News in pictures

  • Photos: Sandstorms Sweep Across Parts of the Middle East (16 photos)
    on May 23, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    In recent months, an unusually high number of sandstorms has engulfed parts of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. The ongoing series of storms has sent thousands to hospitals with breathing problems, and caused the closure of airports, schools, and government offices. Officials and experts are blaming the growing frequency and intensity of sandstorms in the region on the mismanagement of agricultural areas, an ongoing drought, and the effects of climate change. Bedouin shepherds walk alongside their grazing flock in the al-Henniyah area outside of Najaf, Iraq, on May 23, 2022, during a sandstorm sweeping the country. ( Qassem Al-Kaabi / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'on the water'
    on May 21, 2022 at 11:15 pm

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

  • Nigeria's facial scars: The last generation
    on May 20, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    The marks were a way of identifying the lineage of people, but the practice has been outlawed. […]

  • 14 - 20 May 2022
    on May 20, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken in the past seven days. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Garbage Suit, Mesquite Heat, Bog Commander (35 photos)
    on May 20, 2022 at 4:30 am

    A fashion show in Burkina Faso, images from battlefields in Ukraine, the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, the Witches and Wizards Convention in Brazil, a sandstorm in Iraq, a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy, electric-scooter racing in England, and much more Skin, of Skunk Anansie, performs at Alcatraz in Milan, Italy, on May 14, 2022. ( Sergione Infuso / Corbis via Getty) […]

  • Putin masks and haystack heads
    on May 19, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    A selection of the best photos from across Africa and beyond this week. […]

  • Water Levels in Lake Mead Reach Record Lows (21 photos)
    on May 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Lake Mead, North America’s largest artificial reservoir, formed on the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona, has shrunk to historic lows—dropping to about 30 percent of its capacity. The reservoir is a major source of water for Arizona, Nevada, and California, as well as part of Mexico, serving nearly 25 million people and huge agricultural areas. A combination of drought, climate change, and growing regional demand for water have driven the reservoir to its lowest levels since the 1930s; its water level is now 1,050 feet (and falling), down from an all-time high of 1,225 feet in 1983. Exposed rock is seen near intake tubes at Hoover Dam, where water levels have declined dramatically in Boulder City, Nevada, on April 17, 2022. ( Caitlin Ochs / Reuters) […]

  • Scenes From Svalbard (28 photos)
    on May 16, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    The Svalbard archipelago is a Norwegian group of islands located in the Arctic Ocean, about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) from the North Pole. It is home to the northernmost year-round settlements on Earth, with an overall population of about 2,900. In recent years, Svalbard has been moving its economy more toward tourism and scientific research and away from coal mining, which supported much of the economy since the early 20th century. Gathered below are recent images of the landscapes and inhabitants of Svalbard. Telecommunication domes of KSAT, Kongsberg Satellite Services, on a mountaintop near Longyearbyen, in the Svalbard archipelago, on May 10, 2022 ( Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Focus on female farmers in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders
    on May 16, 2022 at 12:30 am

    A new portrait exhibition features female farmers across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. […]

  • Photos of 1900s Herefordshire life discovered hidden in cupboard
    on May 14, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Richard Jenkins took the photos and his family found the negatives in a concealed cupboard. […]

  • 7-13 May 2022
    on May 14, 2022 at 12:12 am

    A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken in the past seven days. […]

  • Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2022 winner revealed
    on May 13, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Deana Lawson has won the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize for her exhibition Centropy. […]

  • Africa's week in pictures: 6-12 May 2022
    on May 12, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    A selection of the best photos from across Africa and beyond this week. […]

  • From India to UK: An immigrant's snapshots from 1950s
    on May 10, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    The lives of Coventry's South Asian immigrants are recorded in Maganbhai 'Masterji' Patel's photos. […]

  • Photos From Russia’s Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine (30 photos)
    on May 9, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Some 75 days since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, while Russian missiles still sporadically strike major cities. In areas where Russian forces have withdrawn or been pushed out, some residents are attempting to return to their old lives, clearing debris and rebuilding. The United Nations now estimates that nearly 5.9 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the invasion began. Gathered below are images from the past two weeks in Ukraine, where the battlegrounds have shifted but the war continues. A Ukrainian serviceman fires a mortar, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, at an unknown location in Ukraine's Kharkiv region on May 9, 2022. ( Serhii Nuzhnenko / Reuters) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'under construction'
    on May 7, 2022 at 11:10 pm

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

  • 30 April - 6 May 2022
    on May 6, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken in the past seven days. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Snake Saint, Magic Fountain, Corgi Puppets (35 photos)
    on May 6, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Patriots’ Victory Day in Ethiopia, an abortion-rights demonstration in New York City, scenes from the Met Gala, a heat wave in India, Children’s Day in Japan, images from Ukraine amid Russia’s continuing invasion, a wildfire in New Mexico, a “wall of death” in Indonesia, and much more A partial solar eclipse is seen during sunset in Vina del Mar, Chile, on April 30, 2022. ( Rodrigo Garrido / Reuters) […]

  • The Fight for <em>Roe</em> (25 photos)
    on May 4, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Abortion-rights supporters gathered and marched in cities across America following the leak of a draft majority opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, which suggests that the court intends to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that gives Americans the right to have abortions. Though the document, published by Politico, has been confirmed as authentic in a statement by Chief Justice John Roberts, he notes that “it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.” Gathered below, images from some of the immediate protests sparked by this news. Agnes Scott College student Jordan Simi (center) participates in a chant during a pro-abortion-rights march and rally held in reaction to the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion preparing for the Court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision later this year, in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 3, 2022. ( Alyssa Pointer / Reuters) […]

  • Photos: Eid al-Fitr and the End of Ramadan 2022 (30 photos)
    on May 2, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, began this week in parts of the world where sightings of the new moon were made. During Ramadan, devout Muslims abstain from food, drink, and sex from dawn until sunset. The fast, one of the five pillars of Islam, is seen as a time for spiritual reflection, prayers, and charity. Collected below are images of Muslims around the world observing Eid al-Fitr and Ramadan this year. Muslims perform evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on April 29, 2022. ( Saudi Press Agency / Reuters) […]

  • 23 - 29 April 2022
    on April 29, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken in the past seven days. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Convict Poker, Beautiful Bulldog, Owl Therapy (35 photos)
    on April 29, 2022 at 4:30 am

    A huge statue of a Hindu god in India, demining training for Ukrainians in Kosovo, a polluted river in Colombia, a remotely controlled humanoid robot in Italy, widespread flooding in Manitoba, Anzac Day commemorations in Australia, a music festival in the Netherlands, and much more Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during Round 1, Game 5, of the 2022 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 26, 2022. ( Joe Murphy / NBAE via Getty) […]

  • Photos: Two Months of War in Ukraine (32 photos)
    on April 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Last weekend marked two months since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. For the moment, Russian military efforts seem to be focused on seizing control of the country’s eastern and southern areas. After Russia’s withdrawal from areas around Kyiv, some Ukrainians have been slowly returning to claim their dead, assess the damage, and salvage what they can. Gathered here, recent images of the war and resistance in Chernihiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odessa, Kyiv, and more. A Ukrainian serviceman looks at a Russian ballistic missile's booster stage that fell in a field in Bohodarove, eastern Ukraine, on April 25, 2022. ( Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Carnival Parades Return in Brazil (28 photos)
    on April 25, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    After two years of suspensions and postponements because of the coronavirus pandemic, Carnival celebrations took place again in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro this weekend. Thousands of spectators jammed into Sambadromes once more to watch the spectacle of samba-school floats, dancers, and extravagant costumes. Collected below are images of some of the Carnival 2022 festivities in Brazil. A member of Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the Special Group Parade on day four of the Rio de Janeiro 2022 Carnival at Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 23, 2022. ( Buda Mendes / Getty) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'spring walks'
    on April 23, 2022 at 11:33 pm

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

  • 16 - 22 April 2022
    on April 22, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    A selection of striking images from all over the globe, taken in the past seven days. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Blue Forest, Yellow Fields, Red Sea (35 photos)
    on April 22, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Works of art at the Venice Biennale, recovery efforts after flooding in South Africa, a jousting tournament in England, a goose and its human in Turkey, wartime scenes from Ukraine, auditions for the Rockettes in New York City, carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, the running of the Boston Marathon, and much more A lamb looks around a bush in St. Austell Bay, Cornwall, England, on April 18, 2022. ( Tom Nicholson / Reuters) […]

  • Scenes From Coachella 2022 (25 photos)
    on April 18, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    This past weekend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returned to Indio, California, after two years of cancellations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of music fans gathered once again to hear performances by artists on multiple stages, including sets by Doja Cat, Danny Elfman, Billie Eilish, Orville Peck, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, and many more. Gathered below are images of this year’s performances and concertgoers during the first weekend of Coachella 2022. Damiano David of Måneskin performs onstage at the Mojave Tent during the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 17, 2022, in Indio, California. ( Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty for Coachella) […]

  • Wayne Quilliam: Photographing the diversity of Aboriginal Australia
    on April 18, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Australia has hundreds of Indigenous groups - and Wayne Quilliam is hoping to photograph them all. […]

  • Photos of the Week: Crab Crossing, Salty Sea, Enormous Egg (35 photos)
    on April 15, 2022 at 4:30 am

    A tightrope performance in Switzerland, a wildfire in New Mexico, the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, a Palm Sunday procession in Spain, Ramadan prayers in Mecca, cherry blossoms in Philadelphia, a steampunk droid in England, a rodeo in Uruguay, and much more Billie Eilish performs onstage during the "Happier Than Ever" tour at The Forum on April 8, 2022, in Inglewood, California. ( Kevin Mazur / Getty for Live Nation) […]

  • The Firefighters of Ukraine (21 photos)
    on April 13, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    It has now been seven weeks since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and cities and villages are still bearing the brunt of Russian missiles. When apartment buildings, stores, houses, and factories are hit, members of Ukraine’s State Emergency Service, including firefighters and rescue teams, rush to the scene to help any victims, mitigate the damage, and prevent the fires from spreading. Their jobs—already risky by nature—are made even more difficult, depending on who controls an area, the types of explosives used, and the threat of further attacks. Gathered here, images of some of the recent work done by Ukrainian firefighters during a time of war. A Ukrainian firefighter stands in front of flames rising following artillery fire in the northeastern city of Kharkiv on March 25, 2022. Russian strikes targeting a medical facility in Kharkiv on March 25 killed at least four civilians and wounded several others, Ukrainian officials said. ( Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Two Weeks of COVID Lockdown in Shanghai (19 photos)
    on April 11, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    On March 28, in the face of a growing COVID-19 outbreak, officials in Shanghai, China, instituted strict lockdown controls, confining millions of residents to their homes. More than two weeks later, as residents struggle to stretch their supplies and make do with the little food that is available, the frustrations of those in lockdown are rising. Today, despite more than 25,000 reported new COVID-19 infections, authorities announced that they were lifting some restrictions in certain areas, hoping to “get the city moving again.” A transit officer wearing protective gear controls access to a tunnel in the direction of the Pudong district of Shanghai, China, in lockdown as a measure against the spread of COVID-19, on March 28, 2022. ( Hector Retamal / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Your pictures on the theme of 'hidden'
    on April 9, 2022 at 11:18 pm

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

  • Photos of the Week: Tile Tapping, Tomb Sweeping, Beach Mines (35 photos)
    on April 8, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Kart racing in Australia, a ballet rehearsal in Cuba, cherry blossoms in Japan, destruction in Ukraine, anti-government protests in Peru, kite flying in Oregon, Ramadan prayers in Indonesia, frosty vineyards in France, the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, and much more Firefighters stand at the scene where a Boeing 757-200 cargo aircraft operated by DHL made an emergency landing before skidding off the runway and splitting, aviation authorities said, at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on April 7, 2022. ( Mayela Lopez / Reuters) […]

  • Faces of Ukraine (25 photos)
    on April 4, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    More than five weeks since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an estimated 4.2 million people have fled the country, millions more have been internally displaced, and thousands have been injured or killed. Many have remained behind to volunteer and fight, while others are unable or unwilling to leave. Below, a collection of recent images showing some of the faces of the millions of Ukrainians affected by the ongoing conflict. A Ukrainian serviceman stands in a street in Lukyanivka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, on March 27, 2022. ( AP) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Burning Effigy, Sloth Balloon, Oscars Slap (35 photos)
    on April 1, 2022 at 4:30 am

    A sunset in Colombia, a military operation in Iraq, a wildfire in Colorado, a dog rescued in Los Angeles, an avalanche in Alaska, wartime devastation in Ukraine, flooding in Australia, blooming poppy fields in California, and much more People pose for a photo as they visit a lighting festival in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 29, 2022. ( Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters) […]

  • Animals in the News (28 photos)
    on March 31, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    It’s once again time for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today’s photos include the testing of deer in Minnesota for COVID-19, a rhino census in India, shepherds finding water in Senegal, abandoned and rescued pets in Ukraine, the Iditarod sled-dog race in Alaska, a llama rescue amid flooding in Australia, a reindeer roundup in Russia, and much more. These images from recent months are collected as part of an ongoing series on animals in the news, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. A Ukrainian service member plays with a dog that was abandoned by its owners, inside a house that the residents left on the front line near Kyiv, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, on March 29, 2022. ( Gleb Garanich / Reuters) […]

  • Among the Cherry Blossoms (18 photos)
    on March 28, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Spring started about a week ago, and the Northern Hemisphere has begun to warm, with flowers and trees in bloom. Gathered here today is a small collection of images of people enjoying themselves among groves of flowering cherry blossom trees in North America, Asia, and Europe, signs of warmer days to come. The Jefferson Memorial is framed by cherry blossoms as the sun rises over the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., on March 23, 2022. ( Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Burning Tiger, Fish Heads, Cat Wig (35 photos)
    on March 25, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Kayaking in Massachusetts, Frozen Dead Guy Days in Colorado, tornado damage in New Orleans, Formula 1 racing in Bahrain, an energy crisis in Nigeria, cherry blossoms in China, Nowruz celebrations in Kyrgyzstan, Ukrainian refugees in Poland, mountain-bike racing in South Africa, and much more A farmer picks tea leaves at a tea plantation in Hezhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, on March 19, 2022. ( Huang Xuhu / VCG / Getty) […]

  • A Month of War Has Transformed Ukraine (29 photos)
    on March 23, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Tomorrow will mark one month since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. In that time, more than 3.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country, according to the United Nations, while another 7 million have been displaced from their homes but remain in Ukraine. Four weeks of Russian military attacks on villages, suburbs, and cities have taken an enormous toll—thousands of soldiers have been killed so far, and the United Nations reports that 977 civilian deaths have been recorded, but warns that they believe “the actual figures are considerably higher.” Gathered here, recent images of the war and resistance in Dnipro, Kharkiv, Mariupol, Odessa, Kyiv, and more. This photo essay previously stated that Russian forces controlled an area where control remains unclear. People examine the damage after the shelling of a shopping center, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, March 21, 2022. Eight people were killed in the attack. ( Efrem Lukatsky / AP) […]

  • Photos of the Week: Sloth Rescue, Moon Rocket, Ukraine Crisis (35 photos)
    on March 18, 2022 at 4:30 am

    A beaver released in London, an earthquake in Japan, a mountaineering race in France, a motorcycle club in Libya, Ukrainian refugees in Poland, a spring-break concert on a Texas beach, a humpback whale in Antarctica, a huge dragon puppet in France, and much more Cosplayer Dom Charland, dressed as Batman, poses for a photographer on the Edge, a sky deck in New York City's Hudson Yards, on March 10, 2022. ( Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty) […]

  • Animals Can Be Refugees Too (24 photos)
    on March 15, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Earlier today, a spokesperson for the United Nations International Organization for Migration said they estimate that more than 3 million people have now fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began on February 24. Families fleeing the violence are limited in what they can carry, but many are making the effort to bring their beloved pets with them, uncertain of what lies ahead. Some pets that have been left behind, or are unable to be cared for, are also being rescued by organizations in neighboring countries. Gathered here are images of some of the refugee cats and dogs of Ukraine being cared for as family members, and brought to safety. A woman carries a dog while crossing the Irpin River on an improvised path under a bridge, as people flee the town of Irpin, Ukraine, on March 5, 2022. ( Vadim Ghirda / AP) […]

  • Photographer uses camera from 1890 to create vintage images
    on February 13, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Photographer Simon Williams uses kit from the 1890s to create vintage photography on glass. […]

  • Alcoholism: Photography key to man's escape from addiction
    on February 9, 2022 at 6:29 am

    A man from North Yorkshire praises photography for helping him recover from alcohol addiction. […]

  • 'Selfies are taking away our livelihood'
    on November 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Temple photographers in this Indian town are struggling to make a living in the age of selfies. […]

  • The photographer fighting to keep the America's wild horses wild
    on November 9, 2021 at 12:18 am

    A photographer is using her art to inspire, hoping to keep the iconic animals at home on the range. […]