The best photos of August 2011 we select include masses of sardines gathering near a diver off Pescador Island in Philippines, and a Swiss tightrope walker taking the scenic route to the cable car station on the top of a 9,770 feet (2,978 meters) mountain.
Entitled “Plasticizer”, the photo captures Chinese artist Liu Bolin blending into lines of soft drinks after he was painted by assistants to complete the illusion at his studio in Beijing on August 10, 2011. The artwork describes Bolin's speechlessness as discovering plasticizer contamination in food products. Plasticizers are additives normally used to make plastic and other nonfood products.
Looking carefully at the photo, you can recognize its optical illusion aspect
Billy Stinson comforts his daughter as they sit on the steps of their cottage ruined by Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011. Built in 1903, the home was named in the National Register of Historic Places
An armed rebel kicks a ball when Muammar Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound, which was captured by Libyan rebels after days of fighting to take control Tripoli, is torched on August 23, 2011
A photo released on August 22, 2011 shows masses of sardines gathering near a diver off Pescador Island in Philippines. The phenomenon has attracted divers all over the world since it was first found out in this countries two years ago
Workers in makeshift welding masks pose at a construction site in Tianjin, China on August 23, 2011. Migrant workers from rural areas have flooded Chinese cities, many of them work in construction field
Freddy Nock, a Swiss tightrope walker, takes the scenic route to the cable car station on the top of Diavolezza, a 9,770 feet (2,978 meters) mountain in Switzerland's Upper Engadin region on August 23, 2011
Halima Hassan kisses her severely malnourished seven-month-old son, Abdulrahman Abshir, at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia on August 14, 2011. It is estimated that some 30,000 children in southern Somalia had been killed by famine and drought in the last 90 days
The man-made saltwater swimming pool in China's Sichuan Province, also known as China's Dead Sea, provides escape from the summer heat. It is part of an indoor water park accommodating up to 10,000 people
Seth Altamus stands on his paddleboard while a gray massive whale swims just feet from him in California's Klamath River on August 4, 2011
Chinese artist Liu Bolin's Artwork