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Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, National Geographic photographer Rena Effendi grew up in the USSR – witnessing her country’s rough path to independence, one marred by war, political instability and economic collapse. These experiences inspired Rena to focus her lens on issues of conflict, social justice, and the impact of the oil industry on people and the environment. After spending six years following a 1,700 km oil pipeline through Georgia and Turkey documenting the industry’s effects on people’s lives, she published her first book “Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline.” Rena received National Geographic’s “All Roads” photography award and her stories for National Geographic magazine include documenting the art of hay-making in Transylvania, the impact of Mahatma Gandhi in India, and the legacy of Akhenaten, Egyptian pharaoh and the first monotheist in history. Her work has received World Press Photo awards, has been published in The New Yorker, Newsweek, TIME, VOGUE, Marie Claire, and the New York Times Magazine, among others.