The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including Sumatran tiger cub twins, the Rio carnival and a late winter snowstorm in Washington DC.
Northumberland, United Kingdom: The aurora borealis, or northern lights, were visible over the UK last night, pictured here at Dunstanburgh Castle.
Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA
Washington DC, United States: People walk across the National Mall during a snowstorm expected to drop between 12cm and 20cm of snow. Temperatures dropped to -15C earlier in the day – the lowest this winter
With over three-quarters of its land covered by the only permanent ice sheet outside of Antarctica, Greenland may not be the first place to pop into your mind when you think of “vacation,” but a gorgeous Flickr photostream by nonprofit organization Visit Greenland just might make you book your next flight to the former Danish province.
Called “the Land of Great Length,” Greenland is the world’s largest island and least densely populated territory.
Dogsledding, hiking up snowy hills, kayaking around colossal glaciers, whale spotting, and staying up to view the Northern Lights are just a handful of the sights and activities that attract travellers to the rugged, mountainous land.
“From the Arctic desert landscapes in the far north to Atlantic influences and lush sheep farms in the south, a distinct cultural and climatic diversity shapes our way of living across the geographical vastness of the island as much as it will inspire your travel experience.”
A small bird in snowy Marsden, bathing Bengal tiger, wintry horses and San Francisco’s bird mystery feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world.
The glow from a Noctiluca scintillans algae bloom along the seashore in Hong Kong. The luminescence, also called Sea Sparkle, is triggered by farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries, according to University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye