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
“Romania and Moldova are beautiful countries with an ugly problem.
Every year, thousands of women, men and children are trafficked outside and within the borders for sex and forced labor,” writes Patricia Chabvepi on the project Awhereness by Brooklyn-based photographer Annie Ling.
“ Chabvepi goes on to explain, “Awhereness is a collaboration with trafficked survivors to trace their stories and expose the places that enable trafficking. Trafficking is pervasive, making it hard to detect.
It takes on many different forms, often in the most mundane places: at home, parks, transportation hubs, and beyond.”
Read more about the project at Annie Ling’s website.
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.”
My name is Dave Sandford. I have been a professional photographer for 18 years. Shooting professional sports have paid the bills, but I’ve been the most passionate about anything to do with water.
Oceans and lakes beckon me. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved to be on, in or around water. I’m fascinated by the sheer raw power and force of it, captivated by the graceful movement of a wave and mesmerized by light dancing across it.
Recently, I have felt drawn to the lakes that are virtually in the backyard of my hometown of London, Ont., Canada. Specifically, the awe-inspiring Great Lakes. Lake Erie, the 4th largest of the Great Lakes caught my attention for this photographic essay.
I chose to focus on Erie at a time of year (mid-October through December) when the Great Lakes can act more like oceans than lakes.
With warm sunny beach days behind us, it is some of Autumn’s dark, cold and windy days that transform the Great Lakes into wickedly wild and treacherous bodies of water.
Lake Erie is 388km in length and approximately 92km across. It is also the shallowest of the Great Lakes, with an average depth of 62’ and the maximum depth of 210’.
Lake Erie’s name originates from a native tribe who called the lake “Erige” (“cat”) due to the unpredictable and at times dangerously violent nature.
Because of the shallowness of the lake, conditions can change dramatically in just a matter of minutes, with fierce waves springing up unexpectedly.
Lake Erie’s unpredictable and violent nature has laid claim to some 1800-8000 shipwrecks dating back to the 17th century, most of which have never been found.