PJL: June 2014 (Part 3)

Robin Hammond—National Geographic

Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the most interesting photojournalism and documentary photography from across the web.

Features and Essays

Robin Hammond—National Geographic
Robin Hammond—National Geographic

Robin Hammond: The Next Breadbasket (National Geographic) Africa’s fertile farmland represents both challenge and opportunity | From the July issue of the National Geographic magazine

Rick Loomis: Weapons of War (Los Angeles Times) At a military base in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, a foreign peacekeeper unlocked a row of dusty storage containers to reveal a lethal armory. The weapons shown here are a small sampling of those seized from rival militias who have dragged the country into an ethnic and sectarian bloodbath

Micah Albert
Micah Albert

Micah Albert: Nowhere Land (Foreign Policy) After 40 years of fighting in the desert for their unrecognized country, the people of Western Sahara may be on the cusp of collapsing into extremism — and it could be the thing that saves them

Andrew McConnell: Syria’s Centenarians in Exile (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) McConnell spent three months photographing centenarian refugees in Lebanon, the most popular destination for Syrians fleeing the conflict

Lynsey Addario for The New York Times
Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Lynsey Addario: Rifts Among Shiites Further Threaten the Future of Iraq | Preparing to Fight ISIS (New York Times)

Tyler Hicks: New Fight on an Old Battleground (New York Times) Once a militant stronghold in Iraq, now a battleground again

Spencer Platt: Iraqi Crisis Takes Toll on Civilians (Wall Street Journal’s Photo Journal)

Bryan Denton: Displaced in Iraq (New York Times) A reignited war drives Iraqis out in huge numbers

John Stanmeyer—National Geographic
John Stanmeyer—National Geographic

John Stanmeyer: The Wells of Memory (National Geographic) One man’s walk around the world continues in Saudi Arabia | From the July issue of the National Geographic magazine

Tomas van Houtryve: Baku, Boomtown (VII) As a birthplace of the petroleum industry, Baku’s fortunes have long been linked with oil. The city was heavily polluted by Soviet-era production. Now a gush of oil profits is transforming the the urban landscape, as buildings with bold architecture replaces previously dingy neighborhoods

Ed Kashi: Unresolved Dreams (Telegraph) Azerbaijan per capita, has the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people of any country in the world today

Sven Zellner: The Changing Face of Mongolia (CNN Photo blog) A rush for natural resources like coal, gold and copper has filled pockets in Mongolia, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. But the country is also facing rising inequalities, especially in its capital, Ulaanbaatar

Kevin Frayer: Welcome to China’s Evergrande, the World’s Biggest Soccer Academy (TIME.com) It has 2,400 boarding students, dozens of pitches and the ambitious aim of transforming China into a global soccer powerhouse

Shin Woong-jae: Sickness at Samsung Plant (Washington Post) Samsung is South Korea’s greatest success, but controversy over sick workers clouds its reputation

John Vink: Cambodia: Migrant Exodus (Magnum Photos) Following the military coup in Thailand, nearly 200,000 Cambodian migrant workers have come back to their home country

Nick Oza
Nick Oza—Arizona Republic

Nick Oza: Immigration (Arizona Republic) Oza’s 8-year documentary on immigration

Nicola Lo Calzo: Casta (New Yorker) Race, memory, and community in the Southern United States

Taylor Baucom: ‘Raising My Head High’: A 16-Year-Old With Quadriplegia Goes to Her Prom (LightBox) Ten years after a car accident that left her paralyzed and following years of uncertainty, 16-year-old Gena Buza attends her senior prom

Pete Marovich: Echoes of Africa Along the Carolina Coast (New York Times Lens blog) Marovich has been documenting the Gullah communities he first encountered as a teenager in South Carolina, which maintain traditions despite the challenges of encroaching development

Jonno Rattman: Mermaids on Parade (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) Photographs from Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Ed Ou: Crimson on White: Hunting the Polar Bear (TIME.com) Pictures of an Inuit polar bear hunt in Canada

Meridith Kohut for The New York Times
Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Meridith Kohut: Children’s Journey (New York Times) Wave of minors on their own rush to cross southwest U.S. border

Tommaso Protti: The dark side of Brazil’s Belo Monte dam (MSNBC) Brazil’s largest construction project poses a major humanitarian and environmental crisis

Mauricio Lima: Deep in the Amazon, an Isolated Village Tunes In to the World Cup (New York Times)