Asia in Focus: A Visual Journey Through the Week

by Madison Thomas
Asia Weekly Photography

From July 7th to 13th, 2023

This week, the highlights included a farmer harvesting rice in India, Kashmiri Muslim women offering prayers as a relic from Prophet Mohammad’s beard is displayed, an honor guard welcoming the Solomon Islands leader to Beijing, and people in New Delhi, evacuated due to flooding, awaiting food donations.

This visual journey features some of Asia’s most powerful images captured and disseminated by Big Big News over the past week.

The collection was carefully chosen by AP’s photo editor, Masayo Yoshida, in Tokyo.

Enthusiasts of the Move Forward Party voiced their support outside parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, during the vote counting on Thursday, July 13, 2023. Despite coming first in Thailand’s May 14 general election, Pita’s Move Forward Party candidate was unable to secure the majority vote required to become prime minister. This has necessitated another round of voting expected next week. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)


Supporters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rallied in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. The country’s leading opposition party is calling for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to step down before the 2024 elections to enable fair elections. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)


In New Delhi, India, on Thursday, July 13, 2023, people evacuated from the flood-prone areas near the Yamuna River lined up for free food. Nearby residential zones were inundated, resulting in flooded roads, cars, and houses. This led to the mass evacuation of individuals from vulnerable areas in the capital. Torrential monsoon rains this week resulted in waterlogging, road collapses, building failures, and traffic jams, taking over 100 lives, according to officials. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)


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On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, a farmer was seen harvesting his rice crop in a paddy field on the outskirts of Guwahati, India. With an impending El Nino, experts have warned of potential disruptions to rice production across South and Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)


Members of an honor guard paraded in a welcoming ceremony for Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday, July 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)


Ring-tailed lemurs sought refuge from the scorching heat by napping under a wooden board stocked with food at a zoo in Beijing on Sunday, July 9, 2023. This followed more than nine consecutive days of temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in Beijing, a phenomenon not observed since 1961. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)


Members of the Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union rallied against government labor policies in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, July 13, 2023. Thousands of medical workers initiated a two-day strike to demand better working conditions and more support for public medical institutions, as reported by Yonhap news agency. Their signs demanded the “Expansion of public health.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)


A woman used an electric fan to cool herself as she waited in line to visit the Panda enclosure at a zoo in Beijing on a sweltering day, Sunday, July 9, 2023. Earlier in the week, Beijing had reported over nine continuous days of temperatures surpassing 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), a record not seen since 1961. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)


A worker at a fruit market in Quezon City, Philippines, was seen catching watermelons amid a downpour on Thursday, July 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


On Friday, July 7, 2023, Kashmiri Muslim women prayed as the head priest revealed a relic, believed to be a hair from Prophet Mohammad’s beard, during special prayers marking the death anniversary of Hazrat Usman Ghani, the third Caliph of Islam, at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Asia Weekly Photography

What is the time frame of the photos in this collection?

The images in this collection span a week, from July 7th to 13th, 2023.

Who curated the selection of these images?

The selection was curated by Masayo Yoshida, the AP photo editor based in Tokyo.

What are some of the key events depicted in the images?

Key events depicted include a farmer harvesting rice in India, Muslim women praying in Kashmir, the welcoming of the Solomon Islands leader in Beijing, and individuals in New Delhi awaiting food after being evacuated due to flooding.

Which regions in Asia are highlighted in these images?

The images span across various regions of Asia, including India, Bangladesh, China (Beijing), Thailand, South Korea, and the Philippines.

Where can I follow more of AP’s visual journalism?

AP’s visual journalism can be followed on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/apnews), Twitter (http://twitter.com/AP_Images), and their blog (http://apimagesblog.com).

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Tariq Mahmood July 17, 2023 - 8:25 am

the image from Hazratbal Shrine is really moving. faith is so powerful, isn’t it?

Rajiv Kapoor July 17, 2023 - 11:38 am

Floods in Delhi…again. when will our govt wake up and fix the drainage!! These pictures make it so real.

Bella Garcia July 17, 2023 - 1:55 pm

omg, catching watermelons in the rain? Now that’s something u dont see everyday! lol, cool post AP.

Kamal Jain July 17, 2023 - 2:21 pm

Love the photo of the farmer in India, really captures the hard work they put in! Great piece, keep it up…

David Nguyen July 17, 2023 - 6:38 pm

That election tension in Thailand sounds intense. But thats democracy for ya. Cool pics btw.

Alisha Chen July 17, 2023 - 11:54 pm

Woah… those ring-tailed lemurs are adorable! And that heat in Beijing, can’t even imagine. great pics overall

Samantha Lee July 18, 2023 - 3:15 am

so impressed by the range of photos here. really shows the diverse experiences across Asia. Excellent work AP!


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