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People fight with pillows in Trafalgar Square, London, England.

A pillow fight in Trafalgar Square in London.

Photograph by Oli Scarff, Getty Images

Chris Combs

National Geographic News

Published April 22, 2013

Feathers fly during a pillow fight in Trafalgar Square in London on April 6. Pillow-wielding pugilists in 140 cities around the world—according to the Boston Herald—gathered last Saturday to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day.

Why We Love It

“The movement and blur of the falling feathers are what really make this a fun and lighthearted moment. Everything almost appears out of focus, except the one woman right in the center who appears sharp, drawing your eye right to her.”—Adrian Coakley, photo coordinator.

“A quick shutter let’s us view an intense scene of chaos and action in one playful frame, with the pillows mimicking the shapes and color of the clouds above the fight.”—Ben Fitch, associate photo editor.

“Building on what Adrian said, the woman in the center is what makes the shot for me—a frozen moment in a flurry of feathers.”—Alexa Keefe, photography producer.



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