A child refugee waits as families prepare to return to their homes in Syria. A group of Syrian refugees left the Lebanese capital for their homeland in an operation coordinated between Lebanese and Syrian authorities
A woman dances as Arab and Jewish players compete in a backgammon championship in Jerusalem. The event was organized by Double Yerushalmi, a group trying to build closer ties between Arabs and Jews through cultural activities.
Classic and vintage cars on parade during the Classic Cars Show in the north of Beirut, Lebanon
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He gained a following in 2013, posting song covers on the video-sharing application Vine
“Camellia japonica”, a winter blooming piece of perfection.
The sun sets on the savannah after six days of constant rain ,
creating a radiant pink cloud above a small herd
of giraffe in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
A child outside the US consulate in Toronto holds a sign reading ‘Be Nice’ during a protest against President Donald Trump’s executive order travel ban.
Trampolinist Rosie MacLennan (l.) waves the Canadian flag next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after being named Canada’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics, following a ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
A young owner shows off her pet
Captain Alice Ngure of the Kenya Navy shouts to instruct her troops as they march in a parade during the national celebration to mark Kenya’s Jamhuri Day (Independence Day) at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
A young male orangutan makes the 30-metre climb up the thickest root of the strangler fig high above the canopy in Gunung Palung national park, one of the few protected orangutan strongholds in Indonesian Borneo.
Gabriela Gomez, three, in Bogota, Colombia, poses for a photo in a military costume before the start of a parade celebrating the country’s 206th anniversary of independence from Spain
New Zealand’s first sheep were set ashore by Captain Cook in 1773. At their peak in 1982, there were 22 sheep for every person in New Zealand. Nowadays, the numbers have fallen by a third and are now estimated at just over seven sheep per person.
Lighthouse of Cap Spartel, near Tangier, northern Morocco
Wildfires burn along the Twelve Apostles area of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 13, 2017.
A newly displaced girl carries her sister in Khazer refugee camp, Iraq.
An Israeli woman takes a selfie in a buttercup field near Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak in southern Israel, just outside the Gaza Strip.
Chilean police officers march with the puppies of future police dogs during the annual military parade at the Bernardo O’Higgins park in Santiago, Chile
A woman walks a dog on a snow-covered path beside the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada
Gemma Frizelle of Wales competes in the rhythmic gymnastics team final and individual qualification at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Some of the 404 participants pose for a photo in Toronto, Canada, during the ‘Next Einstein’ competition, which set a Guinness World Record for the ‘largest gathering of people dressed as Albert Einstein,’ according to organizers of the Einstein Legacy Project to encourage innovation and free-thinking.
“Cool cats don’t look at explosions, they blow things up and then walk away”
Muslim pilgrims pray around the Ka’bah, the holiest site in Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.
East Cape and Corridor, Los Cabos, Mexico
People gather to celebrate Newroz in Istanbul, Turkey
Amazing Light Pillars Sighted in Northern Ontario, Canada
A leopard climbs a tree in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
A man inspects gold jewellery at a shop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Just a glimpse of the stunning landscape that surrounds the small town of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.
A proponent of M-103, an anti-Islamophobia federal motion, listens to speeches during a rally at City Hall in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Sutherland Falls is a waterfall near Milford Sound in New Zealand’s South Island. At 580 metres (1,904 feet) the falls were long believed to be the tallest waterfall in New Zealand. However, Browne Falls cascades 843 metres (2,766 feet) down a mountainside in Doubtful Sound, leading some to view that as the tallest.
The river Cano Cristales has water that seems to be dyed red, as product of the abundance of the macarenia cavigera plant, in Caño Cristales, La Macarena, Meta in Columbia
A child takes his horse for a dip in the water as the sun sets over Gaza
A Russian dance teacher gives a ballet class in Aley, Lebanon
Fish in the ocean
Lamborghini unveiled the all-new Urus SUV. It’s powered by a 650 horsepower, 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V8 engine.
Women perform a traditional ‘Morenada’ dance during the Carnival of Oruro, in Oruro, Bolivia. Carnival is a religious festival dating back more than 200 years in an ongoing pagan-Catholic blend of religious practices, and is one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
A fan waves a flag after watching the fifth stage of the 2018 Tour du Faso
Senkwekwe the silverback mountain gorilla weighed at least 500 pounds when his carcass was strapped to a makeshift stretcher, and it took more than a dozen men to hoist it into the air. Brent Stirton captured the scene while in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Senkwekwe and several other gorillas were shot dead as a violent conflict engulfed the park, where half the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas live. When Stirton photographed residents and park rangers respectfully carrying Senkwekwe out of the forest in 2007, the park was under siege by people illegally harvesting wood to be used in a charcoal industry that grew in the wake of the Rwandan genocide. In the photo, Senkwekwe looks huge but vaguely human, a reminder that conflict in Central Africa affects more than just the humans caught in its cross fire; it also touches the region’s environment and animal inhabitants. Three months after Stirton’s photograph was published in Newsweek, nine African countries—including Congo—signed a legally binding treaty to help protect the mountain gorillas in Virunga
Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu.
“Super Eater Mizijun” smiles as she holds the big empty bowl in her hands after she eat 4 kg of rice during a competitive eating contest held in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province.
Canada’s Prime Minster Justin Trudeau performs tai chi with performers on stage during the Manulife’s move program in Shanghai, China.
Chiquinho, a 12-year-old cat, takes a ride on his owner’s motorcycle in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Syrian refugee children play in front of their family residence at Azraq refugee camp near Al Azraq city, Jordan.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, speaks during a media preview of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Kea are the only true alpine parrots in the world and thrive as cunning opportunists in the freezing conditions of the Southern Alps. Kea are thought to have developed their wide array of food-finding strategies during the last great ice age, where they learned to adapt using their unusual powers of curiosity.
Children’s smile behind polar circle
Drum queen Bianca Leao dances in a Carnival parade
inside the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 2015, Chile’s Atacama Desert—the driest non-polar area in the world—received record rainfalls thank to El Niño. According to the Washington Post, heavy thunderstorms last March brought 0.96 inches of rain in a single day. While that may not sound like much, for the Atacama, it was the equivalent to 14 years of rainfall in a single day!
Green-eyed girl from Nepal
A model presents a creation by Lebanese designer Elie Saab as part of his Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collection in Paris
Cameron Dallas walks the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019
Children dressed as sailors attend a ceremony that marks ‘The month of the Sea’ at the Eduardo Avaroa square in La Paz, Bolivia. Bolivia lost its access to the sea to Chile during the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific.
Sunbather oblivious to the ominous shelf cloud approaching on Bondi beach, Australia
Senior Constable Rio Law holds a koala at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia after it was found in a bag carried by a woman who was being arrested. Police said that when they asked the woman if she had anything to declare, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala.
A woman poses for a photographer in a buttercup flower field near Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak in southern Israel, just outside the Gaza Strip.
A young Somali girl crouches down outside her makeshift hut at a camp of people displaced from their homes elsewhere in the country by the drought, shortly after dawn in Qardho, Somalia. Somalia’s government has declared the drought a national disaster, and the United Nations estimates that 5 million people in this Horn of Africa nation need aid, amid warnings of a full-blown famine.
A tiger cub plays with his sister in a river at the Tiger Canyons
wildlife park in Philippolis near Bloemfontein, South Africa
Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Justin Timberlake arrives on the red carpet for the film ‘Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids’ during the 41st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Canada.
Anguilla, the Caribbean island paradise east of Puerto Rico.
A woman attends the Janadriyah Cultural Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
A man driving a vintage car reacts as he passes by crabs crossing a highway on their way to spawn in the sea in Playa Giron, Cuba.
Kaieteur Falls is the world’s widest single drop waterfall. It is about twice the height of the Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa.
Alysha Newman of Canada celebrates a gold medal jump in women’s pole vault at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
At the 2016 Audi Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, medalists Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, Elena Radionova of Russia, and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia stand on the podium in Beijing.
A young girl carries her doll and suitcase as she and her family, who claim to be from Turkey, are met by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers after they crossed the US-Canada border illegally leading into Hemmingford, Quebec.
The Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is almost 60 years old and located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of of Brunei
Impoverished children watch a performance as part of advocacy against child labor in Allahabad, India. Despite the country’s rapid economic growth, child labor remains widespread in India, where an estimated 13 million children work, with laws meant to keep kids in school and out of the workplace routinely flouted.
The praying polar bear! Animal appears to ‘wish for snow’ as it places its paws together. Temperatures in their Alaskan habitat are higher than usual and as a result the pack have been left stranded on land waiting for the ice to freeze. Until temperatures drop and more ice freezes after melting during the spring, the polar bears cannot go and find seals.
A man watches a wave hit a rock pool at Curl Curl beach as large swell hits the East Coast of Australia in Sydney.
Seen here is one of the 32 ‘open wall’ rooms at the Ladera Resort in St. Lucia, where every room comes with its own plunge pool. Located in an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ladera is located on the southern end of St Lucia just outside the port town of Soufrière. It sits on a forested ridge at 1,100 feet overlooking the volcanic Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.
Cusco, Peru. The city of Cusco itself is home to impressive colonial churches and the remains of other Incan sites, a distinction that led Lonely Planet to call the city “the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas.”
A young girl holds a placard outside the US Embassy in Tel Aviv during a protest against the Washington, D.C. meeting between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
A man dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, sits by a fire with a reindeer Yakut to mark winter solstice at the Royev Ruchey Park of Flora and Fauna in the Siberian Taiga wood in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Victoria Falls is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders”, the waterfall is indeed very misty.
Hair apparent – a dog is prepared for competition
A model presents a creation during the Biofashion show, which features designs made from plants, recycled and natural materials, in Cali, Colombia.
Angel Falls (Spanish: Salto Ángel; Pemon language: Kerepakupai Vená, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place”, or Parakupá Vená, meaning “the fall from the highest point”) is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 metres (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 metres (2,648 ft). The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Canaima), a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State.
The sun rises behind the Christ the Redeemer statue above Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Caretaker Mamy plays with a pair of pet lions in an enclosure built in a house on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan
Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of 20-year-old Lt. Yael Yekutiel at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv. Yekutiel was one of four killed when a Palestinian drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem.
A polar bear cub takes a ride on its mother’s back
Contestants of Miss ECO Universe take a selfie with pyramids behind them, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt
Drakensberg, southern Africa
The facade of Santiago Apostol Church is illuminated as part of the First Global Forum for the rights of Mother Earth, at the Plaza of the Three Cultures in Tlatelolco neighborhood, in Mexico City.
A group of Syrian refugees pose for a photo at a park near the Belgrade, Serbia bus station while they wait for transportation to the Hungary boarder. This year, thousands have fled countries in northern Africa and the Middle East seeking asylum in different parts of Europe. Approximately 4,000 refugees pass through Belgrade daily.