A child rides on the shoulders of a man as he walks through a field of sunflowers during a three-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, Japan, in Tochigi prefecture, some 70 kilometers north of Tokyo on July 26, 2015.
A boy is seen covered in foam, which is used to help participants cool off in the summer heat, during a running event in Yantai, in China’s Shandong province, on July 25, 2015.
Teenagers from Newington College wear black suits and top hats to stage a surrealist performance, in collaboration with artist Andrew Baines, titled “The Search for Happiness on Coogee Beach,” July 31, 2015, in Sydney.
Pollution floats in Guanabara Bay, the site of sailing events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on July 29, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio government promised to clean 80 percent of pollution and waste from the bay in time for the games but admits that goal now is unlikely to be reached. Aug. 5 marks the one-year mark to the start of the Summer Games.
Plants grow on houses in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan on July 26, 2015. Just a handful of people still live in a village on Shengshan Island, which is east of Shanghai, that was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen. Every day hundreds of tourists visit Houtouwan, making their way on narrow footpaths past tumbledown houses overtaken by vegetation. The remote village, on one of more than 400 islands in the Shengsi archipelago, was abandoned in the early 1990s as first wealthy residents then others moved away, aiming to flee problems with education and food delivery.
Handmade carpets, brought from varied regions of the country, are laid under the sun on a field to soften their color in the Dosemealti District of Antalya, Turkey, on July 25, 2015.
A view shows the settlements of Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in Sertar County of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in Sichuan province, China, on July 23, 2015. The academy, founded in the 1980s among the mountains of the remote prefecture, is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhism institutes of the world, housing tens of thousands of monks and nuns, according to local media.
A protester walks by Cemevi square during clashes with Turkish riot police in Istanbul’s Gazi district, on July 26, 2015.
A Tenggerese shaman prays for worshippers at Widodaren cave during the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival on July 31, 2015, in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia. The festival is the main festival of the Tenggerese people and lasts about a month. On the 14th day, the Tenggerese make the journey to Mount Bromo to make offerings of rice, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and livestock to the mountain gods by throwing them into the volcano’s caldera. The origin of the festival lies in the 15th century when a princess named Roro Anteng started the principality of Tengger with her husband, Joko Seger, and the childless couple asked the mountain gods for help in bearing children. The legend says the gods granted them 24 children but on the provision that the 25th must be tossed into the volcano in sacrifice. The 25th child, Kesuma, was finally sacrificed in this way after initial refusal, and the tradition of throwing sacrifices into the caldera to appease the mountain gods continues today.
Diver Melissa Wu of Australia is seen underwater during the women’s 10-meter platform semifinal at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, on July 29, 2015.
A firefighter from the BRICA, the Andalusian firefighting service, walks through smoke during a forest fire in Los Barrios, near Cadiz, Spain, on July 25, 2015. Since July 19 wildfires have ravaged nearly 39,000 hectares of land in Spain, according to the provisional figures from the agriculture ministry.
The moon rises over people gathered on Glastonbury Tor ahead of the next day’s Blue Moon on July 30, 2015, in Somerset, England. The full moon appearing on July 31 was what’s called a Blue Moon, which refers to the second of two full moons appearing in the same calendar month. The last time this happened was in 2012, and there isn’t due another until 2018.