Minsk, Belarus Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
A man emerges from the icy lake waters during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations
That is the look of a man who is having justifiable second thoughts about deciding to swim in an icy lake. Or maybe he's feeling reinvigorated. Either way, that looks COLD!
—Matthew Rozsa, breaking news writer
Gondar, Ethiopia Carl Court/Getty
Women pose in traditional Ethiopian dress during the annual Timkat epiphany celebrations
In Catholic philosophy and the work of Catholic-schooled artists like James Joyce, epiphany refers to the bursting forth of light, truth, emotion or divinity. In The Ethiopian Orthodox Chuch, the term has a related meaning, celebrated here at the Timkat epiphany festival in Gondar, where women mark the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan.
—Scott Timberg, culture writer
Berlin, Germany Joern Pollex/Getty
Illustrator Sarah Settgast posing before the Maisonnoee show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Commenting on the sluggish economy yet simultaneous dynamism in the German capital, Berlin's former mayor Klaus Wowereit once described the city as "Arm aber sexy" ("poor but sexy"). The label still applies two decades later – and may it forever!
—Michael Hardy, director of optimization
Allahabad, India Jitendra Prakash/Reuters
Stunt performers ride a car and a motorcycle around the "Well of Death" at the Magh Mela fair
In Allahabad there is a "Well of Death" where motorists can simulate India's mad driving conditions
—Taylor Link, editorial assistant