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Best photographs of the day: anti-pollution protests and the year of the chicken

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world

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Eyewitness: Liwa desert, United Arab Emirates

Pictures from the Eyewitness series

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Mixed signals: your art on the theme of oracle

We asked you to share your art on the theme of Oracle. Director of Exhibitions and Curator at Tate Modern Achim Borchardt-Hume, has selected his favourites.

Share your artwork for this month’s theme on portraiture by clicking on the button below

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P is for portraiture: share your artwork now

For this month’s art project Assistant Curator of paintings at Royal Collection Trust, Lucy Peter, invites you to share your artwork on the theme of portraiture

For the last 500 years there has been a thriving market for portraits in Britain, from Holbein’s surprisingly candid portraits produced at the court of Henry VIII, to the graceful society portraits made popular by Thomas Gainsborough two centuries later. Today, the existence of galleries dedicated entirely to portraiture are perhaps the greatest testament to its enduring and universal appeal.

While the primary function of a portrait is to record the physical likeness of a sitter, it has long been acknowledged that an accomplished portrait should also capture something of a person’s inner spirit. The same can be said for self-portraits – a unique sub-set within the genre of portraiture and one that plays an important role in Royal Collection Trust’s latest exhibition, Portrait of the Artist.

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Enduring beauty: the everlasting fabulousness of Nora – in pictures

Photographer Emily Stein has created a portrait series of Nora, a Czech expat celebrating her body and beauty well into her 70s

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Sport picture of the day: tennis through the keyhole

This shot of Alexander Zverev playing at the Hopman Cup in Perth stood out for its bold use of light and the geometric shapes created by the court. Zverev lost the match 7-5, 6-3 to France’s Richard Gasquet

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Best photographs of the day: 'Hollyweed' and Afghan gamblers

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including pranksters in LA and the geometric beauty of Islamic buildings

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Around the world in 10 videos: 2016 Field Tests

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DPReview's Carey Rose, photographing rodeo Queens at a rodeo in Nyssa, Oregon during a DPReview Field Test of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

DPReview has been around the world in 2016, from the deserts of the Southwest to the lush jungles of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsular. We've used everything from enthusiast compacts to high-end professional DSLRs, and along the way we've met some amazing photographers. 

Click here to See our full series of Field Test videos

You can check out the full series at the ^ link ^ right ^ there ^ but in this article, I want to take you back through the ten videos that we've published this year, and hopefully in the process, let you share a little in some of the sights, the sounds and the smells of DPReview's Year in Field Tests. OK, not the smells, but definitely the other things.

Before we continue, I am legally obligated to let you know that all of the videos featured on this page are sponsored content, made possible with the support of Amazon and the manufactures featured in the videos. Click here for more information about DPReview sponsored content.

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February: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in the Yucatan

Shot at the end of last year, this Field Test, featuring Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 IV was one of our most ambitious. Mexico's Yucatan Peninsular is a beautiful place, full of amazing scenery, vivid history, and corner shops that sell antibiotics over the counter to weak-stomached gringos. 

We took advantage of all of these things during our trip, and as a bonus, you get to see me try to speak Spanish. Just be grateful for what you don't get to see me doing.

March: Canon PowerShot G5 X on the Olympic Peninsula

Even on a grey weekend in early spring, the Olympic Peninsular is still a stunningly beautiful place. In this video, featuring the Canon PowerShot G5 X, DPReview writer Carey Rose spent a couple of days bro-ing down hard with local photographer and keen fisherman Kyle Johnson.

A little bit of trivia for you - this video actually breaks the world record for most amount of plaid featured in the least amount of screen-time. If you have trouble telling some of the men in this video apart from one another, don't worry - so do I, and I know all of them.

April: Claire Bangser and the Olympus PEN-F

In April, we headed to Mississippi with the Olympus PEN-F, where Editorial Manager Wenmei Hill joined New Orleans-based photographer Claire Bangser on the Blues Trail. Claire and Wenmei spent a couple of days on the trail, photographing the local sights and people of the area. And yes - they used all the Art Filters. 

May: Shooting stars with the Nikon D810 & D810A

In May, we cast our eyes skywards. In this Field Test, DPReview's Dale Baskin joined astrophotographer José Francisco Salgado in Death Valley, for a celestial shoot with Nikon's D810 and D810A. One of the things I like most about this video is the way that José says 'stars'. It's hard to explain - you'll just have to watch it.

May: Building a kayak with the Canon EOS 80D

While Dale was star-gazing in Death Valley, I was closer to home, learning how to make a traditional Greenland-style skin-on-frame kayak, in Seattle. I documented the entire process using the Canon EOS 80D. I'm proud to say that despite the countless mistakes, including several holes drilled in the wrong place, Aril still floats.  

July: DPReview goes to the rodeo with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

From slow, methodical action to fast, energetic action. In July, we drove down to Nyssa Oregon, with Canon's professional flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark II, to cover the annual 'Nite Rodeo'. This one is worth watching just for the sight of me and Carey wearing cowboy hats. Quote of the trip, from a rodeo spectator: 'Y'all sure as hell don't look like cowboys'. 

September: Shooting Action with the Nikon D5

DPReview's Technical Editor Rishi Sanyal is a super-nerd. Given a chance, he'll talk your ear off about everything from signal-to-noise ratio to smart lightbulbs. But what he's probably most nerdy about is autofocus. In this video, featuring the Nikon D5, Rishi gets to indulge his AF obsession for almost 15 minutes. You're welcome, Internet.

October: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500

In October, we traveled to Montana with the Nikon D500, to join wildlife photographer and friend to the wolves Ronan Donovan, at a nature reserve. It was a short, packed shoot, the dubious highlight of which was when I got dive-bombed by a hawk.

Fun fact: this is the only DPReview Field Test to feature a moose.

Wedding photography with the Fujifilm X-T2

Guemas Island is a tiny dot on a map of the Pacific Northwest, but it's one of the most beautiful spots for a daytrip, weekend getaway, or a wedding. In this Field Test, Carey and Wenmei took the Fujifilm X-T2 to Guemas Island to document a very special day. Carey really covered himself in glory on this one, by forgetting to shoot Raw.

Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300

They say that dogs are man's best friend. They also say you should never work with animals. Who are 'they' anyway, and where do they get their sayings? We may never know. In this video, Sam Spencer took Sony's a6300 to a dog adoption shelter, to shoot some professional portraits of their canine residents. I'll remember this shoot because it was the closest I've ever come to adopting an animal. See if you can spot which dog melted my heart.

Anyway - this video is cute. You should show it to your mum.

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Hong Kong shop cats – in pictures

When photographer Marcel Heijnen moved to Hong Kong, the territory’s shop cats instantly caught his eye. While the ‘feline emperors’ are the stars, his shots also offer insights into Hong Kong’s wares, from dried fish to paper

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Fog waves: photographer Nick Steinberg captures nature in motion

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Fog Waves: Capturing Nature in Motion

Imperial Flow by Nick Steinberg

As you can see the fog kind of arcs up in that one spot. What amazes me most about fog is the fact that no two shots are ever the same. This is what I call, “subtlety of movement” where there are small windows of opportunity with fog as it evaporates, moves in, and undulates. This requires decisive action, tests your skills, and requires one to be “present” in the moment, and “ride” along with it.

Landscape and cityscape photographers have a love/hate relationship with the fog that inundates the San Francisco Bay area. It can make for some spectacular and moody photos, but it can also leave the area un-shootable – that is unless you seek higher ground. Nick Steinberg and other photographers in the Bay Area have formed a group that they call the "Fogaholics".

The group consists of around 20 photographers that watch forecasts religiously and seek out the best foggy shooting conditions possible. When the fog rolls in, they make their way to Mt. Tamalpais, which sits at 2,572ft above sea level. This unique vantage point gives them the opportunity to photograph some amazingly beautiful conditions. With the help of an ND filter and exposure times sometimes exceeding two minutes, Nick is able to capture the fog waves as they make their way inland.

To see more of Nick's work be sure to visit his website and Instagram.

Fog Waves: Capturing Nature in Motion

Fog Waves by Nick Steinberg

This was my original shot entitled fog waves. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I discovered how, when the fog was at the perfect height and density, it would create wave-like movements as it contoured the land. On this particular evening, not only did we have amazing fog flow, but a nice vibrant sky to match.

Fog Waves: Capturing Nature in Motion

Wavy Gravy by Nick Steinberg

I would say the fog on this summer evening was purely magical. It had the perfect consistency that was so delicious. You can even see the Transamerica pyramid sticking out of the fog in the distant San Francisco skyline. An evening to remember!

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Awake in Dream by Nick Steinberg

Mt. Tamalpais is one of my favorite places on earth! On this night I went up there on a whim. I didn't expect much, but to my surprise, there wasn't a single person in sight and the fog rolled in perfectly. It truly felt like I was in a dream world!

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Fire Waves by Nick Steinberg

Out of almost daily trips to Mt.Tam in the summer of 2016, I would say that this was by far the best flow i’d seen. Normally the rangers kick everyone out around sunset, but on this evening they came really late and allowed me to get some rare footage of fog coming in at twilight. What I loved about this one was the layers of fog coming through the trees. The beautiful and vibrant red sky was unfortunately lit up due to a nearby fire.

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Candy Land by Nick Steinberg

On this night I was going for a little different feel to add some foreground interest to the fog waves. I can’t help to think that the fog looked like fluffy marshmallows flowing across the land during my long exposure.

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Lunar Fog Waves by Nick Steinberg

On this evening me and about 4 friends decided to get some different vantage points by hiking “off the beaten trail” to get some moonlit fog flowing in. At first, the fog wasn’t flowing, but within no time it was spilling over and creating, “the wave.” While it was a pretty tough hike, it was by far one of the most magical experiences shooting up there that evening.

Fog Waves: Capturing Nature in Motion

Heaven on Earth by Nick Steinberg

There’s something about being up there and experiencing the fog flowing like this that is somewhat of a spiritual experience.

Fog Waves: Capturing Nature in Motion

Fog Sweep by Nick Steinberg

This is a little bit of a closer, intimate view of the fog waves flowing through the nearby town of Mill Valley and the little houses down there. I wonder if the people who live there understand how beautiful it is from above.

Fog Waves: Capturing Nature in Motion

Rip Curl by Nick Steinberg

Another close up, intimate view of the extreme fog waves as it contours the land. Shooting Fog is a study and each day is a little bit different flow. On this day, it was particularly active.

Fog Waves: Capturing Nature in Motion

Summer Waves by Nick Steinberg

A typical summer evening up on the mountain. By typical I mean amazing and magical!

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2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

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2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

Collembola (Springtail) under a drop of water. Central Park, Burnaby. Sony A6000, Sigma E60mm F2.8, 42mm extension tube. Photo by Don White

Picking your favorite image is never an easy task. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the challenge when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2016. We received a huge number of submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

This category, 'things,' is admittedly a little ambiguous. With apologies to our feathered and furry friends, animals fell into this category, as did just about anything else that isn't a landscape or a portrait. We tried to include a variety of subjects, and there were many excellent images submitted – check them all out here and here.

A huge thanks to everyone that participated and gave us a chance to see your work!

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

Brooklyn, N.Y. Olympus E-M1, Lumix G Vario 12-35mm F2.8. Photo by GarySloman

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

Taken on April 1st 2016 in the evening during the Silverstone 24hr Race. I wasn't accredited so this was taken through the fence. I used an extremely slow shutter speed to blur the unsightly background and add a sense of movement. Fujifilm X-T10 & XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. 100mm. Shutter Priority @ 1/15sec. Photo by ChrisH37

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

Photo was taken in aviashow near Mazeikiai city, Lithuania. Sony Alpha a7R II, Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS. 1/6400sec, 70.0mm, F4, ISO 200. Photo by Razabaitas

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

A warehouse emergency exit shot in Reze, France, On July 6th this year. Nikon D5500, 16-80mm F2.8-4. Shot at 16mm, ISO 100, F6.3, 1/1600sec. Photo by UneVache

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

Taken in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico. In this lagoon a few mother and calf grey whale pairs will come up to the fishermen's boats to play which normally means getting you wet. I took this shot with a Panasonic FT5 waterproof compact (as I said, you get wet!) which I held over the side as a calf surfaced on its side alongside the boat. The camera was at maximum wide angle. Photo by Chris Ryan

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

Memories of summer 2016 taken with a Panasonic kit lens 12-32mm on a Olympus Pen E-PL7. Photo by mjdundee

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

I made this photo during a late-August visit to northern Arizona's Mormon Lake. This was one of four juvenile red-tailed hawks riding the summer breeze above the east rim overlooking the lake. This one was quite curious and soared in, close, to size me up for a late-day snack. When I got home and started going through the exposures, I was hoping this one didn't cut off any tail feathers. As it turned out the framing was just about perfect and the result is the uncropped image above.

Nikon D610 with Nikkor 200-500 F5.6E VR at 500mm, F5.6, ISO 1100, 1/2000sec, with +2/3-stop exposure comp. Photo by Bill Ferris

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

After decades in front of the main Hamburg Art Gallery, this Sculpture has found it's new place inside the halls. I took this photo with my Canon 6D, a Sigma 24mm art lens. 1/30sec, F8.0, ISO 1000. Photo by moehh

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things

A kind of beetle when it was about to fall off the corner Nikon D90, Nikkor MF 50mm F1.4, Hama closeup filter. 1/20sec, F5.6, ISO 100. Photo by Netmsm

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Giles Duley, photojournalist: ‘I promised my pictures could help Syrian war victims. At last, I’ve kept my word’

Giles Duley believes his work can create change. But when he returned to Lebanon two years after his first trip, he found the subjects of his portraits – now his friends – still in dire straits. This is what happened next

It’s my last day with Khouloud and Jamal and I’m struggling with a decision. Whenever possible I like to take a print back to give to those I’ve documented, and in my bag I have a photograph I took of the couple two years before. But should I give it to them?

In the picture Khouloud, paralysed from the neck down, lies in the tent she shares with her family in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. Jamal sits at the end of her bed, holding her hand, the couple looking at each other with a love that is at odds with the stark, grainy black-and-white image that reflects the truth of their desperate situation.

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Images of the Displaced

The ferocity of crises worldwide is forcing a record number of people to flee their homes, seeking some form of safety within their own country or across international borders. There are 65.3 million displaced people worldwide, including 21.3 million refugees. Most have lost their homes to armed conflict or natural disasters but other factors, such as extreme poverty and climate change, also drive displacement.

The International Organisation for Migration commissioned photojournalist Muse Mohammed to document the plight of the displaced

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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'active'

Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘active’

We’re running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘active.’ Share your photos of what active means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Tuesday 3 January at noon. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 8 January and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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You've got chills: readers' photos on the theme of cold

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of cold via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

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366 days: your 2016 in pictures

From news events to personal experiences, we asked you to show us what 2016 looked like from your perspective

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365 days: your 2017 in photographs

We’d like to document every day of 2017 through the experiences of our readers around the world. Share your pictures with us

The 365 days project aims to show what 2017 looks like from your perspective.

Whether you’re caught up in a news event or have a personal experience to share, we’d like to see your daily lives in photos and stories. Wherever you are in the world show us what you can see. We’re interested in your unique views, whether it’s an extraordinary event or an every day experience or object.

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New Year’s Eve 2016 celebrations – in pictures

As the clock strikes midnight around the world, people celebrate the beginning of the new year

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Eyewitness: Sydney, Australia

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Sport picture of the day: footballers in the mist

This festive season has seen parts of the United Kingdom blessed/cursed (delete as appropriate) with an abundance of foggy days, and this was just the case on Friday night as Yeovil Town hosted Portsmouth at Huish Park. Long balls must have been a nightmare. The League Two game, rather unsurprisingly, finished 0-0

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