By Lily Rothman and Liz Ronk | TIME Magazine
Lake Erie’s Sterling State Park had been dangerously polluted by septic-tank wastes for eight years when this photo was made in 1968, but—despite warning signs—the state of Michigan still permitted swimming. Alfred Eisenstaedt – The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
In 1968, LIFE magazine dispatched photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt to the Great Lakes to capture a crisis that required no national awareness day to make itself known.
>> Story and photo gallery
Last month, the winners of the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition were announced, with the Grand Prize awarded to photographer Anthony Lau, for his photograph of Mongolian horsemen charging through the snow in Inner Mongolia. Lau was awarded a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge. Gathered here are all of this year’s winners and honorable mentions, captions written by the photographers.
The Winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and lower with constant breeze of snow from all direction, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. Not until I saw Inner Mongolia horsemen showing off their skills in commanding the steed from a distance, I quickly grab my telephoto lens and capture the moment when one of the horseman charged out from morning mist. © Anthony Lau / 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
>> Full gallery
Sixty-three years ago today, on July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, ceasing hostilities between North Korean Communist forces, backed by China, and South Korean forces, backed by the United Nations.
With her brother on her back a war weary Korean girl tiredly trudges by a stalled M-26 tank, at Haengju, Korea. June 9, 1951. — Maj. R.V. Spencer, UAF. (US Navy)
The war had raged across the Korean Peninsula for three years, leaving hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians dead. The Armistice formed the famous Demilitarized Zone that still separates North Korea and South Korea, technically still at war with each other. On this anniversary of the armistice agreement, a look back at the people and places involved in the conflict sometimes called “the forgotten war.”
(Original Caption) 10/26/51-Korea: Here is the operating “room” of an Army mobile surgical hospital somewhere in Korea. The patient in the left foreground is receiving blood plasma, while behind him two operations are taking place, one at left and one in the center. Photographer Healy took the photos as he found them. Everyone was so busy that no one had time to “pose.” — Bettman Archive / Getty
>> Full gallery