Cuba

An island that fulfils all of the stereotypes that it's become known for – but in a fascinating way. Apart from the real poverty; the collapsing, neglected buildings; the lack of economic infrastructure; and, of course, the cigars and bad plumbing, there's also the assertive, exuberant people; the wild, dance-fuelled music everywhere you go; the old American cars; the intense heat and the beautiful landscape.

It also lives up to a lesser-known stereotype: the longer you stay there the less you understand. Its political history is long and arduous, and the suffering and poverty that many of its people have gone through is distressing to hear. But, like its people, Cuba endures and becomes stronger for it; standing up to external interference and continuing to maintain its fiercely won independence.

It's a photographer's dream, overwhelming in the subjects that it offers you: its people, architecture and landscape all fighting for attention. You could point your lens almost anywhere and you would have a worthwhile picture – and probably an interesting story to go with it.

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Malecón

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Malecón

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Malecón

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Plaza de San Francisco

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Havana

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Edificio FOCSA

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Plaza Anti-Imperialista

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Vedado

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Havana

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Havana

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Sunflower

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Malecón

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Museo José Marti

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Malecón

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Sculpture and man

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Cienfuegos

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Plaza de San Francisco

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Jardín Botánico Nacional

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Museo del Chocolate