News in pictures

  • Photos of the Week: Solar Oasis, Leaf Spirit, Burning Judas (35 photos)
    on April 5, 2024 at 10:00 am

    The World Coal Carrying Championships in England, damage from an earthquake in Taiwan, a destroyed hospital in the Gaza Strip, a beekeeper at work in Ukraine, cherry tree blossoms in Germany, an appearance of the Easter bunny at the White House, rally racing in Kenya, flooding in west-central France, and much more Dancers perform during auditions to become a Radio City Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 3, 2024. ( Brittainy Newman / AP) […]

  • A Tour Through Solar Eclipses of the Past (24 photos)
    on April 2, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    As much of North America prepares for the upcoming total solar eclipse next week, I thought it would be fun to share some images from the recent (and not-so-recent) past of previous eclipses—annular, partial, and total—from around the world. Also pictured are some of the many observers sharing this fleeting experience, “witnessing the planetary version of a lightning strike,” together in stadiums, parks, and beaches. Young people watch the rare sight of a partial solar eclipse at sunset, as seen from Manila Bay, Philippines, on January 26, 2009. ( Gil Nartea / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Snow Blooms, Giant Eggs, Dragon’s Teeth (35 photos)
    on March 29, 2024 at 10:00 am

    A wildfire in Venezuela, cherry blossoms in eastern China, a deadly terrorist attack in Russia, a surf competition in Australia, Holy Week processions in Spain, a full moon above Istanbul, a vast solar-power farm in Texas, and much more An aerial view of the cargo vessel Dali, seen after it had crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to collapse, in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 26, 2024 ( Maryland National Guard / Reuters) […]

  • Winners of the 2024 World Nature Photography Awards (16 photos)
    on March 26, 2024 at 4:45 pm

    The winning images and photographers of this year’s World Nature Photography Awards have just been announced. Contest organizers have once more shared some of the winning images, shown below, from their 14 categories. Captions were provided by the photographers and have been lightly edited for style and clarity. Third Place, Behavior—Mammals. Elephants reach for branches at Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. (© Copyright Lukas Walter / World Nature Photography Awards) […]

  • Holi 2024: The Festival of Colors (21 photos)
    on March 25, 2024 at 5:31 pm

    This week, Hindus around the world are celebrating Holi, the “festival of colors”—a springtime celebration where revelers throw brightly colored powders at friends and strangers alike. Participants gather to welcome the arrival of spring, commemorate Krishna’s pranks, and allow one another a chance to drop inhibitions and simply play and dance together. Gathered below are images of this year’s Holi festivals from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Kenya, and the U.S. Students play with colors ahead of Holi festival outside Mata Sundri College in New Delhi, India, on March 21, 2024. ( Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Green River, Fire Ritual, Space Needle (35 photos)
    on March 22, 2024 at 10:00 am

    A massive ballet class in Mexico City, the Night of Ghosts festival in Greece, severe tornado damage in Indiana, a garbage-strewn beach in Bali, airdrops of humanitarian aid over the Gaza Strip, a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Tokyo, a robot among tulips in the Netherlands, colorful Holi celebrations in India, and much more A man, dressed as the Hindu deity Sasthappan, performs during the traditional dance festival Theyyam, also known as Kaliyattam, at the Muthappa Swami temple in Somwarpet, India, on March 18, 2024. ( Idrees Mohammed / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos: Spring in Bloom (20 photos)
    on March 21, 2024 at 5:20 pm

    Tuesday marked the first day of spring, and the Northern Hemisphere has begun to warm, with flowers and trees in bloom. Gathered below is a small collection of images from recent weeks in North America, Asia, and Europe, of people enjoying flowering fields and trees—signs of warmer days to come. The Washington Monument is seen on March 18, 2024, from the Tidal Basin amid cherry blossoms, which enter their peak bloom this week in Washington, D.C. ( Mark Schiefelbein / AP) […]

  • Valencia’s Fallas Festival: Welcoming Spring with Fire (18 photos)
    on March 20, 2024 at 5:45 pm

    For hundreds of years, residents of Valencia, Spain, have celebrated the arrival of spring and paid tribute to San Jose, the patron saint of the carpenters’ guild, by building and then ceremonially burning huge monuments made of wood, cardboard, and paper. The monuments, or fallas, consist of ninots, or figures, many of which are caricatures that portray current events and celebrities. The two-week-long festival features parades, fireworks, and fiestas, and ends with the burning of hundreds of fallas, signifying cleansing and renewal. A view of the burning Falla del Ayuntamiento, a 20-meter-long monument built of wood and cardboard, during the Fallas festival, in Valencia, Spain, on March 19, 2024. The dove figures signify a demand for peace in Gaza and Ukraine. ( Burak Akbulut / Anadolu / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Bridal Carry, Ostrich Hug, Godzilla Oscar (35 photos)
    on March 15, 2024 at 10:00 am

    X-ray analysis of an 18th-century violin in France, scenes from the Academy Awards in Hollywood, a march for International Women’s Day in Mexico, the launch of a SpaceX rocket in Texas, white-water canoeing in New Zealand, Ramadan prayers in Indonesia, the Crufts dog show in England, and much more Demonstrators take part in a march to mark International Women's Day in San Salvador on March 9, 2024. ( Marvin Recinos / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2024 (12 photos)
    on March 14, 2024 at 7:06 pm

    Organizers of the 2024 British Wildlife Photography Awards just announced their collection of winners and runners-up. More than 14,000 images were submitted in 11 different categories, celebrating the wildlife and wild spaces found across the United Kingdom. Competition organizers were kind enough to share some of this year’s amazing images below. Captions were provided by the photographers. Running on Water. RSPB Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year and 15–17 Years Winner. “I woke up at 4:45 a.m. with the hope of capturing backlit waterfowl images at Frensham Pond in Surrey. I lay down at the edge of the pond and waited for the birds to become active. As the morning progressed, rays of sunlight began to shine through trees along the edge of the pond, creating spotlights in the morning mist. This created a beautiful atmosphere, which I aimed to capture in my images. This coot was fleeing a fight, running across the water to take flight through the mist and rays of light.” (© Copyright Max Wood / British Wildlife Photography Awards) […]

  • Gaza on the Brink of Famine (22 photos)
    on March 13, 2024 at 5:01 pm

    The United Nations is warning that famine in Gaza is “almost inevitable.” Palestinians living in Gaza are struggling with extreme shortages of food, clean water, and medicine. Several countries, including Jordan, France, Egypt, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates, and now Germany, are coordinating airdrops of humanitarian aid to help alleviate the crisis, and the U.S. military is working to a build a temporary port on Gaza’s coastline to bring in additional aid. Critics have pointed out that airdrops and a temporary pier are insufficient, dangerous, and haphazard operations compared with ensuring a steady and reliable supply of aid delivered by trucks, which might be achieved by a cease-fire agreement. Gathered below are recent images from the growing crisis in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian children wait to receive food cooked by a charity kitchen amid shortages of food supplies, as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 5, 2024. ( Mohammed Salem / Reuters) […]

  • Winners of the 2024 Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition (21 photos)
    on March 12, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    The top entries in the 2024 Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition have been announced, and competition organizers were once more kind enough to share some of the winning and shortlisted photos from their 10 categories: Architecture, Creative, Landscape, Lifestyle, Motion, Natural World & Wildlife, Object, Portraiture, Street Photography, and Travel. Captions have been provided by the photographers. Caiman Crunch. Winner, Natural World & Wildlife. "We had bid farewell to our São Lourenço River lodge, marking the end of our Pantanal adventure, but as we were leaving we heard that a jaguar had been spotted roughly 30 minutes away. We raced to the scene and encountered this sleek female jaguar stalking her prey. Our boat—and my camera—was perfectly positioned as she pounced on an unsuspecting caiman." (© Copyright Ian Ford, 2024 Sony World Photography Awards) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Snowy Soccer, Crouching Spider, Pain Simulator (35 photos)
    on March 8, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Humanitarian aid air-dropped into Gaza, the funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, a skijoring competition in Colorado, a blizzard in California, scenes from Paris Fashion Week in France, a sinking cargo ship off the coast of Yemen, thousands of cross-country ski racers in Sweden, a parade of effigies in Bali, and much more A model walks the runway during the Vetements Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024–2025 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 1, 2024, in Paris, France. ( Peter White / Getty) […]

  • 100 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1924 (32 photos)
    on March 5, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    A century ago, regular radio broadcasts were on the rise, and people began tuning in to entertainment and news from around the world. Paris hosted the 1924 Summer Olympics, advancements in aviation were being made on several fronts, automobiles were becoming more prevalent (and dangerous), and prohibition in the U.S. was still in full swing. Students were using tablets made of slate, and “computers” were human beings that operated calculating machines. Below are a handful of images of some of the events and sights around the world in the year 1924. Children listen to a battery-powered radio receiver that is set on a table in a swimming pool in Washington, D.C., in July of 1924. ( Buyenlarge / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Jet Suit, Surf Horse, Giza Camel (35 photos)
    on March 1, 2024 at 5:30 am

    Unusually warm weather in Turkey, a volcanic eruption in Mexico, sledding in Morocco, a job fair in China, wildfires in northern Texas, displaced Palestinians in Gaza, under-ice swimming in Italy, and much more This photo essay originally misidentified the whale in the first image. A humpback whale breaches in the waters of the Gulf of California, in Mexico's Mar de Cortes on February 26, 2024. ( Carlos Perez Gallardo / Reuters) […]

  • Wildfires Rage Across the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma (15 photos)
    on February 28, 2024 at 6:35 pm

    The Smokehouse Creek Fire, which was sparked on Monday, has already burned across more than 500,000 acres, pushed by high winds and dry conditions. It is the largest of several brush fires now burning across the Texas Panhandle and parts of northwestern Oklahoma, prompting evacuations and disaster declarations, as authorities warn that the weather will remain dangerously dry for at least another week. Gathered below are some early images from the region. A wildfire that prompted evacuations burns in the distance behind a home outside of Shattuck, Oklahoma, on February 27, 2024. ( Nick Oxford / Reuters) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Hungry Fox, Plum Blossoms, Snow Rally (35 photos)
    on February 23, 2024 at 5:30 am

    Farmer protests against low crop prices in India, a shallow flood in Death Valley, a bird fair in Colombia, a wooden replica of the Eiffel Tower in France, unusually warm weather at a ski resort in Poland, a wild elephant in Sri Lanka, a chilly day at Niagara Falls, and much more An Iberian lynx runs after being released in the Sierra de Arana mountain range, 40 kilometers from Granada, in Iznalloz, Spain, on February 20, 2024. Five Iberian lynx were released in a mountainous area of the Andalusian province of Granada, as part of the LIFE LynxConnect project to repopulate this native species. ( Jorge Guerrero / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Two Years of War in Ukraine (30 photos)
    on February 21, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Although the Russian military initially made broad advances into the country beginning on February 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces, backed by Western support, resisted fiercely, forcing Russia to pull back into eastern and southern Ukraine. Soon, front lines hundreds of miles long were established, and the war evolved into a long and punishing battle of artillery, drones, and close combat across trenches, shattered forests, and ruined villages. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed or injured in the conflict. As Russia continues to launch missiles into all parts of Ukraine and presses forward with ground attacks across the front line, Ukrainian forces face intensifying shortages of manpower and ammunition. Gathered below are images from recent months, showing a region reshaped by two years of war. A Ukrainian infantryman fires an RPG, seen in the direction of Kreminna, in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on February 15, 2024. ( Diego Herrera Carcedo / Anadolu / Getty) […]

  • Winners of the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest (18 photos)
    on February 20, 2024 at 5:23 pm

    The winning entries in this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest have just been announced, and Alex Dawson was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 for his image of a whale skeleton on the seafloor, beneath the ice, in Greenland. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black & White, Compact, Up & Coming, and more. Contest organizers were once again kind enough to share with us a selection of this year’s honorees, with some captions written by the photographers. An Abstract Portrait of a Potbelly Seahorse. Winner, Macro. "I was drawn to this particular seahorse because it had especially distinguished markings around the eye, and the jaw-dropping color palette made a striking contrast with the surrounding coral." Image taken off Bare Island in Sydney, Australia. (© Copyright Talia Greis / UPY2024) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Surf Torch, Lion Dance, Pancake Race (35 photos)
    on February 16, 2024 at 5:30 am

    A huge Valentine’s Day balloon drop in Russia, Carnival festivities in several countries, a town-wide football match in England, sumo wrestling for youngsters in Japan, the Super Bowl halftime show in Las Vegas, a destructive wildfire in New Zealand, diving at the World Aquatics Championship in Qatar, and much more A fireworks display throws off spirals of sparks at Yuwan Scenic spot in Lianyungang, in China's Jiangsu province, on February 11, 2024. ( CFoto / Future Publishing / Getty) […]

  • Photos of Carnival 2024 Around the World (30 photos)
    on February 13, 2024 at 6:03 pm

    Carnival season 2024 is now under way across Europe and the Americas. These pre-Lent festivals, in many cases a blend of local pagan and Catholic traditions, usher out winter and welcome in spring. The largest and most famous—the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro—took place over the past few days. Gathered below are images of Carnivals around the world, including photos from Brazil, France, Hungary, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, the United States, and more. Evelyn Bastos of Mangueira, a queen of drums, performs during 2024 Carnival parades at Sapucai Sambadrome on February 12, 2024, in Rio de Janeiro. ( Buda Mendes / Getty) […]

  • Superb Owl Sunday VIII (28 photos)
    on February 11, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    A special Sunday event: our eighth annual photo collection celebrating the magnificent birds of prey. These nocturnal hunters hail from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, and are depicted here in photos from recent years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely), we invite you to take a look. A Siberian owl stretches out its talons while flying in a snowstorm. ( Tajborg / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Ferret Racing, Ice Castles, Sauna Marathon (35 photos)
    on February 9, 2024 at 5:30 am

    Scenes from the World Aquatics Championships in Qatar, new lava flows in southwestern Iceland, a freestyle-skiing competition in Utah, the first anniversary of a deadly earthquake in Turkey, a Carnival gala on Tenerife, preparations for the Chinese New Year in Beijing, and much more A snow-covered view of one of many ancient statues at a 2,000-year-old mausoleum on the summit of Mount Nemrut, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Kahta district of Adıyaman, Turkey, seen on February 2, 2024 ( Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu / Getty) […]

  • People’s Choice: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023 (5 photos)
    on February 7, 2024 at 4:11 pm

    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest recently invited the public to vote for their favorite images from this year’s competition. The winners were just announced, and contest organizers have shared their top picks below. 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. Ice Bed. Winner, People’s Choice Award. A polar bear carves out a bed from a small iceberg before drifting off to sleep in the Far North, off Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. (© Copyright Nima Sarikhani / Wildlife Photographer of the Year) […]

  • Historic Levels of Rainfall in California Storms (12 photos)
    on February 6, 2024 at 5:23 pm

    More than seven inches of rain fell on Los Angeles over Sunday and Monday, making it the wettest two-day period in decades—about half of the region’s average yearly rainfall poured down in 48 hours. The second storm in a long-duration atmospheric river brought high winds, flooding, and mudslides that have destroyed houses and cut power to more than 1 million people across Southern California. Firefighters rescue a woman from a homeless encampment that became surrounded by floodwater in the Santa Ana River during a rainstorm in San Bernardino, California, on February 5, 2024. ( Ethan Swope / AP) […]