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A look around the globe at people in need and the help that many have given to try to make their lives better. From donations to volunteering time, many contribute hoping to make a difference.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)


Ahead of the United Nations Climate Conference, Reuters released “Earthprints,” a series illustrating the human impact on the landscape. From sprawling urban growth to the construction of new islands, each site has profoundly changed in the last 30 years. Each featured location has accompanying NASA satellite images that show the scale of the change. The climate change summit (COP21) will be held in Paris from Nov. 30 - Dec. 11.-- By Reuters (46 photos total)

Paris attacks

France held a moment of silence today as part of three days of national mourning for the victims of last Friday’s attacks in Paris. Authorities continue to search for suspects and France launched air attacks in Syria against Islamic State militants who’ve claimed responsibility for the events that killed more than 125 people and injured many more.-- By Lloyd Young (40 photos total)

Honoring the veterans

Around the world, veterans are recognized today for their service. Across United States, patriotic ceremonies and parades are prevalent on Veterans Day. Originally established as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I, other countries also observe this day.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (37 photos total)

Strider’s climb

He has traveled so far, from near-fatal abuse to here, invisible among Maine’s poorest, in the care of grandparents who have little left to give but love — and just enough of that. Yet somehow Strider is climbing. ( Read the story ) (30 photos total)

Bliss Dharma Assembly

Thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns recently gathered for the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly in remote China to mark Buddha’s descent from the heavens. The gathering was held at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, widely regarded as the world’s largest and most influential center for Tibetan Buddhist studies.-- By Lloyd Young (24 photos total)

The World Indigenous Games

Brazil recently hosted the World Indigenous Games, a new international event in which 2,000 athletes competed from 30 countries. Many of the competitions were very different from what will take place in the same country during Summer Olympics 2016, others familiar.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (38 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, October 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month, including fall colors, presidential candidates, the 51st Annual Head of the Charles, and the start of the Celtics regular season.-- By Lloyd Young (34 photos total)

Hundreds killed in quake: rescue efforts hindered

The massive 7.5 earthquake that hit remote areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday has killed at least 370 and left thousands homeless. Rescue efforts have been hindered by the challenging mountainous region and security issues, risking the lives of many survivors.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (26 photos total)

Autumnal hues

Seasonal changes set our world aglow with a spectrum of colors. Before bleak scenes and colder temperatures arrive, foliage and glowing sunsets enliven landscapes across the globe.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (31 photos total)

The Umbrella Movement, one year later

A year after Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas at pro-democracy protesters in scenes that made headline news around the world, Reuters photographer Tyrone Siu revisited the scenes of the demonstrations. The anniversary comes amid a passionate debate in Hong Kong about the extent of mainland China’s control of the city.-- By Reuters (12 photos total)

Hot-air balloon festivals

Hot-air balloon festivals are a visual treat for many. Not only do they provide a stunning perspective for their passengers, but their playful shapes, colors, and themes make these floating vessels excellent subject matter for photographers, both on the ground and in the sky. Here is a look at some of the 2015 balloonist gatherings around the globe.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (36 photos total)

Historic flooding in South Carolina

South Carolina residents face uncertainty as they cope with major flooding after record-settings rains. As many people start the cleanup, others prepare for the threat of floodwaters moving toward the coast. Seventeen people died in the state, and the damage to infrastructure was devastating.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (37 photos total)

Perilous Crossings

“They just keep coming,” I thought as I stood on the northern shore of Lesbos in Greece. Raft after raft landed up and down the coast of this enchanted island. It was surreal. This set the tone for the next two weeks, following the route of refugees and migrants looking for a better life. I was moved to tears watching a young boy gather as much bread as he could carry at an aid station, and I was truly inspired by the men who dived into the sea when their engine quit, pushing and pulling their raft to the rocky shoreline near Skala Sykamnias. At times they walked for miles in unbearable heat, not necessarily knowing where they were but knowing it was better than the world they fled.-- By Boston Globe photographer Craig F. Walker (48 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, September 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including an eclipse of a supermoon, Medal of Honor recipients visiting Boston, a 90-year-old’s trek up Mt. Washington, and the start of the Patriots regular season.-- By Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Pope Francis’ mission to US

Pope Francis is on a historic visit to three US cities in six days. The world leader of the Roman Catholic Church has already visited the White House and addressed a joint session of Congress. Francis will also spread his message in New York City and conclude his trip in Philadelphia this Sunday with a Mass at the World Meeting of Families.-- By Lloyd Young (54 photos total)


A collection of images of creatures recently captured by photographers all over the world.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (36 photos total)

Fighting Olympic eviction

As sports arenas rise up around them and neighbors houses are demolished, around 50 families remain in Vila Autodromo, a favela bordering the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro. About half of those refuse to leave the favela, which they describe as “paradise” because of a lack of violence compared with poor areas elsewhere in the city. With a year until the Games come to Brazil, over 90 percent of residents have already left after accepting compensation. The holdouts, despite violent run-ins with police, vow to fight eviction whatever the cost. Living in a ghost town with sporadic access to water and electricity, the families have become a symbol against the use of the Olympic Games to modernize Rio, a move critics say is only benefiting the rich.-- By Reuters (19 photos total)

Peaking at ninety

Richard Dreselly first hiked to the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in 1941. He has since hiked the 6288 foot summit seventeen times. Now at 90, he climbed for what he says will be his last time. Globe photographer John Tlumacki captured his three day arduous journey amid the stunning mountain views. | READ: ‘Because I may not have this chance again.’ (20 photos total)

Seeking cultural connections

In July, Globe photographer Keith Bedford visited Boston teacher Nathan Eckstrom during his month-long trip to Haiti. The teacher was on a mission to learn the language and more about the world many of his students left behind. The hope is that Eckstrom can reach across the cultural-divide in his classroom to give his students a more successful educational experience here in the US. | READ: Lessons from under the coconut tree (21 photos total)

Back to school

Students headed back for a new school year over the past few weeks. Here’s a look at some of them from around the world.-- By Lloyd Young (24 photos total)

US Open tennis 2015

The US Open started August 31 and concludes this weekend in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. It is the fourth and final tennis competition that comprises the Grand Slam, in which Serena Williams has a chance to earn this calendar year. It would be the first time in 27 years this feat was accomplished for a singles player.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)

Migrant crisis in Europe

Record number of migrants, most of them refugees fleeing war and crisis in the Mideast and Africa are seeking asylum in Europe. The countries are grappling with what to do with the unprecedented numbers as the crisis escalates and measures are implemented to control the masses. Many have died on their perilous journeys across land and sea.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (42 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, August 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including sand art in East Boston, kayaking in Vermont, debating the Lawrence Trust Act, and Willie Nelson performing in Boston.-- By Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

10 years after Hurricane Katrina

President Obama visited New Orleans today to mark progress the city has made before the upcoming anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the Gulf Coast 10 years ago. The category 3 storm packed 125-mile-per-hour winds, killed some 2,000 people, caused massive flooding, and was the costliest natural disaster to hit the United States. (Big Picture 2010 post )-- By Lloyd Young (31 photos total)

Track and Field World Championships 2015

Elite athletes are competing at the IAAF World Athletics Championships being held in Beijing this week. Nearly 2,000 competitors from 207 countries are participating in the International Association of Athletics event -- primarily at the same stadium which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics.-- By Lloyd Young (22 photos total)

Pork chops and politics

The Iowa State Fair was a top destination this week for the vast array of presidential candidates. The campaign stop at this eleven day extravaganza produced entertaining photo ops as they sampled the unique fare and cooked at the grill while stumping their message to the fairgoers.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (22 photos total)

Cooling off

It’s summertime, and people and animals everywhere are looking for ways to escape the heat. From backyard fun to huge theme parks, photographers around the world captured this seasonal pastime.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (46 photos total)

Somali refugees find a farming oasis

Six-foot stalks of corn crowd a small rise at Intervale Farm, a 19th-century spread of rolling fields that lead to the Royal River. It’s a picture of vintage Maine, but there’s something new: farmers clad in swirling, vibrant, dazzling colors rather than grass-stained denim and John Deere caps. The men and women working the soil are refugees from Somalia, ethnic Bantus who fled a brutal civil war and found their way to an unlikely home in Lewiston, a former mill city 35 miles north of Portland. (Read the story) (15 photos total)

Explosions shock China’s Tianjin port

On the night of Aug. 12, a fire was reported at a chemical warehouse within a mile of thickly populated residential areas in the port city of Tianjin, China. With the firefight under way, a sudden, rapid succession of increasingly large explosions erupted into fireballs that registered on earthquake scales. As of Aug. 14, the death toll was 56, including 17 firefighters, and over 700 were injured. The explosions seem to have originated from a warehouse owned by Ruihai International Logistics, a company authorized to handle chemicals that explode on contact with water. Some outside specialists suspected that firefighters may have inadvertently contributed to the explosions, however the details of how the massive explosion occurred were still unclear. --By Emily Z. Fortier (30 photos total)

Perseid meteor shower

With a new moon this week, sky gazers got the chance to be amazed by the nighttime show put on by the oldest meteor shower observed by humans. For more than 2,000 years, when fragments of the Swift-Tuttle comet pass through Earth’s atmosphere, meteors appear each August near the constellation Perseus.-- By Lloyd Young (20 photos total)

Ferguson one year later

Demonstrators have returned to Ferguson, Mo., over the past few days to mark the first anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Close to 100 people have been arrested since the protests started on Sunday in the St. Louis area. Included in this post are a selection of images by Reuters photographer Adrees Latif, who returned to Ferguson to gather the thoughts of people since the shooting last year.-- By Lloyd Young (36 photos total)

70 years after the atomic bombs

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing about 140,000 out of the 350,000 who lived in the city. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The 70th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack was marked this week and Reuters photographer Issei Kato sourced archive images of the cities in the aftermath of the bombing and revisited the same locations today. People gathered this week to mourn the attacks that killed more than 200,000 in Japan. (22 photos total)

Monsoon flooding

Monsoon rains have have hit India, Pakistan, and Myanmar hard this season. Two trains collided in central India yesterday due to problems with soil under the tracks, killing nearly 30 people. Myanmar officials reported that more than 250,000 people have been affected by the flooding, while in Pakistan, more than 100 lives have been lost.-- By Lloyd Young (39 photos total)

California wildfires

Drought and extreme weather have fueled numerous wildfires in California, destroying property and forcing evacuations. More than 8,000 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire in northern California that has already scorched over 60,000 acres.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (31 photos total)

Globe photos of the month: July, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including the Fourth of July celebration, the summer heat wave, the NASCAR Sprint Cup in Loudon, N.H., and the start of the Patriots’ training camp.-- By Lloyd Young (33 photos total)

2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

This week, Los Angeles is hosting the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. About 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 165 nations are competing throughout the city in the largest event LA has hosted since the 1984 Olympics. “These games will change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’” said Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of LA2015.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (24 photos total)

Obama’s ancestral home

US President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this month. His ancestral home of Kogelo is home to Sarah Hussein Obama, his step-grandmother. The Kenyan village, burial place of Obama’s father, features an open-pit goldmine, a pork butcher, and school named after their most famous son.-- By Reuters (21 photos total)

Flying over surf and sands on Cape Cod

During the season of crowded beaches on Cape Cod, photographer David L. Ryan provides a visual respite of the shoreline during an assignment in a fixed-wing Cessna. Although familiar with shooting from the air, he often flies in helicopters that can fly lower to the ground and provide more stability and control for the photographer. On this summer afternoon, he captured a unique and stunning look from above of where land and sea meet off the town of Chatham. (13 photos total)

Cuba’s moment of transition

The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations today, beginning a new post-Cold War era. Earlier this summer, photographer Suzanne Kreiter traveled back to Cuba, 21 years after her first visit there for The Boston Globe. This rare moment of transition, as diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States resume, provides an opportunity to see old and new Cuba, past and future, through the same lens. Get the full multimedia experience and see what Cuba was like 21 years ago . (33 photos total)

Following the 102nd Tour de France

Here is a look at the fans who are catching a glimpse of the Tour de France as it moves though many different locations in Europe. The annual multiple-stage bicycle race started in Utrecht, Netherlands, on July 4 and ends in Paris on July 26.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (39 photos total)

Looking skyward

Photographers often look up to capture an amazing aspect of our world. The sky can be a compelling subject or backdrop in a photograph, emanating many sources of light. Here is a collection of images depicting upward phenomena around the globe.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (44 photos total)

New York City celebrates US Women’s World Cup win

The US women’s soccer team was honored on the streets of New York City today with a ticker-tape parade. The team is the winner of the Women’s World Cup after they defeated Japan in the final on Sunday. This is the first time the city held such a parade for a women’s team.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (23 photos total)

San Fermin festival 2015: Running of the bulls

Once again the San Fermin festival is underway in Pamplona, Spain. Dating from the 16th century and known worldwide for the harrowing running of the bulls over the city’s cobbled streets and criticized for its bullfights, the nine-day festival kicked off in a packed city square Monday with people dousing one another with wine and water. It concludes at midnight on July 14 with singing by candlelight. (25 photos total)

Greece rejects austerity

Over the past week, Greece and its place in the European Union has fallen deeper into uncertainty. On Monday, June 29, capital controls were enforced, shuttering banks and limiting the amount of cash Greeks can access. Long lines formed at ATMs. Pensioners reacted with shouts and tears as they were not able to receive the money they usually collect at the end of each month. Stock markets around the world suffered. On Tuesday, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed that Greece would not pay its debt, making it the first developed country to default to the International Monetary Fund. Over the weekend, the Greek people voted to reject the creditors’ deal for more austerity measures in exchange for rescue loans. Greek and European Union leaders continue to search for a solution.-- By Emily Z. Fortier (32 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, June 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including an attempt to break a record for the “most arm-linked people standing up simultaneously,” the beginning of summer, the Old Colony Unity Day, and Boston Pride Week.-- By Lloyd Young (28 photos total)

Great Barrier Reef at risk

UNESCO World Heritage delegates recently snorkelled on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, thousands of coral reefs, which stretch over 1,200 miles off the northeast coast. Surrounded by manta rays, dolphins and reef sharks, their mission was to check the health of the world’s largest living ecosystem, which brings in billions of dollars a year in tourism. Some coral has been badly damaged and animal species, including dugong and large green turtles, are threatened. UNESCO will say on Wednesday whether it will place the reef on a list of endangered World Heritage sites, a move the Australian government wants to avoid at all costs, having lobbied hard overseas. Earlier this year, UNESCO said the reef’s outlook was “poor”.-- By Reuters (19 photos total)

Same-sex marriage legalized in US

The US Supreme Court made a historic decision today in a 5-4 ruling establishing same-sex marriage across all 50 states, ending two decades of litigation.-- By Lloyd Young (31 photos total)

European Games 2015

The first European Games are nearing their conclusion with this Sunday’s closing ceremonies in Baku, Azerbaijan. More than 6,000 athletes from European Olympic nations have been competing in 20 sports, mainly traditional, but also including beach volleyball, martial arts such as karate and Sambo, and 3x3 basketball.-- By Lloyd Young (26 photos total)

International Day of Yoga

The first International Day of Yoga was held on June 21 and India set a record for the largest yoga demonstration in a single venue. Many other countries participated in the holiday recognized by the United Nations.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (20 photos total)
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