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Ethiopian Street Life and Teenage Pregnancies Around the World Featured

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Instagram may have become popular largely because of endless selfies by reality TV stars like Kim Kardashian but it also home to some of the most breath-taking photography in the world. 


Mrs Kanye West may have 83 million followers compared to Ronny Sen's 1,911 but it is the latter whose extraordinary photographs of the burning coal mines in India's Jharkhand state have won him one of this year's coveted Getty Images Instagram Grants.

The $10,000 prize might be small change for a Kardashian but it is a princely sum for a photographer operating in one of India's poorest states.

Children wait for their parents to return from work at a coal mine in Jharia in India's Jharkhand state

Children wait for their parents to return from work at a coal mine in Jharia in India's Jharkhand state

Mr Sen, who posts images under the Instagram account @whatdoestheendoftimelooklike, describes them as pictures of 'survival in an apocalyptic landscape'. 

He has spent months photographing Jharia, where coal has been mined since the 19th century and much of the area is masked by smoke, stemming from coal fires, some of which have been burning since 1916.

While Mr Sen's images tend to provoke feelings of shock and awe, those of Uruguayan Christian Rodriguez trigger a wide range of emotions from sadness and empathy to a warm glow of happiness.

Christian Rodriguez has documented the lives of teenage mothers in Latin America, a largely Catholic country where birth control is often frowned upon. Micaela Ribero, 15, is pictured with her son Franco. She is a single mother and gave birth as a teenager, like her mother did with her

Mr Rodriguez has documented the lives of pregnant teenagers in Latin America in an attempt to raise awareness and show the issue's impact on communities.

The third winner was Girma Berta, whose images are less about social awareness and more about art.

Her project, Moving Shadows, shows street scenes with colorful backdrops from her home city of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. 

Girma Berta, 26, says of his Moving Shadows project in Addis Ababa: 'I look for people with a great story that I feel like need to be captured. I also look for their lively interaction with each other and their environment'

Girma Berta, 26, says of his Moving Shadows project in Addis Ababa: 'I look for people with a great story that I feel like need to be captured. I also look for their lively interaction with each other and their environment'

A teenage mother with her child on her back in Quito, EcuadorAline, a teenage mum in the Complexo de Alemao favela in Rio de Janeiro

Christian Rodriguez travelled all over Latin America to take photographs of teenage mothers - from Quito in Ecuador (left) to the Complexo do Alemão favela in Rio de Janeiro (right)

Gloria, 13, holds a duckling at her home in Maluco, a small village in Mexico's Oaxaca state. Gloria lives with her mother and eight of her 10 siblings, who are between four and 20. Gloria became a mother at the age of 12, a consequence of sexual abuse by her father who has also attacked two of her sisters, aged eight and 16

Gloria, 13, holds a duckling at her home in Maluco, a small village in Mexico's Oaxaca state. Gloria lives with her mother and eight of her 10 siblings, who are between four and 20. Gloria became a mother at the age of 12, a consequence of sexual abuse by her father who has also attacked two of her sisters, aged eight and 16

Girma Berta took this fabulous picture of Timket, a religious festival celebrated with much zeal in Addis Ababa. The festival is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany and venerates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan

Girma Berta took this fabulous picture of Timket, a religious festival celebrated with much zeal in Addis Ababa. The festival is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany and venerates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan

During labour, Angela Mieres, 15, hugs her sister, Patricia. Angela's boyfriend was shot to death in Brazil 20 days before their baby was born

Many of Girma Berta's images involve a photograph taken from the streets of Addis Ababa superimposed onto a background - in this case of blue paint - which was added later

Many of Girma Berta's images involve a photograph taken from the streets of Addis Ababa superimposed onto a background - in this case of blue paint - which was added later

Another of Girma Berta's images, again this one uses an image of street cleaners and their brightly coloured cart, together with its shadow, on a blue background

Another of Girma Berta's images, again this one uses an image of street cleaners and their brightly coloured cart, together with its shadow, on a blue background