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Winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards (30 photos)

The top entries in the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced, and the organizers were once more kind enough to share some of the winning and shortlisted photos from the Professional, Open, Student, and Youth competitions with us, gathered here. Captions below provided by the photographers. ...

Photos: A Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19 in India (28 photos)

The number of COVID-19 cases in India began climbing dramatically last month, and daily infections now top 250,000, according to health-ministry data. Hospitals and crematoria are becoming overwhelmed, and vaccines, oxygen, and other medical supplies are becoming scarce. Larger cities have imposed new lockdowns, while at the same time, several large...

Photos of the Week: Beach Classroom, Giant Eye, Trench Puppies (35 photos)

Cherry blossoms in Germany, Fashion Week in Madrid, an island castle in Switzerland, Ramadan prayers in Mecca, a volcanic eruption in the Caribbean, a protest march in Minnesota, a “Field of Light” in California, a comfort dog at the U.S. Capitol, and much more ...

Winners of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest (28 photos)

The winning entries of the annual World Press Photo Contest ​have just been announced. This year, according to organizers, 74,470 images were submitted for judging, made by 4,315 photographers from 130 different countries. Winners in eight categories were announced, including Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature,...

Protecting Crops Against a Spring Frost (22 photos)

Unseasonably cold temperatures across parts of Western Europe have threatened vineyards and groves of fruit trees, as frost damages delicate new buds. Days of record-low overnight temperatures have spurred winegrowers and other farmers to take action to protect their crops—some opting to spray water on their plants so a layer of ice will shield them...

Photos of the Week: Plastic Lake, Van Cat, Burning Judas (35 photos)

Ballet in an empty Syrian market, a forest fire in California, releasing turtles in Israel, a briefing by the Easter Bunny in the White House, riots in Northern Ireland, a giant sand dune in France, a wheat harvest in India, sunny weather in New York City, and much more ...

Boston in the 1970s (35 photos)

Here’s a collection of some of the sights and events taking place in and around Boston from 1970 to 1979. Below, images of the blizzard of 1978, a victory parade for the Bruins after they won the 1970 Stanley Cup, enforcement and opposition to school segregation by busing, a Celtics game in Boston Garden, urban renewals and restorations, a St. Patrick’s...

April Blooms: Spring Is on the Way (21 photos)

Spring started about two weeks ago, and the Northern Hemisphere has begun to warm, with flowers and trees in bloom. Gathered here today, a small collection of images from the past few weeks from North America, Asia, and Europe, of tulips, sunshine, and cherry blossoms—surely signs of warmer days to come. ...

Photos of the Week: Worm Moon, Cat Lodge, Red Hearts (35 photos)

A theme park’s reopening in California, Holi celebrations in India, flooding in Australia, whale watching in Mexico, protests in Turkey, a masked rock concert in Barcelona, a snowy Opening Day in Detroit, China Fashion Week in Beijing, tulip fields in Italy, and much more ...

Up Close With Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall Volcano (20 photos)

Nearly two weeks since its initial eruption, the Fagradalsfjall volcano on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula continues to be active. The gentle nature of the lava flows so far and the volcano’s proximity to the city of Reykjavik have allowed many hikers to make the trip to the site and witness the event up close. Here, a handful of recent images of visitors...

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