News in pictures

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'view from a window'
    on January 16, 2022 at 12:35 am

    A selection of striking images from our readers around the world. […]

  • Nino Cerruti: Italian fashion great dies aged 91
    on January 15, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    The celebrated designer and businessman once said: "I have always dressed the same person, myself." […]

  • 8 - 14 January 2022
    on January 15, 2022 at 2:09 am

    A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken this week. […]

  • Ladybower Reservoir's overflowing 'plug holes' attract photographers
    on January 14, 2022 at 6:22 am

    Recent data shows water storage levels at Ladybower Reservoir are at 98.8% of its capacity. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Ice Disk, Snowy Owl, Giant Ichthyosaur (35 photos)
    on January 14, 2022 at 5:30 am

    Ducklings at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, a purification ceremony in Japan, a fish-operated vehicle in Israel, preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics, a ballet performance in Spain, a whale off the California coast, the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, and much more Endangered bezoar ibex are seen on a mountaintop in the Gurpinar district of Turkey's Van province on January 6, 2022. ( Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency / Getty) […]

  • Africa's week in pictures: 7-13 January 2022
    on January 14, 2022 at 12:40 am

    A selection of the best photos from across the African continent this week. […]

  • Nigerian NFT artist Osinachi: The work created by using a word processor
    on January 13, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Works by Nigerian Osinachi have made him one of Africa's leading digital and crypto-artists. […]

  • Heavy Rainfall Causes Severe Flooding in Brazil (18 photos)
    on January 12, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Heavy rain over the past two months across several Brazilian states has caused flooding that has affected dozens of cities and left thousands homeless. In just the past two weeks, landslides and floods in the state of Minas Gerais reportedly killed at least 12 people. Authorities have issued a number of alerts as they continue to monitor any dams that might burst. Below, recent images of the flooding in the states of Minas Gerais, Pará, and Maranhão. Water flows over the Carioca dam, after pouring rains in Pará de Minas, in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on January 11, 2022. ( Washington Alves / Reuters) […]

  • Bank of England exhibition reveals views from London's past
    on January 12, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Picture the City places paintings from the Bank of England's collection alongside modern views. […]

  • In pictures: British tank soldiers' final year in Germany
    on January 12, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Tobias Wilkinson spent a year documenting the Queen's Royal Hussars before their return home in 2019. […]

  • Tracking Cougars to Figure Out Where to Build a Bridge (15 photos)
    on January 11, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Highways that cut through wild areas present a daunting barrier for local wildlife. In Washington State, the Olympic Cougar Project—a partnership between a coalition of Native American tribes and the Washington State Department of Transportation—is studying the movements of cougars as they wander through parts of the Olympic Peninsula. Information gathered by the group could lead to the placement of wildlife crossings over Interstate 5—bridges built for wandering animals, intended to improve the overall health of the ecosystem. Stephanie Keith, a photographer with Reuters, recently joined project members as they tracked a wild cougar named Lilu. Olympic Cougar Project members work to replace the GPS collar on Lilu, a wild cougar, near Port Angeles, Washington, on December 14, 2021. ( Stephanie Keith / Reuters) […]

  • Spectacular Northern Lights pictured over Scotland
    on January 9, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    BBC Weather Watchers have shared photographs of the aurora borealis spotted in the north of Scotland. […]

  • 1 - 7 January 2022
    on January 8, 2022 at 12:04 am

    A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken this week. […]

  • Photos of the Week: New Year, Mammoth Mountain, Sea Scream (35 photos)
    on January 7, 2022 at 5:30 am

    Epiphany celebrations in Madrid, anti-government protests in Kazakhstan, the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, a December wildfire in Colorado, counting penguins at the London Zoo, sunflower art in China, ski jumping in Austria, ice-covered cargo in Vladivostok, and much more This photo essay previously misidentified the artist Jaume Plensa's nationality. Snow falls along the East Front Plaza during a storm, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 3, 2022. ( Tom Brenner / Reuters) […]

  • The Beauty of Earth From Orbit (21 photos)
    on January 5, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    The International Space Station, continuously occupied for more than 21 years, is presently home to seven crew members. The ISS orbits the Earth at about 17,150 miles per hour—making a trip around the world about every 90 minutes. In recent months, crew members of Expedition 65 and 66 have taken more amazing photographs of our lovely planet, and I wanted to share some of these unique views below. A night view of the city of Taipei, seen from the International Space Station as it passed overhead, 260 miles (417 kilometers) above, on July 26, 2021 ( Thomas Pesquet / ESA / NASA) […]

  • Starting the Year With an Icy Swim (18 photos)
    on January 3, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    As the calendar year moved into 2022, winter-swimming enthusiasts took part in multiple events, including Coney Island’s Polar Bear Plunge, Edinburgh’s Loony Dook, and several Christmas Day swims and New Year’s Day dips. Many of these organized events returned this year after being on hiatus last year because of COVID-19 restrictions. Gathered below are recent images of chilly fun being had at lakes and beaches across the Northern Hemisphere. People leave the water after participating in a traditional New Year's Day swim at Blackrock Diving Tower during severe wind, in Galway, Ireland, on January 1, 2022. ( Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters) […]

  • Your pictures of the year 2021
    on December 30, 2021 at 1:27 am

    A selection of striking images from our readers around the world. […]

  • 2021 in pictures: Striking photojournalism from around the world
    on December 29, 2021 at 12:10 am

    A selection of some of the best images taken by agency photographers during the past year. […]

  • Striking news photos from around the UK in 2021
    on December 28, 2021 at 12:26 am

    A selection of some of the best images taken by agency photographers during the past year. […]

  • 2021: The Year in Volcanic Activity (27 photos)
    on December 27, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    This has been a big year for the world’s active volcanoes. Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes, about 50 erupt every year, spewing steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava. In 2021, erupting volcanoes included the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Islands, Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland, Pacaya volcano in Guatemala, Mount Semeru and Mount Sinabung in Indonesia, Mount Etna in Sicily, Klyuchevskoy volcano in Russia, and more. Collected below are scenes from the wide variety of volcanic activity on Earth over the past year. Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, seen from Kuta Rakyat village in Karo, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia, on March 2, 2021. ( Sastrawan Ginting / Antara Foto / Reuters) […]

  • Photos of the Week: California Snow, Choir Candles, Magic Tree (35 photos)
    on December 24, 2021 at 5:30 am

    Diving in Abu Dhabi, damage from Typhoon Rai in the Philippines, snowboarding in Colorado, preparing to launch the James Webb Space Telescope in French Guiana, Christmas decorations in Thailand, flooding in Malaysia, a Nativity performance in a Slovenian cave, welcoming the winter solstice in Ireland, and much more Supporters of Chile's President-elect Gabriel Boric celebrate after their candidate won the presidential election, in Santiago, Chile, on December 19, 2021. ( Ivan Alvarado / Reuters) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'sparkles'
    on December 24, 2021 at 12:11 am

    A selection of striking images from our readers around the world. […]

  • 2021 Seen Through the Lens of Brandon Bell (36 photos)
    on December 23, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Brandon Bell, a Getty Images staff photographer, has spent the past year documenting dozens of important U.S. news stories. Bell, who is based in Houston, covered the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his conviction for the murder of George Floyd, migrants entering the United States at the Texas border, the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, medical staff coping with COVID-19 outbreaks, rallies in Phoenix and Austin, Hurricane Ida, the tornadoes in Kentucky, and much more. Below, in roughly chronological order, is a look at some of the stories brought to us through Bell’s lens in 2021. Nehemiah Frank (left), teaches his cousin David McIntye II about the Tulsa massacre, in front of a mural in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 28, 2021. May 31 of 2021 marked the 100th year since a white mob attacked Tulsa's Black Greenwood neighborhood, killing hundreds of people, destroying a vibrant business community, and leaving thousands homeless. ( Brandon Bell / Getty) […]

  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (30 photos)
    on December 21, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    With less than a week left until Christmas, lighted displays, colorful markets, and Santa’s helpers are out in force. From the Americas to Europe and Asia, gathered here as an early gift is a collection of holiday cheer and light wrapped up in 30 photographs. A surfer dressed as Santa Claus rides an artificial wave in nearly freezing water in the Alaia Bay wave pool, surrounded by the Swiss Alps, in Sion, Switzerland, on December 15, 2021. ( Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty) […]

  • 11 - 17 December 2021
    on December 18, 2021 at 12:06 am

    A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken this week. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Ice Donut, Wooden Dragon, Inflatable Tank (35 photos)
    on December 17, 2021 at 5:30 am

    Christmas lights on a pub in England, a bodybuilding competition in Kenya, a wildfire in Kansas, skiing in the Italian Alps, tornado damage in Kentucky, an inflatable scooter in Japan, bison in Yellowstone National Park, a Santa ski run in Maine, and much more Storm debris is seen from inside the damaged theater of an American Legion building after tornadoes ripped through several U.S. states, in Mayfield, Kentucky, on December 11, 2021. ( Shawn Triplett via Reuters) […]

  • Swimming With Orcas During Polar Nights (14 photos)
    on December 16, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    In late November, Olivier Morin, a photographer with Agence France-Presse, visited the village of Skjervøy in northern Norway to spend time whale-watching and swimming in frigid fjords with a group of orcas as they hunted for herring. From October through February, orcas and humpback whales hunt for the fish to build up their stock of protein. The temperature of the water was 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius). An orca is pictured in the fjords of Skjervøy, northern Norway, on November 26, 2021. ( Olivier Morin / AFP / Getty) […]

  • When the Whole World Is a Playground (17 photos)
    on December 13, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    The winning images have been announced in the sixth edition of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition. The contest invited photographers to submit images of the world of action-and-adventure sports in one of 10 categories, including Energy, Playground, and Raw. This year the competition received 41,447 entries from photographers around the world. Red Bull was kind enough to share some of the winning photos and finalists below, with captions provided by the organizers and photographers. Semifinalist, Emerging. This shot of surfer Haumana O'Connor was taken at the end of the road in Tahiti. The wave is called Teahupo'o and it's every kind of scary that water could possibly be. We arrived at the spot and at first glance, it looked somehow small from the shore, but I decided to swim to the spot anyway, and to my surprise a decent set arrived and I knew I made the right decision. You don't know until you try! When I arrived there weren't many surfers, so I started shooting landscapes and underwater. After two hours the locals arrived, and then I knew it would just get better and better. Their knowledge of the ocean is like no other. (© Copyright Kristiyan Dimitrov Markov / Red Bull Illume) […]

  • The Aftermath of the Devastating Tornado Outbreak in Kentucky (30 photos)
    on December 12, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Late on December 11, multiple tornadoes touched down in a line that raged across several Midwest states, leaving a trail of widespread destruction and causing at least 80 deaths. Some of the heaviest damage took place in a number of small communities in Kentucky, especially the town of Mayfield, where a factory and most of the downtown area were flattened. Collected below are images from Mayfield and the surrounding region, where survivors are searching for the missing, assessing the damage, and starting a long recovery effort. In this aerial view, homes and businesses sit destroyed after a tornado ripped through town the previous evening, on December 11, 2021, in Mayfield, Kentucky. ( Scott Olson / Getty) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'misty mornings'
    on December 12, 2021 at 12:13 am

    A selection of striking images from our readers around the world. […]

  • Hopeful Images From 2021 (30 photos)
    on December 10, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    This has been another difficult year, and moments of joy could be hard to find. Efforts to reopen festivals, businesses, and borders came haltingly during the ongoing pandemic, with some success and some disappointment. Yet there were still moments of happiness, fun, and love. I have made it an annual tradition, after rounding up the often painful “news photos of the year,” to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past 12 months—an effort to seek out and recognize some of the abundant joy and kindness present in the world around us, even during hard times. The following are images from the past year of personal victories, families and friends at play, expressions of love and compassion, volunteers at work, or simply small and pleasant moments. Children launch "khom loy" lanterns into the sky during the Yee Peng Festival in Lamphun, Thailand, on November 20, 2021. The Gassan Panorama Golf Course in northern Thailand hosted its annual Yee Peng Festival, the festival of lights, during which Thais launch khom loy lanterns into the sky on the 12th Thai lunar month. Yee Peng 2021 was the first major festival held in Thailand since the country reopened to international tourists on November 1, 2021. ( Lauren DeCicca / Getty) […]

  • 2021 in Photos: Wrapping Up the Year (40 photos)
    on December 9, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at some of the most memorable events and images of 2021. Events covered in this essay (the last of a three-part photo summary of the year) include the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, COVID-19 vaccinations for children, an ongoing volcanic eruption on the Canary Islands, record flooding in the Pacific Northwest, a total eclipse seen in Antarctica, and much more. Be sure to see the first part, the second part, and our “Top 25 News Photos of 2021.” Cows that were stranded in a flooded barn are rescued by a group of people after rainstorms lashed the western Canadian province of British Columbia, triggering landslides and floods, and shutting highways, in Abbotsford, on November 16, 2021. The photographer Jennifer Gauthier: "In November, massive floods and landslides devastated parts of the Canadian province of British Columbia, with a storm dumping a month's worth of rain in just two days. In Abbotsford, a city to the east of Vancouver, I saw that I could jump a barrier and walk along the now-closed highway. I walked down to where the highway ended and the floodwater began. A group of farmers stood on the highway looking over at a submerged barn and stranded cows in the distance, hatching a plan to get them to shore … The farmers headed out to the barn in boats and a Sea-Doo. A man in a hovercraft did loops around the barn to corral the cattle. The farmers tried a variety of techniques to get the cows to cross over to dry land, but they weren't having it. Eventually the man on a Sea-Doo tied a leash to a cow's halter and swam it across. A group of men pushed and pulled it up to shore. They kept the cow on shore so the other cows could see that one of them had made it over safely, and repeated the process with the rest." ( Jennifer Gauthier / Reuters) […]

  • 2021 in Photos: A Look at the Middle Months (40 photos)
    on December 8, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    As the year comes to a close, it’s time to revisit some of the most memorable events and images of 2021. Events covered in this essay (the second of a three-part photo summary of the year) include the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, vaccination drives worldwide, flooding in Western Europe, periodical cicadas in the United States, a “sea snot” outbreak in Turkey, wildfires in Greece, and much more. Check back tomorrow for the last installment, and be sure to see the first part and “Top 25 News Photos of 2021.” Gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the United States kisses her medal won in the women's gymnastics individual all-around at Ariake Gymnastics Center during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 29, 2021. ( Lindsey Wasson / Reuters) […]

  • 2021 in Photos: How the First Months Unfolded (40 photos)
    on December 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at some of the most memorable events and images of 2021. Events covered in this essay (the first of a three-part photo summary of the year) include the January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, tensions on the border between Ukraine and Russia, a new volcano erupting in Iceland, and much more. Check back later this week for parts two and three, and be sure to see our earlier “Top 25 News Photos of 2021.” Trump supporters participate in a rally in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, as Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud, and a significant portion of them later marched to the U.S. Capitol building and broke in, attempting to stop the certification. ( John Minchillo / AP) […]

  • Top 25 News Photos of 2021 (25 photos)
    on December 6, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    As we approach the end of the year, here is a look back at some of the major news events and moments of 2021. The breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 set the stage for a contentious year in the United States, and COVID-19 variants and regional surges slowed worldwide efforts to return to pre-pandemic life. The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were finally held, even though stadium seating was empty. The United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, leading to a chaotic evacuation and one of the largest airlifts in history. And natural disasters took the world stage once more, as record-setting wildfires and floods affected millions. Here, we present the top 25 news photos of 2021. Be sure to check back throughout the week for more comprehensive stories, presented as “2021: The Year in Photos, Parts 1-3.” An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on January 6. Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the building in a failed attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results. Photographer Leah Millis: "At one point I heard the crowd chanting 'heave-ho' and thought they must be breaking in through the doors. I didn't want to risk getting crushed or injured by the massive crowd, which was hostile toward members of the media and had already assaulted several of my colleagues that day. I chose to risk climbing some scaffolding that had been erected for the upcoming inauguration to give me a better view. The Capitol had already been breached via different entrances, but the fight for this entrance went on for hours. Capitol and D.C. Metropolitan police officers engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the mob of Trump supporters and in the process multiple officers were severely injured. Four people would die that day and a police officer attacked by protesters died the next day. Four officers later took their own lives. Eventually, law enforcement was able to successfully push the crowd back. At 5:04 p.m. to disperse the remaining protesters, they used a flash-bang grenade, which released a blinding light that illuminated the U.S. Capitol building. To me, the explosion of the grenade captured the violence and shock of the day: American citizens attacking and breaching their own country's Capitol building." ( Leah Millis / Reuters) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Santa School, Snowy Soccer, Dinosaur Lantern (35 photos)
    on December 3, 2021 at 5:30 am

    A stranded whale in Chile, a graffiti competition in Spain, an empty Christmas market in Prague, a lighthouse above Lake Superior, the continuing eruption on the Canary Island of La Palma, a presidential campaign in Gambia, stormy weather in England, and much more Macaques climb onto a news photographer at the Phra Prang Sam Yod temple during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Thailand, on November 28, 2021. ( Jack Taylor / AFP / Getty) […]

  • People’s Choice: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 (15 photos)
    on December 2, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is inviting the public to vote for their favorite image selected from a group of shortlisted entries in this year’s competition. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open until February 2, 2022. Organizers have shared a handful of the candidates below. Be sure to click through to their site to see the rest of the images. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London. Captions are provided by the photographers and WPY organizers, and are lightly edited for style. Breath of an Arctic Fox. The photographer was watching this little arctic fox as it incessantly called another nearby. Gradually he noticed the fox’s wet breath was quickly freezing in the air after each call. It was late winter in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, and the cold arctic air was –31 degrees Fahrenheit (–35 degrees Celsius). (© Copyright Marco Gaiotti / Wildlife Photographer of the Year) […]

  • 2021 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar (25 photos)
    on December 1, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    It’s time again for one of my favorite holiday traditions: the 14th annual Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. Every day until Saturday, December 25, this page will present one new incredible image of our universe from NASA’s Hubble telescope. Be sure to come back every day until Christmas, and follow us on Twitter or Facebook for daily updates. I hope you can enjoy these amazing and awe-inspiring images, as well as the continued efforts of the science teams that have brought them to Earth. It’s always such a joy to put this calendar together every December. Wishing you all a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and peace on Earth. A detail from inside the Monkey Head nebula (NGC 2174). This enormous swirl of dust and gas sits about 6,400 light-years away from us, in the constellation of Orion. The nebula is a violent stellar nursery, packed with the ingredients needed for star formation. However, the recipe for cooking up new stars isn't very efficient, and most of the ingredients are wasted as the cloud of gas and dust disperses. This process is accelerated by the presence of fiercely hot young stars, which trigger high-velocity winds that help to blow the gas outward. ( NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team) […]

  • A Crackdown on Illegal Gold Dredging in Brazil (22 photos)
    on November 30, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Rumors of a gold discovery recently spread through parts of Brazil, attracting hundreds of wildcat gold miners to the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon. Lashing their floating dredges together in broad rafts, the illegal mining operations have been active for weeks, sucking silt and mud from the river bottom to be processed, while environmentalists and officials sound alarms. On November 28, officers with the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) seized and set fire to more than 60 of the dredges in an effort to stop the mining, and most of the remaining vessels have reportedly dispersed. An aerial view shows dozens of dredging rafts operated by miners who have gathered illegally in a gold rush on the Madeira, a major tributary of the Amazon River, in Autazes, Amazonas state, Brazil, on November 23, 2021. ( Bruno Kelly / Reuters) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Apple Crisp, Squirrel Tea, Floating Pumpkin (35 photos)
    on November 26, 2021 at 5:30 am

    A crab migration on Christmas Island, dengue-fever outbreaks in Pakistan, a castle in eastern France, migrants crossing the English Channel, illegal gold miners on a Brazilian river, a candlelight vigil in Wisconsin, the opening of an ancient walkway in Egypt, and much more People visit the 125-foot-tall (38 meter-tall) statue of Zheng Chenggong (also known as Koxinga) atop Daping mountain on November 21, 2021, in Quanzhou, Fujian province, China. ( Xie Mingfei / VCG / Getty) […]

  • A Visit to Churchill, Manitoba, During Polar-Bear Season (24 photos)
    on November 24, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    In northern Manitoba, Canada, the town of Churchill sits along the shore of Hudson Bay, just south of the Arctic Circle. The town has become world-famous for an abundance of polar bears, especially during the months of October and November. Carlos Osorio, a photographer with Reuters, has spent the past week in Churchill, taking photos of the bears, the town, and the frigid landscape, at a time of year when daylight only lasts about seven hours. A polar bear rests after sparring with another bear near the Hudson Bay community of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, on November 20, 2021. ( Carlos Osorio / Reuters) […]

  • 'Selfies are taking away our livelihood'
    on November 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Temple photographers in this Indian town are struggling to make a living in the age of selfies. […]

  • The photographer fighting to keep the America's wild horses wild
    on November 9, 2021 at 12:18 am

    A photographer is using her art to inspire, hoping to keep the iconic animals at home on the range. […]

  • Has Covid changed New York City nightlife forever?
    on October 17, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    A photographer is confronted with the new reality of empty streets and closed clubs. […]

  • Photographer's images 'like ghosts coming out the mist'
    on September 11, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Guy Bellingham uses a 170-year-old technique to produce striking photos in remarkable detail. […]

  • Images show decline of California's 'life source'
    on August 16, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Justin Sullivan has been following California's second-largest reservoir's falling water levels. […]