Every year in Okayama, Japan, nearly 10,000 men take part in the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple. The men, dressed in Japanese loincloths, battle to grab a pair of lucky talismans thrown into the crowd by priests. Participants in the boisterous event are asked to prepare papers with their name, blood type and emergency contact number, and tuck them into their loincloths beforehand.

Okayama's Naked Festival

Thousands of men battle for lucky sticks in 'naked festival'

Every year, thousands of scientists come to Antarctica for research. For a dozen days in January, in the middle of the chilly Antarctic summer, the Associated Press, including photographer Natacha Pisarenko, followed scientists from different fields on the frozen continent.

Investigating the Mysteries of Antarctica

In this January 2015 photo, penguins walk on the shore of Bahia Almirantazgo in Antarctica. Antarctica “is big and it's changing and it affects the rest of the planet and we can't afford to ignore what's going on down there”, sa.

Rebel fighters playfully adjust their uniforms during a beauty contest in Donetsk on March 7, 2015.

Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk

Rebel fighters playfully adjust their uniforms during a beauty contest in Donetsk on March

Over the weekend in Ukraine's breakaway republic of Donetsk, self-proclaimed authorities celebrated International Women's Day by holding a beauty pageant. The contestants were all female soldiers fighting with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk

A Russia-backed female rebel fighter watches as colleagues perform during a beauty contest involving women from the main separatist battalions in Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 7

Female soldiers of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic wave backstage, during a beauty parade to mark International Women's Day in Donetsk on March 7, 2015.

Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk

Female rebels of the Donetsk People's Republic wave backstage a beauty pageant marking the 2015 Internat'l Women's Day over the weekend Mar.

Women operating in a combat battalion of the self-proclaimed People Republic of Donetsk (DNR) stand to attention after taking part in a fashion show in Donetsk on March 7, 2015.

Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk

Women operating in a combat battalion of the self-proclaimed People Republic of Donetsk (DNR) stand to attention after taking part in a fashion show in Donetsk on March

Women operating in combat battalions of the self-proclaimed People Republic of Donetsk pose for photographers in Donetsk on March 7, 2015.

Beauty in the Ceasefire: A Pageant in Donetsk

Women operating in combat battalions of the self-proclaimed People Republic of Donetsk pose for photographers in Donetsk on March


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