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Olympus Air A01 Available in the US in July for $300

Olympus’ innovative Atmosphere camera was announced back in February, but up to this point it has been a Japan-only merchandise. Not anymore: today Olympus announced that the Air A01 will be around in the United States beginning in July for $300.

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In case you missed hearing about this camera the first time around, it’s an unusual device that’s essentially a camera body that lacks a screen and looks more like a lens. Thanks to its wireless connectivity, you can pair it with a smartphone to have the phone act as the user interface and live view.

Built-in Amazon Cloud Drive integration lets you directly access photos and videos you’ve stored in your Cloud Drive account and back up your photos on the go as they’re being created.

Other specs and features include a 16-megapixel MFT sensor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a silent electronic shutter, 10fps continuous shooting, full HD video, USB charging, a dedicated app, RAW capture, and a battery life of 320 shots per charge.

You’ll be able to pick up the Air 01 starting in July 2015 in white or black varieties for $300 if you buy the camera only, or $500 if you’d like a 14-42mm EZ kit lens included with it.

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A Simple Photography Lens Filter Cheat Sheet

If you are only getting started in photography, maybe you have been confused or overwhelmed by the many types of filters which are available for your camera lens. Photograph gift business Zippi wants to help you wrap the mind around the concepts more easily, so they created a convenient “cheat sheet” infographic that lists out the various kinds of filters on the market along with short explanations and example pictures showing what the filters do for your photos.


You can find a larger version of this infographic over on the Zippi website.

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Villa Epecuen: A Town That Was Submerged For 25 Years

A tourist town called, Villa Epecuen was established back in the 1920s along the shore of Lago Epecuen. This salt lake is about 600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lago Epecuen is like other mountain lakes except for one main factor – it;s salt levels second only to the Dead Sea making it ten times higher than any ocean.

This resort town thrived for several decades and even had a railroad station. It’s population in the 1970’s peaked to 5,000, it was around that time a long-term weather event delivered an unusually heavy rainstorm to the region which surrounded the hills for years, making Lago Epecuen swell.

In 1985 the salty waters broke through the earthen dam, submerging the town of Villa Epucuen. A slow growing flood consumed the town and reached it’s peak of 10 meters (33 feets) in 1993. The waters began to recede in 2009, AFT photographer Juan Mabromata recently visited the town of Villa Epucuen that submerged 25 years ago.

By late nineteenth century, the first residents and visitors started to arrive to Villa Epecuen and set up tents on the banks. Villa Epecuen transformed from a sleepy mountain village to a bustling tourist resort. The village soon had a railway line linking it to Buenos Aires. Before long, tourists from all over South American and the World came flocking, and by the 1960s, as many as 25,000 people came every year to soak in the soothing salt water. The town’s population peaked in the 1970s with more than 5,000. Nearly 300 businesses thrived, including hotels, hostels, spas, shops, and museums.

Around the same time, a long-term weather event was delivering far more rain than usual to the surrounding hills for years, and Lago Epecuen began to swell. On 10 November 1985 the enormous volume of water broke through the rock and earth dam and inundated much of the town under four feet of water. By 1993, the slow-growing flood consumed the town until it was covered in 10 meters of water.

Nearly 25 years later, in 2009, the wet weather reversed and the waters began to recede. Villa Epecuen started coming back to the surface.

No one returned back to the town, except 81-year-old Pablo Novak who is now Villa Epecuen’s sole resident.

“I am OK here. I am just alone. I read the newspaper. And I always think of the towns golden days back in the 1960s and 70s,” Novak says.

In 2011, AFP photographer Juan Mabromata visited the ruins of Villa Epecuen, met its sole inhabitant, and returned with these images.

The former slaughterhouse of Villa Epecuen, Argentina, among a stand of long-dead trees, photographed on May 4, 2011.

Norma Berg gestures next to the ruins of her family house in Villa Epecuen, Argentina, on May 3, 2011.

A thin layer of salt, cracked, revealing the original paint of the wall of a collapsed building in Villa Epecuen, Argentina, on May 3, 2011.

Lone inhabitant of Villa Epecuen, 81-year-old Pablo Novak tends his wood stove at his on May 3, 2011.

The road leading to the cemetery of Carhue, near Villa Epecuen, at sunset on May 4, 2011.

A man compares a photograph of Villa Epecuen taken in the 1970’s with the current state of the place, after almost 25 years beneath the water of Lago Epecuen.

Sources: The Atlantic, Wikipedia, Lostresorts

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15 Enchanting Dance Portraits Photography Made With Flour

Taking photographs is one thing, but taking a photograph that captures imagination and magic is another skill entirely. Photographer Alexander Yakovlev has taken some stunning dance photography that incorporates dancers in certain scene compositions – snapping them at their most expressive and enchanting time.

Watching dancing is often brilliant to watch, but looking at dance photography brings something more surreal to the viewer. In Yakovlev’s photography, the human body is the centre piece of the photos. The ballet dancers are set in graceful positions and is captured using flour that creates movement and motions.

Alexander Yakovlev is Russian photographer from Moscow, while studying as a lawyer, he also has a passion for photography. He also does occasional shoots of female fitness athletes and has appeared in fitness magazines.

More info: ayakovlev.com | 500px | Facebook | Instagram

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16 Ways To Enhance Your Travel Photos

We all love travelling and taking photographs is great way to capture those moments we want to cherish forever. But before you go on holiday, why not go through these ways to enhance your travel photos.

Cole Rise is a Travel Photographer and is famous on Instagram, he created the filter ‘Rise’ and has over 906,000 followers.

He built Instagrams first photo treatments and now promoted his unique “unedited edited” look with his beautiful photographs on Instagram. Today Cole will be sharing with you ways to take your travel photos to the next level!

1. Protip #1: Brighten shadows and tone down highlights for better balance.

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Most photo editing apps include tools to adjust highlights and shadows. Take advantage of them!

To enhance this landscape photo, Cole balanced the exposure by brightening the shadows and darkening the highlights. He also added a touch of the Winsy filter from the Litely app to bring out the image’s warm hues. The result is a brighter, more even-toned photo. Take the slider for a spin to see the before and after.

2. Protip #2: Add vignetting and amp up shadows to increase brightness.

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When in doubt, add a hint of vignette. Vignettes, which are basically Cole’s favorite thing, add a subtle dark border around your photo, brightening the middle of the image. “It makes the balloons pop,” he said of this photo, taken in Napa Valley, California. Because the original image is dark, he increased the vibrance and added a little sharpness to distinguish the shapes of the balloons and landscape, without making the photo look edited. Cole then added Litely’s Lunar Faded filter.

3. Protip #3: Edit the photo, then go back and reduce your adjustments by 50%.

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This. is. key.

The trick to maintaining the integrity of your photo is to not filter and edit them too heavily. Edit your image as normal, then dial back everything to 50%. Last year, Instagram finally introduced the ability to edit filter strength. Once you select a filter, tap it again to reduce its intensity.

This is a rule Cole has always stuck to. It’s also why he wanted to create his own app. “I wanted filters that were applied at 100% and still looked great,” he said.

Another piece of advice: “Stay away from clarity! Also known as Lux in Instagram.” Clarity and Lux are intended to “fix” underexposure and lack of contrast. But the tools often make images look Photoshopped.

4. Use humans whenever you can! Landscapes are better with people in them.

“It’s like your living vicariously through the subject … People create a feeling,” Rise said. The best example of how people add personality to a photo is the Instagram feed of Murad Osmann, who takes a picture of himself holding his girlfriend’s handall over the world.

In fact, many of Cole’s images (including this one) feature his girlfriend Kate.

5. People can also help create a sense of scale.

Of this photograph of the 2,000 year old city of Jerash, Cole said, “These ruins are massive. You look at this [photo] and feel humbled by it.” It’s the man standing on the staircase that gives the viewer a sense of how big those columns really are!

6. Try shooting in “burst mode” out of a car window.

You’ll never know what you get.

On the iPhone, simply press and hold the shutter to take photos in burst mode.

Android phones with KitKat 4.4 or higher can enable rapid-fire photography by opening the Camera App, tapping Settings > More Options > Burst Mode. On Samsung phones, it may be called Burst Shot. Cole used the Slow Shutter Cam app($1, iOS) to create some of the motion blur seen here.

7. Setting your phone on the roof of your car can add some visual interest.

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If there are cool cloud formations above, the reflections from your car’s roof can add a lot to your photography.

8. Bringing your phone right to the water’s edge can also create cool reflective effects.

9. When shooting for Instagram, shoot in portrait mode — not the preset square.

You’ll be able to visualize the square crop better when shooting in portrait. Setting your phone to shoot in “square” means that you can’t undo the crop. Taking a full-sized photo vertically means that you can always adjust after!

10. Otherwise, shoot in landscape so you can press the shutter with the volume button.

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Did you know that, by default, you can just open the camera app on your iPhone and press the volume button to take a photo? The same is true of some Android phones. On the Samsung Galaxy S4, you’ll need to go into Settings and set the volume key as the “camera key” instead of the “zoom key.”

Using the volume key usually means a more stable shot, because you have a good grip on your phone. For truly steady shots, Cole recommends the Griptight Smartphone stand ($30).

11. Get down low for a more interesting foreground.

Phones typically have poor depth of field, so bring your lens to the ground. This up-down perspective elevates your subject.

12. Be invisible, blend in, and don’t carry a backpack.

As a tourist equipped with gadgets, you’re a walking target for theft. While traveling, Cole doesn’t wear flashy clothing, keeps his camera or phone close by, and leaves the backpack at home.

Before snapping a photo of a local merchant or a person on the street, always ask. “You’d also be surprised at how receptive people are to smiling,” he said.

13. Bad weather = great photo weather.

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Whatever you do, Rise urged, “don’t leave the beach when it rains.” As this image proves, rain and hail are actually great conditions for a good photo! If it’s raining or snowing at night, you can leave your flash on and use Slow Shutter Cam to create streaks.

Overcast days can also mean interesting cloud patterns in the sky, so don’t stay indoors if the weather isn’t stellar.

14. Get a waterproof case and GET INSURANCE.

Don’t be afraid to get your phone wet. Just make sure it’s in a waterproofed case. Cole uses a Lifeproof case (~$80), which is waterproof up to 6.6 feet for one hour. If you’re a daredevil, you should also consider phone insurance. Check out this Tom’s Guide comparison of the best insurance plans from carriers and third-party providers.

15. Quickly capture fleeting moments by knowing your phone’s camera shortcuts.

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The plane flying shockingly close overhead was taken on an iPhone. Cole swiped up from the lockscreen to quickly capture the aircraft as it flew past. Make sure you’re aware of your phone’s camera shortcuts before you go!

For the Moto X, you can enable a twisting hand motion to open your phone’s camera in Settings. For Samsung phones, you’ll find “Camera Quick Access” in Settings. The newest Galaxy S6 has a shortcut built into the home button: just tap it twice.

16. The most important thing to do is to “go further than anyone else.”

Keep hiking. Be the crazy one.” The only way to find beautiful, epic places is to, simply, explore. If you’re visiting a monument, hike past the photo opps and drive away from the tourists. Push yourself to go even further. Cole often tells people: “Live a great life, and the photos will come.”

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12 Easy DIY Photo Booths You Can Make At Home

Many of us love taking selfies, but sometimes when we want to take large scale photos with our friends and families we want to make the occasion special!

Learning how to make your own Photo Booths isn’t only fun to create, it only makes for the perfect place to have some enjoyment and excitement when taking photos!

These 12 Easy DIY Photo Booths You Can Make At Home are super quick to create. Each photo booth tutorial comes with it’s own style and decor like Christmas Day, New Years and even a fancy dress up booth…

Photo booths are awesome.

They’re popular at parties because they loosen everyone up, and you almost always look good. Plus, they make excellent fridge decor.

But did you know they’re also a great way to get really fun family photos?

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And they’re easy to set up yourself!

Get creative and make your own background.

Tutorial HERE.

It’s up to you whether you theme it for holiday…

Tutorial HERE.

…or keep it simple.

Tutorial HERE.

Use signage to help tell your story.

…or commemorate the occasion.

Wrapping paper makes a great backdrop.

Tutorial HERE.

Plants and other seasonal touches add texture.

Tutorial HERE.

Fabric can also be easily attached to the wall.

Step-by-step instructions on how to hang a photo booth backdrop HERE.

Use your imagination! You can fashion a backdrop out of just about anything!

Tutorial HERE.

Props can add an element of fun.

But the most important part of excellent photo booth pictures is the lighting.

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Angle two lights at the backdrop (as in the above diagram), placing your camera in the center. If you’ve got a flash on your camera, go ahead and turn that on too. If you don’t have photo lights (which you can grab HERE or HERE), run-of-the-mill work lights from any hardware store (like THESE) will do the job just fine.

(If your work lights are too harsh, you can try diffusing them with wax paper, which is able to tolerate high temperatures. If you do use diffusion, use caution, and don’t blame me if anything catches on fire.)

Go digital.

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If all else fails, you can sync up iPhone flashes and use light from multiple devices with this nifty app.

What you’ll need to build a photo booth:

 

• Backdrop (wrapping paper? cloth? a sheet? tinsel?!)
• Two light sources (to eliminate each other’s shadows and give you that smooth, flawless photo booth look)
• A camera (even a well-equipped smartphone can work surprisingly well if the lighting is right)
• A remote for said camera, and/or person(s) to man the camera
• Props if you please (you can make your own, like THESE!)
• Family, friends, and fun!

That’s it! Your photo booth is ready! Get the whole family together and say cheese!

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33 Genius Ways To Make More Of Your Family Photos

We all have our cherished photos we keep of our families in our beloved photo albums or stored safely on our hard drives. Those storage ideas are always a good idea, but did you know you can do so much more with your family photos?

These genius ways to make more of your family photos are super fun and help bring the whole family. Some ideas include turning your family photos into a DIY Coloring Book for children, a pocket sized family photos book or even some precise family photo earrings!

 

1. Turn them into wrapping paper.

It’s easy and inexpensive. Learn how here.

2. DIY a coloring book.

Find the tutorial on how to transform your family photos here.

3. Collect your favorites in a pocket-sized book.

Order a set of three “tiny books” for $10 here.

4. “Trap” your kids (or anyone else) inside a liquid soap dispenser.

Find the easy how-to here.

5. Decorate a cake.

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If your local bakery can’t put a photo on a cake, you can order your photo on an edible sheet that can be placed atop any cake for $12.95 here.

6. Make a charm bracelet.

Custom order one here for $60.

7. Put your little slugger on a baseball.

Order one here starting at $25. You can also put a photo on a football, basketball, volleyball, soccer ball, and hockey puck.

8. DIY a clock.

Learn how here.

9. Transfer a digital print onto wood.

Find the tutorial here.

10. Make an especially meaningful ornament.

Order one here for $18.

11. Custom make a figurine of you or a loved one.

Question: Is this the coolest thing on this list? Or the coolest thing ever? Order onehere from $85.

12. Beautify a box.

Put a favorite image on the outside of the box, then fill the inside with your favorite prints. Get one here for $95.

13. Order these earrings.

Get yours here from $21.50.

14. Customize a case for your cell phone that will make you smile every time.

Personally customize your case here for $39.99.

15. Put your favorite person’s mug on a mug.

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Upgrade your morning coffee here from $11.99.

16. You can put one on a commuter mug, too.

Order one here for $22.99.

17. Make a tear-off calendar.

Get a full year’s worth of prints here for $40.

18. Order a deck of cards that will always be lucky.

Get your personalized deck here for $19.99.

19. Personalize a pillow.

Get a pillow of your kid — or pet — here for $65.

20. Make some picture perfect cookies.

You can order these cookies here in the U.K., or here in the U.S.

21. You can put your photos on marshmallows, too.

Get a box of nine here for $25.

22. You can even put your photos on M&M’s.

These are great for weddings, birthdays, graduations, and more. Get your customized M&M’s here.

23. Order a Rubik’s Cube that you will love no matter how much it frustrates you.

Get one here for $19.99.

24. Wear your heart on your sleeves.

Order cufflinks like these here for $22.

25. Put a picture on a pick.

Get 20 for $26.95 here.

26. Personalize a fleece blanket.

Keep warm under your warmest shots. Order one here for $47.99.

27. Make greeting cards that are unmistakably you.

Order a set here for $25.

28. Replace the generic magnets on your ‘fridge with ones that are much, much better.

From $14.99 per set of nine. Order them here.

29. Turn a photo into a watercolor stencil portrait.

Find the tutorial here.

30. Print your favorite snapshots directly onto glass.

Fracture prints your photos directly onto glass, making them a picture frame and mount all in one. Order one here from $18.

31. Make a jigsaw puzzle.

Surprise everyone in the family by ordering a set of 25 puzzles here for $128. Just want one puzzle? Get an 8” x 10” puzzle here for $14.99.

32. Customize a one-of-a-kind skateboard.

Flickr: jacbt / Via Creative Commons

Personalize your own design here.

33. Make an 18” doll you will either cherish or be haunted by for the rest of your life.

Get one here for $68.

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Woman Photographs Herself Receiving Rude Looks in Public

Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero has always had strangers stare at her and make fun of her in public because of her weight. Instead of the situation making her feel sad and depressed, she decided to create a unique photography series based on her experiences.

Named Wait Watchers, her photography collection features Morris-Cafiero’s self portraits of herself in public showing how strangers can be cruel in the background with their rude looks and/or laughter.

The project idea came about with Morris-Cafiero was working on another project named Something to Weigh in which she snapped one photo self portrait while while sitting on some steps in Times Square. After processing she noticed a man making a face at her while being photographed by a female friend.

This photo series explores the nasty side of people and should remind us all to be kind to each other and not to judge!

 

She noticed something similar in a photograph captured just five minutes later at a different location.

Morris-Cafiero then began setting up her camera in heavily trafficked public areas, composing the shots, setting a self-timer, and then stepping into the frame. The camera snaps a photo while she’s doing everyday things (e.g. chatting on her phone or grabbing a bite to eat), and her hope is that the image also captures an interesting expression from at least one passing stranger.

I now reverse the gaze and record their reactions to me while I perform mundane tasks in public spaces. I seek out spaces that are visually interesting and geographically diverse. I try to place myself in compositions that contain feminine icons or advertisements. Otherwise, I position myself and the camera in a pool of people…and wait [#]

The images capture the gazer in a microsecond moment where they, for unknowable reasons, have a look on their face that questions my presence. Whether they are questioning my position in front of the lens or questioning my body size, the gazer appears to be visually troubled that I am in front of them [#]

You can find more photos from this series over on Haley Morris-Cafiero’s personal website.


Image credits: Photographs by Haley Morris-Cafiero and used with permission

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42 Black & White Photos That Will Creep You Out!

Let’s face it there are some creepy and down right strange photos from the early 1900’s! The black and white photography with the grainy texture and facial expressions of the people from that time period make some a creepy result!

Today we’ll be showcasing these 40 Black & White Photos That Will Creep You Out! With some crazy scenarios like a toddler posing with guns, some men posing with bizarre inventions and even a levitating man.

Remember taking a photo in those days required staying in the same position for 30 seconds!

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47 Powerful Photographs Of People From Around The World

Sometime’s we see Photography that’s can move us and bring up a variety of emotions, today’s post does just that with these stunning photographs of people from around the world.

Living in our own little bubble we forget how other people live in different countries, just be looking at these breathtaking photographs of people you can see their culture and conditions these people live in.

These 47 Powerful Photographs Of People From Around The World are particularly memorable, for me the eyes are one of the strongest features in this series. Some of these people are smiling while others have a more serious approach.

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CORRECTION: The last photo has been replaced with a person whose natural skin tone wasn’t altered. h/t Dominie Dirtch for pointing this out. (3/16/14)

Special thanks to all the photographers for allowing me to showcase their beautiful work.

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30+ Extreme Photographers Who Do ANYTHING For The Best Shot

When taking the perfect shot most of us would never think of risking our lives, but in this case these extreme photographers do just that! These Photographing Daredevils show some guts and dedication when it comes to their craft of Photograghy!

You’ll see that these 30+ Extreme Photographers Who Do ANYTHING For The Best Shot certainly go to the next level! Whether it’s laying on the ground or squatting a certain angle some of these photographers look quite silly.

On the other hand some of these Photographers are literally RISKING THEIR LIVES! If it’s standing on molten lava with your shoes and camera stand on fire, standing beside a fast moving car or even jumping out of an airplane with a parachute who known what they’ll do next to get the perfect shot!

Are you a Photographer? Would you ever imagine risking your life for the perfect shot?

(h/t: Boredpanda)

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65 Most Cutest Animal Photobombers Of All Time

Here at Design Bump we love animals especially with their hilarious antics, but if there’s one thing that animals do on a regular basis it has to be photobombing!

Think about it – you’ve got your camera ready, people are posing with their happy faces but just as you click the capture button an horse, dog, cat, fish (any type of animal really!) comes in at the last moment to ruin your photo.

These 65 Most Cutest Animal Photobombers Of All Time showcases the best results when it comes to the best animal photobombers of ever taken!

Inconsiderate Horse
Someone needs to tell this horse that he has a face like a horse and he shouldn’t go around ruining people’s pictures.

Halloween Cat
Halloween Cat is all, “What? I dressed up as a goddamn cat, OK? Give me some candy.”

Idiot Friend Cat
No one else is laughing, Idiot Friend Cat. This photo shoot was for a very serious piece about cats with learning disabilities.

The “This Is What You Look Like” Otter

Attention Hound
This dog also sits in the front of the class and seems to think he’ll have a better chance of getting called on if he raises his paw higher than everyone else.

Crasher Penguin
The worst part is that he doesn’t even have a beach permit.

Probably Overreacting Dog

Bodyguard Cat
It still counts as a photobomb even if you are trying to block a bullet.

Russian Military Goat
Bonus: There is a ghost in the doorway as well, but it doesn’t count as a photobomb if you are “from the other side.”

The Sexy Kangaroos
I’m actually not sure who’s photobombing whom here – kind of depends on whether this is a kangaroo vacation picture or a kangaroo porn shoot. So tough to tell the difference these days.

Sad Window Kitten
Why are you so sad, Window Kitten? Hopefully because you keep ruining your mom’s photos and you are guilty about it! Ugh.

Extremely Interested Cat
Did you know that 95 percent of photobombing accidents could have been avoided if your camera was just A LITTLE BIT LESS FASCINATING?

Evil Cat Who Knows Something You Don’t Know

Censorship Cat

The “This Is What You Look Like” Cat

Goofy-Ass Photobombing Fish

The “Oh, sorry, am I ruining your dramatic MySpace picture?” Cat

The “This Story Doesn’t End Well” Bear
This story doesn’t end well.

Overly Self-Serious Cat
This overly self-serious cat just completely ruined what was going to be a perfectly good picture of some dude in a blue shirt.

Dog Who Clearly Doesn’t Understand The Concept Of Staring Off Wistfully Into The Middle Distance

The “This Is What You Look Like” Hippo

The Levitating Cat
Incorporating levitation is extremely advanced photobombing. Do not try this without practice.

Censorship Fish
It is well known that fish are ridiculous prudes about PDA.

Duomo Pigeon
Duomo Pigeon really doesn’t want you to find Waldo.

Stalker Cat
This is from a scene in a doggie horror film where they develop their vacation pictures and realize they were being watched the whole time.

The “Look, I’m Your Face!” Fish
Kind of running out of clever names for these things.

Surprised Walrus
“Me? You want to take a picture of little old me?” No, you dumb walrus. Get out of the shot, dude.

Wedding Llama
Many happy nuptials have been ruined by malicious wedding llamas. They’re a blight on society.

Scandalized Cat
Oh, come on dude. It’s not like they’re hurting anyone.

Seal Who Thinks He’s A Penguin But Who Is Not Fooling ANYBODY

The Sinister Plotting Dog

The Sinister Plotting Cat

Crasher Seal
Your penguin party isn’t even really a party unless Crasher Seal shows up. He is like the Bill Murray of Antarctica.

The Photobombing Sloth
Sloths are so hot right now – some might even call it cynical that they’ve started photobombing people, but I just see it as taking advantage of an important cultural moment to advance their image.

Crasher Squirrel
The first, and the greatest. Crasher squirrel invented the idea of animal photobombing. He is a trailblazer and a legend.

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The ‘Ruined Your Selfie’

Ruining a bunny’s selfie is one of the lowest things you can do, morally, but we are not here to judge, we are here to behold, and this is a pretty well-ruined bunny selfie.

The 'Ruined Your Selfie'

The Inception Photobomb

The first fish is probably laughing with you, but the background fish takes it one level deeper into full-blown mockery.

The Inception Photobomb
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The Botched ‘Draw Me Like One Of Your French Girls’ Scenario

“I guess just draw my upper half like the upper half of one of your French girls and then crop my dumb younger brother out?”

The Botched 'Draw Me Like One Of Your French Girls' Scenario

The ‘Ruined Your Headshot’

In case you’re wondering why none of the canine talent agencies called you back about a role in some ponderous doggy biopic, the answer is in the lower left of your headshot.

The 'Ruined Your Headshot'

The ‘I Made It Better, You’re Welcome’ Photobomb

Don’t try this one at home unless you are a hummingbird. It doesn’t usually work this well.

The 'I Made It Better, You're Welcome' Photobomb

The ‘LOL, I Can Breathe Underwater’

A very specific type of photobomb, and difficult to pull off as it involves both gills and a perfect smile, but it’s by far the most effective way to make non-underwater-breathers look stupid.

The 'LOL, I Can Breathe Underwater'

The ‘This Is What You Look Like’

Your disastrous photoshoot for the cover of Cat MENSA magazine, etched forever in the collective memory.

The 'This Is What You Look Like'

The ‘Do YOU Come With The Apartment?’ Photobomb

Subtle, discreet, and devastating. A photobomb of this level of technical difficulty requires hours of planning, patience, and dedication to the craft. Seamlessly executed.

The 'Do YOU Come With The Apartment?' Photobomb

The ‘I Am Your Face’

For everyone (and God knows there were a lot of us) in 2013 who said, “I wonder what the bottom half of my face would look like if the bottom half of my face was a dog’s face.”

The 'I Am Your Face'

The ‘#NoFilter / Also I Am A Bee!’

Photobombing a cup of coffee is basically avant-garde and certainly not for everyone, but then, so is being a bee.

The '#NoFilter / Also I Am A Bee!'

The Surprise Ferret

There is very little that is quite so surprising as a surprise ferret, even if you happen to be a ferret yourself.

The Surprise Ferret

The Advanced ‘This Is What You Look Like’

A ‘This Is What You Look Like’ photobomb is judged according to (A) the seriousness of the victim and (B) how far you can stick your tongue out when you are ‘bombing them. This one is flawless.

The Advanced 'This Is What You Look Like'

The Minimalist

“LOL, why are you taking a picture of a wall in the first place? You should be thanking me.”

The Minimalist

The Reverse ‘This Is What You Look Like’

An extremely difficult photobomb to pull off as it requires impeccable timing. Double points for doing it to a corgi, an animal that is traditionally immune to mockery.

The Reverse 'This Is What You Look Like'

The Party Dolphin

“You think your family looks happy? You think you all look like you are having ‘the time of your lives’? Well, think again and MAKE WAY FOR THE PARTY DOLPHIN.”

The Party Dolphin

The ‘I Want Your Apple’

“He who pauses to Instagram his apple core will not hold onto it for long.”
– A very common saying among squirrels

The 'I Want Your Apple'

The ‘This Is What You Look Like,’ Horse Edition

Of all the ‘This Is What You Look Like’ animal photobombers this year, only one of them had the audacity to be a horse.

The 'This Is What You Look Like,' Horse Edition

The ‘Oops, I Ate Your Face’ Camel

A great many of the world’s finest animal photobombs are great because they are subtle. But subtlety will only get you so far.

The 'Oops, I Ate Your Face' Camel

The ‘Who, Me?’

The level of difficulty for this photobomb increases along with the chances that it might be fatal.

The 'Who, Me?'

The Full-Contact Husky

This truly selfless disregard for physical well-being in the pursuit of a truly perfect ‘bomb inspired countless huskies to be better huskies in 2013.

The Full-Contact Husky

The ‘I’m Almost Certainly Going To Attack You After This’

The ‘bomb itself is just a variation on a classic ‘This Is What You Look Like,’ but the powerful kinetic energy of this photo speaks eloquently about how the contemplative moments in our lives are mere way stations along the road to getting violently knocked off the bed.

The 'I'm Almost Certainly Going To Attack You After This'

The Food Critic

No matter how many marshmallows you decorate your weird fruit basket with, you are never safe from the critics. (It’s worth remembering that this is a metaphor for your weird life and not just a truism about your weird fruit basket.)

The Food Critic

The Devil On Your Shoulder

About 90% of the time, Evil sleeps quietly in a sunbeam, but that doesn’t mean you should ever count it out.

The Devil On Your Shoulder

The Sonogram

The level of difficulty on this photobomb is completely off the charts.

The Sonogram

The Hater Horse

Mercilessly mocking perfectly innocent children takes a very special kind of horse, and while some people may find haters distasteful, you have to admire a true master of the craft.

The Hater Horse

The Unexpected Giraffe

If you thought ferrets were surprising, wait until you get a face-ful of giraffe tongue. Some people never recover from a ‘bomb this good.

The Unexpected Giraffe

The ‘OMG, Rude!’

A word to the wise – if you take a trip to Gorilla Town, keep your bananas in your damn pockets. This is not a metaphor.

The 'OMG, Rude!'
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The ‘This Is What I Think Of Your Wedding’

It is often said that the one thing in this universe more powerful than True Love is a cat’s bottom. A cat’s bottom is basically the ‘rock’ to True Love’s ‘scissors.’ Utterly devastating.

The 'This Is What I Think Of Your Wedding'

The Revolutionary

Not since the Treaty of Paris in 1783 have the redcoats taken such a blow as was dealt to them by this horse this year.

The Revolutionary

The Whale

It is not an exaggeration to say that 2013 was a year that basically had its way with us, and there is no better enactment of that truth than this whale giving a baby seagull the photobombing of its life.

The Whale

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17 Most Surreal Night Photos You’ll Ever See On Instagram

Mikko Lagerstedt is a self taught photographer who shoots night photos, his Instagram account showcases his breathtaking images of star studded night skies, spectacular landscape shots and aurora lights!

Mikko usually starts his photography work late at night whilst many of us are in our beds sound asleep, surprisingly his pictures are only 640×640, but they prove to showcase nature’s exceptional beauty. His collection also captures the Milky Way which Mikko says is a lot easier to see in Greece.

I have run into a moose and a deer, it was quite scary and funny at the same time.” He told Aplus. “I also saw a lynx crossing a road. It was one of those moments that make you really appreciate what you do.

He currently resides in Kareva, Finland (30 km to Helsinki) and has only recently started taking photographs in 2008. he says:

My very first inspiration towards photography came to me when I was driving on a summer’s eve to my relative’s cabin. After a rainy day, the sun started shining, and the fog was rising in the fields. I just had to stop and watch this beautiful moment and then I realized that I want to start capturing these kinds of moments.

He loves taking atmospheric photos, sadly one of Mikko’s friends past away at the age of 20 which was a driving force which got him to start taking more atmospheric angles. He is entirely self taught but this doesn’t mean his photograph equipment is simple, you can see Lagerstedt’s list of equipment and computer rig in the links below.

More info: mikkolagerstedt.com | Instagram | Facebook | flickr (h/t: aplus)

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25 Perfectly Timed Cat Photos and Cat Facts

Cats are gorgeous animals and make for wonderful pets, they are often playful and love to sleep. Today we’ll be looking at 25 Perfectly Timed Cat Photos that are too good to miss!

Do you know these cat facts?

1. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.

2. There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.

3. A group of cats is called a clowder.

4. Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears.

5. Cats sleep 70% of their lives.

6. A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.

7. And one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.

8. In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat.

9. When cats grimace, they are usually “taste-scenting.” They have an extra organ that, with some breathing control, allows the cats to taste-sense the air.

10. Cats can’t taste sweetness.

11. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.

12. Wikipedia has a recording of a cat meowing because why not?

13. The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.

14. Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C., 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs.

15. A cat’s purr may be a form of self-healing, as it can be a sign of nervousness as well as contentment.

16. Similarly, the frequency of a domestic cat’s purr is the same at which muscles and bones repair themselves.

17. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.

18. The world’s richest cat is worth $13 million after his human passed away and left her fortune to him.

19. Your cat recognizes your voice but just acts too cool to care (probably because they are).

20. Cats are often lactose intolerant, so stop givin’ them milk!

21. Basically all cartoon cats lied to us: Raw fish is off the table for cats as well.

22. The oldest cat video on YouTube dates back to 1894 (when it was made, not when it was uploaded, duh).

23. In the 1960s, the CIA tried to turn a cat into a bonafide spy by implanting a microphone into her ear and a radio transmitter at the base of her skull. She somehow survived the surgery but got hit by a taxi on her first mission.

24. The technical term for “hairball” is “bezoar.

25. Female cats are typically right-pawed while male cats are typically left-pawed.

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1. The Outstretched Paw

An offer of peace, or a promise of annihilation? It’s impossible to tell, but it’s probably the latter, knowing cats and all.

The Outstretched Paw

2. The Impending Doom

On the bright side, Death by Kitten is consistently voted as the #1 preferred mode of demise by those polled.

The Impending Doom

3. The Magician’s Apprentice

This move’s a tough one because it requires a human partner who is both cool and magical — a combination that is sadly in short supply in this degraded era.

The Magician's Apprentice

4. The Copycat

Earnest, heartfelt imitation only for this one — none of your holier-than-thou feline mockery.

The Copycat

5. The Surprise Kiss

More of a surprise lick, actually, which is both harder to pull off and vastly more unpleasant.

The Surprise Kiss

6. The Sheer Malice

This requires a patient photographer and a cat who is primarily motivated by pure evil. It’s a far more common combination than you might expect.

The Sheer Malice

7. The Face of the Campaign

In case you’ve ever wondered who the mysterious marketing geniuses are behind Meow Mix.

The Face of the Campaign

8. The One-Two Punch

It’s easy enough to photograph a cat punching a Pomeranian — happens every day — but the expression of pure outrage is the real payoff here.

The One-Two Punch

9. The Accidentally on Purpose

All you need for this is a cat and a very expensive vase, and you can just sit back and let nature do the rest.

The Accidentally on Purpose

10. This Guy

This Guy

11. No, seriously. This guy.

No, seriously. This guy.

12. The Levitating Couch Potato

It takes a true master of being a cat to fly backwards through the air and yet still somehow look lazy.

The Levitating Couch Potato

13. The Double Lick

This particular Double Lick is a bit of a cheat, as both of these cats have unusually tasty noses.

The Double Lick

14. The Bodyguard

Just throw on “I Will Always Love You,” get out your camera, and your cat will almost certainly handle the rest.

The Bodyguard

15. The “Here Comes the Airplane”

Protip: Cats don’t give a damn about “here comes the airplane” any more than babies do, but if you put cream in a spoon, they will lick that spoon whether you tell ‘em it’s an airplane or not.

The "Here Comes the Airplane"

16. The Cat Beard

Protip: Way easier than actually taking the time to grow a real cat beard is just getting your cat to look up at your glasses at exactly the right time.

The Cat Beard

17. The True Lovers

When cats touch their butts together and make a heart with their tails, it’s actually a form of love that is so far beyond our own meager capacity for emotional attachment that it’s essentially beyond our comprehension. Looks nice, though.

The True Lovers

18. The Extra-Long Cat

This one’s super easy: You just need an old desk and one really, really surprisingly long cat.

The Extra-Long Cat

19. The Unpleasant Surprise

Ten times out of ten, The Unpleasant Surprise is 100% deserved, and is actually just a form of cosmic justice.

The Unpleasant Surprise

20. Baby You’re a Firework

Most rocket-propelled cats can pull this one off for you if you ask them nicely.

Baby You're a Firework

21. The Reckless Driver

This one can be a little dangerous, and you should definitely practice it in the driveway before going onto the highway to get the shot you need.

The Reckless Driver

22. The Complete Idiot

I CAN SEE THROUGH TIME

The Complete Idiot

23. The Victory Dance

Even smallish victories, like upending the litter box, or chewing through someone’s shoelaces, can bring this about — so have your camera ready at all times.

The Victory Dance

24. The Weight Watchers

This one’s almost impossible to get because it’s really hard to find a cat who is conscious about his or her weight.

The Weight Watchers

25. The “You Think I’m Just a Normal Cat But I DO A CRAZY DANCE WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING”

Best of the bunch right here.

25 Perfectly Timed Cat Photos

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26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny

The universe is massive, but how big is it really compared with earth and we’re we all live? If you want to know just how tiny you really are compared to the universe, these impressive charts and pictures will compares the earth to other planets in the galaxy!

These 26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Worthless (and Small!) will showcase how breathtaking the other planets and galaxies really are compared to our planet! But don’t let this get you down with your existence, I hope you see the beauty which Earth holds and how precious life really is!

1. This is the Earth! This is where you live.

This is the Earth! This is where you live.
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2. And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

3. Here’s the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn’t look too far, does it?

Here's the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn't look too far, does it?

4. THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.
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5. But let’s talk about planets. That little green smudge is North America on Jupiter.

But let's talk about planets. That little green smudge is North America on Jupiter.
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6. And here’s the size of Earth (well, six Earths) compared with Saturn:

And here's the size of Earth (well, six Earths) compared with Saturn:
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7. And just for good measure, here’s what Saturn’s rings would look like if they were around Earth:

And just for good measure, here's what Saturn's rings would look like if they were around Earth:
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8. This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here’s what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here's what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:
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9. But that’s nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:

But that's nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:

10. Here’s you from the moon:

Here's you from the moon:
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11. Here’s you from Mars:

Here's you from Mars:
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12. Here’s you from just behind Saturn’s rings:

Here's you from just behind Saturn's rings:
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13. And here’s you from just beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles away.

And here's you from just beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles away.
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To paraphrase Carl Sagan, everyone and everything you have ever known exists on that little speck.

14. Let’s step back a bit. Here’s the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

Let's step back a bit. Here's the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?
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The sun doesn’t even fit in the image.

15. And here’s that same sun from the surface of Mars:

And here's that same sun from the surface of Mars:
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16. But that’s nothing. Again, as Carl once mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:

But that's nothing. Again, as Carl once mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:

17. Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

Our sun probably gets its lunch money stolen.

18. Here’s another look. The biggest star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our sun:

26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

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19. But none of those compares to the size of a galaxy. In fact, if you shrank the sun down to the size of a white blood cell and shrunk the Milky Way galaxy down using the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States:

But none of those compares to the size of a galaxy. In fact, if you shrank the sun down to the size of a white blood cell and shrunk the Milky Way galaxy down using the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States:

20. That’s because the Milky Way galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside there:

That's because the Milky Way galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside there:

21. But this is all you ever see:

But this is all you ever see:

(That’s not a picture of the Milky Way, but you get the idea.)

22. But even our galaxy is a little runt compared with some others. Here’s the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:

But even our galaxy is a little runt compared with some others. Here's the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:

Just THINK about all that could be inside there.

23. But let’s think bigger. In JUST this picture taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.

But let's think bigger. In JUST this picture taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.

24. Here’s one of the galaxies pictured, UDF 423. This galaxy is 10 BILLION light years away. When you look at this picture, you are looking billions of years into the past.

Here's one of the galaxies pictured, UDF 423. This galaxy is 10 BILLION light years away. When you look at this picture, you are looking billions of years into the past.

Some of the other galaxies are thought to have formed only a few hundred million years AFTER the Big Bang.

25. And just keep this in mind — that’s a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

And just keep this in mind — that's a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It's just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

26. And, you know, it’s pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit, just to terrify you:

And, you know, it's pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here's the size of a black hole compared with Earth's orbit, just to terrify you:
D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate / Via mcdonaldobservatory.org

So if you’re ever feeling upset about your favorite show being canceled or the fact that they play Christmas music way too early — just remember…

This is your home.

This is your home.
By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther...
By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And farther…

And farther...
Above image by Andrew Z. Colvin / Via Wikipedia Commons

Keep going…

Keep going...
Above image by Andrew Z. Colvin / Via Wikimedia Commons

Just a little bit farther…

Just a little bit farther...
Above image by Andrew Z. Colvin / Via Wikimedia Commons

Almost there…

Almost there...
Above image by Andrew Z. Colvin / Via Wikimedia Commons

And here it is. Here’s everything in the observable universe, and here’s your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

And here it is. Here's everything in the observable universe, and here's your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.
Above image by Andrew Z. Colvin / Via Wikimedia Commons

Oh man.

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35 Photos That Prove Wales Is A Fairytale

What makes for a fairy tale landscape? Would it be Disney looking castles? Historical buildings and landmarks or even breathtaking scenery of little rivers running through moss covered rocks and 1000+ year old trees? You may not realize it now but Wales contains all of these elements that making us a fairy tale world!

These 25 Photos That Prove Wales Is A Fairytale showcase some stunning locations you’ll find in Wales! If you’re lucky enough to live in this cozy historical part of the world you should explore these amazing places!

Do you know these Wales facts?

  • Wales is called Cymru in Welsh.
  • The country of Wales is a part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain.
  • Wales has a population of 3 million people as of 2011.
  • English and Welsh are the two official languages of Wales. Welsh is a Celtic based language that has seen a resurgence in recent times and is now spoken by over 20% of the population.
  • Cardiff is the largest city and also the capital of Wales.

1. The Fairy Glen, Conwy.

The Fairy Glen, Conwy.

As well as its beauty, this atmospheric gorge is a protected wildlife site and has a large population of rare ferns and lichens. It’s not hard to see where its name comes from.

More information here.

2. Castell Coch, Cardiff.

Castell Coch, Cardiff.

Overlooking the village of Tongwynlais, this Disney-esque revival castle was rebuilt in the 19th-century – a whole 500 years after its destruction.

More information here.

3. Portmeirion, Gwynedd.

Portmeirion, Gwynedd.

The setting of TV classic The Prisoner, you’d be forgiven for thinking this quirky village was actually situated along the Italian coast.

More information here.

4. Dan-Yr-Ogof, Powys.

Dan-Yr-Ogof, Powys.

Escape the world above and go deep underground with a visit to Dan-Yr-Ogof’s hauntingly beautiful showcaves.

More information here.

5. Porth Wen Brickworks, Anglesey.

Porth Wen Brickworks, Anglesey.

Operating between 1850 and 1914, the abandoned Porth Wen Brick Works now serve as a fascinating piece of industrial history.

More information here.

6. Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.

Situated off the beautiful coast of Pembrokeshire, Skomer Island is a natural haven for wildlife – most notably puffins.

More information here.

7. Powis Castle, Powys.

Powis Castle, Powys.

Originally built as a medieval fortress, this French and Italian inspired castle is home to a world-famous garden.

More information here.

8. Dinorwic Quarry, Gwynedd.

Dinorwic Quarry, Gwynedd.

Dinorwic quarry stands frozen in time as an atmospheric relic of Wales’ once thriving slate industry.

More information here.

9. Black Mountains, Powys.

Black Mountains, Powys.

This gorgeous mountain range is the most Westerly of the Brecon Beacons National Park uplands and stretches from Ammanford in the south-west to Sennybridge in the north-east.

More information here.

10. Lladudno North Shore, Conwy.

Lladudno North Shore, Conwy.

Llandudno’s principal beach, the award wining North Shore contains a distinctive, 2,295 ft long Victorian pier

More information here.

11. Hay-on-Wye, Powys.

Hay-on-Wye, Powys.

A small market town in Powys, Hay-on-Wye is often referred to as “the town of books”, and with over a dozen bookshops and its well-known literary festival, it’s not hard to see why.

More information here.

12. Llyn Y Fan, Carmarthenshire.

Llyn Y Fan, Carmarthenshire.

Steeped in Welsh legend, this stunning lake is the location of one of Wales’ best known folk stories: The Lady of the Lake.

More information here.

13. Llanrwst, Conwy.

Llanrwst, Conwy.

Home to the flowering 15th century cottage Ty Hwnt i’r Bont (House Beyond the Bridge), this small Welsh town is steeped in natural beauty, well beyond its famous bridge.

More information here.

14. St Fagans, Cardiff.

St Fagans, Cardiff.

The village of St Fagans is home to St Fagans National History Museum, an open-air museum chronicling the lifestyle, culture, and architectural history of Wales and its people.

More information here.

15. Margam Castle, Neath Port Talbot.

Margam Castle, Neath Port Talbot.

With its spectacular staircase and sprawling courtyards, this Tudor Gothic mansion is a must see for all lovers of good architecture.

More information here.

16. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire.

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire.

The National Botanical Garden of Wales serves as both a visitor attraction and a centre for botanical research and conservation. As well as scenes of natural beauty, the garden features the scene-stealing, world’s largest single-span glasshouse.

More information here.

17. Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire.

Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire.

Tintern Abbey dates back to the 12th century, and is said to have inspired poems by William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson and Allen Ginsberg, as well as at least one painting by J. M. W. Turner.

More information here.

18. South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey.

South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey.
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Surrounded by the turbulent sea, the charming lighthouse of South Stack Rock still operates to this day, almost 200 years since its erection.

More information here.

19. Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire.

Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire.

More information here.

For a breathtaking view, fresh air, and maybe even a swim, the blue lagoon in Pembrokeshire is the perfect location. The lagoon’s water gets its distinctive colour from the slate cliffs that surround it.

20. Plas Cadnant, Anglesey.

Plas Cadnant, Anglesey.

Anglesey’s Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens were a secret for more than 70 years. Having been restored to their former glory, the gardens are now open to the public, so anyone can enjoy their magical landscapes.

More information here.

21. Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys.

Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys.

Pistyll Rhaeadr holds the distinction of being the highest waterfall in England and Wales. Unsurprisingly, the waterfall is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.

More information here.

22. St Govans Chapel, Pembrokeshire.

St Govans Chapel, Pembrokeshire.

St Govans Chapel dates back to the 14th century and is named after the hermit and saint who is said to have lived on the area many centuries earlier.

More information here.

23. Rhossili Bay Beach, Swansea.

Rhossili Bay Beach, Swansea.

There’s no need to head to Spain during the Summer when there’s spectacular beaches like Rhossili Bay lining the Welsh coastline.

More information here.

24. Elegug Stacks, Pembrokeshire.

Elegug Stacks, Pembrokeshire.

Rising steeply from the sea, these pillars of rock were once part of the mainland. Elegug os the Welsh word for guillemot – the species of birds that have made the rocks their home.

More information here.

25. Mount Snowdon, Gwynedd.

Mount Snowdon, Gwynedd.

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The highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon is worth the strenuous 3,560ft ascent for the views alone.

More information here.

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50 Adorable Photos From Cat Heaven Island In Japan

Many of us love cats and see them as domestic pets. They are often called a housecat when kept as an indoor pet, or simply a cat when there is no need to distinguish them from other felids and felines.

There is an island in Fukuoka, Japan which is known as Cat Island. Photographer Fubirai has spent the last five years researching these semi-wild cats that roam the island.

The cats are fed by local fisherman as they wonder freely around the streets boatyards, porches, and houses of the city.

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15 Dazzling Photos That Will Make Us Appreciate The World

The 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest was recently held with over 26,500 entries from photographers from 93 different countries. The photographs were then selected by the Smithsonian’s photo editors who chose the en finalists per category—Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile.

These dazzling photos from the finalist’s range from children playing, breathtaking landscapes and animals in their natural habitat. One of the photographers were Dawn LaPointe whom was on holiday with her husband when they witnessed a astonishing fog-gilded sunrise. She says:

The silhouette of the canoeist effortlessly gliding along the lake illustrates the solitude and serenity we cherish in the American wilderness

Nicolas Reusens was hiking in the jungle between Monteverde and La Fortuna, Costa Rica, when he saw a snake about to eat a frog, he says:

I could only get around five pictures before the frog was swallowed and the snake disappeared into the deep forest,” he says. “Not until I arrived home did I realize I had taken one of my favorite shots of the whole trip.

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1. Women sew fishing nets in Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam.

Women sew fishing nets in Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam.

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Photograph by Pham Ty, Taken with a Sony NEX-6.

2. Boys jump into a river near Nghiem Xuyen village, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Boys jump into a river near Nghiem Xuyen village, Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Photograph by Viet Phuong Tran, with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II.

3. Photograph by Amy Hand, of her daughter Hannah.

Photograph by Amy Hand, of her daughter Hannah.

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Taken in Reedy, West Virginia, with a Canon EOS REBEL T3.

4. Children giggling together in Medinipur, West Bengal, India.

Children giggling together in Medinipur, West Bengal, India.

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Photograph by Kuntal Kumar Roy, taken with a Nikon D7000.

Category: Travel

5. Holy Week celebrations in Acobamba, Tarma, Peru.

Holy Week celebrations in Acobamba, Tarma, Peru.

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Taken by David Huamani Bedoya with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

6. Young Buddhists play on the Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar, after the tourists have left for the day.

Young Buddhists play on the Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar, after the tourists have left for the day.

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Photo by Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez, taken in with a Nikon D600.

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7. A green iguana surfaces for air in a cave on the island of Bonaire.

A green iguana surfaces for air in a cave on the island of Bonaire.

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Photo by Lorenzo Mittiga, taken with a Canon EOS 7D.

8. A snake devours a frog at Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano.

A snake devours a frog at Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano.

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Photo by Nicolas Reusens with a Canon 5D Mark III.

9. An elephant seal pup in South Georgia is not bothered by crashing waves.

An elephant seal pup in South Georgia is not bothered by crashing waves.

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Photo by Anthony Smith with a Nikon D4.

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10. Fireworks burst over the Willamette River on the Fourth of July in Independence, Oregon.

Fireworks burst over the Willamette River on the Fourth of July in Independence, Oregon.

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Photo by Anne Marcom, taken with an Olympus E3.

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11. “A real-life Patsy Stone” from Absolutely Fabulous walks down a street in London.

"A real-life Patsy Stone" from Absolutely Fabulous walks down a street in London.

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Photo by Rob Pearson-Wright, taken with a digital camera.

12. A little girl stares in wonder at an aquarium in Monterey, California.

A little girl stares in wonder at an aquarium in Monterey, California.

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Photograph by Royce Hutain, taken with an iPhone 5s.

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13. “A house built for fishermen stands alone in the middle of the sea” in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

"A house built for fishermen stands alone in the middle of the sea" in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

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Photograph by Jefflin Ling with a Nikon D800E.

14. “Muslims walk along a retaining wall toward a mosque to pray” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"Muslims walk along a retaining wall toward a mosque to pray" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Photo by Jefflin Ling, taken with a Nikon D800E.

15. Fog winds through the trees in The New Forest, Hampshire, UK.

Fog winds through the trees in The New Forest, Hampshire, UK.

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Photo by Ellie Davies with a Nikon D3X.

You can see the rest of the 60 finalist photos here, and cast your vote for the Readers’ Choice prize until 30 March, 5:00 PM ET.

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25 Breathtaking Photos of The Southern United States

America has some breathtaking places, we’ll be looking at the natural beauty of the Southern United States featuring some wonderful nature photography of the landscapes of South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and many more south locations.

The Southern United States—commonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South—is a region of the United States of America. The South does not exactly match the geographic south, but is predominantly located in the southeastern corner; Arizona and New Mexico which are geographically in the southern part of the country, are rarely considered part of the Southern United States, while West Virginia commonly is.

These 25 Photos That Reveal The Beauty of The South are simply gorgeous and showcase just how beautiful mother nature can be in Southern United States!

Many people believe the South is some kind of beautiful place.
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Lake Jocassee, South Carolina

Their beliefs are 100% false!
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Tallulah, Georgia

The South is the opposite of pretty.
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Starkville, Mississippi

It's just a huge mess of thicket and brush.

Stone Mountain, Georgia

There is nothing but miles and miles of weeds, and huge swarths of undergrowth.
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Lexington, Kentucky

The entire region lacks any kind of allure...
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Cades Cove, Tennessee

...and most of the land is dull and featureless.
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Whitaker Point, Arkansas

YUCK!
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Windsor Ruins, Missisippi

All the water here is murky and dirty.
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Pembroke, Virginia

It's just a bunch of unmajestic streams...
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Arrow Island, Mississippi

...and slow-flowing creeks.
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Mather Gorge, Virginia

All the countryside is bland...
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Craggy Gardens, North Carolina

...and totally unassuming.
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Vacherie, Louisiana

The beaches are soooo underwhelming...
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Gulf Shores, Alabama

...and the sand is strewn with seaweed.
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Gulf Shores, Alabama

The cities here are nothing but backwood pit stops.
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Atlanta, Georgia

These metropolises have no culture...
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New Orleans, Louisiana

...and totally lack any kind of charm or beauty.
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Charleston, South Carolina

Not to mention, nothing of note ever happens.
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New Orleans, Lousiana

The wildlife here is so damn average.
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Ellijay, Georgia

There are pretty much the same kind of animals you would find anywhere else.
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Valdosta, Georgia

Taking a walk around here is mind-numbingly dull.
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Pine Mountain, Georgia

There is absolutely nothing pretty to look at.
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Helotes, Texas

Every landscape looks exactly the same.
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Key Largo, Florida

So if you're thinking of visiting the South, think again.
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Savannah, Georgia

Its utter ugliness will only serve to disappoint.
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Winston, Mississippi

BLEH!!!
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Browns, Tennessee

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22 Of The Most Important Photographs Ever Taken

Important Photographs ever taken remind us all of where humanity has come, they capture some of the most iconic people and moments of that time period. In today’s list we’ll be looking at 22 Of The Most Important Photographs Ever Taken, these feature some iconic photography of portraits, landscapes and important  landmarks.

The National Media Museum’s upcoming exhibition Drawn By Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection – which was previously based at London’s Science Museum – is a selection of historically important photos taken from the Royal Photographic Society’s huge archive of over 250,000 images.

Un Clair de Lune, 1827, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

The exhibition charts the development of photography from the 1800s right through to the present day. It includes this haunting heliograph image called Un Clair de Lune (‘Moonlight’), which is considered to be the very first successful photograph. It was taken by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce who was born exactly 250 years ago on 7 March 1765.

A fire guard, 1944, John Hinde, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

War photography also features prominently in the RPS selection. As well as this striking image of a London fire guard taken in 1944 by John Hinde, an early pioneer of colour photography, the exhibition also includes images from the Crimean War in 1855 right through to unfolding present day conflicts.

Here are 20 more incredible photos from the exhibition, which will run from 20 March- 1 June 2015 at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

1. Soldiers of the Sky, 1940, Nickolas Muray.

Soldiers of the Sky, 1940, Nickolas Muray.
Soldiers of the Sky, 1940, Nickolas Muray, The RPS Collection, National Media Museum © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives / Via nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Nicolas Muray was a Hungarian born American portrait photographer and Olympic fencer who had a 10 year relationship with the artist Frida Kahlo. He produced this vibrant wartime propaganda image for Vogue.

2. Audrey Hepburn, 1950, Angus McBean.

Audrey Hepburn, 1950, Angus McBean.
Audrey Hepburn, 1950, Angus McBean, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

This surrealist image of Audrey Hepburn was taken by acclaimed British photographer Angus McBean, who was in the process of rebuilding his career after being sentenced to four years in prison for ‘homosexual acts’ during WWII.

3. Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.
Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941, Ansel Adams, The RPS Collection, National Media Museum © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust / Via nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Ansel Adams was an ardent environmentalist who worked hard to ensure that his sweeping black and white shots of the American West perfectly captured the specific quality of the light that was falling on that location at a particular moment in time.

4. Fading Away, 1858, Henry Peach Robinson.

Fading Away, 1858, Henry Peach Robinson.
Fading Away, 1858, Henry Peach Robinson, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

This sombre image of a young woman dying from consumption is actually a montage of five separate photographic images. Henry Peach Robinson was a member of the Pictorialist movement, which promoted photography as an art form.

5. Father and Sons Walking in the Face of a Dust Storm, 1936, Arthur Rothstein.

Father and Sons Walking in the Face of a Dust Storm, 1936, Arthur Rothstein.
Father and Sons Walking in the Face of a Dust Storm, 1936, Arthur Rothstein, The RPS Collection, National Media Museum © Arthur Rothstein / Via nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Arthur Rothstein was one of America’s most prominent photojournalists during the Great Depression (1929-39). The US government asked him to document the plight of farmers in the so-called ‘dust bowl’: prairie areas decimated by drought.

6. I Wait, 1872, Julia Margaret Cameron.

I Wait, 1872, Julia Margaret Cameron.
I Wait, 1872, Julia Margaret Cameron, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer who became famous for her portraits of celebrities. She took up photography at the relatively late age of 48 and worked in a converted chicken shed in her back garden. This beautiful image shows her niece Rachel Gurney wearing a pair of swan’s wings.

7. New Orleans Street Singers, 1971, Tony Ray-Jones.

New Orleans Street Singers, 1971, Tony Ray-Jones.
New Orleans Street Singers, 1971, Tony Ray-Jones, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL

Tony Ray-Jones was an extremely talented British photojournalist whose career was tragically cut short when he died of leukaemia aged just 30. This colourful New Orleans street scene was one of the last photographs he ever took.

8. The Hippopotamus at the Zoological Gardens, 1852, Juan Carlos Maria Isidro, Count de Montizon de Borbon.

The Hippopotamus at the Zoological Gardens, 1852, Juan Carlos Maria Isidro, Count de Montizon de Borbon.
The Hippopotamus at the Zoological Gardens, 1852, Juan Carlos Maria Isidro, Count de Montizon de Borbon © National Media Museum / SSPL

This snapshot of a relaxed hippopotamus in London Zoo is probably the first photograph of a hippo ever taken. The photographer was a nephew of King Ferdinand VII and one of the founder members of the Royal Photographic Society.

9. Chimney, c. 1934, Noel Griggs.

Chimney, c. 1934, Noel Griggs.
Chimney, c.1934, Noel Griggs, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

This striking image by British photographer Noel Griggs was one of the first modernist attempts to show the beauty of industrial architecture.

10. Larry Burrows on assignment in Vietnam c. 1971, photographer unknown.

Larry Burrows on assignment in Vietnam c. 1971, photographer unknown.
Larry Burrows on assignment in Vietnam, photographer unknown, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Via nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Larry Burrows was a British photojournalist best known for his searing and confrontational coverage of the Vietnam War. This is one of the last photographs of him ever taken: he died in 1971 when his helicopter was shot down over Laos.

11. Leicester Square, 1896, Paul Martin.

Leicester Square, 1896, Paul Martin.
Leicester Square, 1896, Paul Martin, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

This striking shot is one of the earliest examples of night time photography. It was taken by Paul Martin, a Victorian photographer best known for his candid snapshots of the hustle and bustle of everyday London life.

12. Refugees from East Pakistan on the Indian Border, 1971, Don McCullin.

Refugees from East Pakistan on the Indian Border, 1971, Don McCullin.
Refugees from East Pakistan on the Indian Border, 1971, Don McCullin, The RPS Collection, National Media Museum © Don McCullin / Via nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Don McCullin is an internationally renowned British photojournalist. He took this haunting image while documenting the harrowing Bangladesh Liberation War for the Sunday Times Magazine in 1971.

13. Portrait of Christina, 1913, Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman.

Portrait of Christina, 1913, Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O'Gorman.
Portrait of Christina, 1913, Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Via nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

This beautiful image is one of the earliest examples of colour photography. It was created using the Autochrome process, which used dyed grains of potato starch as colour filters. These plates needed a very long exposure time so Autochrome images of living people- like this shot of Christina- are very rare.

14. The Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1855, Roger Fenton.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1855, Roger Fenton.
The Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1855, Roger Fenton, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

No, those aren’t oddly shaped rocks: the round stones in this image by pioneering British photographer Roger Fenton are actually cannonballs that were fired at British troops by Russian forces during the Crimean War.

15. Limbs and the Law, 1924, James Jarché.

Limbs and the Law, 1924, James Jarché.
Limbs and the Law, 1924, James Jarché, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

‘Jimmy’ Jarché was a press photographer who documented London life for the Daily Sketch tabloid, which merged with the Daily Mail in 1971. This famous Jarché shot shows a group of young boys running away from a policeman after he caught them swimming naked in Hyde Park.

16. Nude on Sand – Oceano, California, 1936, Edward Weston.

Nude on Sand - Oceano, California, 1936, Edward Weston.
Nude on Sand – Oceano, California, 1936, Edward Weston, The RPS Collection, National Media Museum © Edward Weston / Via nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Edward Weston felt his photographs exposed the essential nature of his subjects. By taking carefully composed photographs like the one above, he aimed to reveal ‘the greater mystery of things more clearly than the eyes can see’.

17. Queen Victoria, c.1856, Roger Fenton.

Queen Victoria, c.1856, Roger Fenton.
Queen Victoria, c.1856, Roger Fenton, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Crimean War photographer Roger Fenton also turned his eye – and lens – to portrait photography, as we can see here. Queen Victoria was one of the first royal photography buffs and would happily pose for pictures.

18. The Bleached Skull of a Steer on the Dry Sun-Baked Earth of the South Dakota Badlands, 1936, Arthur Rothstein.

The Bleached Skull of a Steer on the Dry Sun-Baked Earth of the South Dakota Badlands, 1936, Arthur Rothstein.
The Bleached Skull of a Steer on the Dry Sun-Baked Earth of the South Dakota Badlands, 1936, Arthur Rothstein, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL

If you were in any doubt about the extent of the ‘dust bowl’ droughts, this photograph should dispel them. This resonant image by Arthur Rothstein shows the remains of just one of the millions of livestock that died during the Depression.

19. The Gate of Goodbye, 1917, Francis James Mortimer.

The Gate of Goodbye, 1917, Francis James Mortimer.
The Gate of Goodbye, 1917, Francis James Mortimer, The RPS Collection © National Media Museum / SSPL

Like ‘Fading Away’ above, this photograph is actually a composite created from over 20 original negatives. It shows trench-bound soldiers saying goodbye to their families at London’s Victoria Station during the First World War.

20. Afghan Girl, Pakistan, 1984, Steve McCurry.

Afghan Girl, Pakistan, 1984, Steve McCurry.
Afghan Girl, Pakistan, 1984, Steve McCurry, The RPS Collection, National Media Museum © Steve McCurry / Vianationalmediamuseum.org.uk

This iconic photograph of an Afghan refugee child called Sharbat Gula featured on the cover of National Geographic’s June 1985 issue. In 2002 photographer Steve McCurry traveled to Pakistan to find her. When he did, she told him that she still didn’t feel safe. “Have you ever felt safe?” he asked. ”No,” she replied.

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71 Photos That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

Let’s face it there are some assholes in the world which usually get all the attention, to help the rest of us focus on the good of people let’s take a moment to see some photographs that will restore our faith in humanity. These magnificent photos showcase some acts of kindness, compassion and even acts of bravery.

After looking at these photos maybe we’ll be reminded that humans aren’t so bad after all! These photographs remind us all that not all people are self centered or bad – and that kindness, compassion and love is always the way when it comes to helping others!

 

Every Evening, This Man Takes His Sick Dog To A Lake Because The Water Helps His Pain Subside

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A tourist gives his sandals to a local in a third world country. He noticed that she didn’t have any shoes of her own, so he gladly gave his up.

Officer Talks Man Out Of Committing Suicide. Eight Years Later, The Now-Father-Of-Two Gives the Officer An Award At The American Foundation Of Suicide

Officer Talks Man Out Of Committing Suicide. Eight Years Later, The Now-Father-Of-Two Gives the Officer An Award At The American Foundation Of Suicide

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Every Sunday, This New York Hair Stylist Gives Free Haircuts To The Homeless

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Norwegian Guy Plunges Into Frozen Lake To Rescue Drowning Duck

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Christmas Elves Surprise The Homeless With Food And Gifts

Christmas Elves Surprise The Homeless With Food And Gifts

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Young couple gets their meal paid for by an older couple trying to pass on kindness and good parenting skills – a touching display of kindness.

Jacqueline Kiplimo Helps A Disabled Runner Finish A Marathon In Taiwan, Costing Her A First Place Finish

Jacqueline Kiplimo Helps A Disabled Runner Finish A Marathon In Taiwan, Costing Her A First Place Finish

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During a raging flood, a man risks life and limb to transport a basket of newborn kittens across a flooded river and out of the danger zone. Most people wouldn’t do this for someone they knew, let alone little kitties!

This man who knows how to be a good neighbor

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And this man too…

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Workers From Memphis Cleaning Company Dress Up As Superheroes To Cheer Up Patients At Children’s Hospital In Le Bonheur

Workers From Memphis Cleaning Company Dress Up As Superheroes To Cheer Up Patients At Children's Hospital In Le Bonheur

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These who will clean your outfit for free

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These fans who know everyone should enjoy a show equally

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These cyclists who gave water to this thirsty koala

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This soldier who rescued a kitten during war

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This family

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This Afghan man who offered tea to a soldier

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These protesters stopping to take care of a stray dog that was erroneously tear gassed

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These guys rescuing a lamb from the Ocean

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This runner who helped a injured competitor to cross the finish line

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These Subway employees

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This firefighter rescuing a kitten from a fire

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This man who takes the time at lunch to read everyday to a coworker who can’t

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This guy who became a seat for an elderly lady while stuck in an elevator

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This homeless man

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These incredibly generous customers

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This randomly kind person

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This security guard who makes the days of little girls

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This marine who picked up the puppy that had been following him for miles

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And this one who saved a little bunny

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This Wendy’s employee

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Dan, who brings coffee to everyone at the local Cancer Center

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The man who repaired this cat from rain

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And this man who left lottery tickets on the gas pump for random customers

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Kind tourist makes the day of a little girl when he gives her a flower – just look at the smile on her face, you know she will remember this for a lifetime.

Two small boys saw an abandoned puppy struggling to get out of a drainage ditch. Together, they made sure the little guy was out of harm’s way, even if that meant spending a lot of time risking their own safety to get him out.

During protests in Brazil, a general pleaded with the protestors, saying it was his birthday and he didn’t want any violence. What those protestors did to celebrate a stranger’s birthday was absolutely heartwarming.

Best friends don’t have to be of the same species! This cat and little boy share a close bond, even if they have trouble communicating with each other. Swing buddies for life!

During flash floods, a man in Australia saw a kangaroo nearly drowning. Although the kangaroo is a wild animal, he braved the waters and saved the little guy.

Christians apologize to the gay community for all of the hurt and suffering they caused them…

And the people who were there were crying with joy, happy to be accepted back into the fold by their Christian brothers and sisters. Truly touching!

Just because we are individuals, it doesn’t mean we have to go through our trials alone in this world. :)

Soldiers may be fighting wars, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t human. This soldier cradles a child in enemy territory, caring for her and trying to protect her from the violence that was going on around them.

A kind child helps a homeless man by giving him something to eat on a cold winter’s day.

When a motorcyclist violently wrecked into a car, onlookers braved the flames to pull out the unconcious man from the wreckage. They risked their lives for someone they didn’t know by lifting a car that was on fire – simply amazing.

During one man’s dying moments, all he wanted to do was be next to his lifelong best friend – his dog.

While forest fires were raging in Australia, a kind firefighter saw a koala that was extremely dehydrated. Instead of passing on to continue with his tasks, he stopped and made sure the poor creature had something to drink.

A caring man washes the feet of complete strangers, playing out a Biblical act and showing so many people kindness and respect they didn’t usually get.

During a high school softball game, a girl injured herself while at bat. Instead of letting her struggle, the opposing team carried her around the bases so that she could score.

This firefighter rescued a housecat from a house that was fully engulfed in flames. To show its appreciation, the burnt little cat started snuggling with his hero.

To help people during a terrible economy, a drycleaner in the city offered to clean the outfit of any unemployed person. That way, anyone looking to get a job could be presentable and clean during their interview.

The dad who turned his hospitalised newborn into Iron Man with a DIY costume.

The dad who turned his hospitalised newborn into Iron Man with a DIY costume.

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The #Illridewithyou campaign that aimed to help Muslim commuters feel safe in the wake of the Sydney siege.

The #Illridewithyou campaign that aimed to help Muslim commuters feel safe in the wake of the Sydney siege.

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The crowd who spontaneously joined this little girl’s dance at a NYC subway stop.

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And the guy who started his own dance party on a Perth train.

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And the Santa who learned sign language to communicate with this deaf little girl.

And the Santa who learned sign language to communicate with this deaf little girl.

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The man who modified toy cars to help give disabled kids mobility – and started teaching people how to do it at home so everyone can access the tools he created.

The woman who designed 3D printed prostheticsfor Derby the dog – who was born with deformed front legs – enabling him to run and play.
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The Reddit user who gave his girlfriend a jar of 365 love notes – so she could have a good start to each day of the year.

The Reddit user who gave his girlfriend a jar of 365 love notes - so she could have a good start to each day of the year.

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The tattoo artist who gave this woman with Down Syndrome a fake tattoo every Friday.

The tattoo artist who gave this woman with Down Syndrome a fake tattoo every Friday.

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The town that celebrated the holidays (including Halloween and Christmas) over one week in early October so that four-year-old cancer patient Ethan, who only had weeks to live, could take part.

The commuters who worked together to free a man wedged between a train and the platform.
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The Reddit users who helped this man attend his son’s high school graduation, after he posted that he couldn’t afford to travel the 300 miles to get there.

The Reddit users who helped this man attend his son's high school graduation, after he posted that he couldn't afford to travel the 300 miles to get there.

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The little girl who wrote this letter to her teacher after he came out as gay.

The little girl who wrote this letter to her teacher after he came out as gay.

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And the reaction of this 13-year-old when his best friend came out via text message.

And the reaction of this 13-year-old when his best friend came out via text message.

Twitter: @paleveil

Twitter: @paleveil

The friends who helped this deafblind Brazilian man experience the World Cup in real time.

The seven-year-old who set up a lemonade stand to raise money for his best friend’s surgery for cerebral palsy, and raised over $60,000 with the help of the community and the internet.

The seven-year-old who set up a lemonade stand to raise money for his best friend's surgery for cerebral palsy, and raised over $60,000 with the help of the community and the internet.

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And the six-year-old who wrote a book for his best friend with a rare liver disorder, and raised over a million dollars for research into the disease after copies were sold for $20 each.

And the six-year-old who wrote a book for his best friend with a rare liver disorder, and raised over a million dollars for research into the disease after copies were sold for $20 each.

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The parents who made a video celebrating their transgender son with the aim of promoting awareness and acceptance.

The parents who made a video celebrating their transgender son with the aim of promoting awareness and acceptance.

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And the family who issued a new birth announcement for their transgender son.

And the family who issued a new birth announcement for their transgender son.

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The dad who helped his 12-year-old daughter with mitochondrial disease dance her way through pageants.

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The little boy who took it upon himself to feed stray dogs every day.

The little boy who took it upon himself to feed stray dogs every day.

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And his dad, who helped him build an animal shelter in their garage after discovering what his son had been doing.

And his dad, who helped him build an animal shelter in their garage after discovering what his son had been doing.

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The basketball team who officially signed a five-year-old fan with leukemia to play with them for a game.

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The students who pitched in to buy their school janitor tickets to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert

The students who pitched in to buy their school janitor tickets to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.

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The three-year-old girl who decided to cut off her hair (and give Rapunzel a matching cut) so it could be made into wigs for children with cancer.

The scientists who invented a device that reroutes brain signals, enabling this quadriplegic man to move his hand with his mind.
The bus driver who stopped his bus, which was full of passengers, to comfort a bullied girl he saw crying on the footpath.

The bus driver who stopped his bus, which was full of passengers, to comfort a bullied girl he saw crying on the footpath.

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The community who not only helped clean racist graffiti off this mosque, but also posted messages of support.

And the people all around the world who sent treats to this little boy and his dying service dog, Bingo, to help them fulfill Bingo’s “lick it list”.

And the people all around the world who sent treats to this little boy and his dying service dog, Bingo, to help them fulfill Bingo's "lick it list".

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Cute Dragon Lizard Caught Playing Leaf Guitar In Indonesia

A Photographer from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Aditya Permana recently captured an incredible photo of a dragon lizard holding a leaf like a guitar. There’s only one image of the cute dragon lizard – but this photo shows something exceptional and special!

If you’re thinking the photo was manipulated in any way, he told the dailymail:

did not directly photograph the lizard at first, until the lizards feel calm and comfortable around me. I noticed it looked like it was playing a guitar – and it didn’t move at all.

If you’re into rock’n’roll scroll down have take a look at this dragon lizard rockstar playing a guitar leaf!

More info: Facebook | 500px | Twitter (h/t: dailymail)

This lizard was caught playing leaf guitar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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The photographer says the lizard wound up like this on his own

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The photographer with some of his friends:

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25 Of The Best Photos From The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards is finally here and have gathered again some of the best  amateur and professional photos around the world which have been showcased in a magnificent collection of the year’s best photography. These best photos are sure to please viewers featuring some powerful and breathtaking photography from a variety of categories.

With a total of 173,444 images from 171 countries this year received, this was 24% more than 2014! The winners will be revealed on April 32rd and are competing for a total of $34,000 in cash prizes. Participants competed in 13 professional, 10 open and 3 youth categories.

This contest is one of the best photography awards around today, showcasing some stunning photography from around the world. If you missed it, you should also check out 18 Of The Best Entries To The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards showcasing some more photo entries which aren’t in this list.

More info: worldphoto.org (h/t: huffpost)

“On the Tundra” by Simon Morris — People, Open

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A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia.

“Frog Story” by Harfian Herdi — Nature & Wildlife, Open

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Three cute frogs at morning light.

“Old Shepherd” by Saeed Barikani — People, Open

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An old Shepherd that had been surprised by snow storm in Gilan’s countrysides in the north of Iran.

“Cat Mothers” by Ramil Gilvano — Lifestyle, Professional

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Series of images from the life of photographer’s family

“CAESAR” by Christian Berthelot — Professional, Portraiture

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Caesar” are portraits of children. They were all born by caesarean section and they only have a few seconds of life – all survived. These photographys are the first performance of a new human being, unique and primal.

“Sweat and Blood” by Marcin Kloce — Sport, Professional Competition

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The photographs show a training session of sumo wrestlers from Miyagino stable in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo. The training was a very unique event as it was attended by Yokozuna Akuho Sho, who presented his master skills by taking part in several regular fights, all of which he obviously won. Special emphasis was put on showing how demanding sumo is an dhow fit and flexible the wrestlers are, what could be a surprise to those, who would judge them only by their appearance.

“Pray” by Muhammad Berkati — Arts & Culture, Open

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Taken in Bromo Indonesia.

“Restricted Areas” by Danila Tkachenko — Landscape, Professional

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The project “Restricted areas” is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress. Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have – this is the source of technical progress, which was the means to create various commodities, standards, as well as the tools of violence in order to keep the power over others. Better, higher, stronger – these ideals often express the main ideology of the governments, for these goals they are ready to sacrifice almost everything.

“Underwater Grace” by Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong — Sport, Professional

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The photographer attempts to capture the underwater grace and juxtaposition of the synchronized swimming team trainings in Singapore.

“Blue Fields” by Simon Butterworth — Landscape, Professional

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The images were shot from a light aircraft flying at between 4,000 & 5,000ft. The height was crucial in order to flatten perspective by using long focal lengths. Time of day and cloud cover were also critical, the abstract effect being heightened by complete lack of signifying shadow.

“The secondary trainer” by Anthony Kham — Sport, Professional

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Long time member of the gym, Rocky provides comfort and acceptance to the performer.

“Acid Survivors in India” by Jordi Pizarro — Conceptual, Professional

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A portrait series showing the effect of the acid attacks in India. The first picture is a reproduction of her pictures before the attack and the other one is a portrait that I took.

“Animal Behaviour” by Kimmo Metsaranta — Still Life, Professional

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In the series I have constructed still live images using cats. Animals have their own will and they will not pose at the behest of the photographer.

“Swedish dads” by Johan Bavman — People, Professional

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No other country provides such generous terms of parental leave as Sweden. The current system allows parents to stay at home with their child during 480 days in total – while receiving an allowance from the State. Out of these 480 days, sixty must be taken by the father or else are lost.

“Shadow City” by Ronaldo Land — Sports, Professional

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Skate in Rio de Janeiro

“Pelican Feeding” by Melissa Little — Nature & Wildlife, Open

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These pelicans are resident on the point at Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsular in South Australian and have become as opportunistic as the seagulls waiting for fish offal.

“Exuberance” by Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson — Smile, Open

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“Miracle Mile” by Gina Nero — Architecture, Open

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Miracle Mile is my first photograph taken after relocating to Los Angeles from New York.

“Hundred And Forty Centimeters” by Sabine Lewandowski — People, Professional

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Down syndrome is not a disease, it is not curable. People with Down syndrome have often physical and mental impairments that make them different from others. Since 2012 it is possible to determine by means of non-invasive tests before birth whether a child will have Down’s syndrome, as necessary, initiate an abortion. The photo series “one hundred and forty centimeters” raises questions about our relationship with the stigma of “living with impairment,” and the technical possibilities to determine this even before birth.

“A Life Apart: The Toll Of Obesity” by Lisa Kranttz — Contemporary Issues, Professional

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For years, Hector Garcia Jr. battled severe obesity and all its consequences: the pain, the ridicule and the lost hopes. After years of repeatedly gaining and losing hundreds of pounds, Garcia, who at one point weighed 636 pounds, once again was stuck in the back bedroom of his parents’ modest house, in San Antonio, Texas. His weight put him in a category known as severely obese, which makes up about 6.3 percent of the U.S. population.

“Glasgow; Second City of The Empire. On the run up to the Scottish Referendum,” by Dougie Wallace — Portraiture, Professional

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In Iraq, life expectancy is 67. Minutes from Glasgow city centre, it’s 54 The North South Divide. The Project London’s, Kensington & Chelsea has the UK’s highest life expectancy at birth, 84.4 years for men and 89.0 years for women Scotland’s, Greater Glasgow & Clyde had the lowest life expectancy 73.1 for men and 78.9 years for women It is even worse in a small pocket of Glasgow known as the Calton, where the World Health Organisation (WHO) puts average male life expectancy at 54).

“Headless” by Adrian Jaszczak — Arts & Culture, Open

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Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls that participated were aged 8-12.

“Futuristic Archaeology” by Daesung Lee — Conceptual, Professional

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Futuristic Archeology – Desertification in Mongolia Nomadic life has been central to traditional Mongolian culture throughout history. Even with changes brought about by urbanisation in recent years, 35% of Mongolians are living a nomadic life and thus still depend on their vast, open land for survival. This is increasingly difficult because their traditional way of life is now being threatened due to serious changes in the land. According to a survey made by the Mongolian government, around 850 lakes and 2000 rivers and streams have dried out.

“Une Crise Humanitaire2″ by Corentin Fohlen — Contemporary Issues, Professional

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Gore, Tchad. 1er juin 2014. Chad/CAR refugees/ Gore hospital/Guidi Oumarou, 19, seats on a bed at Gore hospital where her 2 year-old son, Mama Sale, is being treated for acute malnutrition. They arrived in Chad four months ago after two weeks walking in the bush to escape violence in CAR. She was at the hospital in CAR when the rebels circled the hospital and she had to flee with her sick boy.

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18 Photos That Reveal The True Beauty of Earth

Many of us live in urban environments filled with cement grounds, brick buildings with little nature. Living in these environments make us forget just how beautiful the earth truly is.  Today’s photographs reveal the beauty of our planet with it’s trees, sky, mountains, rivers and seas.

If you feel like you’re living in an artificial world sit back, take a deep breath, relax and take a look at these 18 Photos That Reveal The True Beauty of Earth!

1. Need a reason to stop staring at your phone? Look up!

Need a reason to stop staring at your phone? Look up!
Chris Zielecki / CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: zanthia

Redwood National and State Parks, California, United States

2. Everything the light touches is beautiful.

Everything the light touches is beautiful.
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South Africa, Africa

3. See the marvelous architecture and brooding clouds? It’s like something out ofLord of the Rings.

See the marvelous architecture and brooding clouds? It's like something out of Lord of the Rings.
Diana Robinson / CC BY-SA / Via Flickr: dianasch

Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Italy

4. And that canoe in the middle? It’s exactly where you’d want to be.

And that canoe in the middle? It's exactly where you'd want to be.
Shane Lin / CC BY-NC / Via Flickr: shanelin

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

5. If you love the tropics, raise your hand.

If you love the tropics, raise your hand.
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El Yunque, Puerto Rico

6. Or visit the mountains, if you prefer somewhere colder, but equally as epic.

Or visit the mountains, if you prefer somewhere colder, but equally as epic.
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Bernese Alps, Switzerland

7. In the fall, this kind of foliage will warm your heart.

In the fall, this kind of foliage will warm your heart.
Tatiana Bulyonkova / CC BY-SA / Via Flickr: ressaure

Yugansky Nature Reserve, Russia

8. Or you can take a dip in the center of natural symmetry.

Or you can take a dip in the center of natural symmetry.
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Lake Padarn, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales

9. This could be the most beautiful walk of your life.

This could be the most beautiful walk of your life.
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Great Wall, China

10. And just look at that sunset!

And just look at that sunset!
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Uluru, Australia

11. This monumental landscape actually touches the sky.

This monumental landscape actually touches the sky.
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Kalalau Beach, Hawaii, United States

12. You don’t have to climb it, just admire it.

You don't have to climb it, just admire it.
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Pedra de Gávea, Brazil

13. Even one of the busiest cities in the world can seem peaceful from a new angle.

Even one of the busiest cities in the world can seem peaceful from a new angle.
Josh Liba / CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: jliba Creative Commons

New York City, United States

14. These bizarre and brilliant shapes form an alternative skyline.

These bizarre and brilliant shapes form an alternative skyline.
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Reed Flute Cave, China

15. And in beautiful storms like this, you won’t mind forgetting your umbrella.

And in beautiful storms like this, you won't mind forgetting your umbrella.
LJ Mears / CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: lucasjames123

Queensland, Australia

16. Even deadly volcanoes have their charm.

Even deadly volcanoes have their charm.
Tom Bricker / CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: tombricker

Halema’uma’u Crater, Hawaii, United States

17. And don’t get us started on the wonders of the ocean.

And don't get us started on the wonders of the ocean.
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Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, United States

18. Why travel to space, when there’s still so much to see on Earth?

Why travel to space, when there's still so much to see on Earth?
Tong Yong / CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: tonyyong

Yunnan Province, China

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20 Portraits Of Babies Seconds After Birth

Photographer Christian Berthelot recently took a series of photos of newborn babies seconds after their birth (or C-section). These collections of portraits may be difficult for some viewers with the raw emotion and images of childbirth. Titled, Cesar, Christian decided to take the photos right when the ribbons of blood and vernix that accompanied the babies right after birth.

When I saw [my son] for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix,” Berthelot told Huffpost “He was like a warrior who has just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness.” It is from this perspective that his photos, while difficult to look at, gain a deeper and more beautiful meaning.

The details of this amazing photo series are in the links below, the series of photos will be displayed at the Circulation(s) festival in Paris until March 5th.

More info: christianberthelot.com | festival-circulations.com (h/t: huffpost, slate)

Leanne – 13 seconds after birth

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Christian Berthelot’s interest in childbirth photography grew after he witnessed the birth of his own son.

Liza – 3 seconds after birth

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With the help of Jean-Francois Morievnal, a doctor at the hospital where his son was born, he began the training required to allow him to take photos in the operating room.

Steven – 15 seconds after birth

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Only after 6 months of training did he start looking for expectant mothers who would allow him to photograph the birth of their children.

Kevin – 13 seconds after birth

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To date, Berthelot and Morievnal have photographer 40 C-section deliveries

Mael – 18 seconds after birth

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Louann – 14 seconds after birth

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Lize – 9 seconds after birth

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Margaux – 7 seconds after birth

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Chloé – 11 seconds after birth

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Romane – 8 seconds after birth

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34 Famous Photographers Pose Behind Their Iconic Images

When we see iconic images we rarely think of the people behind the camera who took them. So who do the people who have taken these most famous photographs actually look like? In a photo series called, Behind Photographs, US photographer Tim Mantoani aimed to highlight the people behind some of the most iconic images taken to date.

Starting in 2006, Tim rented a 20×24 Polaroid camera can started taking photographs of Jim Marshall and Michael Zagaris. He has since taken photos of over 150 photographers that have taken these famous photos from around the world. Their iconic photos being viewed by millions of people world wide, the iconic photos they are shown with represent some of histories most historic events while capturing the people who took them.

More info: behindphotography.com | mantoani.com | Amazon (h/t: designtaxi, demilked)

Steve McCurry – Girl In Afghanistan
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Steve McCurry: Peshawar, Pakistan 1984. I looked for this girl for 17 years and finally found her in 2002. Her name is Sharbat Gula.

Jeff Widener – Beijing 1989

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Jeff Widener – Beijing 1989

Harry Benson – The Beatles

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Harry Benson: Brian Epstein – Beatles Manager – had just told them they were number one in America – and I was coming with them to New York. 1964

Lyle Owerko – 9/11

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Lyle Owerko: No one knew such beautiful warm day would serve as the backdrop to one of the most painful and confusing events to the heart of mankind. This picture is one small part of such a huge event that ties the threads of thousands of stories and millions of people together. Written words will never convey the whole scope of the event, nor summarize the sounds, the smells or even voices that are frozen in my memory bank from that day. I did the best job I could in photographing the 9/11 so that future generations would have the idea of the scope of what happened, to have the evidence how innocence can so easily be snatched away in a razor’s edged moment in time. My hope is that in time the wounds and pain will heal and that wisdom and peace will prevail among the darkness of this event, so that humanity could move forward into a time of grace and understanding. 

Marry Ellen Mark – Ringmaster With Elephant

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Marry Ellen Mark: I am holding my photograph of Ram Prakash Singh and his beloved elephant Shyama – taken in 1990. Ram Prakash Singh was the ringmaster of “The Great Golden Circus” – this photograph was done in Ahmedabad, India – This was part of my Indian Circus Project. I love India and I love the circus, so photographing eighteen circuses all around India was an incredible experience. Unfortunately Shyama died a few months after this photograph was taken – supposedly, he succumbed to poisoned chapatti – Ram Prakash Singh was heartbroken – me also. 

Thomas Mangelsen – Brown bear

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Thomas Mangelsen: Brown bear, Brooks Falls Katmai National Park, Alaska. July 1988. I pre-visualized this possibility (of an image like this) from watching documentary films about the bears at Katmai and seeing a photograph in Alaska Air Magazine of a group of bears here at the falls. At the time, I was on a flight to Anchorage working on a documentary film about Sandhill Cranes and had a week between shoots. I phoned the park headquarters from the airport in Achorage and asked about getting a campsite. They said they were all full – except for one site, that was near the bear trail and nobody wanted it. I told them I would take it. I spent a week on a small platform above the falls trying to captures this image. I would go most days before sunrise and stay until dark. During that time I shot 35 rolls of film of pretty much just head + shoulders of bears + sockeye salmon leaping the falls. Six weeks later I opened the yellow box to see this image. It was a nice surprise. I hadn’t known that I got it. 

David Doubilet – Circle Of Barracuda

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David Doubilet: Circle of Barracuda, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The school of chevron barracudas circled the diver three times and pow they were gone into a dark afternoon sea. The oceans of the world have no straight lines; geometry like a perfect circle is a rare thing, but these barracudas will do this as a defense. 70% of our planet is an ocean. It is a place of infinite hidden beauty. It is a place where light behaves in a very different manner. Global warming/ climate change is about water. Coral reefs where I have spent most of my life are very threatened now—not just from rising temperatures but from the change in ocean chemistry = This is a world where my partner Jennifer Hayes and I go into. It is most of our planet. A world without corners that may be gone by the end of the century.

May Pang – John Lennon

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May Pang: Summer 1974 Long Island Sound NY. A relaxing time with his son Julian. I called this photo “Family Portrait”

Meil Leifer – Ali vs. Liston

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Neil Leifer: Ali vs. Liston – May 25, 1965, Lewiston, Mayne

Vincent Laforet – Me And My Human

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Vincent Laforet: I’ve been fortunate enough to witness some pretty amazing things in my relatively young career that began twenty years ago. Many were beautiful, others were horrifying; most were important moments in history every event big or small is important. One of the interesting things that I’ve learned through aerial photography is that taking a step backwards (or in this case 1,500 feet up) ironically often forces the view to become much more intimate with the image as they study it in much greater detail, and are forced to let their imagination take over. “Me and my human” Central Park, NYC

Bob Gruen – John Lennon

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Bob Gruen: John Lennon asked me to come to his pentouse apt. on the east side of New York to take pictures for the cover of his ‘Walls + Bridges’ album. After we took a series of portraits for the record cover we took some informal shots to use for publicity. I asked him if he still had the New York City t-shirt I had given him a year earlier and he went a put it on and we made this photo.

Elliott Erwitt – Two Dogs With Owner

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Elliott Erwitt: The picture I am holding was snapped in 1974 just across the street from my apartment in New York’s Central Park. It has been 38 years since that event and sadly I have lost track of the participants.

Lori Grinker – Mike Tyson

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Lori Grinker: Mike Tyson – 1980, age 14. I began a project on young boxers when I was a student. The legendary Cus D’Amato told me Mike would be the next great heavy weight champion, he was right – and I continued on with him for nearly a decade. He was a trouble but sweet kid who veered off the good path he was led to with all that comes with being a celebrity in that world.

Nick Ut – Napalm Attack In Vietnam

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Nick Ut: June 8, 1972 Trang Bang Village Kim Phuc 9 year-old girl South Vietnam drop napalm in her village.

Herman Leonard – Jazz Musicians

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Herman Leonard: It was early 1948 at the Royal Roost in New York. An afternoon rehearsal gave me a unique opportunity to photograph many giants of jazz with my trusty 4×5 Speed Graphic. What a great career! To do what you love and be entertained at the same time!

Douglas Kirkland – Marilyn Monroe

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Douglas Kirkland: This is from my Evening with Marilyn 

Carl Fischer – Muhammad Ali

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Carl Fischer: Muhammad Ali, New York, 1967

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Photographer Captures New York Going From Dusk Till Dawn In Just One Picture

How would you capture New York City in a single photograph? Stephen Wilkes, a photographer, has taken a series of photos titled, Day to Night. He accomplished his time lapse photos which catch the transformations of the Big Apple from sunrise to sunset.

Spending 15 hours at each single location taking approximately 1000 photos of each area. The finished results  of blending these images took about 50 separate photos making the change of light very subtle and gradual. Known for the City that never sleeps, New York going from dusk till dawn is a certain reminder that New York really does never sleep!

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18 Beautiful Places To Swim Around The World

Swimming is a place exercise when it’s a hot day and you want to have some fun! If you’re lucky enough to travel to other countries where it’s summer you should find out where the best beaches are to swim. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery and spectacular green environments, these are 15 places you must swim before you die.

This list features some of the most beautiful beaches and lakes where it’s safe to swim, with crystal clear water surrounded by sand, rocks or even mountains. If you love swimming outdoors, these beautiful places to swim will be great travel destinations!

Madeira, Portugal

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Sea caves of Papafragas, Milos, Cyclades, Greece

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Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

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Busuanga Island, Philippines

Busuanga Island, Philippines
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Breathtaking beaches and crystal clear water to splash in.

Breathtaking beaches and crystal clear water to splash in.
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Capri, Italy

Capri, Italy
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Explore a magnificent blue grotto, or bask on the sand.

Explore a magnificent blue grotto, or bask on the sand.
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Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
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Little lagoons of natural wonder speckled down the Cuillin mountains.

Little lagoons of natural wonder speckled down the Cuillin mountains.
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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece
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Take a dip in the big blue sea, with the sun on your back.

Take a dip in the big blue sea, with the sun on your back.
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Gozo Island, Malta

Gozo Island, Malta
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Swim through the famous Azure Window, or stay in the shallows.

Swim through the famous Azure Window, or stay in the shallows.
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Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii
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Swim past the coconut trees, or watch the sun go down over the waves.

Swim past the coconut trees, or watch the sun go down over the waves.
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Kerala, India

Kerala, India
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Seek shade under a fishing boat, and cool your heels in the surf.

Seek shade under a fishing boat, and cool your heels in the surf.
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The Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve, Portugal
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Golden sand, clear water and striking surroundings.

Golden sand, clear water and striking surroundings.
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Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park, North Western Australia

Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park, North Western Australia
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A natural spa pool in the middle of a National Park. Dreamy.

A natural spa pool in the middle of a National Park. Dreamy.
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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Paradise for swimmers, and for everyone else too.

Paradise for swimmers, and for everyone else too.
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Overwater bungalows in Pacific

Hahei Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Hahei Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
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Fresh white sand, rolling surf, and a sea breeze. Perfection.

Fresh white sand, rolling surf, and a sea breeze. Perfection.
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Pamukkale Springs, Hierapolis, Turkey

Pamukkale Springs, Hierapolis, Turkey
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Soak your tired bones in stunning natural hot springs.

Soak your tired bones in stunning natural hot springs.
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Lokrum Island, Croatia

Lokrum Island, Croatia
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Swim off the rocks on this serene island, or wallow in the lagoon.

Swim off the rocks on this serene island, or wallow in the lagoon.
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Taormina, Sicily

Taormina, Sicily
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Explore black sand beaches, or feel smooth pebbles beneath your feet in the waves.

Explore black sand beaches, or feel smooth pebbles beneath your feet in the waves.
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Estany Primer, Andorra

Estany Primer, Andorra
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A jaw-dropping glacial lake, in the Andorran Pyrenees.

A jaw-dropping glacial lake, in the Andorran Pyrenees.
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