Photos of the Week: 9/19 - 9/26

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Photos of the Week: 9/19 - 9/26
Cricketers play on September 26, 2014 on the ice-covered crater of the Kilimanjaro mountain, Tanzania . The game is an attempt to play the world's highest game of cricket, breaking the previous record set in 2009 on Mount Everest. The attempt comes after a gruelling eight-day trek up the vast extinct volcano, to play a full Twenty 20 game on crater just below its rugged peak at 5,7895 meters (19,000 feet). (Peter Martell, AFP/Getty)
An anti-government protestor showers under water splashed from a broken water pipe, near the parliament building where he and others are camping, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators led by opposition politicians Khan and Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri converged on the capital in mid-August, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. Sharif told the parliament that protestors have damaged the image of Pakistan in the world and also caused huge economic losses in the country. (Muhammed Muheisen, AP)
Turkish security forces use teargas and water cannons to disperse protesting local people as several hundred Syrian refugees wait at the border in Suruc, Turkey, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Turkey opened its border Saturday to allow in up to 60,000 people who massed on the Turkey-Syria border, fleeing the Islamic militants'€™ advance on Kobani. (Burhan Ozbilici, AP)
A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division looks out from the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Secret Service tightened their guard outside the White House after Friday's embarrassing breach in the security of one of the most closely protected buildings in the world. A man is accused of scaling the White House perimeter fence, running across the lawn and entering the presidential mansion before agents stopped him. (Carolyn Kaster, AP)
The New York Jets take the field against the Chicago Bears prior to a game at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Al Bello, Getty)
Students attend the rally at Chinese University on September 22, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of students from more than 20 tertiary institutions start a week-long boycott of classes in protest against Beijing's conservative framework for political reform in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei, Getty)
A red deer is seen through the morning mist in Richmond Park on September 23, 2014 in London, England. Tuesday marks the autumn equinox where day and night are of equal lengths. (Rob Stothard, Getty)
A Ukrainian serviceman mans a position next to an anti-aircraft machinegun on September 21, 2014 near the town of Debaltseve in the region of Donetsk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on September 21 that Ukraine must be ready to defend itself should its peace deal with pro-Russian insurgents fail. (Anatolii Stepanov, AFP/Getty Images)
Nearly a hundred thousand people, wearing different costumes, attend the People's Climate March to take attention to the climate change in New York, United States on September 21, 2014. (Cem Ozdel, Anadolu Agency/Getty)
Members of the U.S. Naval Academy stand in formation on the field near the end zone before an NCAA college football game between Navy and Rutgers in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (Patrick Semansky, AP)
An Indian youth walks over dried mud on the banks of a river after waters from the seasonal monsoon rains receded in Allahabad. The southwest monsoon began receding from northern India and is unlikely to revive, Indian meteorological officials said, with this year's season regarded as deficient. (Prabhat Kumar Verma, Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty)
SANLIURFA, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 24: A Syrian woman tries to protect her children during the sandstorm that hit Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey, on September 24, 2014. A powerful sandstorm troubled refugees and border guards during the Syrians' wait at the border in Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey. Syrian asylum seekers fleeing the conflict between ISIL and Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the Tell Abyad district of Ar-Raqqah, a city in north central, are still waiting at the Turkish border line. (Photo by Orhan Cicek/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A firefighter observes a damaged office building after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Sporadic artillery fire hit parts of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, hours after negotiators agreed to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters. (Darko Vojinovic, AP)
Center fielder David Lough #9 of the Baltimore Orioles watches as a home run hit by David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox (not pictured) goes over the outfield wall in the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 21, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Boston Red Sox won, 3-2. (Patrick Smith, Getty)
A fight between the Eagles and Redskins broke out in the 4th quarter Philadelphia tackle Jason Peters (71), right, was one of the players ejected as the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Washington Redskins 37 - 34 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA, September 21, 2014 (John McDonnell, The Washington Post via Getty)
Kurdish protestors clash with Turkish soldiers (unseen) near the Syrian border after Turkish authorities temporarily closed the border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 22, 2014. Turkey said on September 22 that some 130,000 people had flooded across its border from Syria as Kurdish fighters battled Islamic State group jihadists trying to capture a strategic town. (Bulent Kilic, AFP/Getty)
(EDITORS NOTE: A tilt and shift lens was used to create this image) Chunsong Shang of China competes in the Qualifying round of the Women's Balance Beam during day three of the 2014 Asian Games at the Namdong Gymnasium on September 22, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. (Brendon Thorne, Getty)
Visitors dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing Dirndl and Lederhosen enjoy riding on a merry-go-round on the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe in the world's largest beer fest. (Alexander Hassenstein, Getty Images)
A member of Japan's team does a somersault as they compete in the team free routine final synchronised swimming event during the 2014 Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center in Incheon on September 22, 2014. (Martin Bureau, AFP/Getty)
Pittsburgh Pirates first base coach Rick Sofield celebrates in the locker room after the Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in a baseball game to clinch a playoff berth, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore, AP)
The water in the Columbia Canal reflects the setting sun on the final day of summer in South Carolina, Sept. 22, 2014. (Tracy Glantz, The State/MCT via Getty)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants waits to take the field before their game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 25, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
A health worker, left, sprays disinfectant around the area were a man, right, suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus, sits with a part of his head visible, before loading him into an ambulance in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January€” or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.(AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker, left, and relief pitcher Hector Rondon, right, celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs won 8-7. (Andrew A. Nelles, AP)
A Syrian Kurdish man carries sacks of belongings during a sandstorm as a group of Syrian Kurds, fled from the clashes between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Syrian Kurdish armed groups in Ayn al-Arab city and Tell Abyad district of Ar-Raqqah, waiting at the Yumurtalik border crossing in Sanliurfa, southeastern province of Turkey, on September 24, 2014. (Elif Ozturk, Anadolu Agency/Getty)
Augsburg's Abdul Rahman Baba from Ghana leaves the pitch after the match was interrupted because of heavy rain and lightning, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and FC Augsburg in Leverkusen Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (Martin Meissner, AP)
Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York. The march, along with similar gatherings scheduled in other cities worldwide, comes two days before the United Nations Climate Summit, where more than 120 world leaders will convene for a meeting aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. (Jason DeCrow, AP)
Syrian Kurds children cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on September 23, 2014. The UN refugee agency warned Tuesday that as many as 400,000 people may flee to Turkey from Syria's Kurdish region to escape attacks by the Islamic State group. (Bulent Kilic, AFP/Getty)
The lake at Richmond Park is seen through the morning mist on September 23, 2014 in London, England. Tuesday marks the autumn equinox where day and night are of equal lengths. (Rob Stothard, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates after a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Elsa, Getty)
Light from the setting sun gives a backdrop to the Statue of Liberty, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (Julio Cortez, AP)


Now that autumn is officially upon us, take a moment to look back at this past week and some of the amazing photos that emerged -- like one from a cricket game played on Kilimanjaro.

The record for highest cricket game was broken on Friday, when a group of cricketers played just below the summit of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. According to NBC News, the momentous game was played in a flat crater, known as the "Roof of Africa," that rests at a height of 18,799 feet. The group of international athletes scaled the mountain in eight days before playing the game at an unforgiving altitude, where breathing and running can be difficult, the BBC reported. Breaking the record was not the only purpose of the trek. 'Mt. Kili Madness,' as the adventure was dubbed, will also raise money for cancer research and wildlife conservation, NBC News noted.

In other sports news, the Asian Games are currently being held in Incheon, South Korea, featuring sports similar to those in the Olympics. And in the United States, football season is in full swing as baseball season enters the last week of the 2014 regular season -- and those competitions provided several great images in our collection above.

The change of seasons provided an apt backdrop for many beautiful photos this week. Photographer Rob Stothard spent time photographing the first hours of fall in London's Richmond Park, which included a red deer and his bird friend wandering through the early morning mist.

In addition, photographers captured scenes from several notable conflicts around the world, including Syrian refugees fleeing to Turkey to escape the dangers of the Islamic State, and the ongoing fight to control the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

September is coming to an end, so check back next week to see our selection of the best photos from the end of this month and the beginning of October.
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