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Photos: Two Years of War in Ukraine

Photos: Two Years of War in Ukraine

Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Although the Russian military initially made broad advances into the country beginning on February 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces, backed by Western support, resisted fiercely, forcing Russia to pull back into eastern and southern Ukraine. Soon, front lines hundreds of miles long were established, and the war evolved into a long and punishing battle of artillery, drones, and close combat across trenches, shattered forests, and ruined villages. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed or injured in the conflict. As Russia continues to launch missiles into all parts of Ukraine and presses forward with ground attacks across the front line, Ukrainian forces face intensifying shortages of manpower and ammunition. Gathered below are images from recent months, showing a region reshaped by two years of war. Source link

Winners of the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

Winners of the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

The winning entries in this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest have just been announced, and Alex Dawson was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 for his image of a whale skeleton on the seafloor, beneath the ice, in Greenland. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, 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. Source link

Photos of Carnival 2024 Around the World

Photos of Carnival 2024 Around the World

Carnival season 2024 is now under way across Europe and the Americas. These pre-Lent festivals, in many cases a blend of local pagan and Catholic traditions, usher out winter and welcome in spring. The largest and most famous—the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro—took place over the past few days. Gathered below are images of Carnivals around the world, including photos from Brazil, France, Hungary, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, the United States, and more. Source link

Photos: Superb Owl Sunday VIII

Photos: Superb Owl Sunday VIII

A special Sunday event: our eighth annual photo collection celebrating the magnificent birds of prey. These nocturnal hunters hail from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, and are depicted here in photos from recent years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely), we invite you to take a look. Source link

People’s Choice: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023

People’s Choice: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest recently invited the public to vote for their favorite images from this year’s competition. The winners were just announced, and contest organizers have shared their top picks below. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London. Captions are provided by the photographers and WPY organizers, and are lightly edited for style. Source link

Historic Levels of Rainfall in California Storms

Historic Levels of Rainfall in California Storms

More than seven inches of rain fell on Los Angeles over Sunday and Monday, making it the wettest two-day period in decades—about half of the region’s average yearly rainfall poured down in 48 hours. The second storm in a long-duration atmospheric river brought high winds, flooding, and mudslides that have destroyed houses and cut power to more than a million people across Southern California. Source link

Deadly Wildfires Rage Through Central Chile

Deadly Wildfires Rage Through Central Chile

Parts of central Chile have recently experienced unusually high temperatures and dry weather, sparking dozens of forest fires that have killed more than 100 people. Over the weekend, wildfires burned through several hillside neighborhoods in the city of Viña del Mar, destroying hundreds of homes. A state of emergency was declared by Chilean President Gabriel Boric, who also declared two days of national mourning, as firefighters still work to contain the blazes, and survivors return to their homes to recover what they can. Source link