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Copacabana Fishermen

Fishermen and helpers push a boat to the water on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For as long as anybody can remember, the humble fishing boats have left each morning from their staked-out spot at one end of the sands, where they share space with scantily clad tourists on land and paddle surfers on water.

Fishermen of Copacabana


Daybreak's glow silhouettes the rainforest-covered mountains nearby while the Atlantic's waters lap at cramped wooden fishing boats.

It's another day at sea for the men who sail out six days a week to try their luck.

But this isn't your average fishermen's port. It's Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach, its sands forming a golden crescent at the edge of a densely populated neighborhood.