Photos of the Week (12/17/17)

2) Supporters of Doug Jones celebrate as the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate is declared the winner during his election night gathering the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

3) Surfers in a California seaside community hit the beach to catch waves, despite smoke-filled skies from a looming wildfire. Some surfers wore masks for protection. The so-called Thomas fire, one of several burning around the state, has burned over 900 structures, at least 700 of them homes. And it has stretched across nearly 370 square miles of territory, making it the fifth largest in state history. Photos: David McNew / Getty Images

4) A little girl holds a white balloon at the border wall between Mexico and the United States during the “Keep Our Dream alive” event in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Dec. 10. At the event, families separated by the border were reunited for three minutes through the fence that separates Ciudad Juarez Park in Mexico and Sunland in New Mexico. Photo: Herika Martinez / AFP – Getty Images

5) In Pyeongchang, South Korea, vehicles explode as part of a security drill ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

6) In Grenada, a photograph issued by the University of Exeter shows a leatherback turtle entangled in fishing ropes. Research has found that more than a thousand marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans and on beaches. Photograph: Kate Charles/Ocean Spirits/PA

7) National Geographic has announced the winners of its annual photo competition. The Grand Prize Winner and First Place finisher in the Wildlife category: A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. Rampant palm oil cultivation threatens this critically endangered ape, forcing the normally arboreal species to resort to unusual behavior—such as wading through crocodile-infested rivers—in order to survive. Photo: Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

8) The People’s Choice winner in the  National Geographic Wildlife category:  A great gray owl hunting rodents in a field in New Hampshire, US. This bird was a rare visitor to this area and was worth the 7 1/2 hour drive to see it. The owl was not baited or called and this photo is during a natural hunt. Baiting has become a hot topic recently and it is very unfortunate that many people do it for the sake of a photo. With these owls in particular if you are patient enough you will see them hunt. They are not shy nor very intimidated by people. Photo: Harry Collins/ 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

9) The 2nd Place winner in the Wildlife category: An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in Yucatán, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called crop milk, and then with regurgitated food.  Photo: Alejandro Prieto/ 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

10) The 3rd Place winner in the Wildlife category: Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle looks on in Hungary. Photo: Bence Mate/ 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

11) Workers carve the sculpture “Snow Song Winter Olympics” for the Harbin Ice Festival on Dec. 12 in Harbin, China. The annual festival runs from Dec. 20 until Feb. 28. Photo: Tao Zhang / Getty Images

12) Three-year-old Josh Bedford runs through artist Ron Mueck’s world-premiere installation “Mass” consisting of 100 larger-than-life human skulls each measuring 1.5m x 2m during a media preview of NGV Triennial at NGV International in Melbourne, Australia, on December 15, 2017. Photo: Scott Barbour / Getty

13) A female leopard looks up from inside a deep well that it fell into near a residential area on a hill on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, on December 13, 2017. Veterinarian and forest officials tranquilized and rescued the leopard before sending it to the state zoological park in Gauhati.  Photo: Anupam Nath / AP

14) A squirrel tries to steal a cigarette from Tony Bousell, who is on a break from work, near the Southbank area of London, England, on December 13, 2017. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

15) An AT-AT walker at the Los Angeles premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

16) BB8 on the red carpet. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

17) R2-D2 and C-3PO walk the red carpet. Photograph: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

18) Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley together at the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

19) Green Bay Packer running back Aaron Jones celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown in overtime last Sunday against Tampa Bay at Lambeau Field. Photos: Adam Wesley, USA TODAY Network



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