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UK year in pictures 2017

We’ve picked a selection of our favourite pictures taken during the past year around the United Kingdom.

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A red deer in Richmond Park, London, is seen as thick fog and temperatures below freezing swept across parts of the UK in January.

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A competitor plunged into the mud during the Tough Guy Challenge, an extreme obstacle course, at South Perton Farm in Staffordshire.

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During an English Defence League protest in Birmingham, activist Saffiyah Khan faced down protestor Ian Crossland.

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The funeral of Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness took place at Saint Columba’s Church in his native Derry. The former IRA leader turned peacemaker died at the age of 66.

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On 29 March, Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter triggering Article 50, confirming the UK’s departure from the EU.

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A passenger plane, with a Harvest moon behind, prepares to land at Heathrow Airport in London.

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Dogs and owners took centre stage at the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham. Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world. The annual four-day event features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of Best in Show.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was startled by Cody the dachshund during a campaign event outside the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth, England.

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Prince Philip met Royal Marines on his final solo engagement before retiring from public duties on 2 August. Buckingham Palace said the Duke, who is 96, may still attend certain events with the Queen.

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Two competitors grappled with each other at an all-female wrestling event in London.

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In Kendal, Cumbria, the then leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron celebrated his win in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency. Independent candidate Paul Ellis, also known as Mr Fish Finger, managed to win 309 votes, prompting international bafflement.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon held 13-week-old twins Catherine and Sam Shepherd from Kirkintilloch. Despite losing more than 20 seats in the snap election, the SNP remain the third largest party in the UK.

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Horses and riders participated in the Musselburgh Festival in East Lothian, Scotland. Participants in the Riding of the Marches ceremony cross the River Esk beside the Roman bridge.

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Tributes were left for the victims of the London Bridge terror attack in June in which eight people died and 48 were injured.

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At Manchester Arena, Nicola Adams threw a punch at Argentine Virginia Noemi Carcamo during their International Flyweight Contest. The double Olympic gold medallist marked her professional debut with a 40-36 points victory.

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A fire in Grenfell Tower, west London, claimed the lives of 71 people, including 18 children. The blaze in the north Kensington tower block started in the early hours of 14 June.

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At low tide, the Brambles sandbank briefly appears in the middle of the Solent. It is the location of an annual cricket match held between the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Southampton, and the Island Sailing Club, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

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Hundreds of thousands of revellers descended on Notting Hill in west London for the final day of the annual carnival.

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The Duchess of Cambridge joined Paddington Bear for a dance on a platform at Paddington Station. She and Princes William and Harry were there to meet a group of children who have been helped by charities they support.

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To celebrate the start of the academic year, new students at the University of St Andrews took part in the customary Pier Walk. They made their way along the town’s harbour walls in the traditional red gowns, worn only by undergraduates.

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Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative Party conference was interrupted by a heckler who handed her a sheet marked P45 (an end-of-employment form). The man, later identified as comedian Simon Brodkin, said “Boris asked me to give you this” before being bundled out of the hall.

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A portrait of Billy Connolly, by artist Jack Vettriano, was one of three giant murals put up in Glasgow city centre as a tribute to the comedian who turned 75 this year.

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A woman looks up at a giant pendulum, part of a large-scale interactive installation by Danish collective SUPERFLEX, during the unveiling of the Tate Modern Hyundai Commission 2017, at Tate Modern in central London.

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Prince Harry said he was “thrilled” after announcing his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle. The couple smiled as they posed for photographs outside Kensington Palace in London, where they will live following their wedding at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018.

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The LMS Jubilee Class locomotive Galatea was seen steaming past Conwy Castle in north Wales.

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In London’s Hyde Park, the Queen inspected the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery during its 70th anniversary parade.

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Year in pictures 2017

Our selection of some of the most powerful news photographs taken around the world this year.

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An Eritrean Orthodox Christian pilgrim was baptised, during Epiphany, at the Qasr El-Yahud baptism site on the west bank of the River Jordan. The site is where Christians believe Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. Due to the sensitivity of the area, an agreement to allow visitors to the site was reached between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority alongside seven Orthodox denominations.

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Kandy Freeman participated in a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City. The protest movement formed in the United States in reaction to the killing of black people by police.

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A moth landed on the nose of Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Men’s Singles quarter-final match against Milos Raonic of Canada at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament.

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On 20 January, then US President-elect Donald J Trump took an oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States in Washington DC while his wife, Melania, looked on. In his inaugural address, he vowed to fight for the “forgotten” Americans and that “our country will prosper again”.

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More than 600 Women’s Marches to highlight women’s rights were staged worldwide on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency. Here, in Washington DC, Khalil Hymore Quasha carried his six-year-old daughter on his shoulders.

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In south-west France, a golden eagle grabbed a drone mid-air during a military training exercise at Mont-de-Marsan Air Base.

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To celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, more than 600 people dressed up as the man himself in Corsier-sur-Vevey. Chaplin died in the Swiss town, having spent the last 24 years of his life living there.

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Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest and most active volcano, spewed lava as it erupted on the southern island of Sicily in February.

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Thirteen-year-old Aibhin Kenneally warmed up before the World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin.

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On 21 August, more than seven million people across the US witnessed the first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean since 1918. Here, in Sisters, Oregon, the Sun just reappears from behind the Moon. Warnings had been made about eye safety in the build-up to the eclipse, with people told they should not look at the Sun directly with the naked eye.

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A Rohingya Muslim is helped out of the Naf River by photographers, while undertaking the difficult crossing from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority who have long experienced persecution. More than 647,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since violence broke out in August.

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Protests broke out in Nairobi as Kenyans voted in a re-run of the presidential election after elections in August were annulled. Here, Kenyan opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi Luyai leans through the window of his car as tear gas billows out after police fired gas at a convoy of opposition politicians in the capital.

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In September, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watched the launch of a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile. The country has conducted a number of missile tests amid growing international unease.

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Firefighters took a break from tackling a wildfire at Penela, central Portugal. A wave of wildfires across the north and central regions of the country killed more than 30 people and injured many more after a hot, dry summer.

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Spanish Civil Guard officers removed demonstrators outside a polling station in Barcelona on the day of a banned independence referendum. Spain imposed direct rule on Catalonia in response to the north-eastern region’s most dramatic bid for independence.

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In Beijing, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China determined who rules the country and its direction for the next term. President Xi Jinping, who has been consolidating power, remained as party chief for at least five years until the next congress.

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A year-long mourning period ended at midnight on 29 October for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, dying at the age of 88 after a 70-year reign.

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A migrant arrived at a naval base after being rescued by Libyan coastal guards in Tripoli. Hundreds of thousands of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have crossed the desert and the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe.

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In Guatemala, a young woman walked between tombstones as people celebrated the Day of the Dead at a local cemetery. Colourful kites were flown to scare away bad spirits so that the dead could enjoy offerings from their relatives.

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Actor Rose McGowan raised her fist after addressing the audience during a Women’s Convention in Detroit, Michigan. She made her first public remarks since she accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. Ms McGowan is one of several women to accuse Mr Weinstein of rape. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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At a store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, shoppers reached out for television sets as they bought items on Black Friday. Black Friday originated in the US, where it takes place on the day after Thanksgiving and is regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping period.

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Zimbabweans in Harare celebrated after President Robert Mugabe resigned, bringing an end to 37 years of rule. Emmerson Mnangagwa became president following a dramatic week in which the military took charge.

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A man holds a baby at the border wall between Mexico and America. On International Human Rights Day, families separated by the border are reunited for three minutes through the fence that separates Ciudad Juarez Park in Mexico and Sunland in New Mexico, United States.

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Capturing East Harlem

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The New York neighbourhood of East Harlem, or El Barrio, has long been the home of many of the city’s Latino population.

Journalist Ed Morales describes it as the place “where hip-hop and salsa trumps classical, prime real estate gives way to inner city”.

Joseph Rodriguez’s photographs from the 1980s capture the vibrancy of the area’s communities, while providing glimpses into the darker undercurrents of social issues such as drug addiction, poverty and homelessness.

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These images were born out of a collaborative university project in which Rodriguez and his fellow students attempted to protect the tenants of buildings in the neighbourhood that were threatened with gentrification.

Under their tutor, the writer and curator Fred Ritchin, the students made black-and-white photographs for court cases showing how landlords had let residential buildings deteriorate so that they could be renovated and then rented to wealthier outsiders.

After the project ended, Rodriguez stayed with the communities, shooting their lives in colour, capturing their richness.

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“There is an enormous amount of love in these photographs. And pain. And pride. And resiliency. And a sense that things can get better,” Ritchin says about his students’ images.

Rodriguez captures the everyday life of the neighbourhood. Groups of young men sit on a stoop listening to a boombox or children play in a paddling pool. Another boy emerges from Jefferson Pool, where many families from El Barrio visited in the summer.

“This was a very hard, very poor, very tough block at the time,” he remembers about this photograph, “but what’s important to me is the sense of dignity that these boys have by putting on a suit.

“The boy on the left can’t even afford a tie but he still wears a suit. This is where I started to understand what the word ‘respect’ means to people.”

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Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the ’80s by Joseph Rodriguez is published by powerHouse Books. The images will be exhibited at the Bronx Documentary Centre in New York until 14 January.

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The year seen through the eyes of Getty photographers

How do you summarise a year with photography alone? Ken Mainardis of Getty Images has chosen a selection of the best pictures taken by his photographers and explains in his own words how they sum up 2017 to him.

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In Florida, USA, Amanda Anisimova returns a shot against Taylor Townsend during the Miami Open. If you were teaching someone how to photograph a tennis forehand shot – how to light it and execute it correctly – this photograph would be in the manual. The years of specialising in sport photography allows Al Bello to capture this magnificent shot.

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There are only three photographers allowed backstage at the Academy Awards and that type of access allows Christopher Polk to capture this very personal moment shared between Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Stone after she won an Oscar. The behind the scenes aspect of the photo crossed with the aesthetic of a shot that could have been taken in the 1950s to make for a breathtaking picture.

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In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, a Rohingya refugee cries as he climbs on a truck distributing aid. We get so desensitised by these types of images because, sadly, we see them so often. I think it takes a picture like this by Kevin Frayer in which a child is at the centre of the frame to drive home the very real tragedy of this situation. And, as a parent, a child begging for aid or food rips your soul apart a little bit and is part of the reason why it is so important that we continue to do this kind of work.

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At Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, photographer Ryan Pierse captured the moment a surfer falls off his board. The composition of this image does a tremendous job of providing the viewer with a sense of the enormity of the wave while putting humanity in perspective to nature. As the surfer loses control of his board and is beginning to tumble into the wave, the photo strikes you with a sense of fear that nature has the power to control our fate at any time.

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Right-wing Americans clash with counter-protestors at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a very dangerous situation, in which baseball bats are being swung and some people are wearing protective gear, Chip Somodevilla is very close to the action and putting himself in great personal danger to capture this photo.

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Patric Hornqvist of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores against Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils in Newark, New Jersey. There are two important aspects of sports photography that Bruce Bennett has been able to master: capturing a moment of extreme importance to the outcome of the game and capturing a view that people won’t see on television. Bruce placed a remote camera in the goal and captured this image at the perfect moment.

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The entertainment industry can be quite fickle, but the One Love Manchester concert held after the suicide attack at Manchester Arena was a moment when the industry was portrayed at its very best. Kevin Mazur was the only photographer allowed on stage during the performance, enabling him to capture this intimate image of Ariana Grande overcome with emotion. This image would otherwise have never been seen – as you can see she has her back to every other photographer at the venue.

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On the outskirts of Marawi, Philippines, bride Katty Malang Mikunug takes a “selfie” with friends. The city has been partly held by fighters linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) since an attack in May. Two things strike me about this photo by Jes Aznar: firstly, the way it is composed gives it the effect of a painting and secondly, the act of taking a selfie humanises people who are involved in conflicts that, at times, feel so far away.

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Initially, David Becker was assigned to cover the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. But when gunfire began reining down, he was able to quickly turn his focus and begin photographing this horrific tragedy. There is a saying in news photography: if you aren’t able to take great images in a situation like this it means you aren’t close enough. The strength of these images show how close David was to the shooting and the bravery it took to run towards the gunfire.

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Singer Rihanna attends a screening during the Cannes Film Festival. This picture was probably shot by hundreds of photographers, but the way Tristan Fewings has used light in a red carpet situation is incredibly unusual, making for a beautiful frame.

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My Christmas

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Buildings on film

Twelve finalists have been chosen from this year’s Art of Building architectural photography competition. From abstract details to abandoned buildings, here are the chosen images.

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Mehmet Yasa’s photograph is called “the eye of the tower” due to his ingenious positioning of the staircase and bell in this tower in Verona, Italy.

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Hanqing Qu’s image was taken at Malaysia’s National Mosque. “When the sunlight sprinkles into this building, light and shade meet each other in a dreamlike scene,” he says. “It reminds me of the film called Inception.”

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Taken at the Cultural Centre in Aviles, northern Spain, Hans Wichmann documents a young cyclist. He calls the museum “a successful integration of modern buildings in an old industrial site by architect Oscar Niemeyer, a place for large and small people”.

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Francis Meslet chose to look upwards in this picture, taken in a French memorial marking the centenary of World War One.

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“This historic theatre is built in a typical oval shape, with the stage on one end and multiple floors and balconies all around the rest,” says photographer Linda van Slobbe about this theatre in Bar-le-Duc, France. “This one has beautiful decorations.”

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This image by Robert Cassway is part of a larger series called “The Vanishing West” about Fresno, Montana, USA. “This photo shows the ravages of time and weather on a building that was left to decay by benign neglect, after the families that lived in Fresno moved away,” he says.

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The St Andrew’s Cathedral Tower is a neo-Gothic building built in mid-19th Century Singapore. Andrean Hadhianto Kwee says it stands “majestically in its surroundings, where it has still preserved its originality”.

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Cemetery of the 21st Century is the title of Petr Starov’s image shot in Ryazan, Russia. The photo captures the suspended construction of a shopping centre.

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Guo Ji Hua’s image of these roads in Guangdong, China, is titled Cross Bridge Waltz and was shot using a drone. “The intersection of this work has an abstract line of beauty,” he says.

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Another photographer, Dmytro Levchuk, also chose to look upwards in this representation of bold colours and form in Dubai.

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Hossein Younesi captures the experimental architectural forms of this modern residential building in Iran.

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“Rugged textured cable pipes ran over my head at a train station in New York, creating a trance-like, frightful pattern,” says Gautam Kamat Bambolkar. “They ran from the edge of the entrance to an infinite end. It looked nothing less than a scary man-made cave.”

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Caravan of hope

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Every year for the past 13 years, a group of women have travelled 4,000km (2,485 miles) across Mexico searching for their children who went missing while migrating through the country from Central America. Photojournalist Encarni Pindado has spoken to some of the women about their plight and what they aim to achieve with their Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants.

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The caravan brings together mothers from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

They cross the border between Guatemala and Mexico on inflatable rafts to symbolise the risks the migrants face when crossing into Mexico.

They then travel together across Mexico in search of their relatives who disappeared.

In the 13 years since the caravan was first organised by the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, 270 missing migrants have been located.

Part of the idea behind the caravan is also to denounce and highlight the issue of disappearances of migrants in transit through Mexico.

Of the 270 missing migrants who have been found, 90% are men. Women are much harder to find, especially when they have been forced into the sex trade. In order to boost their chances of finding those women, the movement has forged links with organisations run by sex workers.

They place pictures of the missing migrants in brothels in the hope someone will recognise their loved ones.

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Clementina Murcia González has been part of the mothers’ caravan for the last five years. Two of her sons went missing: Jorge in 1984 and Mauricio in 2001.

With the help of a a local radio station, Radio Progresso, she recently managed to track down Mauricio and will be reunited with him in the Mexican city of Guadalajara as part of this year’s caravan.

“Sixteen kisses and 16 hugs is all I want from my son,” she says about the impending reunion.

Her search for Jorge continues.

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Edit Gutierrez’s son left Honduras twice.

The first time he was kidnapped by Mexico’s infamous drugs cartel, the Zetas, and witnessed how they killed and burned some of the other migrants he had travelled with.

The army eventually rescued him and deported him back to Honduras.

In August 2012, he left Honduras for the second time, paying a people smuggler $3,000 (£2,250) to reach Reynosa, in the north of Mexico.

There he lost all communication with his family.

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Isidora de Jesus Zuniga Colindres from Honduras is searching for her son Josue Ildefonso Molinas Zuniga.

Josue last called from the US-Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo on 15 December, 2013.

He was headed to New York to join his father, who had received temporary protected status in the US years earlier, while his mother stayed behind in Honduras.

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María Clementina Vásquez Hernández is from Honduras. She is looking for her daughter María Ines who emigrated in 2002, leaving behind her infant son.

María Clementina has been raising her grandson in María Ines’s absence.

“I’m not even sure what her face looks like now,” she says about her daughter.

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María Elena Larios has been looking for her son Heriberto, who disappeared on 6 March, 2010.

He left La Libertad in El Salvador, to find work in the United States, but as far as María Elena knows, he never made it.

In the southern Mexican town of Huixtla people tell her to look for her son at a Christian CD stand along the train tracks.

But when she arrives, she finds a slender young man from Honduras who resembles the photograph she carries of her Heriberto but who is not her son.

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Pilar Escobar Medina from Honduras is searching for her daughter Olga, with whom she has had only very intermittent contact.

One day in September 2009, Olga did not return to her home in Honduras.

Fifteen days later she called her mother from the city of Tapachula on the Guatemala-Mexico border, saying she had “ended up there”.

Ms Escobar did not hear from her again until earlier this year, when they planned a reunion. But in the months before they were due to meet, Olga’s phone line went dead.

“Before migrants died of thirst, or were bitten by a snake while crossing the desert. Today they die at the hands of organised crime, and our girls, are raped by [people linked to] organised crime” says Rosa Nelly Santos, who heads a committee for disappeared migrants in Honduras.

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Mercedes Lemus (left) is searching for her daughter Ana Victoria, who went disappeared on 16 April, 2010.

Last year, a woman in Huixtla told her that she had seen her daughter in a local bar.

Neighbours confirmed that the picture of Ana Victoria resembled a woman they had seen around town with the bar’s owner.

But when Mercedes asked for permission to enter the bar, the bouncer warned her that if she went in, she would not come out alive.

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Along the way, the caravan meets local communities. In La Ceiba, a cultural and educational centre working with indigenous communities in Chiapas, the mothers are invited to a Mayan ceremony, a pre-hispanic ritual to connect with ancestors.

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All photographs by Encarni Pindado.

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Capturing East Harlem in the 80s

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The New York neighbourhood of East Harlem, or El Barrio, has long been the home of many of the city’s Latino population.

Journalist Ed Morales describes it as the place “where hip-hop and salsa trumps classical, prime real estate gives way to inner city”.

Joseph Rodriguez’s photographs from the 1980s capture the vibrancy of the area’s communities, while providing glimpses into the darker undercurrents of social issues such as drug addiction, poverty and homelessness.

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Joseph Rodriguez

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Joseph Rodriguez

These images were born out of a collaborative university project in which Rodriguez and his fellow students attempted to protect the tenants of buildings in the neighbourhood that were threatened with gentrification.

Under their tutor, the writer and curator Fred Ritchin, the students made black-and-white photographs for court cases showing how landlords had let residential buildings deteriorate so that they could be renovated and then rented to wealthier outsiders.

After the project ended, Rodriguez stayed with the communities, shooting their lives in colour, capturing their richness.

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Joseph Rodriguez

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Joseph Rodriguez

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“There is an enormous amount of love in these photographs. And pain. And pride. And resiliency. And a sense that things can get better,” Ritchin says about his students’ images.

Rodriguez captures the everyday life of the neighbourhood. Groups of young men sit on a stoop listening to a boombox or children play in a paddling pool. Another boy emerges from Jefferson Pool, where many families from El Barrio visited in the summer.

“This was a very hard, very poor, very tough block at the time,” he remembers about this photograph, “but what’s important to me is the sense of dignity that these boys have by putting on a suit.

“The boy on the left can’t even afford a tie but he still wears a suit. This is where I started to understand what the word ‘respect’ means to people.”

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Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the ’80s by Joseph Rodriguez is published by powerHouse Books.

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