An athlete dressed as a clown jumps into the Mediterranean sea as he takes part in the Copa Nadal in the Spanish port of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. The Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) is a traditional swimming competition that takes place in Barcelona every December 25th, where participants swim 200 meters in the open sea in the port of Barcelona. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (AP)

Look Again: The day's most compelling images from around the globe

Fascinating world views from a 13-feet tall robot in South Korea to clown jumping into the sea in Barcelona

Salon Staff
December 28, 2016 1:30AM (UTC)

Look Again is a daily series presenting the best photographs of the previous 24 hours, curated and written by Salon's writers and editors.


Wiltshire, England    Matt Cardy/Getty
Riders and hunt supporters gather with their dogs for the traditional Boxing Day meet for the Avon Vale Hunt


Hello doggies! Who's a good dog! You are! Who's very good at finding foxes, killing them and then ripping them apart? Yes you are! You so are!


—Jeremy Binckes, cover editor


Gunpo, South Korea   Jung Yeon-Je/Getty
Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2


Like a good member of my species, I do not trust robots. The unnerving thing about a humanoid robot is that the human who designed it did so with an eye on making actual humans obsolete in some way. This particular robot is especially unsettling because of that shiny pair of slab-like hands with their well-defined and articulated fingers. Hands are a human trait; we're defined by our opposable thumbs. The metallic digits on this lumbering monstrosity are clearly intended to supplant the dexterity and fine motor control found in the human fingertips. That's creepy as hell.


—Simon Maloy, politics writer


Barcelona, Spain   Manu Fernandez/AP
An athlete dressed as a clown jumps into the Mediterranean sea as he takes part in the Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup)


I've lived in Barcelona most of my life and had never even heard of Copa Nadal. I've been doing Christmas wrong all my life.


—Mireia Triguero Roura, editorial assistant


Goring, England    Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Candlelit tributes are seen outside the house of singer George Michael, where he died on Christmas Day,


In the wake of George Michael's death, we have learned of his discreet generosity and philanthropy. It's now clear that Michael donated large sums of money to charities and those in need – and never expected recognition in return.


—Michael Hardy, director of optimization

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