The day in pictures around the world.
Images from the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, where at least 12 people were killed and 2,000 houses destroyed over the weekend by a fire that devastated parts of the city. Authorities evacuated thousands and sent in aircraft to battle the blaze.
An inferno that raged for almost half a day destroyed the more than 1,000-year-old Tibetan village of Dukezong in southwest China’s Yunnan province.
Firefighters in Australia continued their efforts Wednesday to contain massive wildfires raging across New South Wales. As the afternoon, around 60 blazes were still burning in the Blue Mountains, a suburban area of west of Sydney.
Firefighters battled on Thursday to control a wildfire that Colorado officials say is the most destructive blaze in the state’s history. At least two people have been killed and at least 360 homes have been destroyed, with the fire continuing to burn.
May 17 Photo Brief: International Day Against Homophobia, books burned in Nepal, walking art in Hong Kong
Anti-discrimination parades and demonstrations take place marking the International Day Against Homophobia, caravans of camels walk through the sulphur and mineral salt formations near Dallol in the Danakil Depression, northern Ethiopia, a kitchen fire spreads to neighboring buildings, including a major book store, in Kathmandu, Nepal, people wearing a white cloth take part in “Divisor”, a performance art piece by Brazilian artist Lygia Pape in Hong Kong and more in today’s daily brief.
I can’t speak for all photographers, but taking photos of a raging fire has a firm position on my “photos I’d love to take” bucket list.
The caveat being that no one gets hurt.
Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph and shoot video of the Howard County Fire Department’s controlled demolition burn in Ellicott City, Md. Trainees worked with instructors to control and observe how fires travel through a home. It was interesting to see how the trainees worked together and kept their cool through an extremely hot situation. I’m not quite sure how they manage to move so quickly in their heavy clothes and heavier gear (and here I thought my tripod was heavy!).
Photographing the trainees and burning homes was a memorable experience and while they were practicing their skills, I was too… Just in case I ever do get that bucket list photo.
Angela Merkel muffins served in Germany, poverty continues its devastating toll in India, the volcanic Mount Etna erupts in Italy, poultry production ramps up rapid testing for H7N9 in China and more in today’s daily brief.
Sept. 24 Photo Brief: Demolition operation turns violent in Manila, bodybuilding championship in Asia and LEGO re-creates iconic Australian moments
Demolition operation turns violent in Manila, bodybuilding championship in Asia, 2012 European Beard and Moustache Championships, LEGO re-creates iconic Australian moments and more in today’s daily brief.
August 31 Photo Brief: Paralympics continue in London, Spike Lee is bad in Venice and Prada fashion in Spain
Jessica Long wins big at the Paralympics, Spike Lee at the Venice film festival, fashion week in Spain and more in today’s daily brief.