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Photos of the Week: 8/12–8/18 (35 photos)

The removal of Confederate statues in Baltimore, big waves in Brazil,  the World Jousting Championships in Australia, violent demonstrations and counter-protests in Charlottesville, daily exercise at a pig farm in China, a newborn mandrill in France, and much more.

A rare white moose crosses a road in Gunnarskog, Varmland, Sweden, on July 31, 2017. Picture released August 15, 2017. (Tommy Pedersen / TT News Agency / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 19 Aug 2017 | 5:25 am(NZT)

Inside the Dugway Proving Ground (15 photos)

George Frey, Getty images photographer, recently had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground, a sprawling top-secret military facility in the Utah desert that tests and develops methods of working with chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive hazards. Frey: “Workers at this facility handle some of the most deadly and dangerous biological and chemical agents on Earth.”

A technician in a gas mask takes measurement readings on the Smartman test dummy in a facility at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground on August 15, 2017 in Dugway, Utah. (George Frey / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 17 Aug 2017 | 5:59 am(NZT)

Photos: One Week in India (35 photos)

India celebrated its 70th Independence Day on August 15, during a busy week across the nation. Photojournalists in this vast and varied country covered monsoon flooding, widespread and varied protests, a deadly incident in a government hospital, Hindu festivals, unrest in Kashmir, Bollywood film sets, deadly landslides, and much more, with these photographs from just the past 7 days.

A soldier from the Uttar Pradesh contingent takes part in celebrations marking India's Independence Day at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on August 15, 2017. This year marks 70 years since British India split into two nations—Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan—and millions were uprooted in one of the largest mass migrations in history.
A soldier from the Uttar Pradesh contingent takes part in celebrations marking India's Independence Day at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on August 15, 2017. This year marks 70 years since British India split into two nations—Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan—and millions were uprooted in one of the largest mass migrations in history. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 16 Aug 2017 | 6:46 am(NZT)

Vigils, Marches, and Memorials After Charlottesville (22 photos)

In squares and streets across the United States, vigils and marches were held this weekend in response to the hatred and violence on display during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12th. 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed when James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, also injuring 19 others. Gathered here are images of some of those who took to the streets to mourn, and to decry racism and hate, from Charlottesville to Chicago, Washington to Los Angeles, and more.

Four-year-old Leo Griffin leaves a protest against the alt-right movement held to mourn the victims of yesterdays rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 15 Aug 2017 | 4:54 am(NZT)

World Elephant Day (18 photos)

Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day. Supported by numerous conservation agencies, it’s a day to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants,” according to the organizer’s website. Elephants face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse, and proximity to human conflict and poverty. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists African elephants as “vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered.” On this World Elephant Day, I present a collection of images of these amazing animals splashing, bathing, swimming, and enjoying the water.

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 on June 1, 2017. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 13 Aug 2017 | 3:20 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 8/5–8/11 (35 photos)

A trip through Geirangerfjord in Norway, an earthquake in China, a submerged monastery in Russia, contentious elections in Kenya, the crowning of King Puck in Ireland, and much more.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, during the UEFA Super Cup final soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester United, at Philip II Arena in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, on August 8, 2017. (Boris Grdanoski / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 12 Aug 2017 | 5:13 am(NZT)

Voyager's 40th Anniversary (34 photos)

In August of 1977, the first of two identical robotic probes was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, bound for our outermost planets and beyond. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have each traveled more than 10 billion miles in the past 40 years, sending back invaluable observations and images. They discovered two dozen new moons, discovered active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io, took a famous “family portrait” of our solar system, and much more. Voyager 1 recently became the first spacecraft to leave the heliosphere and enter interstellar space. The Voyagers are also famous for being our most remote emissaries, carrying with them identical “golden records” with images and sounds from Earth. On this 40th anniversary of the first launch, a look back at the still-running Voyager mission follows.

Voyager 2 launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a Titan III-Centaur launch vehicle on August 20, 1977, about two weeks before the September 5 launch of Voyager 1. The two spacecraft were sent on different trajectories, and Voyager 1 was put on a path to reach its planetary targets, Jupiter and Saturn, ahead of Voyager 2. (NASA / JPL-Caltech)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 11 Aug 2017 | 7:05 am(NZT)

Closing Down a Notorious Heroin Camp in Philadelphia (21 photos)

Earlier this year, AFP photographer Dominick Reuter and Getty photographer Spencer Platt both visited the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to photograph “El Campamento,” one of the largest open-air drug markets and shooting galleries on the East Coast, before it was shut down. According to Getty: “People come from throughout the city, and some as far away as the Midwest, for heroin that is remarkably cheap and pure.” At the end of July, the encampment, littered with mattresses, used needles and other refuse, started to be cleaned up and closed down by city workers and Consolidated Rail employees, while outreach workers try to help place homeless residents of the camp. Getty further reported that “over 900 people died last year in Philadelphia from opioid overdoses, a 30 percent increase from 2015.”

Samantha, a homeless heroin addict, pauses under a bridge where she lives with other addicts in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, on July 31, 2017. Kensington has become a hub for heroin use. Today was the first day of a long-anticipated clean-up of one of the largest open-air drug markets on the East Coast. (Spencer Platt / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 9 Aug 2017 | 6:23 am(NZT)

Upgrading the Power Grid in Remote Tibet (21 photos)

In Tibet’s Hengduan Mountains, workers are hauling thousands of parts over challenging terrain by mule and by hand to build huge transmission towers for the Tibet Electric Power Networking Project. The complex power transmission project is designed to join and upgrade Tibet’s current disconnected and underpowered power transmission systems. The project is due to be completed in 2018.

A mule carrying parts for construction of an electric tower walks up a mountain on July 30, 2017 in Qamdo, in Tibet Autonomous Region, China. (Wang He / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 8 Aug 2017 | 5:19 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 7/29–8/4 (35 photos)

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, an election in Kenya, Mount Sinabung erupts again, the launch of a Soyuz rocket in Kazakhstan, elementary school sumo wrestlers in Japan, a snow leopard cub in France, and much more.

Yi ethnic minority girls wait to participate in a traditional performance to celebrate the Torch Festival in Butuo County, Sichuan province, China, on July 18, 2017. (Natalie Thomas / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 5 Aug 2017 | 6:03 am(NZT)

The Marble of Michelangelo's Dreams (18 photos)

High in the Apuan Alps of Tuscany sits Monte Altissimo, a 5,213-foot (1,589-meter) mountain, climbed in 1517 by the Italian artist Michelangelo in pursuit of fine marble for his sculptures. There, according to Reuters, he “found the marble of his dreams. It was, the Renaissance master wrote, ‘of compact grain, homogeneous, crystalline, reminiscent of sugar.’” After receiving the blessing of Pope Leo X, Michelangelo worked for years to open a functional quarry, but was unsuccessful, and the project faltered. Today, five quarries operate on the mountain, using heavy machinery and modern techniques to carve up the hillside and extract the prized marble.

A worker, known as a tecchiaiolo, examines marble at the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, on July 18, 2017. Before the extracting begins, these experts hang from ropes and pick at the sides of the mountain with pointy iron bars to remove loose rock that could fall and hurt workers in subsequent phases of the extraction. (Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 4 Aug 2017 | 6:01 am(NZT)

A Reservation, Restored (20 photos)

In the late 19th-century legend of Crazy Horse, the Oglala Sioux leader prophesied an economic, spiritual, and social renaissance among Native Americans. Now that prophesied generation, the Seventh Generation, is here—and they’re determined to live up to the legend. The South Dakota-based photographer Kristina Barker spent several days on Pine Ridge Reservation recently meeting the young leaders who are confronting generational poverty, trauma, and cultural disconnection and using educational attainment as key to reclaiming Native identity and culture. Read the feature story “The Real Legacy of Crazy Horse by Alia Wong, here.

The Red Cloud High School student Jacob Rosales is celebrated for his academic achievements that are providing him with post-high-school educational opportunities. "It’s not our fault,” Rosales said, when asked about what he wants people to know about life on the reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. “There’s a liquor store right across from the border. Right over there.” In spite of the challenges young people face on the reservation, Rosales is spending the summer in the Washington, D.C., area for an internship at the National Institutes of Health, after which he’ll be heading up north to start college at Yale University. Rosales has long been on a mission to attend a prestigious university, but if he hadn’t gotten in to Yale, he had plenty of backups: He was accepted to six other Ivy League schools. (Kristina Barker)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 3 Aug 2017 | 8:45 am(NZT)

Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest (18 photos)

The results of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest are now in, with grand-prize winner Sergio Tapiro Velasco set to receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, for his incredible shot of lightning striking the erupting Colima Volcano in Mexico. National Geographic was kind enough to allow me to share the winners and honorable mentions with you here, from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People. The photos and captions were written by the photographers, and lightly edited for style.

Under the Wave - 3rd Place, People. I recently traveled to Tavarua, Fiji to do some surf photography with pro surfer Donavon Frankenreiter at Cloudbreak. I'm always looking for new angles and perspectives. The usual surf shots have all been done so we decided to get a little creative. Makes you look twice. (© Copyright Rodney Bursiel / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 2 Aug 2017 | 4:27 am(NZT)

Earliest Crossing of the Northwest Passage Ever (32 photos)

The Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica just set a new record, sailing through the Northwest Passage above North America earlier than ever before. It took 24 days at sea to travel the 6,215 miles (10,000 kilometers) from Alaska to Greenland, arriving on July 29. Arctic sea ice has been melting sooner every year, opening the route earlier and for a longer time each summer. A team from the Associated Press accompanied a group of international researchers aboard the MSV Nordica, including photographer David Goldman, who returned with the photos below.

Trainee David Kullualik, of Iqaluit, Nunavut, of Canada's northern territories, looks through binoculars from the bridge of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it sails through ice floating on the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska while traversing the Arctic's Northwest Passage, on July 16, 2017. (David Goldman / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 1 Aug 2017 | 6:10 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 7/22–7/28 (35 photos)

A Russian spider,  the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim,  the Battle of Passchendaele in virtual reality, flooding in Turkey, drought in Germany, a peek inside the Mail Rail tunnels under London, and much more.

A firefighter rides a motorbike away from a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, on July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 29 Jul 2017 | 6:28 am(NZT)

Wildfires Force Evacuations Along the French Riviera (21 photos)

French authorities have evacuated more than 10,000 people from parts of southern France, ahead of several raging wildfires along the Mediterranean coast. Hundreds of firefighters are engaged on the ground and in the air, chasing fires driven by strong winds and tinder-dry conditions. Photos here are from the past few days along the French Riviera.

People leave the beach with their belongings as a fire burns a forest behind them in Bormes-les-Mimosas, southeastern France, on July 26, 2017. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 27 Jul 2017 | 6:02 am(NZT)

Whale Sharks as Good Luck Charms (12 photos)

In Cenderawasih Bay, in West Papua, Indonesia, fishermen set out for days on hand-made floating platforms called bagans. At night, they turn on lights to attract squid and baitfish, and lower nets from their bagans—also attracting whale sharks to the smell and commotion. Bagan fishermen have long believed that whale sharks bring good luck and feed them bits of baitfish. Today, the luck comes to them in the form of marine tourism, as people travel to Cenderawasih Bay for up-close encounters with these gentle giants. Photographer Pete Oxford visited the bay, and returned with these photos, recently published in the online magazine bioGraphic.

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) cruises beneath the surface, its outline bathed in refracted light, in Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia. (Pete Oxford / bioGraphic)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 26 Jul 2017 | 6:07 am(NZT)

Scenes From the 2017 Silk Way Rally (28 photos)

For the past two weeks, more than 90 rally racers from 35 countries drove 5,965 miles (or 9,600 kilometers) in 14 legs from Moscow, Russia, through Kazakhstan, ending in Xi'an, China. The ninth edition of the Silk Way rally race, which wrapped up on July 22, was covered by the AFP photographer Franck Fife, from the air and the ground. Below are a handful of images from the competition, and the varying landscapes that challenged the racers.

Tatra's Czech truck driver Ales Loprais and his Czech co-drivers Khalid Alkendi and Petr Capka compete in Stage 9 of the Silk Way 2017 between Urumqi and Hami China, on July 17, 2017. (Franck Fife / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 25 Jul 2017 | 5:25 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: 7/15–7/21 (35 photos)

Highland games in Scotland, a diving jaguar in France, wildfires in California and western Canada, virtual reality in Japan, a rally race through China, a wax Donald Trump, and much more.

Elvis the pug attends PugFest Manchester, a festival celebrating pugs and pug cross dogs, held at MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester, England, on July 16, 2017. (Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 22 Jul 2017 | 5:41 am(NZT)

Scenes From the 2017 World Aquatics Championships (24 photos)

Hundreds of athletes from 186 nations are gathered in Budapest, Hungary to compete in 75 events across six disciplines in the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships. The competition runs until July 30. Gathered here are images from the events so far, from Swimming, Diving, Synchronized swimming, Water polo, and more.

The People's Republic of Korea practice ahead of the Synchronized Swimming Team Technical, preliminary round on day three of the 2017 FINA World Championships on July 16, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Adam Pretty / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 21 Jul 2017 | 6:01 am(NZT)

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