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One captivating image a day, the reason it was chosen and how you can shoot similar pictures

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Fred Mercnik won our reader assignment this week. After walking very gingerly around the Turkeys he sat down and waited for the perfect moment. Why we picked it: Both the foreground and the background – the turkeys perfectly framed in the front, the other animals behind – work together to tell a great story. Always keep an eye on your background and use it to add interest to your image.

Fred Mercnik

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Recruits jog during their morning exercise at an infantry unit camp based in Kiev. Why we picked: Using motion in photography can create great results. You just have to have the right balance between what is sharp in the frame and what is blurred. In this case the photographer achieved the perfect balance.

Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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A Nepalese youth plays on a swing in Kathmandu. Why we picked: The low angle simplifies the background by using just the sky as the backdrop to a rather peculiar looking swing. The shot is taken at just the right time to get the man in full swing.

Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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A mourner pays respects as people gather to wait for the arrival of the remains of the late former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Why we picked: A great crop makes the eyes the focal point of this image, and the plain background works to make the subject stand out even more.

Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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Three year-old Annie Wood rides her scooter in front of changing autumn leaves in Sheffield Park Gardens. Why we picked: The vibrant colours of fall and having just the child small in frame looks great. The fact she's wearing red is enough to make her standout from all the competing colours in the background.

Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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