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Striking Photos You Missed This Week 

Photo featured above: On Monday, Bam Bam the five-year-old bulldog from Chaplin, Minnesota, took home the crown at Drake University’s 43rd annual “Beautiful Bulldog” contest. According to the Des Moines Register, the furry tradition began in 1979.

Bam Bam and his owner caught the judges’ attention with their adorable costumes, based on the Pixar movie Up. Estby dressed as Carl, the elderly curmudgeon with a heart of gold, and Bam Bam went as Russell, the hopelessly excited boy scout who ultimately shares the adventure of a lifetime with Carl.

With the ever-changing news cycle, it’s easy to miss captivating images that fly under the radar. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.

We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world this past week.

Memphis star Ja Morant jumps over Minnesota’s Malik Beasley to throw down a thunderous dunk during an NBA playoff game on Tuesday, April 26. Morant also hit the game-winning shot to give the Grizzlies a 3-2 series lead.Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

A Ukrainian serviceman looks at a Russian ballistic missile’s booster stage that fell in a field in Bohodarove, Ukraine, on Monday, April 25.Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Supporters of French President Emmanuel Macron celebrate reports of his re-election Sunday, April 24, in Paris. Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s runoff. He took 58.5% of the vote, making him the first French leader to be re-elected in 20 years.Lewis Joly/AP

A worker restores an electric line next to a couple of storks nesting in Borodianka, Ukraine, on Thursday, April 21.Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Chicago Cubs center fielder Michael Hermosillo catches a fly ball during a Major League Baseball game in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 26.Brynn Anderson/AP

Diego Schwartzman serves during a match at the Barcelona Open on Sunday, April 24.David Ramos/Getty Images

Pro bodybuilders compete in the open heavyweight division during a competition in Melbourne on Saturday, April 23.Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Greenpeace activists protest near the ship Ust Luga in the harbor of Aasgaardstrand, Norway, on Monday, April 25. Activists blocked the tanker from unloading Russian oil to an Exxon Mobil terminal, according to the Reuters news agency.Ole Berg-Rusten/NTB/AFP/Getty Images

A boy in Hyderabad, India, waits to break his daylong Ramadan fast on Wednesday, April 27. See last week in 33 photos.Mahesh Kumar A/AP

Madeon performs onstage at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, in Indio, California, on April 22, 2022. Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty for Coachella

A woman poses in front of cherry blossoms in Berlin, Germany. Abdulhamid Hosbas / Anadolu Agency / Getty

A woman in a Cholita dress poses on the Uyuni Salt Flat, in Bolivia, on March 26, 2022. Claudia Morales / Reuters

A Ukrainian serviceman holds eggs and Easter cakes in a helmet during a ceremony outside Volodymysky Cathedral in Kyiv. Gleb Garanich / Reuters

Lazio’s eagle mascot, named Olimpia, flies over the Olympic Stadium in Rome prior to the Serie A football match between Lazio and AC Milan. Vincenzo Pinto / AFP / Getty

Lithuanian musician Darius Mazintas plays a piano in front of the Central House of Culture, which was destroyed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in the town of Irpin, outside Kyiv. Reuters

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