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de GRISOGONO presents New Creations — Vibrant, Radiant, Mobile, and Sensual

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:00:03 -0500

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Photos: The Mediterranean serves as a creative backdrop to de GRISOGONO, providing the jeweller with an endless source of inspiration and expression. From the steps of the Cannes to the Eden Roc cliffs; from the shores of Capri in the Bay of Naples to the fiefdom in Sardinia. These iconic locations symbolise elegance, glamour and timelessness with the atmosphere brimming with joy, energy and colours. (Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.)

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Ahmedabad (India) declared World Heritage City by UNESCO

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:44:06 -0500

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Photo: Temple Architecture, Historic City of Ahmedabad, India.

Krakow, Poland, 08 July 2017 — UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has inscribed three cultural sites in Cambodia, China and India.

The sites added, in order of inscription are:

• Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura (Cambodia):

The archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, “the temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, has been identified as Ishanapura, the capital of the Chenla Empire that flourished in the late 6th and early 7th centuries CE. The vestiges of the city cover an area of 25 square kilometres and include a walled city centre as well as numerous temples, ten of which are octagonal, unique specimens of their genre in southeast Asia. Decorated sandstone elements in the site are characteristic of the pre-Angkor decorative idiom, known as the Sambor Prei Kuk Style. Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces. The art and architecture developed here became models for other parts of the region and lay the ground for the unique Khmer style of the Angkor period.

• Kulangsu: A historic international settlement (China):

Kulangsu is a tiny island located on the estuary of the Chiu-lung River, facing the city of Xiamen. With the opening of a commercial port at Xiamen in 1843, and the establishment of the island as an international settlement in 1903, this island off the southern coast of the Chinese empire suddenly became an important window for Sino-foreign exchanges. Kulangsu is an exceptional example of the cultural fusion that emerged from these exchanges, which remain legible in its urban fabric. There is a mixture of different architectural styles including Traditional Southern Fujian Style, Western Classical Revival Style and Veranda Colonial Style. The most exceptional testimony of the fusion of various stylistic influences is a new architectural movement, the Amoy Deco Style, which is a synthesis of the Modernist style of the early 20th century and Art Deco.

• Historic City of Ahmadabad (India):

The walled city of Ahmadabad, founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century, on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati river, presents a rich architectural heritage from the sultanate period, notably the Bhadra citadel, the walls and gates of the Fort city and numerous mosques and tombs as well as important Hindu and Jain temples of later periods. The urban fabric is made up of densely-packed traditional houses (pols) in gated traditional streets (puras) with characteristic features such as bird feeders, public wells and religious institutions. The city continued to flourish as the capital of the State of Gujarat for six centuries, up to the present.

The 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (9-12 July), chaired by Jacek Purchla, founder and director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, is inscribing new sites on the World Heritage List.

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Marc O'Polo Launches 50th Anniversary Special Edition Sweatshirt in collaboration with Robbie & Ayda Williams

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:10:18 -0500

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Photos: English singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Williams during the launch of the Marc O’Polo 50th anniversary special edition sweatshirt on July 6, 2017 in Munich, Germany. Images provided by Marc O’Polo. Photos © 2017 Gisela Schober/Getty Images.

In celebration of its 50th birthday, the fashion label MARC O’POLO, founded in 1967, announced a one-of-a-kind design collaboration with pop legend Robbie Williams. The international superstar, whose affection for MARC O’POLO dates back to the early 1990s, has co-created an iconic capsule collection of logo sweatshirts in double-face knit. Robbie’s wife, Ayda, helped to design the women’s styles.

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New Leather Jacket Styles at the Berlin Fashion Week Spring Summer 18

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 06:09:30 -0500

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Photo: A model poses during the leather jacket brand FN presentation under the motto “Celebrate the Summer of Love” on July 4, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by FN. Photo © 2017 Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images.

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Photo: Model Hana Nitsche is seen at the leather jacket brand FN presentation under the motto “Celebrate the Summer of Love” on July 4, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by FN. Photo © 2017 Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images.

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Lamborghini Aventador Miura Special Edition

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:09:28 -0500

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Photo: Automobili Lamborghini is presenting Aventador Miura, a special edition of the current Aventador coupe. Just 50 units of the car will be produced and they will be available in selected markets worldwide.

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Conversation on Yoga for Health

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:00:13 -0500

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Photo: A scene from an event entitled “Conversation on Yoga for Health”, on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga. The event was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of India, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Department of Public Information. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office at the UN, offered opening remarks. 21 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

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Harvard is World's Most Prestigious University

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:30:05 -0500

Photo: Section of a building at Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Image Credit: Andreas Metz. Times Higher Education (THE) has just announced the results of its World Reputation Rankings 2017. These rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands. Harvard University tops this year’s list of the world’s most prestigious universities, and it does that for the seventh year in a row. But, while North America continues to dominate the table, several of the region’s most reputable institutions have been outshone by leading Asian brands for the first time. China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University both leapfrogged the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University in the table this year while the University of Tokyo now has a stronger reputation than Columbia University. Meanwhile, Seoul National University is now considered more prestigious than the University of California, Davis. Leading universities in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands have also lost ground as universities in Asia have become more prominent brands on the global stage. Overall, 19 countries across Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America and Latin America are represented in the seventh annual edition of the table. World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2017 Top 50 Rank - Institution - Location - Overall Score Harvard University — United States — 100.0 Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States — 80.2 Stanford University — United States — 76.2 University of Cambridge — United Kingdom — 69.1 University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 69.1 University of California, Berkeley — United States — 60.3 Princeton University — United States — 38.5 Yale University — United States — 35.8 University of Chicago — United States — 27.2 California Institute of Technology — United States — 26.0 University of Tokyo — Japan — 25.7 Columbia University — United States — 24.3 University of California, Los Angeles — United States — 22.6 Tsinghua University — China — 20.1 University of Michigan — United States — 18.5 University College London — United Kingdom — 17.3 Peking University — China — 17.2 Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 17.1 University of Pennsylvania — United States — 17.0 London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom — 16.7 Johns Hopkins University — United States — 16.6 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — Switzerland — 16.3 Cornell University — United States — 15.5 University of Toronto — Canada — 15.4 Kyoto University — Japan — 13.4 New York University — United States — 13.4 National University of Singapore — Singapore — 13.0 Duke University — United States — 11.5 University of California, San Diego — United States — 9.8 Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation — 9.4 Northwestern University — United States — 9.2 University of Texas at Austin — United States — 9.1 University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — 9.1 University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom — 8.7 University of Washington — United States — 8.7 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States — 8.6 Carnegie Mellon University — United States — 8.4 Paris Sciences et Lettres - PSL Research University Paris — France — 7.9 University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong — 7.6 University of Bri[...]



World Oceans Day celebrated at UN Headquarters

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:57:18 -0500

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Photo: Stilt dancers, musicians, and ritual processions came together at the UN Visitors’ Plaza in a new performance piece entitled “Ocean Calling” to mark World Oceans Day (June 8). The marine-centric work was created by artist Laura Anderson Barbata in collaboration with choreographer Chris Walker, The Brooklyn Jumbies, choreographer and dancer Mei Yamanaka, and Jarana Beat. The event was organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly with TBA21-Academy. 08 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: The Ocean Conference opens with a Fijian traditional welcome ceremony. The UN Ocean Conference took place at UN headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day (8 June). Co-chaired by Fiji and Sweden, the Conference aimed to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. 05 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: Peter Thomson (right), President of the seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly, meets with Yoshioka Tatsuya, Co-founder and Director of Peace Boat, on the margins of the 5-9 June Ocean Conference. 07 June 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.

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QS World University Rankings 2018: MIT Named World's Best University for Record Sixth Year

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 03:36:32 -0500

Photo: A section of the Stata Center building, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. Image Credit: Adam Fagen. Photo: Alexandra Amouyel, Executive Director of Solve at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), during the recent “Solve at the United Nations” event. Solve is an MIT initiative “connecting innovators with resources to solve global challenges”. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten. LONDON, June 7, 2017 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, higher education experts, have released the 14th annual QS World University Rankings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world’s leading university for a record sixth consecutive year. 959 universities are ranked. Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “MIT is the nucleus of an unrivalled innovation ecosystem. Companies created by its alumni enjoyed combined revenues of $2 trillion, making them the equivalent of the world’s 11th largest economy.” QS World University Rankings 2018: Top 20 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) US STANFORD UNIVERSITY US HARVARD UNIVERSITY US CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) US UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) UK IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US ETH ZURICH CH NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU) SG ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) CH PRINCETON UNIVERSITY US CORNELL UNIVERSITY US NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS) SG YALE UNIVERSITY US JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY US COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY US UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA US AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) AU PRESIDENT OF INDIA RECEIVES 2018 EDITION OF THE QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS New Delhi, Rashtrapati Bhavan: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings brought out by the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy to find three Indian institutions - IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore, which were already in the top 200, and the latest entrant IIT Bombay securing ranks within the coveted top 200 and IISc Bangalore being now ranked 6th globally for Citations per Faculty. The President said that while in terms of infrastructure there has been considerable expansion in the higher education sector, quality of education in many institutes remains a matter of concern. In ancient times, we had renowned seats of higher learning - Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri - that dominated the world higher education system for eighteen hundred years beginning sixth century BC. Scholars from round the globe flocked to these centres of learning in search of knowledge. A reverse scenario exists today. Many meritorious Indian students pursue their higher studies from foreign universities. Our higher learning institutions are capable of producing world-class scholars but lose them to foreign universities. The President said that during his visits to the universities in his capacity as Visitor to Central Intuitions of Higher Learning, he had been sharing his concerns about the performance of Indian institutions in world university rankings. A high rank can boost the morale of the academic and student communities, open greater avenues of growth and placement for students, help attract the best faculty from across the world, and provide a benchmark for continuous quality enhancement. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



Observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:50:11 -0500

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Jean-Pierre Lacroix (left of Mr. Guterres), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; and Atul Khare (right of Mr. Guterres), Under-Secretary-General for Field Support; pose for a group photo with Force Commanders of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. 24 May 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Stars walk down the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2017

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:00:53 -0500

Photo: SARA SAMPAIO walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 17, 2017. The Portuguese top model slipped into a red Zuhair Murad gown and styled it with de GRISOGONO high Jewellery white diamond earrings, ring in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies, and a white gold FLORINDA bracelet. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: DEEPIKA PADUKONE walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 17, 2017. The Indian actress adorned a de GRISOGONO high Jewellery ring set in white diamonds with a ruby, as well as a unique pair of earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: DEEPIKA PADUKONE walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 18, 2017. The Indian actress adorned High Jewellery earrings in white gold set in white diamonds, and a High Jewellery bracelet in white gold set with white diamonds and emeralds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: EMILY RATAJKOWSKI walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 18, 2017. The American actress and top model adorned a GOCCE pair of earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and onyx, as well as an ALLEGRA ring in white gold and ceramic set with black diamonds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: JENAYE NOHA walks the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 22, 2017. The French top model adorned High Jewellery earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies, as well as a High Jewellery ring in white gold set with icy and white diamonds and rubies. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. Photo: SONIA BEN AMAR at Cannes. May 25, 2017. The French model adorned ALLEGRA earrings in pink gold set white diamonds, as well as an INDIA necklace in pink gold set with opals and white diamonds. Image provided by & Copyright © de GRISOGONO. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]



Miss USA 2017 Contestants in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sat, 13 May 2017 05:18:49 -0500

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Photo: Miss USA 2017 Runner-Up and Miss New Jersey USA 2017, Chhavi Verg, answers her final question as a top 5 finalist onstage during The MISS USA Competition on Sunday, May 14. Later, Kara McCullough, Miss District Of Columbia USA 2017, was announced as the new Miss USA at the conclusion of the two-hour special programming event on FOX from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather.

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Photo: Brooke Bezanson, Miss Montana USA 2017, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

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Photo: Adrianna David, Miss Maryland USA 2017, during a photoshoot at Maverick Helicopters on May 7, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas.

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Photo: Nancy Gonzalez, Miss Texas USA 2017, and Professional Bull Rider, Matt Tripplet, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

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Photo: Brooke Bezanson, Miss Montana USA 2017, and Professional Bull Rider, Matt Tripplet, during a visit to the South Point Bull Housing on May 12, 2017. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 8:00 PM ET live on Sunday, May 14, from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, to see who will become Miss USA 2017. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Tom Starkweather.

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International Jazz Day 2017 Worldwide Celebration concludes with Global Concert in Havana, Cuba

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:12:57 -0500

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Havana, Cuba - Following thousands of events taking place in over 190 countries, International Jazz Day 2017 culminated in a concert streamed worldwide from Havana’s historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. As the International Jazz Day 2017 Global Host City, the musically vibrant city of Havana also presented a wide range of concerts and education programs.

Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day is recognized on the official calendars of UNESCO and the United Nations. Each year, on April 30, International Jazz Day highlights the role of jazz in promoting freedom, creativity and intercultural dialogue, and uniting people from all corners of the globe. Toyota served as Lead Partner of International Jazz Day 2017.

The Global Concert included an all-star group of musicians from Cuba and around the world performing “Cuba Bop” and “Manteca”. Cuban trumpet virtuoso Julio Padron played Freddie Hubbard’s composition, while the acclaimed vocalist Cassandra Wilson performed her composition “You Move Me”.

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UNESCO paper shows governments not keeping pace with growing demand for higher education

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:32:07 -0500

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Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, wins 2017 ZEISS Photography Award

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:21:59 -0500

Photo: Faroe Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between Scotland and Iceland. House in Gasadalur. Photographer: Kevin Faingnaert. House in the village of Gasadalur, Population: 16. Copyright: © Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, 1st Place, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation. Photo: Semi-nomadic life in Kyrgyzstan. Horse Head. Leaving Town. Photographer: Frederik Buyckx. Every morning around 10 o’clock the shepherds leave the little town into the mountains with their herd of sheep to graze. Temperatures are often around -20 degrees celcius in winter. Copyright: © Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Shortlist, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation. Photo: Devotion. Kartik Snana. Photographer: Christopher Roche. During the final day of Deva-Diwali in Varanasi, it is extremely auspicious to take a bath in the Ganges, the holiest river in India. To bathe in its waters is said to wash away one’s sins. Copyright: © Christopher Roche, United Kingdom, Shortlist, ZEISS Photography Award. Image provided by the World Photography Organisation. The World Photography Organisation and ZEISS have announced Belgian photographer, Kevin Faingnaert, as the winner of the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award “Seeing Beyond”. Faingnaert is recognized for “Foroyar”, a stunning photography series about life on remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands. Now in its second year, the theme of ZEISS Photography Award was ‘Meaningful Places’ which challenged professional photographers to look past the ordinary and everyday and submit a body of work that captured extraordinary aspects of the world we live in. More than 31,000 images were submitted by 4,677 photographers from 132 countries to the 2017 award. Kevin Faingnaert’s winning work was selected by an expert panel of judges. The judges also recognised the work of nine other photographers: Anna Filipova, Bulgaria/ UK Mario Adario, Italy Christopher Roche, UK Sonja Hamad, Germany Ben Bond Obiri Asamoah, Ghana Frederik Buyckx, Belgium Nicholas White, UK Fabian Muir, Australia Nicky Newman, South Africa As the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award winner, Kevin Faingnaert receives €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses and €3,000 in travel expenses to complete a photography project. |GlobalGiants.Com| [...]