Photojournalism of the Month: August 2013

August 26, 2013. Firefighters work to prevent the Rim Fire from jumping Highway 120 near Buck Meadows, California. A fast-moving wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the closure of two more areas of the park. The fire, which had grown to just over 125,000 acres as of early Saturday, remained largely unchecked with extreme terrain hampering efforts at containment, which stood at 5 percent. Max Whittaker is a freelance photographer based out of Sacramento, California. He is certainly no stranger to covering voile situations, having been embedded in both Iraq and Afghanistan. See more of his incredible photojournalism, here.Max Whittaker/Reuters
August 14, 2013. A member of the Egyptian security forces speaks to a woman holding a stick as police clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, at the smaller of two camps, near the Cairo University campus in Giza, Cairo. Egyptian security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, moved on Wednesday to clear two sit-in camps set up by supporters of the country's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out at both sites. Imad Abdul Rahman is an independent photojournalist stringing for Reuters in Egypt. His images offer a sobering glimpse into the deadly crackdown that is currently taking against supporters of Egypt's first democratically elected president.Imad Abdul Rahman/AP Photo
August 1, 2013. An unruly crowd broke out into a full-scale riot this weekend in Huntington Beach, California, on the final day of the US Open of Surfing. Rioters knocked down street signs, smashed cars and windows and overturned portable toilets. Cops eventually resorted to using pepper spray, and non-lethal projectiles to disperse the crowd. The photographer of this image, who was unlucky enough to be hit by the police department's non-lethal projectles, is based in Huntington Beach, California. He runs CaptainSoncho.org. "When I arrived downtown, Huntington police were in riot gear and were lined up. People started throwing glass bottles and whatever they could get there hands onto. Police shot rubber bullets into the crowd. I was shot 4 times by rubber bullets and tear-gassed but that was because I was in the middle of all the chaos. I only felt threatened when a cop pointed his gun at me when I was only about 15 feet from him..." After seeing Soncho's photographs from this weekend's riots, we couldn't help but think of Nick Waplington's Huntington Beach riot photos shot exactly 25 years earlier, also on the final day of a major surf competition. The similarities between the two sets of images are uncanny. Check out a gallery of Waplington's photographs here, then head to CaptainSoncho.org for more from this weekend.© Captain Soncho
August 29, 2013. A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013. A team of U.N. experts left their Damascus hotel for a third day of on-site investigations into apparent chemical weapons attacks on the outskirts of the capital. Activists and doctors in rebel-held areas said the six-car U.N. convoy was scheduled to visit the scene of strikes in the eastern Ghouta suburbs. Mohamed Abdullah is a stringer working for Reuters is Syria. Earlier this summer, he was working in Egypt, covering the upheaval there, and before that he was working in YemenMohamed Abdullah/Reuters
August 20, 2013. A Free Syrian Army fighter sits near sandbags inside a damaged room in Deir al-Zor. Hamid Khatib is an independent photojournalist stringing for Reuters in Syria. His images of the Syrian rebel forces offer a very human view of a bloody conflict that has already taken nearly 100,000 lives. See more of his work on our site here and here.Khalil Ashawi/Reuters
August 12, 2013. Poll workers in Bamako, Mali count ballots in Sunday's high stakes presidential runoff, with former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita tipped to claim the difficult job of stabilizing the West African nation after more than a year of turmoil. Joe Penney is a Reuters staffer based in Western Africa. See more of his work here and here.Joe Penney/Reuters
August 7, 2013. Fire fighters struggle to put out a fire at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi August 7, 2013. A fire engulfed Kenya's main airport on Wednesday, choking a vital travel and trade gateway to east Africa. The cause of the fire was not yet known. Noor Khamis is a Reuters staff photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work mainly revolves around documenting daily life in the East African nation, although he is also well-versed in shooting breaking news and sports photography.Noor Khamis/Reuters
August 13, 2013. Paul Kipsiele Koech of Kenya jumps a water obstacle in the men's 3000 metres steeplechase heat during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Kai Pfaffenbach is a Germany-born photojournalist, who began working for Reuters in 1996, before coming on fulltime in 2001. See more of his work on the Reuters blog and on his personal site.Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
August 19, 2013. Individuals participate in a greased pole climbing competition held as part of Indonesia's 68th Independence Day celebration, at Ancol Dream Park in Jakarta. Beawiharta Beawiharta is a Reuters staffer based in Indonesia. Check out more of his work over on the Reuters blog. You can also check out a particularly incredible photo of his, featuring a jaguar hunting for food underwater, here.Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters
August 27, 2013. Visitors run away as waves from a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou Zhejiang province, China.China Stringer Network/Reuters
August 13, 2013. People attend Eid al-Fitr prayers at Parang Kusumo beach, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, celebrates Eid al-Fitr with mass prayers and family visits to mark the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Ignatius Eswe is an indepdent photographer who made this photo as a stringer for Reuters. He is based in Java, Indonesia.Ignatius Eswe/Reuters
August 9, 2013. A still smoldering mountainside is seen under the stars at the Silver Fire, California. The blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m., near a back-country road south of Banning, 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County. Within hours, it had blackened more than 5,000 acres. David McNew is based in Pasadena, California. He has worked as a photojournalist since the mid-1980's having contrinuted to an impressive list of organizations, including: UPI, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and Getty Images. See more of David's work here.David McNew/Reuters

We took a look back at our Photo of the Day picks for the month of August and narrowed them down to the strongest examples of photojournalism.

Upheaval in the Arab world took center stage particularly in Syria and Egypt. We also saw massive fires rage through the Yosemite National Park, and Nairobi International Airport. And while Muslims around the World marked the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, surfers rioted in Huntington Beach California. August wasn't all bad though, Mali elected a new president, the World Athletic Championships went off without a hitch in Russia and Indonesia celebrated its independence with an epic greased pole climbing competition.

See all our Photo of the Day picks here.