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The Week in Pictures

This week’s most striking images, chosen by our creative editor.

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The Bidwell Bar Bridge is surrounded by fire in Lake Oroville in California on 9 September, 2020. Dangerous dry winds whipped up California's record-breaking wildfires and ignited new blazes as hundreds were evacuated by helicopter and tens of thousands were plunged into darkness by power outages across the western United States.  Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP


A man attempts to clear branches of snow during an early season winter storm on 9 September 2020 in Boulder, Colorado. The storm brought more than five inches of snow to areas along Colorado's front range, but temperatures are expected to return to the 80s Fahrenheit this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.  Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images


A worker in a protective suit takes a swab from a journalist to test for coronavirus at a hotel in Beijing on 7 September 2020, a day ahead of a ceremony being held to honour people who were involved in the fight against the virus.  Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP


Migrants rest as they spend the night on the road near Mytilene, after a fire destroyed Greece's largest refugee camp, Moria on the island of Lesbos, early on 11 September 2020. Thousands of asylum seekers on the island languished on roadsides, homeless and hungry after the camp burned down, with local officials stonewalling government efforts to create new temporary shelters.  Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP


Migrants sit inside the burnt Moria Camp on Lesbos. Over 12,000 men, women and children ran in panic out of containers and tents and into adjoining olive groves and fields as the fire destroyed most of the overcrowded, squalid camp. The blaze started just hours after the migration ministry said that 35 people had tested positive for Covid-19 at the camp.  Photo by ANTHI PAZIANOU/AFP


The 9/11 Tribute in Light shines above the lower Manhattan skyline on 10 September 2020 in New York City. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s annual Tribute in Light was initially cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, New York governor Andrew Cuomo reversed this decision, announcing that the state will provide health personnel and supervision to maintain the light installation.  Photo by Michael M Santiago/Getty Images


An empty migrant dinghy floats off the beach at St Margaret's Bay after the occupants landed from France on 11 September 2020 in Dover, England. More than 1,468 migrants, some of them children, crossed the English Channel by small boat in August, despite a commitment from British and French authorities to step up enforcement.  Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images


Creatures of the Amazon, one of the Earth's most biodiverse habitats, face an ever-growing threat as loggers and farms advance further and further into the rainforest; Xita, a Rondon's marmoset, was rescued by the state environmental police after giving birth. Vets believe the mother and baby were hit by a car as they fled the fires raging across the Amazon.  Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters


Residents and tourists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil enjoy the beach, despite rising rates of infection from coronavirus and government guidelines to avoid crowded areas. A municipal decree cleared beach vendors but permitted bathing in the sea. The use of chairs and tents on the sand is prohibited.  Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images


President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Smith-Reynolds Regional Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on 8 September 2020.  Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP


Women observe a flock of sheep in a market during the preparations for the eve of the Ethiopian New Year, in the city of Mekele, Ethiopia, on 10 September 2020. The Ethiopian New Year is celebrated on 11 September and according to their calendar the Ethiopians celebrate the arrival of the year 2013.  Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP


The Iranian navy began a three-day exercise in the Sea of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz on 10 September, deploying an array of warships, drones and missiles. One of the exercise's objectives is to devise "tactical offensive and defensive strategies for safeguarding the country's territorial waters and shipping lanes", the military said on its official website.  Photo by Iranian Army office/AFP via Getty Images


Members of the public swim in the Gourock outdoor pool on 7 September, Gourock, Scotland. Scotland’s oldest outdoor heated pool, which originally opened in 1909, will welcome swimmers for the first time in almost a year. The swimming season usually runs from May-September, however, the pool has been unable to open thus far in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Inverclyde Council, which owns the facility, has committed £36,000 towards subsidising an extension until 31 October to help make up for some of the lost time.  Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images


Chickens are seen in a classroom converted into a poultry house due to Covid-19 in the town of Wang'uru, Kenya.  Photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters

 

Gerry Brakus is Creative Editor of the New Statesman and also writes on photography.