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Joel Sartore on a Photo Ark photo shoot at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Joel Sartore on a Photo Ark photo shoot at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Saint Louis Zoo staff preparing for a photo shoot of their critically endangered adult narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra chitra).

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Saint Louis Zoo staff preparing for a photo shoot of their critically endangered adult narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra chitra).

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Saint Louis Zoo staff preparing for a photo shoot of their critically endangered adult narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra chitra).

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Saint Louis Zoo staff during a photo shoot of their critically endangered adult narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra chitra).

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Quinceanera party at Our Lady of Guadalupe church, Salt Lake City, Utah. The celebration is a traditional rite of passage for 15-year-old Hispanic girls.

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A tearful young man bids good-bye to his family before going to India for a two-year Mormon missionary stint, Mormon Missionary Center, Provo, Utah.

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Retirees frolic in a pool at the Fun N Sun Resort in San Benito, one of many border communities that attract “winter Texans” from the north every fall.

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San Benito high school greyhounds football team hold hands in prayer before an important game in San Benito, Texas.

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In this winter nursery for gray whales (Eschrichtius glaucus), one of the cetaceans swims close to two whale-watching boats, seeking contact with now-friendly humans. Restored to healthy populations, California grays were recently taken off the endangered list. Atlantic grays, however, were long ago hunted into extinction .

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A group of masked waiters tend a summer wine auction in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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A lamb leaps up after being relieved of his tail for better sanitation purposes by Bureau of Land Management workers on federal grazing lands in southern Wyoming.

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A sun-enhanced shower falls on Lemhi county residents who came to the town of Salmon for the annual Salmon River Days festival.

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Two pet dogs mouth the same ball in Boston Common, the oldest public park in American history, in Massachusetts.

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A group of Harvard graduates celebrate on campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Children at a birthday party at Charlestown’s Bunker Hill housing project in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Retirees bowl at a lawn bowling club in Florida’s Sun City center, a retirement community for wealthy patrons.

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A biologist holds a bat that was killed by a wind turbine on a wind farm in southwest Pennsylvania. Biologists calculate that an average of 32 bats and nearly 5 birds are killed per turbine per season here, having a deadly effect on migrating wildlife.

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Mexican laborers build a border wall near Alamo, Texas.

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Mexican laborers constructing the border wall that separate the United States from Mexico near Alamo, Texas.

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Army soldiers doing training exercises at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

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Army soldiers doing training exercises at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

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A team inside the amphibian lab of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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After being examined for chytrid fungus, a male harlequin frog (Atelopus sp.) is shown to members of the press at a research site near Limon, Ecuador.

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A giant earthworm at Reserva Las Gralarias near Mindo, Ecuador.

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A giant earthworm at Reserva Las Gralarias near Mindo, Ecuador.

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The Grant Grove of redwood trees in King’s Canyon National Park.

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