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Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

See some of the finest moments captured on film during this years Burning Man festival…

2012 Burning Man 

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A couple kisses at Burning Man. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal)

A band plays on top of a bus. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal)

Participants dance around and atop an art car parked beside the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture created by Marco Cochrane at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

Participants dance during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Krissy Humphreys performs with fire at sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Alexandra Aguilera basks in the light of the rising sun at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

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A "Mobile Board Room" moves along the playa. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Participants look at a mutant vehicle during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Mutant vehicles drive across the Playa during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Messages are left by participants at the Temple of Whollyness during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Rochelle Schieck dances by the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

Katherine Cadger and Kevin Rae watch the sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

A man walks past an art piece. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal)

A participant bicycles away from the effigy of the Man at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Burning Man participants bike across the desert at sunrise at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

People make their way pass the Man during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

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A fire tornado emerges from the burning embers of the Temple of Whollyness as it burns at the conclusion of the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

A Burning Man participant pays homage to the Temple of Whollyness as it burns at the conclusion of the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

Burning Man Art Preview: Burning Man on the mothership

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Pippin, his Playa name, chats on the phone with God during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

A firefighter keeps people from getting close to the burnt remains of the Man during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Participants gather for burning of the Man during Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

People cheer as the Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

People wait before the Man burns during Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Members of Northwest Fire Conclave perform during Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Members of Northwest Fire Conclave perform before during Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in Black Rock Desert of Nevada

The Man burns during Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

The Man burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Christin Meador is towed along the Playa by Adam Johnson at sunrise during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Krissy Humphreys performs with fire at sunrise at the Temple of Whollyness during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Participants watch the sunrise from atop an art installation during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Mutant vehicles drive across the Playa during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Participants dance during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

The sun sets over the "Cradle of Mir" art installation at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

A "Freak Show" art installation is seen at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

Rochelle Schieck dances by the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

An art car shaped like a train drives across the desert in the early morning hours at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

Burning Man participant Virginia Biney from Philadelphia poses next to an art installation at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

Two Burning Man participants cycle through a dust storm at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

A participant looks at art works on the playa at sunrise, during the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

An aerial view of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival is seen in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

A participant makes her way around the flames during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

Rhonda Clark cooks hash browns for breakfast on the burned remains of the Man during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

A sculpture of a fire breathing dragon is seen at sunrise during the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

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