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“Eye of a toad”. Animal Portraits, Łukasz Bożycki, Poland.  (Photo by Łukasz Bożycki)

“Eye of a toad”. Animal Portraits, Łukasz Bożycki, Poland. Early spring sees a pond near Łukasz’s home city of Warsaw, Poland, full of mating frogs and a few toads. On this March day, Łukasz shared the pond with them for an evening, sitting in the icy water in his chest-high waders, keeping as still as possible, despite the numbing cold, so that the amphibians could get used to him. “I wanted to find a fresh way of portraying the amphibians”, he says, “at water level”. Using a telephoto lens, he focused on one lone toad and waited for the sun to dip almost below the horizon before pressing the shutter, using flash to bring out the details in the shadow. His prize was “the glorious pool of sunset colour” and fiery glow of the toad’s eye. Nikon D80 + 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens + extension tube; 1/125 sec at f9 (-2.3 e/v); ISO 100; built-in flash. (Photo by Łukasz Bożycki)
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28 Aug 2013 11:45:00
Undated handout photo issued by World Architecture Festival 2013 of The Halley VI centre designed by British architects Hugh Broughton in Antarctica which is a dismantlable research station created in the icy wastes for the British Antarctic Survey and has been shortlisted for a global architecture award. (Photo by World Architecture Festival 2013/PA Wire)

Undated handout photo issued by World Architecture Festival 2013 of The Halley VI centre designed by British architects Hugh Broughton in Antarctica which is a dismantlable research station created in the icy wastes for the British Antarctic Survey and has been shortlisted for a global architecture award. (Photo by World Architecture Festival 2013/PA Wire)
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01 Sep 2013 06:45:00
Two women pose as they drink real ale at the Great British Beer Festival in the Olympia exhibition centre on August 13, 2013 in London, England. The festival, which runs until August 17, 2013, has over 24 bars serving over 800 different beers, ciders and perries. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Two women pose as they drink real ale at the Great British Beer Festival in the Olympia exhibition centre on August 13, 2013 in London, England. The festival, which runs until August 17, 2013, has over 24 bars serving over 800 different beers, ciders and perries. (Photo by Oli Scarff)
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04 Sep 2013 08:18:00
A undated handout image provided by the Bochum University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Bochum) on 04 October 2013 shows the German team Bochum's Cruiser class solar car during a test drive in the Northern Territoty, Australia, 16 September 2013. The Dutch vehicle is competing in the World Solar Challenge, driving from Darwin to Adelaide starting on 06 October 2013. (Photo by Hochschule Bochum/EPA)

A undated handout image provided by the Bochum University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Bochum) on 04 October 2013 shows the German team Bochum's Cruiser class solar car during a test drive in the Northern Territoty, Australia, 16 September 2013. The Dutch vehicle is competing in the World Solar Challenge, driving from Darwin to Adelaide starting on 06 October 2013. (Photo by Hochschule Bochum/EPA)
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29 Oct 2013 12:37:00


Burning Man 2013. The federal government issued a permit for 68,000 people from all over the world to gather at the sold out festival, which is celebrating its 27th year, to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. (Photo by Neil Girling)
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02 Sep 2013 12:03:00
A model poses with “The Wellbeing Toilet” the winning entry from a Dyno-Rod Initiative to create a new design for the domestic toilet at Central Saint Martins on November 18, 2013 in London, England. The concept was commissioned to mark 50 years of Dyno-Rod and World Toilet Day on November 19th, 2013 The “Wellbeing Toilet” looks at the health and wellbeing aspect of getting rid of your bodily waste by being sculpted to enhance the position of your body by enabling you to squat rather than sit. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for Dyno-Rod)

A model poses with “The Wellbeing Toilet” the winning entry from a Dyno-Rod Initiative to create a new design for the domestic toilet at Central Saint Martins on November 18, 2013 in London, England. The concept was commissioned to mark 50 years of Dyno-Rod and World Toilet Day on November 19th, 2013 The “Wellbeing Toilet” looks at the health and wellbeing aspect of getting rid of your bodily waste by being sculpted to enhance the position of your body by enabling you to squat rather than sit. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for Dyno-Rod)
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20 Nov 2013 07:54:00
A woman participates in the “Carnaval na Central” block party in Rio. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)

A woman participates in the “Carnaval na Central” block party in Rio. (Photo by Felipe Dana/Associated Press)
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10 Feb 2013 15:48:00
Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2013 Part2

The Royal Observatory just announced its Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2013 winners. Australian photographer Mark Gee was chosen among a thousand amateur and professional photographers around the globe to win the top title. His work is part of an exhibition of the winning photographers, which opened on Sept. 19 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The Royal Observatory shared with us the winners and notable mentions of the competition. Their descriptions of the prizewinners can be found below the images.
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05 Oct 2013 12:23:00