(Photo: Rolf Maeder / Rex Features via AP)
Using long exposures, photographer Rolf Maeder managed to capture multiple lightning strikes hitting the Grand Canyon under atmospheric stormy skies.
From Yosemite Wildfire, one of 34 photos. A firefighter uses a hose to douse flames of the Rim Fire on a hillside, on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 7 percent contained. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Lightning! Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the 100m final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow (via @AFP)
Photograph by Orlando Sierra—AFP/Getty Images
May 22, 2013. A doll lies on a hole in the dry soil of Los Laureles dam, southern Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The main two dams that supply water for the more than one million inhabitants of the Honduran capital reached a critical level after an eight-month-long drought.
From deadly tornadoes in the Midwest and the final week of the Cannes Film Festival to a wheelchair beauty contest in Moscow and the U.S. Naval Academy’s storied freshman initiation, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.
Snow-covered teddy bears are a sad Christmas Day reminder of the Newtown tragedy. Snow-covered stuffed animals, some with photos attached, sit at a memorial in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 25, 2012.
LIFE.com remembers the legendary Kennedy-Nixon debates in the fall of 1960 — and the look and feel of a contest often cited as the first “modern” presidential campaign.
Pictured: Presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon (right) speaks during a televised debate while opponent John F. Kennedy watches, 1960.
"We’re pretty sure that if people want to take a picture, they have more than enough options, between their phones and everything else, that they don’t need a camera on their tablet." Dave Limp, Vice President Amazon Kindle, told Gizmodo last week.