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Big Picture on Holiday

Just a brief note - starting today, The Big Picture will be on holiday until its next entry on Friday January 2nd, 2009. Thank you so much, every one of you who has viewed, commented, and participated in this blog this year - it's really completely blown me away, and my life is richer (and a bit busier) for it. (more inside)

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262 comments so far...

Thank YOU. This site is amazing. I always look forward to new collections being posted. Here's to more in 2009!

Posted by Poptart December 22, 08 02:59 PM

congratulations for this idea.
happy new year to all the world.

also i will be waiting new photos.
greatings from spain

Posted by danidedora December 22, 08 02:59 PM

Thank you to you, Alan, for the amazing collections of photographs that your blog gives us access to. Seeing an unread flag in the Big Picture folder on my RSS reader is the highlight of my day! Looking forward to more of it in 2009. Best wishes to you and yours for the holiday period.

Posted by Ann December 22, 08 02:59 PM

Oh yeah - don't forget the Hubble Advent Calendar entry - that will keep updating until the 25th (it's automated)

Posted by alan taylor December 22, 08 02:59 PM

Thanks to you for this blog, it's a really great place to find inspiration for starting photographers like me.

Well... have a break, enjoy holidays, and then get back to work, we need a lot of good pictures

Thank you again, Merry Christmas and a Happy (and workfull) New Year

Posted by Carlos December 22, 08 03:01 PM

Thanks for the effort for this great site. It's amazing to see the images you share and I'm looking forward to more people taking your lead.

I feel like I've seen into lives (Beijing Olympic Families, War-Torn Villages, Iowa Floods) and events (Fires, Races, & Election Rallies) that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, but I'm sure "they" would increase that to at least 10,000 if they saw your blog.

Posted by James December 22, 08 03:01 PM

I stumbled on this blog somewhat late in the year (thank you Google Reader suggestion!). The photos and additional information have been absolutely wonderful to see. I look forward to many more in the new year! Hope you have a great holiday season!

Posted by Keet December 22, 08 03:04 PM

Yes thanks Alan
I'm looking forward the 3 last pictures of that calendar.

Thanks for sharing those pictures with us.

Posted by Shu December 22, 08 03:05 PM

Thank you so much for all you work. Amazing blog!!!

Posted by Al December 22, 08 03:10 PM

thank you man... you're site has been my start of the day for a long time... keep it coming :) and happy new year to you all :)

Posted by dj_Zg December 22, 08 03:11 PM

Thank you. This blog is doing a tremendous service. Enjoy your break and I'll look forward to the The Big Picture '09

Posted by Snead December 22, 08 03:12 PM

Thank you for putting your time and energy into this. By far this is my favorite place to visit and continue to come back each day (sometimes several times) waiting for the next series. Thanks again

Posted by SATXBroncosfan December 22, 08 03:13 PM

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice, Happy Festivus - and most of all, Happy New Year to you too!
I love this blog!

- A fan from The Netherlands!

Posted by Redmar December 22, 08 03:18 PM

Happy Holidays to you! I just LOVE visiting this blog and the pictures are just amazing!

Posted by Katie December 22, 08 03:19 PM

Thank you!
this has been a wonderful addition to my week.

Posted by Stephanie December 22, 08 03:19 PM

Yeah, this site is fantastic. Thanks.

Posted by james December 22, 08 03:22 PM

thanks for all your hard work, this site is absolutely wonderful~ keep up the good work, and very happy holidays to you, too :)

Posted by nico December 22, 08 03:23 PM

Just wanted to say a large thank you for the effort you put into this site and the pictures you find for it.

It's a great inspiration to me and I'm sure any photographer who looks at it.

hope you have a great new year and I look forward to more fantastic posts in 2009

Thanks again

Posted by John December 22, 08 03:25 PM

You're doing an amazing work, thank you. Congratulations and best of everything in 2009.

Posted by elena December 22, 08 03:27 PM

Alan, I'm hooked on the Big Picture. Pretty amazing what you created from an idea. Keep those thoughts and ideas going. Enjoy your time off at this wonderful time of the year. You deserve it. Thanks.

Posted by Dave Buell December 22, 08 03:27 PM

"Thank you so much, [...] - it's really completely blown me away, and my life is richer (and a bit busier) for it."

Right back at ya!

Posted by Sander December 22, 08 03:31 PM

Thanks for sharing some amazing photos with us all this year. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Scottatron December 22, 08 03:32 PM

Thank you Alan.

Have a very happy Christmas .

I look forward to being just one more lucky recipient of your good work in 2009...

Posted by Jon T December 22, 08 03:32 PM

I'm sure this comment section will soon be filled with thank yous!

I particularly like this picture blog because the pictures are big (if I would ask for something for 2009, that would be even bigger with even higher resolution pics) and their topics diverse (not USA-centered, but about cultures from all over the world).

I wish you a merry Christmas and a new year 2009 filled with health and happiness for you and your loved ones.
Greetings from Greece!

Posted by KD December 22, 08 03:38 PM

Thumbs up for The Big Picture! I hope you'll keep up your good work.

Posted by Fritriac December 22, 08 03:40 PM

Right back at you. Thank YOU for the wonderful site (and sights).
Happy Holidays!

Posted by Stacy L December 22, 08 03:41 PM

great site, thank you. Happy Holidays!

Posted by tanoka December 22, 08 03:42 PM

Have great holidays with lots of quality time, enjoy!!!

and.... Thanks to you!!!

Greetings, Merry Christmas!

Posted by Eveline December 22, 08 03:44 PM

Thank you so much Alan! This is my favorite blog that I read, and i've been showing it to all my friends and encouraging my old teachers to integrate it into classes. Who would have thought keeping up on the world could be as simple as viewing pictures.

I look forward to Big Picture '09

Posted by Dan December 22, 08 03:49 PM

Congrats for this awesome work Alan ;)

Have nice holidays.

Posted by Cerium December 22, 08 03:53 PM

I don't know of another blog that gets the raves that your's does. I'm glad to hear you have no intention of letting up in '09. Actually, given how much people love this site, you might have some trouble if you ever do try to hang it up!

Have a wonderful and relaxing break.

Posted by idahogie December 22, 08 03:56 PM

Thanks for all your hard work and for all the amazing photographs and stories. Some were so beautiful I couldn't look away and some were so painful I had to force myself not to look away.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

Posted by Laura December 22, 08 03:57 PM

Quite simply: Thank you for the best site on the internet.

Posted by Chris December 22, 08 04:01 PM

Happy Holidays...

THis site has been an awesome learning experience for me ... what a beautiful way to see the world..

Keep the good effort going!

Posted by Kaiser December 22, 08 04:08 PM

Happy Festivus!
Don't forget to display your pole, it's tomorrow!

Posted by Jb December 22, 08 04:09 PM

First of all: Thanks for all the great photos this year!
I really appreciate your work.
Greets from Germany, wish you nice holidays

Posted by Tobi_as December 22, 08 04:09 PM

The Big Picture has been amazing loved the pictures and always looked for more. happy holidays to you too, hope too see more pix soon. thnx again

Posted by armen December 22, 08 04:12 PM

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice, Happy Festivus and a Happy New Year to you too! I wish you a great break, and look forward to the return of my favorite photo blog.

Posted by Elke Sisco December 22, 08 04:14 PM

I love this blog. Thanks for all your work. I wait for new posts from The Big Picture with the same eagerness I wait for new episodes of 30 Rock and Mad Men. Cheers.

Posted by braden December 22, 08 04:23 PM

Alan, thank you for your vision of starting this blog and actually following through with it's creation. I appreciate all the time and effort that you have put into it to make it what it is today. By viewing the world through your pictures, I have gained so much. It's easy to only see things from my own perspective, basically from my own back yard but the reality of being a part of a much bigger world is evident in your pictures. Sometimes the pictures are difficult to view due to the very nature of what has been captured, you have brought images to life that I never would have experienced in any other media. Thank you again for your efforts and thank you for carrying on into 2009.

Posted by Karen December 22, 08 04:24 PM

Thank you for such an impressive set of photo's this year. I've enjoyed every one and am always impatient for the next!

I'm looking forward to what you can find for us next year, and I'd certainly like to see a blog, that's a great idea!

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year for 2009! Keep up the great work.

Posted by Stephen December 22, 08 04:30 PM

Alan. thank you very much for the posts and photogrpahs. I really enjoy them, they alwaysgive me a sense of the magnitude of current world events. Have some happy holidays.
A duarte from Bogota, Colombia

Posted by Abelardo Duarte December 22, 08 04:30 PM

Thank YOU for all of the wonderful work that you have put into this. Reading The Big Picture is one of the highpoints of my day and with every post I find something amazing and I learn something new. I truly appreciate all of the work that you put into this, however much they pay you, it most certainly isn't enough.

Posted by Eric Hill December 22, 08 04:31 PM

have the best holidays i'msure you are going to have your camera with you.lets hope 2009 give more art photografy than wars.tell me if you like to send you some photos of my island corfu greece.see you soon

Posted by spiros grammenos December 22, 08 04:31 PM

Happy holidays.
You write the best photo blog ever, in every aspect.
And thank you for all your efforts. Cheers. :)

Posted by Ivo December 22, 08 04:49 PM

Thanks so much for all your effort, you've added a new landmark on the nebulous map of the internet.

Posted by Miles December 22, 08 04:49 PM

Thank You for posting such amazing photos! Happy Hollidays!

Greetings from Vilnius, Lithuania

Posted by Donatas December 22, 08 04:49 PM

Enjoy the rest, you deserve it.

Awesome work you are doing, love every entry.


Posted by Ian Livesey December 22, 08 04:54 PM

Alan, one of THE sites of 2008 without a shadow of a doubt.

Thanks so much for all your hard work and inspiration!

Posted by Jon M December 22, 08 04:57 PM

Thank you Alan, for all these wonderful trips everywhere around us !
Greetings from France.

Posted by Pierre December 22, 08 05:07 PM

Enjoy your time away!

The Big Picture is one of the best new things on the internet this year. Thank you very much!

Posted by Kenneth December 22, 08 05:08 PM

Thanks, Alan!
Your compilations have truly enriched my life. I really appreciate all of your hard work, and I look forward to the companion blog! Best wishes for a happy holiday!

Scott Everette
Palm Bay. FL

Posted by SAEverette December 22, 08 05:13 PM

Best site of the year!!! By far!!!!!!!

(one new year's wish... links to original/high-res versions of the pictures to use as wallpapers, although I might see that could stretch the budget a bit ;)

But still, Big Picture has been my discovery of the year!

Posted by LifelessDead December 22, 08 05:15 PM

greatings from france too!!!
I love this website ;)

Posted by laurene December 22, 08 05:24 PM

Thank YOU!

Posted by Artur December 22, 08 05:27 PM

Greetings from Denmark! The pictures shown thru the year have all been top quality, I especially liked the space photograghs and the Hubble pictures. I would like to thank the moderator and all the people involved - this is what makes the internet more than a collection of no good banner ads. Good luck and Happy New Year to all!

Posted by Christian Boel December 22, 08 05:31 PM

Fystnei čia, visokių fotkių pridėta būna.

Posted by Priegaidis December 22, 08 05:32 PM

I visit every day, thank you so much for your awe inspiring collections!

Posted by Crystal December 22, 08 05:32 PM

Thank you. The Big Picture always gets my attention. A picture is truly worth a thousand words, and I appreciated every one of them.

Posted by Carl Cravens December 22, 08 05:46 PM

Merci pour ce blog extraordinaire et pour l'incroyable humanité qui s'en dégage.

La paix sur terre et une bonne année 2009 pour tout le monde.

Posted by Olivier December 22, 08 05:50 PM

Thank you so much for the awesome job you do. I check this site on a daily basis. Looking at these spectacular photographs, I feel like I am traveling the world through your camera. I "agree" with poster-43, however much you are being paid, is most certainly not enough. Thanks for your great work BIG PICTURE

Posted by Laurene, MV Island December 22, 08 05:52 PM

Thanks for the pictures, have a nice holidays, happy new year, and good morning from France (and sorry for the basic vocabulary ^^)

Posted by Name December 22, 08 05:57 PM

Happy Holidays to the best picture blog on the internet, from a BIG fan. Keep up the tremendous work. See, there's no big secret to success on the internet, just give the people what they want! Cheers!

Posted by Mr. BabyMan December 22, 08 05:58 PM

I came across this site, and boy im thankful i did! I look forward to the new collections starting in January!!

Posted by sabrina! December 22, 08 05:58 PM

This is an absolutely awesome blog - the pictures you get, and the details about them, are incredible.

Looking forward to the new year, and the new pictures.

Posted by Stuart Jones December 22, 08 06:02 PM

Thank you Alan! Happy Holidays to everyone, everywhere! This has become a special and meaningful site to many people around the world.

It lets us see our differences, but more importantly our similarities as human beings sharing this world. Thank you for letting us walk in the foot steps of others and glimpse a view of ourselves as they may see us.

Though some images and posts may be difficult, disturbing, and infuriating, with discussion, education and understanding maybe we will come to view our neighbors as not only the person next door, but also the person across the world.

Posted by Kurt December 22, 08 06:13 PM

Thanks for the amazing pictures - have only just discovered the site but have added to my rss feed so i can keep an eye on it. great work!

Merry Christmas from New Zealand.

Posted by Jordan December 22, 08 06:18 PM

Hey Alan. I don't usually comment on the entries, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing these amazing pictures and stories through this website. The Big Picture has allowed me to view the world in a different light, and become much more aware of both the crap stuff and the cool things happening at the moment. On top of that so far every picture I've seen was pure eye candy.

The Big Picture has grown on me very fast indeed. I now check daily to see if there are any new entries. Again, thank you for making this great blog thing.

Posted by BertL December 22, 08 06:20 PM

Happy Solstice Alan!! Thanks for the Big Picture, it's the best thing to happen to the internet since sliced bread (what?).

Posted by Marten December 22, 08 06:28 PM

I can not wait for the continuation of this blog in 2009 it has been inspirational and informative everyone I have shared this blog with is just as hooked as I am. I love it! Keep up the great work and happy holidays.

Posted by Cristina R December 22, 08 06:37 PM

The amazing collections of photos on The Big Picture have really helped open my eyes as to what's going on in the world, both good and bad.

Thanks so much for putting the time and effort into this Alan, it's both great and shocking to be able to see such an uncensored, unwatered down view. Other media should take note!

Have a great Christmas and New Year - I look forward to many more postings in 2009!

Posted by Neil L December 22, 08 07:13 PM

Ta strona jest jedn± z najlepszych!!!
Uwielbiam te zdjecia, s± najlepsze w sieci!

Pozdrowienia z Polski
This site is the best.
It were the best pictures in WWW!
Greting from Poland)

Posted by ludzik21 December 22, 08 07:18 PM

I love your site!

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

Posted by Simon December 22, 08 07:21 PM

Gracias por esta excelente pagina con fotografias y muchas felicidades Alan desde Chile.

Felices Fiestas.

Posted by Jhonny December 22, 08 07:24 PM

Happy holidays Alan!

Thanks for having this idea. TBP immediately made it onto my list of sites I regularly check when I found out about it. Consistently high-quality, high-resolution photojournalism really sets this blog apart. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Scott December 22, 08 07:24 PM

One of the best photoblogs on the web, continue that way!
And happy holydays, ofcourse.

Posted by Shapelez December 22, 08 07:27 PM

Tank You for All
Ciao da Pier,Genoa,Italia

Posted by Pier December 22, 08 07:40 PM

Thank you Alan for your hard-work on this picture blog in 2008. The Big Picture is my favorite one among the photoblogs that every news site is putting up nowadays.

I look forward to your posts in 2008.

Enjoy your holiday and have a great new year.

Posted by Jia Pu December 22, 08 07:47 PM

I'm just going to quote the first post since it sums up my feelings perfectly:

"Thank YOU. This site is amazing. I always look forward to new collections being posted. Here's to more in 2009!"

Posted by Stefan Constantinescu December 22, 08 07:56 PM

You deserve a life...enjoy your holiday!

Posted by Sue Choppers-Wife December 22, 08 08:00 PM

Merry christmas and happy new year to you too, thanks for the blog!

Posted by Jan December 22, 08 08:33 PM

Muchas Gracias por las fotos durante el anio.
Happy Holidays. Feliz Navidad !

Posted by Jorge Medu December 22, 08 08:41 PM

This is possibly the best photoblog I've been to. The images are fantastic and often very thought provoking. Thanks for sharing with us all!

Happy holidays and a Happy New Year to you!


Posted by adelyn December 22, 08 08:41 PM

Enjoy you holidays.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted by tg December 22, 08 08:49 PM

Thank you Alan for everything that you do ! This blog needs to win a pulitzer ! Wishes to you and your family. Peace and love to all the viewers from the frozen Mid-West of America !

Posted by Matt December 22, 08 09:20 PM

One of the site i visit every morning when i reach office! Very astonishing effort you have put into here !
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
圣诞节快乐! 新年快乐!
(Penang, Malaysia)

Posted by Plazzy December 22, 08 09:21 PM

Thank you for a wonderful year of pictures. You have inspired and blown me away many times over.

Posted by Jim December 22, 08 09:53 PM

Thank you for all your hard work! This has been an amazing teaching tool for my World Geography classroom. It is hard to get 14 year olds interested in the world, but when you attach a picture to something they will pay attention. Little do they know that they are learning about the world and the people in it.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Bekka December 22, 08 09:57 PM

Best new blog of 2008! Keep up the great work and please don't get yourself burned out! You've set the bar very high, Alan, and we're all looking forward to more fantastic photos and narratives in 2009. Happy holidays! :-)

Posted by Parker December 22, 08 10:24 PM

Hey I really love this blog. I recently came upon it at a random point and have been hooked ever since. You are at the top of my igoogle homepage and I check for your updates daily. The only sad part is that I only just found out about it so I have been working double shifts getting through all the previous entries that I missed.

I am blessed to have found this site and look forward to some more awesome work. Thanks, Danny.

Posted by Danny December 22, 08 10:45 PM

Thanks Alan for the excellent work in the past year. This is my most favorite blog. Happy new year to all guys!
(Shanghai, CHINA)

Posted by William December 22, 08 11:05 PM


Posted by k3n December 22, 08 11:13 PM

Hands down the best website I've come across this year. Bravo, and keep it up!

Posted by Trent December 22, 08 11:19 PM

Alan many thanks for working on this website. I've been following it from very early on and have shared the images with many people. And thanks to the many photographers for being out there and revealing the world to the rest of us.

Posted by Omer December 22, 08 11:21 PM

I pass this blog around weekly to friends and family. Thank you so much for your time and energy

Posted by Ryan Kovar December 22, 08 11:29 PM

Dear Alan,
I feel disappointed when there is no fresh post at the start of my day. Your pictures and blogs are the powerful mean to know the world.
Excellent work, and thanks to all whoever post their views.
May you get all sources and strengths to keep it alive.
नव वर्ष की हार्दिक शुभ कामनाए !
Happy New Year 2009
Mrityunjay Prashant Parth
Delhi, India

Posted by Mrityu December 22, 08 11:34 PM

The Duden, that's the German equivalent of your Webster's, lists "Blog" between "to bleat" and "nonsense" (for those who can read German: "blöken" and "Blödsinn"), and after reading quite a number of other blogs, I started to wonder if this really is pure coincidence.

The Big Picture, however, is fantastic, and I'm glad to hear this blog will continue to exist in 2009.

Thank you Alan, Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful 2009.

Posted by Norbert December 22, 08 11:37 PM

Thank you so much for all this beautifull pictures!
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
benead from France

Posted by benead December 22, 08 11:40 PM

Thank you so much Alan...Wish u happy holidays...
Simple ideas change the world and yours is one such idea!

Posted by Rajarajan December 23, 08 12:54 AM

There are very few blogs I look forward to reading on a regular basis. Yours is very high on my list! Absolutely fabulous, thank you so much and keep up the good work. To a great 2009! Cheers

Posted by Eric December 23, 08 01:11 AM

Merci pour ces images à couper le souffle, qui offrent un panorama extraordinaire de l'humanité dans tout ce qu'elle a de plus belle et de plus terrifiante. Bernard

Posted by Bernard December 23, 08 02:01 AM

Dear Alan,
I have thoroughly enjoyed viewing your wonderful, mesmerizing , awe-inspiring... and educational photo blog. I think your efforts and contribution have helped to increase awareness of the amazing diversity of the mosaic world that we live in.
Your blog has served as a guiding showcase, to find an interpretation, of the humanity's life and livelihoods, joys and miseries, brightness and darkness, and as well as that of the Mother Earth, where every nation has its own distinct place and substantive contribution to the world as a whole. Thank you!
(Shiraz, Iran)

Posted by Shabnam December 23, 08 02:06 AM

I didnt even realize this was BOSTON.Com's Photo blog.

The quality was SO GOOD all of the pictures and write ups
are completely unbiased and just great photo journalism.

A new FAN!

Posted by Dys December 23, 08 03:27 AM

Thank you for your work and the astounding pictures: every week I check your useful blog to see the latest posts and it's always a pleasure for my eyes and mind. Have a Merry Xmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Posted by Alberto Dubai, UAE December 23, 08 03:34 AM

Ñ Íîâûì Ãîäîì! Ñ Íîâûì Ñ÷àñòüåì!

Posted by Denis December 23, 08 03:35 AM

Thank you very much for your effort.

I view at every single post you make. Amazing. Congratulations!

Greetings from the Basque Country.
Happy new year!
Zorionak eta urte berri on!

Posted by Lander A. December 23, 08 04:24 AM

I enjoy the pictures so much...thanks for posting and sharing all this beauty with us.

Best wishes for the holidays

Posted by Jane Weston December 23, 08 04:35 AM

Aabhar ! (Thanks)

Nutan Varshabhinandan! (Happy New Year)

Posted by Pranav December 23, 08 04:44 AM

thanks for all your works.
buon natale :)

Posted by Andrea Pinti December 23, 08 05:18 AM

My task in this world is living in harmony with you and this amazing blog!

Congratulations, Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2009 to all!

Posted by Leonardo Zancheta Vieira December 23, 08 05:42 AM

Thanks, Alan, for my absolutely, totally, and in every other way, favorite web site! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Posted by Rex December 23, 08 06:02 AM

thank you so much. nothing on the web beats these days watching, with awe and amazement, The Big Picture.

by far, this best site i've found in years. keep up the good work, I really think you deserve The Big Raise from your employers.

Dragos F and the rest of the romanian fans wish you Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays.

Posted by Dragos December 23, 08 06:31 AM

Gracias por este espectacular blog the fotos! En el trabajo muestro tus fotos cada vez que tengo oportunidad. Espero que pases unas felices fiestas (en especial un feliz festivus!!)
Saludos desde Argentina, Leonardo

Thank you for this awsome blog!! In my work I show your photos each time that I have the opportunity. I hope you have a very happy holidays!(especially a Happy Festivus!! jajaja!! )
Greetings from Argentina, Leonardo

Posted by Leonardo December 23, 08 07:24 AM

Thank you for your dedication, this is a great project.
Boas Festas!
Marco from Portugal

Posted by Marco December 23, 08 07:26 AM

Thank you for your pictures. Please continue!
I learn both from subjects all over the world and from your photographic quality!

Posted by Lee Smith December 23, 08 07:38 AM

Thank you too alan!
oscar from Italy

Posted by oscar December 23, 08 07:55 AM

Thanks for this amazing blog dude! I discovered it there been a few months and I always on it! Merry Chritmas and happy new year!! See ya' in 2009! :)

Posted by Anonymous December 23, 08 07:55 AM

Thanks Alan!!!
Καλά Χριστούγεννα και καλή χρονιά!!! - Merry Christmas and a happy new year!!!
Dimitris Z. from Athens, Greece.

Posted by Dimitris Z December 23, 08 08:05 AM

A french people say you "Congratulations !" for the beautiful pictures.
Best things for 2009

Posted by Mick47 December 23, 08 08:34 AM

Thanks for this job !

merci beaucoup pour toutes ces photos, très intéressant. Continuer !

Posted by Pierre (france) December 23, 08 09:05 AM

Thank you for all the works taht has been done!!!!
Tous mes voeux pour l'année 2009.

Posted by Luc December 23, 08 09:38 AM

My eyes will miss you. Happy holydays

Posted by malouito December 23, 08 09:41 AM

Felicidades y... ¡ Gracias por esta gran página! (Merry Christmas and.. Thank you for this great site!)

Posted by Vasily December 23, 08 09:46 AM

Thanks for all the great trips. Happy holidays! greetings from Lebanon.

Posted by Bassem B. December 23, 08 10:00 AM

My sincere thanks for all the effort you have put into this excellent blog! It's provided much to look at! Happy holidays to you as well!

Posted by Ivor December 23, 08 10:25 AM

What, no picture? ;-) Thank you for all the work you put into providing some inspiration and education to us. Looking forward to your meta blog!

Posted by Matt Rasmussen December 23, 08 10:28 AM

Well done, Alan!

Posted by phil December 23, 08 10:50 AM

Your blog has so enlightened so many folks across so many countries and lands about the world around us. The pictures are something I myself look forward to every day and the commentary is truly a joy to see so many view points and the different attitudes....
You the man!!
Look forward to 01/02/09

Posted by Grumpytech December 23, 08 10:58 AM

Life and Look live, at The Big Picture.

Thanks Alan and Globe and photographers.

We are blessed. Merry happy everything to all

Posted by Stanley Krute December 23, 08 11:05 AM

Joyeux noel et joyeux fêtes! Look forward to your new blog, and once again, thank you for your amazing work!

Posted by Antoine December 23, 08 11:05 AM

Thank you very much! This is by far the best photo stream I know about.

Posted by Helge December 23, 08 11:19 AM

Thank you for all of the work you have put into this blog... I enjoy every update!

Posted by KJW December 23, 08 11:38 AM

Thanks from Brazil, Alan. Your blog was one of the 2008 best things.
And I know it will be still better in 2009!

Posted by Luiz Franz December 23, 08 11:48 AM

Thank you so much for your hard work, this is an outstanding fotoblog. I don't know how to explain exactly but looking at your blog makes me feel more "human" . Have a very nice Holidays.

Posted by Jean-Christophe December 23, 08 11:53 AM

very well done work here Alan. I only found your stream/log in the past month, but I instantly bookmarked it and I have been making near daily visits to check out what you've done. Awesome Job! Keep up the good work, and I hope the best for you.

Posted by Joe Z December 23, 08 12:03 PM

Thank you so much for your hard work on this. It's definitely my favorite blog/photo site. Happy holidays! I look forward to seeing what you'll share with us in 2009.

Posted by Pattie Anderson December 23, 08 12:28 PM

Thanks a lot for the effort putting this pictures, Big Picture is one of my favorites sites.
Merry Christmas from Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Posted by Miguel Vargas December 23, 08 12:33 PM

Merry Christmas and a HAPPY 2009 to you. Wish you all the best for 09. May God bless you. The big picture is my home page now and it'll be so in 2009.

Posted by alhaji December 23, 08 12:51 PM

This blog is one of my daily reads, definitely my favorite photo site. I was hooked from day one, cant wait for new entries! Merry Christmas!

Posted by Bryan December 23, 08 12:59 PM

Boston pride! What fun for our city to have something so noteworthy in the media scene, whose epicenter is usually New York! I probably shed more office-hours tears into the keyboard because of you - and that can't be a good thing - but otherwise, it's been a terrific experience. Keep up the great work in 2009.

Posted by Karen E December 23, 08 01:19 PM

Alan, you've managed to do in the last 7 months (well, damn near immediately, actually!) what the news media is failing to do - informing with powerful images in a simplistic way that is more effective than any talking head. Congratulations on this success, and I'm so looking forward to more!! Happy Holidays!!

Posted by robina December 23, 08 02:01 PM

Merry Christmas and thank you for so many moments captured and shared

Posted by Don December 23, 08 03:04 PM

Excellent job, Alan. The pictures in your blog makes us not only understand the state of things in the world but also stand with those struggling for justice and peace.

Posted by Oscar Blanco December 23, 08 04:02 PM

WOOOOO! Cheers mate, a great job. I bow to you for creating in my opinion one of the best and most moving blogs/things on the internet in quite some time. Keep em' comin and God Bless.

Posted by Frank December 23, 08 04:12 PM

torrez and his followers say awesome idea and great execution.

Posted by flaunted December 23, 08 05:33 PM

You deserve this holidays mini-vacations, have fun!

Posted by Walak December 23, 08 06:06 PM

You're definitely the best blogger of the year!! I can't wait to see 2009 in pictures as well.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted by ryan December 23, 08 06:09 PM

You Da Man!

Without a doubt the best Web Site this year.

Always check it.

Was showing this site to a group of individuals, all of unique background, and they were blown away.

The fact is, that through still photos, we see a world caught in a glimpse. You have captured many fun, thoughtful and troubling images worth sharing.

I am better for having looked at this site. I hope you continue with this project.

Merry Holidays!

Posted by D'Blair December 23, 08 07:47 PM

Thank you Mr. Alan. Thats all I can say, Thank YOU!

Merry Christmas! Cheers!

Posted by Roger December 23, 08 09:56 PM

Thank you for all the incredible photos....they have been completely eye-opening, wonderful and sad, at times, to view. Always gives my husband and I lots to talk about....

Enjoy your well-deserved break. I look forward to seeing what 2009 brings to the bigpicture.

Thanks and Cheers!

Posted by karina December 23, 08 11:11 PM

wonderful. I have recommended it to all my friends

Posted by paul w December 23, 08 11:22 PM

Thank you for your work. I've been following this blog since your first post but never commented before. I though it would be the right moment to do so. Wishing you the best in 2009.


Posted by Vincent December 23, 08 11:42 PM

I've been following this blog 2 or 3 months now, but never commented before. You are doing a fabulous job here and the blog is wonderful. Wish you a very happy new year!

Mihiri, Sri Lanka.

Posted by Mihiri December 24, 08 12:18 AM

Merry Christmas and happy new year. Its been amazing display of spectacular photography. Hope to see 2009 through eyes of Big Picture! God bless you.

Posted by Jisan December 24, 08 12:40 AM

Thanks. Alan. Merry Christmas !!
Happy holidays,

Posted by Mahesh Kumar R December 24, 08 02:30 AM

Greetings from Belgium,

Thank you for yours fantastics photos


Roby, Belgium

Posted by Roberto December 24, 08 03:01 AM

I got here by word of mouth. A little window into the bigger picture. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

Posted by Sarah December 24, 08 03:08 AM

Boldog Karácsonyt és kösz :) (Merry Christmas + thanks)

Posted by Tamás December 24, 08 03:40 AM

This is the best photo site I have seen and I hope you can keep it going as it really is appreciated. The main requirement for a truly great photo is IMPACT and your selection have it in spades. Happy new year.
Harry (UK)

Posted by Harry December 24, 08 03:49 AM

Thank you from Romania!
Loyal follower over here, keep up the excellent work :)

Posted by Mircea Botez December 24, 08 03:58 AM

Outstandng work! Have a great holiday!

South Africa

Posted by Frank O December 24, 08 04:19 AM

Thanks for starting this blog. It's easily the best photojournalism blog i've seen.
I've passed the link to lots of people and i'm sure a lot of the have become regular visitors.

Keep up the great work! And Happy Festivus for all of us, we put up a great pole this year ;-)

Posted by Yves December 24, 08 04:21 AM

This is my first comment, I found this blog 3 month's ago, and I have enjoyed every single picture you have posted. So thank you for your effort, you are doing a great job. Keep it going :-). And Happy New Year!

Occupied Palestine.

Posted by Haithm December 24, 08 04:40 AM

Thank you so much and happy holidya for you, Alan

Posted by Bij December 24, 08 05:09 AM


Posted by Seagull December 24, 08 05:29 AM

Thanks for all.
Best regards.

Posted by Jean-Pierre Besnard December 24, 08 05:57 AM

Thank you so much for inspiration!

Posted by cotique December 24, 08 06:13 AM

Bravo from France and thank you Alan for this great and amazing job.
I love photography, most of the pictures posted are beautiful, how could you convince all those photographers to join your 'Big Picture' ?
Thanks again, and hopefully see you in 2009.

Posted by Bertrand from Paris December 24, 08 07:37 AM

Thank you for your project! Keep on the good work, and a Merry Christmas.

Posted by e7 December 24, 08 08:14 AM

Thank you a lot, dear Alan and all photographers!

Linksmų šventų Kalėdų ir laimingų Naujųjų metų! (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!)
Sėkmės! (Good luck!)


Posted by Lina December 24, 08 09:10 AM

I found your blog late in the year, but am happy I did. It's amazing. Thank you for posting!

Posted by Sarah December 24, 08 09:30 AM

merry christmas to you too alan

i ran across this website just browsing the internet at work
now its in my favorites and im always on here checking out
your new pictures

see you in 09 and keep the pictures coming

~all the way from Virginia

Posted by Shayla December 24, 08 09:32 AM

It's amazing.Thanks a lot ! Happy New Year 2009 !

Posted by Subhash Naik December 24, 08 10:00 AM

Big congrats on a great year. TBP is a highlight of the web for me. Keep up the great work after a well-deserved break. Happy Holidays and a Great New Year to you.

Posted by Dan O December 24, 08 10:13 AM

Un petit message de remerciement de France !
Merci Alan pour ce blog... J'y vais chaque jours, et chaque fois en esperant de belles photos, les plus belles et les plus profondes du web !

Joyeux noël à tous !

Posted by S December 24, 08 10:41 AM

What a wonderful project that has seen the light.
Stunning editorial selections and visually very strong – regardless of the subject.

Wishing you a Joyous Festive Season and a successful 2009.

– All the way from Cape Town - South Africa.

Posted by Matt @ the Cape December 24, 08 10:42 AM

I love this site. It expands my world. Never before did I think that curation itself was an art.
Thank you!

Posted by Leela December 24, 08 01:55 PM

Thanks for this fascinating blog.

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année to you from Markham, Ontario.

Posted by gwynfrid December 24, 08 01:58 PM

Well Done Alan , enjoy your holiday

Posted by Zakarti December 24, 08 02:00 PM

Los mejores reportajes fotograficos que hay.

Merry Christmas and happy new year Alan

Dani, from Valencia, SPAIN

Posted by Dani December 24, 08 02:15 PM

happy holidays!

thank you for all the wonderful photographs you share with us

Posted by Robert December 24, 08 02:27 PM

Thanks for this blog mi amigo (my friend) I enjoy all the pic's

Posted by Tamayo December 24, 08 02:38 PM

Thank you for your amazing photos and the grand finale this year was breathtaking. Hoping that 2009 brings all of us beautiful photos of peace and prosperity! May your holiday be "picture perfect"!

Posted by Debi Adams December 24, 08 02:47 PM

Thankyou Very Much

This site has been one of my internet highlights of the year
and was immediately set as my home page when I discovered it

I'm glad you're continuing in the New Year and I look forward to every single future featured photograph, each post fascinates me in a different way and I love viewing the current world/affairs from different angles (lol bad pun)

Enjoy your holidays &
have a Very Merry Christmas

Posted by Karl December 24, 08 04:45 PM

Have a very Merry Christmas, Alan. Thanks for all your hard work. Looking forward to seeing more and more pictures in 2009.

Happy holidays!


Posted by Jira December 24, 08 09:24 PM

LOL Alan! Happy Festivus to you too! I didn't know that people cerebrate Festivus beside Costanza family!

Thanks for all these wonderful photos.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

See you next year,
Seattle, Washington

Posted by TK December 24, 08 09:54 PM

Dear big picture,
You really deserve a holiday rest. great pictures.
thanks and best regards.

Posted by abdhul aleem December 24, 08 11:24 PM

Many thank for the exciting time which your "big picturs" phtographs give me and my friends.

Posted by OLSHTEIN SHOSHNA December 25, 08 04:45 AM

hi, alan, i opened your blog as the first think at the beginning of the day... and i am not going to change it:)
keep up the great work, happy holidays

Posted by Jozef (Slovakia) December 25, 08 08:52 AM

happy new year!!

china shen zhen

Posted by bullkuang December 25, 08 09:22 AM

Fortunately, I have a lot of old entries still to browse through, as I discovered this blog only recently. Enjoy your holiday!

Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar!

from the Netherlands

Posted by Ed December 25, 08 10:24 AM

Thank you Alan for this great blog and your work to bring all those great pictures to us.
I'm looking forward to see new stuff here in '09 =)

Happy New Year to you.

Posted by Nashai December 25, 08 12:42 PM

and the best part, you are not biased :)

Posted by Salman Jamali December 25, 08 02:30 PM

Thank you for this fabulous blog.
Muhammad from France.

Posted by Muhammad December 25, 08 05:35 PM

Thank you so much for your commitment to "exposing" us to these fine photo essays. I anxiously await the next Big Picture.

Craig, from the snowy Washington coast.

Posted by Craig December 25, 08 09:56 PM

Thank you Alan! I appreciate all the work you put into this blog! It enriches my understanding of the world.

(David from California, USA)

Posted by David December 26, 08 12:52 AM

great blog thanks! can't wait til you return.

Posted by Bryce December 26, 08 01:06 AM

Thank you for this blog & Happy Holidays!

Warm greetings from Moscow, Russia

Posted by CWOT December 26, 08 05:51 AM

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice, Happy Festivus - and most of all, Happy New Year to everyone. See you in 2009.

-Godt Nytt År

Posted by wiggo December 26, 08 10:12 AM

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Maggie December 26, 08 10:54 AM

Nice mutlu yıllara...
Happy new years..

Posted by Mehmet Özkul December 26, 08 11:04 AM

An oasis.

Cheers Alan!!

Posted by vectr December 26, 08 11:34 AM

Looking forward to more, as always! Fantastic idea, great execution! Happy Holidays and thank you very much!

Posted by Matt from Rochester, NY, living in Dublin, Ireland December 26, 08 01:42 PM

Sretan Božiæ i Nova godine 2009 (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)

Thanks for always great pictures

From Croatia

Posted by Alenka & Vanja December 26, 08 02:28 PM

Êðóòî !

Posted by Anonymous December 26, 08 03:33 PM

this is the first ever blog that is added into my favorites list. good work .. keep it up

Posted by aatif December 26, 08 03:56 PM

The site is great - it has become one of my daily "must visit" sites. Thanks for your efforts - I look forward to another year of phablous photography! ;)

Posted by Andy, the other Washington December 26, 08 08:08 PM

keep up great works! really appreciate your effort and have recommended many of my photographers mate to view your page and they are so excited to view it !

Posted by helios December 26, 08 08:42 PM

Gracias por todos esos aportes fotograficos..estoy muy agradecido...espero que sigan haciendolo en el año 2009..bueno les deseo de corazon que tengan un prospero año 2009..y de nuevo muchas graciass

Posted by roberto December 26, 08 09:12 PM

keep it up in 2009 !

Happy new year to you :)

adrian, ROmania

Posted by adrian December 27, 08 09:53 AM

Thanks so much for your amazing work
Happy holidays !
Rendez vous en 2009 !

Posted by Aprilblue December 27, 08 02:29 PM

Thank you for all the incredible photos

Posted by mohin from toronto December 27, 08 10:20 PM

Buon Natale, happy 2009, safe holidays, and thanks for all the fish.

Posted by non sequitur December 27, 08 11:05 PM

Great stuff - Looking forward to your return in the New Year!

New Zealand

Posted by Dave December 28, 08 02:37 AM

I was shown this site by my son. The quality of the photos blows me away. Surely this must be the best picture site anywhere. Thanks and a very happy New Year !

Posted by Rudy Jakma December 28, 08 09:46 AM

Thanks, Alan! These images inspire me to be a better photograher.

Posted by The Z December 28, 08 11:30 AM

Since the first time I saw Big Picture posts on Digg, this site has become one of my favorites. Keep up the good work, and I'm looking forward to whats next. Happy New Year!

Posted by Mike December 28, 08 03:55 PM

godspeed alan....keep it real.............

Posted by s December 28, 08 05:52 PM

Alan - your selection (and timing) of subjects - combined with your selection of the photos in your topics is outstanding - each series is opened with greater and greater expectations - and as an amateur photographer, the hardest job is knowing what to throw away and what to keep and publish - your skill in deciding what to publish is admired by me, and all the others who contribute (or dont).
Whats great is that some of the photos arent perfect in terms of technique - not quite in focus, some camera shake, but your decision to publish because of the image that is captured is always right. Peter (Auckland, New Zealand)

Posted by Peter Idoine December 28, 08 06:21 PM

banal comment #409329865.
har har.
happiest of new years and THX.

Posted by catherine the great December 28, 08 06:39 PM

This is my favourite website....
Thanks so much and enjoy the holiday

Posted by Kev Koh December 28, 08 06:49 PM

you made my year. if i never discovered this website, i would be missing tons.

Posted by Connie December 28, 08 07:59 PM

Thanks for posting all the beautiful pics this year. Happy holidays and keep up the good work in 2009! Greetings from the Netherlands.

Posted by Arnoud December 29, 08 03:16 AM

My discovery of the year was this blog...keep up the good work.

Posted by Elcrack December 29, 08 03:48 AM

From France (Versailles), thank you Alan for your great job. Your blog is now (and from the begining) my first favorite. Long life to 'Big Picture' ! I'm waiting for it in 2009.

Posted by Gilbert December 29, 08 05:37 AM

Bones festes, nois!

Posted by Pep December 29, 08 09:43 AM

Wonderful pictures that sends wonderful messages to us all.Thank you.
Gott nytt år !!
Anette från Sweden

Posted by Nette December 29, 08 10:36 AM

Congratulations for this wonderful idea !
Clm from France.
Keep up the good work !

Posted by Clm December 29, 08 12:00 PM

Dude, thank you really so much! Have a nice new year full of healthy and joy!

Posted by Luciano Stabel December 29, 08 01:22 PM

Bravo, bravissimo for this idea bigger than ours screens !
Happy new year with us !
From France, Saint Tropez,
Jean claude

Posted by Jean claude Honnorat December 29, 08 01:32 PM

Thank you so much for such a great photo blog.
You show parts of the world and cultures that are unknown to the majority of Americans...

Posted by Fox December 29, 08 08:29 PM

Congratulations Alan on a Job well done. and to all the photographers that contributed to your blog. It's by far the best on the web. Looking forward to Next year.

Posted by Derek December 29, 08 08:47 PM

The Big Picture is way up top on my personal list of cool things that happened on the interwebs in '08, no doubt.

Thank you for your tireless work, your eagle-editing-eye, your thoughtful commentary and above all, your keen sense of storytelling. My gut tells me that The Big Picture just wouldn't be the same without the heart that beats behind the scenes.

Wishing you even more success in the years to come -- you are a truly great example of what talent paired with humility can do for this world.

In short: rock on, Mr. Taylor ... rock on.

Posted by hidalgo December 29, 08 09:12 PM

It's cliched to say a photo's worth a thousand words, but the photos in this blog really lend a deep perspective to the events of our day that is impossible to grasp from reading newspapers and websites.
So a million trillion thanks for all your work :)

Posted by Anonymous December 29, 08 10:01 PM

I am absolutely amazed every time I open this link, and I love it so much I posted a link via my MySpace for others to see how wonderful it is. The imagery is stunning and the captions are insightful, keep up the good work Alan and anyone else who has contributed, good luck in 2009!

Posted by Jake Thacker December 29, 08 10:33 PM

Now is not the time for a vacation.

People need to see what is happening in the Gaza Strip.

Posted by freakball December 30, 08 12:12 AM

Hi Alan
So long and thanks for all those pictures.
Hoping to see more picture posts and your companion blog as well in 2009!

Posted by Devadas Krishnan December 30, 08 01:16 AM

I'm discover early "The Big Picturte" - amazing fact...

Posted by michael December 30, 08 05:00 AM

Wish you all a very very happy new year and vacation.

Posted by Rakesh December 30, 08 06:07 AM

Well earned vacation

Posted by Niceguy December 30, 08 06:54 AM

Your blog has kept me away from working for many hours during this year, but in a good way. I will continue to check out eveything you post. You definitely deserve this holiday, but I am suffering from withdrawal....Is ist January 2 yet??
All the best to you from Canada. God bless.

Posted by Lotti P December 30, 08 01:18 PM

I love your blog, among the best online, looking forward for your return soon, Joyeuses Fêtes chez vous!

Posted by Pascal December 30, 08 02:36 PM

Happy holidays for everyone...
It's a great site, can't wait to see what's ahead.
keep up the good work
Jonathan , Israel

Posted by Jonathan.L December 30, 08 06:17 PM

Felicitaciones, un excelente blog y gracias por el esfuerzo.
Saludos desde Lima, Perú.

Posted by Iris December 30, 08 11:08 PM

Greetings from Croatia, and Happy New Year!!
Tnx for fantastics photos... keep up the good work in 2009 :))

Ana, Croatia

Posted by Ana December 31, 08 03:55 AM

Happy New Year from Panamá

Posted by Uriel December 31, 08 11:49 AM

tanks the fantastic picture. and Bonne Année!!

Posted by patrick December 31, 08 12:11 PM

I found this site a month or 2 ago and it has become one of my top favourites.... I check in almost daily and LOVE it. Thanks for all the effort you put in, it is much appreciated Alan.
Happy 2009 from Ireland

Posted by Aisling January 1, 09 12:48 PM


Posted by DIANE CLAY January 1, 09 01:09 PM

Thank you for all the incredible photos

Posted by Anton, Russia January 3, 09 06:23 AM

Thank you Allan for showing us fascinating touchy images in "The year 2008 in photograph" of what is really going on in the world , I highlighted your link in a spanish translation of the topics, on our Art &Culture section a reputed venezuelan online publication
Keep on well searching images that expresses more than 1000 words.

Posted by Ana Luisa Figueredo January 4, 09 01:10 PM

You are doing some excellent work !!

All the best and a have a great year ahead

Posted by Hemantkumar January 5, 09 04:30 AM

Greetings from Sofia, Bulgaria :)
Never late to say 'Thank you', right? For the opportunity to look every now and then thru your 'window to the big picture'. Love it.

Happy New Year and hope to view from you soon :)

Posted by Galina January 5, 09 09:17 AM

Happy New Year To You Alan .
Keep Rocking ....

Posted by Alok D January 6, 09 03:51 AM

Happy 2009 from Hungary. :)
Excellent pictures! I will be waiting new photos in 2009. See u soon.

Posted by Hemaka January 6, 09 09:10 AM

Happy new year from Switzerland !
I recently found out about the blog and immediatly subscribed to the RSS. The Hubble advent calendar was just great. Happy posting !

Posted by Elisabeth January 6, 09 10:20 AM

Thank you for a great year of photos. Keep up the GOOD work!

Eric Ho (Malaysia)

Posted by Eric January 6, 09 11:09 AM


Posted by FAISAL January 7, 09 09:44 AM

Alan ,

You are doing an execellent stuff ... ! As it is known , symbols are self explanatory ...these excellent click of yours makes me well informed about the events happening all round the world ..and the pictures are so descriptive , as if I am personally attending those events ..

Thank You ,

Do continue the good Work ..


Ameet Kumar ..!

Posted by Ameet Kumar January 8, 09 03:30 AM

un uuuuuuuuuuuffff, es demasiada poca cosa para expresar lo maravilloso que es la fotografìa!

Posted by jacobo hernandez January 23, 09 07:32 PM

SUPER Super Photos Are BEAUTIFUL NormNorthEatern ConnU.S.A.

Posted by norm Babbitt January 25, 09 06:50 PM

Great pictures!!

Posted by Mario Sanchez March 22, 10 03:37 PM
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