International photojournalism

Swimming, Kamasutra style

It's strange enough for one person to throw himself into an icy river with a blow-up doll. For 600 to do the same thing is frankly worrying. Yet, this is what happens each year at the end of August in Lesovo, a rural village near Saint Petersburg. It's a competition called the Bubble Baba Challenge. more
The women of the revolution

Bothaina Kamel is a strong resourceful woman. A famous anchorwoman of the national television, she resigned as a sign of protest against the regime and for years she has been one of Mubarak's fiercest opponents. She now decided to test herself in an almost impossible task: becoming Egypt's first fem more
Cairo - Living with the dead

Founded in the 7th century A.D, the city of the Dead is the oldest, still functioning cemetery in the world. Today, as a result of the housing crisis and the famines of the past decades, over 500.000 people made their home here among the funerary shrines and in the small rooms built to host pilgrims more
Hunan: The Avatar Mountains

The national forest park of Zhangjiajie, a hard-to-pronounce place in the Chinese province of Hunan, was hardly known until the beginning of 2010, when director James Cameron declared in an interview that those landscapes inspired him for the idea of Pandora planet's floating peaks, in his blockbust more
Matteo Ricci: Chinese Connection

2012 was the 460th anniversary of the birth of father Matteo Ricci, a notable Jesuit and Italian priest, responsible for the diffusion of Catholicism in China. The places and monuments related to Ricci's 28-year stay in China are stunning, from Beijing's old Summer Palace, designed for the Qing Dina more
Nobles and slaves

Four hours and some centuries separate North Cameroon from the Lamidat of Rey Bouba. 36.000 square kilometers of savannah where the Lamido is the absolute monarch, holding the right of life and death on his subjects. A state within the state, where the central power is both timid and accomplice at t more
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo, 20 years ago

On April 6th 1992 a sniper hidden in the ancient Jewish cemetery killed two young girls as they were crossing a bridge on the river Miljacka. This was the beginning of the siege of Sarajevo, an endless massacre bound to last for 4 years. Over 11.000 civilian casualties - many children among them- th more
Zabbaleen: the garbage people

The Zabbaleen, a community of Egyptian Coptic Christians, make a living by recycling up to 80% of the waste - zabala, in the Egyptian language - which they collect and sort in their own town. They work in the most degrading conditions and they even rear pigs (which are fed on their organic waste) to more
Liquid Africa

The periodic overflow of the Niger, which runs from southwest to northeast through the whole of Mali, for several months each year transforms the entire region into an unreachable water world. Unique graphic elements and colour tones flow between Bamako, Mopti and Timbuctoo, along the internal delta more
The warm heart of AIDS

"The warm heart of Africa" says the brochure. Yet Malawi is also one of the poorest countries in the world and has been associated for 20 years with the worst acronym of the new millennium, AIDS. During the British protectorate there were two hospitals in the capital, Lilongwe, one for the whites an more
Quebec, artic safari

An extraordinary journey with Huskies along the frozen mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, amongst six metres of snow, woods, timber refuges, ice hotels and subpolar surroundings. A race through the forests north of Quebec City, around the village of Saint David de Falardeau, not far from Lake Saint- more
The King of the Rains

At 5,109 meters, the Rwenzori is the third highest mountain in Africa, but forms part of the most complex and intricate African mountain chain. It has six different peaks, each with its own glacier, which represent an enormous fresh water reserve, also able to nourish the Nile basin as Ptolemy asser more
Superstars, the next Formula One

"The overtaking, door bashing, extreme cornering, ten cars in less than a second. And those close-call finishes which aren't seen in Formula One any more". With these words, the manager, Vincenzo Lamaro, sums up the appeal of Superstars, the car race which is winning more and more fans from around t more
China Ski

Want to enjoy skiing in China? First rid yourself of notions that you're heading to France's Chamonix or Italy's Cortina d'Ampezzo. You aren't. The resorts that have proliferated around Beijing, targeting the capital's growing middle class, have very slow lifts, poor equipment and icy slopes, usuall more
Scilla, swordfish blues

Scilla, Calabria. From May to November, in front of the Messina strait, sail the last 16 "passerelle" in the world: fishing boats specially equipped for catching swordfish. Actually, as the locals like to say, "hunting swordfish". The boats have a 22-meter sight pole and a 30-meter bridge (the "pass more
The lost Eden

Gabon has two main resources, wood and oil. The Gabonese are rich, probably the richest in Africa in proportion. With the independence from France and the arrival of the large extraction and cutting companies, the economy of the country quickly changed. Great flows of hard currency invaded the coffe more
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