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Photos of the Week: Skiing Robots, a Bichon Frise Wins Best in Show (35 photos)

The U.S. Toboggan Championships in Maine, scenes from New York Fashion Week, a camel trip on a Siberian steppe, a school shooting in Florida, welcoming the lunar new year in China, Winter Olympics highlights from South Korea, colorful scenes from Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations, and much more.

A Geoffroy's monk saki is seen at the Parque de Las Leyendas zoo in Lima, Peru, on February 14, 2018. (Guadalupe Pardo / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 17 Feb 2018 | 7:44 am(NZT)

Nominees in the 2018 World Press Photo Contest (33 photos)

The top images being considered to win awards in the 61st annual World Press Photo Contest ​have just been released, with the final announcement of the winners coming on April 12. Jury members selected the nominees in eight categories, including the new environment category, from submissions made by 42 photographers hailing from 22 countries. World Press Photo has been kind enough to allow us to share some of this year’s nominees here with you. A warning: some viewers may find some of the images disturbing.

Nominee, World Press Photo of the Year, 2018. Aisha, age 14, stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria on September 21, 2017. Aisha was kidnapped by Boko Haram then assigned a suicide-bombing mission. After she was strapped with explosives, she found help instead of blowing herself and others up. (Adam Ferguson / The New York Times)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 16 Feb 2018 | 8:44 am(NZT)

Pyeongchang 2018: Photos From the First Five Days (40 photos)

After five days of competition, Germany leads the Olympic medal standings with 12 total medals, followed by the Netherlands and the United States. High winds have made alpine events difficult and have led to several postponements, but events at the Olympic Sliding Center, Phoenix Snow Park, and other venues have been going smoothly. Here, a look at some of the competition from the first days of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, from short track and slopestyle to ice dancing, skeleton, ski jumping, and more.

Adam Rippon of the United States competes in the figure skating team event—men's single free skating on day three of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 15 Feb 2018 | 8:56 am(NZT)

Winners of the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest (30 photos)

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced the winning photographers and images for 2018, with German photographer Tobias Friedrich being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018. More than 5,000 images were submitted this year by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in a number of categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black & White, Compact, Up & Coming, and, in British waters, Wide Angle, Compact, and Macro shots. UPY was once again kind enough to share some of this year's honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers.

Breathtaking. Highly Commended, Wide Angle. "We found a pod of Orcas that were circling some herring caught in a net. The animals keep circling the net and we could approach them easily to take some close-up shots." Photographed near Skjervoya, Norway. (© Copyright Tobias Friedrich / UPY2018)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 14 Feb 2018 | 6:58 am(NZT)

Photos of Carnival 2018 Around the World (40 photos)

Carnival season 2018 is underway across Europe and the Americas. These pre-Lent festivals, often a blend of local pagan and Catholic traditions, usher out winter and welcome in spring. The largest and most famous—the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—took place over the past few days.  Gathered here are images of Carnivals around the world, including images from Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, Bolivia, Haiti, Spain, Italy, and more. Depending on available photos, there may be a follow-up post later this week with more from Mardi Gras and other celebrations.

Dancers from the Caneca Furada troupe perform in the Carnival Parade in Funchal with the theme "Madeira: six centuries of joy" on February 10, 2018, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. (Octavio Passos / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 13 Feb 2018 | 5:34 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Moving a Tyrannosaurus, Philadelphia Victorious, a Drive to Mars (35 photos)

The successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket, an electric car in orbit, colorful Carnival costumes, the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Turkish Van cats, continued airstrikes in Syria, an earthquake in Taiwan, post-Super Bowl celebrations in Philadelphia, and much more.

A nominee for queen performs during the main stage of the Carnival of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife, on February 7, 2018. The costumes are more than five meters high and over 80 kilos in weight. The event began on January 12 and finishes on February 18 with orchestras playing Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms throughout festivities that range from elections for the Carnival Queen, the Junior Queen and the Senior Queen; to children and adult murgas (satirical street bands), comparsas (dance groups), and street performances. (Desiree Martin / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 10 Feb 2018 | 9:22 am(NZT)

Photos of the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics (34 photos)

Scenes of the spectacular performances, fireworks, official proclamations, and the parade of nations that just took place in Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, signaling the start of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

An artist performs during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018. (Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 10 Feb 2018 | 6:25 am(NZT)

Pyeongchang Preview: Ready for the Winter Olympics (43 photos)

Tomorrow, the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, kicking off more than two weeks of winter-sports action in the Taebaek Mountains. Contractors have been finishing venues and support structures, course workers have been grooming the slopes and tracks, volunteers have been greeting international teams as they arrive, athletes have been settling in and training, and the stage is nearly set. Before the opening, a collection of images of the preparation and training in Pyeongchang over the past several weeks.

An athlete trains for snowboard slopestyle ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 8, 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Clive Mason / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 9 Feb 2018 | 8:44 am(NZT)

Other Presidents Who Have Met Famous Black People (21 photos)

Donald Trump Jr. recently defended his father from charges of racism in an interview with The Daily Caller, offering as evidence a past history of photographs taken of the elder Trump with African American celebrities: "It’s amazing—all the rappers, all his African American friends, from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, have pictures with him.” Since the mid-20th century, U.S. presidents and those who dream of becoming president have all made a practice of being photographed with prominent African American performers and artists. Below, a sampling, from President Harry Truman meeting with Duke Ellington in 1950 to President-Elect Trump with Kanye West in 2016.

President Richard M. Nixon stands on stage before an estimated 8,000 of his supporters at a youth rally in Marine Stadium in Miami Beach, Florida, on August 22, 1972, after the Republican National Convention nominated him for re-election. With him are Pam Powell, head of Young Voters for the President, and Sammy Davis Jr., the rally master of ceremonies. (AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 8 Feb 2018 | 9:46 am(NZT)

The Launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy (20 photos)

SpaceX is ready for the first test launch of its 27-engine Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, which is the most powerful in the world, is designed to one day ferrying humans to the moon or Mars.

Falcon Heavy "hold-down firing" test on January 24, 2018, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Image from Elon Musk's Twitter feed. (SpaceX)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 7 Feb 2018 | 9:40 am(NZT)

As Pyeongchang Prepares for the Olympics, a Nearby Ski Resort Sits Abandoned (25 photos)

With less than a week left until the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, host officials from Gangwon Province are expressing concern about the long-term maintenance and costs related to the 14 Olympic venues. In part, their concerns are based on a declining interest in skiing among South Koreans since 2012, that has led to the closure of several other facilities nearby. Reuters photographer Kim Hong-Ji visited the derelict Alps Ski Resort in Goseong County, that, after operating for most of the 20th century, shut down in 2006 when too few skiers made the trip into the mountains.

The central area of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong County, South Korea, photographed on January 16, 2018. You can virtually visit parts of the area via Google Street View as well. (Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 6 Feb 2018 | 7:50 am(NZT)

Superb Owl Sunday II (28 photos)

A special Sunday event, a photographic essay celebrating a few of these magnificent raptors. Not Eagles (nor Patriots), these superb owls hail from Europe, Asia, North and South America, captured in photos over the past few years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely) I invite you to have a look.

A burrowing owl extends a wing. (Mike Jackson - TPCImagery / Shutterstock)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 5 Feb 2018 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Super Blue Blood Moon, Starry Night, Stratofortress (35 photos)

A rare lunar eclipse, bloco parties in Rio, artwork as a memorial to deaths by overdose, Amazon’s new spheres in Seattle, snowy Shanghai, the Black Panther premiere, floating faces based on Chelsea Manning’s DNA data, the State of the Union, and much more.

Helen Mirren attends The Winchester Nationwide Psychic Reading in support of the film's opening on February 1, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Charley Gallay / Getty for CBS Films)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 3 Feb 2018 | 9:05 am(NZT)

Animals on the Playing Field (30 photos)

A collection of photos of some of the kangaroos, cats, capybaras, dogs, mantises, deer, squirrels, alligators, and many other animals who have taken it upon themselves to intrude upon us humans while we were in the middle of our many important sporting events.

A black cat enters the field of play during the National Rugby League Round 18 match between the Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla Sharks at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Australia, on July 10, 2016. (Cameron Spencer / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 2 Feb 2018 | 8:55 am(NZT)

2,000 Days on Mars With the Curiosity Rover (24 photos)

It has now been just more than 2,000 days since NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars. In the days (or “sols,” as they are called on Mars) since its complex sky-crane touchdown, Curiosity has made countless discoveries with multiple instruments, including drills, lasers, and an array of imaging instruments that so far have sent 468,926 images back to Earth. Gathered here are a few images of Mars from Curiosity over the past few years.

A selfie on Mars, taken by NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, on January 23, 2018, or Sol 1943, using its Mars Hand Lens Imager. Image stitched together from a series of panoramic images; sky artificially extended. (NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 1 Feb 2018 | 10:28 am(NZT)

Photos From a Slowly Modernizing Bhutan (28 photos)

The Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled between China and India, is a deeply traditional nation, and has been slow to adopt modern development. A country-wide ban on television and the internet was only lifted in 1999, and only after the previous king abdicated power in 2006 did the nation have its first parliamentary elections. Today, some aspects of the 21st century, like mobile phones, are becoming prevalent, and the Bhutanese are adopting and adapting. Reuters photographer Cathal McNaughton spent time in Bhutan over the past two years, capturing some of the interplay of new and old: “For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights, and a culture that had barely changed in centuries. Today, bars dot the capital, Thimphu, set in mist-covered mountains, while teenagers crowd internet cafes to play violent video games, and men smoke and gamble in snooker halls.”

A man takes a photograph in front of the Buddha Dordenma statue in Bhutan on December 16, 2017. (Cathal McNaughton / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 31 Jan 2018 | 8:42 am(NZT)

After Four Months, Much of Puerto Rico Still Dark and Damaged (30 photos)

Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in late September of last year, and residents are still struggling to regain their footing. Approximately 450,000 of Puerto Rico’s 1.5 million electricity customers are still without power, and those who do have electricity suffer frequent blackouts. Locals are doing what they can, some stringing their own power lines, others looking to solar power and other renewable sources for short-term lighting use, and long-term, larger-scale planning. While work continues slowly on restoring power, the tremendous destruction has resulted in a cascade of further problems, including job losses, foreclosures, a decrease in neighborhood police presence and a resulting increase in violent crimes. Reuters photographer Alvin Baez spent much of the past two weeks in Puerto Rico, documenting what life is like for the survivors of Hurricane Maria who remain on the island months later.

Part of the Central Palo Seco power station of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), seen behind a cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on January 22, 2018. (Alvin Baez / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 30 Jan 2018 | 8:07 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Aerobatic Performers, Snow Monsters, a Murmuration (35 photos)

Alpine sports in Austria and the U.S., the Doomsday Clock advances, a beautiful landscape in Angola, extreme cold in Siberia, competition at the Australian Open, big surf in Hawaii, and much more.

Musher Richard Morgan shares a kiss with his husky after practice for the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally in Feshiebridge, Scotland, on January 22, 2018. (Russell Cheyne / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 27 Jan 2018 | 8:19 am(NZT)

The Ominous Rumblings of Mount Mayon (25 photos)

For the past two weeks, the Philippine volcano Mount Mayon has been sporadically erupting, releasing small to medium amounts of ash and lava as local authorities warn that the magma underlying Mayon is still building and a more violent eruption may be imminent. Some 75,000 residents have been evacuated already, most removed from areas where they would be vulnerable to pyroclastic flows—avalanches of superheated gas and volcanic debris emitted by the volcano. One pyroclastic flow last week reached 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the crater in one area. Earlier today, Philippine authorities who are enforcing a no-go zone around Mayon said they would remove all holdouts, by force if necessary.

A huge column of ash shoots up to the sky during an eruption of Mayon volcano on January 22, 2018, as seen from Daraga township, Legazpi City, Albay province, around 340 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. (Dan Amaranto / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 26 Jan 2018 | 8:25 am(NZT)

Weird, Wonderful Photos From the Archives (34 photos)

While doing my job researching photos for various stories, I always come across more interesting images than I need, or photos that are unrelated to the story yet are still remarkable, strange, hilarious, or just great shots. The best of those, I’ve been tucking into a folder without a clear plan for future use. Today, I offer a sampling from that folder—a grab bag of historic images depicting space travel, filmmaking, horseplay, and more—from epic achievements to small moments. There isn’t really a theme here today, other than “I thought these were neat photos, many rarely seen, and thought you’d enjoy them as well.”

Original caption: Professional frogman Courtney Brown tows a 55-foot scale model of the sunken liner Titanic during work on the film Raise the Titanic! (released in 1980.) The screen version of the best-selling novel by Clive Cussler dramatizes an attempt to raise the 46,000-ton wreck of the Titanic, which is 2 1/2 miles down on the floor of the North Atlantic. The model is described as "an exact replica costing $5,000,000." (This replica ship still exists, rusting in bushes beside a water tank at the Malta Film Studios, visible on Google Maps.) (Bettmann / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 25 Jan 2018 | 9:04 am(NZT)

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