Turkey Syria Conflict

Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.

Archivist Update: Glass Plate Negatives

There was no such thing as “point and shoot” during photography’s first century and a half. Until the mid-20th century, the photographer had to exert great physical effort, care, and time to obtain a single image.

IRONMAN World Championship

More than 2,000 athletes from 72 countries, 49 U.S. states and spanning six continents competed in this year’s IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii on Oct. 11, 2014. The annual triathlon comprises a 2.4-mile open water swim, 112 miles of cycling and a 26.2-mile run, long considered the most iconic endurance challenge on theContinue reading “IRONMAN World Championship”

Pakistani Girls Struggle to be Educated

Photos by Anja Niedringhaus & Muhammed Muheisen Malala Yousafzai’s struggle for girls to be educated in deeply conservative parts of Pakistan led to her being shot and nearly killed by the Taliban two years ago, while her relentless campaign for women’s rights was rewarded Friday when she was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sports Roundup: Oct. 10, 2014

Over the last three weeks, we have gathered a selection of some of our favorite sports moments captured by AP photographers.

AP NFL Blitz: Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning became the second quarterback to throw 500 touchdown passes during a four touchdown performance on Sunday, Oct 5, 2014, as the Denver Broncos beat the Arizona Cardinals 41-20.

Venezuela Horse Mafia

Photos by Fernando Llano It sounds like a page-turning novel: Venezuelan authorities say a gambling ring poisons one of the country’s most popular race horses ahead of a key derby, nearly killing the animal and shining a light on an underworld where millions of dollars in bets are made under the table.

Daily Life Roundup: Oct. 8, 2014

For this week’s installment of AP’s Daily Life series, we feature captivating photography from all over the world: Members of a Chinese Opera group prepare backstage in Malaysia, the Giza Pyramids protrude from the land in Egypt, and a puddle reflects mourning firefighters in Florida. 

Close Up: Photographer Robert F. Bukaty

Associated Press photographer Robert F. Bukaty was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and studied photographic illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined the AP in 1993 and is currently a staff photographer based in Portland, Maine. 

Spain’s Human Tower

Photos by Emilio Morenatti  Yesterday was the 25th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain. The tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” or teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers.

Eid al-Adha in Pakistan

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, was celebrated this past weekend around the world to commemorate what Muslims believe was Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.

APTOPIX Roundup: Oct. 3, 2014

Throughout the day, Associated Press photo editors comb through and designate a selection of the most newsworthy and visually breathtaking images as APTOPIX.

Brazilian Catadores

Photos by Eraldo Peres Against a distant skyline of high-rise buildings, huge vultures dive over the nearly 9 tons of rubbish that arrive daily at the enormous dump in Brazil’s capital as nearly 3,000 trash pickers set aside recyclable plastic, metal and paper to sell.