Photojournalism of the Week: August 17, 2012

Devotees try to form a human pyramid to break a clay pot containing curd during the celebrations to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in Mumbai
Devotees in Mumbai, India begin to form a human pyramid during the Hindu festival of Janmashtami. Danish Siddiqui is a Reuters staffer based in India. You can keep up with his work by following his Reuter blog as well as his Twitter stream. Also check out his other appearance in our weekly round-up here.Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
Technicians pose for a souvenir photo at the conclusion of the boxing competition at the London Olympic Games
Olympic personnel and technicians pose for a photo at the conclusion of the boxing competition at the London Olympic Games. Murad Sezer is Reuters' chief photographer for Turkey. In 2005 he was part of an Associated Press team that won a Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for their coverage of the War in Iraq. Check out his other Olympic images, which appeared in our gallery, here.Murad Sezer/Reuters
A man holds balloons for sale near the National Stadium in Kabul
A balloon salesman near National Stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan. Omar Sobhani is Reuters staff photographer based in Iraq. See more of his work here.Omar Sobhani/Reuters
A soldier of the Ivorian Army gestures during a patrol in Dabou
A member of the Ivorian Army on patrol in the city of Dabou. The previous night, gunman attacked security posts and freed more than 100 prisoners. Thierry Gouegnon is a Reuters staff photographer based in Abidjan, Cote d’IvoireThierry Gouegnon/Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs the first lady at campaign event in Davenport, Iowa
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs first lady, Michelle Obama, after she introduces him at a campaign event at the Village of East Davenport in Davenport, Iowa. Larry Downing is a Reuters staff photographer currently covering President Obama on the campaign trail. See more of his work on the Reuters blog.Larry Downing/Reuters
Riders fall as their horses crash during the Palio race in Siena
Horse racers crash during the Palio race in Siena, Italy. Alessandro Bianchi is an Italian-based photographer shooting for Reuters in addition to several other new syndicates. See more of his work on the Reuters blog.Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaghan in East Azarbaijan
Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaghan in East Azarbaijan. Farshid Tighehsaz is an Iranian photographer shooting for Reuters. Recently his images of the devastating earthquake in Iran have appeared on nearly every major US news Website.Farshid Tighehsaz/ Reuters/ISNA
A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg
South African police opened fire on Thursday against thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine. Siphiwe Sibeko is a South African photographer shooting for Reuters. Check out his personal site here.Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Firefighting tanker plane drops fire retardant on homes threatened by Taylor Creek Fire outside Cle Elum, Washington
A firefighting tanker plane drops fire retardant on homes threatened by the Taylor Creek Fire outside Cle Elum, Washington. Robert Sorbo is a freelance photographer who, in addition to Reuters, also shoots for Bloomberg. See more of his work on his personal site.Robert Sorbo / Reuters
A Hindu devotee washes himself after performing rituals on the banks of the Bagmati River while celebrating Kuse Aunse (Father's Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu
A Hindu devotee washes himself on the banks of the Bagmati River while celebrating Kuse Aunse (Father's Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar is a Reuters staffer based in Nepal. You can see more of his incredible work in our past round-ups here, here and here.Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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