across Koekohe Beach on New Zealand's South Island. The light of sunrise casts an other worldly hue on these rock formations. |Marcus Haid|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – Another World: This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens. I tried to bring a different perspective of this frequently photographed tree. |Fred An|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – New Years: Flying from Bozeman, MT to celebrate New Year's with my sister in Minnesota, I awoke from a nap to this incredible view of the sunrise. |Naomi Zatorowski|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – Frosted Vignette: An early morning drive along the Pullman Highway coupled with a pale grey sky revealed this beautiful scene. |Patrick Lipsker|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – Middle Americana: Common life for the fifty percent. |Jim Seiler|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – Beach Life Moments: Beach life moments in Sicily. |Angelo Cirrincione|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
OUTDOOR SCENES – My Balloon: H'Mong minority children were playing with their balloons on the foggy day in Moc Chau - Ha Giang province Viet Nam. |Vo Anh Kiet|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Pipedreams: As the call from mosques sound throughout the city, men make their way to begin prayer at this time of Eid. They walk in clothes freshly dressed, through busy streets and building sites. These pipes are some of the obstacles, though also used as shade from the intense sun and as a place of social gathering once prayer has been completed. As for now, men and boys will soon repeatedly bow their heads, all the while strengthening their faith. And I wonder at times, do they ever ask Allah for particular blessings, or do their most intimate hopes remain nothing more than pipe dreams. |Maria de la Guardia|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Amazon Boatman: This indigenous Kichwa boatman was our taxi on a recent trip to the Amazon region of Ecuador. It was amazing the control he had over his dugout canoe, which was probably 30 feet long. At one point we had all given up hope when we were caught in the jungle during a flash flood, but he got us out. All without changing facial expressions. |Howard Stanton|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - All Smiles: Our surgical team spent 2 weeks in the Western Highlands of Ethiopia performing obstetric fistula and uterine prolapse surgeries last November. I've never seen so many smiling ladies in a hospital before. The love and gratitude was overwhelming. This little girl was an orphan living on the hospital grounds and would come hang out with us on our breaks. Her smile and infectious laugh were an unbelievable gift. I look at this picture often and can't wait to go back next year. |Kathryn Quenneville|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Eyes: At the hospital of Dadaab's Refugee Camp a weak little girl is hold by her mother. |Lucas Mello|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Motherhood: Calm Silence shared between a mother and daughter amongst the frenzied traffic along the road to Agra. |Darrell Lew|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Wet: A swollen creek bed in the desert near Broken Hill in Australia, a local cools off. |Miles Rowland, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Miss Confidence: Ruth stands in her newly won sash and tiara in her one room apartment that she shares with two other people. Ruth is three feet tall. She entered an able-bodied beauty pageant “Miss Fabulous Kenya” competing against hundreds of women. After three intense rounds she walked away with one of the top three prizes “Miss Confidence”. The pageant awarded her 5,000 Kenya Shillings, which paid for one months rent. |Mia Collis|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Looking Back in Time: While walking down the street in Old Havana, I was invited into this elderly woman's home. She was lying in bed and told me she wasn't feeling well. She asked if I had any Aspirin, which I did have in my purse. As I bent over to give it to her, I noticed this photograph on the nightstand beside her bed. It was taken of her many years before lying in the very same bed. I thought this was very cool. |Terri Gross|National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest|
© & credits: The Big Picture on boston.com
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|NG Traveler Photo Contest 2012| by my alter ego EYESWIDESHUT
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this is the last post in the series late morning lullaby
Thursday, December 8, 2011 8:07:30 PM
|the 8th day|
|The End. Kiribati is Gone|
An air-view of the South Tarawa atoll that separates the lagoon from the Pacific Ocean. Maximum elevation of the atoll is a mere 3 metres above sea level, and there are places where the island is only held together by a narrow local road banked by stone walls that prevent its erosion. Like many Pacific islands, Kiribati faces serious threats from rising sea levels as a consequence of global warming. Kiribati is a nation of 33 coral atolls scattered around the equator, inhabited by about 100,830 people. Nearly half of the population is crowded on a single atoll - the main island of South Tarawa.
The story of Kiribati mirrors the modern life in many developing Pacific countries – nations that have fallen to hardship due to global warming and rising sea levels. Kiribati is a small island nation of 33 atolls spread out in the South Pacific; the area is the size of Alaska but the amount of dry land could fit within Manhattan. Inhabited by about 100,830 people, Kiribati is among the world's poorest countries. It has few natural resources other than fish and copra, the dried meat of coconut.
Kiribati aroused my curiosity after I'd read an interview with Anote Tong, the president of the small island nation, who warned about his country becoming uninhabitable due to the rising sea levels and increasing salination. As Mr. Tong put it: “Kiribati might already have reached the point of no return. To plan for the day when you no longer have a country is indeed painful, but I think we have to do that.”
The story of a disappearing country was so powerful I just had to experience it for myself.
I travelled to Kiribati for a month to witness first-hand the problems and challenges of the small island country. I focused on photographing the natives and their everyday lives. The story of Kiribati is a complex one, and the rising sea levels are by no means the only threat the country faces. While the country may go the way of Atlantis, there are even more severe and imminent problems with freshwater supply and with salination killing plant life. A quick look at the beaches reveals a sorry sight – dead coconut trees are everywhere, their roots suffocated by saltwater.
To tell the story more accurately and gain better insight into Kiribati's agony, I conducted interviews with President Anote Tong, climate change activist Claire Anterea, and a representative of the World Bank, who was on a working visit to the islands. I’d also met with people from the village and paid a visit to the Kiribati community in Auckland. New Zealand seems to be the future for the Kiribati people, who are slowly leaving their islands and resettling in the Kiwi country.
The main objective of the project is to invite people from all over the world to really think – and to take action in their everyday lives, to put pressure on world leaders. Not simply to enjoy the photos, but to actively consider what's going on. The people of Kiribati don't want us to just feel sorry for them. They want the world to admit responsibility for their problems related to climate change. Dear reader, I want you to think about this – whose responsibility it is, and how you can contribute to a better tomorrow.
The once inhabited Aberairang island is gradually disappearing. People used to camp there, but the island is now getting smaller and its fresh water is becoming salty. According to IPPC statistics, the sea level rose by about 3 mm every year since 1993. The situation is exacerbated by a causeway built to link the islands, which is having an effect on natural sea currents.
Dead coconut palms on Abaiang island that have lost their crowns due to salt-water flooding during high tides. Tebunginako, the village most affected, had to relocate because of rising sea levels and erosion. When sea levels rise, saltwater floods the islands, destroying vegetation and eventually killing the trees.
Dead coconut palms that were flooded by seawater. A common sight in Tebunginako, Abaiang.
Rubbish lying on the beach due to the lack of organized trash disposal and space - a very common sight on the shores of inhabited islands. In the background, a coming storm.
A common sight on the main island, South Tarawa. Trash is not collected separately, but rather left to be flooded by seawater at high tide. Waste management is one of the biggest concerns of Kiribati. It is one of the main sources of water pollution. Tourists are strongly advised against swimming in the water.
A sea wall around Maneaba. Walls are built to protect buildings from being flooded and eroded due to rising sea levels. However, the walls are expensive, and many cannot afford them, so they remain at the mercy of high tides. Sea walls like the one pictured are made by filling sacks with concrete.
A fisherman on the Abaiang Island checks his nets before the storm. Fishing is Kiribati's main industry and the sole of livelihood of many people.
Fishermen preparing their equipment and getting ready to take off. In the background, a rusty old ship that got stranded there years ago. "When it ran aground it was simply left there as it would've been too costly to try and fix it. Local children play on it and use it as a slide", said one local. "The broken ship was too hard to fix because its owner - the Kiribati Protestant Church - could not afford regular maintenance. It is waiting there until funding is found to fix it."
The sea surrounding South Tarawa is highly polluted due to unregulated dumping of waste and numerous dump areas. That is because there is not enough space on the already very crowded island. Locals aren't worried about this; however, infections are frequent, and visitors are strongly advised not to swim in the water.
A flooded road in Tebikenikoora, also known as Golden Beach, on South Tarawa. A small village that used to be surrounded by trees but now lies unprotected. many trees have been destroyed by flooding. Asked about her concerns for the future, the owner of the house in the background waves her hand: "We're used to the flooding, it happens every now and then. But we do hope to finish the sea-wall. We hadn't received any funds, our community is too small to invest into."
Kitchen / Living Room area in Temaiku, South Terawa. Family values are very important, and families tightly connected. The people of Kiribati consider this a matter of national pride. The birthrate is high, families have many children. One man explains as we talk: "The importance of the family in Kiribati is the center of our lives, it's because we have family to help each, therefore we share things."
As evening comes and people retire from work, the family sits down together in their house. Unlike some other families, they don't own a TV, so they pass their time playing cards and talking. In the foreground, a cut up block (or "rish cake") of tobacco.
The way home is flooded, and the water rises even further if it rains. Severe weather with strong rains, winds and showers can have an even more damging effect on the islands.
Bikenebeu Village, South Tarawa, grocery shopping in the local store. The proprietor had put up the Merry Christmas sign last year, hoping to increase his sales, then left it there. In the background, until recently the only ambulance van on the island. When they needed another one, they took the first one's siren and put it in the second one, leaving the first one with only the emergency lights.
Waiting for the bus. Kiribati has a very young population, but jobs are few and far between. A local teacher describes the situation young people find themselves in in Kiribati: "We come to the end of this year, and more than two or three thousand young people are out of school, but what jobs are they going to have as they leave school? Nothing. Some of them will be lucky to go to university, but most of them will stay with their parents and do nothing."
Temaiku Village, South Tarawa: getting water from the well using a bucket tied to a pole. Sometimes, potable water mixes with seawater and gets a brownish tinge. Preventively, all water is boiled before use.
Mr. Naunii Arikiti, 33. From Tabiteuea Island in Southern Kiribati. He is married and has a daughter named Maria. He used to be a bus driver but is now unemployed. His wife works as a journalist for the local radio. Mr. Arikiti believes Kiribati will be flooded and is very concerned about the future. He was happy to hear that the President had started discussion with a number of Fiji land owners, who had agreed that people of Kiribati could move there in the future. In the background, a relic from WW II - a concrete bunker left over from the Battle of Tarawa - when the islands were under Japanese occupation.
St. Joseph's College Boarding School in Tabwiroa, Abaing Island. College Kids watching an Indian romantic movie after a school dance in a maneaba - a typical wooden building where people socialize. The girl in the foreground is bathed in the light of a computer monitor. The building was constructed in a traditional manner using coconut and pandanus materials.
Late evening service at the Kiribati Protestant Church. faith is an important aspect of life for the majority of people. Some believe God will help them get through the troubles ahead of them.
Teenagers celebrating Youth Day next to the Kiribati Protestant Church in the evening.
Positive energy and joy - conclusion of a festival. Teenagers celebrating Youth Day next to the Kiribati Protestant Church in the evening.
Iebuti Tarataake, 18. Wants to get a job as a sailor. His t-shirt references "NAREAU", an ancestor who, according to legend, created Kiribati.
Aukitino Mikaere, 18. Student at St. Joseph's College, wants to become a business manager and move to Australia. His parents own an IT company on South Tarawa. He stood out as a kid - studying, while everybody else played basketball and football.
Recently, the government has been placing great emphasis on education and trying to improve opportunities for the people of Kiribati. Primary education is free and compulsory, and higher education is expanding as well. Mari from St. Joseph's College says he wants to become a captain of a ship.
An evening view of the lagoon on South Tarawa. High tides regularly flood the coconut palms with seawater, gradually killing them. On the other hand, children take advantage of the high tide to swim and play.
Nuea Ataata, 14. Went to school in Fiji and Australia, wants to be a scientist so she could help save Kiribati. Herr mother is a doctor in a hospital on South Tarawa after working abroad and completing her PhD on climate change in Australia. Nuea is glad to be back among friends in her home village where she feels she belongs. She wears tibutas, a piece of clothing made by Kiribati women since early European settlement.
School in Taborio Village, North Tarawa. The children had a day off and helped clean the classrooms. They clean their dining hall every Saturday.
Mrs. Nei Meereta, 23. Buota Village on North Tarawa, has one child, a 10 month-old baby boy; she feels the impact of climate change when the high tide reaches the house and destroys the bread fruit trees and coconut palms. She is worried about the future and plans to leave if the times become too tough. Mrs. Nei says: "our people will not die, but our culture and way of life will die and that scares me."
Tekai Reewa, 44. Tebunginako Village, Abaiang Island. Living on the coast of a former freshwater pond that is now flooded with seawater, high tides pose a serious problem for his family, so he has resolved to move house further inland. His wife had gone to visit her relatives on the neighboring island and to bring back groceries.
Children playing during the high tide that has flooded the road. Children use the high tide to play and swim, not yet worried about the future. Are they the last Kiribati generation to have a true childhood? Will they be forced to leave their homeland?
Temaiku, South Tarawa: One of the most endangered villages. The owner of the house had lifted it up and placed it on stilts to prevent flooding. The house is a kiakia - a small traditional building that's easily deconstructed if it needs to be moved. The house is built right next to a trash dump. Due to overcrowding of South Tarawa, some houses are built on unusual locations.
Marian Iotebwa, 52. Tebunginako Village, Abaiang Island. Living on the coast of a freshwater pond, high tides pose a serious problem for his family, so he has resolved to move house further inland. Dead coconut palms in the background. There used to be a village, but it had to become necessary to move it. Mr. Iotebwa notes that the climate had changed in the past few years and is very concerned about the future.
Tetera Kirataruru, 10. Tebunginako Village on Abaiang Island. She has just caught a fish in the small pond behind the sea wall. It's low tide and the village is not flooded. Tetera goes to Taiwan Primary School. Her home is often flooded, making it impossible to cook. In the background, dead coconut palms.
Rina Mathew, 29. Abarao Village. Mother and child photographed as the mother returns home from work. Mrs. Mathew works at Tobaraoi travels, the only tourist agency on South Tarawa. the road to her house is flooded. Destroyed sea walls allow the sea to come onto the island when a storm comes with high tides. In the background, cars that Rina's father collects to salvage their parts and use them in his workshop.
"where are you going?" As you walk down the road, everybody says "Hi!" and asks where you are going, even though they're not really interested. "Where are you going?" simply means "I'd noticed you walking along the road." A common sight in Kiribati where children enjoy playing on palm trees.
Mwaroni, 13 and Mareke,14. In the background, the newly furnished water reservoirs provided by the New Zealand High Commission that help with potable water supply. The community struggles to supply itself with freshwater, and the water provided by the government is insufficient, so the government of New Zealand installed rainwater collectors in fron of the Church of the Assembly of God.
Clothes have been hung out to dry next to a family home on the shore of a lagoon. The sea is gradually rising due to the coming high tide.
Portrait of a Family in front of their home next to a volleyball court in Tebikenikoora (Golden Beach) Village. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Kiribati. High tide floods the court and most of the surrounding area. The government has pledged to provide funds for additional sea walls.
Climat change activist Claire Anterea taking a local bus to Betia on South Tarawa. She used to be a nun, but then chose a different path. Claire talks about responsibility of the world community: "If they can save the tiny islands of Kiribati, then we know that they will also save the world."
Claire: "At Betio, there is a common cemetery that is near the ocean. Before, the land was much further out, but now the sea is eating away at the land, and the cemetery is falling into the sea. This is a very sad situation, because - what will happen to the buried bodies? We will have to take out the bones of our families and collect them to save them."
Building a man-made coral rock sea wall is the best defense man has against erosion and rising sea levels.
View from an Air Pacific Flight, showing one of the 33 atolls of Kiribati before a coming storm. "where will the plane land?" one asks oneself.
© & credits: Ciril Jazbec (1987) was born in Slovenia, which is where he first took up photography and visual storytelling. His desire to expand his horizons led him to London where he studied MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. He is drawn towards stories that reach out and touch you, making you stop, think and take action in the midst of our ever-changing world. you can see the project's site and the pictures in a far better way on the original site of vbg.si
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