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Selections from the Wikimedia Commons photo challenge for July 2018: Concert Photography
Selections from the Wikimedia Commons photo challenge for July 2018: Concert Photography

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2016 Picture of the Year Winner, Jubilee and Munin, Ravens, Tower of London 2016-04-30
2016 Picture of the Year Winner, Jubilee and Munin, Ravens, Tower of London 2016-04-30

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Pedro Szekely from Los Angeles, USA - Space Shuttle Endeavor

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