The Beast and Beauty: Trump Is More Awful Than We Knew But the World Is More Splendid Than Ever

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Danny Yen Sin Wong's first place photo of a Vietnamese woman making a traditional fishing net.

The day's Trump Dump is so sordid it boggles the mind. In new revelations, one of this country's two presidential candidates has for decades been destroying or hiding emails and other documents demanded in lawsuit proceedings, often in defiance of court orders; reportedly has a server registered to the Trump organization that is secretly communicating with Russia; has refused to pay his own campaign pollster almost a million dollars in fees; has just been accused of tax fraud in Mexico; and is facing an upcoming trial for brutally raping a 13-year-old girl, one of multiple other alleged sexual assaults.

On the flip side, the newly announced Siena International Photo Awards, featuring entries from over 100 countries, reveal a lush, vast and bounteous world that, lest we forget, is still out there. The winning photographs are now on display in Siena, Italy in a month-long exhibit called "Beyond the Lens"; they and the riches they represent will presumably survive beyond Trump as well. It's all waiting for us, after the ugly circus leaves town. Soon. Take heart.

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Leyla Emektar's first place photo of a strawberry-picker walking between greenhouses in Turkey.

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