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The Geography of Poverty - Homeless camp, Stockton, CA. Stockton is a city in San Joaquin County, California. The population was 291,707 at the 2010 census. Residents have a $19,906 per capita income and 24.3% live below the poverty level. In June, 2012, the City of Stockton filed for bankruptcy , which at the time made it the largest US city to have sought protection from creditors. That same year, the city had 71 murders, giving it the nation's highest per capita homicide rate. #geographyofpoverty 36°12'28"N 119°20'49"W www.geographyofpoverty.com
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A bride gets her photo taken at the Nongkhai province aquarium in Thailand.photo by Pailin Wedel (@pailiner)
In this image, taken on Thonglor Soi (alley) 13, several girls are spending their evening at Scenespace, a collection of bars and restaurants with outdoor seating that is popular almost every night of the week. Thonglor is one of Bangkok's most hip streets, catering mostly to wealthy 20 and 30 somethings. You won't find drunk backpackers here and it remains relatively free of the prostitution and sex clubs - at least openly - that Bangkok has long been famous for but that really only represent small sections of an otherwise interesting and fascinating city.Photo by @amcaptures (andre malerba)
There probably isn't a person who comes to Band-e-Amir in Bamiyan Province that doesn't take this photograph. These paddle boats, rented for $6 (USD) as a foreigner and $3 as a local. The lake that they float on is an incredible azure blue- a color that seems completely incongruous in the windswept, high desert landscape. Taken in Bamiyan, AfganistanPhoto by Andrew Quilty/Oculi (@andrewquilty)
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Ways of Seeing: The Growth of the Everyday Everywhere Movement

Whether through digital channels, print or on exhibit, the impact, influence and reach of the still image has never been greater. But with so many images fighting for our attention, how do photographers make work that most effectively stands out and connects with an audience. In this seven-part series, TIME looks back over the past 12 months to identify some of the ways of seeing—whether conceptually, aesthetically or through dissemination—that have grabbed our attention and been influential in maintaining photography's relevance in an ever shifting environment, media landscape, and culture now ruled by images.

Everyday Everywhere

There is little doubt that when Everyday Africa was launched by photographer Peter DiCampo and writer Austin Merrill in 2012, it offered a welcome and refreshingly positive take on a continent that was so often portrayed through strife, turmoil, war and famine. The project—made with smartphones and disseminated through social media platforms including Tumblr and Instagram—concentrated on showing the mundane and incidental aspects of everyday life to reveal a side of Africa that was often overlooked. Everyday Africa's subsequent expansion from its two founder members to a wider network of contributing photographers established the model that this year became a franchise and spread Everyday's reach across the globe, from Everyday Asia and Everyday Latin America to Everyday Bronx.

One of the most interesting developments came when David Guttenfelder (TIME's Instagram Photographer of the Year 2013), Matt Black (TIME's Instagram Photographer of the Year 2014) and a collective of talented documentary photographers—and equally innovative Instagram users—launched Everyday USA, not only to record offbeat moments but to bring awareness to off-the-radar issues here at home. This year, TIME gave the group its first commission for #TIMEvets, a multi-platform project coinciding with Veterans Day. Alongside Everyday USA, Guttenfelder somehow found time in his busy newfound freelance career (this year, he parted ways with the Associated Press after 20 years) to initiate Everyday DPRK to continue his work from inside North Korea through the lenses of the country's homegrown photographic talent.

Over the past two years, DiCampo has helped guide photographers interested in developing their own outshoots – with Everyday Asia and Everyday Latin America drawing on his input to shape their message. And this year, the Everyday project matured when the "owners" of some of the most successful Everyday accounts met for the first time in New York to coincide with an exhibition of their work. "I think we have a voice to talk about what cell phone photography is and to try, in some way, to lead the discussion on rights, usage and [the like]," DiCampo told TIME in September last year. The meeting resulted in the creation of the Everyday Everywhere project, which has the ambitious goal of changing "the way we see the world".

While 2014 saw the explosion in the number of Everyday feeds on Instagram, 2015 could be a make-or-break year for many of them. The original purpose of Everyday Africa was to combat the stereotypical imagery that emerged from the continent. There are other places that could benefit from a similar approach, but only the most rigorous of practitioners – with well thought-out plans – will be able to sustain their followers' interest in the long-run. The risk is that the multiplication of such feeds – Everyday Climate Change launched on Jan. 1 with a staggering number of participating photographers – will dilute their importance, bringing to an end one of the most interesting photographic experiments we've seen in years.

Read Part 1 - Direct to Audience.

Read Part 2 - Documentary Still Life.

Read Part 3 - The Portrait Series.

Read Part 4 - The Contemporary Photo Essay.

Read Part 5 - From Stills to Motion.

Read Part 6 - Books Within Books.

Phil Bicker is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him onTwitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

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