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Buddha Day Celebrations in Photos (20 photos)

Buddhists around the world recently celebrated Vesak, or Buddha Day, a festival that marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha, observed on the full moon in May or June. Devotees, monks, and nuns gathered in temples and sacred areas to pray and rededicate themselves to the teachings of Buddha. Vesak is observed in varying ways from country to country, and some of these can be seen below in photographs from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Cambodia, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and more.

Buddhist nuns pray during a ceremony at the Tam Chuc pagoda in Ha Nam province on May 13, 2019, ahead of Vesak day celebrations. ( Nhac Nguyen / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 21 May 2019 | 6:33 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Snowy Ladybug, Shattered Lance, Mexican Smog (35 photos)

Engineering fashion in Beijing, a luxury houseboat for rising seas, flooding in Paraguay, father-daughter soccer in Liverpool, murals on the border wall in Mexico, the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Italy, Buddha’s-birthday observations in Taiwan, Lady Macbeth in Greece, skateboarding in Los Angeles, Ramadan in Indonesia, and much more

The double-amputee dog Cora Rose balances on her hind legs to watch Zach Skow repair her cart on a street in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 2019. Cora Rose serves in a California prisoner-therapy program founded by Skow called Pawsitive Change. ( Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 18 May 2019 | 6:47 am(NZT)

100 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1919 (37 photos)

A century ago, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, as much of the world was still recovering from the devastation of World War I. Rebuilding was just beginning, refugees were returning home, orphans were being cared for, and a global influenza outbreak was being battled. In other news, the Lincoln Memorial was nearing completion in Washington, D.C.; Vladimir Lenin was working to solidify the Soviet Republic; the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed—guaranteeing women the right to vote; a molasses disaster struck Boston; and much more. Please take a moment to look back at some of the events and sights from around the world 100 years ago.

A woman poses on an Indian motorcycle with a sidecar on a street in Paris, France, in 1919. ( Corbis via Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 16 May 2019 | 8:10 am(NZT)

Photos of Huawei’s European-Themed Campus in China (15 photos)

China’s Huawei Technologies is the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world, with production and development centers in more than a dozen countries. One of its newest facilities, located in Dongguan, China, is being built as a collection of replicas of European landmarks. The 3.5-square-mile Ox Horn research and development campus is being developed as 12 separate “towns,” with names such as Paris, Verona, and Bruges. Research buildings are being modeled after famous castles, palaces, and more. The Ox Horn campus is designed to accommodate 25,000 employees, and is connected by private trams and trains to other nearby Huawei campuses and to company housing in Shenzhen. Kevin Frayer, a photographer for Getty, was able to visit the still-growing campus, and returned with these images.

A worker cleans a waterway among office buildings in Huawei's new sprawling Ox Horn research and development campus on April 12, 2019, in Dongguan, near Shenzhen, China. ( Kevin Frayer / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 14 May 2019 | 6:05 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Lion Rescue, Chihuahua Run, Dinosaur Debut (35 photos)

Uber protests in Los Angeles, freedom for Reuters reporters in Myanmar, “my emperor” cats in Beijing, equestrian jumping in Mexico, Met Gala appearances in New York, Victory Day observations in Russia, Ramadan prayers in Indonesia, art among ruins on a Greek isle, a gathering of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, missiles over Israel and Gaza, artworks displayed at the Venice Biennale, and much more

Stars appear in the night sky above Shwe Settaw Sanctuary in the Magway region of Myanmar in a long-exposure photo taken on May 5, 2019. ( Ye Aung Thu / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 11 May 2019 | 6:25 am(NZT)

Scenes From the 2019 Venice Biennale (23 photos)

The 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, held in locations throughout Venice, Italy, will open to the public on May 11. This year’s exhibition is titled “May You Live in Interesting Times,” and will remain open until November 24. Gathered here are a few images of artwork and installations created by artists from around the world.

Visitors view Faniswa, Sea Point, Cape Town, 2016, by the South African artist Zanele Muholi, during a press preview ahead of the opening of the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale on May 8, 2019, in Venice, Italy. ( Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 9 May 2019 | 6:39 am(NZT)

Winners of the 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition (11 photos)

Entrants in this year’s contest were invited to submit images that showcase Earth’s biodiversity and show some of the mounting threats to the natural world. These images originally appeared on bioGraphic, an online magazine about science and sustainability and the official media sponsor for the California Academy of Sciences’ BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition.  The organizers were kind enough to share some of the winners and finalists here, selected from nearly 6,500 entries. The captions were written by the bioGraphic editorial staff, and lightly edited for style.

Boneyard Waltz: Terrestrial Wildlife Finalist. A trio of polar bears lumbers past a forbidding pile of whale bones along the coast of Barter Island in northern Alaska, their bloodstained noses hinting at a recent, fresher meal. As top predators, polar bears rule the Arctic ecosystem and are typically solitary hunters, except when learning from Mom, like the siblings pictured here. Eventually, the cubs will venture out on their own to patrol the nearby Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a wilderness area encompassing more than 30,000 square miles. But these epic hunting grounds may not stay pristine forever: The region holds an estimated 7.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Moreover, climate change is forcing the bears to travel much longer distances in search of food. For this trio, however, there’s a more imminent threat. The smallest in the trio turns to catch a glimpse of a large male following the group before all three slip into the still chilly, though warming, waters of the Beaufort Sea. ( Daniel Dietrich / BigPicture Photography Competition)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 7 May 2019 | 5:34 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: German Asparagus, Traffic Zebras, Enormous Bear (35 photos)

The Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali, pet rescue in flooded Quebec, sea lion rescue in California, memorials to a synagogue shooting in California, conflict in Libya, the NRA Fashion and Firearms show in Indiana, a giant “spider” in New York, May Day protests in Europe, an attempted uprising in Venezuela, a tornado in Romania, rusty locomotives in Lebanon, and much more

In this May 2, 2019, photo, child monks ride a roller coaster during their visit to the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea. ( Lee Jin-man / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 4 May 2019 | 6:24 am(NZT)

2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest (10 photos)

This year’s National Geographic Travel Photo Contest is still under way, with entries being accepted for just one more day—the competition closes at noon ET on May 3. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $7,500. National Geographic was once again kind enough to allow me to share some of this year’s entries with you, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People. The photos and captions were written by the photographers and lightly edited for style.

Fog Waves Flowing Through: On a summer day, waves of fog sweep through Marin County, blanketing the curvatures of Mount Tam. (© Copyright David Odisho / National Geographic Travel Photo Contest)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 3 May 2019 | 7:31 am(NZT)

Photos: The Worshippers of the Valley of the Dawn (18 photos)

Every year on May 1, members of the Vale do Amanhecer spiritual community in Brazil gather for their biggest ceremony of the year, the Day of the Spiritual Indoctrinator. The religion known as Vale do Amanhecer (or Valley of the Dawn, or, officially, Social Works of the Christian Spiritualist Order) was founded in 1959 by a charismatic woman known as Tia Neiva. Neiva had been working as a truck driver in Brasilia when she began to experience visions of spirits and extraterrestrial beings that she said imparted lessons to her. The spiritual group she began with her partner, Mario Sassi, grew into a community of thousands of mediums who claim to communicate with spirits, and it combines doctrines and symbolism from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Incan and Afro-Brazilian religions; ancient-Egyptian concepts; and a belief in extraterrestrial life, intergalactic travel, and reincarnation. Members of the movement claim to have hundreds of thousands of adherents worldwide who attend temples located in Brazil, Portugal, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

Nymphs, female devotees of the Vale do Amanhecer religious community, pray during their biggest ceremony of the year at their temple complex in Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of the Dawn), a community on the outskirts of Planaltina, 50 kilometers from the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, on May 1, 2019. ( Carl De Souza / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 2 May 2019 | 6:20 am(NZT)

Photos: The Royal Life of Emperor Akihito (22 photos)

After a nearly 30-year reign, Japan’s Emperor Akihito stepped down today in an abdication ceremony in Tokyo. The 85-year-old monarch is passing the throne to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, after acknowledging that his age and poor health were making it difficult for him to fulfill his duties. Akihito was Japan’s 125th emperor, part of a line of succession that some have traced back more than 2,500 years. Below, a collection of images of Akihito and his wife, Michiko, through the years, first as prince and princess, then emperor and empress of Japan.

Japan's Emperor Akihito walks during a ritual called Taiirei Tojitsu Kashikodokoro Omae no Gi, a ceremony for the emperor to report the abdication ceremony to the goddess Amaterasu, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, on April 30, 2019. ( Kyodo / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 1 May 2019 | 6:29 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Unicorn Factory, Bavarian Pilgrims, Miniature Chernobyl (35 photos)

Thanos in the Philippines, an adoptive cat in Crimea, mourning in Sri Lanka, Holy Week in Jerusalem, Anzac Day in Australia, flooding in Quebec, a light show in Romania, stylish indoor tennis in Barcelona, Kim Jong Un in Russia, an Easter parade in New York City, equestrian vaulting in France, and much more

With the announcement by Joe Biden this week, the field of declared U.S. presidential candidates appears to be more or less set. The candidates (above), listed in alphabetical order: Top row, from left: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard. Second row: Kirsten Gillibrand, Mike Gravel, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar. Third row: Wayne Messam, Seth Moulton, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell. Bottom row: Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, William Weld, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang. For more details, please visit our 2020 U.S. Presidential Race Cheat Sheet. (Credits: All photos from the Associated Press. Photographers, in order: Manuel Balce Ceneta, Charles Krupa, Charles Krupa, Mary Schwalm, Charlie Neibergall, Michael Wyke, Charlie Neibergall, Will Powers, Gerald Herbert, Charles Krupa, Ted S. Warren, Cheryl Senter, Brynn Anderson, Cheryl Senter, Gerald Herbert, Susan Walsh, Nati Harnik, Elise Amendola, Jacquelyn Martin, Charlie Neibergall, Charles Krupa, Amy Harris, and Seth Wenig.) ( Associated Press)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 27 Apr 2019 | 7:00 am(NZT)

Photos: Climate-Change Protests Around the World (25 photos)

Since the beginning of the year, large numbers of protests against government inaction on issues of climate change have been taking place in cities worldwide. Most of the movement has taken place in Europe, is largely student-led, and was inspired by the Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who has been speaking out and demanding action from leaders since last year. On March 15, thousands of environmentally concerned students in 80 countries held a “Fridays for Future” strike, marching through the streets with signs. This past week, parts of London were brought to a standstill by protesters from Extinction Rebellion, who have called on the British government to negotiate with them and to prioritize environmental protection.

An Austrian youth shouts slogans during a climate protest, part of the "Fridays for Future" movement, outside the Hofburg palace in Vienna on March 15, 2019, a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change. ( Joe Klamar / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 26 Apr 2019 | 6:35 am(NZT)

Here Are Pictures of More Cows (25 photos)

You may recall a collection of cows posted here back in 2015. Below, you will find additional cows.

The Swiss farmer Armin Capaul lies with his cows ahead of a nationwide vote on his initiative on cow horns, on October 16, 2018, in the mountains above Perrefitte, Switzerland. Capaul launched and collected more than 100,000 signatures for an initiative to offer monetary assistance to owners who don't dehorn their livestock. The initiative was rejected by voters in November. ( Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 25 Apr 2019 | 6:00 am(NZT)

Scenes From Coachella 2019 (23 photos)

Over the past two weekends, the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took place in Indio, California. Thousands of music fans gathered to hear performances by artists on multiple stages, including sets by Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, Weezer, Billie Eilish, Blackpink, Kid Cudi, Gesaffelstein, Bad Bunny, and many more. Gathered here are scenes from the performances and of the colorful Coachella concertgoers.

Billie Eilish performs at Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13, 2019. ( Frazer Harrison / Getty for Coachella)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 24 Apr 2019 | 6:15 am(NZT)

Photos: Mourning and Anguish After the Devastating Attacks in Sri Lanka (21 photos)

On Easter Sunday, eight separate bombs tore through luxury hotels and churches in several locations across Sri Lanka, in a coordinated attack carried out by at least six suicide bombers. Authorities say the number of people killed in the attacks is now 290, with more than 500 receiving treatment for injuries. This was the deadliest violence in Sri Lanka since its civil war ended 10 years ago. Today in Colombo, another bomb was found and detonated by the police. Investigations have just begun, and police have arrested two dozen people so far; no organization has claimed responsibility. Today, in the affected towns in Sri Lanka, relatives are gathering at local morgues to identify their loved ones, some by watching a slideshow of photographs of the remains, hoping to catch a glance of a familiar bit of clothing or jewelry amid the horror. The first of hundreds of funerals took place today as well.

Officials inspect the damaged St. Sebastian's Church, after multiple explosions targeted people in churches and hotels across Sri Lanka, on April 21, 2019, in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. ( Chamila Karunarathne / Anadolu Agency / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 23 Apr 2019 | 5:53 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Water Festival, Candy Candidate, Uruguayan Gaucho (35 photos)

Fashion in Pakistan, Ivanka Trump in Ethiopia, ongoing protests in Sudan, Passover in Israel, a huge election in Indonesia, Holy Week celebrations in Spain, an aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan, Notre-Dame cathedral ablaze in Paris, Easter preparations in Ukraine, performances at Coachella, spring skiing in Siberia, and much more

Elsa the Yorkshire terrier is groomed in a competition at the Pet Expo 2019, a pet show in Bucharest, Romania, on April 13, 2019. ( Vadim Ghirda / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 20 Apr 2019 | 6:04 am(NZT)

Mars in the Gobi Desert (20 photos)

In the desert hills of China’s Gansu province, a company called C-Space has just opened “Mars Base 1,” a simulated Martian base of operations for future astronauts. Plans for the base, currently an educational facility, include expansion—it will become more of a tourist destination soon, with a space-themed hotel and restaurant. Photographers were on hand as some of the first student groups arrived to tour this vision of Mars in the China’s Gobi desert.

This aerial photo shows "Mars Base 1", a C-Space Project, in the Gobi Desert, some 40 km from Jinchang in China's northwest Gansu province on April 17, 2019. ( Wang Zhao / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 18 Apr 2019 | 5:22 am(NZT)

After the Fire: Photos From Inside Notre-Dame Cathedral (9 photos)

A day after the devastating blaze that destroyed the roof and spire of the Notre-Dame cathedral, investigators and photographers were able to get a first look at the damage inside, including the preservation of a number of valuable artifacts and features among piles of debris and a heavily damaged roof. Private citizens and companies in France have stepped forward, pledging hundreds of millions of euros to help restore the treasured building.

A picture taken on April 16, 2019, shows the altar surrounded by charred debris inside the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the building. ( Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 17 Apr 2019 | 5:51 am(NZT)

Photos: The Devastation of Notre-Dame Cathedral (16 photos)

Earlier today, smoke was observed billowing from the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral, in central Paris; it was undergoing renovation work. The smoke grew and was followed by flames, which consumed the roof and caused the central spire of the cathedral to collapse. The gothic cathedral is visited by millions of tourists and locals every year. Authorities report no injuries or deaths at the moment, and have tentatively linked the fire to the renovations, which were due to have been completed in 2022. Below, some images of the disaster, and a handful of images from inside Notre-Dame before the fire.

Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral, in central Paris, on April 15, 2019. ( Francois Guillot / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 16 Apr 2019 | 6:46 am(NZT)

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