Over the past month, we've been drawn to stunning snapshots of special moments in sports, politics, art, and more. An iconic royal portrait of Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their little prince made headlines early in August along with striking pictures of nature, street festivals, and Summer beach days. There were sweet images of the Obama family vacation, moving snapshots of activists and protestors, plus gorgeous pictures of landscapes, art exhibits, and traditional events. As we welcome a new month, take a quick look back at some of August's best photos from around the globe!
Sun in the City
Parisians soaked up the Summer sun on an artificial beach along the Seine river.
President Barack Obama joked around with the University of Connecticut women's basketball team — the NCAA champions — when they visited the White House.
Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic sported a cape during the men's high diving competition at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Artist Conrad Shawcross stood beneath an art installation called "Timepiece" at the Roundhouse in London, England.
Alphorn players performed in Nendaz, Switzerland, during the Alphorn Festival.
Prince Charles held a bald eagle while visiting the Sandringham Flower Show in King's Lynn, England.
Off to the Races
Ryan Lochte competed in the backstroke preliminaries during the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
A friend of the Asiana Airlines plane crash victims teared up during a memorial service held in Jiangshan, China.
Two women celebrated after being sworn in as US citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Oakland, CA.
Surfers enjoyed the waves at Rockaway Beach in NYC.
Two girls joked around after the mud flats olympics in Brunsbuettel, Germany — an annual event with football, handball, volleyball, and mud sledding.
Kids played in a fountain outside Jerusalem, Israel, at night.
In Edinburgh, Scotland, dancers from Mexico rehearsed for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.
Old Meets New
An artist worked on a modern, tattooed version of Michelangelo 's "David" statue during the Carrara Marble Weeks in Carrara, Italy.
In the Spotlight
A contestant performed during the Miss Malaysia World pageant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On the Water
One family beat the London heat with a boating trip at Victoria Park.
Chelsea Clinton spoke alongside her dad, former President Bill Clinton, during an event called "Embrace Tomorrow: A Conversation Without Borders" in Pretoria, South Africa, that addressed health issues.
Fifty thousand riders participated in the RideLondon Freecycle event in London, England.
Tiger Woods  teed up for a practice round before the PGA Championship in Rochester, NY.
Muslim women prayed outside the Grand Mosque in Kashmir, India, toward the end of Ramadan.
Prince Felipe, Princess Letizia, and their daughters, Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia, of Spain visited a historical mansion in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Riding the Wave
Surfers gathered in Newquay, England, for the Boardmasters professional surfing competition on Fistral Beach.
In Penzance, England, an audience watched a performance of Wuthering Heights at The Minack Theatre beside the sea.
Man of the Hour
Marines greeted President Barack Obama with handshakes, smiles, and camera phones when he spoke at California's Camp Pendleton.
Up in the Air
The Spanish Air Force performed in southern Hungary for the opening of the International Air Show.
People danced during the third annual Hipster Cup in Berlin, Germany.
As part of the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon in Eidfjord, Norway, an athlete made his way up a steep edge toward the finish line.
Sun and Sand
People gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema Beach to watch the sun set.
In Berlin, Germany, a little girl played with one of the 1,600 panda sculptures that are part of a traveling display to raise awareness that only 1,600 pandas remain in the wild.
Peace and Prayers
On the 68th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, people prayed for the victims at Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
All Lit Up
Hot air balloons glowed at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol, England.
Dancing in the Street
Crowds watched street entertainers perform during the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark brought their daughter, Princess Isabella, to her first day of school in Copenhagen.
The Perseid meteor shower lit up the sky in Spain.
View From the Top
A hiker took in the view from Germany's highest mountain in the Alps.
President Obama biked at Martha's Vineyard with his daughter Malia.
Competitors in Beijing, China, enjoyed the country's first Color Run.
German athlete Andreas Wellinger competed in the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix men's final in Courchevel, France.
Kids played in inflatable plastic spheres in Portsmouth, England.
Sparks in the Sky
Fireworks filled the air in Plymouth, England, during the annual British Firework Championships.
Birds of a Feather
Prince William was all smiles during a visit to the Anglesey agricultural show in Bangor, Wales.
Sunset on the Slopes
The sun set behind the summit in Mount Buller, Australia, at the start of ski season.
Fighting For a Cause
Protesters in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi gathered in Yemen following a violent clash in Cairo.
Seat of Honor
Hillary Clinton accepted the ABA Medal from the American Bar Association in San Francisco.
Toward the Sky
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva competed in the women's pole vault final during the 14th IAAF World Athletic Championships in Moscow.
A young boy waved a flag in London's Trafalgar Square as fans gathered to watch a match between Scotland and England.
Princess Mabel of the Netherlands and the the rest of the Dutch royal family mourned the loss of Prince Friso, who passed away at 44 earlier this week.
People gathered in Siena, Italy, to watch cavalry horsemen ride in a rehearsal of the Palio horse race at the Piazza del Campo.
In Pasuruan, Indonesia, Muslims working as fisherman participated in the traditional Petik Laut ceremony, making offerings to God as thanks for a full harvest.
Pope Francis celebrated the Assumption Day mass in Albano  Laziale, Italy.
Exhibitors prepared for the Southport Flower Show in England, the oldest independent flower show in the UK.
On the Wall
Girls drew comic characters on the graffiti wall at Taiwan's Comic Exhibition.
Up in the Air
A pair of 9-year-old British cousins, Rose and Flame Brewer, became the world's youngest formation wing walkers when they flew on top of two planes in Cirencester, England.
Locks of Love
Couples added their padlocks to Le Pont des Arts in Paris, France — part of a tradition in which lovers attach a lock to the bridge and throw the key into the Seine river.
The Big Debut
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of their newborn, Prince George, with an official portrait taken at the Middletons' family home in Bucklebury, England.
People flocked to Cala Salada Beach in Ibiza, Spain — one of the Summer's most popular celebrity vacation spots .
People snapped pictures of the new 2-year-old polar bear at Tiergarten Berlin zoo in Germany.
A Japanese dancer threw petals during the opening ceremony of a performance at the Ratu Boko Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Colors For a Cause
People filled the streets in Prague, raising a giant rainbow flag for the third Prague Pride March in the Czech Republic.
President Barack Obama joked around with the 1972 Miami Dolphins team during a ceremony to honor their 1973 Super Bowl win at the White House.
Mad in Plaid
Clad in kilts, the winners of the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, cheered after beating 224 other bands for the title.
Visitors enjoyed the Colourscape structure at the Holburne Museum in Bath, England.
In Moscow, Russia, Usain Bolt of Jamaica beat his competitors to the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's 4x100 final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships.
In Melbourne, Australia, flowers were placed on home plate at Essendon Baseball Club as a tribute to Chris Lane, a baseball player who was shot in Oklahoma.
Niklas Eriksson of Sweden competed in the FIS Freestyle Ski Slopestyle World Cup qualifying event during the Winter Games NZ in Wanaka, New Zealand.
Boats and Blooms
A woman rowed through blooming lotus flowers in Kashmir, India.
Good Night, Moon
A full moon lit up the sky over NYC, offering gorgeous views from Hoboken, NJ.
Hard at Work
It may be only August, but workers in Munich, Germany, are already putting together tents to prepare for Oktoberfest.
In a Row
In Charleston, SC, Citadel freshman cadets stood in formation as they were sworn in to the military academy.
People in Shantou, China, waded their way through flooded streets after heavy rains hit the city.
People enjoyed themselves at the annual village mud festival in Himeji, Japan.
Fire and Water
Paper houses were burnt at sea in Keelung, Taiwan, as part of the Ghost Festival.
Visitors checked out the marble mosaic floor at Italy's Siena Cathedral, which is covered up for most of the year and seen for only short periods of time.
The streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, were filled as people enjoyed performances during the final days of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Colors and Costumes
The Jember Fashion Carnival took place in Jember, Indonesia, with 10 parades featuring more than 700 performers.
Kate Middleton joined Prince William for a royal appearance at the Ring O'Fire Anglesey Coastal Ultra Marathon in England.
Visitors walked along the new Waldschloesschen Bridge in Dresden, Germany, following its opening ceremony.
Firefighters battled the blaze of California's Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.
Soccer players enjoyed the annual Bourton-on-the-Water match on the River Windrush in England.
Crowds flocked to London's Notting Hill neighborhood for the Notting Hill Carnival, the largest street festival in Europe.
After running through the streets in Tarazona, Spain, the Cipotegato, a hooded character, acknowledged the crowd as part of the annual tradition where people throw tomatoes at the year's elected Cipotegato. The event stems from a centuries-old tradition where one prisoner would have the chance to escape for his freedom.
Mad For Plaid
Young dancers performed during a competition at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon , Scotland.
In Sydney, Australia, a Tyrannosaurus rex stood in Hyde Park as part of the Australian Museum's "Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family" exhibition.
After giving a speech to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, President Obama stood on the Lincoln Memorial steps with his wife, Michelle, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
People sat on benches to enjoy the view of Manhattan from the newly designed Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Books, Books, Books
The Library of Birmingham in England prepared for its official opening, when it will become Europe's largest public library.
Stuck in the Mud
In Edinburgh, Scotland, participants took on the Tough Mudder endurance race at Dalkeith Country Estate.
Donkeys painted by artists were put on display as part of the "Caravan" exhibition at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England.
Greek Orthodox Christian nuns walked along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem to commemorate the death and resurrection of Saint Maria.
Two women dressed in traditional garb for the Janmashtami Hindu Festival in Watford, England.
People gathered in Milwaukee, WI, for concerts, parades, and street parties linked to Harley Davidson's 110th anniversary celebration.
In the Saddle
The King's Troop of Royal Horse Artillery prepared for its performance at the county fair in Derbyshire, England.