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Photos of the week - Times of Malta

11 - 17 August 2016

Times of Malta presents a selection of its photographers' choice of their best photos over the past days.

Flag bearers stand to attention during a commemoration ceremony for Operation Pedestal – the do-or-die attempt by a convoy of 13 freighters and a tanker to deliver supplies to starving Malta and Gozo – the Santa Marija convoy, at Ta’ Liesse, Valletta on August 11. The convoy had been escorted by the most powerful fleet assembled for any single supply convoy operation of World War II. Only five ships reached Malta after a fierce battle along the route from near Gibraltar to Malta. Photo: Matthew MirabelliFlag bearers stand to attention during a commemoration ceremony for Operation Pedestal – the do-or-die attempt by a convoy of 13 freighters and a tanker to deliver supplies to starving Malta and Gozo – the Santa Marija convoy, at Ta’ Liesse, Valletta on August 11. The convoy had been escorted by the most powerful fleet assembled for any single supply convoy operation of World War II. Only five ships reached Malta after a fierce battle along the route from near Gibraltar to Malta. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A re-enactor salutes during a commemoration ceremony for Operation Pedestal – the do-or-die attempt by a convoy of 13 freighters and a tanker to deliver supplies to starving Malta and Gozo – the Santa Marija convoy, at Ta’ Liesse, Valletta on August 11. The convoy had been escorted by the most powerful fleet assembled for any single supply convoy operation of World War II. Only five ships reached Malta after a fierce battle along the route from near Gibraltar to Malta. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA re-enactor salutes during a commemoration ceremony for Operation Pedestal – the do-or-die attempt by a convoy of 13 freighters and a tanker to deliver supplies to starving Malta and Gozo – the Santa Marija convoy, at Ta’ Liesse, Valletta on August 11. The convoy had been escorted by the most powerful fleet assembled for any single supply convoy operation of World War II. Only five ships reached Malta after a fierce battle along the route from near Gibraltar to Malta. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Members of the Sea Cadets throw a wreath into the sea during a commemoration ceremony for Operation Pedestal – the do-or-die attempt by a convoy of 13 freighters and a tanker to deliver supplies to starving Malta and Gozo – the Santa Marija convoy, at Ta’ Liesse, Valletta on August 11. The convoy had been escorted by the most powerful fleet assembled for any single supply convoy operation of World War II. Only five ships reached Malta after a fierce battle along the route from near Gibraltar to Malta. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMembers of the Sea Cadets throw a wreath into the sea during a commemoration ceremony for Operation Pedestal – the do-or-die attempt by a convoy of 13 freighters and a tanker to deliver supplies to starving Malta and Gozo – the Santa Marija convoy, at Ta’ Liesse, Valletta on August 11. The convoy had been escorted by the most powerful fleet assembled for any single supply convoy operation of World War II. Only five ships reached Malta after a fierce battle along the route from near Gibraltar to Malta. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A child takes part in a village band march during celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA child takes part in a village band march during celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta, is seen behind balloons during celebrations marking the village feast in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiThe Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta, is seen behind balloons during celebrations marking the village feast in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A reveller takes part in a village band march during celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA reveller takes part in a village band march during celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Revellers take part in a village band march during celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiRevellers take part in a village band march during celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A reveller takes part in a village band march during celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta, on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA reveller takes part in a village band march during celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta, on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Enthusiasts walk on the dome of the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta during celebrations marking the village feast in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiEnthusiasts walk on the dome of the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta during celebrations marking the village feast in Mosta on August 15. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A street decorated for the Santa Marija feast in Mqabba is seen shortly before the traditional band March on August 15. Photo: Chris Sant FornierA street decorated for the Santa Marija feast in Mqabba is seen shortly before the traditional band March on August 15. Photo: Chris Sant Fornier

Church-goers listen to Mass on the feast of Santa Marija in Mqabba on August 15. Photo: Chris Sant FournierChurch-goers listen to Mass on the feast of Santa Marija in Mqabba on August 15. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

The statue of Santa Marija stands atop the King George V Band club in Mqabba on August 15. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe statue of Santa Marija stands atop the King George V Band club in Mqabba on August 15. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Revellers at the Ghaxaq feast of Santa Marija on August 15. Photo: Chris Sant FournierRevellers at the Ghaxaq feast of Santa Marija on August 15. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

An Mqabba fireworks enthusiast works on a firework display on August 11, ahead of the spectacular fireworks display held on Sunday 14th August, which included a 54-metre high ‘Tower of Light’ as the main attraction. Photo: Matthew MirabelliAn Mqabba fireworks enthusiast works on a firework display on August 11, ahead of the spectacular fireworks display held on Sunday 14th August, which included a 54-metre high ‘Tower of Light’ as the main attraction. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Mqabba fireworks enthusiasts work on a firework display on August 11, ahead of the spectacular fireworks display held on Sunday 14th August, which included a 54-metre high ‘Tower of Light’ as the main attraction. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMqabba fireworks enthusiasts work on a firework display on August 11, ahead of the spectacular fireworks display held on Sunday 14th August, which included a 54-metre high ‘Tower of Light’ as the main attraction. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Mqabba fireworks enthusiasts work on a firework display on August 11, ahead of the spectacular fireworks display held on Sunday 14th August, which included a 54-metre high ‘Tower of Light’ as the main attraction. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMqabba fireworks enthusiasts work on a firework display on August 11, ahead of the spectacular fireworks display held on Sunday 14th August, which included a 54-metre high ‘Tower of Light’ as the main attraction. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A Gozo Channel ferry crosses over to Malta on August 14. A record number of passengers made the trip up to the sister island of Gozo over the long Santa Marija weekend. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA Gozo Channel ferry crosses over to Malta on August 14. A record number of passengers made the trip up to the sister island of Gozo over the long Santa Marija weekend. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Bathers enjoy the summer sun and clear waters at Blue Lagoon, Comino on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiBathers enjoy the summer sun and clear waters at Blue Lagoon, Comino on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Bathers enjoy the summer sun and clear waters at Blue Lagoon, Comino on August 17. MTA officials descended on Comino to bring order to the chaotic situation in which beach operators crowd the tiny beach at the Blue Lagoon with deckchairs and umbrellas. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiBathers enjoy the summer sun and clear waters at Blue Lagoon, Comino on August 17. MTA officials descended on Comino to bring order to the chaotic situation in which beach operators crowd the tiny beach at the Blue Lagoon with deckchairs and umbrellas. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A tourist tries to mount an umbrella on the garrigue at the Blue Lagoon on Comino after MTA officials clamped down on beach operators overcrowding the area with deckchairs and umbrellas on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA tourist tries to mount an umbrella on the garrigue at the Blue Lagoon on Comino after MTA officials clamped down on beach operators overcrowding the area with deckchairs and umbrellas on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Bathers roam at the Blue Lagoon on Comino after MTA officials clamped on beach operators’ abusive practice of filling every available space with deckchairs and umbrellas on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiBathers roam at the Blue Lagoon on Comino after MTA officials clamped on beach operators’ abusive practice of filling every available space with deckchairs and umbrellas on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Bathers enjoy Blue Lagoon at Comino in ease with ample of space to relax after unwanted deckchairs crowding the area were removed by MTA officials on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiBathers enjoy Blue Lagoon at Comino in ease with ample of space to relax after unwanted deckchairs crowding the area were removed by MTA officials on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A police boat patrols the sea off the shore Comino on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA police boat patrols the sea off the shore Comino on August 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Two workers stand on a small deck of a cruise liner in the Grand Harbour on August 14. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTwo workers stand on a small deck of a cruise liner in the Grand Harbour on August 14. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Two workers make their way down a ladder after carrying out work on a cruise liner in the Grand Harbour on August 14. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTwo workers make their way down a ladder after carrying out work on a cruise liner in the Grand Harbour on August 14. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

The cruise liner MSC Poesia is seen from St Paul’s Street in Valletta as she leaves Grand Harbour on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe cruise liner MSC Poesia is seen from St Paul’s Street in Valletta as she leaves Grand Harbour on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Transport Malta officials look on as works are carried out at the Kappara junction on August 12. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiTransport Malta officials look on as works are carried out at the Kappara junction on August 12. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A tourist climbs on top of the bastions in Mdina to get a better viewpoint on August 16. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA tourist climbs on top of the bastions in Mdina to get a better viewpoint on August 16. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A Malta sightseeing bus passes along a road beneath Mdina on August 16. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA Malta sightseeing bus passes along a road beneath Mdina on August 16. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Tourists enjoy the quiet streets of Mdina on a hot summer’s day on August 16. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTourists enjoy the quiet streets of Mdina on a hot summer’s day on August 16. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

The Mdina Metropolitan Cathedral is receiving a much-needed facelift. Also in the photo is the sign of the famous Fontanella cafe, synonymous with the Silent City and delicious, mouth-watering cakes as seen on August 16. Photo: Matthew MirabelliThe Mdina Metropolitan Cathedral is receiving a much-needed facelift. Also in the photo is the sign of the famous Fontanella cafe, synonymous with the Silent City and delicious, mouth-watering cakes as seen on August 16. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Bathers enjoy a mid-summer's day at Pretty Bay with the Malta Freeport looming in the background on August 7. Photo: Chris Sant FournierBathers enjoy a mid-summer's day at Pretty Bay with the Malta Freeport looming in the background on August 7. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Children have a laugh in Pretty Bay in Birzebbugia on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant FournierChildren have a laugh in Pretty Bay in Birzebbugia on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A container ship slowly makes its way to berth at the Malta Freeport in Birzebbugia on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA container ship slowly makes its way to berth at the Malta Freeport in Birzebbugia on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A man waits for the ferry from Valletta to the Three Cities on August 11. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA man waits for the ferry from Valletta to the Three Cities on August 11. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A boy talks with a re-enactor at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on August 14. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA boy talks with a re-enactor at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on August 14. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Pigeons take to the sky in Melita Street in Valletta on August 14. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPigeons take to the sky in Melita Street in Valletta on August 14. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Portakabins used for housing for refugees at the Hal Far Open Centre are seen on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant FournierPortakabins used for housing for refugees at the Hal Far Open Centre are seen on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

PV panels at the Malta Freeport on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant FournierPV panels at the Malta Freeport on August 17. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

An Armed Forces of Malta helicopter flies over Bahar ic-Caghaq at dusk on August 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn Armed Forces of Malta helicopter flies over Bahar ic-Caghaq at dusk on August 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

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