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<p>When a photographer covers a demonstration on the city streets, it's important for them to keep key elements in mind to create an iconic image. For example this image employs fire as a background to create a compelling silhouette.    
A protester looks at a burnt Egyptian Army armoured vehicle in downtown Cairo January 28, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

When a photographer covers a demonstration on the city streets, it's important for them to keep key elements in mind to create an iconic image. For example this image employs fire as a background to create a compelling silhouette. A protester...more

When a photographer covers a demonstration on the city streets, it's important for them to keep key elements in mind to create an iconic image. For example this image employs fire as a background to create a compelling silhouette. A protester looks at a burnt Egyptian Army armoured vehicle in downtown Cairo January 28, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>Moment of confrontation:  A French high school student faces anti-riot gendarmes during a student demonstration at the Place de la Republique in Paris October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes </p>

Moment of confrontation: A French high school student faces anti-riot gendarmes during a student demonstration at the Place de la Republique in Paris October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Moment of confrontation: A French high school student faces anti-riot gendarmes during a student demonstration at the Place de la Republique in Paris October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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<p>Detention and tension:  Policemen detain an opposition activist during a protest rally in central Moscow, September 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresenski </p>

Detention and tension: Policemen detain an opposition activist during a protest rally in central Moscow, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresenski

Detention and tension: Policemen detain an opposition activist during a protest rally in central Moscow, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresenski

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<p>Scale:   Thousands of demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to protest legislation that cracks down against illegal immigrants, March 25, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

Scale: Thousands of demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to protest legislation that cracks down against illegal immigrants, March 25, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Scale: Thousands of demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to protest legislation that cracks down against illegal immigrants, March 25, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Location icon:   Demonstrators wave a Lebanese flag as they protest the violence in Lebanon in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris August 10, 2006. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon </p>

Location icon: Demonstrators wave a Lebanese flag as they protest the violence in Lebanon in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris August 10, 2006. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon

Location icon: Demonstrators wave a Lebanese flag as they protest the violence in Lebanon in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris August 10, 2006. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon

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<p>Police measures:  Riot police spray water on a high school student during a protest in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, Chile, August 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez </p>

Police measures: Riot police spray water on a high school student during a protest in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, Chile, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

Police measures: Riot police spray water on a high school student during a protest in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, Chile, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

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<p>Tables are turned:   Protesters try to take a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) from a riot policeman during clashes in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, April 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov </p>

Tables are turned: Protesters try to take a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) from a riot policeman during clashes in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov

Tables are turned: Protesters try to take a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) from a riot policeman during clashes in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov

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<p>Casualties:   A Thai army soldier crouches behind a street sign near the body of a protester who was killed during an operation to evict anti-government "red shirt" protesters from their encampment in Bangkok May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Casualties: A Thai army soldier crouches behind a street sign near the body of a protester who was killed during an operation to evict anti-government "red shirt" protesters from their encampment in Bangkok May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj more

Casualties: A Thai army soldier crouches behind a street sign near the body of a protester who was killed during an operation to evict anti-government "red shirt" protesters from their encampment in Bangkok May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Details:   A man's hand drips blood as he stands in front of riot policemen during a demonstration in Athens, Greece, December 9, 2008.  REUTERS/John Kolesidis </p>

Details: A man's hand drips blood as he stands in front of riot policemen during a demonstration in Athens, Greece, December 9, 2008. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Details: A man's hand drips blood as he stands in front of riot policemen during a demonstration in Athens, Greece, December 9, 2008. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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<p>Identifiable symbols:   Protestors dressed as Guantanamo Bay prisoners stand in front of the White House in Washington March 19, 2008 during a demonstration marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. REUTERS/Jim Young </p>

Identifiable symbols: Protestors dressed as Guantanamo Bay prisoners stand in front of the White House in Washington March 19, 2008 during a demonstration marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. REUTERS/Jim Young

Identifiable symbols: Protestors dressed as Guantanamo Bay prisoners stand in front of the White House in Washington March 19, 2008 during a demonstration marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. REUTERS/Jim Young

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<p>One against the many:  A monk stands after being halted by riot policemen and military officials while he and others attempted to enter the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, September 26, 2007. REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

One against the many: A monk stands after being halted by riot policemen and military officials while he and others attempted to enter the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, September 26, 2007. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

One against the many: A monk stands after being halted by riot policemen and military officials while he and others attempted to enter the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, September 26, 2007. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>Violence:  A rioter uses a door as a shield as he is fired on by a metro police officer during a protest at the Phomolong informal settlement, outside Pretoria, March 23, 2010.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Violence: A rioter uses a door as a shield as he is fired on by a metro police officer during a protest at the Phomolong informal settlement, outside Pretoria, March 23, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

Violence: A rioter uses a door as a shield as he is fired on by a metro police officer during a protest at the Phomolong informal settlement, outside Pretoria, March 23, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Object of outrage:  A supporter of former presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi holds a placard upside down while attending a rally in Tehran, June 15, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

Object of outrage: A supporter of former presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi holds a placard upside down while attending a rally in Tehran, June 15, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Object of outrage: A supporter of former presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi holds a placard upside down while attending a rally in Tehran, June 15, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>Opposite view:  Demonstrators break windows of the Conservative Party headquarters building during a protest in central London November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hackett </p>

Opposite view: Demonstrators break windows of the Conservative Party headquarters building during a protest in central London November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Opposite view: Demonstrators break windows of the Conservative Party headquarters building during a protest in central London November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

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<p>Universal gesture:  A Ukrainian woman places carnations into the shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev, November 24, 2004. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko </p>

Universal gesture: A Ukrainian woman places carnations into the shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev, November 24, 2004. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Universal gesture: A Ukrainian woman places carnations into the shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev, November 24, 2004. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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<p>The unexpected:  A protester urinates in front of a row of policemen during riots following the death of a 15-year-old boy in San Carlos de Bariloche June 18, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandra Bartoliche </p>

The unexpected: A protester urinates in front of a row of policemen during riots following the death of a 15-year-old boy in San Carlos de Bariloche June 18, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandra Bartoliche

The unexpected: A protester urinates in front of a row of policemen during riots following the death of a 15-year-old boy in San Carlos de Bariloche June 18, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandra Bartoliche

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<p>Arrest:  A Tibetan exile shouts slogan from inside a police van after being detained during a protest in front of Chinese embassy in New Delhi March 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

Arrest: A Tibetan exile shouts slogan from inside a police van after being detained during a protest in front of Chinese embassy in New Delhi March 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Arrest: A Tibetan exile shouts slogan from inside a police van after being detained during a protest in front of Chinese embassy in New Delhi March 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Media coverage:  Tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers land near journalists and protesters during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah July 3, 2009. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri </p>

Media coverage: Tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers land near journalists and protesters during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah July 3, 2009. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri

Media coverage: Tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers land near journalists and protesters during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah July 3, 2009. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri

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<p>The observers:   A man, woman and boy watch a demonstration outside BBC Television Centre in west London October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs </p>

The observers: A man, woman and boy watch a demonstration outside BBC Television Centre in west London October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

The observers: A man, woman and boy watch a demonstration outside BBC Television Centre in west London October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

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<p>Aftermath:  A child rides a bicycle on a blocked main highway near the El Alto outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, January 2, 2008. REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

Aftermath: A child rides a bicycle on a blocked main highway near the El Alto outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, January 2, 2008. REUTERS/David Mercado

Aftermath: A child rides a bicycle on a blocked main highway near the El Alto outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, January 2, 2008. REUTERS/David Mercado

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