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Photos of the Week: Sandy Hooves, Sunny Park, Count Binface (35 photos)

Re-openings in Europe, coping with COVID-19 in India, kayak racing in Italy, artistic swimming in Budapest, an elephant seal pup in California, a candlelight commemoration in Prague, a skateboard park in Texas, a Victory Day parade in Russia, protests in Colombia, and much more

Four back-up dancers accompany a singer on stage.
Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou, representing Cyprus, sings during the second rehearsal of the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on May 12, 2021. ( Patrick Van Emst / ANP / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 14 May 2021 | 4:30 pm(NZT)

Photos: Eid al-Fitr and the End of Ramadan 2021 (32 photos)

The Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, began this week in parts of the world where sightings of the new moon were made. During Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, devout Muslims abstain from food, drink, and sex from dawn until sunset. The fast, one of the five pillars of Islam, is seen as a time for spiritual reflection, prayers, and charity. After sunset, Muslims traditionally break the fast by eating three dates, performing the Maghrib prayer, and sitting down to iftar, the main evening meal, where communities and families gather together. Collected below are images of Muslims around the world observing Eid al-Fitr and Ramadan this year.

Women stand together and pray.
Iranian Muslim women perform Eid al-Fitr prayers in western Tehran on May 13, 2021. ( Atta Kenare / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 14 May 2021 | 6:20 am(NZT)

Photos: Violence Explodes Across Israel and Gaza (26 photos)

Tensions have escalated in recent weeks between Palestinians and Israelis, triggered in part by recent protests related to a decades-long land dispute that could lead to the removal of Palestinian families from their homes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood. Israeli security forces confronted demonstrators on the site known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount, injuring hundreds of Palestinians. Militants in the Gaza Strip began firing rockets into Israel, and Israeli forces have conducted air strikes in Gaza in response, leading to the deaths of more than 55 Palestinians and seven Israelis over the past few days.

Smoke, dust, and fire erupt around a multistory tower as it collapses amid many other buildings.
Smoke and flames rise from Al-Sharouk Tower as it collapses after being hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on May 12, 2021. ( Qusay Dawud / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 13 May 2021 | 7:25 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Glass Ceiling, Blue Grotto, Lava Glow (35 photos)

A May Day rally in Istanbul, a SpaceX splashdown in Florida, an early cicada in Maryland, camels in a Chinese desert, a diving competition in Tokyo, orienteering in Ukraine, an oil fire in Iraq, and much more

An artist stands in front of a large mural of the face of a young person wearing a mask.
The Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra puts the final touches on his mural Coexistencia—Memorial da Fe por todas as vitimas do COVID-19, translated as Coexistence—Memorial of Faith for All Victims of COVID-19, which portrays children of different religions wearing protective face masks, in São Paulo, Brazil, on May 5, 2021. ( Amanda Perobelli / Reuters)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 7 May 2021 | 4:30 pm(NZT)

Robots Are Everywhere (30 photos)

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines—some fully autonomous, some requiring human input—extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places too dangerous or difficult for us to go. Gathered here are recent images of robotic technology, including an animatronic dolphin, a virtual Olympic torchbearer, a Martian explorer, a fried-chicken deliverer, firefighting machines, a seabed-mining robot, and much more.

A small robot skis down a slope.
A robot skis down a slope during the Fighting My Bots Intelligence Competition at Badaling Ski Resort in Beijing, China, on February 27, 2021. ( Qi Lianmin / VCG via Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 7 May 2021 | 6:35 am(NZT)

Photos: Deadly Protests Across Colombia (27 photos)

For several days now, people across Colombia have voiced their anger in large demonstrations. The protests—initially in response to a tax-reform proposal by President Iván Duque that many said would punish the middle class—have transformed into platforms for people to express their wider anger over the government’s mishandling of unemployment, inequality, and the ongoing pandemic crisis. Demonstrations continue, despite President Duque’s withdrawal of his unpopular tax proposal. Recently, the protests have also focused attention on police brutality, after the deaths of at least 19 demonstrators in previous days.

A large group of protesters chant together.
People shout slogans during a demonstration against government-proposed tax reform, marking May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Bogota, Colombia, on May 1, 2021. ( Fernando Vergara / AP)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 5 May 2021 | 7:16 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Desert Highway, Launch Symphony, Mermaid Show (35 photos)

A life-sized Gundam statue in China, the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in India, Anzac Day in Australia, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Portugal, low water levels in California, a moor fire in England, a weekend lockdown in Ecuador, a Lego New York City, and much more

A man walks near distinctive skyscrapers.
A clerk wearing a face mask walks in Moscow's International Business Center (Moskva City) in Moscow, Russia, on April 26, 2021. ( Alexander Nemenov / AFP / Getty)

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

Scenes From Off-World (26 photos)

Robotic probes launched by NASA, the European Space Agency, and others are gathering information across the solar system. We currently have spacecraft in orbit around the sun (one on its way to Mercury), Venus, Earth, the moon, Mars, and Jupiter, and two operational rovers plus a helicopter on the surface of Mars. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are performing experiments in low Earth orbit and sending back amazing photos. With all of these eyes in the sky, I once again put together a photo album of our solar system—a set of family portraits—as seen by our astronauts and mechanical emissaries.

A view of the sun, partially eclipsed by Earth's passing moon
On January 13, 2021, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory imaged its first lunar transit of the year, when the moon crossed its view of the sun. The transit lasted about 30 minutes. The SDO spacecraft orbits Earth at a distance of 22,238 miles (35,789 kilometers), and has been observing the sun for more than a decade. ( NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center / SDO)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 30 Apr 2021 | 6:09 am(NZT)

The Parakeets of London (18 photos)

The Greater London area is home to thousands of parakeets. The population of feral ring-necked parakeets has grown from hundreds back in the 1980s to more than 30,000 according to the last count in 2012. The birds, native to Africa and India, are generalist feeders and seem to be well adapted to the urban settings and colder climate of southern England. The origins of the London parakeet population remain a bit mysterious, and a few popular theories exist—that Jimi Hendrix released a mating pair in the 1960s, for example, or that a flock escaped from a set during the filming of the Humphrey Bogart movie The African Queen, or possibly that a storm damaged several aviaries in the 1980s. The parakeet’s impact on local species is still not fully understood, and studies are ongoing.

Two green parakeets interact in a park.
Ring-necked parakeets, photographed in St. James's Park in London, England, on November 6, 2020 ( Dan Kitwood / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 28 Apr 2021 | 6:17 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Happy Cows, Bird Paradise, Big Merino (35 photos)

A deadly second wave of COVID-19 in India, a moose in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a world-record attempt in Bangkok, a totem-pole gift in Washington State, a flowered forest in Belgium, a helicopter flying on Mars, surfing in Australia, and much more

A model swims in a transparent swimming pool, high above the photographer.
A model swims in a transparent swimming-pool bridge that crosses between the top floors of two 10-story apartment buildings at Embassy Gardens, next to the new U.S. embassy in southwest London, on April 22, 2021. The 25-meter-long acrylic pool, known as the Sky Pool, will allow residents to swim from one building to the other, 10 stories above the ground. ( Justin Tallis / AFP / Getty)

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

Winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards (30 photos)

The top entries in the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced, and the organizers were once more kind enough to share some of the winning and shortlisted photos from the Professional, Open, Student, and Youth competitions with us, gathered here. Captions below have been provided by the photographers.

A close view of a Beluga whale, seen underwater
Hvaldimir. Shortlist, Professional, Wildlife & Nature. "Series Description: This is the story of a beluga whale called Hvaldimir and a fisherman called Joar Hesten. When the fisherman and former whaler jumped into the ice-cold Arctic water and freed Hvaldimir from a harness that had been fitted to the whale, both their lives changed forever. When this white mystic creature turned up in the Arctic waters of Norway, bordering Russia, American activists turned up. Hollywood called and Saudi money was spent. The friendly beluga whale became an Instagram star. When the fuss settled, Joar returned home down south and Hvaldimir did likewise. In the summer of 2020, he turned up in the fjord neighboring Joar’s home. During that summer and autumn, the former whaler visited the whale, looking after him and discussed with annoyed fish farmers how they best could protect it." (© Copyright Aleksander Nordahl, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 22 Apr 2021 | 6:25 am(NZT)

Photos: A Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19 in India (28 photos)

The number of COVID-19 cases in India began climbing dramatically last month, and daily infections now top 250,000, according to health-ministry data. Hospitals and crematoria are becoming overwhelmed, and vaccines, oxygen, and other medical supplies are becoming scarce. Larger cities have imposed new lockdowns, while at the same time, several large festivals have been allowed to take place elsewhere. India has now reported more than 15 million coronavirus infections since the beginning of the pandemic, and less than 10 percent of the population has received at least one vaccine dose. Gathered here are some images of the battle against COVID-19 in India over the past few weeks.

A man wearing protective equipment stands among burning pyres.
A man wearing protective equipment performs the last rites for his relative, who died from COVID-19, at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, on April 20, 2021. ( Anindito Mukherjee / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 21 Apr 2021 | 5:57 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Beach Classroom, Giant Eye, Trench Puppies (35 photos)

Cherry blossoms in Germany, Fashion Week in Madrid, an island castle in Switzerland, Ramadan prayers in Mecca, a volcanic eruption in the Caribbean, a protest march in Minnesota, a “Field of Light” in California, a comfort dog at the U.S. Capitol, and much more

A horse is lifted into the air, hanging from a sling beneath a helicopter.
A picture taken in Saignelegier, Switzerland, shows a horse being airlifted by a helicopter during a test by Swiss army forces on April 9, 2021. The exercise was part of a project carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, examining the rapid evacuation and transport of injured horses to a medical veterinary facility. ( Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty)

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

Winners of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest (28 photos)

The winning entries of the annual World Press Photo Contest ​have just been announced. This year, according to organizers, 74,470 images were submitted for judging, made by 4,315 photographers from 130 different countries. Winners in eight categories were announced, including Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports, and Spot News. World Press Photo has once more been kind enough to allow me to share some of this year’s winning photos here with you.

A man tries to scare away a large swarm of locusts.
Nature, Third Prize, Stories—Locust Invasion in East Africa: Herny Lenayasa, a Samburu man and chief of the Archers Post settlement, tries to scare away a massive swarm of locusts ravaging an area next to Archers Post, Samburu County, Kenya, on April 24, 2020. Locust swarms devastated large areas of land, just as the coronavirus outbreak had begun to disrupt livelihoods. ( Luis Tato for The Washington Post)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 16 Apr 2021 | 6:02 am(NZT)

Protecting Crops Against a Spring Frost (22 photos)

Unseasonably cold temperatures across parts of Western Europe have threatened vineyards and groves of fruit trees, as frost damages delicate new buds. Days of record-low overnight temperatures have spurred winegrowers and other farmers to take action to protect their crops—some opting to spray water on their plants so a layer of ice will shield them from the frost, and others choosing to light many small fires in their fields, slightly warming the plants and generating air movement, hoping to prevent pockets of extremely cold air from forming. Collected here are images of this battle against the elements in France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland.

A blossoming tree branch is encased in ice.
A picture taken early on April 8, 2021, shows fruit trees in blossom encased in ice, part of an effort to fight frost, in the Swiss Alps in Saillon, near Martigny. ( Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 14 Apr 2021 | 6:34 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Plastic Lake, Van Cat, Burning Judas (35 photos)

Ballet in an empty Syrian market, a forest fire in California, releasing turtles in Israel, a briefing by the Easter Bunny in the White House, riots in Northern Ireland, a giant sand dune in France, a wheat harvest in India, sunny weather in New York City, and much more

A soccer player falls over a low fence during a game.
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema falls over the advertisement boards during the Spanish League soccer match between Real Madrid CF and SD Eibar at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, on April 3, 2021. ( Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty)

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

Boston in the 1970s (35 photos)

Here’s a collection of some of the sights and events taking place in and around Boston from 1970 to 1979. Below, images of the blizzard of 1978, a victory parade for the Bruins after they won the 1970 Stanley Cup, enforcement and opposition to school segregation by busing, a Celtics game in Boston Garden, urban renewals and restorations, a St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston, anti-war protests, charm-school lessons, and much more.

A motorcycle cop directs traffic outside Haymarket Square in Boston in 1979
A motorcycle cop directs traffic outside Haymarket Square in Boston in 1979. ( Spencer Grant / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 8 Apr 2021 | 6:44 am(NZT)

April Blooms: Spring Is on the Way (21 photos)

Spring started about two weeks ago, and the Northern Hemisphere has begun to warm, with flowers and trees in bloom. Gathered here today, a small collection of images from the past few weeks from North America, Asia, and Europe, of tulips, sunshine, and cherry blossoms—surely signs of warmer days to come.

Japanese cherry trees bloom along the National Mall.
Japanese cherry trees bloom along the National Mall following a rain shower on March 28, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The trees were gifted to Washington by Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912 and draw tens of thousands of daily visitors around peak bloom every year. ( Al Drago / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 6 Apr 2021 | 6:16 am(NZT)

Photos of the Week: Worm Moon, Cat Lodge, Red Hearts (35 photos)

A theme park’s reopening in California, Holi celebrations in India, flooding in Australia, whale watching in Mexico, protests in Turkey, a masked rock concert in Barcelona, a snowy Opening Day in Detroit, China Fashion Week in Beijing, tulip fields in Italy, and much more

A small dog pokes its head out of a pile of plastic balls.
A chihuahua sits in a pool full of plastic balls at the tenth Thailand international Pet Variety Exhibition in Bangkok on March 26, 2021. ( Mladen Antonov / AFP / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 2 Apr 2021 | 5:30 pm(NZT)

Up Close With Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall Volcano (20 photos)

Nearly two weeks since its initial eruption, the Fagradalsfjall volcano on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula continues to be active. The gentle nature of the lava flows so far and the volcano’s proximity to the city of Reykjavik have allowed many hikers to make the trip to the site and witness the event up close. Here, a handful of recent images of visitors to Iceland’s newest volcano.

People gather on a hillside overlooking an active lava flow.
Hikers look at lava flows from the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano in Geldingadalur on March 25, 2021, on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula. ( Matthew Eisman / Getty)

Source: The Atlantic Photo | 1 Apr 2021 | 7:39 am(NZT)

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