The 17 Most Awe-Inspiring Photos From This Week

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27/08/2016 7:34 AM AEST | Updated 27/08/2016 7:57 AM AEST

From an orangutan licking a mirror to thousands of swimmers taking the plunge, these are the best photos the world has to offer this week. Take a peek below:

  • Ammar Awad/Reuters
    Orthodox Christian nuns take part in an annual procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City, during which an icon of the Virgin Mary is carried from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to a church at the foot of the Mount of Olives, the location believed by Christians to be that of the tomb of the Virgin Mary. (Aug. 25, 2016)
  • Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
    People participate in the annual public Lake Zurich crossing swimming event in Zurich, Switzerland. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Remo Casilli/Reuters
    Rescuers work in the night at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto in central Italy. (Aug. 24, 2016)
    A visitor of the "Suedbad" public open-air swimming pool slides down into the refreshing water in Hameln in northern Germany. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Alex Wong via Getty Images
    Eighteen-month-old visitor Jose Tavarez of Dover, Delaware, watches a California sea lion at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. (Aug.22, 2016)
  • Murad Sezer/Reuters
    Red and white balloons are released during the opening ceremony of newly built Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge, the third bridge over the Bosphorus linking the city's European and Asian sides in Istanbul, Turkey. (Aug. 26, 2016)
  • Ted S. Warren/AP
    Fans along the left-field rail try to catch a solo home run hit by Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Seattle. (Aug. 22, 2016)
  • Kenny Katombe/Reuters
    Congolese soldiers arrest a civilian protesting against the government's failure to stop the killings and inter-ethnic tensions in the town of Butembo in North Kivu province in Democratic Republic of Congo. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
    An elephant walks during sunset in Amboseli National park in Kenya. (Aug. 25, 2016)
  • Tom Szczerbowski via Getty Images
    Ezequiel Carrera of the Toronto Blue Jays dives but cannot get to a single hit by Jett Bandy of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning during MLB game action at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Juan Karita/AP
    Independent miners clash with the police as they run from clouds of tear gas during protests in Panduro, Bolivia. Thousands of independent miners continued their protests with roadblocks, which precipitated the clashes as the police attempted to dislodge them. (Aug. 25, 2016)
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    Famous red-haired orangutan Er Mao of Yunnan Wild Animals Park wearing a skirt licks the mirror at a shopping mall in Kunming in Yunnan Province of China. The animal tried new clothes and finally bought three skirts with the help of its keeper at the children's wear store in a shopping mall. (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • David W Cerny/Reuters
    Aviator Frantisek Hadrava pilots Vampira, an ultralight plane based on the U.S. design of light planes called Mini-Max, near the village of Zdikov in Czech Republic. (Aug. 23, 2016)
  • JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images
    The shadow of Tinkoff's Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is projected on the ground before the start of the fourth stage of the 71st edition of La Vuelta Tour of Spain, a 163.5-kilometer route between Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido. (Aug. 23, 2016)
  • Brendon Thorne via Getty Images
    Jennifer Hawkins and models showcase designs by Maticevski during the Myer Spring 16 Fashion Launch at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia. (Aug.23, 2016)
  • Michael Probst/AP
    A woman runs through an alley of trees in Frankfurt, Germany. (Aug. 26, 2016)
  • Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
    Artists from the Deviation Collective group take part in the performance called "Cegos," or "Blind," in front of the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. (Aug. 25, 2016)
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