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A woman is silhouetted as she walks down steps at Robson Square in Vancouver, B.C..

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A man cools down at a fountain in Columbus Circle during a heat wave in Manhattan, New York. WHY WE PICKED IT: Using the water in the foreground and background creates some depth to the picture and makes for a more interesting shot.

Reuters

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A group of young men play soccer at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday July 15, 2013. WHY WE PICKED IT: The perfect shutter speed was used to capture the kick with foot and sand flying in the air. The contrast produced by a sunny day really makes the colours pop. Finally, the composition works well by using a third of the frame for the beach and the rest a beautiful blue sky.

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People walk on stairs featuring a five-metre-high reproduction of Vincent van Gogh's signature painting "Sunflowers", at the entrance to Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong. WHY WE PICKED IT: The mural on the stairs creates an optical illusion and tricks you into thinking these two shoppers are walking down a wall.

Reuters

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Darlene Evans of Calgary sent us this image from the Calgary Stampede for our action assignment. Great timing catches the horse and rider high in the air during peak action.

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