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“I was about to begin a journey, the journey of my life, in understanding how extraordinary women are, and how even when we view them as victims they are in fact heroes and survivors.” – Annie Griffiths, Executive Director of Ripple Effect and Photographer. Today, be blown away by the powerful photos and stories from the Ripple Effect. A team of journalists have…

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The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has once again brought some of the world’s biggest stars and best films together. Photographer Vincent Desailly walked the red carpet and captured moments that were both glittery and candid, culminating in a series of gorgeous black-and-white pictures. The monochromatic compositions have a feeling of timelessness and vintage…

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While creating a realistic-style portrait is impressive in its own right, Sean Yoro takes this practice a step further. He paints hyperrealistic murals of women all while floating on water! The New York City-based artist, who goes by Hula, produces these gorgeous works from his paddle board. He’s seen bobbing along the current, one hand steadying himself as he adds fine details and…

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28-year-old Sonya Baumstein plans on being the first woman to complete an extraordinary journey. With no sail and no motor, Sonya will be rowing 6,000 nautical miles by herself from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco, California because she likes a good challenge. Using a 770-pound, 24 foot boat, this adventurous young woman will not only be taking on an incredible quest, she is also going…

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For a year and a half, a cat named Russell has been giving people hope at North Carolina's Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care clinic. In January 2014, Russell survived a catastrophic house fire, which destroyed his family's home and took the life of their pet dog. Not only did the cat suffer from second and third degree burns, he was also severely dehydrated and…

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When Juliet Smith unexpectedly could not attend her graduation ceremony at Guilford College, her school made sure to do something wonderful for this college senior. On May 15th, Juliet was planning to receive her diploma the very next day when her water broke while she was at a restaurant with her fiancé. Later that night, at exactly 11:57pm, her son Milo David Unger was born three weeks…

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Hoang Tien Quyet has been folding paper ever since he was a kid. Amazed at how a flat sheet of paper could transform into a three dimensional object, he kept up the practice as he got older and eventually joined a Vietnam Origami Group forum. It was there that he met many friends who shared the same passion, and they inspired him to try a lesser-known technique called wet folding. Quyet…

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