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The latest photo stories from TIME’s contributors.

Flooded, Uprooted, Burned: The Tracks of Sandy on the Shore

Image: Seaside Heights, N.J.

After documenting the effects of Hurricane Sandy for TIME, photographer Stephen Wilkes took to the air to show the true extent of the storm's impact.

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Image: Ervin Pridgen, 52, in his kitchen on the first floor of the Redfern Houses.
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In Sandy’s Shadow: How the Redfern Houses’ True Ordeal Began After the Storm

For many in Sandy’s path, the storm itself was terrifying. On Staten Island, houses collapsed, crushing people underneath; in Breezy Point, families fled blocks of homes in flames. But in Redfern, the real struggle began the next day, when it became clear that power wouldn’t return for weeks.

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image: A man pumping water from the river, Ningxia province.
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Root of the Nation: Zhang Kechun Photographs China’s Yellow River

Chengdu-based photographer Zhang Kechun spent two years photographing from the banks of China’s Yellow River. Though the lunar tones and low horizons feel foreboding, Zhang insists the project carries a message of hope.

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Matilde Gattoni
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Matilde Gattoni: The Swallows of Syria

On Friday, more than 11,000 refugees fled Syria in a single day. LightBox presents photographer Matilde Gattoni’s portraits of the swallows of Syria, female refugees seeking safety in Lebanon from the violence of their homeland.

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Image: Zimbabwe’s first high-density suburb, Mbare, lies south of the capital city, Harare
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Under Mugabe: Robin Hammond Records the Suffering of Zimbabwe

Living on a grant from the Carmignac Foundation, Robin Hammond’s work records the brutality and struggle of life in Zimbabwe under Mugabe.

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Image: Democrats' and Republicans' Lectern
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A History of the Campaign in 100 Objects

From Herman Cain’s cowboy hat and Stephen Colbert’s super-PAC fun pack to binders, Big Bird and bayonets, objects became the visual sound bites of the 2012 election. TIME presents 100 objects that made their debut during this election.

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Chris Christie
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TIME’s Class of 2016: The Political Leaders to Watch

As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney fought for the presidency this fall, TIME contract photographer Marco Grob was crisscrossing the country to meet the men and women who may be doing the same four years from now.

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Image: Nov. 6, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden at the President's election night victory party in Chicago.
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Last Days on the Road with Obama by Brooks Kraft

As the 2012 presidential race came to an end, veteran political photographer Brooks Kraft was there to document the Obama campaign’s final road trip.

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Image: Nov. 7, 2012. Ann Romney and Mitt Romney leave the stage of the Boston Convention Center after his concession speech.
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Last Days on the Road with Romney by Christopher Morris

For the past week, TIME contract photographer Christopher Morris has been on the road with Mitt Romney, recording the last weeks leading up to the election.

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Michael Mergen
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The Halls of Democracy: Places of Civic Responsibility

Michael Mergen’s photographs examine American government, highlighting the spaces where the ideals of our political system meet the mundane realities of participatory democracy

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