Places I have seen, people I have met

Challenge series hosted by paradiso. Challenges start on Mondays.
This is a Travel series. Anything from landscapes to people that we have seen during a trip. Different cultures, different points of view. The camera as a way to report from the places we've visited or we've lived in. Please specify where the picture has been taken, and give us some backstory, your feelings, the meaning the picture has for you, etc. Make your experience become ours.
Finished (11 challenges)
11. Crowd
Entries: 113
Winners announced: 18th April, 2011 GMT
Winner: Farmers get togather at Dera Nawab Sahib
For this challenge, photos of a crowd are requested. Not 2 or 3 people, not a group of 10 friends, but CROWDS. Big events, protests, gatherings, concerts, or even a very crowded street, etc. The crowd must be the main character of the picture, but does not have necessarily occupy most of the frame. Go!
10. Wind
Entries: 109
Winners announced: 26th July, 2010 GMT
Winner: Strong Wind in Senj, Croatia
How would you represent something that is not visible? I invite you to try to photograph the wind. How it shapes things it hits, how it blows through the trees, how it manifests its lightness, its power and its force... Be your fantasy and sensibility your guide. PS: only pictures taken while the wind was actually blowing will be considered as valid for the challenge. It must be clear...
Entries: 147
Winners announced: 19th July, 2010 GMT
Winner: sunbath
Summer's here. let's relax under the sun. The challenge is open to any kind of summer (in)activity, with a preference for beach/sea.
8. Water
Entries: 150
Winners announced: 12th July, 2010 GMT
Winner: Water sculpture
Water, in every shape and form. Seas, lakes, rivers, water drops, fountains, etc. Anything works, but the water must occupy most part of the frame or your picture will be disqualified.
Entries: 146
Winners announced: 15th February, 2010 GMT
Winner: Laughing, the best medicine
So it's easy. People laughing. We don't need to necessarily be able to understand from the picture the reason why they're laughing, but it would be nice to know (write it as a comment). That's it!
Entries: 200
Winners announced: 8th February, 2010 GMT
Winner: Double Helix
The geometric shape/pattern can be made of anything. Lines, circles, squares, triangles, etc. Abstract works are not allowed, the geometric shape must something present in the real world, something that we've seen and shot. It must be a characterizing element of the picture, but doesn't need to be the only subject of it. If you want, please add some comments/explanations to the picture.
Entries: 200
Winners announced: 28th December, 2009 GMT
Winner: The old man
Let's show our best portraits. Any kind are welcome, but only people, no animals please (unless they're with people). Colors, B&W, long or shallow DOF, whatever. We want to know something about the picture (background story, etc.) and possibly about the subjects in the pictures. Good challenge!
Entries: 150
Winners announced: 16th November, 2009 GMT
Winner: Anchored in Paradise
This is for people who travel and leave a piece of themselves everywhere they go. Let's post photos of places we've been to and that we miss so much. Places where we want to go back. It would be great if we could post photos linked to particular emotional feelings that help us to understand why that place is so attractive to you. Photos are stories, so tell us something about the place...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 21st September, 2009 GMT
Winner: Day Lily
Let's go for colors! Please post pictures that contain both colors (red and yellow), it may be anything, up to you. As usual, besides the technical aspects, tell us something about the picture, the situation, etc.
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 31st August, 2009 GMT
Winner: Nap time
Let's have some fun! Please submit photos of things-people-animals-situations that made you smile or laugh, or that will make our day a little more fun.
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 10th August, 2009 GMT
Winner: Canal Dawn
Let's start this series with a classic. Sunsets and dawns.