The Berbers of the High Atlas Mountains.

Tinfgam, High Atlas mountains, Morocco
The Berbers are the oldest inhabitants of north Africa. For thousands of years, they have been living on a vast expanse of land stretching from Morocco’s Atlantic coast to Siwa Oasis in Egypt.
They have their own language and cultural traditions, but their identity is under threat.
This is Touda, with her daughter, in the High Atlas mountains. 2016: from Ferhat Bouda’s series Berbers in Morocco, Resisting and Defending Their Culture
Image Credit: Photograph byAgence VU/Ferhat Bouda.
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Dragon’s Blood Trees, Socotra Islands.

Dragon’s Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain, or blood of the two brothers, on Socotra island.
Prized for its red medicinal sap, the Dragon’s Blood is the most striking of 900 plant species on the Socotra islands in the Arabian Sea, 380 km (238 miles) south of mainland Yemen.
Image Credit: Photograph by Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters
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Born by torchlight & living without power in Benin.

Competition winner: Africa living without electricity, by Pascal Maitre
This series by French photographer Pascal Maitre documents the challenges people face in areas of Africa that lack power.
Sub-Saharan Africa is a focal point for the problem, with roughly two-thirds of people forced to live without electricity.
Maitre’s images explore the impact on living standards, and on society in general. In Benin, in the village of Kokahoue, 300 people live without electricity.
This photograph shows the daily night market in Kokahoue, held at the foot of a big mango tree and lit by kerosene lamps.
Image Credit: Photograph by Pascal Maitre/LBS Photography Awards
via Born by torchlight: living without power in Benin – in pictures | Global development | The Guardian

‘Vulture Showdown’, Transfrontier Park by Delaney.

It was midday, and Peter had arrived at a waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Scores of white-backed and lappet-faced vultures covered an eland carcass, squabbling over the meat. ‘Two things hit me simultaneously,’ says Peter. ‘The vile stench of rotting flesh and the intense buzz of flies.’
The white-backed vultures were surprisingly violent as they vied for the best feeding positions. This particular individual had backed off from a fight but was about to re-enter the fray. Covered in dust, wings spread, head lowered, it reminded Peter of a gladiator in his chariot, lining up for a charge.
Its picture is a portrayal of the true character of this feisty bird.
Photo: Peter Delaney (Ireland).