Tomatina 2014

Wed 29 October 2014

Tomatina 2014 Overripe tomatoes were hurled in a massive red food fight today in the town of Bunol, Spain. The La Tomatina festival -- held each year on the last Wednesday of August -- evolved from a street fight in the 1940s when a group of young men who wanted to participate in the "gigantes y cabezudos" parade used tomatoes from a vegetable stand as weapons. An estimated 22,000 people showed up this year for the food fight. --Lloyd Young ( 13 photos total ) Revelers take part in the annual "Tomatina" festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on Aug. 28. Some 22,000 revelers hurled 130 tons of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight known as the Tomatina. (Gabriel Gallo/AFP/Getty Images) http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/08/tomatina_2014.html

Sydney's doll hospital: 3 generations of doll repair

--Lloyd Young ( 25 photos total ) Chun Yin Ryan Choi of Hong Kong (right) and Andrzej Rzadkowski of Poland compete in the Men's Foil Individual Gold Medal Bout on day three of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing International Expo Center on Aug. 19, in Nanjing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) 3 International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach takes a selfie with athletes during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province on Aug. 16. More than 3,700 competitors aged 15 to 18 were expected to participate in the games, with many hoping to build towards a place at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) # 4 Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they practice in a dress rehearsal for a stunt performance which is part of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, at a stadium in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on Aug. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/08/2014_summer_youth_olympic_games.html

Deadly landslides hit Japan

"Doll surgeons" transplant fingers, toes and heads, and repair broken eye sockets. The company has been handed down from three generations of the Chapman family. --Thea Breite ( 16 photos total ) Limbs of dolls are shown as spare parts in a pile ready to be used in customers doll repairs at Sydney's Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/08/the_doll_hospital_3_generations_of_doll_repai.html

2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

Deadly landslides hit Japan Dozens of people, including children, were killed in Japan when destructive landslides hit Hiroshima. Triggered by torrential rains, the landslide buried people alive as they slept in their homes. The search for survivors in the mud-ravaged hillside continues as over 50 people are feared missing. --Leanne Burden Seidel ( 26 photos total ) This aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20. At least 39 people were killed and another many were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images) 6 Japan's Ground Self Defence Force's rescue workers try to make a route at a landslide site in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, August 21. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/08/landslides_hit_japan.html