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Photos of the Week: Firefly Forest, Husky Club, Turnip Toss (35 photos)

Frustration at the Australian Open, a light show in London, Republic Day parade rehearsals in India, a rugby match in New Zealand, snow cover in Yosemite Valley, alpine skiing in Austria, anti-government protests in Peru, a snowy football game in New York, and much more ...

Winners of the 2022 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest (21 photos)

Judging for the 11th annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has wrapped up, and the winning images and photographers have been announced. The photographer Kat Zhou won Best in Show for an image of a mother octopus with a clutch of eggs. The organizers of the contest have shared some of the winners and...

2023 Lunar New Year Celebrations (25 photos)

Yesterday was the first day of the Lunar New Year 2023, the Year of the Rabbit. People around the world ushered in the new year with displays of fireworks, family get-togethers, temple visits, and street festivals. Collected below are images from several countries where revelers welcomed the Year of the Rabbit. ...

Photos of the Week: Epiphany Dips, Pet Blessings, Chicken Feet (35 photos)

A theater festival in Chile, horses leaping through flames in Spain, a Russian missile strike in Ukraine, flooding in Germany, surfing in Hawaii, a green field in Saudi Arabia, flamingos at a sanctuary in Turkey, and much more A large inflatable mannequin...

People’s Choice: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 (15 photos)

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is inviting the public to vote for their favorite image selected from a group of short-listed entries in this year’s competition. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open until February 2, 2023. Contest organizers have once again shared a handful of this year’s candidates below—be sure to click through...

Photos of the Week: Arabian Oryx, Siberian Tigers, Flying Squid (35 photos)

Dogsledding in the dark in Svalbard, a trout-catching contest in South Korea, lava in Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, tornado damage in Alabama, heavy rain and floods in California, Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an invasion of Brazil’s Congress by pro-Bolsonaro protesters in Brasilia, and much more ...

Despite Protests, a German Coal Mine Expands (27 photos)

The small village of Luetzerath, in western Germany, will soon disappear as the nearby Garzweiler open-pit coal mine expands. Climate activists have occupied parts of the village for nearly two years, staging protests against the expansion of the enormous mine and increased fossil-fuel use. A court recently rejected a last-ditch legal effort to halt...

Winners of the 2022 Close-up Photographer of the Year (21 photos)

The fourth year of the Close-up Photographer of the Year competition has just come to a close, and the winners have been announced. The contest “celebrates close-up, macro, and micro photography,” among 11 separate categories. More than 9,000 entries were received from 54 countries this year. Contest organizers have once more been kind enough to share...

Photos of the Week: Snow Cannons, Ski Jumping, Light Pillars (35 photos)

New-year celebrations around the world, the 2023 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, heavy rain and flooding in California, an ice festival in China, a traditional Epiphany parade in Spain, an inflatable dinosaur in Chile, a tiny toad at the London Zoo, and much more ...

A Visit to the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (23 photos)

The French Southern and Antarctic Lands is a territory spread across multiple islands and island groups in the southern Indian Ocean. Patrick Hertzog, a photographer with AFP, recently visited several of its subantarctic districts aboard the research-and-supply vessel Marion Dufresne. These islands are home to many penguins, seals, and seabirds, and...

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