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Photos of the Week: Giant Teapot, Arizona Sunset, Egyptian Goose (35 photos)

Moving a home through the streets of San Francisco, ski jumping in Germany, hiking the Great Wall in China, visiting a ski resort in Tehran, opening a “hug room” in Rome, taking a vaccination selfie in Spain, surfing in front of Mount Fuji, walking a snow maze in Manitoba, and much more.

Reddish light from lava illuminates the base of a column of ash rising into a cloud above a volcano.
A violent eruption spews ash more than a kilometer into the sky above Mount Etna in Sicily on February 23, 2021. ( Marco Restivo / Barcroft Media via Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 26 Feb 2021 | 6:30 pm(NZT)

100 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1921 (40 photos)

A century ago, Russia was enduring a terrible famine, the Irish Free State was created, U.S. President Warren Harding was inaugurated, the Tulsa race massacre took place in Oklahoma, a new machine called a “dishwasher” was introduced, New York’s Madison Square Garden was home to “the world’s largest indoor swimming pool,” and much more. Please take a moment to look back at some of the events and sights from around the world 100 years ago.

Eleven police officers stand in a row, wearing uniforms and white vests with small sets of display lights attached.
A row of New York City policemen, photographed wearing sets of portable traffic lights. At the time, effective methods of traffic control were still being developed in big cities in the U.S. ( General Photographic Agency / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 26 Feb 2021 | 9:38 am(NZT)

Recent Eruptions on Mount Etna (20 photos)

Mount Etna has erupted four times in the past six days, sending lava down its slopes and showering nearby villages with ash. Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. No significant damage or injuries have been reported during this recent outburst, and officials have said they do not think there is immediate danger of escalation, but the views have been spectacular.

A nighttime view of lava flowing down the side of a volcano.
Lava flows down Mount Etna near Catania, Sicily, on February 16, 2021. ( Salvatore Allegra / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 23 Feb 2021 | 9:02 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Mars Rover, Green Fur, Icicle Tunnel (35 photos)

Lava flows on Mount Etna, ski championships in Italy, scenes from the Australian Open, ice-skating in the Netherlands, an image from New York Fashion Week, freezing conditions in Texas, a monument to cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, snowy scenes in Greece, and much more

A skiing competitor rides on the back of a four-tracked ATV as a driver pilots it up a ski slope.
Stefan Luitz of Germany is transported back up to the start gate on a tracked ATV during the FIS World Ski Championships Team Parallel Event on February 17, 2021, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. ( Alexander Hassenstein / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 19 Feb 2021 | 6:30 pm(NZT)

Texas Is a Mess (31 photos)

The state of Texas was hit hard, as was much of the central United States, when frigid Arctic air pushed southward and a winter storm blew through. Millions of Texas residents have been without electricity for days amid record-setting cold temperatures and widespread blackouts. The power situation is improving now, but officials warn there may be further rotating power outages as systems come back online. Governor Greg Abbott announced that the White House has issued a Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas, responding to the crisis. Texans have been coping with the harsh conditions as best they can, finding shelter in some of the warming centers that have been opened, finding fuel for fireplaces or barbecue grills—despite many stores being closed—or bundling up together in their candlelit homes, waiting for the power to return.

A night view of a people in a car with its interior lights and headlights on, parked in a suburban street surrounded by dark houses.
Krystan Hood sits with her two young children inside her heated car after cold weather knocked out power in Corpus Christi, Texas, on February 16, 2021. ( Courtney Sacco / Caller-Times via Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 19 Feb 2021 | 7:59 am(NZT)

Winners of the 2020 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest (21 photos)

The judging for the ninth annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has wrapped up, and the winning images and photographers have been announced. Gaetano Dario Gargiulo took Best in Show with his image of an octopus in a tide pool. The organizers of the contest have once again shared with us some of the winners and honorable mentions, shown below, from the 12 categories of underwater photography. Captions were written by the individual photographers and have been lightly edited for clarity.

A slightly transparent fish with long flowing filaments swims against a black backdrop.
Acanthonus Armatus: 1st Place, Blackwater. One of the most highly sought-after blackwater subjects off the coast of Florida is the incredibly beautiful larvae of Acanthonus armatus. This fish is a bathypelagic species of cusk-eel found in tropical and subtropical waters. Even though the rather dull-looking adults live very deep, the younger fish can occasionally be found in shallower waters and are much more exotic in their appearance, with stunning filaments extending from their bodies. (© Copyright Steven Kovacs / Ocean Art)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 18 Feb 2021 | 8:20 am(NZT)

Scenes From the 2021 Australian Open (28 photos)

The 109th edition of the Australian Open tennis tournament is currently underway in Melbourne—despite a five-day COVID-19 lockdown put in place by the state government. Players from all over the world have been competing in empty arenas in the heat of the Australian summer. This week, matches are progressing into the semifinals, with the final day of the tournament coming on February 21. Collected here are some colorful glimpses of the 2021 Australian Open.

Dominic Thiem reaches back with a racket, preparing to hit a tennis ball.
Austria's Dominic Thiem serves to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov during their fourth-round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on February 14, 2021. ( Hamish Blair / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 17 Feb 2021 | 8:21 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Horse Breath, Incense Cat, Swan Companion (35 photos)

Protests against police violence in Chile, COVID-19 patient care in Portugal, wintry weather in northern Europe, Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan, scenes from Super Bowl LV, an ice cave in Alaska, Skywhale and Skywhalepapa in Australia, Zoom goats in England, and much more

Two dozen men run in snow as a large bear moves among them.
People run away after Kurdish animal-rights activists release a bear into the wild. The activists rescued several bears that were held in captivity in people's homes, in Dohuk, Iraq, on February 11, 2021. ( Ari Jalal / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 12 Feb 2021 | 6:30 pm(NZT)

Preparing for “Yardi Gras” in New Orleans (18 photos)

Most of the traditional Mardi Gras activities in New Orleans have been canceled this year because of the ongoing pandemic. But locals have spent their time and effort working on safe alternative celebrations to keep the spirit of Carnival alive—including the decoration of hundreds of houses in the style of Mardi Gras floats. The Krewe of House Floats has worked with people across the city and is listing participants on a map. Gathered below are a handful of images of this year’s socially distant “Yardi Gras,” as New Orleanians prepare for Mardi Gras on February 16.

A large statue of a dinosaur wears a beaded necklace and top hat, standing in front of a decorated house.
A view of a home decorated to celebrate Dino Gras on January 24, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana. ( Erika Goldring / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 10 Feb 2021 | 7:44 am(NZT)

Winners of the 2021 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest (20 photos)

The winners of this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest were just announced, and Renee Capozzola was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 for her image of blacktip reef sharks cruising beneath seagulls at sunset in French Polynesia. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, Marine Conservation, and more. Contest organizers were once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers.

A turtle swims near the water's surface, alone, against a dark background.
Double Turtle: Third Place, Black & White. This summer, snorkeling very early in the morning in Marsa Egla, Egypt, I often met the smaller and friendly hawksbill turtle in the bay. Enchanted by its elegant movements, I watched it for hours eating and breathing. I noticed that particular conditions of light and sea made perfect the reflection of its being on the surface. (© Copyright Renata Romeo / UPY2021)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 9 Feb 2021 | 8:19 am(NZT)

Superb Owl Sunday V (28 photos)

A special Sunday event: our fifth annual photographic essay celebrating these magnificent birds of prey. These nocturnal hunters hail from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, and are captured here in photos from recent years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely), I invite you to take a look; as always, it was a hoot to put this together.

A close view of the face of a snowy owl
A close view of the face of a snowy owl ( Leamus / iStockphoto / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 8 Feb 2021 | 5:02 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Snowy Elmo, Mogul Run, Sea Goddess (35 photos)

A visit with Punxsutawney Phil, preparations for the Year of the Ox in China, a funambulist in Italy, a rocket explosion in Texas, a farmers’ protest in India, flooding in France, dogs at play on a frozen lake in Turkey, a crowded beach in Brazil, and much more

A woman in a red outfit stands in the snow in Times Square.
A woman poses in Times Square during a winter storm on February 1, 2021, in New York City. ( Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 5 Feb 2021 | 6:30 pm(NZT)

Vaccine Centers in Cathedrals, Stadiums, and Parking Lots (30 photos)

As more vaccines against COVID-19 become available and distribution keeps ramping up, governments and health-care institutions worldwide have set up centers to deliver as many vaccinations as possible. Gymnasiums, sports venues, and existing clinics have been readied, and early candidates are now passing through. Efforts are already under way in some areas to reach vulnerable populations living in remote regions as well. More than 100 million doses have been administered worldwide so far, with billions yet to come.

Staff prepare to give the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to patients at a vaccination center set up inside Salisbury Cathedral on January 20, 2021 in Salisbury, England. ( Finnbarr Webster / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 4 Feb 2021 | 9:01 am(NZT)

Photos: A Second Weekend of Protests in Russia (21 photos)

For a second weekend, tens of thousands of people in cities across Russia protested the jailing of the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. An outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, Navalny was detained on January 17, after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering from a near-fatal poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. According to the Associated Press, more than 5,100 protesters were arrested yesterday—1,000 more than had been detained the previous week. Below are some of the scenes from the streets of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vladivostok, and other cities.

A man shouts in front of law-enforcement officers during a rally in support of the jailed Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, in Moscow, Russia, on January 31, 2021. ( Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 2 Feb 2021 | 9:22 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Space Bubbles, Frozen Falls, Mountain Movies (35 photos)

Giraffes in the Netherlands, bison in the United Kingdom, a beach day in Australia, flowers for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the arrival of President Biden’s dogs at the White House, tug-of-war practice in Ireland, scenes from Paris Fashion Week, and much more

A nurse stands beside a bed with a patient lying in it.
A nurse takes care of a patient infected with COVID-19, on January 25, 2021, in the intensive-care unit of Lyon-Sud hospital in Pierre-Benite. Stubbornly high new rates for infections, hospitalizations, and deaths have fueled fears that France may need another full lockdown, which would be its third, inflicting yet more devastation on businesses and daily lives. ( Jeff Pachoud / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 29 Jan 2021 | 6:30 pm(NZT)

The Dogs Trained to Sniff Out COVID-19 (16 photos)

Promising early results from several studies have encouraged researchers around the world to develop and expand canine programs that may screen people for COVID-19 infection at places like airports, hospitals, or sports venues. While these early experiments appear to demonstrate high levels of accuracy by the sniffer dogs, researchers also caution that peer-review processes and larger-scale studies are still needed. Gathered here are images from Russia, England, Chile, Australia, Iran, Finland, and more countries, where these canine COVID-19–detection programs are being developed.

Two men in uniform hold dogs they are training
Chilean police officers and trainers work with two dogs, named Keylin and Clifford, at Carabineros de Chile Dog Training School in the Parque Metropolitano in Santiago, Chile, on July 17, 2020, where dogs are being trained to detect COVID-19. ( Marcelo Hernandez / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 28 Jan 2021 | 8:13 am(NZT)

Photos From the 2021 Dakar Rally (21 photos)

On January 3, a group of more than 300 competitors departed from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to begin the 43rd annual Dakar Rally: a 14-day, 4,751-mile off-roading adventure held entirely in Saudi Arabia once again. The race used to be held in Africa, until 2008, when unrest in Mauritania forced organizers to move to South America, where it was hosted until last year. The vehicles—which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quad bikes—finished their broad loop through Saudi Arabia, returning to Jeddah on January 15.

Walter Roelants of Belgium rides during Stage 2 of the Dakar Rally 2021 between Bisha and Wadi Ad-Dawasir in Saudi Arabia on January 4, 2021. ( Franck Fife / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 27 Jan 2021 | 8:39 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Ice Castles, Northern Lights, Inauguration Fireworks (35 photos)

Fashion Week in Berlin, the departure of former President Donald Trump, the swearing-in of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, COVID-19 burials in Turkey and Mexico, an earthquake in Indonesia, bull-taming in India, a snow-covered Great Wall in China, National Guard soldiers in the U.S. Capitol, diploma artwork in New York City, and much more

From left: Douglas Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and President-elect Joe Biden look down the National Mall as lamps are lit to honor the nearly 400,000 American victims of the coronavirus pandemic, at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on January 19, 2021, in Washington, D.C. ( Chip Somodevilla / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 22 Jan 2021 | 6:30 pm(NZT)

Photos: The Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (35 photos)

In Washington, D.C. today, Joe Biden took the oath of office shortly before noon, becoming the 46th president of the United States of America. In front of a small, socially distanced, and well-guarded audience on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in. The singers Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks performed; the poet Amanda Gorman gave a reading; and Biden delivered his inaugural address to the nation. Gathered below are scenes from a unique moment in American history.

Joe Biden, beside his wife, Jill Biden, is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on January 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. ( Andrew Harnik / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 21 Jan 2021 | 9:31 am(NZT)

An Inauguration Like No Other (22 photos)

As the final day of the Trump presidency passes, rehearsals and preparations are underway for the upcoming inaugural ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President–elect Kamala Harris, set to take place on January 20. Amid unprecedented security concerns and an ongoing pandemic, the visual landscape of Washington is different from any previous inaugural ceremony. Roads have been closed, concrete barriers and security fencing have been placed, and more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops have been deployed to the nation’s capital. In place of what would normally be a large crowd of onlookers, the National Mall is filled with thousands of national, state, and territory flags representing the American people who will be unable to attend.

The U.S. Capitol is seen behind a fence with razor wire during sunrise on January 16, 2021, in Washington, D.C. More than 20,000 National Guard soldiers will be guarding the city as preparations are made for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. president. ( Samuel Corum / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 20 Jan 2021 | 7:48 am(NZT)

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