This Week in Photos, May 17 - May 23, 2013
President Obama gives a commencement address to the class of 2013, model Petra Nemcova attends a film premiere in Cannes and more celebrations are in this week in photos.
photoweek_052313_ss_002People watch a man descend into a large former well during a traditional ceremony in the village of Ndande, Senegal. Every year, inhabitants of the village take part in a Sufi Muslim ceremony called Gamou-Ndande. The ceremony combines nights of praying and chanting as well as traditionally animist ceremonies. The well, called Kalom, was the site of historic battles in Senegalese history. Today there is no water in the former well and it is used for ceremonial purposes. 960 1280
photoweek_052313_ss_008A woman lights a candle inside the shrine of El Rocio in El Rocio, Spain. The Romeria del Rocio procession brings together roughly a million pilgrims each year making their way from throughout Andalusia by foot, on horsebacks and horse drawn carriages, to the doors of the Hermitage of El Rocio for as long as 7 days. 960 1280
photoweek_052313_ss_009Revellers perform during the Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures), a street parade of Berlin's ethnic minorities, in Berlin. Around 4,400 members from 76 communities in the German capital attended the 17th annual parade on Sunday, celebrating the city's cultural diversity. 960 1280
photoweek_052313_ss_012A participant runs in the Color Run, a 5K race in which the runners receive colored powder to spray on each other, in Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. An estimated 7,000 runners used blue, pink, orange and green powders as they ran in the second Color Run ever held in Brazil. 960 1280
photoweek_052313_ss_013Oleh Ilnytzkyj, from Edmonton, Canada, photographs "Spring," one of the 4 15-foot-high fiberglass busts of human heads by artist Philip Haas that are on display in the courtyard of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory of the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx, New York. Haas was inspired by the "Four Seasons" portraits of 16th century Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo to create the sculptures that represent Spring, Autumn, Winter and Summer made of faux vegetation including nuts, grapes, fruit, flowers, bark, and twigs. 960 1280
photoweek_1206_ss_001Actors dressed as Joseph and the Three Wise Men stroll past the US Capitol Building after participating in a live nativity scene in front of the Supreme Court in DC. The Christian Defense Coalition created “The Nativity Project” event to demonstrate that such displays are protected by the First Amendment. 960 1280
photoweek_1206_ss_003Berlin Technical University students dress up as Santas and angels for a pre-Christmas gathering at the cafeteria of the Studentenwerk Nord student support service. The students completed a Santa workshop and will visit company parities and families during the holiday season as a way to earn extra money to help fund their studies. 960 1280
you-get-the-picture-ss-001In her web series, You Get the Picture, photographer Lizzy Sullivan traverses New York City while demonstrating how to take great travel photos. In Washington Square Park, Lizzy Snaps photographs street performer Wyndham Baird under the Washington Square Arch.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/16, Shutter Speed: 1/125th s, ISO: 100 960 1280
you-get-the-picture-ss-003At NYC’s Izakaya Mew restaurant, Lizzy Snaps demonstrates how to photograph a delicious plated sushi dish.
Settings: Lens: 50mm, Aperture: 1.4, Shutter Speed 1/60th s, ISO: 400 960 1280