From the rescue of desperate migrants at sea to car drifting, Times of Malta presents a selection of some of the best photos taken over the past week by its team of photographers.

A rubber dinghy with 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board waiting to be rescued by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) is seen off the Libyan coast on October 4. Moas, a privately-funded humanitarian initiative, began operating at the end of August and has assisted in the rescue of some 2,200 migrants crossing from Libyan shores towards Europe. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasA rubber dinghy with 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board waiting to be rescued by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) is seen off the Libyan coast on October 4. Moas, a privately-funded humanitarian initiative, began operating at the end of August and has assisted in the rescue of some 2,200 migrants crossing from Libyan shores towards Europe. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Rescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) toss lifejackets to a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasRescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) toss lifejackets to a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Rescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) toss lifejackets to a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasRescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) toss lifejackets to a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy reach out for lifejackets tossed to them by rescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasA group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy reach out for lifejackets tossed to them by rescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Rescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) toss lifejackets to a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy as the Moas ship Phoenix (rear) waits to take them aboard off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasRescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) toss lifejackets to a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy as the Moas ship Phoenix (rear) waits to take them aboard off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

A sub-Saharan African migrant pleads for a lifejacket during the rescue of 106 migrants on a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast by NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasA sub-Saharan African migrant pleads for a lifejacket during the rescue of 106 migrants on a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast by NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Migrants reach out to climb aboard the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix as a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy is rescued off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasMigrants reach out to climb aboard the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix as a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy is rescued off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Migrants reach out to climb aboard the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix as a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy is rescued off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasMigrants reach out to climb aboard the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix as a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy is rescued off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Migrants reach out to climb aboard the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix as a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy is rescued off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasMigrants reach out to climb aboard the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix as a group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy is rescued off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Migrants rest under the heli-pad of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix after their group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans was rescued off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasMigrants rest under the heli-pad of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix after their group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans was rescued off the Libyan coast on October 4. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Migrants on board the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix sit on the deck as the ship arrives at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily in on October 5. A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans rescued off the Libyan coast on Saturday was disembarked in Sicily on Sunday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasMigrants on board the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix sit on the deck as the ship arrives at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily in on October 5. A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans rescued off the Libyan coast on Saturday was disembarked in Sicily on Sunday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

A port doctor tags migrants on the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix after it arrived at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily on October 5. A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans rescued off the Libyan coast on Saturday was disembarked in Sicily on Sunday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasA port doctor tags migrants on the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix after it arrived at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily on October 5. A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans rescued off the Libyan coast on Saturday was disembarked in Sicily on Sunday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Migrants disembark from the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix after arriving at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily on October 5. A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans rescued off the Libyan coast on Saturday was disembarked in Sicily on Sunday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasMigrants disembark from the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas) ship Phoenix after arriving at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily on October 5. A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans rescued off the Libyan coast on Saturday was disembarked in Sicily on Sunday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station founder Chris Catrambone (right) watches a migrant disembark from the Moas ship Phoenix after arriving at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily on October 5. A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans rescued off the Libyan coast on Saturday was disembarked in Sicily on Sunday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MoasNGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station founder Chris Catrambone (right) watches a migrant disembark from the Moas ship Phoenix after arriving at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily on October 5. A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans rescued off the Libyan coast on Saturday was disembarked in Sicily on Sunday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Moas

Anti-immigration demonstrators protest outside the airport on the Italian island of Lampedusa as a migration conference takes place inside on October 3. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAnti-immigration demonstrators protest outside the airport on the Italian island of Lampedusa as a migration conference takes place inside on October 3. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Abandoned boats which had been used by migrants lie on a beach on the Italian island of Lampedusa on October 3. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAbandoned boats which had been used by migrants lie on a beach on the Italian island of Lampedusa on October 3. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Authorities prepare to cast a wreath into the sea at the spot where 366 migrants perished in the Lampedusa migrant boat disaster, during a commemoration ceremony off the Italian island of Lampedusa on October 3. Several survivors and relatives of those who had died attended the ceremony, which marked the first anniversary of the disaster. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAuthorities prepare to cast a wreath into the sea at the spot where 366 migrants perished in the Lampedusa migrant boat disaster, during a commemoration ceremony off the Italian island of Lampedusa on October 3. Several survivors and relatives of those who had died attended the ceremony, which marked the first anniversary of the disaster. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A car drives through the floodwater in Balzan after heavy rain and strong winds hit the island over the weekend, causing trees to fall and flooding in several areas, on October 5. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA car drives through the floodwater in Balzan after heavy rain and strong winds hit the island over the weekend, causing trees to fall and flooding in several areas, on October 5. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A large tree blocks the path for a couple and their child outside the Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana on October 5. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA large tree blocks the path for a couple and their child outside the Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana on October 5. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A tree brought down by strong winds blocks the path outside the Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana on October 5. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA tree brought down by strong winds blocks the path outside the Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana on October 5. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Alastair Campbell, former adviser to ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, delivers a lively speech urging Malta to adopt a “master image” during the Ernst & Young Conference on October 8. Photo: Chris Sant FournierAlastair Campbell, former adviser to ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, delivers a lively speech urging Malta to adopt a “master image” during the Ernst & Young Conference on October 8. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spokesman, appears on the TV programme Times Talk on October 7. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAlastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spokesman, appears on the TV programme Times Talk on October 7. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

The cactus plant is the star of the show at an exhibition taking place this month at Sherries Garden Centre in Burmarrad. Picture taken October 8. Photo: Jason BorgThe cactus plant is the star of the show at an exhibition taking place this month at Sherries Garden Centre in Burmarrad. Picture taken October 8. Photo: Jason Borg

Beauty among thorns - A cactus show is taking place this month at Sherries Garden Centre in Burmarrad. Picture taken October 8. Photo: Jason BorgBeauty among thorns - A cactus show is taking place this month at Sherries Garden Centre in Burmarrad. Picture taken October 8. Photo: Jason Borg

Two cars participating in the King of Europe drifting competition go head to head as they near the finish line at Hal Far Raceway on October 5. Photo Matthew MirabelliTwo cars participating in the King of Europe drifting competition go head to head as they near the finish line at Hal Far Raceway on October 5. Photo Matthew Mirabelli

A car drifts around the course set up at Hal Far for the King of Europe drifting competition held on October 5. Photo Matthew MirabelliA car drifts around the course set up at Hal Far for the King of Europe drifting competition held on October 5. Photo Matthew Mirabelli

Two cars participating in the King of Europe drifting competition sprint to the finish line during an early morning run at Hal Far on October 5. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTwo cars participating in the King of Europe drifting competition sprint to the finish line during an early morning run at Hal Far on October 5. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A driver display’s his drifting skills to the crowd during a warm up run at the King of Europe drifting competition held at Hal Far on October 5. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA driver display’s his drifting skills to the crowd during a warm up run at the King of Europe drifting competition held at Hal Far on October 5. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A model is photographed posing on the bonnet of one of the cars participating in the King of Europe drifting competition held at Hal Far on October 5. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA model is photographed posing on the bonnet of one of the cars participating in the King of Europe drifting competition held at Hal Far on October 5. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Students at Msida Primary are guided through a lesson on their new tablets on October 6. Photo: Matthew MirabelliStudents at Msida Primary are guided through a lesson on their new tablets on October 6. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A man takes a picture of the new parliament building in Valletta on October 8. The building is still not ready for MPs to use after works fell behind schedule for the umpteenth time. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA man takes a picture of the new parliament building in Valletta on October 8. The building is still not ready for MPs to use after works fell behind schedule for the umpteenth time. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An artist displays drawings next to the arches in Republic Street, Valletta, with a sign asking the public to give small change to improve her art on October 8. She was also happy with “just a smile”. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaAn artist displays drawings next to the arches in Republic Street, Valletta, with a sign asking the public to give small change to improve her art on October 8. She was also happy with “just a smile”. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Floriana and Balzan players fight for the ball at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 3. The thriller of a match ended in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Sant FournierFloriana and Balzan players fight for the ball at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 3. The thriller of a match ended in a 1-1 draw. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

The ball drifts past the Naxxar Lions goalkeeper and into the net during the one-sided encounter between Hibernians and Naxxar Lions at the National Stadium on October 3. Hibernians crushed Naxxar 5-1. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe ball drifts past the Naxxar Lions goalkeeper and into the net during the one-sided encounter between Hibernians and Naxxar Lions at the National Stadium on October 3. Hibernians crushed Naxxar 5-1. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Tarxien’s Alvaro Silva (right) takes out Birkirkara’s Nikola Vukanac during their Premier league match at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTarxien’s Alvaro Silva (right) takes out Birkirkara’s Nikola Vukanac during their Premier league match at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Tarxien’s Jorge Santos Silva jumps to connect with the ball during their Premier league match at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTarxien’s Jorge Santos Silva jumps to connect with the ball during their Premier league match at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Tarxien coaching staff celebrate after scoring a goal during their 3-1 win over Birkirkara at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTarxien coaching staff celebrate after scoring a goal during their 3-1 win over Birkirkara at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Valletta’s Ryan Camilleri (right) steals the ball from Pieta’s Claudio Frances during their Premier league match at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew MirabelliValletta’s Ryan Camilleri (right) steals the ball from Pieta’s Claudio Frances during their Premier league match at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Pieta’s Cleaven Cassar (right) beat’s Valletta’s Alex Terra to the ball during their Premier league match at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPieta’s Cleaven Cassar (right) beat’s Valletta’s Alex Terra to the ball during their Premier league match at the Ta’Qali National Stadium on October 2. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

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