News in pictures

  • Homeless in Siberia: Surviving the Winter (21 photos)
    on February 19, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Alexey Malgavko, a photojournalist working with Reuters, spent time this winter among the homeless population in the Russian city of Omsk. Life is extremely difficult for those living rough in a city where wintertime low temperatures can reach -22 Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius) at night. Many survive the cold by finding or making shelters along industrial heating pipes that run through the city. Malgavko writes about one of the people he followed, Alexei Vergunov: “It's a perilous existence. Too far from the pipe and he could die of exposure to the cold. Too close and he could get severe burns without him noticing at first through the haze of hard alcohol that many drink to keep warm and dull reality.” Galiya, 29, who is homeless, looks out from a makeshift shelter in Omsk, Russia, on February 14, 2020. ( Alexey Malgavko / Reuters) […]

  • The 'ghost ship' washed up by Storm Dennis
    on February 19, 2020 at 10:44 am

    A "ghost" cargo ship has washed up off the coast of County Cork, Ireland. […]

  • Fair Isle: The remote island where jumpers are always in fashion
    on February 19, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Photographer Chris Morphet travelled to Fair Isle 50 years ago to document designs which are still influencing fashion. […]

  • Photos: Life in the Time of Coronavirus (30 photos)
    on February 18, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (formerly called the 2019 novel coronavirus) in China and some neighboring countries has led to unprecedented efforts to isolate, control, and halt the spread of the virus that has now infected more than 73,400 people, and caused at least 1,875 deaths since December of 2019. Across much of China, travel is restricted and residents remain in their homes, and the economy is taking a big hit at local, national, and global levels. Gathered here are images from Wuhan, Beijing, Shanghai, and other locations in China over the past two weeks, as residents continue to cope with COVID-19. A couple wearing masks kiss in a shopping area in downtown Shanghai, China, on February 16, 2020. ( Aly Song / Reuters) […]

  • Flooding from Storm Dennis
    on February 18, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    The scale of the devastation is apparent, as severe flood warnings remain in place across the UK. […]

  • The converging art careers of Henry Moore and Bill Brandt
    on February 18, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Henry Moore and Bill Brandt created images of civilians sheltering during the Blitz. […]

  • Storm Dennis: In pictures
    on February 17, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Images from around the UK show the strong winds and heavy rain that have swept across the country. […]

  • Vermont: Images of the Green Mountain State (32 photos)
    on February 16, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Today’s photo story is the sixth in a year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Vermont is one of America’s smallest states by area, and is home to fewer than 625,000 residents. It is known for its picturesque mountains and valleys, ski slopes, spectacular fall colors, and its famous maple syrup. Gathered here are a few glimpses into the varied landscape of Vermont, and some of the animals and people calling it home. The Stowe Community Church, photographed at dusk during the winter, in Stowe, Vermont ( Don Landwehrle / Shutterstock) […]

  • 8-14 February
    on February 15, 2020 at 12:19 am

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

  • Photos of the Week: Shanghai Fog, Malta Moon, Storm Ciara (35 photos)
    on February 14, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Heavy rain in southeastern Australia, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, the 92nd Oscar awards in Hollywood, coronavirus in China, icy trees in Maine, Makha Bucha in Thailand, and much more A girl waits for the start of a llama race at the Llanganates National Park in Ecuador, on February 8, 2020. Woolly llamas, animals emblematic of the Andean mountains in South America, become the star for a day each year when Ecuadoreans dress up their prized animals for children to ride in 500-meter races. ( Dolores Ochoa / AP) […]

  • One man's fictional journey across Britain
    on February 14, 2020 at 4:29 am

    Photographer Lottie Davies explores loss and grief through a fictional journey from the south-west of England to Scotland. […]

  • Top Shots From the 2019 International Landscape Photographer of the Year (20 photos)
    on February 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    More than 3,400 entries were received in this year’s landscape-photography competition, from professional and amateur photographers around the world. Judges of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest narrowed the field down to a “Top 101,” then further to award several category prizes and the International Landscape Photographer of the Year award, which went to the Russian photographer Oleg Ershov for his images of England and Iceland. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of this year’s top and winning images below. Second place, single-image category: salt piles and condenser ponds in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean ( Sander Grefte / International Landscape Photographer of the Year) […]

  • Wooden
    on February 13, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "wooden". […]

  • Documenting Penguin Decline in Antarctica (21 photos)
    on February 12, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Ueslei Marcelino, a photojournalist with Reuters, recently accompanied a team of scientists on an expedition to Antarctica, where they used drones and manual techniques to count various populations of chinstrap penguins. Reuters reports: “The number of chinstrap penguins in some colonies in Western Antarctica has fallen by as much as 77 percent since they were last surveyed in the 1970s, say scientists studying the impact of climate change on the remote region.” They also quote Steve Forrest, a conservation biologist: “The declines that we’ve seen are definitely dramatic. Something is happening to the fundamental building blocks of the food chain here. We’ve got less food abundance that’s driving these populations down lower and lower over time and the question is, is that going to continue?” Last week, an Argentinian base in Antarctica reported the highest temperature ever recorded on the continent: 64.94 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 degrees Celsius). A pair of chinstrap penguins swim near Two Hummock Island, Antarctica, on February 2, 2020. The number of chinstraps at one important habitat in the region, Elephant Island, has plummeted by about 60% since the last survey in 1971, to fewer than 53,000 breeding pairs today, the expedition found. ( Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) […]

  • British landmarks from the air
    on February 12, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Ordnance Survey staff capture British landmarks from the air. […]

  • Photos From the 2020 Westminster Dog Show (23 photos)
    on February 11, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    The 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is hosting 2,500 dogs this year, consisting of more than 200 different breeds or varieties. Below are images from the three-day competition and preliminary activities held in New York City. The competition ends tonight in Madison Square Garden, with the announcement of this year’s “Best in Show.” A dog is groomed before participating in the 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2020, in New York City. ( Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty) […]

  • South Carolina: Images of the Palmetto State (33 photos)
    on February 9, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Today’s photo story is the fifth in a year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. South Carolina is home to more than 5 million residents, and has a landscape that ranges from the salt marshes and plains of its Low Country to the heights of its Blue Ridge region in the west. Gathered here are a few glimpses into the varied and historic features of South Carolina, and some of the animals and people calling it home. An earlier version of this photo essay inadvertently included a photo taken in Charlotte, North Carolina. The photo has been removed. The Hunting Island Light, photographed at sunrise, in Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, South Carolina ( Larry Knupp / Shutterstock) […]

  • 1 - 7 February
    on February 8, 2020 at 12:57 am

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

  • Photos of the Week: Gobbler’s Knob, Giant Queen, Prosthetic Paws (35 photos)
    on February 7, 2020 at 5:30 am

    A London sunset, face masks across Asia, the Super Bowl in Miami, a snow track in Minsk, Trump’s acquittal in Washington, motorcycle ice racing in Kazakhstan, the first mosque in Slovenia, and much more Horses panic as a spot fire runs through the property of Lawrence and Clair Cowie on February 1, 2020, near Canberra, Australia. The couple stayed to defend their home; the spot fire destroyed part of the property. Chief Minister Andrew Barr declared a state of emergency, as the Orroral Valley bushfire continued to burn out of control. ( Brook Mitchell / Getty) […]

  • Robots at Work and Play (31 photos)
    on February 6, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines—some fully autonomous, some requiring human input—extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places too dangerous or difficult for us to go. Gathered here are recent images of robotic technology, including a machine built to draw portraits, battle robots, a dance performance, an autonomous mobile vending machine, an art installation, an agri-bot, a robotic priest, a Mars rover, a grocery-store bot, and much more. A robot conductor leads an orchestra at the Sharjah Performing Arts Academy, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on January 31, 2020. ( Satish Kumar Subramani / Reuters) […]

  • Paths
    on February 6, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "paths". […]

  • Photos: Empty Streets in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak (28 photos)
    on February 4, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    As authorities and health workers try to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China, travel restrictions and quarantine measures have left many streets, parks, and shopping centers essentially deserted in cities across China. More than 20,500 cases have been reported so far in mainland China, and the World Health Organization recently declared a global public health emergency. Quickly-built hospitals are starting to take in patients in Wuhan, and other public buildings are being converted into temporary hospitals with thousands of beds set up for people with mild symptoms. Below, recent scenes from Wuhan, Shanghai, Beijing, and other virus-affected areas. A woman walks in a deserted shopping street in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China, on February 1, 2020. ( Thomas Peter / Reuters) […]

  • Hawaii: Images of the Aloha State (31 photos)
    on February 2, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Today’s photo story is the fourth in a year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Hawaii, the 50th state admitted to the union, sits isolated in the Pacific Ocean—some 2,000 miles from the U.S. mainland. The archipelago of 137 islands contains an incredible diversity of wildlife, climates, and landscapes—lush jungles, beaches, active volcanoes, and much more. Gathered here are a few glimpses into the varied features of Hawaii, and some of the animals and people calling it home. Keala Ching, Kumu ("teacher") for the Nā Wai Iwi Ola Foundation, leads the group in chant and dance on a hula paʻa in sight of a lele ("altar") on Mauna Loa. The sunrise ceremony took place on the island of Molokaʻi at Kaʻana, Hawaii. ( Alvis Upitis / Getty) […]

  • Superb Owl Sunday IV (28 photos)
    on February 2, 2020 at 5:15 am

    A special Sunday event: our fourth annual photographic essay celebrating these magnificent birds of prey. These nocturnal hunters hail from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, and are captured here in photos from recent years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely), I invite you to take a look; it’s always a hoot to put this together. A burrowing owl tilts its head to have a look outside its burrow on Marco Island, Florida. ( SunflowerMomma / Shutterstock) […]

  • 25-31 January
    on February 1, 2020 at 1:07 am

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

  • Photos of the Week: Sealed Knot, Holy Dip, Night Monkey (35 photos)
    on January 31, 2020 at 5:30 am

    A piano dangling over Munich, paragliders over Colombia, swimming horses in India, an earthquake in Turkey, presidential campaigning in Iowa, mustard fields in Bangladesh, memorials to Kobe Bryant in the U.S. and Spain, the Australian Open in Melbourne, a firefighter protest in Paris, and much more. Billie Eilish performs during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. ( Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty) […]

  • 100 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1920 (33 photos)
    on January 30, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    A century ago, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified—guaranteeing women the right to vote. In Europe, two short-lived but consequential wars were under way, the Polish-Soviet War and the Irish War of Independence. The 1920 Olympic Games were held in Belgium, an unsolved bombing on Wall Street killed 38 people, Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio was elected as America’s 29th president, and much more. Please take a moment to look back at some of the events and sights from around the world 100 years ago. In April 1920, Herbert McBride broke the world's motorcycle record for amateurs with a speed of 104.4 miles per hour. McBride, along with his teammate, Indian Motorcycles Factory Racing Team professional rider Eugene Walker, broke two dozen speed records over the course of several days along the sands of Ormond Beach, Florida. ( Bettmann / Getty) […]

  • Electric
    on January 30, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "electric". […]

  • Worst Locust Swarms in Decades Hit East Africa (15 photos)
    on January 28, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Hundreds of millions of desert locusts are swarming in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia—some of the biggest numbers seen in more than 25 years. Unusually wet weather in the area toward the end of 2019 has contributed to the massive outbreak, driving an explosion of locusts that are destroying crops and threatening food security across the region. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is requesting international assistance to combat the swarms, and warning of the potential for massive growth if they are left unchecked. Swarms of desert locusts fly into the air from crops in Katitika village, in Kitui county, Kenya, on January 24, 2020. ( Ben Curtis / AP) […]

  • Coronavirus: Photos From Wuhan Under Quarantine (24 photos)
    on January 27, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in Hubei province, has led to massive efforts to quarantine major cities and halt the spread. The current death toll has reached 82 in China, with another 2,900 confirmed cases. The city is rapidly building two hospitals in a matter of days, set up to accommodate more than 2,000 coronavirus patients. Several photographers continue to report from Wuhan, where streets appear nearly deserted after a traffic ban was put in place. A woman checks her son's forehead in Wuhan, China, on January 27, 2020. ( Getty) […]

  • Indiana: Images of the Hoosier State (31 photos)
    on January 26, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Today’s photo story is the third in a year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Indiana’s state motto is the “The crossroads of America,” having long been a hub for the paths and highways that have connected the United States. Its landscape includes prairie, lakeshore, forest, and farmland. Gathered here are a few glimpses into the various features of Indiana, and some of the animals and people calling it home. Three sandhill cranes fly together over a wetland area in Indiana. Every fall, thousands of migrating sandhill cranes visit the state's marshes and wetlands, such as Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. ( Marcia Straub / Getty) […]

  • 18-24 January
    on January 25, 2020 at 12:23 am

    A selection of striking news images from around the world this week. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Impeachment Trial, Virtual Singer, Bat Clinic (35 photos)
    on January 24, 2020 at 5:30 am

    The annual Women’s March in New York City, the Tour Down Under cycling event in Australia, a newborn giant anteater in Germany, a firefighting robot in India, anti-government protests in Iraq, the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Switzerland, haute-couture fashion in Paris, an elevator test tower in Germany, and much more. Austria's Daniel Bacher performs during the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Slopestyle at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Leysin Park in Leysin, Switzerland, on January 20, 2020. ( Simon Bruty for OIS / IOC Handout via Reuters) […]

  • <em>Juhyo</em>: The Snow Monsters on Japan’s Mount Zao (15 photos)
    on January 22, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Winter conditions at the summit of Mount Zao, a volcano standing between Japan’s Yamagata and Miyagi prefectures, can conjure up “creatures” of snow and ice, built up over tree trunks and branches. Windblown ice is covered by snow in repeated cycles, building hulking shapes on the mountain slopes. These famous Juhyo, or “snow monsters,” attract visitors to Mount Zao from the end of January through mid-March. Snow-covered trees, nicknamed "snow monsters," are silhouetted by the sun at the summit of Mount Zao on January 19, 2019, near Yamagata, Japan. ( Carl Court / Getty) […]

  • Framed
    on January 22, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "framed". […]

  • The Colorless Landscape Around Taal Volcano (24 photos)
    on January 21, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Although Taal Volcano has gone quiet since its eruption early last week, Philippine authorities are maintaining a high alert level due to fears that the volcano may just be in a lull, building to another eruption soon. At least 50,000 residents were evacuated, but many have been making brief trips home, leading to stepped-up enforcement around the evacuation zone. Close to the volcano, the landscape has gone completely gray, covered in a blanket of volcanic ash that has been stuck in place by rainfall. A bird sits atop a roof covered with ashes from the erupting Taal Volcano in the evacuated town of Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, on January 13, 2020. ( Eloisa Lopez / Reuters) […]

  • Photos From the Pro-gun Rally in Virginia (20 photos)
    on January 20, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Thousands of gun-rights activists took part in a peaceful rally on Lobby Day, today, in Richmond, Virginia. Demonstrators from Virginia and from out of state gathered around the state capitol to protest gun-control legislation being pushed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and other Democratic state legislators, such as universal background checks and a military-style-weapons ban. Although many participants showed up armed, no arrests were reported. A large crowd gathers on Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia state capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, on January 20, 2020. ( Stephanie Keith / Reuters) […]

  • Georgia: Images of the Peach State (33 photos)
    on January 19, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Today’s photo story is the second in a planned year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Georgia, the southernmost of America’s original 13 colonies, is now home to more than 10.5 million residents. Its landscape ranges from Appalachian Mountain vistas in the north to moss-covered maritime forests along the southeastern coast. Gathered here, a few glimpses into the lush, often historic features of Georgia, and some of the animals and people that call it home. Live oaks stand in the maritime forest of Cumberland Island National Seashore in southeastern Georgia. ( Chris Moore / Exploring Light Photography / Getty) […]

  • 11-17 January 2020
    on January 18, 2020 at 12:07 am

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

  • Photos of the Week: Giant Boar, Ice Music, Patagonian Glacier (35 photos)
    on January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    A bull-taming festival in India, icy purification in Tokyo, locusts in Ethiopia, speed skating in the Netherlands, illuminated hats in Switzerland, fashion in Berlin and Paris, an iguana claw in Germany, a coming-of-age ceremony in Tokyo, bushfires in Australia, and much more. A resident splashes water on a vehicle covered in ash mixed with rainwater as Taal Volcano erupts on January 12, 2020 in Talisay, Batangas province, Philippines. ( Ezra Acayan / Getty) […]

  • Photos From the 2020 Dakar Rally (28 photos)
    on January 15, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Leaving from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 5, a group of 560 competitors began the 42nd annual Dakar Rally: a 12-day, 4,660-mile (7,500-kilometer) off-roading adventure held entirely in Saudi Arabia this year. The race used to be held in Africa, until 2008, when unrest in Mauritania forced organizers to move to South America, where it was hosted until this year. The vehicles—which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quad bikes—are currently on stage 10 of 12 stages that lead to Qiddiya, in Riyadh, on January 17. Here is a look at Dakar 2020 in progress, as teams race to the finish line. Mini's Argentine drivers Orlando Terranova and Bernardo Grue compete during stage 3 of the Dakar 2020 around Neom, Saudi Arabia, on January 7, 2020. ( Franck Fife / AFP / Getty) […]

  • We set the theme; you take the pictures
    on August 6, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Each week we ask you to send in your pictures on a set theme and a selection of these are then published each Thursday on our In pictures pag […]