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30 Best Entries For The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

30 Best Entries For The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most prestigious photo competitions in the world. Every year, thousands of photographers submit their entries. Have a look at the most stunning photos from The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

1. Vigorous Touch Of The Morning

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    A Hindu monk walking in the mango garden in Dinajpure. Photographer: Jubair Bin Iqbal.

    2. Timeless Affection

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      Fina is a daughter of Indonesian photographer Arief Siswandhono. She used to be scared of cats, until her parents adopted two kittens. Now they are inseparable. Photographer: Arief Siswandhono.

      3. Dinner

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        A mother and her cub walking with their dinner. These are Spirit Bears and they are in nature rarer than panda bears. Photographer: Kyle Breckenridge, Canada.

        4. Holi

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          Hindu celebration of spring – Holi. Photographer: Ioulia Chvetsova.

          5. In A Crowd Of King Penguins

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            This crowd of penguins was captured in South Georgia, on an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, where they live in large colonies. Photographer: Lisa Vaz, Portugal.

            6. Covered

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              “So much of a portrait relies on the face in a photo. But when it is covered, we can see a whole different side of a person through their movement, their posture and even what we think the expression on their face will be when it is finally uncovered.” – Courtney Colantonio-Ray, photographer, USA.

              7. Desert Dawn

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                Captured here is a balloon floating over the dessert dunes 30 minutes after sunrise. Photographer: Gareth Lowndes.

                8. Hamer Man

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                  Spanish photographer Diego Arroyo Mendez captured Hamer man in Ethiopia, collecting wood to build a defensive fence for cattle.

                  9. The Trace Of An Ancient Glacier

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                    “Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,320′ Mount McKinley. What used to be glaciers are now white and blue rocks that contrasts with red, yellow, orange and green tundra of this vast natural paradise. The image is taken in Autumn when the colours multiply and make the landscape truly remarkable.”  – Miquel Art˙s Illana, photographer, Spain.

                    10. The Morning Ritual

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                      Locals taking morning baths at Hooghly River, Kolkata. Photographer: Nick Ng, Malaysia.

                      11. Orangutan In The Rain

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                        “I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain!” – Andrew Suryono, photographer, Indonesia.

                        12. Morning Hour

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                          Mystical animal, the white fallow dear in Eifel National Park in Germany. Photographer: Georg May.

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                          13. Shadow Of Time

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                            Bao Vu, Vietnamese photographer, took picture of an old teacher in Hanoi, Vietnam.

                            14. Times Are Hard For Dreamers

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                              Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki from Malaysia captured this woman suspended in a mass of feathers.

                              15. Hi…Who Are You?

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                                “Blue Tit Looking at it’s Reflection in Some Water.” – Georg May, Photographer, Germany.

                                16. Step By Step

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                                  Staircase in Berlin. Photographer: Ralf Wendrich, Germany.

                                  17. Blaak

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                                    “Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom. High-density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.” – Cor Boers, photographer, Netherlands.

                                    18. First Sight 2

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                                      Sonia (12) and her younger sister Anita Singh (5) were blind. Their surgery would take just 15 minutes, but because they are coming from a poor family, they couldn’t afford it. Thanks to donors, they are able to see the world again. Photographer: Brent Stirton, South Africa.

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                                      19. Dog Flight

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                                        Bucharest International Air Show and the moment when Romanian YAK team breaks their formation. Photographer: Cioplea Vlad, Romania.

                                        20. On The Tundra

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                                          Photographer Simon Morris captured a young boy playing in a Siberian winter in -40 degrees.

                                          21. Ceasar

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                                            Portrait of a baby born by caesarean section. Photographer: Christian Berthelot, France.

                                            22. Sweat And Blood

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                                              Photography from the training session of sumo wrestlers from Miyagino stable, Ryogoku District, Tokyo. Photogapher: Marcin Kloce.

                                              23. Pray

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                                                Indonesian photographer Muhammad Berkati snapped this peaceful moment in Bromo, Indonesia.

                                                24. Pelican Feeding

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                                                  Pelicans in Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsular (South Australia) are waiting for their fish. Photographer: Melissa Little.

                                                  25. Acid Survivors In India

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                                                    Portrait of a woman after an acid attack with a capture of her past in the background. Photographer: Jordi Pizarro.

                                                    26. Old Shepherd

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                                                      Old shepherd with his sheep in a snow storm, north Iran. Photographer: Saeed Barikani.

                                                      27. The Secondary Trainer

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                                                        Rocky, the dog and gym resident, is providing comfort to the performer. Photographer: Anthony Kham.

                                                        28. A Life Apart: The Toll Of Obesity

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                                                          Hector Garcia Jr. battled severe obesity with all its consequences for many years. Approximately 6.3% of the US population is suffering from the same disease. Photographer: Lisa Kranttz.

                                                          29. Headless

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                                                            A moment from the Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls participating in the contest were 8-12 years old. Photographer: Adrian Jaszczak.

                                                            30. Une Crise Humanitaire2

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                                                              Guidi Oumarou (19) is sitting with her son (2) in a hospital in Thad, where he is being treated for malnutrition. Four months the before photo was taken, she escaped from violence in CAR with her sick son. Photographer: Corentin Fohlen.

                                                              Featured photo credit: World Photography Organisation via worldphoto.org

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                                                              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                                              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                                              Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                                                              I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                                                              This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                                                              What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                                                              As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                                                              While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                                                              The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                                                              Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                                                              Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                                                              The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                                                              It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                                                              My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                                                              You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                                                              Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                                                              1. Drink Plenty of Water

                                                              Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                                                              2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                                                              The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                                                              3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                                                              One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                                                              4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                                                              The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                                                              To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                                                              5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                                                              While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                                                              Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                                                              You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                                                              How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                                                              Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                                                              This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                                                              Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                                                              Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                                                              The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                                                              Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                                                              Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                                                              One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                                                              This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                                                              Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                                                              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                                                              Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                                                              Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                                                              How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                                                              The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                                                              While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                                                              Can I Work out While Fasting?

                                                              Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                                                              The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                                                              Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                                                              Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                                                              First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                                                              Is Fasting Safe?

                                                              As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                                                              I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                                                              Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                                                              As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                                                              I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                                                              For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                                                              If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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