Photographs of the week

The aftermath of the Taal volcano eruption, bushfires in Australia, refugees on the island of Lesbos and Greta Thurnberg in Davos – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week. —by Jim Powell

Mullengudgery, Australia
A child runs towards a dust storm in New South Wales. Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some towns
Photograph: Marcia Macmillan/HO/AFP/Getty Images
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Batangas, Philippines
An aerial view of the mud-covered houses at the foot of the Taal volcano
Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
A wallaby is seen on burnt bushland
Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/Reuters
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Antarctic
Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh swims under an ice sheet. Pugh, 50, swam for 10 minutes and 17 seconds in the river underneath the melting ice sheet in an attempt to raise awareness of the climate crisis at the poles
Photograph: Lewis Pugh/PA
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Wuhan, China
Excavators at the construction site of a new hospital being built to treat patients infected with the new coronavirus strain that was first detected in Wuhan. The city at the centre of the outbreak has begun the ambitious task of building a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
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Photographs of the week
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Yanan Li | From China to Sweden with a Hasselblad

Born in Louyang, China in 1973, Yanan Li fell in love with analog Hasselblad cameras while studying film at university in Beijing, inspiring dreams of moving to Sweden one day. Over 40 years later, Yanan finds himself working as the official photographer for Stiftelsen Silviahemmet – founded and chaired by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden – as well as for the Nobel Committee for The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the Stockholm County and several of the Swedish capital’s notable points of interest. We got the chance to sit down with Yanan and hear his unique story about how he got where he is today in Sweden, which all started with a Hasselblad.

“I take pictures night and day, in winter frost and summer heat, from the royal family’s celebrations to Nobel Prize meetings behind closed doors, from castles to street life. I am so happy with the development of Hasselblad cameras over the years which allows me photograph in all of these environments.”
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Yanan Li | From China to Sweden with a Hasselblad
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China Story|Images show a beautiful China

These photos are selected from a series of photographic exhibitions, Beautiful China, Dream China, launched in 2017 by photoint.net of the China Photographers’ Association.

Splendid Terraced Fields, taken by Li Peixiang.
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Old Bridge under Nightfall, taken by He Qingzhen.
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Yongjiang Bridge Winds Like a Dragon, taken by Yan Jun.
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Beautiful Thousand-Island Lake, taken by Xia Lixin.
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Autumn Scenery, taken by Guo Chenxi.
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China Story|Images show a beautiful China
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China: Land of Dragons and Emperors

Liberally scattered with inspiring landscapes and iconic monuments, China’s rich cultural heritage provides a matchless backdrop to this classic journey. Taking in some of the most famous treasures of the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we’ll journey across a land steeped in over 2,500 years of history.

Beginning in Beijing, our adventure takes us from the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square to the crumbling ramparts of the Great Wall, as we enjoy the sights and sounds of China’s bustling capital. From here we head for Xi’an, to stand before the imposing majesty of the Terracotta Warriors, before moving on to rural Anhui province to hike in the spectacular Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) and explore the historic village of Hongcun.

After an introduction to Hangzhou’s tea culture, we’ll travel on to captivating Suzhou, famous for its classical gardens and silk weaving. Journey’s end then sees us in Shanghai, one of the most cosmopolitan cities anywhere in Asia, where we will have time to wander along its famous waterfront and enjoy the treasures of its exceptional museum before we head home.

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China: Land of Dragons and Emperors
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China’s Rap Queen

VaVa, one of China’s up-and-coming female rappers, found a national audience as a runner-up on China’s The Rap of China hip-hop competition. But she’s more than just a reality TV star. Her lyrics expose a difficult childhood and the struggles she’s gone through to make it to where she is today.
And she’s candid about the thin line Chinese rappers walk today as they try to create a unique brand of hip-hop in China while trying to avoid government censorship.
Photographs by Ronald Leong

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China’s Rap Queen
VaVa speaks out on government censorship and the rise of Chinese hip-hop.
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