Pictures of the week: Red Rainbow, Burkini and a Princess.

SWNS is the largest independent press agency in the country. We provide the UK and overseas newspapers, magazines and websites with content every day.  Here’s our picture editor’s photographic picks from the past week.


Burkini Beach Ban

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A group of protestors dressed in burkinis and beachware make a statement outside the French Embassy in London after France brought in new laws on acceptable beachware, August 25 2016.


The pictures made several national newspapers and online publications.Photographs have since emerged of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach and making her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the so called burkini.


Rare Red Rainbow

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A rare ‘red rainbow’ is seen arcing over the Wiltshire town of Malmesbury, August 24 2016.  In this picture the sun had already set when the rainbow formed in the light of the sun from below the horizon, giving an incredible red glow to the sky.


The low angle of the sun results in a longer distance for its light to travel through the atmosphere, causing shorter wavelengths of light, such as blue, green and yellow, to be scattered and leaving primarily red. In the lower light environment where the phenomenon most often forms, a monochrome rainbow can leave a highly dramatic effect.


This incredible image was taken by photographer Robert Peel who sent the image to SWNS to be released to the national press.  If you have an amazing photograph, you can sell a photo to the press here.  SWNS helps hundreds of contributors get paid for their work by selling the images to the national press. You can also sell a video clip to the press here.


William and Kate – Heads Together

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Prince William and Kate Middleton the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the charity YoungMinds in London, August 25 2016.


SWNS captured images of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting a helpline service run by one of the eight charity partners of Heads Together, to see what happens when people reach out for support. The helpline, operated by YoungMinds, offers support and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.


During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet some the volunteers who answer those calls, to find out more about what motivated them to get involved, and how they find their experience of volunteering. The images featured in several national newspapers and online publications.
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