Aerial photographs show a massive semi-circular metropolis stretching for miles across the desolate, dusty Black Rock desert in Nevada. This is Black Rock City, a huge temporary city in the middle of the desert that is home to around 70,000 people for one week during the annual Burning Man festival.

Burning Man festival 2016
An aerial view of the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of NevadaJim Urquhart/Reuters

Made up of trailers and recreational vehicles parked in a precise layout, the campsite has named streets, a cinema, temples and even its own airport – but no shops. Money is outlawed at the festival, so revellers must bring everything they will need for the week-long rave, described as "where Mad Max meets Woodstock".

Burning Man festival 2016
An aerial view of some of the trailers and recreational vehicles that will be home to revellers for a week or soJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Jody Friedman and Jeff Montgomery relax in front of the Playa TVJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A reveller walks past an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People walk through an art installation on the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
An art car is driven across the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A mutant vehicle drives on the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters

The extreme conditions mean that Burning Man is not for the faint of heart – as the website puts it: "The Black Rock Desert is trying its best to kill you". Festival-goers are required to bring goggles and particle filters to protect against dust storms.

Burning Man festival 2016
A dust storm sweeps in across the Playa as people gather at the Temple ProjectJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
The city is engulfed by a dust stormJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
An art installation can be vaguely seen as a dust storm engulfs the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
An art installation is obscured by a dust stormJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Cyclists are engulfed by dustJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Danicorn Hlavinka cries at the Temple ProjectJim Urquhart/Reuters

The festival's site, on a dried-up lake bed, is dotted with giant sculptures that are burned each night of the festival. The event will climax on the final night with the burning of the huge wooden effigy that gives the event its name.

Burning Man festival 2016
The Man is illuminated as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festivalJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A couple watches as an art installation burnsJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People kiss as an art installation burnsJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Tyrel Blakesley watches an art installation burnJim Urquhart/Reuters

Burning Man's theme this year is Da Vinci's Workshops, inspired by the Italian Renaissance of the middle fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Reuters photographer Jim Urquhart is on hand to capture the festival this year, as he has been for many years.

Burning Man festival 2016
People dance on top of an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Festival-goers explore the art installation La VictrolaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A participant climbs an art installation called Tangential DreamsJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People cycle around an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People climb an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Festival-goers ride on the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Participants explore the Catacomb of VeilsJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Debora Cheyenne Cruchon sits in the Catacomb of VeilJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Festival-goers explore the Catacomb of VeilsJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People watch a participant ride a swingJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Lulu *her Playa name) drops into a foam pitJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Lulu falls into a foam pitJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Stacia Sloane and Aaron Katz sit on the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A man and woman fight in the Thunder DomeJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People climb on an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Shiree Rezendes dances with fire on the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A participant climbs on an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Flames shoot out of a mutant art vehicleJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People dance as night falls on the Burning Man 2016 festivalJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People converge at an art installation named Ursa MajorJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A detail of the pennies used to create the art installation Ursa MajorJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People gather at the Temple ProjectJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People walk through an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Burning Man 2016 festival-goers dance on the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Benny van der laarse dances at Burning Man 2016Jim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A participant looks from a hatch in a segment of a Jumbo JetJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Members of the Trash Kan Marchink Band performJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
People gather around The Space Whale art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Participants watch the flames on the Spire of FireJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Erin Searcy explores an art installationJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Participants watch the sunset from the Tower of AscensionJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
A reveller dressed as a robot playing music dancesJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
An art car and the Temple ProjectJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
An anvil is launched into the air with explosivesJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Mark Dill and Brit Thacker practise acro-yoga on the PlayaJim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Sandra Mallet views an art installation at Burning Man 2016Jim Urquhart/Reuters
Burning Man festival 2016
Katapult Sandra and Divine Mustache dance on stiltsJim Urquhart/Reuters