It’s the if not most outstanding website for news stories in photographs: The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture. See what’s happening in the world out here, seen through the eyes and lenses of the world’s best news photographers. A beautiful portfolio every day or every other day. It’s at the pulse of news photography.
The Big Picture is a must if you’re into news photography and photojournalism. No gear talk, just plain, great work that makes you smile, think and discover. The Big Picture is also on Twitter and Facebook.
Their topics cover everything, for instance Greenland, last Space Shuttle mission, Olympic athletes in training, Tour de France 2012, you name it. And they don’t downsize or compress the images too harshly, so you need a healthy Internet connection to enjoy the visual splendor.
As a sample, below’s the introduction and some images from a recent portfolio, Amarnath: Journey to the Shrine of a Hindu God, shot by various photographers:
Each year, Hindu devotees make a pilgrimage to the sacred Amarnath Cave, one of the most revered Hindu shrines, near Baltal, Kashmir, India. The Amarnath Cave has been a place of worship since times immemorial, with references found in many ancient texts. According a Hindu legend, this is the cave where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort Parvati. The cave itself is covered with snow most times of the year except for a short period in summer when it is open for pilgrims. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft). Hindu devotees brave sub-zero temperatures to hike over glaciers and high altitude mountain passes to reach the sacred Amarnath cave, which houses an ice stalagmite, worshiped by Hindus as a symbol of the god Shiva. More than 700,000 Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in this year’s two-month pilgrimage, according to local officials, causing strain on the environment and political stability of the region, which has long fought for independence from India.