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In Focus, a News Photo Blog with Alan Taylor, from The Atlantic

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Pennsylvania: Images of the Keystone State (36 photos)

Pennsylvania is the 5th-most-populous state in the U.S., home to nearly 13 million residents. From Lake Erie, through the ridge-and-valley region, across Pennsylvania Dutch Country, to the city of Philadelphia, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Pennsylvania, and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of...

Photos of the Week: Turkey Pardon, Deer Hoof, Seattle Owl (35 photos)

A foggy sunrise in Germany, a fiery protest in Guatemala, a resort in the Andaman Sea, a strongman contest in Crimea, the ongoing pandemic worldwide, mourning in Argentina for Diego Maradona, figure skating in Russia, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and much more ...

Autumn Colors and Autumn Chill (21 photos)

As the season progresses toward chillier days and nights, I thought it would be nice to take one last look at the colorful beauty of this autumn, seen in cities and countryside vistas across the Northern Hemisphere. Get cozy in a warm sweater and enjoy this batch of recent fall photos. For even more autumnal goodness, check out “Fall Is in the Air:...

Kansas: Images of the Sunflower State (37 photos)

Kansas is the 15th-largest state in the U.S. by area, and home to almost 3 million residents. Nearly 90 percent of the state’s land is dedicated to agricultural use, carried out on some 59,500 farms. Here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Kansas, and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection...

Photos of the Week: Tiger Check, Spanish Fog, Duck Shields (35 photos)

The Bailong Elevator in China, continued wildfires in California, hats on display in Russia, dancers in Australia and Italy, damaging storms in Honduras and the Philippines, a surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., Christmas preparations during a pandemic, a rocket launch to the International Space Station, and much more ...

Top Shots From the 2020 International Landscape Photographer of the Year (21 photos)

More than 3,800 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” and then further, to award several category prizes and the International Landscape Photographer...

Photos: The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War (40 photos)

One week ago, on November 10, a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement was signed by the president of Azerbaijan and the prime minister of Armenia, ending six weeks of warfare over disputed territory in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. It is estimated that thousands of fighters and more than a hundred civilians were killed in the fierce conflict. Nagorno-Karabakh—officially...

Montana: Images of the Treasure State (32 photos)

Montana is the fourth-largest state in the nation, yet it is home to just over 1 million residents. Big Sky Country has about 30 million acres of public lands—roughly one-third of the state. From the mountains, along the rivers, to the vast plains, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Montana, and some of the wildlife and people calling it home....

Photos of the Week: Fire Tunnel, Golden Dog, Santa Mask (35 photos)

Dancing on Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, curfew measures in Bucharest, coronavirus testing in the U.K., monowheel broomsticks in Brazil, a marigold harvest in Kathmandu, celebrations of Joe Biden’s presidential win, a press conference at Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping, Veterans’ Day memorials, a wedding in Moscow, and much more ...

Winners of Close-Up Photographer of the Year (17 photos)

The second 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 seven separate categories. More than 6,500 entries were received from 52 countries this year. Organizers have been kind enough to share some of the...

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