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Photos of the Week: 6/17–6/23 (35 photos)

A heatwave in Europe, Ramadan in Syria, floating solar farms in China, the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, the Royal Highland Show in Scotland, protests in Washington, D.C., and much more

A Beluga whale plays with visitors to the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, on June 18, 2017. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 24 Jun 2017 | 5:12 am(NZT)

Scenes From Hong Kong, 'Pearl of the Orient' (39 photos)

Hong Kong—a former British colony, now an autonomous territory within China—is a vibrant city of nearly 7.5 million residents, all packed into an area smaller than 425 square miles (1,100 sq km.) About 40% of the land in Hong Kong is set aside as country parks and nature reserves. As architects and developers continue to maximize the use of buildable land, apartment blocks and office towers reach for the sky, leaving Hong Kong with more skyscrapers than any other city in the world. Gathered here are recent images of the vertical cityscape, street scenes, monuments, people, and natural landscapes of Hong Kong.

A commuter ferry (bottom right) sails towards Hong Kong island as light shines through clouds in the skies above on November 25, 2016. (Anthony Wallace / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 23 Jun 2017 | 6:36 am(NZT)

Go Fly a Kite (27 photos)

In recognition of the warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, this is an invitation to take some time, go outside, and set a kite aloft. Collected here, some delightful images of kites in flight around the world from the past century.

On July 7, 1908, Alexander Graham Bell (right) and his assistants observe the progress of one of his experimental tetrahedral kites. (Library of Congress)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 21 Jun 2017 | 6:00 am(NZT)

Photos of the Deadly Wildfires in Portugal (26 photos)

Over the weekend, wildfires in central Portugal killed at least 63 people and injured 135 others, many of them killed while trapped in their cars. More than 1,600 firefighters are still battling the fires, which are believed to have been triggered by lightning strikes during a recent heat wave. Portugal called for three days of mourning to be observed for the victims of one of the most deadly forest fires in its recent history.

A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017. (Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 20 Jun 2017 | 5:18 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 6/10–6/16 (35 photos)

Cosplay in Australia, the brutal Calcio Storico Fiorentino in Florence, a hyperrealistic animatronic baby in Spain, the Golden State Warriors win the NBA Finals in California, protests in Moscow, a terrible tower fire in England, and much more

Roma Children play as they cool off in a fountain in the main square of Pristina, Kosovo, on June 14, 2017. (Armend Nimani / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 17 Jun 2017 | 6:05 am(NZT)

Beauty and Color: Scenes From Ethiopia (35 photos)

Ethiopia is home to more than 100 million people—the second most-populous nation in Africa. It is also composed of wildly varying landscapes, and an incredible diversity of ethnic and religious groups. Getty Images photographer Carl Court reports that “Lonely Planet recently ranked Ethiopia among the top ten 2017 world tourist destinations,” and that it earned more than $870 million from tourism in the first quarter of 2017 alone. Gathered here are a handful of recent images from across Ethiopia, showing just some of its people and regions.

A priest stands on the edge of a cliff in front of the entrance to Ethiopian Orthodox rock-hewn church of Abuna Yemata Guh in the Gheralta Cluster in the Tigray mountains, on January 28, 2011, in Megab, Ethiopia. (Matjaz Krivic / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 16 Jun 2017 | 5:59 am(NZT)

Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2016 (22 photos)

The winners have been announced in the 4th edition of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition. The contest invited photographers to submit images of the world of action and adventure sports in one of 10 categories, including Energy, Playground, Sequence, and Enhance (where digital manipulation is allowed). This year the competition received more than 34,500 entries by 5,646 photographers from 120 countries. Below are some of the winning images and finalists, accompanied by the stories behind the shots, in the words of the photographers themselves. The winning images are now part of a traveling exhibition for the next two years.

Overall Winner Lorenz Holder captured this image of BMX Pro Rider Senad Grosic on a bridge in Gablenz, Germany. Holder: "Senad and I were on the way to a different location early in the morning when we passed this scenic spot. We saw a sign from the street and I had some pictures in mind that I’d seen from this bridge on the internet. When we got there the sun was just above the trees and it was lighting up the full color-spectrum of the autumn leaves in a very soft way. I’d chosen a very low camera position to get an almost perfect mirrored scene on the water surface. The bridge looked like a perfect circle and the light was still very good. When Senad was on the bridge, it took us two or three tries to get the shot. There was also no more time for another try because the wind came up and the perfect reflection on the water was gone." (© Copyright Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 15 Jun 2017 | 6:21 am(NZT)

Months of Deadly Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela (30 photos)

Beginning on April 1, anti-government demonstrators have staged daily protests across Venezuela that continue to devolve into violent clashes with riot police, leaving thousands arrested, hundreds injured, and 66 dead. Opposition activists are protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, blaming him for a crippling economic crisis that has caused widespread food shortages for years. The head of the Venezuelan military has warned troops not to commit "atrocities" against protesters, while Maduro’s government continues to work toward rewriting the constitution, defying those accusing him of clinging to power.

An opposition demonstrator wears a gas mask in a clash with police during the "Towards Victory" protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on June 10, 2017. (Federico Parra / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 13 Jun 2017 | 6:09 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 6/3–6/9 (35 photos)

An open-air hotel room in the Swiss Alps, a mass wedding in China, Comey testifies in Washington, D.C., Lord Buckethead and others vie for votes in the UK, storms and wildfires in South Africa, and much more

Russian President Vladimir Putin, viewed on a screen by participants of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, speaks during a session in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 2, 2017. (Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 10 Jun 2017 | 5:10 am(NZT)

The Best of Cassini—13 Years in Orbit Around Saturn (40 photos)

This September, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will take its final measurements and images as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere at 77,000 miles per hour, burning up high above the cloud tops. Launched in 1997, Cassini traveled 2.2 billion miles in seven years to reach Saturn and enter orbit. Over the past 13 years, Cassini’s instruments have returned countless priceless scientific observations and hundreds of thousands of images of the Saturnian system—its atmosphere, its 60+ moons, its vast rings, and much more. Gathered here are 40 of the most amazing images sent to us from Cassini, as we prepare for this epic mission to come to an end in just a few months.

A natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible, is seen in this image taken from the Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013. The image captures 404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers) across Saturn and its inner ring system, including all of Saturn's rings out to the E ring, which is Saturn's second outermost ring. (NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 8 Jun 2017 | 6:42 am(NZT)

American Nazis in the 1930s—The German American Bund (27 photos)

In the years before the outbreak of World War II, people of German ancestry living abroad were encouraged to form citizens groups to both extol “German virtues,” around the world, and to lobby for causes helpful to Nazi Party goals. In the United States, the Amerikadeutscher Volksbund, or German American Bund, was formed in 1936 as “an organization of patriotic Americans of German stock,” operating about 20 youth and training camps, and eventually growing to a membership in the tens of thousands among 70 regional divisions across the country.  On February 20, 1939, the Bund held an “Americanization” rally in New York’s Madison Square Garden, denouncing Jewish conspiracies, President Roosevelt, and others. The rally, attended by 20,000 supporters and members, was protested by huge crowds of anti-Nazis, who were held back by 1,500 NYC police officers. As World War II began in 1939, the German American Bund fell apart, many of its assets were seized, and its leader arrested for embezzlement, and later deported to Germany.

Nearly 1,000 uniformed men wearing swastika arm bands and carrying Nazi banners parade past a reviewing stand in New Jersey on July 18, 1937. The New Jersey division of the German-American Bund opened its 100-acre Camp Nordland at Sussex Hills. Dr. Salvatore Caridi of Union City, spokesman for a group of Italian-American Fascists attending as guests, addressed the bund members as "Nazi Friends." (AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 6 Jun 2017 | 6:40 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 5/27–6/2 (35 photos)

A gothic "Victorian picnic" in Leipzig, floating down a Texas river, continued unrest and protest in Venezuela, a police robot marks the start of Ramadan in Dubai, a metal hijab band in Indonesia, and much more

A girl watches as Saen Dao, an eight-year-old female Asian elephant, and her mahout perform underwater during a show at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chonburi south of Bangkok, Thailand, on June 1, 2017. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 3 Jun 2017 | 4:48 am(NZT)

Desperate Migrants Risk Everything in Deadly Mediterranean Crossings (26 photos)

Getty Images photographer Chris McGrath recently spent about two weeks with crew members aboard the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) Phoenix vessel as they patrolled the Mediterranean between Italy and Libya. During several missions, the crew rescued hundreds of migrants, some from capsized vessels—and recovered dozens of bodies from the sea. The United Nations estimates that more than 65,000 migrants have arrived in Europe this year so far from Africa and the Middle East,  about one-third as many as arrived in 2016 by the same date. The large part of that decrease is due to tighter restrictions nearly cutting off migrants entering through Greece. As migrants move to other, more dangerous routes, the death toll has climbed to more than 1,500 so far this year—more than 2016, despite the significant decrease in overall numbers.

Refugees and migrants swim towards a rescue craft as a rescue crew member of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) Phoenix vessel pulls a man on board after a wooden boat bound for Italy carrying more than 500 people capsized on May 24, 2017, off Lampedusa, Italy. (Chris McGrath / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 2 Jun 2017 | 6:10 am(NZT)

Scenes From the Moscow Metro (24 photos)

Moscow’s underground transit system is now more than 80 years old, and carries up to 9 million passengers through more than 200 stations every day. Most of the architecture and decor was built decades ago, meant to be a showcase for Soviet artists, ideals, and icons. The system is now modernizing, in part, preparing for the 2018 World Cup, which will be hosted in Russia. Several Reuters photographers have captured images of the varied and unique Moscow Metro stations, as well as the workers and passengers underground, over the past year.

People gather at Ploschad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square) metro station in Moscow, Russia, on March 6, 2016. (Maxim Zmeyev / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 1 Jun 2017 | 6:03 am(NZT)

Philippine Troops Fight to Retake City Overrun by ISIS Militants (24 photos)

A Muslim militant group linked to ISIS attacked and took control of parts of Marawi city on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines last week. Philippine government troops have been evacuating civilians and fighting back, with soldiers on the ground and attack aircraft in the sky. Gunmen from local terrorist groups with ties to ISIS, called the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf, overran the city, leading President Rodrigo Duterte to declare 60 days of martial law in Mindanao, as 85,000 residents fled to evacuation centers. While the government says it has now regained control of most of the city, fighting continues, and the death toll has climbed to nearly 100.

In this May 27, 2017, photo, a fire rages at houses following airstrikes by the Philippine Air Force in Marawi, southern Philippines. Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions Saturday as soldiers fought to wrest control of the southern city from gunmen linked to the Islamic State group. (Bullit Marquez / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 31 May 2017 | 6:14 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 5/20–5/26 (35 photos)

An elephant rescue in India, President Trump travels overseas, continued unrest in Venezuela and Kashmir, a terror attack in Manchester, England, the removal of a Confederate statue in New Orleans, ducklings at the White House, and much more.

Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stereographic projection. (JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Betsy Asher Hall / Gervasio Robles / NASA)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 27 May 2017 | 4:35 am(NZT)

A World Without People (35 photos)

Updated on May 28, 2017

For a number of reasons, natural and human, people have evacuated or otherwise abandoned many places around the world—large and small, old and new. Gathering images of deserted areas into a single photo essay, one can get a sense of what the world might look like if humans were to suddenly vanish from the planet. Collected here are recent scenes from abandoned construction projects, industrial disaster zones, blighted urban neighborhoods, towns where residents left to escape violence or natural disasters, derelict Olympic venues, ghost towns, and more.

An overgrown, disused railway tunnel near the stop Pinzano al Tagliamento on the old Sacile-Gemona railway on October 7, 2016, in Pinzano, Italy. (Andrea Spinelli / Corbis via Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 25 May 2017 | 6:06 am(NZT)

Baku 2017: The Islamic Solidarity Games (35 photos)

For the past 10 days in Baku, Azerbaijan, 6,000 athletes from 54 nations competed in 21 sports during the fourth iteration of the Islamic Solidarity Games. Sports include track and field, gymnastics, aquatics, and traditional ritual sports such as Zurkhaneh. Gathered below are images from the now-completed competition, and its opening and closing ceremonies.

Anastasiya Serdyukova of Uzbekistan competes in the Women's Ribbon Qualification during Day 2 of Baku 2017. (Dan Mullan / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 24 May 2017 | 6:40 am(NZT)

The Finale of 'The Greatest Show on Earth' (24 photos)

After a run of 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, known as "The Greatest Show on Earth," has come to an end. The final sold-out performance took place Sunday in Uniondale, New York. Years of battles with animal-rights activists had led the circus to retire its performing elephants last year, which appeared to worsen already-dropping attendance numbers, sealing its fate. One of the two Ringling Bros. traveling circus units put on its final show in Rhode Island earlier this month, and the other unit closed the circus down last night with a grand finale in New York.

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson poses for a portrait before taking part in the last weekend of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on May 19, 2017. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 23 May 2017 | 5:55 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 5/13–5/19 (35 photos)

The world’s fastest shed in Wales, France welcomes a new president, a fiery NASCAR crash at the Kansas Speedway, Gubbio's Race of the Candles in Italy, a portrait of the late singer Chris Cornell on stage in Atlanta, a new eruption of Mount Sinabung, and much more.

A woman looks at cows on the Mare e Sol beach in Coti-Chiavari, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, on May 17, 2017. A herd of about thirty wild cattle take up their summer residence on stretch of beach each year. (Pascal Pochard-Casabianca / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 20 May 2017 | 6:12 am(NZT)











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