Photojournalism of the Week: December 7

Egyptian army soldiers stand guard during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Nariman El-Mofty is an Associated Press staffer based in Cairo.AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty
Smoke rises from burning debris as Congolese demonstrators protest in Goma, eastern Congo. Citizens are angry that the nation's army allowed a rebel group to overrun the city two weeks earlier. Jerome Delay is the Associated Press chief photographer in Africa. Keep up to date with his work by following him on Twitter.AP Photo/Jerome Delay
A man jogs past red carpets covered with black and white beans at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The beans and carpet are part of a protest by the group Rio de Paz over the increasing number of homicides in Brazil. Felipe Dana is an Associated Press staffer based in Brazil. See more of his work on his site and keep up to date with his assignments by following him on Twitter.AP Photo/Felipe Dana
Free Syrian Army fighters aim their weapons inside an abandoned building during heavy clashes with government forces in Aleppo, Syria. Narciso Contreras is a photojournalist working for the Associated Press in Syria. Previously, he had been covering daily life in Mexico City. See more of his work on his personal site.AP Photo/Narciso Contreras
Santeria priestess Chuchita touches the tip of her tongue to the head of a slaughtered goat during a sacrificial Santeria ceremony in honor of Saint Barbara's feast day in Bahia Honda, Cuba. Ramon Espinosa is a Spanish-born photojournalist who spent the early part of his career working for some of Spain’s largest newspapers. He won the Visa pour L’Image award in 1994, and has been with the AP since 2005.AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa
An Egyptian army tank is seen behind barbed wire securing the perimeter of the presidential palace, while protesters on the other side protest President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt. Nasser Nasser is an Associated Press staffer based in Cairo.AP Photo/Nasser Nasser
An Indian man gets a shave from a roadside barber in New Delhi, India. Altaf Qadri is an Associated Press photographer based in the Kashmir region of Indian. A well-established photojournalist, he has worked in Afghanistan, Libya, Nepal, Cambodia, Saudi Arabia and Morocco. See more of his work on his website.AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
A Palestinian member of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, holds his rifle while waiting for the arrival of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza City. Adel Hana is an AP staff photographer covering the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.AP Photo/Adel Hana
Members of the Chattanooga Ballet wait backstage during a performance of the Nutcracker. Tim Barber is a staff photographer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press and lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.AP Photo/ Tim Barber
A Hindu holy man offers prayers by the Saryu River on the eve of the anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya, India. In 1992, tens of thousands of Hindu extremists ripped apart the 16th-century Babri mosque at Ayodhya in northern India as security forces watched. Hindus say it is the birthplace of their god Rama and contend a temple to him stood on the site before the mosque. Rajesh Kumar Singh is an Associated Press staff photographer based in IndiaAP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Be sure to check out our archive of past Photojournalism of the Week galleries, where you will find more great work.