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

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Family members release balloons during a memorial and rally for peace in memory of Horace Lorenzo Anderson on July 2, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Anderson, who was 19-years-old, was shot and killed just outside of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone in Seattle on June 20.  Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images

A man is detained by riot police during a demonstration on July 1, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China on July 1 after Beijing imposed the new national security law.  Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Syrians displaced from the area of Ras al-Ain by the Turkish offensive on the northeast stay in an unused school in the city of Hasakah. June 30, 2020.  Photo by Delil Souleiman / AFP

Turkish world record-holder free-diver Sahika Encumen, announced as a Life Below Water Advocate by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) dives by the Ortakoy coastline in the Bosphorous to observe life underwater and raise awareness of plastic pollution, 27 June 2020.  Photo by Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A student of the Makkasan Phitthaya government primary school wears a face shield as he leaves the school canteen in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools begin to reopen in Thailand.  Photo byRomeo Gacad/AFP

A woman casts her ballot in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms at a polling station inside Moscow's Kazansky railway station on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Labour Leader Keir Starmer meets with NHS staff at University College London Hospital to thank them for their work throughout the coronavirus pandemic on July 01, 2020 in London, England. The NHS will celebrate it's 72nd anniversary on Sunday.  Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Farmers try to scare away a swarm of locusts from a field on the outskirts of Sukkur in southern Sindh province on July 1, 2020.  Farmers are struggling as the worst locust plague in 25 years wipes out entire harvests in Pakistan's agricultural heartlands, leaving people scrambling for income.  Photo by Shahid Ali / AFP

Sudanese demonstrators gesture as they chant during a protest in the east of the capital Khartoum, on June 30, 2020.  Tens of thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in several cities and the capital calling for reforms and demanding justice for those killed in anti-government demonstrations that ousted president Omar al-Bashir last year. The protests went ahead with security forces deployed in force and despite a tight curfew since April designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

A boy plays in a rice paddy field during "National Paddy Day", which marks the start of the annual rice planting season, in Tokha village on the outskirts of Kathmandu on June 29, 2020. - Splashing mud and drinking local rice beer, Nepali farmers this week celebrated National Paddy Day to mark the beginning of the rice-planting season, despite some coronavirus lockdown measures still in place. Traditional farming songs and laughter echoed in the air as farmers waded into waterlogged fields to sow green paddy

Staff wearing use brooms and squeegees to clean the lead bottom of the Great Bath at the Roman Baths in Bath, making final preparations ahead of reopening to members of the public on Monday as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England. July 2, 2020.  Photo by Ben Birchall/PA

Ferrari's mechanics practice a tire change on the car of Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc on July 2, 2020, on the eve of the first practice session at the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in Spielberg, Austria. Seven months after they last competed in earnest, the Formula One circus will push a post-lockdown re-set button to open the 2020 season in Austria on July 5.  Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Tourists browse a gift store featuring US President Donald Trump campaign items in Keystone, South Dakota on July 2, 2020. Donald Trump will visit the monument on July 3 and watch the first fireworks display at the monument in nearly a decade.  Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

A Ukrainian serviceman prepares a machine gun for combat on a position on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists at Krymske village, Lugansk region, on June 30, 2020.  Photo by Anatoli Stepanov/AFP

A cyclist rides past a giant mural of Adam Goodes, one of Australia's most high-profile indigenous sportsmen, in Sydney on June 29, 2020. Australia's most popular spectator sport has long grappled with racial vilification, and the recent "Black Lives Matter" protest movement has again shone the spotlight on a scourge that still plagues Aussie Rules.  Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

A worker hangs clothes for drying at an open air laundry in Hyderabad, India on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Noah Seelam/AFP

A boy wearing a face mask swims with a rubber ring in a flooded Jiangtan park caused by heavy rains along the Yangtze river on June 30, 2020 in Wuhan, China. Since June 13, 2020 the response level of public health emergencies in Hubei Province has been reduced to level 3. Wuhan's health commission said that the city had no asymptomatic cases as of June 15.  Photo by Getty Images

Barber Alan Kelly attends to customer Anthony Remedy as his Bishon Frise dog Teddy Bear sits on his lap at the Regents Barbers shop on June 29, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. Restaurants, pubs, cafes and hairdressers were among the businesses that can open across Ireland provided they can observe social distancing rules to reduce transmission of the coronavirus.  Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images



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