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GALLERY: Thousands of pics taken across the world in one day

100,000 photos have been submitted from 170 countries as part of one of the biggest projects of its kind. Here’s part one of our selection….

TUESDAY 15 MAY saw photographers around the world, both professionals and amateurs, turn their lenses on subjects of their choice to take a picture for inclusion in a worldwide project.

Organisers of Aday.org have now released a sample of those submissions as a preview to what might be included in a forthcoming exhibition and book . All 100,000 submissions will be posted online in the last week of June, forming what’s being called the “biggest searchable online picture archive of its type”.

And here are the fruits of their labour…

GALLERY: Thousands of pics taken across the world in one day
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  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Image: Ana Carolina Fernandes
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan

    Cameramen film as the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew blasts off from its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome, 15 May 2012. Image: Shamil Zhumatov
  • Vatican City, Italy

    The tailor takes a measure of a new summer uniform for a Swiss guard in Vatican City. Image: Stefano Dal Pozzolo
  • Palestine

    15 May is Nakba Day, for the Palestinians it is the annual day of commemoration of the displacement that followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. Image: Geert van Kesteren
  • Hackney, London

    A homeless man and his dog in the garden of a disused house on the edge of London Fields, Hackey, London. Image: Zed Nelson
  • Amundsen-Scott South Pole station, Antartica

    Aurora over Icecube Lab, which is a huge Neutrino Detector, I cubic km in size, buried deep in the Antarctic ice observing the universe by studying neutrinos. Image: Sven Lidstrom
  • Between London and Singapore

    Cabin crew prepare the evening meal on a flight from London to Singapore. Image: Nick Rains
  • Tehran, Iran

    An Iranian woman walks past the former US embassy in central Tehran. Image: Morteza Nikoubazl
  • Yerevan, Armenia

    I don't remember much of my grandmother, I was 6 when she died. There are many pictures of her in our flat and the one I love the most is this portrait. I am always told I look like her and that we have common character. Image: Tatevik
  • Nesoddtangen, Norway

    Children watching a spider. Image: Jonas Bendiksen
  • Minsk, Belarus

    Sisters Image: Alexander Kladov
  • Lima, Peru

    Qori and Maki
  • Fukushima, Japan

    Decontamination Workers change from protective clothing in IItate Fukushima, a farming community more than 30 km from the destroyed Fukushima Diachi Nuclear Power complex. More than a year since a snow storm dumped high levels of Radioactive contamination on the farming community. the town has since been under an evacuation order with many areas in the village will remain uninhabitable for decades to come. Image: Peter Blakely
  • San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines

    Baby born at 17.15, 15 May 2012. Images: Rey Espineuva
  • Sevilla, Spain

    "On 2 April, my father Jesus Ramirez (74) was hospitalized in the Intensive Care unit of the Hospital Infanta Luisa in Sevilla, Spain because one of his metal heart valves implanted in 1989 had dislodged itself from the heart causing internal bleeding. Less than one week later he would undergo his third open heart surgery of his life. On this day Jesus had been close to death on three occasions since, due to post surgery complications in his kidneys and lungs which were both struggling to dispose of an edema causing him breathing complications. He was not eating at all and became malnourished. Drainage to his right lung was necessary two weeks after surgery and then a blood clot formed that required surgery again. Although he could now breath, in the days that followed his conditioned worsened and respiratory failure set in. In this image after another puncture to his left lung and four days connected to a respiratory assistance Jesus has begun to breath again slowly on his own. A total now of six weeks in hospital has kept his family and him on the edge. Image: Carlos Cazalis
  • Kanagawa, Japan

    Baby Atlas is given bath by his grandparents. Image: Sfukada
  • Днепродзержинск, Ukraine

    Image: Сергей Музыка
  • Kathmandu, Nepal

    "Basudev Upadhya, Consultant at Asia Pacific Mountain Network at his desk in ICIMOD. He put on the colorful T-shirt just before I photographed him. Kathmandu, Nepal. 15th May 2012". Image: Nabinphotos
  • Cape Verde

    A woman carries containers of water to her home in the town of Ponto do Sol on the Island of Santa Antao in Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa. Water is in short supply on the volcanic islands and much of the population collects their supply from communal pumps or reservoirs. Image: Finbarr O'Reilly
  • Largo da Catedral Metropolitana, Brazil

    A group of retired denizens playing domino at Largo da Catedral Metropolitana, traditional site for senior citizens, where they often go to play and chat. Image: Caio Cezar
  • Damascus, Syria

    "In this cafe it's a daily view to such old men... they just have to sit there in first half of the day" Image: rawad.bara
  • Lisbon, Portugal

    "Sofia lives alone with her 11 year old daugter in a small studio in Lisbon,Portugal. She takes her child to school at 8 in the morning. She works in a public office where she earns €600 a month and she will be unemployed next month.Sometimes at noon she takes her daughter to lunch with her in the office cantina. In the evening she helps her to do the homework and she prepares a meal.When her child sleeps she makes some freelance design work". Image: Céu Guarda
  • Montpellier, France

    Image: Julien Goldstein
  • Bangalore, India

    "Corporate-wear just 'hangin' out together' in the foreground, worker at the dhobi-ghats in the background" Image: TinaNandi
  • Casablanca, Morocco

    Image: Leila Ghandi
  • Lod, Tel Aviv, Israel

    "A tattoo that reads 'Freedom' is seen on the hand of a man who was released from jail after doing his 5th term in Lod, central Israel. Lod is a city 20km south of Tel Aviv with a high crime rate with a mixed ethnicity of Jews and Arabs and parts of it suffer from many years of neglect through the years." Image: Nir Elias

Organisers say that the most striking images will be used in a global exhibition later this year, while a book entitled A Day in the World will be published in November 2012.

The image archive will also be stored underground on hard drives, in order to preserve it for future generations.

ADay.org has been devised by the Stockholm-based non-profit organisation Expressions of Humankind. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who sits on its advisory board, has contributed to the project, as has former Irish president Mary Robinson.

There are so many images to choose from that this is part one in a series of two galleries we’ll be publishing. Part two will be on its way on TheJournal.ie tomorrow…

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