Beauty, money and feathers

Inside the world of Turkey's pigeon fanciers, who spend their fortunes on the collectible creatures. [31 photos total]

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A pigeon, known as Siyah Kinifirli, with an approximate market value of 1000 Turkish Lira ($263), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Abali, with an approximate market value of 1000 Turkish Lira ($263), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Platin, with an approximate market value of 750 Turkish Lira ($198), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Kirmizi Hollanda, with an approximate market value of 750 Turkish Lira ($198), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Sari Aynali, with an approximate market value of 500 Turkish Lira ($132), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Kara Alaca Kirk Telli, with an approximate market value of 500 Turkish Lira ($132), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A poster announcing the "National Most Beautiful Pigeon Contest" hangs on a wall in a tea house where pigeon auctions take place in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "PIGEONS AUCTION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Ismail Ozbek, 23, poses for a photograph with one of his pigeons in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Ismail Ozbek, 23, feeds his ill pigeon in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A man holds a pigeon during a pigeon auction in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 9, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Auctioneer Kadir Sakizci (L), 28, conducts a sale at a pigeon auction in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A man holds a pigeon during a pigeon auction in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 9, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Auctioneer Imam Dildas, 40, conducts a sale at a pigeon auction in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "PIGEONS AUCTION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Pigeons are seen in a cage before the start of a pigeon auction in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 9, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Pigeons for sale are seen in a box during a pigeon auction in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A man shows a pigeon to his friends as they look for a pigeon to buy from a shop in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 9, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Pigeons are seen in a coop in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Vitamins and antibiotics for pigeons are seen on a stand for sale in a tea house where pigeon auctions take place in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Pigeons fly in the sky in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Resit Guzel, 55, feeds his pigeons on top of a roof in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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Ismail Ozbek (R), 23, watches his flying pigeons with his friends on top of a roof in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 10, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Zirhli, with an approximate market value of 1000 Turkish Lira ($263), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Sari Alaca, with an approximate market value of 2500 Turkish Lira ($659), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Ispir, with an approximate market value of 1500 Turkish Lira ($395), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Kara Alaca, with an approximate market value of 1500 Turkish Lira ($395), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Siyah Aynali, with an approximate market value of 1000 Turkish Lira ($263), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Kirmizi Akkuyruk, with an approximate market value of 1500 Turkish Lira ($395), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Sari Alaca, with an approximate market value of 2500 Turkish Lira ($659), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Ispir, with an approximate market value of 1500 Turkish Lira ($395), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Kara Alaca, with an approximate market value of 1500 Turkish Lira ($395), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
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A pigeon, known as Kirmizi Akkuyruk, with an approximate market value of 1500 Turkish Lira ($395), bred by 23-year-old Ismail Ozbek, is pictured in Sanliurfa, Turkey, December 23, 2016 (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #

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