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Winter white

Across the globe, snow blankets the landscape, giving photographers a new perspective on their surroundings.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (43 photos total)

Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday 2016

Pre-Lenten Mardi Gras celebrations wrapped up yesterday before the marking of Ash Wednesday today. Historians say the tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival, “Lupercalia,” as a period of celebration before the penance during the 40 days of Lent. (28 photos total)

Primary push in New Hampshire

All across New Hampshire, crowds are gathering to hear and see the Democratic and Republican candidates for president as they make their final stops before the first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (42 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, January 2016

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including the first winter storm to hit the region, NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, welcoming in the New Year, and the Patriots loss in the AFC Championship game in Denver.-- By Lloyd Young (39 photos total)

Zika virus spreading in Latin America

The Zika virus has spread rapidly across Latin America, transforming from a little-known, mild ailment to an international public health concern. The illness is transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito and until recently was believed to only cause mild symptoms. There is now evidence linking Zika to a spike in cases of pregnant women giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby is born with a smaller than normal head, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. The CDC expects the virus to continue to spread and has urged pregnant women to avoid the two dozen countries where the virus is present so far and to take extra precaution to avoid mosquito bites.--By Emily Z. Fortier (30 photos total)

Flint water crisis

A state of emergency has been declared in Flint, Michigan due to the contamination of the city’s water supply. The public health crisis started when the water supply source was switched in 2014 from Lake Huron to the Flint River to save money until a new pipeline was completed. Thousands of residents have been exposed to toxic amounts of lead including about 9,000 children who are the most susceptible to lead poisoning. State officials and the National Guard are distributing bottled water and filters to residents while they wait for a solution.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)

Dakar Rally 2016

The 13-stage Dakar Rally is traveling through Argentina and Bolivia via motorcycle, quad bike, car, or truck over extreme terrain. Competitors and support crews come from around the world to challenge their mechanical, driving, and orienteering skills. The race wraps up this Saturday in Rosario, Argentina after covering the more than 5,700-miles.-- By Lloyd Young (26 photos total)

On death row in San Quentin

A rare look at life on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California. America’s most populous state, which has not carried out an execution in a decade, begins 2016 at a pivotal juncture, as legal developments hasten the march toward resuming executions, while opponents seek to end the death penalty at the ballot box.--By Reuters (22 photos total)

2015 Year in Pictures: Animals

A selection of images of some of the best animal photos of 2015 from photographers all around the world.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (37 photos total)

2015 Year in Pictures: Part II

Photographs from July - December on a range of topics from arouund the world. ( see Part I )-- By Lloyd Young (38 photos total)

2015 Year in Pictures: Part I

Photographs from January - June on a range of topics from around the world.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (34 photos total)

A life unraveling

Heroin and other opioids have devastated Massachusetts families. Over the past year the Globe spent time with Raquel Rodriguez, a heroin addict from East Boston, as she struggled to get clean for her two young daughters. Raquel opened her life to us in hopes that her story might help someone else. (Read more)--By Jessica Rinaldi (30 photos total)

Santas everywhere

They come in all shapes and sizes, donning the iconic red suit and hat that symbolize modern-day Christmas. Some run races, scuba dive, direct traffic, ski, or even rock-climb to show off their holiday cheer.-- By Lloyd Young (34 photos total)

Fostering a community

Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Tom in Easthampton, the Treehouse Community was founded to support families that take in foster children in the hopes of stopping the bounce through the system. Among the townhomes that house families who are fostering children, live senior residents. The result is a multi-generational community where one generation helps another. The seniors are vital to the support system that enables parents to succeed and the children to thrive. Now approaching its tenth year, the numbers reflect a success story and defy statistics on foster children. This series of photographs gives us a glimpse into the lives of some of the residents over the past year.--By Globe Staff photographer Joanne Rathe (16 photos total)

Star Wars mania

The decade wait is over for “Star Wars” fans with the opening of the seventh film “The Force Awakens” this week. Some diehard movie fans camped out for over a week in Hollywood for the chance again to see droids, Imperial Stormtroopers , Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker. “May the Force be with you” all. (Read more.) (49 photos total)

Shadows and silhouettes

When light strips away the details, highlighting the environment and creating intriguing shapes and patterns, photographers create striking images of our world.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)

The best Boston Globe photos of 2015

Staff photographers share the stories behind the year’s most powerful pictures, selected by the editors of the Globe Magazine and the Boston Globe photo department. (25 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, November 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including the November elections, the tree lighting at Downtown Crossing, Veterans Day, and football at Fenway Park. (33 photos total)


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)
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