News in pictures

  • Joy through a lens
    on October 15, 2021 at 7:24 am

    The winning images from a photographic competition run by Equal Lens. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Wax Queen, Desert Blooms, Explosive Jack (35 photos)
    on October 15, 2021 at 4:30 am

    The finish line of the the 125th Boston Marathon, a pickle factory in Taiwan, a mock-up of Mars in Israel, giant hyperrealistic sculptures in London, valley fog in rural Maine, a Radio City Rockettes rehearsal, the North American Wife Carrying Championship, and much more A person rides a swing hanging from a crane, with hot air balloons flying in the background, in Nevsehir, Turkey, on October 14, 2021. ( Behcet Alkan / Anadolu Agency / Getty) […]

  • Africa's week in pictures: 8-14 October 2021
    on October 15, 2021 at 12:01 am

    A selection of the best photos from the African continent and beyond. […]

  • Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 (12 photos)
    on October 13, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1965, is an annual international showcase of the best nature photography. This year, the contest attracted more than 50,000 entries from 95 countries. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. The owners and sponsors have once more been kind enough to share the following winning images from this year’s competition. The museum’s website has images from previous years and more information about the current contest and exhibition. Captions are provided by the photographers and WPY organizers, and are lightly edited for style. Head to head. Winner, Behavior: Mammals. Photographer Stefano Unterthiner watches two Svalbard reindeer battle for control of a harem. Unterthiner followed these reindeer during the rutting season. Watching the fight, he felt immersed in "the smell, the noise, the fatigue and the pain." The reindeer clashed antlers until the dominant male (left) chased its rival away, securing the opportunity to breed. (© Copyright Stefano Unterthiner / Wildlife Photographer of the Year) […]

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year: 'Explosive sex' wins top prize
    on October 12, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    An image of a bursting cloud of eggs and sperm as groupers mate in the Pacific is the judges' pick. […]

  • Fall Is in the Air: Images of the Season (20 photos)
    on October 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Autumn, the best season, is upon us once again. The autumnal equinox took place a few weeks ago, marking the end of summer and the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere. It is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and, of course, spectacular fall foliage. Across the North, people are beginning to feel a chill in the evening air, leaves are splashing mountainsides with bright color; apples and pumpkins are being gathered; and animals are on the move. Collected here are some early images from this year, and more will follow in the weeks to come. People play with leaves in Kolomenskoye Park in Moscow, Russia, on October 3, 2021. ( Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency / Getty) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'derelict'
    on October 9, 2021 at 11:11 pm

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

  • 2-8 October 2021
    on October 8, 2021 at 11:28 pm

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

  • Photos of the Week: Muddy Ride, Silent Disco, Podium Pup (35 photos)
    on October 8, 2021 at 4:30 am

    An immersive Goya exhibit in Madrid, Comic Con 2021 in New York City, a robot block party in Boston, rally racing in Finland, oil-spill cleanup in California, kite flying in Rio de Janeiro, a massive pumpkin in Belgium, a COVID-19 memorial in São Paulo, and much more A Bengal tigress runs in Guadalajara Zoo in Jalisco state, Mexico, on October 5, 2021. ( Ulises Ruiz / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Africa's week in pictures: 1-7 October 2021
    on October 7, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    A selection of the best photos from the African continent and beyond. […]

  • Ants feeding off honeydew wins the Royal Society of Biology's photo prize
    on October 7, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    A picture taken by Vishwanath Birje captures the mutualistic relationship between the ants and the aphid […]

  • Views From (and of) Summit at One Vanderbilt (15 photos)
    on October 7, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    One of New York City’s newest skyscrapers, One Vanderbilt, stands 1,401 feet (427 meters) above the streets of midtown Manhattan. The top four floors consist of an immersive experience and observation deck named “Summit,” with mirrored walls and floors, an outdoor terrace, a glass elevator on the exterior of the building, glass-floored booths overlooking Madison Avenue, and more. Summit is set to open to the public on October 21, but photographers were recently let in for press previews. The content creator Tina Lee poses for pictures, standing on a glass floor during a media preview of Summit at One Vanderbilt in New York City on October 1, 2021. ( Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Ndakasi, the gorilla who went viral
    on October 7, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    The mountain gorilla who shot to global fame after posing for a relaxed selfie with a ranger has died. […]

  • Animals in the News (29 photos)
    on October 5, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    It’s time once more for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today’s photos include pink sheep in England, a hyena in Nigeria, salmon in California, a whale shark in Thailand, Shetland ponies in Scotland, a wild boar in Rome, animals rescued from wildfires in Greece, and much more. These images are part of a roundup of animals in the news from recent months, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, as part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. A staff member of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife examines a sanderling that was contaminated by the oil spill in Huntington Beach, California, on October 4, 2021. The major spill off the coast of Southern California fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled on Sunday to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands. ( Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP) […]

  • 25 September - 1 October 2021
    on October 1, 2021 at 11:17 pm

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

  • Photos of the Week: Tango Contest, Robot Fist, Cathedral Spiral (35 photos)
    on October 1, 2021 at 4:30 am

    An autumn day in Moscow, vicuña herding in Bolivia, a pilgrimage in Senegal, an abortion-rights protest in Colombia, Wasteland Weekend in the Mojave Desert, Hogwarts Castle in Beijing, a torchlight procession in Spain, flooding in Thailand, and much more The Sense of Unity light parade takes place in Weymouth, England, on on September 25, 2021. Sense of Unity is a performance by two theater companies, Dundu from Germany and Worldbeaters from Whitley Bay, who provided the finale of Activate's Inside Out Dorset festival. ( Finnbarr Webster / Getty) […]

  • Photos: Lava Reaches the Sea on the Island of La Palma (22 photos)
    on September 30, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Lava flowing from Cumbre Vieja, an erupting volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, reached the sea last night, spreading outward and expanding the area of the island by several hundred acres. Residents who had not already evacuated were told to shelter indoors to avoid any potential poisonous gases that might be formed as the lava interacts with seawater. Cumbre Vieja has been erupting since September 19, and officials warn that it could continue for several months, based on previous eruptions. So far, hundreds of houses and large portions of several banana plantations have been destroyed. Pigeons fly in front of erupting lava on the Canary Island of La Palma, in El Paso, Spain, on September 28, 2021. ( Jon Nazca / Reuters) […]

  • Photos: The Arduous Journey of the Haitian Migrants (34 photos)
    on September 28, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Since the country’s devastating earthquake in 2010, which killed more than 200,000 people, tens of thousands of Haitians have fled their crisis-burdened homeland, many traveling to parts of South America. Throughout this year many more have fled, joining previous Haitian expats who have not yet found places to settle—as well as migrants and asylum seekers from many other countries—to make the challenging journey north to the United States border. Individuals and families hoping for new opportunities and a better life have passed through Colombia, entering Panama and traversing Central America. The trip is dangerous, full of obstacles, and covers thousands of miles, some of it through roadless jungle. The arrival of a large group of migrants who recently made it to the U.S. border near Del Rio, Texas, grabbed national headlines, but they have since dispersed—thousands were reportedly released into the United States, more than 4,000 were deported to Haiti, and most of the rest are traveling back into Mexico for the moment. Gathered below are images from recent months of some of the thousands of Haitians (and others) making their perilous trip north. Haitian migrants cross the jungle of the Darien Gap, near Acandi, Choco department, Colombia, heading to Panama, on September 26, 2021, trying to reach the U.S. From Acandi, they started on foot, armed with machetes, lanterns, and tents, braving the dangerous five-day trek into Panama through the jungle. They have had to battle snakes, steep ravines, swollen rivers, tropical downpours, and criminals, many of whom are linked to drug trafficking. ( Raul Arboleda / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'new beginnings'
    on September 25, 2021 at 11:35 pm

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

  • 18 - 24 September 2021
    on September 24, 2021 at 11:54 pm

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

  • Photos of the Week: Merkel Diamond, Windy Fire, Pedal Cars (35 photos)
    on September 24, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Container ships anchored off the Port of Los Angeles, gunfire on the front line in Ukraine, citizen astronauts’ splashdown near Florida, a slackliner’s walk from the Eiffel Tower, giant stone heads in Turkey, a nudist grape harvest in Portugal, lava flows on the Canary Islands, the Earth in an English forest, and much more A violin-shaped boat parades near the Accademia Bridge in Venice, Italy, on September 18, 2021. ( Stefano Mazzola / Awakening / Getty) […]

  • A Sea of Flags: Commemorating More Than 675,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 (12 photos)
    on September 21, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    The number of deaths in the United States due to COVID-19 has now passed 675,000—more than the number of Americans who died during the 1918 influenza pandemic. In Washington, D.C., a new temporary art installation named “In America: Remember,” commemorates the many Americans who have died of COVID-19 over the past year and a half. Hundreds of thousands of small white flags were planted on 20 acres of the National Mall, based on a concept by the artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg. Each flag is meant to represent a life lost, and many carry messages written to loved ones. A person looks at white flags that are part of the artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's temporary installation "In America: Remember," in remembrance of Americans who have died of COVID-19, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., September 17, 2021. ( Brynn Anderson / AP) […]

  • Photos: A Destructive Eruption on the Canary Islands (22 photos)
    on September 20, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    A recent burst of seismic activity on the volcanic island of La Palma, part of Spain’s Canary Islands, prompted authorities to evacuate about 5,000 residents. On Sunday, the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted near the town of El Paso, spewing ash and jets of lava into the air and triggering lava flows that have destroyed more than 100 homes so far. Lava continued to flow slowly on Monday, with no injuries or deaths reported. Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso, spewing out columns of ash and lava, as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021. ( Desiree Martin / AFP / Getty) […]

  • 11 - 17 September 2021
    on September 18, 2021 at 12:42 am

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

  • Photos of the Week: Grenadier Guards, Floating Island, Wrapped Arch (35 photos)
    on September 17, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Flooding in southern France, cliff diving in Ireland, the MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, civilian astronauts’ launch from Florida, an elephant bath in Pakistan, theater reopenings in Indonesia, a protest march in Argentina, scenes from the Met Gala in New York City, and much more Locals play soccer on a dusty pitch in Soweto, South Africa, on September 15, 2021. ( Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters) […]

  • Scenes From Greenland (20 photos)
    on September 15, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Hannibal Hanschke, a photographer with Reuters, has spent the past week and a half traveling around the west coast of Greenland, capturing images of the landscape, its glaciers, the residents, and their homes. I’m happy to be able to share some of these photos here, snapshots from the largest island in the world (that isn’t a continent). Houses are pictured in Ilulissat, Greenland, on September 14, 2021. ( Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters) […]

  • Photographing the Microscopic: Winners of Nikon Small World 2021 (21 photos)
    on September 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Nikon has announced the winners of the 2021 Small World Photomicrography Competition and has once again shared some of the winning and honored images with us. The contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. More than 1,900 entries were received from 88 countries in 2021, the 47th year of the competition. Honorable Mention: Hind leg of a male frog-legged beetle (Sagra buqueti) ( Dr. Andrew Mark Posselt, California) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'breaking free'
    on September 11, 2021 at 11:17 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • 4-10 September 2021
    on September 10, 2021 at 11:00 pm

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

  • Photos of the Week: Depleted Lake, Wayward Cow, Alligator Reef (35 photos)
    on September 10, 2021 at 4:30 am

    A “Tribute in Light” in New York City, lingering power outages in Louisiana, students’ return to school in Indonesia, rice harvesting in Japan, final scenes from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, a Neanderthal in the Netherlands, the Fallas Festival in Valencia, women’s pro wrestling in Japan, and much more Models showcase designs on the runway at the Jingyi Jin Collection show during the China Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 Collection at the 751D.Park in Beijing, China, on September 5, 2021. ( Zhe Ji / Getty) […]

  • Wonderland Abandoned: The Swift Fall of “Europe’s Biggest Theme Park” (19 photos)
    on September 8, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Wonderland Eurasia, billed as “Europe’s biggest theme park,” opened in Ankara, Turkey, in March 2019. Political turmoil, uneven ride quality, and a lack of attendance caused the massive park to close its doors permanently after less than a year of operation. According to an AFP story, the park’s abandoned dinosaur statues now piled in fields tell a “tale of grand ambition, waste and troubles facing the long-ruling party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.” The project, built by the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and featured 17 roller coasters and dozens of other attractions spread over a 320-acre park, which now sits empty. Decaying dinosaur statues sit, dumped in a field outside the abandoned Wonderland Eurasia theme park, near the Turkish capital of Ankara, on July 5, 2021. ( Adem Altan / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Octopus Kite, High Water, Little Amal (35 photos)
    on September 3, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Scenes from the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, flash flooding in Spain and the U.S., snowfall in South Africa, devastation left by Hurricane Ida, a crash at the British Grand Prix, the Caldor wildfire in California, a light show in Antwerp, a new eruption at Mount Etna, and much more A cow is transported by a helicopter after its summer sojourn in the high Swiss Alpine meadows, near the Klausenpass, Switzerland, on August 27, 2021. ( Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters) […]

  • Photos: California’s Caldor Fire Threatens South Lake Tahoe (27 photos)
    on September 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Over the past three weeks, the Caldor Fire has burned more than 200,000 acres in western California, and continues to push eastward, toward the resort city of South Lake Tahoe and the Nevada state line. Evacuation orders have been issued for South Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area, where tens of thousands of structures are threatened. More than 4,000 firefighters are working on the blaze, amid continued hot, dry, and windy conditions. The Caldor Fire is now listed as 20 percent contained, as it descends into the Lake Tahoe Basin. Flames consume a home as the Caldor Fire pushes into South Lake Tahoe, California, on August 30, 2021. ( Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos: The Aftermath of Hurricane Ida (29 photos)
    on August 31, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    On August 29, Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm southwest of New Orleans. The storm was one of the most intense hurricanes to ever hit the state, with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, causing widespread power outages, flooding, and at least four deaths. Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. As Ida weakens and moves northeast, many Louisiana residents are now assessing the damage, rescuing the stranded, and recovering what they can. Montegut fire chief Toby Henry walks back to his fire truck in the rain as firefighters cut through trees on the road in Bourg, Louisiana, as Hurricane Ida passes on August 29, 2021. ( Mark Felix / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (35 photos)
    on August 30, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    The 2020 Summer Paralympics have reached day six, as more than 4,500 athletes representing 163 countries compete in Tokyo, Japan. Medals have already been awarded in judo, cycling, track and field, swimming, archery, and more. The games, which continue until September 5, are designed for athletes with disabilities and feature 539 events in 22 sports. Collected here is just a small glimpse of these athletes as they take part in the long-delayed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Marcel Hug of Team Switzerland celebrates after winning gold in the men’s 5,000-meter T54 final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. ( Naomi Baker / Getty) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'my summer'
    on August 28, 2021 at 11:38 pm

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

  • Photos of the Week: River Dive, Wild Surf, Roof Bear (35 photos)
    on August 27, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Heavy flood damage in Venezuela, relief supplies delivered to Haiti, a tomato harvest in Turkey, wildfires in California, a leaping capybara in Brazil, scenes from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, and much more Sabrina Davi poses for photos in Battery Park during Tropical Storm Henri on August 22, 2021, in New York City. ( David Dee Delgado / Getty) […]

  • Roadside America, Photographs by John Margolies (21 photos)
    on August 26, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    From 1969 to 2008, the writer and photographer John Margolies traveled the highways and back roads of America, photographing thousands of the unique and typically whimsical roadside signs and attractions that dotted the landscape—from a four-story fish to a “foam house of tomorrow” to a hotel shaped like a beagle and much more. The Library of Congress acquired the bulk of his collection in 2015, and shares the images online here. Collected below is just a small selection, a view of intriguing structures, some long gone, others still around but changed over the years. Dinny the dinosaur, photographed at Claude Bell's Dinosaurs in 1978. Dinny was one of two large dinosaurs built adjacent to the Wheel Inn café in Cabazon, California. ( John Margolies / Library of Congress) […]

  • Photos: Deadly Flash Floods Hit Tennessee After a Torrential Storm (19 photos)
    on August 23, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    On Saturday, an intense thunderstorm stalled over central Tennessee, dropping a record-setting 17 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The heavy rainfall filled rivers and streams and unleashed dangerous flash floods, wiping out roads and structures. At least 21 people were killed, and another 40 are listed as missing. Rescue and recovery efforts are still under way, many of them focused on the hard-hit city of Waverly. A car sits embedded in debris that washed up against a bridge over a stream on August 22, 2021, in Waverly, Tennessee. ( Mark Humphrey / AP) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Taliban Takeover, Park Gladiator, Cave Robot (35 photos)
    on August 20, 2021 at 4:30 am

    A cliffside monastery in Turkey, earthquake damage in Haiti, kite flying in India, motorcycle racing in Austria, drought and wildfires in California, preparation for the Paralympic Games, anti-government protests in Bangkok, a Pride parade in Bucharest, chaos at the Kabul airport, and much more A Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane helicopter operates above northwestern Athens, Greece, on August 18, 2021, after a wildfire hit the area. ( Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP / Getty) […]

  • 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. […]

  • Fashion photographer: 'The world doesn't see this part of Afghanistan'
    on August 9, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Fatimah Hossaini is a fashion photographer in Afghanistan and wants to use her work to help women be seen. […]

  • Tokyo Olympics: Capturing the perfect moment
    on August 7, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Three sports photographers explain what goes into getting the best shots of the day at the Games. […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'making tracks'
    on July 31, 2021 at 11:19 pm

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

  • Dorset photographer shoots Star Wars Lego in cinematic style
    on July 30, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    A 34-year-old Dorset photographer is recreating cinematic sci-fi scenes using his Star Wars Lego kits. […]