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Twelve days in India

A short gallery of images from the trip, photographed by Nicolas while he was sitting in a car, waiting for a train to pass or simply not shooting the commissioned video or still images. Once the commissioned project is published, we will share more of our work in India.

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Ruom Hangout at Angkor Photo Festival

We are really happy to have been the hosts of ‘Ruom Hangout’ during the 11th Angkor Photo Festival. During this informal gathering, we shared the work of Ruom photographers and showcased four guest projects. The turn out exceeded our expectations and it was lovely to see so many fellow photographers in the room, listening, asking questions and discussing the work presented.

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Under the Sun

Kampot province produces salt for the local market - a total of 80,000 tons of salt per year from more then 3 million hectares of land is distributed around the country.

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What is A River's Tail?

ive months ago I decided to take a break from assignment photography to travel up Cambodia’s Tonle Sap river in a past-its-prime wooden fishing boat. At the time the idea was to step back from the constant pressure to produce and publish news stories in order to enjoy travel for travel’s sake - something that, despite having been on the road for at least five months of 2014, I hadn’t done in many years. Several months later, when an innovative non-profit organization approached us about the possibility of expanding the trip to cover the entirety of the Mekong River through five countries, no one was more surprised than me.

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Ruom Magazine 2014

It's been a very exciting year for us, with our members working on stories in fifteen countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Having produced a really diverse range of material we wanted to share some of our favourite stories with you, which is why we decided to create the first annual Ruom Magazine.

We tried to make it as engaging as possible so hopefully everyone will find something that fits their social reportage appetite in here.

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Poland: Nationalist Independence Day rally turns violent fourth year in a row

This Tuesday, 11 November 2014, for the fourth year in a row, hooligans clashed with police during a far right march organized in Warsaw to commemorate Polish independence.

The first mass rally of this kind, uniting key nationalist groups, was held in 2010 and has now become the biggest far right event in the country.

While for most part of this year’s parade the participants remained peaceful, on the last leg of the march, after crossing the Vistula River to the eastern bank near the National football stadium, a group of rioters broke away.

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Waiting for the King

This morning King Norodom Sihamouni and Prime Minister Hun Sen attended the opening ceremony for a new neuroscience centre at Calmette Hospital. The shiny new building which has been filled with advanced high-tech equipment is a big step forward for Cambodia. Here are images of the people who waited for the King and the Prime Minister as they visited the centre.

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The Ethics of "Live-training"

Following a recent report RUOM published in Al Jazeera on the 27th of June, the Filipino government has taken steps to ensure the welfare of its domestic workers in Singapore.

It took action against two agencies in particular – Homekeeper and Budget Maid – which have been temporarily suspended from recruiting Filipino domestic workers.

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5 Fundamentals for Creative Success

I recently gave a series of four presentations to students from Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee. Apart from a rare opportunity to return, however  briefly,  to my home continent, the talks helped me to verbalize many of the things I have struggled to learn over the years of developing as a photojournalist. I know everyone in the Ruom Collective has dealt with similar problems on the path to creative success, and I wanted to give the students at Chattanooga State some advice on how to stay focused through the challenging days and years. Though there are countless topics and subtopics that could be examined in endless detail, the following five points touch on some of the hard truths I wish someone had told me when I was first considering a future in the arts.

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Commemoration on Veng Sreng

A small ceremony held by activists and monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) was held yesterday near the Canadia garment factory complex on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. A group of around fifty people, a mix of monks and citizens, gathered to show their support for the four dead and the twenty-three detainees still being held by the government after deadly clashes early in January. The group gathered as the sun set, lighting candles and incense. Though bail hearings for the detainees are scheduled later this month, little is known about what fate awaits them.

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Monks March for Human Rights

“Monks must not fuck,” he said, his round bespectacled face full of humor. We were getting a crash course on the fundaments of life as a Buddhist monk, the popping of Redbull cans echoed in the open space of the pagoda’s dining hall. The large room, divided into inadvertent sections by ornately decorated pillars, was full of people in various states of fatigue – the citizen activists finishing styrofoam containers of rice and dried fish, the monks downing 250ml energy drinks.

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5 Reasons to Set Aside Your Ego: The Benefits of Working Together

Not everyone is a jack-of-all-trades. Most people are lucky to become exceptionally good at even one thing in their lives, and the same is true of photographers and journalists. I’ve focused so much on creative output – the production of photography and writing – that I have avoided developing the business and marketing skills necessary to quickly grow my business (yes, journalism is a business). Don’t misunderstand; my brand is expanding steadily, but along the way I have missed out on opportunities that I should have seized had I been more administratively aware.

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