News in pictures

  • The Aftermath of the Beirut Explosion (23 photos)
    on August 5, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Lebanese officials have now said that the August 4 explosion that devastated much of Beirut’s port area was caused by a fire in a warehouse that had been storing explosive materials, reportedly including 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate. As of today, more than 100 deaths and over 4,000 injuries have been reported. Gathered below, images of the widespread damage in Beirut, a day after the devastating blast. An aerial view shows the massive damage at Beirut port's grain silos (center) and the area around it on August 5, 2020, one day after a massive explosion hit the harbor in the heart of the Lebanese capital. ( AFP / Getty) […]

  • Chaos and destruction in Beirut
    on August 5, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Photos show the destruction in the Lebanese capital after a huge explosion. […]

  • Photos: Massive Explosion Hits Beirut Port (25 photos)
    on August 4, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    On August 4, a fire in a structure near the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, led to an enormous explosion that shook the city. The shockwave from the blast destroyed buildings close by and shattered glass for miles around, causing at least 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries, according to reporting from Reuters. The exact cause of the fire and explosion has yet to be determined. Below are some early images from the aftermath in Beirut. Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2020. ( Karim Sokhn via Reuters) […]

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women survivors of the atomic bombs
    on August 2, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    August marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. […]

  • New Jersey: Images of the Garden State (36 photos)
    on August 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, with 8.9 million residents living in the fourth-smallest state in the U.S. From the Skylands, to the Palisades, to the farms and cranberry bogs, and down the Jersey Shore to Cape May, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of New Jersey and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. A falcon named Blackberry lands on a post in Ocean City, New Jersey, on August 20, 2019. Blackberry was at work, part of a program to drive aggressive seagulls away from the beach and boardwalk. ( Don Emmert / AFP / Getty) […]

  • In pictures: Europe swelters under near-record temperatures
    on August 2, 2020 at 3:16 am

    Heat wave alerts were issued in several countries as temperatures rose to 40C this weekend. […]

  • 25-31 July 2020
    on July 31, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week. […]

  • Africa's week in pictures: 24-30 July 2020
    on July 31, 2020 at 11:42 am

    A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Stari Most, Flaming Jet, Hug Kit (35 photos)
    on July 31, 2020 at 4:30 am

    An open-air school in Kashmir, preparing for Eid al-Adha in Bangladesh, a Comic-Con blood drive in California, idle fishing boats in China, a Navy Day parade in Russia, wildfires in Portugal, a successful Mars-rover launch, a sparsely attended Hajj in Saudi Arabia, outdoor opera in Greece, a farewell to the late U.S. Representative John Lewis, and much more Visitors look at a walrus from their hotel room at the Pairi Daiza animal park in Brugelette, Belgium, on July 30, 2020. ( John Thys / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Inside a Houston Hospital During a Coronavirus Surge (22 photos)
    on July 30, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    In the past seven days, the state of Texas has reported more than 52,000 new cases of COVID-19 and has attributed more than 2,300 deaths to the disease. Health-care workers continue to struggle to accommodate and care for an increasing number of people needing hospitalization as cases have surged in Texas, Florida, and California. Callaghan O’Hare, a photographer with Reuters, spent time inside Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center over the past month documenting the work being done by the chief medical officer, Dr. Joseph Varon, and his team, under stressful and challenging circumstances. Dr. Varon said, “I’m afraid that at some point in time I’m going to have to make some very serious decisions. I’m starting to get the idea that I cannot save everybody.” Dr. Joseph Varon, 58, the chief medical officer at United Memorial Medical Center, hugs Christina Mathers, 43, a nurse from his team who became infected with COVID-19 at UMMC during the coronavirus outbreak, in Houston, Texas, on July 25, 2020. Mathers was told she tested positive for COVID-19 after she reported feeling ill during one of her shifts. "That's the hardest thing to ever hear ... It messes with you," said Mathers, who has been working every other day since April 29. "But I wouldn't go anywhere else but here." ( Callaghan O'Hare / Reuters) […]

  • NASA Prepares to Launch the Mars Rover Perseverance (22 photos)
    on July 29, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    On July 30, NASA is set to launch a car-sized rover named Perseverance and a robotic helicopter named Ingenuity to the planet Mars, to search for signs of past microbial life and examine the Martian climate and geology in an area known as Jezero crater. If all goes according to schedule, the Mars 2020 mission will land its robotic explorers on Mars on February 18, 2021, after six and a half months of travel time. Shortly after landing, the Ingenuity helicopter will be deployed, becoming the first aircraft to fly on another planet. As final preparations are made for launch, have a look at some of the assembly and testing work involved in the Mars 2020 mission over the past few years. In a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, engineers observed the first driving test for NASA's Mars 2020 rover (now named Perseverance) on December 17, 2019. ( NASA / JPL-Caltech) […]

  • Lonely Days for Sports Mascots (17 photos)
    on July 28, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    As professional sports leagues continue to grapple with coronavirus restrictions on both players and fans, teams are playing to empty, or near-empty, stadiums, and broadcasting the games live. Team mascots, who normally thrive on interaction with a live audience, are left to play to the cameras, interacting with empty bleachers and cardboard cutouts of fans. Below is a collection of images from recent months of various mascots, still hard at work during trying times. The Phillie Phanatic sits alone in the stands during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 25, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ( Hunter Martin / Getty) […]

  • Coronavirus: When home is both prison and sanctuary
    on July 28, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Photographer Jo De Banzie records life during the coronavirus lockdown, using an antique camera. […]

  • Terry O'Neill: Capturing celebrity
    on July 26, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    An exhibition brings together the late photographer Terry O'Neill's memories behind his celebrity images. […]

  • South Dakota: Images of the Mount Rushmore State (30 photos)
    on July 26, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    South Dakota is the fifth-smallest state by population in the U.S., with approximately 885,000 residents living in its 77,000 square miles. From the Black Hills and the Badlands, across the plains to Sioux Falls, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of South Dakota and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. A view of eroded rock formations within Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota ( Ashwin Karanth / Shutterstock) […]

  • Coronavirus: Your pictures on the theme of 'homegrown'
    on July 25, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    A selection of pictures from our readers on the theme of "home-grown". […]

  • 18-24 July 2020
    on July 24, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Portland Moms, Beach Astronauts, Fire Whirl (35 photos)
    on July 24, 2020 at 4:30 am

    A cheetah at rest in Kenya, flamenco dancing in Spain, tennis at a Berlin airport, a giant spoon on an English trail, a baby hippo in Mexico, an online mud festival in South Korea, the night sky above Syria, wildfires in Greece, concerts in Australia and Germany, a Chinese mission to Mars, and much more A surfer is seen falling from his board at Bronte Beach in Sydney, Australia, on July 21, 2020. ( Jenny Evans / Getty) […]

  • Latin American Foto Festival: Culture and coronavirus
    on July 22, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Caribbean and Latin American photography features in the third Annual Latin American Foto Festival. […]

  • Paws in the Water: Dogs at Play (23 photos)
    on July 21, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Today, rather than presenting a collection of images from the (often stressful) news of the day, I thought it would be fun to put together a group of photos of some canine companions having a great time in the water—splashing in a mountain lake, diving or surfing in competitions, playing in pools, or just cooling off in a puddle or trough. A dog jumps into a pool during a dog diving competition at the 2018 Dog and Cat trade fair at Leipziger Messe on August 26, 2018, in Leipzig, Germany. ( Jens Schlueter / Getty) […]

  • Illinois: Images of the Prairie State (35 photos)
    on July 19, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    With the nation’s sixth-largest population, Illinois is home to more than 12.6 million residents—about 9.5 million of them living in the Chicago metropolitan area. Outside of Chicagoland, most of the state is dedicated to agricultural use, producing some of the largest crops of soybeans and corn in the U.S. Here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Illinois and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. Ice covers the Lake Michigan shoreline during a cold snap on January 30, 2019, in Chicago. ( Scott Olson / Getty) […]

  • John Lewis: Photos From a Life Spent Getting Into Good Trouble (28 photos)
    on July 18, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    The civil-rights icon and longtime U.S. representative John Lewis died yesterday at the age of 80. Lewis began his life as the son of an Alabama sharecropper, and became active in the civil-rights movement while he was a student in Nashville, Tennessee. Lewis became nationally known after the March 7, 1965, “Bloody Sunday” march to Montgomery, Alabama, when he and dozens of other marchers were brutally beaten after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama. In 1986, Lewis was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served his constituents from Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District until his death. President Barack Obama wrote of Lewis: “He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise.” During a commencement address in 2016, Lewis told Bates College graduates how he had been inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. to “get into trouble, good trouble,” and advised them that “you must find a way to get in the way and get in good trouble, necessary trouble … You have a moral obligation, a mission, and a mandate, when you leave here, to go out and seek justice for all. You can do it. You must do it.” John Lewis is photographed in his offices in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on March 17, 2009. ( Jeff Hutchens / Getty) […]

  • 11-17 July 2020
    on July 17, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Noble Deer, Deadman's Reef, Buffalo Float (35 photos)
    on July 17, 2020 at 4:30 am

    Phase 3 reopenings in Europe and North America, locust swarms in India, sunset soccer in Indonesia, a seawater pool in France, in-stream dining in Kuala Lumpur, flooding on the Yangtze River, Sammy the Seal in England, Godzilla in Yokosuka, Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, and much more A woman wearing a face mask has her hair curled by special equipment at a beauty salon in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 12, 2020. ( Mladen Antonov / AFP / Getty) […]

  • The Influenza Masks of 1918 (20 photos)
    on July 16, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    As people worldwide adapt to living with the threat of COVID-19, and especially as the rate of new cases continues to grow in the United States, the wearing of face masks remains widely recommended, and in many places, mandatory. A century ago, an outbreak of influenza spread rapidly across the world, killing more than 50 million—and possibly as many as 100 million—people within 15 months. The scale, impact, and nature of the disease back then were all very different from today’s pandemic—but the act of wearing a face covering to prevent further contagion became widely adopted, then as now. While some of the masks were made of improper material or were not used properly, most provided some level of protection against transmission by blocking droplets from the nose and mouth. Below, a collection of images from a century ago of people doing their best to keep others and themselves safe. Nurses in Boston hospitals, equipped to fight influenza ( National Archives) […]

  • Spectacular Views of Comet Neowise (10 photos)
    on July 15, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    For the next month, comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), otherwise known as “Neowise,” will be visible in the night sky above much of the Northern Hemisphere. The comet will be at its brightest this week, dimming as it moves away from the sun. If you have clear skies, head outside about an hour after sunset and look near the horizon to the northwest. For the next week or so, if it’s dark enough, Neowise might be visible to the naked eye, but you may need binoculars to see it well. The images in the photos below are made with long exposures, so they may appear stronger than what you’d see with your own eyes, but it’s still worth a look—this is the brightest comet we’ve seen in 23 years, and after this, Neowise won’t be back for another 6,800 years. Neowise is seen behind an Orthodox church in Belarus, 110 kilometers west of Minsk, early on July 14, 2020. ( Sergei Grits / AP) […]

  • The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards (28 photos)
    on July 13, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    The winners of the the 11th annual Audubon Photography Awards competition were recently announced. Photographers entered images in four categories: professional, amateur, youth, and plants for birds. More than 6,000 images depicting birdlife from all 50 states and seven Canadian provinces and territories were judged. The National Audubon Society was again kind enough to share some of this year’s winners and runners-up with us below. You can also see all of the top 100 entries on the Audubon website. An Anna’s hummingbird, Amateur Honorable Mention, photographed on the Ardenwood Historic Farm in California ( Bibek Ghosh / 2020 Audubon Photography Awards) […]

  • Tennessee: Images of the Volunteer State (35 photos)
    on July 12, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Tennessee is the 16th most populous state in the nation, home to more than 6.8 million people. The landscape ranges from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the Mississippi River, which makes up its western border. From Memphis to the Great Smoky Mountains, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Tennessee and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. Thunderstorms pass over spring colors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, seen from Morton Overlook in eastern Tennessee. ( Dave Allen Photography / Shutterstock) […]

  • 3-10 July 2020
    on July 10, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Chicken Offering, Virginia Creeper, Comet Neowise (35 photos)
    on July 10, 2020 at 4:30 am

    Ominous statues in Thailand, protests in Serbia and Greece, solar boats in the Netherlands, a crane collapse in London, Formula One racing in Austria, the empty streets of Pamplona, a zoo reopening in Ecuador, a nuclear-power plant in France, a wildfire in California, and much more Two lightning bolts frame the One World Trade Center as they hit the Hudson River in front of the skyline of lower Manhattan in New York City, during a thunderstorm on July 6, 2020, as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. ( Gary Hershorn / Getty) […]

  • Photos: Deadly Flooding in Japan (23 photos)
    on July 8, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Days of torrential rainfall in central Japan have led to extensive flooding and mudslides, leaving as many as 58 people dead so far. Rivers that overflowed their banks have swept away bridges and roads, cutting off communities and making it difficult for rescue workers to reach many areas. Emergency crews are now working against the clock, trying to find people who may still be trapped. An aerial view shows damage after flooding caused by torrential rain in Kumamura, Japan, on July 8, 2020. ( Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters) […]

  • The Colorful Blooms of Castelluccio, Italy (14 photos)
    on July 7, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    In central Italy, the small village of Castelluccio sits atop a hill overlooking the Piano Grande—a broad basin surrounded by the Sibillini Mountains—where fields of lentils and poppies bloom every year, carpeting the landscape with a colorful quilt of blossoming flowers. Every summer the phenomenon is viewed by thousands of tourists, and this year, the photographers Antonio Masiello and Tiziana Fabi visited the fields, sending back these photos. A view of fields of blooming lentils and poppies during their annual blossom, on July 3, 2020, in Castelluccio, Italy. Castelluccio is a small village in the Umbria region where prized lentils are grown. Damage is still visible in the village, affected by an earthquake in October of 2016. ( Antonio Masiello / Getty) […]

  • New Mexico: Images of the Land of Enchantment (34 photos)
    on July 5, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    New Mexico is the fifth-largest state by area and is sparsely populated, with nearly half of the state’s 2.1 million residents living in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Below are a few glimpses of the diverse geography and history of New Mexico and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. Shiprock, the remnant of an ancient volcano, rises more than 1,500 feet above the surrounding land in the Navajo Nation in New Mexico's San Juan County. ( David Clapp / Getty) […]

  • 27 June - 3 July 2020
    on July 3, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Pride Lights, Paddy Day, Grizzly Swim (35 photos)
    on July 3, 2020 at 4:30 am

    A new waterslide in the Czech Republic, a cat on the Algerian waterfront, scuffles in Taiwan’s legislature, a grotto reopening in Italy, a building collapse in Brooklyn, burying a coronavirus victim in Russia, a model village in England, a wildfire in Colorado, and much more A Palestinian girl attends a Quran-memorization class while respecting social-distancing rules at a mosque in Gaza City on June 29, 2020. ( Mahmud Hams / AFP / Getty) […]

  • The Statues Brought Down Since the George Floyd Protests Began (27 photos)
    on July 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    In the widespread protests that followed the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, statues of and memorials to Confederate soldiers and generals were vandalized or torn down. Some of the many statues of Christopher Columbus were targeted as well, as voices rose against historic and systemic racism and oppression. State and local governments then began acting to remove even more Confederate statues from public places. Collected below, images of just some of the dozens of statues that have been toppled, defaced, or slated for removal across the United States over the past month. Work crews prepare to remove the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson in Richmond, Virginia, on July 1, 2020. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues in the city, saying he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racial injustice. ( Steve Helber / AP) […]

  • Photos: The Locust Swarms of 2020 (18 photos)
    on July 1, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Throughout the year, parts of East Africa have been suffering record-setting waves of locust swarms. In the past few months, even more swarms have dramatically struck parts of Yemen, Pakistan, and India. Farmers and communities are fearful of the damage to crops and rangeland, harming income and food supplies, all while dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the swarms are the largest seen in several decades, and international efforts are being coordinated to combat the multiple swarms. Below are images from hard-hit areas in Kenya, Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Yemen, taken over recent months. Farmers try to scare away a swarm of locusts from a field on the outskirts of Sukkur in the southern Sindh province of Pakistan, on July 1, 2020. ( Shahid Ali / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Scenes From Antarctica (27 photos)
    on June 30, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Antarctica is currently approaching the coldest months of its long winter, and the previous summer’s activities have mostly wrapped up. Collected below are recent images of the Antarctic landscape, wildlife, and research facilities, as well as some of the work taking place there. People head toward the shore in a Zodiac on the Antarctic Peninsula in February 2020. ( Michelle Sole / Shutterstock) […]

  • Coronavirus: Your pictures on the theme of 'walking'
    on June 27, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    A selection of pictures from our readers on the theme of 'walking'. […]

  • Coronavirus: Your pictures on the theme of 'self-portrait'
    on June 13, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Our readers reveal portraits of themselves they have made while at home during the pandemic. […]