Highlights of North America: A Week in Pictures

by Joshua Brown
North America photography

Date: July 7-13, 2023

In the past week, North America witnessed a series of captivating moments captured by the talented photographers of Big Big News. This collection showcases some of the most compelling images from various events and incidents across the region. Curated by AP photo editor Patrick Sison in New York, these photographs provide a glimpse into the diverse landscapes and stories that unfolded in North America.

  1. A Mesmerizing Sunset Flight Over Phoenix

As the sun sets over downtown Phoenix on July 12, 2023, a jet gracefully takes flight from Sky Harbor International Airport. The image serves as a testament to the scorching heat wave sweeping across the Southwest. Even in the typically arid city of Phoenix, temperatures soared to a historic 110 degrees Fahrenheit for over two weeks, making it America’s hottest large city. The forecast predicts a sweltering weekend ahead, with temperatures potentially reaching a scorching 119 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  1. Josh Awotunde Competing in U.S. Track and Field Championships

Josh Awotunde, a determined athlete, competes in the men’s shot put event during the U.S. track and field championships held in Eugene, Oregon, on July 9, 2023. The photograph encapsulates the energy and dedication displayed by participants in their pursuit of victory. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  1. Intense WNBA Battle: Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty

Aliyah Boston (7) of the Indiana Fever attempts a shot while being defended by Jonquel Jones (35) of the New York Liberty during a gripping WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis on July 12, 2023. The match resulted in a hard-fought victory for the Liberty, triumphing over the Fever with a score of 95-87 in overtime. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  1. Inferno Aboard the Grande Costa d’Avorio Cargo Ship

Emergency personnel valiantly battle a raging fire aboard the Italian-flagged cargo ship, Grande Costa d’Avorio, at the Port of Newark on July 7, 2023. The harrowing blaze, which lasted three days, claimed the lives of two Newark firefighters, Augusto “Augie” Acabou and Wayne “Bear” Brooks Jr. This tragic incident exposed gaps in the preparedness of fire crews to handle emergencies on large container ships. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  1. A Struggle Against Floodwaters in Highland Falls

Kathy Eason, a worker at the Center for Highland Falls, stands outside the organization’s storefront after being trapped inside by floodwaters the previous day in Highland Falls, New York, on July 10, 2023. Heavy rainfall led to severe flooding, causing road closures and evacuations throughout the Northeast. Amidst the chaos, one person tragically lost their life in New York’s Hudson Valley while attempting to leave their home. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  1. Devastation Unleashed: Earth Movement in Rolling Hills Estates

In Rolling Hills Estates, California, on July 10, 2023, a series of homes lies torn apart by earth movement. Firefighters swiftly evacuated the affected area when cracks began appearing in structures and the ground, ensuring the safety of residents. The photograph serves as a testament to the power and unpredictability of natural disasters. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

  1. Honoring the Life of an Afghan Interpreter

Friends and family gather to pay their final respects to Nasrat Ahmad Yar, 31, during a funeral service at the All Muslim Association of America cemetery in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on July 8, 2023. Ahmad Yar, an Afghan immigrant who worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, tragically lost his life on July 3 while working as a ride-share driver in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

  1. Overcoming the Deluge: Barre, Vermont

Amidst the floodwaters engulfing the streets of Barre, Vermont, on July 12, 2023, a small tractor tirelessly works to clear the water from a business. The region endured torrential rains that deposited two months’ worth of precipitation in just two days. The photograph captures the resilience and determination of Vermonters as they strive to recover from the deluge. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  1. Serenity Amidst Nature’s Majesty: Escalante, Utah

A hiker takes in the breathtaking view of Lower Calf Creek Falls at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Escalante, Utah, on July 12, 2023. The serene image reflects the untouched beauty of nature and serves as a reminder of the solace found in the great outdoors. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  1. Salvaging Veterinary Supplies in Montpelier, Vermont

Jodi Kelly, the practice manager at Stonecliff Veterinary Surgical Center, and her husband, veterinarian Dan Kelly, use a canoe to retrieve flood-damaged surgical supplies from their center in Montpelier, Vermont, on July 11, 2023. Among the items rescued were orthopedic implants necessary for an upcoming dog surgery. The photograph showcases the dedicated efforts of professionals to ensure the continuity of critical services in the face of adversity. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  1. Border Challenges: Large Buoys Deployed in Texas

Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico walk past the installation of large buoys used as a border barrier in Eagle Pass, Texas, on July 12, 2023. The image captures the ongoing complexities and debates surrounding border security. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  1. Desperate Measures: Migrant Swimming in the Rio Grande

In a poignant image, a migrant swims in the Rio Grande behind concertina wire as he attempts to enter the United States from Mexico near the site where large buoys are being assembled for use as a border barrier in Eagle Pass, Texas, on July 11, 2023. The photograph symbolizes the hardships faced by individuals seeking a better life while navigating a complex and challenging immigration landscape. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  1. Witnessing Change: Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Magali Urbina seeks shelter from the scorching sun as she observes the installation of large buoys used as a border barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border along the Rio Grande, adjacent to her farm near Eagle Pass, Texas, on July 10, 2023. The photograph encapsulates the everyday realities and evolving dynamics experienced by communities residing along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about North America photography

What is the purpose of this collection of photographs?

The purpose of this collection is to highlight some of the most compelling images captured or published in North America during a specific week. It showcases a variety of events, including extreme weather, sports competitions, tragic incidents, and border challenges.

Who curated this selection of photographs?

The selection was curated by AP photo editor Patrick Sison in New York.

What types of events are covered in these photographs?

The photographs cover a range of events, including a historic heatwave in the Southwest, U.S. track and field championships, WNBA basketball games, a cargo ship fire, flooding in the Northeast, earth movement in California, a funeral service, and the installation of large buoys at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Are these photographs part of a larger series or project?

These photographs are part of the AP Week in Pictures series, which provides weekly highlights of compelling images from around the world. This specific collection focuses on North America.

Where can I find more visual journalism from AP?

You can find more visual journalism from AP on Instagram (@apnews), follow AP Images on Twitter (@AP_Images), and visit the AP Images blog (apimagesblog.com).

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NewsJunkie22 July 17, 2023 - 1:27 pm

AP got it all covered – extreme weather, tragic incidents, sports, and even border issues. these pics r a visual journey thru north america’s highs and lows. hats off to da photographers and AP for bringin us dis stunning collection!

CreativeEye July 17, 2023 - 2:26 pm

wow, dis collection is super cool. ap week in pics is always a fav of mine. dese images r so compellin, it’s like u can feel da energy n emotion jumpin out of dem!

PhotoLover85 July 17, 2023 - 4:40 pm

omg these pics from north america r amazin! from heatwaves to sports to floods, so much goin on! luv seein all the action captured by AP photographers!

SocialMediaAddict July 17, 2023 - 10:23 pm

yo, follow AP on insta for more dope visual journalism! dese pics gonna blow ur mind. and don’t forget to check out their blog and twitter too. AP Images got u covered for da latest n greatest shots! #PhotographyGoals


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