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The 2006 Photographer of the Year Award may have gone to Roberto Soares Gomes, but the three finalists (Soares-Gomes, Paul Kline, and Henry Fernando), have formed a friendship in the years since competing on the streets of New York.

One of our assignments even inspired a long running photojournalistic project. Paul Kline has now travels the world documenting orphans and orphanages in addition to starting a non-profit, The Silent Children Project to help raise money and awareness. His project has taken him to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil when he reunited with his 2006 competitors. Check in with his work and his trip on his blog, and look for a feature article about his images and The Silent Children Project in the August issue.