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Photos of the week - Times of Malta

15-21 September 2016

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

Maltese flags fly behind Malta's Independence Monument during a ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of Malta's independence in Floriana, on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMaltese flags fly behind Malta's Independence Monument during a ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of Malta's independence in Floriana, on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Archbishop Charles Scicluna delivers his homily during High Mass to commemorate Independence Day at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiArchbishop Charles Scicluna delivers his homily during High Mass to commemorate Independence Day at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Altar boys take part in a procession during a High Mass to commemorate Independence Day at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAltar boys take part in a procession during a High Mass to commemorate Independence Day at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Labour Party whip Godfrey Farrugia takes a picture with his mobile device during High Mass to commemorate Independence Day at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiLabour Party whip Godfrey Farrugia takes a picture with his mobile device during High Mass to commemorate Independence Day at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Armed Forces of Malta artillery soldiers fire a gun salute during a ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of Malta's independence, in Floriana on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiArmed Forces of Malta artillery soldiers fire a gun salute during a ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of Malta's independence, in Floriana on September 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

People walk near a statue of Maltese former Prime Minister Gorg Borg Olivier at Castille Place in Valletta on September 20. Borg Olivier was prime minister when the former British colony gained independence on September 21, 1964. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPeople walk near a statue of Maltese former Prime Minister Gorg Borg Olivier at Castille Place in Valletta on September 20. Borg Olivier was prime minister when the former British colony gained independence on September 21, 1964. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Nationalist Party and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil addresses a mass meeting to mark Independence Day on the Granaries in Floriana on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiNationalist Party and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil addresses a mass meeting to mark Independence Day on the Granaries in Floriana on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Supporters sing the national anthem before Nationalist Party and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil (centre) addresses a mass meeting to mark Independence Day on the Granaries in Floriana on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSupporters sing the national anthem before Nationalist Party and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil (centre) addresses a mass meeting to mark Independence Day on the Granaries in Floriana on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A child sits on a man's shoulders as Nationalist Party and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil (not pictured) addresses a mass to mark Independence Day on the Granaries in Floriana on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA child sits on a man's shoulders as Nationalist Party and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil (not pictured) addresses a mass to mark Independence Day on the Granaries in Floriana on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Nationalist Party and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil greets supporters at a mass meeting to mark Independence Day on the Granaries in Floriana on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiNationalist Party and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil greets supporters at a mass meeting to mark Independence Day on the Granaries in Floriana on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

TV personality Salvu Mallia and his pet dog attend a PN political meeting at the Granaries in Floriana on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiTV personality Salvu Mallia and his pet dog attend a PN political meeting at the Granaries in Floriana on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Outspoken TV personality Salvu Mallia participates for the first time in a PN political meeting at the Granaries in Floriana on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiOutspoken TV personality Salvu Mallia participates for the first time in a PN political meeting at the Granaries in Floriana on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

PN and opposition leader Simon Busuttil welcomes back former PN MP Josie Muscat during the Independence Day activities organized by the Nationalist Party at the Granaries in Floriana on September 19. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaPN and opposition leader Simon Busuttil welcomes back former PN MP Josie Muscat during the Independence Day activities organized by the Nationalist Party at the Granaries in Floriana on September 19. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil speaks to activists during the Independence Day activities organized by the Nationalist Party at the Granaries in Floriana on September 19. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaOpposition leader Simon Busuttil speaks to activists during the Independence Day activities organized by the Nationalist Party at the Granaries in Floriana on September 19. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Former Nationalist MP Josie Muscat speaks to activists during the Independence Day activities organized by the Nationalist Party at the Granaries in Floriana on September 19. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaFormer Nationalist MP Josie Muscat speaks to activists during the Independence Day activities organized by the Nationalist Party at the Granaries in Floriana on September 19. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

The shrine in memory of Johanna Boni, 27, who died in a motorcycle crash last January on the outskirts of Mosta on September 16. The grieving parents of Johanna Boni, are hoping that their daughter’s mobile phone is returned to them, as it contained photos, videos and messages of great sentimental value. Photo: Matthew MirabelliThe shrine in memory of Johanna Boni, 27, who died in a motorcycle crash last January on the outskirts of Mosta on September 16. The grieving parents of Johanna Boni, are hoping that their daughter’s mobile phone is returned to them, as it contained photos, videos and messages of great sentimental value. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A 20-year-old man was grievously after the car he was in was involved in a head-on crash in Paola injured on September 19. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA 20-year-old man was grievously after the car he was in was involved in a head-on crash in Paola injured on September 19. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Policemen stand guard by the MIDI gate on Manoel Island as people gather for an attempted clean up of the area on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiPolicemen stand guard by the MIDI gate on Manoel Island as people gather for an attempted clean up of the area on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Two children play together at Manoel Island on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiTwo children play together at Manoel Island on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A protestor with a placard reading ‘We want access to the foreshore from land and not sea. We are Maltese’ stands in front of the Manoel Island gate on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA protestor with a placard reading ‘We want access to the foreshore from land and not sea. We are Maltese’ stands in front of the Manoel Island gate on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A volunteer collects litter outside the MIDI gate on Manoel Island in a failed attempt to gain access to clean up the area on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA volunteer collects litter outside the MIDI gate on Manoel Island in a failed attempt to gain access to clean up the area on September 17. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

The sky puts on a spectacular show, with lightning flickering like a neon tube casting eerie shadows on the clouds above St Juilian’s on September 19. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe sky puts on a spectacular show, with lightning flickering like a neon tube casting eerie shadows on the clouds above St Juilian’s on September 19. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Groups of men (and some women) enjoyed themselves trying to pull a plane in a fund-raiser for Puttinu Cares at the Aviation Park in Safi on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaGroups of men (and some women) enjoyed themselves trying to pull a plane in a fund-raiser for Puttinu Cares at the Aviation Park in Safi on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Groups of men (and some women) enjoyed themselves trying to pull a plane in a fund-raiser for Puttinu Cares at the Aviation Park in Safi on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaGroups of men (and some women) enjoyed themselves trying to pull a plane in a fund-raiser for Puttinu Cares at the Aviation Park in Safi on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Groups of men (and some women) enjoyed themselves trying to pull a plane in a fund-raiser for Puttinu Cares at the Aviation Park in Safi on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaGroups of men (and some women) enjoyed themselves trying to pull a plane in a fund-raiser for Puttinu Cares at the Aviation Park in Safi on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Pigeons fly through the arches of the Upper Barrakka Garden in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant FournierPigeons fly through the arches of the Upper Barrakka Garden in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Tourists take in the dramatic view of Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant FournierTourists take in the dramatic view of Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Tourists take a selfie at the Upper Barrakka Garden in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant FournierTourists take a selfie at the Upper Barrakka Garden in Valletta on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Valletta rooftops are seen on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant FournierValletta rooftops are seen on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

The cruise liner MSC Poesia is berthed in Grand Harbour on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe cruise liner MSC Poesia is berthed in Grand Harbour on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Super yachts are dwarfed by a cruise liner departing from Grand Harbour on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSuper yachts are dwarfed by a cruise liner departing from Grand Harbour on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Tal-Ħamrija Coastal Tower is seen with Filfla in the background on September 20. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTal-Ħamrija Coastal Tower is seen with Filfla in the background on September 20. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A boat takes tourists around the caves of the Blue Grotto on September 20. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA boat takes tourists around the caves of the Blue Grotto on September 20. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Two women make their way down to a viewpoint above the Blue Grotto on September 20. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTwo women make their way down to a viewpoint above the Blue Grotto on September 20. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A hunter who developed a passion for photography takes a shot with his camera at Buskett woodland as the autumn bird migration gains momentum on September 20. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA hunter who developed a passion for photography takes a shot with his camera at Buskett woodland as the autumn bird migration gains momentum on September 20. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

Two hunters check out their bird photos at Buskett woodland on September 20. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiTwo hunters check out their bird photos at Buskett woodland on September 20. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A group of horses take a fresh bath at Bahar ic-Cahaq on September 18. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA group of horses take a fresh bath at Bahar ic-Cahaq on September 18. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A woman enjoys a swim with a horse at Bahar ic-Caghaq on September 18. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA woman enjoys a swim with a horse at Bahar ic-Caghaq on September 18. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

A nun takes a stroll along the Coast Road on September 18. Photo: Steve Zammit LupiA nun takes a stroll along the Coast Road on September 18. Photo: Steve Zammit Lupi

The two towers of Portomaso and Pender Place dominate the skyline when looking from St Andrew’s on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe two towers of Portomaso and Pender Place dominate the skyline when looking from St Andrew’s on September 21. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A mural depicting a scene showing Senglea during World War II Second World War is seen flaking away in Senglea on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA mural depicting a scene showing Senglea during World War II Second World War is seen flaking away in Senglea on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A mural depicting a scene showing Senglea during World War II Second World War is seen flaking away in Senglea on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA mural depicting a scene showing Senglea during World War II Second World War is seen flaking away in Senglea on September 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Shaolin monks of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China perform in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiShaolin monks of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China perform in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A Shaolin monk of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China performs in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA Shaolin monk of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China performs in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A Shaolin monk of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China performs in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA Shaolin monk of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China performs in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Shaolin monks of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China perform in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiShaolin monks of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China perform in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An acrobat of the Puyang Acrobatics Troupe from Henan Province in China performs in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn acrobat of the Puyang Acrobatics Troupe from Henan Province in China performs in St George’s Square in Valletta on September 17. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Pembroke Athleta’s Mano Micallef (left) is challenged by Hibernians winger Renan Pimenta Telles during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Hibs came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPembroke Athleta’s Mano Micallef (left) is challenged by Hibernians winger Renan Pimenta Telles during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Hibs came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Pembroke Athleta’s Paltemio Barbetti (left) and Hibernians Bjorn Kristensen vie for the ball at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Hibs came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPembroke Athleta’s Paltemio Barbetti (left) and Hibernians Bjorn Kristensen vie for the ball at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Hibs came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Hibernians’ Juan Manuel Varea makes his way around Pembroke Athleta’s Mario Muscat during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Hibs came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Photo: Matthew MirabelliHibernians’ Juan Manuel Varea makes his way around Pembroke Athleta’s Mario Muscat during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Hibs came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Pembroke Athleta’s Andrea Scozzese (left) slides in for the ball against Hibernians’ Renan Pimenta Telles during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPembroke Athleta’s Andrea Scozzese (left) slides in for the ball against Hibernians’ Renan Pimenta Telles during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Hibernians and Pembroke Athleta players vie for the ball during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Hibs came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Photo: Matthew MirabelliHibernians and Pembroke Athleta players vie for the ball during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on September 17. Hibs came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

St Andrews’ Dale Camilleri (left) gets a foot to the ball despite Luke Sciberras’ attempt to defend possession for Hamrun Spartans during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSt Andrews’ Dale Camilleri (left) gets a foot to the ball despite Luke Sciberras’ attempt to defend possession for Hamrun Spartans during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Hamrun Spartans’ Philip Chircop (front) and St Andrews’ Ivan Edgardo Paz challenge for a high ball during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiHamrun Spartans’ Philip Chircop (front) and St Andrews’ Ivan Edgardo Paz challenge for a high ball during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Sliema Wanderers’ Aidan Friggieri (front) and Birkirkara’s Predrag Jovic fight for the ball during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSliema Wanderers’ Aidan Friggieri (front) and Birkirkara’s Predrag Jovic fight for the ball during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Sliema Wanderers’ Alex Muscat, marking his 300th appearance in the Premier League, controls a high ball during their Premier League football match against Birkirkara at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSliema Wanderers’ Alex Muscat, marking his 300th appearance in the Premier League, controls a high ball during their Premier League football match against Birkirkara at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 18. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Floriana’s Amadou Samb (centre) is blocked by Valletta’s Jonathan Caruana (left) and Llywelyn Caruana during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaFloriana’s Amadou Samb (centre) is blocked by Valletta’s Jonathan Caruana (left) and Llywelyn Caruana during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Sliema Wanderers’ Wisdom Salomon jumps over St Andrews’ Wong Bon Che during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaSliema Wanderers’ Wisdom Salomon jumps over St Andrews’ Wong Bon Che during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Sliema Wanderers’ Wisdom Salomon controls the ball as St Andrews’ Enmy Manuel Pena Beldre looks on during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaSliema Wanderers’ Wisdom Salomon controls the ball as St Andrews’ Enmy Manuel Pena Beldre looks on during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Valletta’s Llywelyn Caruana is tackled by Floriana’s Nicholas Chiesa during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaValletta’s Llywelyn Caruana is tackled by Floriana’s Nicholas Chiesa during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Valletta’s Jhonnattann is tackled by Floriana’s Jurgen Pisani during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaValletta’s Jhonnattann is tackled by Floriana’s Jurgen Pisani during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Valletta’s Steve Borg stretches to control the ball as Floriana’s Amadou Samb moves in during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaValletta’s Steve Borg stretches to control the ball as Floriana’s Amadou Samb moves in during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on September 21. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

 

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