From a lava lizard hitching a ride on an iguana to a newborn cowboy baby, here are the winning images of the 16th annual Smithsonian contest. And for the Readers Choice Winner, there's this adorable image of a lava lizard chilling with a marine iguana:. This photo of a girl taking pictures of her friend in front of a colorful apartment complex in Hong Kong:. Or this sobering image of a former child soldier in South Sudan being released from the army and returned to his family:.
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National Geographic Magazine's annual photo contest , is nearing the deadline for entries this year—the final day will be October 31, National Geographic was once again kind enough to let me choose among more of its entries so far for display here on In Focus. Captions written by the individual photographers. Also, be sure to see Part I , earlier on In Focus. Onno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe in Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Onno, like other women of the Arbore tribe, enjoys decorating herself with hundreds of beads, which she believes makes her more attractive. Her hair is cut short, which is a symbol of virginity.
The theme of the Contest is the empowerment of girls, with photos that represent and transmit their rights. The theme of the Regional Contest is the empowerment of girls and teenagers in Latin America, with photos that represent and transmit their rights, and how girls live their day-to-day lives in a way that is respectful, dignified and happy. Photographs must reflect boys and girls from the 13 countries where Plan International is present in the region coexisting with their daily reality, and must evocate the values and principles related to their fundamental freedoms and their empowerment PowerfulGirls.
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