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Indiana: Images of the Hoosier State (31 photos)

Indiana: Images of the Hoosier State (31 photos)

Today’s photo story is the third in a year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Indiana’s state motto is the “The Crossroads of America,” having long been a hub for the paths and highways that have connected the United States. Its landscape ranges from prairie to lakeshore, forest, and farmland. Gathered here, a few glimpses into varied features of Indiana, and some of the animals and people that call it home.

Three sandhill cranes fly together over a wetland area in Indiana. Every fall, thousands of migrating sandhill cranes visit the state's marshes and wetlands such as Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. ( Marcia Straub / Getty)
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Photos of the Week: Impeachment Trial, Virtual Singer, Bat Clinic (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Impeachment Trial, Virtual Singer, Bat Clinic (35 photos)

The annual Women's March in New York City, the Tour Down Under cycling event in Australia, a newborn giant anteater in Germany, a firefighting robot in India, anti-government protests in Iraq, the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Switzerland, haute couture fashion in Paris, an elevator test tower in Germany, and much more.

Austria's Daniel Bacher performs during the Freestyle Skiing Men's Freeski Slopestyle at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Leysin Park in Leysin, Switzerland, on January 20, 2020. ( Simon Bruty for OIS / IOC Handout via Reuters)
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Juhyo: The Snow Monsters on Japan’s Mount Zao (15 photos)

Juhyo: The Snow Monsters on Japan’s Mount Zao (15 photos)

Winter conditions at the summit of Mount Zao, a volcano standing between Japan’s Yamagata and Miyagi prefectures, can conjure up “creatures” of snow and ice, built up over tree trunks and branches. Wind-blown ice is covered by snow in repeated cycles, building up hulking shapes on the mountain slopes. These famous Juhyo, or “snow monsters,” attract visitors to Mount Zao from the end of January through mid-March.

Snow covered trees, nicknamed "snow monsters" are silhouetted by the sun at the summit of Mount Zao on January 19, 2019, near Yamagata, Japan. ( Carl Court / Getty)
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The Colorless Landscape Around Taal Volcano (24 photos)

The Colorless Landscape Around Taal Volcano (24 photos)

Although Taal volcano has gone quiet since its eruption early last week, Philippine authorities are maintaining high alert levels, due to fears that the volcano may just be in a lull, building to another eruption soon. At least 50,000 residents were evacuated, but many have been making brief trips home, leading to stepped-up enforcement around the evacuation zone. Close to the volcano, the landscape has gone completely gray, covered in a blanket of volcanic ash that has been stuck in place by rainfall.

A bird sits atop a roof covered with ashes from the erupting Taal Volcano in the evacuated town of Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, on January 13, 2020. ( Eloisa Lopez / Reuters)
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Photos From the Pro-Gun Rally in Virginia (20 photos)

Photos From the Pro-Gun Rally in Virginia (20 photos)

Thousands of gun rights activists took part in a peaceful rally on Gun Lobby Day, today, in Richmond, Virginia. Demonstrators from Virginia and from out-of-state gathered around the State Capitol building to protest gun-control legislation being pushed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and other Democratic state legislators, such as universal background checks and a military-style weapons ban. Although many participants showed up armed, no arrests were reported.

A large crowd gathers on Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, on January 20, 2020. ( Stephanie Keith / Reuters)
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Georgia: Images of the Peach State (33 photos)

Georgia: Images of the Peach State (33 photos)

Today’s photo story is the second in a planned year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Georgia, the southernmost of America’s original thirteen colonies, is now home to more than 10.5 million residents. Its landscape ranges from Appalachian mountain vistas in the north to moss-covered maritime forests along the southeastern coast. Gathered here, a few glimpses into the lush, and often historic features of Georgia, and some of the animals and people that call it home.

Live oaks stand in the maritime forest of Cumberland Island National Seashore in southeastern Georgia. ( Chris Moore / Exploring Light Photography / Getty)
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Photos of the Week: Giant Boar, Ice Music, Patagonian Glacier (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Giant Boar, Ice Music, Patagonian Glacier (35 photos)

A bull-taming festival in India, icy purification in Tokyo, locusts in Ethiopia, speed skating in the Netherlands, illuminated hats in Switzerland, fashion in Berlin and Paris, an iguana claw in Germany, a “Coming of Age” ceremony in Tokyo, bushfires in Australia, and much more.

A resident splashes water on a vehicle covered in ash mixed with rainwater as Taal Volcano erupts on January 12, 2020 in Talisay, Batangas province, Philippines. ( Ezra Acayan / Getty)
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Photos From the 2020 Dakar Rally (28 photos)

Photos From the 2020 Dakar Rally (28 photos)

Leaving from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 5, a group of 560 competitors began the 42nd annual Dakar Rally: a 12-day, 4,660-mile (7,500-kilometer) off-roading adventure held entirely in Saudi Arabia this year. The race used to be held in Africa, until 2008, when unrest in Mauritania forced organizers to move to South America, where it was held until this year. The vehicles—which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quad bikes—are currently on stage 10 of 12 stages that lead to Qiddiya, in Riyadh, on January 17. Here is a look at Dakar 2020 in progress, as teams race to the finish line.

Mini's Argentinian drivers Orlando Terranova and Bernardo Grue compete during Stage 3 of the Dakar 2020 around Neom, Saudi Arabia, on January 7, 2020. ( Franck Fife / AFP / Getty)
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Winners of the 2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest (24 photos)

Winners of the 2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest (24 photos)

The judging for the eighth annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has wrapped up, and the winning images and photographers have been announced. Greg Lecoeur took Best in Show with his image of a crabeater seal in Antarctica. The contest organizers have shared with us some of the winners and honorable mentions below, from the 16 categories of underwater photography. Captions were written by the individual photographers and have been lightly edited for content.

Crabeater Seal: Best of Show and First Place, Coldwater. "During an expedition on a small sailboat, we explored the Antarctica Peninsula by diving below the surface. Although the conditions were extreme with a temperature of -1°C, we documented extraordinary marine fauna at home in a fragile ecosystem, such as on this image: crabeater seal. Despite the name, Crabeater Seals don’t eat Crabs. Krill make up to 95 percent of a Crabeater Seal’s diet. Crabeater seals have developed a sieve-shaped tooth structure that filters krill, much like whale baleen. They suck up water containing krill, close their jaws, and push the water between their specialized teeth, trapping the krill inside." (© Copyright Greg Lecoeur / Ocean Art)
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Photos of the Eruption of Taal Volcano (16 photos)

Photos of the Eruption of Taal Volcano (16 photos)

Philippine authorities are warning of a possible “explosive eruption,” after Taal volcano vented yesterday, spewing ash up to nine miles into the sky. Photographers captured the spectacular event, which generated countless lightning strikes in and around the ash column. Hundreds of thousands of residents within a ten-mile radius of the volcano are now being evacuated, and flights in and out of Manila have been disrupted.

Lightning strikes as a column of ash rises from the crater of Taal Volcano as it erupts on January 12, 2020, as seen from Tagaytay city, Cavite province, Philippines. ( Ezra Acayan / Getty)
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Wyoming: Images of the Equality State (34 photos)

Wyoming: Images of the Equality State (34 photos)

Today’s photo story is the first in a planned year-long Sunday series, focusing on each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Wyoming got its nickname “The Equality State” when it granted women the right to vote in 1869, the first state to do so. Although Wyoming is one of the 10 largest states in the U.S., it is also the least populated, with barely more than 575,000 residents. Gathered here, a few glimpses into the beautiful wide open spaces of Wyoming, and some of the animals and people that call it home.

An aerial view of Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming. The butte, composed of igneous rock, stands 867 feet (265 meters) above the surrounding countryside. ( Larry Mayer / Getty)
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Photos of the Week: Devil Dance, Seal Wave, Loch Awe (34 photos)

Photos of the Week: Devil Dance, Seal Wave, Loch Awe (34 photos)

Wildfires in Australia, an earthquake in Puerto Rico, Epiphany Day in Bulgaria, Texas Longhorns in Denver, a volcanic eruption in Mexico, the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, starlings above Israel, fashion in London, ice sculptures in China, and much more.

A surfer catches some air off a wave after sunset in Cardiff, California, on January 7, 2020. ( Mike Blake / Reuters)
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Animals Rescued From Australia’s Bushfires (21 photos)

Animals Rescued From Australia’s Bushfires (21 photos)

The horrific wildfires that have been burning across Australia for months now have taken a severe toll on the animals that called the scorched lands home. Estimates of the number of animals killed by the fires range from hundreds of millions to more than 1 billion. Volunteers and crews from Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Service have been doing what they can to help some of the kangaroos, koalas, lizards, and birds that can be rescued and treated. Ranchers and pet owners have been working to keep the animals in their care secure when possible, but many farm animals have been killed as well. As much as one-third of Australia’s Kangaroo Island has burned so far, with wildlife experts fearing that more than half of the island’s 50,000 koalas have been killed.

Adelaide wildlife rescuer Simon Adamczyk carries a rescued koala at a burning forest near Cape Borda, on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia, on January 7, 2020. ( David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters)
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Kennecott Mines: An Alaskan Ghost Town (16 photos)

Kennecott Mines: An Alaskan Ghost Town (16 photos)

In the year 1900, a pair of prospectors hiking near Alaska’s Kennicott glacier discovered an outcrop of copper ore on a mountainside about 100 miles inland from Valdez. Soon, several mines were developed, and a small base camp grew into a mill town dominated by enormous processing buildings. Kennecott Mines (yes, the town name is spelled different from the glacier) operated for nearly 30 years, until the ore was depleted and the remote town was abandoned in 1938. Kennecott’s massive structures sat deserted for decades, until the Alaskan tourism market developed, and the site was declared a National Historic Landmark, much of it later acquired by the National Park Service. Some preservation work has been undertaken, but some of the buildings are also being allowed to continue their “slide into oblivion.”

A view of the abandoned buildings of Kennecott Mines, inside Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The larger stair-step structure was the Concentration Mill, where copper ore was first crushed and separated. ( Sieradzki / Shutterstock)
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Australia’s Bushfire Catastrophe in Photos (24 photos)

Australia’s Bushfire Catastrophe in Photos (24 photos)

Months of catastrophic bushfires in Australia have now burned 19.8 million acres, destroyed hundreds of homes, injured or killed millions of animals, and left two dozen people dead. Although cooler conditions prevailed today in some areas, the relief may be temporary—a forecast of strong winds and higher temperatures threatens to bring fires to the more-populated Sydney suburbs. Australia’s government has called up army reservists to help battle the blazes, and pledged $1.4 billion in aid, as more than 150 fires continue to burn across New South Wales.

Nancy Allen and Brian Allen stand outside as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, on January 4, 2020. ( Tracey Nearmy / Reuters)
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Photos of the Week: Hogmanay Fire, London Bubble, Icy Trees (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Hogmanay Fire, London Bubble, Icy Trees (35 photos)

Bushfires across Australia, snowfall in Afghanistan, New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York, ski jumping in Germany, the Mars 2020 Rover in California, the “Els Enfarinats” battle in Spain, the Rose Parade in California, the Polar Bear plunge on Coney Island, and much more.

A photograph taken at sunset, on December 29, 2019, shows Mont-Saint-Michel in northwestern France. ( Valery Hache / AFP / Getty)
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2020: New Year’s Celebrations Around the World (27 photos)

2020: New Year’s Celebrations Around the World (27 photos)

Fireworks, countdowns, and celebrations took place last night across the globe, as people bid farewell to the year 2019, and welcomed 2020. The first daybreak of the year brought some of those same revelers back out to take part in New Year’s Day swims, or to reflect on the past and offer prayers for the new year. Gathered below, images of some of the varied ways people ushered in the year 2020.

A Viking longship is burned during New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Flamborough Fire Festival in Flamborough, England, on December 31, 2019. Now in its fifth year, the fire festival attracts more than 15,000 visitors to celebrate the New Year and raise money for local community groups and charities. ( Ian Forsyth / Getty)
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Photos of Australia’s Raging Bushfires (20 photos)

Photos of Australia’s Raging Bushfires (20 photos)

Southeast Australia’s recent extreme weather conditions—record-setting heat and powerful winds—have spawned more than a hundred bushfires. These fires recently drove thousands of tourists and locals to seek shelter on nearby beaches, cut off from overland escape routes. Heavy smoke has reddened skies across Australia's two most-populous states, as hundreds of firefighters battle the blazes. Below, a recent look at the nightmarish conditions across the region.

The main street of the New South Wales town of Bombala is pictured shrouded in smoke from nearby bushfires on December 31, 2019. ( Sean Davey / AFP / Getty)
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2019 Seen Through the Lens of Goran Tomasevic (30 photos)

2019 Seen Through the Lens of Goran Tomasevic (30 photos)

Goran Tomasevic has worked as a photojournalist for Reuters for more than 20 years, covering some of the biggest events and stories around the world. In 2019, Tomasevic was among a team of Reuters photographers awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the Breaking News Photography category. Throughout the past year, he traveled to locations in Europe, Africa, and South America to photograph the faces and stories of unrest and conflict, from anti-government protests in Lebanon and Chile, to ongoing warfare in Libya, to warring tribes in Kenya's Ilemi Triangle, and more. Below, in roughly chronological order, is a look at some of the stories brought to us through Goran Tomasevic's lens in the past year.

A policeman walks in front of a burning barricade during a protest against Chile's government in Santiago, Chile, on November 28, 2019. ( Goran Tomasevic / Reuters)
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Photos of the Week: Stonehenge Solstice, Sand Gazelle, Baby Mayor (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Stonehenge Solstice, Sand Gazelle, Baby Mayor (35 photos)

A destructive fire in Chile, airborne stuffed animals in Seville, an annual Boxing Day hunt in England, protests in Hong Kong and Paris, the World Darts Championship in London, Christmas carols in Germany, emergency aircraft landing practice in Russia, a replica moon in Nepal, and much more.

People take photos with their smartphones as they watch the annular solar eclipse on Jabal Arba in Hofuf, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia on December 26, 2019. ( Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters)
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