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Guatemala Mayan Queens

Mayan Queens get their portraits taken during the Rabin Ajau National Folkloric Festival in Coban, Guatemala. Unlike traditional beauty contests the panel of judges not only value the participants' leadership skills, but their commitment to the rescue and maintenance of Mayan values. Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd used a 19th-century style wooden box camera that he bought in Afghanistan to photograph these women, who had to hold still for up to two minutes as Abd made exposures with light shining directly from the lens onto photo paper inside the box camera.