Voters across France are casting their ballot today in the first round of the 2012 French presidential election.The above photo shows French President and candidate for re-election Nicolas Sarkozy being greeted by a local resident as he visits the medieval town of Guerande, western France. It is part of a wonderful Telegraph picture gallery featuring images from the election campaign.
It's difficult to understand how diving into a freezing body of water on Christmas Day ever caught on, but it has become an annual custom in Britain (brave Londoners leap into the Serpentine on Hyde Park or, pictured here, Brighton beach), Ireland (where many head for the chilly Irish Sea), and France (there's an annual dip in Nice). Discover more weird Christmas traditions in this Telegraph picture gallery.
From oil-drenched birds to Haiti, war and the Chilean miners, TIME.com photo editor Mark Rykoff explains the choices for TIME's top photographs of 2010. You can see a photo gallery with TIME's top photos of 2010 here.
As the year 2010 approaches its last few days, it's time to look back on the previous 12 months. In the last third of 2010, Wikileaks released hundreds of classified diplomatic cables, 33 men were rescued from a mine after being trapped for 10 weeks, protesters took to the streets all over the world, and so much more. Each photo tells its own tale, weaving together into the larger story of 2010. This is a multi-entry story, 120 photographs over three days. See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. [Source: The Big Picture]
COMMENT An amazing collection of photos which could be used in class for an end-of-year quiz or news review.
In many places around the world, it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Santas are making appearances from Beijing to Beirut, and the traditions of the season can be seen all over - the trees, the lights, the shoppers, the devout and more. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs of people enjoying and celebrating this year's Christmas Season as it hits full swing. [Source: The Big Picture]
COMMENT Learners of English can improve their vocabulary by reading the captions which go with these wonderful pictures.
The 2010 Tour de France cycling race is now over, with Spain's Alberto Contador claiming his third win in Paris yesterday. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg finished 39 seconds back, and seven-time tour winner Lance Armstrong finished 23rd in his final Tour de France. This 97th running of the iconic race started in Rotterdam with 198 riders in 22 teams of nine, and finished yesterday, 3,642 km (2,263 mi) later in Paris, France on the Champs-Elysees. Collected here are 41 images from the second half of the race - see part I for earlier photos.
COMMENT This collection is even better than the first one. Brilliant!
The first half of the 20-stage 2010 Tour de France cycling race is over, with the current overall leader being Andy Schleck of Luxembourg riding for Denmark's Team Saxo Bank. This 97th running of the iconic race started in Rotterdam with 198 riders in 22 teams of nine, and will conclude 3,642 km (2,263 miles) later in Paris on the Champs-Elysees on July 25. The Big Picture has put together a collection of images from the race so far—another entry will follow after the final stage has been run.
COMMENT I used to follow the Tour quite keenly, but since the big doping scandals of a few years ago I've lost interest. Still, the photos are amazing.
Yesterday (July 14) was Bastille Day in France, although the French don't call it that—it is formally called La Fête Nationale (National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). The Daily Telegraph has a photo gallery of the traditional parade on the Champs Elysées.
COMMENT Things are really not going well for French president Nicolas Sarkozy at the moment. As if he didn't have enough to worry about with the Bettencourt affair, he's now been accused of "colonial nostalgia" over the Bastille Day parade, which featured a procession of African troops to mark independence from France.
The World Cup is over. It wasn't a classic tournament by any means, and the final was disappointing, but at least the best team won. One thing which was exceptional was the quality of the television pictures (the slow motion was awesome) and the photography. This World Cup photo gallery from The Big Picture brings together some great images from the second half of the tournament.
Nearly halfway through the month-long 2010 World Cup Tournament in South Africa, over a dozen teams have been eliminated from the original group of 32, with the Round of 16 beginning today, June 26th. Television and web viewership has been setting records all over the world as supporters tune in to watch the events in South Africa and react along with the fans and players in the stadiums as they celebrate their wins and suffer through losses. Collected here are recent photos from the 2010 World Cup, as some of the players and their supporters have been experiencing it - in South Africa and around the globe. [SOURCE: The Big Picture]
COMMENT Another great collection from The Big Picture. My favourite is Number 18.