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  • Ivan Kupala Night 2024 (18 photos)
    on June 24, 2024 at 5:59 pm

    Across parts of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and Russia, an ancient pagan summer rite called Kupala combined with the Orthodox feast of Saint John the Baptist, becoming “Ivan Kupala Night,” a festival celebrating the summer solstice. On Ivan Kupala Night, young people wear wreaths symbolizing purity, crowds sing and dance around bonfires, and people bathe naked in rivers and lakes. Many leap over fires as a test of faith, to purge themselves of their sins and bad luck, and to improve their health. Collected below are a handful of images from this year’s Ivan Kupala Night celebrations. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. Women wearing wreaths made of flowers and herbs take part in a celebration of the pagan holiday of Ivan Kupala in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 23, 2024. ( Anatolii Stepanov / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Iberian Lynx, Albanian Fan, Bostonian Joy (35 photos)
    on June 21, 2024 at 10:00 am

    A dog that enjoys daily scooter rides in Turkey, Olympic skateboarding qualifiers in Hungary, a deadly train collision in India, a solstice wedding at Stonehenge, forest fires in California, coastal flooding in Texas, Eid al-Adha prayers in Iran, a performance by Post Malone in Tennessee, and much more To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. Firefighter Chris Fritz works to keep the Aero Fire from spreading through the Copperopolis community of Calaveras County, California, on June 17, 2024. ( Noah Berger / AP) […]

  • The 2024 Audubon Photography Awards (12 photos)
    on June 20, 2024 at 4:05 pm

    The winners of the 15th annual Audubon Photography Awards were just announced. Photographers competed for nine prizes, submitting more than 2,300 entries depicting birdlife from all 50 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces and territories. The National Audubon Society was once again kind enough to share some of the winning photographs with us. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. Red-necked Grebe. Youth Honorable Mention. Two red-necked grebe chicks ride on the back of an adult, as another adult feeds one of the chicks at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. ( Edwin Liu / 2024 Audubon Photography Awards) […]

  • Photos: Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat (21 photos)
    on June 18, 2024 at 5:18 pm

    As the first day of summer approaches, record-setting high temperatures have already been observed in several places across the Northern Hemisphere, and the American Northeast is bracing for a dangerous heat wave. People in Europe, Asia, and North America have taken to nearby beaches, lakes, and water parks to find relief. Collected below are recent images of people and animals doing what they can to beat the heat. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. A man jumps into the sea to cool himself off during hot weather in Istanbul on June 11, 2024. ( Cem Tekkeşinoğlu / Anadolu / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: River Violin, Stuffed Bear, Laser Run (35 photos)
    on June 14, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Blackout conditions in parts of Ukraine, whale watching on the Australian coast, a track-and-field competition in Italy, worshippers around the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia, flooding in parts of southern Florida, fencers in training in Kenya, anti-government protests in Argentina, and much more To receive an email notification every time a new photo story is published, sign up here. Carlos Alcaraz of Spain holds a trophy as he celebrates with a group of ball kids after winning the Men's Singles Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on day 15 of the 2024 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France, on June 9, 2024. ( Clive Brunskill / Getty) […]

  • 50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1974 (40 photos)
    on June 13, 2024 at 6:36 pm

    Half a century ago, President Richard Nixon resigned from office, streaking took off as a fad, and the stuntman Evel Knievel attempted to jump across a canyon in a rocket motorcycle. Also in 1974, the boxers Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fought in Zaire in a match dubbed the “Rumble in the Jungle,” Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home-run record, the tightrope walker Philippe Petit walked across the gap between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Turkish military invaded Cyprus, and much more. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. The Swedish pop group ABBA performs during the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 in Brighton, England, with the song "Waterloo," on February 9, 1974. ABBA went on to win the competition that year, launching a hugely successful career. ( Olle Lindeborg / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Scenes from China’s 2024 Dragon Boat Festival (16 photos)
    on June 11, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    In recent days, people in cities and villages across China have been celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival. Locals and tourists gather to watch dragon-boat races, enjoy traditional food, and pray for good luck during this annual summer folk festival. Gathered below are recent images from festivals in Foshan, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Beijing, and more. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. People take part in a nighttime dragon-boat river cruise during the Dragon Boat Festival in Foshan, China, on June 8, 2024. ( John Ricky / Anadolu / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Baby Jumping, Rain Vortex, Rickshaw Nap (35 photos)
    on June 7, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Two rocket launches from the southern United States, flooding rivers in southwestern Germany, commemorations on the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France, a scene from the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, continued Israeli attacks in Gaza, large-scale calligraphy as artwork in Iraq, a solar-thermal power-generation plant in China, and much more This photo essay originally misidentified the San Diego Padres pitcher Wandy Peralta. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. A person throws a milkshake in the face of Nigel Farage, the newly appointed leader of Britain's right-wing populist party, Reform UK, and the party's parliamentary candidate for Clacton, during his election campaign launch in Clacton-on-Sea, England, on June 4, 2024. The thrower, Victoria Thomas Bowen, was later charged with assault. ( Ben Stansall / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings (28 photos)
    on June 6, 2024 at 5:42 pm

    For the past week, sites in the United Kingdom and France have been hosting a number of events leading up to today, the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944. Veterans, families, dignitaries, and visitors have gathered at former battlefields and cemeteries to commemorate the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy, which turned the tide in World War II and led to the liberation of occupied France and the defeat of Nazi Germany. Gathered here are images of some of these events, and of some of the few remaining veterans who took part in that costly invasion eight decades ago. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. Bernard Morgan, 100, a veteran of the British Royal Air Force, visits war graves in Bayeux, France, on June 5, 2024, ahead of the Royal British Legion Service’s plans to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. ( Aaron Chown / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Beer Toss, Pike Battle, Sea Pods (35 photos)
    on May 31, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Warrior horse racing in Japan, scenes from the Cannes Film Festival in France, a new volcanic eruption in Iceland, a Memorial Day display in Boston, an anti-drone-technology display in Ukraine, a performance by AC/DC in Italy, competitive surfing in Tahiti, and much more To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. People view an installation of projections and lights called "Dark Spectrum," located in old tram tunnels, as part of the annual Vivid Sydney festival in Sydney, Australia, on May 24, 2024. ( David Gray / AFP / Getty) […]

  • An Island Community Displaced by Climate Change (20 photos)
    on May 30, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    The Panamanian government recently presented keys to new houses to about 300 families from Cartí Sugtupu, a small and crowded Caribbean island that is threatened by rising sea levels and a lack of space. The Indigenous communities on Cartí Sugtupu and neighboring islands have faced increasing floods and damage from storms. Starting in 2015, the Panamanian Ministry of Housing began relocation plans, constructing a new mainland settlement called Nuevo Carti—completed at a cost of more than $12 million. Residents will begin to move into their new homes next week. To receive an email notification every time a new photo story is published, sign up here. An aerial view of the island Cartí Sugtupu, part of the San Blas archipelago off Panama’s northern Caribbean coast, seen on October 11, 2023. The Indigenous communities of the small island face significant challenges amid rising sea levels. About 300 families will relocate to new homes, built by the government, on the mainland. ( Adri Salido / Getty) […]

  • The 2024 Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling Race (14 photos)
    on May 28, 2024 at 4:13 pm

    Crowds gathered at Cooper’s Hill, on a farm near Gloucester, England, once again yesterday, cheering as racers took part in the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake. Continuing a tradition that dates back at least 200 years, participants chased a nine-pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese, running in a chaotic scramble down a very steep and uneven grassy hill, with the winner taking home the cheese. This photo essay originally misspelled Abby Lampe’s name. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. Several participants tumble as they run in the annual cheese rolling at Cooper's Hill in Brockworth, Gloucester, in western England, on May 27, 2024. ( Jacob King / PA Images / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Victorian Picnic, Flamingo Flight, Shadow Puppets (35 photos)
    on May 24, 2024 at 10:00 am

    An airline for dogs in New York, horse racing in Baltimore, the Olympic torch relay in southwestern France, a Catholic pilgrimage in a Spanish village, the World Para Athletics Championships in Japan, a tornado’s path of destruction in Iowa, and much more To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. An aircraft sits on the flooded tarmac at Salgado Filho Porto Alegre International Airport, in the city of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, on May 20, 2024. More than 600,000 people have been displaced by the heavy rain, flooding, and mudslides that have ravaged the south of the state for about two weeks. ( Anselmo Cunha / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos: Ukrainians Fight to Defend Kharkiv From Russian Attacks (30 photos)
    on May 23, 2024 at 6:33 pm

    Several weeks ago, Russian forces began intensifying artillery bombardment and ground advances in border villages across Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, and launching deadly missile attacks into the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Thousands of civilians have already fled the area in an ongoing evacuation. While firefighters in residential areas battle the blazes caused by Russian missiles, Ukrainian troops are responding to Russian advances along the front line with artillery and squads of small drones. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. Smoke rises from the Ukrainian border city of Vovchansk, in the Chuhuiv district of Kharkiv Oblast, which is bombarded daily by heavy artillery, on May 17, 2024, seen in this screengrab taken from aerial video footage. ( Libkos / Getty) […]

  • The Beauty of Earth From Orbit (28 photos)
    on May 21, 2024 at 6:54 pm

    The International Space Station is currently hosting seven crew members of Expedition 71, which began on April 6. The ISS orbits the Earth at about 17,150 miles per hour, orbiting the planet about 16 times a day. In recent months, the astronauts and cosmonauts of Expeditions 70 and 71 have taken some amazing photographs of our lovely planet as they pass overhead, and I wanted to share more of those unique views here. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. A view of the Soyuz module docked with the ISS as it passes above Eastern Europe, looking west, on January 13, 2024 ( Jasmin Moghbeli / NASA) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Dock Diving, Buddha Cleaning, Vapor Falls (35 photos)
    on May 17, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Surgery at a teddy-bear hospital in Germany, a performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, coyote pups at an animal park in France, destructive flooding in Brazil and Indonesia, a fashion show in Saudi Arabia, the northern lights above England, and much more To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. A woman wades through floodwater in an inundated residential area in Garissa, Kenya, on May 9, 2024. Kenya is grappling with one of its worst floods in recent history, the latest in a string of weather catastrophes, following weeks of extreme rainfall that scientists have linked to a changing climate. At least 257 people have been killed and more than 55,000 households have been displaced as murky waters submerged entire villages, destroyed roads, and inundated dams. ( Luis Tato / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Winners of the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2024 (20 photos)
    on May 16, 2024 at 4:29 pm

    The German Society for Nature Photography (GDT) just announced the winning images in its annual members-only photo competition, selected from more than 8,000 entries in seven categories, including Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants & Fungi, Landscapes, and Nature’s Studio. Contest organizers were kind enough to share some of the winning and honored photographs with us below. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. Surfing the Wave. First Place, Birds. Gentoo penguin, Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands. Gentoos are the fastest swimmers among penguins and agile enough to surf breaking waves. (© Copyright Levi Fitze / GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2024) […]

  • Photos From the 2024 Westminster Dog Show (24 photos)
    on May 15, 2024 at 5:15 pm

    The 148th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show took place in New York City over the past week, showcasing more than 3,000 dogs of 200 different breeds and varieties. This year’s Best in Show was awarded to a miniature poodle named Sage. Gathered below are images from this year’s competition, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. A dog splashes down during the Dock Diving event at the 148th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York City, on May 11, 2024. ( Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Grim Reaper, Wicker Man, Met Gala (35 photos)
    on May 10, 2024 at 10:00 am

    The ruins of a mountain monastery in Turkey, tornado damage in Oklahoma, a dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, devastating floods in southern Brazil, a drone expo in South Korea, ongoing Russian drone attacks in Ukraine, camel rides in a Chinese desert, fireflies on a forest trail in Taiwan, and much more To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. A performer floats above supporters, attached to a cluster of helium balloons, above the Marques do Pombal square in Lisbon, on May 6, 2024, to celebrate the champions of the Portuguese football league. ( Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos: Deadly Flooding in Southern Brazil (25 photos)
    on May 8, 2024 at 5:45 pm

    For more than a week now, torrential rainfall in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul has swollen rivers, triggered landslides, and caused widespread flooding. More than 90 deaths have been blamed on the flooding, with another 130 people listed as missing. Rescue efforts continue across the state and in the hard-hit city of Porto Alegre. The intense rains have abated for the moment, but flooding rivers continue to rise downstream, forcing thousands to seek shelter and assistance. To receive an email notification every time new photo stories are published, sign up here. A view of the flooded Mario Quintana Cultural Center, in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on May 5, 2024. ( Anselmo Cunha / AFP / Getty) […]

  • A Traditional Easter Rocket War in Greece (17 photos)
    on May 6, 2024 at 5:13 pm

    In the Greek village of Vrontados, each year during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations, members of two rival churches hold a traditional “rocket war” by firing thousands of homemade fireworks toward each other while services are held. The goal for each side is to hit the bell in the tower of the opposing church. The festival, called Rouketopolemos, has been celebrated by the churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani for at least 135 years. Gathered here are images of this year’s battle, along with others from recent years. To receive an email notification every time a new photo story is published, sign up here. Rockets fly over the bell tower of Agios Markos church during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the eastern Aegean island of Chios on April 26, 2008. ( Yiorgos Karahalis / Reuters) […]

  • When the National Guard Arrived at Kent State, Images From 1970 (19 photos)
    on May 4, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    On May 4, 1970, 54 years ago today, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of student protesters gathered on the campus of Ohio’s Kent State University, killing four students and injuring another nine. Several hundred students had been protesting against the Nixon administration’s expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia, and the mayor of the city of Kent asked the governor of Ohio to bring in members of the National Guard. News coverage of the shooting of unarmed protesters dominated headlines around the world and spurred hundreds of protests across the country. Gathered below are images from that pivotal day in American history. View of a line of Ohio National Guardsmen, with rifles and gas masks, on the Kent State University campus as they prepare to disperse student protesters in Kent, Ohio, on May 4, 1970. The protests, initially over the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, resulted in the deaths of four protesters (and the injuries of nine others) after the National Guard opened fire on students. ( Howard Ruffner / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: May Day, Campus Protests, Snake Festival (35 photos)
    on May 3, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Devastating floods across Kenya, a pagan fire festival in Scotland, antler gathering in Wyoming, pro-Palestinian demonstrations at many American colleges, the Olympic flame en route to France, a movie premiere in Sydney, a badminton competition in China, and much more The Horsehead Nebula, imaged by the NIRCam instrument on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, featuring a portion of the "horse's mane" about 0.8 light-years wide. The ethereal clouds that appear blue at the bottom of the image are dominated by cold, molecular hydrogen. Red-colored wisps extending above the main nebula represent mainly atomic hydrogen gas. In this area, known as a photodissociation region, ultraviolet light from nearby young, massive stars creates a mostly neutral, warm area of gas and dust between the fully ionized gas above and the colder nebula below. As with many Webb images, distant galaxies are sprinkled in the background. ( ESA, NASA, CSA, STScI) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Wheelbarrow Race, Count Binface, Orange Skies (35 photos)
    on April 26, 2024 at 10:00 am

    A volcanic eruption in Indonesia, a tilting tower in Taiwan, a growing refugee camp in Chad, the Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade in Japan, humanitarian aid parachuted into Gaza, protests opposing Israel’s attacks on Gaza in the United States, a performance by Phish at the Sphere in Las Vegas, and much more Spiral bookshelves are seen in a bookshop in Guangzhou, China, on April 23, 2024 ( John Ricky / Anadolu / Getty) […]

  • Chile’s Amazing National Parks (30 photos)
    on April 24, 2024 at 6:55 pm

    Across the length of Chile, stretching 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from north to south, more than 40 national parks have been established in the past century, protecting many endangered species, wild landscapes, and natural wonders. Collected below are images of several of these parks, from Lauca National Park, in the altiplano of Chile’s far north, to the dramatic mountains of Torres del Paine National Park, in the southern Patagonia region. A view of the Cuernos del Paine, a cluster of steep granite peaks in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park. ( Lukasz Nowak1 / Getty) […]