In pictures: Darkness

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image caption, Each week we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week the theme is darkness, and we start with a photograph by Rakesh Chandode.
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image caption, Lee Garner: "Camping this summer, near the sea, my daughter and her cousin are escaping mosquitoes by standing near the evening fire after most of the grown-ups have retired."
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image caption, Ailsa Winton: "I took this picture of wrestling skeletons at the day of the dead celebrations in Mexico City. A seemingly dark representation, but seen with other eyes it is a playful celebration of life and death."
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image caption, Kai Little: "The picture was taken at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival about 26 miles (42km) outside of Jaisalmer. The camel races and aerial stunts by the Indian Air Force had just finished, and the stage was being set for music and drama. But in the transitory time, everyone was just watching the red sun disappear and the dunes fall into darkness."
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image caption, Brian McGuire: "This image was taken in a completely dark room using a 15 second exposure. It shows an alarm clock with glow-in-the-dark hands and shows how powerful even the smallest amount of light can be."
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image caption, Daniel Furon: "Great Horned Owls waking up to the night."
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image caption, Jorge Sanz Garcia: "My dog and I crossing the bridge on the river Duero in the dark of a summer night."
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image caption, Tacia Carlin: "Still some light left in darkness."
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image caption, Anne Jedrzejewski: "A couple cross the bridge as darkness falls."
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image caption, Ryan Davies: "A star trail looking over the unmistakeable silhouette of the Brecon Beacons."
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image caption, Cathy Hosler: "I went outside our flat to walk the dogs early in the morning, and this is what I saw. It was my first attempt to capture the Northern Lights on film."
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image caption, And finally a picture from Rachel Strom which she calls "Bending with Light". Next week the theme is waste, and the deadline for your entries is 16 August. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to yourpics@bbc.co.uk. Further details and terms can be found by following the link below this gallery.

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