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Harrogate Flower Show Director Nick Smith extracts a sample from a Gigantomo tomato as the show is using DNA technology to ensure the £1,000 giant tomato prize is not won by a cheating grower. The show is running a Gigantomo class sponsored by a mail order plant specialist, which means entries must be from that strain of the plant. Organisers will use Dutch specialists to DNA test plants to make sure the entries are what they claim to be.
Picture: John Giles/PA



Jacques-Andre Dupont, 51, spent three days photographing northern gannets on Bonaventure Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, resulting in this photograph that looks almost as if it was taken in a studio
Picture: Jacques-Andre Dupont/Solent News & Photo Agency



A Nepali Hindu devotee prays with lit incense sticks in front the Hindu God Bhimshen in Durbar Square during the Bhimsen Jatra festival in Lalitpur
Picture: PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images



The Regatta Storica is the highlight of the boating year in Venice, Italy
Picture: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images



Fabien Napias of the French Recortadores company Passion Saltador leaps over a charging bull at the end of the Liga de Corte Puro finals at the Plaza de Toros
Picture: Getty Images


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The Caracal. A talented portrait photographer has moved on from capturing traditional human subjects - instead photographing a stunning variety of wild animals. Brad Wilson, 51, stands just feet away from the likes of tigers, rhinos, elephants and primates. Each animal is given the same respect and dignity as any human subject, with Brad setting up a full photographic studio, either at or near sanctuaries and zoos across the U.S. The works are the second part of Brad's Affinity series, which the photographer - based in Los Angeles, California, USA - first started working on in 2010
Picture: Brad Wilson/Caters



Former Beatle Ringo Starr poses in front of some of his artworks as he launches his book 'Photograph' at London's National Portrait Gallery
Picture: Reuters



Rush hour in India: The NH8 highway at the point where Delhi ends & Gurgaon begins
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900 trees nestle on balconies in Stefano Boeri's Bosco Verticale (vertical forest) towers in Milan, Italy
Picture: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters



An actor lines up during casting for a Horrornights event at Babelsberg film park in Potsdam, near Berlin
Picture: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images


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A dumpy tree frog balances between two plant stems in Jakarta, Indonesia
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The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, are seen lighting up the sea by Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland
Picture: SWNS



Hot air balloons take off in Warstein, Germany. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the annual hot-air balloon festival that runs until 12 September.
Picture: Bernd Thissen/EPA



Famous Russian actor Ivan Krasko, 85, leaves the Admiralteisky District Civil Registry Office in St Petersburg after marrying his former student, Natalya Shevel, 24. Mr Krasko says he now wants to start a family.
Picture: Ruslan Shamukov/TASS



A traditional dancer performs for the official opening of the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP/Press Association Images


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Padaung ethnic women arrive to listen the speech of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, during her first official election campaign at Demoso township of Kayah State, eastern Myanmar



Cyclists in action at the start of the sixteenth stage of La Vuelta Espana cycling race, in Luarca, Spain
Picture: EPA



Pope Francis shakes hands with father Guy Gilbert, a French priest and educator who mainly works with young people with drug and law problems, as they meet at the Vatican
Picture: AP



A Bavarian boy escorts cows during the traditional 'Almabtrieb' in Oberstaufen, Germany
Picture: Michael Dalder/Reuters


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A September 11 anniversary, a rainbow arcs over the Freedom Tower in New York
Picture: EPA



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Jeff Head

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The Valley Wildfire in California mushroomed out of control this weekend with gusty hot winds, and has destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures, burning into and through small towns, shutting down highways, and it is zero contained.

Here are several pictures:

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for many more pictures. I will be adding them as the week ahead goes on.
 

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A dog catches a Frisbee during a competition in Moscow
Picture: REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin



David Colturi of the USA dives from the 27.5 metre platform during the seventh stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Polignano a Mare, Italy
Picture: 2015 Red Bull/Getty Images



Mount Aso, a volcano on Japan's main southern island of Kyushu, erupted on Monday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, blasting a plume of black smoke 2 km (1.2 miles) high
Picture: Reuters



Tourists sail across Coatepeque Lake near in Santa Ana, 55 km west of San Salvador. The lake has been affected by microalgae which have turned the water a blue-turquoise colour.
Picture: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images


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Jeff Head

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The pictures coming out of the Northern California wildfire are heart breaking and also phenomenal. Incredible destruction. Now over 400 homes have been destroyed and that count is going to go much higher.

This is around the Napa Valley in northern California, north and east of San Francisco.

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All over America we are praying for cooler weather and rain to help abate the fire, assist the firefighters, and relieve the people.

I have several dozen pictures (and will be adding more) at my:

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