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Photos: Deadly Wildfires Along Turkey’s Coast (28 photos)

Recently, dozens of wildfires have erupted across southern and western Turkey as a dangerous heat wave lingers over southeastern Europe. For the past week, villages and resorts along the Mediterranean and Aegean coastlines have been overtaken by violent blazes that have killed at least eight people. High winds and scorching temperatures are driving the fires, forcing residents and tourists to evacuate by land or by sea.

A night view of hilly forested area on fire.
Wildfire illuminates the night sky in Muğla's Marmaris district on July 29, 2021. ( Mahmut Serdar Alakus / Anadolu Agency / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 3 Aug 2021 | 6:52 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Wooden Troll, Violin Boat, River Mary (35 photos)

Scenes from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, body painting in New York City, wildfires in Turkey and Russia, a tiger cub in Indonesia, a spacecraft in Earth’s orbit, migrants crossing the Mediterranean, flooding in China, and much more

A gymnast kisses her gold medal while posing.
Gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the United States kisses her medal won in the women's gymnastics individual all-around at Ariake Gymnastics Centre during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 29, 2021. ( Lindsey Wasson / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 30 Jul 2021 | 4:30 pm(NZT)

Photos of California’s Dixie Fire (28 photos)

The Dixie Fire, which started two weeks ago in California’s Plumas County, has grown to become the state’s largest wildfire this year, burning more than 215,000 acres so far. Thousands of residents are under evacuation orders as the blaze has burned several dozen buildings, and threatens thousands more. Gathered here are images of the residents and firefighters working to save what they can and slow the fire—which is reported to be 23 percent contained at the moment.

A large fire towers above a burning forest.
Power lines are framed by flames as the Dixie Fire grows in Plumas National Forest, California, on July 15, 2021. ( David Swanson / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 29 Jul 2021 | 6:23 am(NZT)

Tokyo 2020: Images From the First Weekend of the Olympics (35 photos)

Despite a year of postponement and continuing health and safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are now under way. More than 11,500 athletes from some 205 national Olympic committee teams have gathered in Japan to compete in 339 events among 33 different sports. New sports added this year include skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. Collected here are images from the first few days of competition in Japan, with more to come as the games continue through August 8.

A young skateboarder raises her arms in celebration.
Gold medalist Momiji Nishiya of Japan celebrates during the street final in women's skateboarding at Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo, Japan, on July 26, 2021. ( Lucy Nicholson / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 27 Jul 2021 | 6:08 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Hazy Harbor, Hot Horse, Rocket Billionaire (35 photos)

Preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, flood damage in Germany, Eid al-Adha prayers in Senegal, a manhunt in France, a crowded nightclub in London, a mural in Bangkok, a windy day in Montevideo, a grazing elephant in Kenya, and much more

The head of a giant puppet is seen surrounded by cables.
A giant puppet called Mocco is seen during a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics cultural event on July 17, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. ( Yuichi Yamazaki / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 23 Jul 2021 | 4:30 pm(NZT)



Apollo’s First Lunar Rover, Driven 50 Years Ago (19 photos)

Next week will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 15—the fourth crewed mission to reach the moon. Launched on July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 became the first Apollo mission to carry a lunar roving vehicle (LRV) to the lunar surface. While the command module pilot, Alfred Worden, remained in orbit around the moon, the commander, David Scott, and the lunar-module pilot, James Irwin, set down on the Hadley-Apennine landing site. The two astronauts later unfolded and deployed the 460-pound LRV (among other gear and experiments), and over the next three days they drove it about 17 miles (28 kilometers) across the lunar landscape. When they were done, they parked the “moon buggy” a short distance from the lunar module, where it still sits today—the first of three rovers left on the moon by Apollo missions. Gathered here are images of the development, training, and deployment of the first vehicle driven by humans on the surface of another world.

A lunar rover is seen parked on the lunar surface.
The lunar rover sits in its final parking place, seen in this composite image made on August 3, 1971. On their final day on the moon, the commander, David Scott, parked the lunar roving vehicle (LRV) a short distance from the lunar module (LM) landing craft, positioning it so the television camera on the front pointed toward the LM to monitor its liftoff in a couple of hours. The light-colored square on the ground behind the rover is a small plaque, placed by Commander Scott, inscribed with the names of 14 astronauts and cosmonauts known to have died while developing human space flight. Before he left, Scott also placed a small Bible with a red cover on the control panel of the rover, just visible in this image. ( NASA)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 23 Jul 2021 | 6:45 am(NZT)

Scenes From the 2021 Tour de France (24 photos)

The 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race finished in Paris yesterday, won by Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates, after 23 teams of riders raced 2,122 miles (3,415 km) in 21 stages from June 26 to July 18. Placing second and third were Jonas Vingegaard of Team Jumbo-Visma, and Richard Carapaz of Ineos Grenadiers. Collected below are images from this year’s competition.

A cyclist rides down a road among mountain peaks.
Team UAE Emirates' Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, descends Tourmalet pass during the 18th stage of the Tour de France on July 15, 2021. ( Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 20 Jul 2021 | 6:32 am(NZT)

Photos: Catastrophic Flooding Across Western Europe (28 photos)

At least 188 people across parts of Western Europe have lost their lives in a series of devastating floods following days of historic levels of rainfall. Towns in river valleys and low-lying plains in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Austria have been heavily damaged by flash flooding since Wednesday. Rescue workers are still searching for hundreds listed as missing, while some towns have started cleanup and recovery efforts. Collected below are recent images from some of these hard-hit towns and cities.

Piles of flood debris sit in a mountain valley.
A pile of broken trees and debris is seen in a flooded area following heavy rainfall in Kreuzberg, Germany, on July 17, 2021. ( Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 19 Jul 2021 | 6:23 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Stone Stacking, Rodeo Riding, Inflatable Art (35 photos)

Anti-government protests in Cuba, a stranded orca in New Zealand, a spaceplane above New Mexico, destructive flooding in Europe, images from the Tour de France, power outages in Tehran, scenes from the Cannes Film Festival, and much more

A person holding a flag stands before a huge bonfire.
A loyalist celebrates with a Union Jack flag as the 11th Night bonfire, which marks the beginning of the annual Protestant 12th of July celebrations, is lit on July 11, 2021, in Portadown, Northern Ireland. The 12th of July marches are a Protestant celebration of King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ( Charles McQuillan / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 16 Jul 2021 | 4:30 pm(NZT)

The 2021 Audubon Photography Awards (25 photos)

The winners of this year’s annual Audubon Photography Awards competition were recently announced. Photographers entered images in four categories: professional, amateur, youth, and plants for birds. More than 8,700 images depicting birdlife from all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces and territories were judged. The National Audubon Society was once more kind enough to share some of this year’s winners and Top 100 images with us below.

A roadrunner stands in a small golden cloud of dust.
Greater Roadrunner. Grand Prize Winner. Carolina Fraser took the grand prize for this image of a greater roadrunner taking a dust bath among the oil pumps and open space at Los Novios Ranch in South Texas. ( Carolina Fraser / 2021 Audubon Photography Awards)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 14 Jul 2021 | 5:50 am(NZT)



Scenes From California’s Sugar Fire (18 photos)

The Sugar Fire, part of California’s larger Beckwourth Complex Fire, began on July 2 and expanded dramatically over the past weekend. Flames were pushed by strong winds into the town of Doyle, near the Nevada border, destroying multiple structures. The Beckwourth Complex is the state’s largest fire incident so far this year, burning more than 130 square miles in Plumas County. With an ongoing drought and record high temperatures, officials worry that this year’s fire season may be even worse than last year’s historic season. Noah Berger, a photographer with the Associated Press, spent time near Doyle this weekend documenting the scale and ferocity of the blaze, as well as some of the firefighters working hard to contain it.

A house is seen completely engulfed in flames.
Fire consumes a home as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, tears through Doyle, California, on July 10, 2021. ( Noah Berger / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 13 Jul 2021 | 5:17 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Giant Alice, Tiny Cow, Wooden Swimmer (35 photos)

The Cannes Film Festival in France, remote COVID-19 vaccinations in Peru, a slip-and-slide world record in West Virginia, the Big Red Bash in Australia, Euro 2020 action in England, Kupala Night in Ukraine, wildfires in California, a mountain stroll in northern Italy, and much more

A young girl sits on the shoulders of an adult, holding an American flag, with fireworks in the background.
A child holds an American flag as she watches the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks in New York City on July 4, 2021. ( Andrew Kelly / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 9 Jul 2021 | 4:30 pm(NZT)

Photos: The Fans of Euro 2020 (28 photos)

Today, England and Denmark play their semifinal match to determine who will face Italy in the final of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, to be played on July 11. Euro 2020 features 51 matches among 24 national teams playing in 11 different host cities. Last year’s tournament was postponed until now, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Host cities and venues still have varying levels of health and safety restrictions, leading to many remote viewing parties being held in parks and squares around Europe. Collected below are images of some of the fans as they have cheered and commiserated with their teams through wins and losses over the past month.

England soccer fans embrace and celebrate.
England supporters react to England's third goal at the 4TheFans Fan Park in Manchester, England, on July 3, 2021, watching the UEFA Euro 2020 quarterfinal match between England and Ukraine being played in Rome. ( Paul Ellis / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 8 Jul 2021 | 6:34 am(NZT)

Rescue Operations Continue in Japanese Town Struck by Mudslide (15 photos)

On Saturday, following heavy rains, a massive mudslide struck the seaside resort town  of Atami, Japan, about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo, destroying more than 120 structures and killing at least seven people—with more than two dozen others still listed as missing. Search-and-rescue operations are underway, as workers and sniffer dogs slog through thick piles of mud and debris.

A bus sits stranded in a giant pile of mud that fills a city street.
A bus sits stranded in a giant pile of mud and debris at the scene of a landslide following days of heavy rain in Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, on July 3, 2021. ( Charly Triballeau / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 7 Jul 2021 | 6:30 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Heat Wave, Paddy Day, Big Buddha (35 photos)

Ongoing anti-government protests in Colombia, stage four of the Tour de France, the Museum of the Future in Dubai, wildfires in California, Pride marches in New York and Pristina, a Chinese Communist Party anniversary gala, lightning in Arizona, ice-bath therapy in the United Arab Emirates, and much more

A steam train travels down a track with a large bridge visible in the distance.
The Flying Scotsman steam train travels after crossing the Forth Bridge as it makes a journey through Fife near Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 25, 2021. ( Jeff J Mitchell / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 2 Jul 2021 | 4:30 pm(NZT)

Preserving Hong Kong, in Miniature (12 photos)

In a densely populated city like Hong Kong, where real estate is in high demand and building space is limited, older buildings are frequently torn down for new construction. Longtime residents and historians have worked to protect and preserve what they can of old Hong Kong, but often find themselves fighting an uphill battle. Model makers Tony Lai and Maggie Chan have been working to preserve the Hong Kong of their childhood by re-creating it in miniature form—building meticulous dioramas, street scenes, and even a fairground. Peter Parks, a photographer with AFP, recently visited the studio of Toma Miniatures, photographing some of their many miniature snapshots of a bygone era.

A Hong Kong street scene, replicated as a tabletop scale model.
A re-creation of a scene from old Hong Kong, built by model makers Maggie Chan and Tony Lai of Toma Miniatures, pictured at their studio in Hong Kong on June 23, 2021 ( Peter Parks / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 30 Jun 2021 | 5:49 am(NZT)

Photos: Rescue Efforts Continue at Collapsed Florida Building (18 photos)

Over the weekend, the death toll following the partial collapse of a Florida apartment tower rose to 10, according to officials, with more than 150 people still listed as missing. Early on June 24, near Miami Beach, a large section of the 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building collapsed. Four days later, rescue efforts continue despite hazardous conditions and harsh weather. Loved ones and neighbors have gathered near the site to put together makeshift memorials and await any news. Miami-Dade County officials announced that they would conduct audits of all buildings 40 years and older in the next 30 days.

A half-dozen search-and-rescue team members stand atop a pile of rubble, beside what remains standing of a partially collapsed 12-story building.
Search-and-rescue teams look for possible survivors in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on June 27, 2021, in Surfside, Florida. ( Joe Raedle / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 29 Jun 2021 | 6:28 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Rain Vortex, Floating Flowers, Fire Dancing (35 photos)

A midsummer sunset in Denmark, a COVID-19 memorial on a Brazilian beach, the Foo Fighters in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Pope Francis and Spider-Man in the Vatican, Olympic swimming trials in Nebraska, fawn tagging in Ireland, yoga practitioners in Venezuela, and much more

A person dressed as Jesus stands atop a mattress that is held aloft by dozens of fans in a large crowd.
A fan dressed as Jesus crowd-surfs during a performance at the Download Pilot festival at Donington Park in Donington, England, on June 20, 2021. ( Katja Ogrin / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 25 Jun 2021 | 4:30 pm(NZT)

Preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics (35 photos)

With less than a month left until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, organizers and athletes are making final preparations. Originally set to be held last year, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were postponed until this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers in Tokyo have stated that the games will definitely be taking place, despite ongoing protests and public-health concerns. While overseas spectators have been barred, locals will now be allowed to attend events, with venues limiting attendance to 50 percent of capacity. Gathered below, images of athletes around the world, as they train, compete, and prepare for their long-delayed chance at an Olympic medal.

A paralympic athlete is seen in mid-air during a long jump attempt.
Desmond Jackson of the United States competes in the men's long jump ambulatory finals during the 2021 U.S. Paralympic Trials at Breck High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 18, 2021. ( Christian Petersen / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 25 Jun 2021 | 5:44 am(NZT)

Photos: Turkey’s Sea-Snot Disaster (21 photos)

For more than six months now, parts of the Sea of Marmara along Turkey’s coast have been covered in a thick layer of glop known as mucilage, or “sea snot.” Pollution, warmer temperatures, and other environmental factors appear to have resulted in a proliferation of phytoplankton, which are releasing an “overabundance of mucus.” Government workers have been trying to clean up some of the worst-hit areas as biologists and environmentalists have expressed alarm. Below, you’ll find a recent collection of sea-snot images; for the complete story, read “A Slimy Calamity Is Creeping Across the Sea” by our own Sarah Zhang.

Two small boats are piloted through a slimy patch of mucilage on the surface of a harbor.
This aerial photograph, taken from above the Caddebostan shore of Turkey's Marmara Sea, shows boats moving through a patch of mucilage, or sea snot, on June 8, 2021. ( Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 22 Jun 2021 | 5:52 am(NZT)











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