News in pictures

  • Mountain Goats Roam Through an Empty Welsh Town (14 photos)
    on March 31, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Lockdown measures taken to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus have left the streets of cities and towns vacant for weeks now. In the seaside town of Llandudno, Wales, a small herd of wild Kashmiri goats that normally roam nearby rocky hillsides have taken advantage of the moment, and ventured into the town to feed on hedges and rest in grassy areas. The herd has previously ventured into the town during bad weather events, but now they appear to be drawn by the unusual quiet in the town. The BBC quoted a town councilor, who said “They are curious, goats are, and I think they are wondering what's going on like everybody else.” Wild Kashmiri goats roam the streets of Llandudno, Wales, on March 31, 2020. The goats normally live on the rocky Great Orme but are occasional visitors to the seaside town, but a local councilor told the BBC that the herd was drawn this time by the lack of people and tourists due to the COVID-19 outbreak and quarantine measures. ( Christopher Furlong / Getty) […]

  • NHS Nightingale Hospital London
    on March 31, 2020 at 9:05 am

    The temporary hospital, in London's Docklands area, will have between 4,000 and 5,000 beds. […]

  • A Moment for Drive-In Movie Theaters (18 photos)
    on March 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    With movie theaters around the world closed or empty because of the ongoing pandemic, drive-in theaters appear to be having a momentary comeback. People looking for a big-screen movie experience can drive up, show their tickets without opening a window, and enjoy the show as an isolated family unit. Some drive-in owners are opening early in the season, hoping to provide people with something entertaining to do outside their homes—together with others, yet safely apart. Below, recent images of moviegoers in Germany, South Korea, and the U.S. The Bills family get comfortable in the back of their truck, with temperatures in the low 30s, before the movie "Onward" starts at the Basin Drive In in Mount Pleasant, Utah, on March 27, 2020. The Basin Drive In opened early this year, despite cold temperatures, because of the closure of indoor movie theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ( George Frey / Getty) […]

  • Daily life with the coronavirus
    on March 30, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Images from around the world as the coronavirus continues to spread. […]

  • Field hospitals set up around world
    on March 30, 2020 at 11:13 am

    As the number of cases globally soars, many countries build temporary hospitals for patients. […]

  • North Dakota: Images of the Peace Garden State (33 photos)
    on March 29, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    North Dakota is home to about 760,000 people—the fourth-smallest population of any state in the U.S. It is primarily farmland, with about 90 percent of its area used for agriculture. North Dakota is also home to a recent oil boom, based on new drilling technologies like fracking, which has changed both the landscape and the population. Here are a few glimpses of the terrain of North Dakota and some of the animals and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. An eastbound coal train swings through the curves at Sully Springs, North Dakota, passing an oil well in the process. ( Mike Danneman / Getty) […]

  • Week in pictures
    on March 28, 2020 at 12:15 am

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

  • Clap for Carers: The nation celebrates the work of the NHS and care workers
    on March 27, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Pictures show people across the UK stepping outside to pay tribute to the work of the NHS in the coronavirus crisis […]

  • Photos of the Week: Masked Bunnies, Beach Meditation, Village Pyramid (35 photos)
    on March 27, 2020 at 4:30 am

    A drive-in theater in South Korea, sunshine in Blackpool, a temporary hospital in Serbia, applause events in India and France, toilet-paper cake in Germany, volunteer mask making in Maryland, snowfall in Turkey, isolation in New Zealand, and much more Father Scott Holmer of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church makes the sign of the cross while holding confession in the church parking lot on March 20, 2020, in Bowie, Maryland. Holmer, who sits six feet away from those in cars, holds drive-through confessions daily in the parking lot of the church because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ( Rob Carr / Getty) […]

  • Africa's week in pictures: 20-26 March 2020
    on March 27, 2020 at 12:24 am

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

  • The Visual Landscape of a World Shaped by Pandemic (32 photos)
    on March 26, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    The drastic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak have changed nearly every aspect of daily life, leaving a visual impact on the world around us. Grounded aircraft, deserted beaches, temporary hospitals, idle buses, quiet streets, empty shelves, and socially distant behavior have quickly become common sights. Gathered here, a few more glimpses of our new reality as billions of people stay home. Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 25, 2020, due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of the coronavirus. ( Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters) […]

  • Coronavirus: Words at the window from those in isolation
    on March 26, 2020 at 12:25 am

    Portraits of families self-isolating in Brooklyn to slow the spread of the coronavirus. […]

  • Music and Encouragement From Balconies Around the World (27 photos)
    on March 24, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    From its beginnings in January, the coronavirus outbreak has driven millions of people to shelter at home for long days of anxiousness and boredom. In country after country, people have responded by taking to their balconies, windows, and rooftops to sing to one another, to applaud and show gratitude to their health-care workers, to play music, and to lift one another’s spirits. Collected below are images of some of the musicians and grateful neighbors in Spain, Iraq, the U.S., France, Italy, Lebanon, India, Germany, and more, socializing from a safe distance. People gather on a balcony of a residential building to clap and make noise with kitchenware to thank essential service providers during a one-day Janata (civil) curfew imposed amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, in Amritsar, India, on March 22, 2020. ( Narinder Nanu / AFP / Getty) […]

  • We Need Puppies Right Now (20 photos)
    on March 23, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    When so much of the world is focused on stories that can create anxiety, it might be helpful to take a breather and enjoy a few photos of adorable pups on National Puppy Day. The date, March 23, was first set aside in 2006 by the author Colleen Paige, before other groups and organizations followed suit. The idea is to call attention to puppies in need of adoption and the abuses found in puppy mills, but also to celebrate these furry little companions. In the spirit of the day, I am once more obligated to share some images of pups from around the world. A young Samoyed enjoys a day at the beach along the Baltic Sea. ( Zanna Pesnina / Shutterstock) […]

  • Utah: Images of the Beehive State (35 photos)
    on March 22, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    The rugged and varied terrain of Utah is home to more than 50 national and state parks, as well as more than 3 million residents, most of whom live in the north-central part of the state, near the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake. Here are a few glimpses into the landscape of Utah, and some of the animals and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. Sandstone rock formations in Bryce Canyon's Amphitheater, viewed at sunrise on November 8, 2018, in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. Bryce Canyon National Park, located two hours north of Zion National Park, features spectacular geologic formations including mountains, canyons, spires known as hoodoos, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, and natural arches. ( George Rose / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Social Distancing, Hurdle Race, Masked Tango (35 photos)
    on March 20, 2020 at 4:30 am

    Coronavirus-prevention measures around the world, online yoga in Brazil, farm-horse racing in Japan, a glass sculpture of the coronavirus in England, disinfecting Jordan's city of Petra, drive-through COVID-19 testing in Seattle, empty beaches in Florida, spring blooms in France, and much more A dog plays outside after a heavy snowfall in Ankara, Turkey, on March 19, 2020. ( Evrim Aydın / Anadolu Agency / Getty) […]

  • Photos: The Quiet Emptiness of a World Under Coronavirus (28 photos)
    on March 18, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Closures, travel restrictions, and self-isolation measures due to the new coronavirus have cleared public squares, roads, and travel destinations across the globe. Places built to accommodate thousands have become virtual ghost towns, as tourists and locals remain at home. Photographers in France, India, the U.S., Italy, China, Australia, and more have been capturing the eerie stillness of these public spaces, recently emptied of the crowds they were built for. The reflecting pool and National Mall, normally filled with tourists, shown nearly empty due to the impacts of the coronavirus, on March 17, 2020, in Washington, D.C. ( Win McNamee / Getty) […]

  • Photos: Life in the Coronavirus Era (36 photos)
    on March 16, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    In an all-out effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, health and government officials worldwide have mandated travel restrictions, closed schools and businesses, and set limits on public gatherings. People have also been urged to practice social distancing in public spaces, and to isolate themselves at home as much as possible. This rapid and widespread shift in rules and behavior has left much of the world looking very different than it did a few months ago, with emptied streets, schools, workplaces, and restaurants, and almost everyone staying home. Gathered below, some recent scenes from this pandemic, and of people coping with the many problems it is causing. Expatriates returning from Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon wait to be retested in a Kuwaiti health ministry containment and screening zone for COVID-19 in Kuwait City on March 16, 2020. ( Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Oklahoma: Images of the Sooner State (34 photos)
    on March 15, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Oklahoma, home to nearly 4 million residents, is a geologically diverse state. The territory shifts from high plains to rolling mountain ranges, from mesas to marshland, and from wide-open prairies to dense forests. Here are a few glimpses into the landscape of Oklahoma, and some of the animals and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. Cloud-to-ground lightning, captured during a thunderstorm near Boise City, Oklahoma, on May 21, 2017 ( Jason Weingart / Barcroft Media / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Hungry Deer, Homer Homer, Arabian Oryx (35 photos)
    on March 13, 2020 at 4:30 am

    Coronavirus prevention measures around the world, cherry blossoms in England, snowshoeing in New York, the “burial of the sardine” on Tenerife, Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland, the Crufts dog show in England, Holi festival in India, and much more. Workers place a mask on a figure made for the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, on March 11, 2020. The festival, which was scheduled to take place on March 13, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. ( Alberto Saiz / AP) […]

  • Large-Scale Disinfection Efforts Against Coronavirus (21 photos)
    on March 11, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    As health workers and governments around the world work to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, large-scale disinfection efforts are becoming commonplace. Using methods ranging from simple hand-wiping to mobile spray cannons, workers and volunteers are attempting to halt the transfer of the virus by touch. While there are questions about the efficacy of some of the broader spraying tactics, disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces can help stop the spread of the virus. Collected here, images of recent efforts in Iran, China, Italy, South Korea, and more. A worker sprays antiseptic solution from atop a fire truck on a street in Manila, Philippines, on March 11, 2020, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. ( Ezra Acayan / Getty) […]

  • When Everyone Stays Home: Empty Public Spaces During Coronavirus (25 photos)
    on March 9, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    In cities and regions hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, quarantine measures and self-isolation efforts have left many public spaces deserted. Classrooms, plazas, malls, sports venues, cafes, houses of worship, and tourist destinations appear eerily empty as people stay home, cancel plans, and await further news. An aerial view shows an eerily empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque, on March 6, 2020. Attendance at Friday prayers was hit by measures to protect against the deadly new coronavirus. ( Bandar Aldandani / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Michigan: Images of the Great Lakes State (35 photos)
    on March 8, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Michigan is unique, surrounded by Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie, the state touts the longest freshwater coastline in the United States—3,288 miles, including islands. Here are a few glimpses into the landscape of the state of Michigan, and some of the animals and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. The steam engine Pere Marquette 1225, known as the North Pole Express, speeds by an abandoned grain elevator in Carland, Michigan, on December 9, 2017. ( Craig Sterken / Shutterstock) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Model Vostok, Super Tuesday, Fur Rondy (35 photos)
    on March 6, 2020 at 5:30 am

    New growth in bushfire-affected Australia, coronavirus precautions around the world, a birthday party in isolation in China, migrants on the Turkey-Greece border, heavy rains in Brazil, a wet world-record attempt in Russia, mule deer in flight above Utah, Tennessee tornado damage, and much more South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear sanitize a street in front of city hall after the rapid rise in confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Daegu, southeast of the capital Seoul, South Korea, on March 2, 2020. ( Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters) […]

  • Finalists From <em>Smithsonian</em> Magazine’s 2019 Photo Contest (15 photos)
    on March 5, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    The editors of Smithsonian magazine have just announced the 60 finalists in their 17th annual photo contest, selected from 36,000 entries sent in from 145 countries and territories. They have once more allowed me to share here a selection of images from the competition’s six categories: Natural World, American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile. Captions were written by the photographers. Be sure to visit the contest page at to see all the finalists and vote for your favorites. Adélie Penguin on an Iceberg. Finalist, Natural World. Ice-dependent animals are in perilous danger of losing their habitats. This photo shows an Adélie penguin standing on an iceberg off Devil Island, Antarctica. I like how the half-lit, sea-eroded iceberg gives the scene a sense of dichotomy. Perhaps the penguin's indecision on which way to go, or perhaps ours. (© Copyright Conor Ryan. All rights reserved.) […]

  • Photos: Tornado Damage in Tennessee (25 photos)
    on March 4, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    At least one tornado tore through central Tennessee earlier this week, damaging hundreds of houses and larger buildings and killing at least 24 people. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency as rescuers search for dozens of people still listed as missing, most of them in Putnam County, east of Nashville. Below are images of the storm’s widespread destruction and some of the rescue and salvage work taking place. Two men look at damage Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Cookeville, Tennessee, after a tornado hit on Monday night. ( Wade Payne / AP) […]

  • Thousands of Migrants Attempt to Cross Into Europe From Turkey (28 photos)
    on March 2, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Last week, the Turkish government announced that it was no longer able to support a deal made with the European Union in 2016 to prevent migrants from crossing into Europe. Shortly afterward, thousands of men, women, and children set off for the border with Greece, attempting to leave Turkey by land or by sea, only to meet barbed-wire fences and security forces. Turkey has been hosting several million refugees from Syria, as well as migrants and refugees from Africa and other parts of the Middle East. Turkish officials said they were unable to cope with a recent increase in refugees, following escalations in the fighting in Syria, while others have accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of “weaponizing” the migrants, pressuring the EU to support Turkey’s operations in Syria. Migrants, hoping to enter Europe through Greece, board a small inflatable boat on the Turkish coast in Çanakkale province, across part of the Aegean Sea from the Greek island of Lesbos, on February 28, 2020. ( Burak Akay / Anadolu Agency / Getty) […]

  • Maryland: Images of the Old Line State (34 photos)
    on March 1, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Maryland is one of the smaller yet most densely populated states in the union. From sandy beaches along the Atlantic, through the Chesapeake Bay, the city of Baltimore, and out to the rural stretches of western Maryland, here are a few glimpses into the landscape of the state of Maryland, and some of the animals and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States. People ride on the towpath near Swains Lock along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal near Potomac Village, Maryland. ( Aviben / Shutterstock) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Carnival Colors, Medieval Combat, Avalanche Training (35 photos)
    on February 28, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Recovery on Australia’s Kangaroo Island, coronavirus containment efforts in China, Biathlon World Championships in Italy, fashion shows in Paris, fighting in Syria, bobsled competition in Germany, rioting in New Delhi, President Trump’s visit to India, the “Leaning Tower of Dallas” in Texas, and much more Douglas Ciampi of Westminster, Massachusetts, stands next to a rime-ice-covered antenna while taking in the view from the summit of Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, on February 23, 2020. Rime ice forms when supercooled moisture hits a solid surface. Ciampi's five-hour hike was rewarded with exceptionally clear conditions, allowing for a visibility of 100 miles from the Northeast's highest peak. ( Robert F. Bukaty / AP) […]

  • Scenes From Milan Fashion Week 2020 (25 photos)
    on February 27, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    A collection of photographs from Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21, with runway shows put on by Versace, Gucci, Moschino, Philipp Plein, Moncler, and many more Models are seen backstage at the Moncler fashion show on February 19, 2020, in Milan, Italy. ( Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty) […]

  • Carnival 2020 in Brazil (29 photos)
    on February 25, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Over the past two nights in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, thousands of spectators jammed into Sambadromes to watch the annual spectacle of samba-school floats, dancers, and extravagant costumes during Carnival. Over the past couple of weeks, even more people took part in the many blocos, or street parties, dancing and drinking into the wee hours of the night. Collected below are images of Carnival 2020 festivities in Brazil. A member of the Grande Rio samba school performs during the first night of Rio's carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 23, 2020. ( Mauro Pimentel / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Winners of the 2020 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest (15 photos)
    on February 24, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    The winners of this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest were just announced, and the photographer Greg Lecoeur was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 for his image of crabeater seals in Antarctica. More than 5,500 images were submitted by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, Marine Conservation, and in British waters, Wide Angle, Living Together, Compact, and Macro Shots. UPY was once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers. Frozen Mobile Home: Category Winner and Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020. Massive and mysterious habitats, icebergs are dynamic kingdoms that support marine life. As they swing and rotate slowly through polar currents, icebergs fertilize the oceans by carrying nutrients from land that spark blooms of phytoplankton, fundamental to the carbon cycle. During an expedition in the Antarctic Peninsula with filmmaker Florian Fischer and free diver Guillaume Néry, we explored and documented the hidden face of this iceberg where crabeater seals have taken up residence among icebergs that drift at the whim of polar currents. (© Copyright Greg Lecoeur / UPY2020) […]