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Cuadrilla Once, Bolivia
Photograph and caption by Marcio Cabral
Tempest at sunset on Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.
Cabo Pulmo, Mexico
Photograph and caption by Anuar Patjane
Surrounded by a swarm of jack fish in Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico. Cabo Pulmo is the best example of a recovered reef in Mexican seas. A few years ago the fisherman of Cabo Pulmo fished all the reef to the point that fishing stopped being a way to sustain their households and life in the reef was obliterated. So they decided to totally stop fishing and few years latter the reef recovered to an astonishing level, and it is today the best example of what the Sea of Cortes used to be like.
Photograph and caption by Andrey Omelyanchuk
This year I spent my winter holidays with my family at Zermatt ski resort. Zermatt is a small picturesque town located at the foot of the Matterhorn. The entire town is a car-free zone. Almost all vehicles in Zermatt are battery driven and completely silent. There are number of places with the amazing view of Zermatt and Matterhorn, but most of these places are rather difficult to access. To reach this stunning view point I had to hike up the ski slope in the dead of the night for 20 minutes.
Photograph and caption by Denis Budkov
Russia. Kamchatka. Tourists returning from a night excursion to the active volcano crater Tolbachik. Low clouds and light from the lava creates amazing red planet.
Photograph and caption by Vijay Nagarajan
A moment of bliss after witnessing the lonely sub adult searching for her mother in the wide spread fog. The view replicated the future of this beast going into bright future or faded one. Let alone the homosapiens decide it.
Photograph and caption by Raymond Liu
When i traveled Antarctic last November and happened to see the sunset clouds ....
Photograph and caption by Max Taylor
80 ft down and looking off into the blue, I sense something looking back. As the shadow grows larger and comes closer, the overwhelming sight of an 8 meter whale shark has me awe struck. The titan glides past, just a few feet away, when I remember the two things I should be doing - breathe! and get the photo! Taken in the Andaman Sea.
Photograph by Khalid Al Hammadi
I was waiting for this scene a long time ago, The master piece Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque floating and embracing by nature creates a magical rare scene during sunrise with its shadows reflected over the fog. I took this shot from the rooftop of 31 floor building in the first day of January, 2015, the first light of the new year was magical. I was chasing the weather everyday, after dozens of times I found what I was looking for, the moment that I can see how nature can embraces the architecture.
El Sardinero, Spain
Photograph and caption by Oscar Martinez
Petra Storm battered the atlantic coast all over Europe. Huge waves about 30ft broken at Mouro lighthouse located on the island of Mouro , at the entrance to the Bay of Santander. Its bleak situation caused during stormy days remain completely cut off sharply as the waves hit the small island where the lighthouse sits . The focal Lighthouse Mouro height is 38.7 meters above sea level , with the tower of 18.39 meters in height above the ground.
Photograph and caption by John Richter
This was my first time visiting the Painted Hills in Oregon. As the evening light settled in, the hills started to give off a nice glow. Using my zoom lens, I picked this view for the converging lines.
Photograph and caption by Arby Lipman
Ominous shapes and figures form in a lightning storm brewing just off the coast.
La Paz, Bolivia
Photograph and caption by Linda Rahmat
Three climbers making their way down after reaching the summit of Huayna Potosi mountain in Bolivia. They stopped to admire the breathtaking view as the sun had come up behind them.
Photograph and caption by Jonathan Fuhrmann
After a mostly sleepless night spent worrying about the heavy rain and gales battering my tent at the summit of Biodha Buidhe on the Isle of Skye, morning broke calm and quiet. Angry clouds were still hanging low over the Trotternish Ridge, though, and the impressive conditions, coupled with the long days this far north, left me with plenty of time to take some unusual "selfies" on the ridge.
Photograph and caption by Stefano Zardini
A sauna at 2.800 mt high, in the heart of Dolomites. Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps.
Photograph and caption by Hidetoshi Ogata
This is the one scene of the fire festival. This festival called "Yassai-Hossai" is founded on a fact that fisherman helped their god "Ebisu" who was drifted on Iwatsuta Shrine. They warmed Ebisu by burning of one hundred eight pieces of fire wood bundles.
Photograph and caption by Aaron Feinberg
After arriving later in the afternoon than I would have wanted to shoot sunset at the Great Sand Dunes National Park we hurried up to the top (700') and were able to witness one of the most amazing displays of light I've been able to capture. I had just purchased a Lightning Trigger which helped capture the long distance bolts. To best represent the scene 2 photos were taken in close proximity for best dynamic range.
Photograph and caption by Rune Svendsen
This shot was taken during a helicopter ride over Sydney in Australia. The famous Bondi beach was visible half a minute earlier, and this is over the less famous north Bondi suburb. It's amazing how the houses almost fall off the cliffs, with the splashing waves just beneath. The coastal walks along the eastern suburb beaches like Coogee, Clovelly and Bondi offer an exciting landscape and this picture captures some of it from above. Strong colours, waves, cliffs and beaches. This is Australia.
Franz Joseph, New Zealand
Photograph and caption by Johan Lolos
Franz Josef Glacier is a 12km long glacier located on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. It is unique in descending from the Southern Alps to less than 300m above sea level. That day, I was on a heli hike expedition with a friend. After having being dropped by helicopter, we spent the afternoon exploring all the giant crevasses and pristine blue caves of the retreating glacier. I was literally impressed by all the shades of blue, something out of this world !
Photograph and caption by Marina Cano
After a rough storm with heavy rain in Namibia, the sky cleared and brought us a wonderful light with a delicious rainbow. To complete the gorgeous scenery, a journey of giraffes came out from the bush. They were the treasure at the end of the rainbow. Who could ask for anything more?
Port Campbell, Australia
Photograph and caption by Douglas Gimesy
London Arch (formerly London Bridge) is an offshore natural limestone arch formation in the Port Campbell National Park, Australia. near Port Campbell (Victoria). This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge known as London Bridge. The span closer to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on the 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer span for many hours before being rescued by helicopter.
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Mt. Fuji, Japan
Photograph and caption by Akihiro Shibata
Mt. Fuji, Japan
Photograph and caption by Terence Lee
The coolest place I visited in 2014. Looks cool from above, looks cool from below. Of course I included 2 climbers in the picture for a sense of scale. Definitely one of the places that you got to see for yourself.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Photograph and caption by Marco T.
Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Big Sur, California
Photograph and caption by Jesse Callahan
McWay Falls - Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park | Big Sur, California
Rocking K, California
Photograph and caption by Mike Hitchner
The cold air bites at your lips and ears. However, the near freezing temperatures are well worth the discomfort. The milky way reaches across a limitless sky, while the gentle meandering river snakes through the countryside. The gentle light of a distant city combines with an approaching sun to give a wonderful soft glow on the horizon. Canon 5D Mark III, 14mm F/2.8, Manfrotto Tripod.
Arthur's Pass, New Zealand
Photograph and caption by Douglas Gimesy
The Devil's Punchbowl is in the mountains of New Zealand at Arthurs pass, where the southern alps divides the west and east coast of the South Island. Here at least a meter of precipitation falls a year, be it snow or rain, and life just flourishes, latching onto any nook and cranny which will provide it with just a strong enough foothold to withstand the harsh alpine elements.
Photograph and caption by Ahmed Al Toqi
( Camel Ardah) As it called in Oman, its one of the traditional styles of camel racing between two camels controlled by expert men, the faster camel is the loser one, so they must be running by the same speed level in the same track.
Photograph and caption by James Smart
Beautiful tornado tracks in open farm land narrowly missing a home near Simla, Colorado.
Photograph and caption by Eduardo Minte Hess
I was working at my family farm some 150 km from the Calbuco Volcano when a friend called me and told me what was happening, I took my camera and tripod and drove to Puerto Varas where a quiet chaos was ensuing and decided to keep on driving to darker area. Upon arrival the volcano was quiet again, not even vapour coming out so a little disapointed I went to rest. Two hours later hell broke loose and I could take some of the pictures I was dreaming about ever since Chaiten eruption in 2008.
Yosemite Valley, California
Photograph and caption by Ellice Cook
My first solo adventure overseas introduced me to the masterpiece of Yosemite. A humbling stone and timber fortress that somehow manages to challenge all sense of perspective you thought you had, both visual and on life; enabling you to come away with a more educated and broadened viewpoint. There is a wisdom hidden in nature, and Yosemite speaks it true.
Photograph and caption by Ashok Sinha
I completed my trip to all seven continents last year when I went to Antarctica in November. Since it was still early in the polar travel season (November - March), parts of the ocean had a thick layer of ice on which you could walk! That was one of the most exciting parts of the trip.
Photograph and caption by Derek Gerstmann
The late afternoon sun shines down on the Gorner Glacier above the Swiss town of Zermatt. The radiant heat offers enough warmth to let algae grow in the snow and cast a pink hue with their growth. The seasonal weather also causes the ice to crack and melt, which causes rivers and waterfalls to form from the runoff and cascade down the giant rock face of Monte Rosa Massif.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Photograph and caption by Qian Wang
People say 90% of the time, it is either raining or cloudy in Milford Sound, how luck I am to capture the moment whereby the thread of sunshine tipped onto the Mitre Peak for just about one minute time.
Photograph and caption by Oliwia P.
One of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen, long steep way to the summit was absolutely worth it. First rays of the sun looked wonderful in the huge crater of Rinjani volcano.
Hampden, New Zealand
Photograph and caption by Davide Simiele
The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.
Photograph and caption by Alan Bartels
The herd bull watches over his small harem as they cross the river while the Tetons catch the day's first rays.
Photograph and caption by Cristobal Escobar
Volcan Villarrica, ubicado a mas de 700 Kilometros al sur de Santiago de Chile, este Volcan desde el 03 de Marzo se encuentra en proceso eruptivo. esta fotografia fue tomada el pasado 11 de Mayo en la ciudad de Pucón.
Photograph and caption by Roie Galitz
The mother Cheetah is chasing the Thomsons Gazelle in the high speed action chase in the Serengeti, Tanzania. This is the run for their lives, since one of them will die after the chase - the Cheetah and cubs who haven't eaten in days or the Gazelle who might become their meal. They are both focused with their entire energy on every move and every step. At the end of the chase, the Cheetah mother and cubs had a good dinner. This is certainly one of the most exciting images of my life.
Liptovská Kokava, Slovakia
Photograph and caption by L. Majersky - LuMaX
Evening atmosphere on the fields under Krivan...
Monument Valley, Utah
Photograph and caption by James Hale
We arrived to this spot just before 5 pm in mid-October when the sun sets early. With the park closing at 5, all the tourists were leaving (the light trails are from the cars travelling the dirt road toward the main gate exit). We had plenty of time to set up tripods and work on the long exposure shots before leaving. I set the ISO at 100 since I knew I wanted the light trails via LE. My aperture was at 2.8, f10, focal length at 48mm (24-70mm lens), and shutter speed 158 s using a Nikon D800
Photograph and caption by Lauren Bath
I was on a job in WA and had been doing a lot of aerial work whilst on a boat in the Kimberley. When I got back to the mainland I had been scheduled a joy flight out to the oyster farms and luckily scored the same pilot. Since we already knew each other, Guy suggested flying over a field that usually has wild horses. As we approached everything came together nicely, they ran wild through the marsh and I snapped away. Not my sharpest shot but this photo is everything I love about photography.
Photograph and caption by Daniel Servitje
This photograph is from the trekking “Landmannalaugar”, considered one of the epic trails in the world. You are always looking at green patches on volcanic soils.
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Photograph and caption by Ben Ashmole
This image was taken whilst travelling by car from San Pedro De Atacama in Chile to the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. It was mid morning when we stopped next to the pristine waters of Laguna Blanca, which reflected the majestic Licancabur volcano like a mirror. As I knelt down to take a shot at the lakes shore, a family of vicuña began to walk past. With a little patience, I managed to catch this magical moment of a mother and her young stood in the still waters of the lake.
Photograph by Handi Laksono
I took this shot in Loikaw, Myanmar last February from the other hill of the pagoda that two monks with the umbrella stand, this pagoda is less tourist visit place, with the right timing when you visit here, you'll get the layers and the mist.
San Diego, California
Photograph and caption by Hana Asano
A woman finds herself in her own footprints of clarity, amongst the nature of the Imperial Sand Dunes.
Photograph and caption by Spencer Wynn
A horse driver in Inner Mongolia runs his horses to give them a chance to exersize and cool down in the heat of the summer.
Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia
Photograph and caption by Sakhr Abdullah
The Gharameel Desert - which located in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia - has wonderful rocks formations, it also called Gharameel Al-Rowalla. It is a unique land that make you feel like you moved to another planet. May think you are among ruins of an empty city ! In general view it looks very sad and scary specially in night but it is very attractive and beautiful. I like to see stars through its huge rocks. Technically I took one exposure for this scene with f/2.8, 25 seconds and ISO 6400.
Snow Hill, Antarctica
Photograph and caption by David Menaker
While touring the waterways along the Antarctic Peninsula, we saw two Adelie Penguins watching their surroundings from the top of an Iceberg
Photograph and caption by Xuan Hui Ng
We were on our way to Stykkisholmur (Iceland) when we chanced upon the horses. They were galloping across the plains with abandon.
Photograph and captions by Marthin Putra
this photo is taken from hot air baloon at turkey, Cappadocia. I am using canon 5D mark II using canon 17-40 4 L USM taken at arround 8-10 AM The relief consists of a high plateau over 1000 m in altitude that is pierced by volcanic peaks.
Photograph and caption by Pawel Zygmunt
The sea stack at Downpatrick Head known as 'Dún Briste' was part of the mainland until 1393 when heavy seas severed it from the mainland.Cave is on the bottom of Downpatrick Head cliff (126ft, 39 m)and it's usually filled with water.It can be only approached during the spring low tide.This place is extremely dangerous. First you have to climb down the cliff next walk for about 300 m on very slippery shelf uncovered by ocean during low tide,and than inside the cave with no escape.
Granite Falls, Washington
Photograph and caption by Jason Matias
I spent about an hour in the ice cave with my friend and my dog. At the back of the cave is a waterfall with a skylight (see the previous photograph) that had me befuddled as to how to capture it. As I was leaving I saw the sky softening and the pink hues on lips of the clouds. I had that feeling that this was going to be special. So, I waited and counted the cave kisses dropping on me and my camera. Note** On December 27th, a day after I was here, an avalanche occurred in this cave.
Yosemite Valley, California
Photograph and caption by Sebastian Wahlhuetter
An adventurer sitting on a small line between the Lost Arrow Spire and the main wall in Yosemite Valley with literally nothing than air under his feet.
Puerto Varas, Chile
Photograph and caption by Cote Baeza
On a trip photographing southern Chile, recently landed in Puerto Varas, I meet this strong show... Incredible, Amazing and terrifying in the same way.
Photograph and caption by Michel Zoghzoghi
We woke up at around 4 in the morning in order to make it in time to Deadvlei, Namibia before sunrise. I was down on the clay soil already preparing my shots mentally when the sun peaked above the dunes surrounding Deadvlei. It was a beautiful yet eerie spectacle. This single tree against the sand dune conveyed a profound sense of loneliness but also of serene beauty.
Photograph and caption by Sophie Carr
This is taken at the volcanic beach at Stokksnes in south-eastern Iceland in February 2015. I used a 2-second exposure to capture the water trails as the waves receded over rocks at the edge of the beach, just as the sun was setting behind me, illuminating the mighty Vesturhorn mountain and some peaks in the far distance.
Photograph and caption by Marc Henauer
Every year, humpback whales come to Kingdom of Tonga during July to September. The mothers raise their babies and when they are enough strong they go far away to the cold water. During whale watching activity, you can live some incredible experiences by interaction with this fabulous mammal. This young calf played with me during 30 minutes under the control of his mother, a great memory!
San Jose, California
Photograph and caption by Andrei D.
All the images that I am submitting are from the same trip in Norther California. I was around 400 feet in the air over the salt flats and was staggered at the color of the water and how the shape was affecting the landscape. It was an amazing experience.
Photograph and caption by Stéphanie Buret
From the sky, I took this beautiful scene.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Photograph and caption by Abrar Mohsin
Taken from a helicopter this is an ariel shot of Dubai land and sea. Dubai is know for its grandiose cityscapes, it also has a vast natural beauty which leaves one by awe.The serene turquoise water and the golden hues in the desert sand presents an interesting contrast.
Photograph and caption by Altug Karakoc
Taken on the sapphire tower with a Fujifilm X100s during a wonderful Sunset
Waterton Park, Canada
Photograph and caption by R. Collens
Early spring in Waterton Lakes National Park, I photographed this group of feeding mountain sheep on a hill top in the morning. As beautiful as this was to photograph, little did I know that fifteen feet behind me was also a mother fox and her litter of kits.
Photograph and caption by Chad McMahon
What a perfect morning for a photo shoot! Notice the Canada Goose photobombing the scene in the left side of the picture!
Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico
Photograph and caption by George Probst
Mackerel scad clear the way for a great white shark, as Mexico's Isla de Guadalupe (visible through the water's surface) rises in the background. The remote volcanic island, a designated biosphere reserve, is home to a number of endemic animal and plant species, as well as a small fishing village (pop. 150). White sharks migrate to the island in large numbers during the fall months to feed on yellowfin tuna, northern elephant seals, California sea lions, and endemic Guadalupe fur seals.
Photograph and caption by Stuart Chape
Aerial photo of people swimming in a rock pool on the coastline near Sydney, Australia.
Photograph and caption by David Chen
Herd of giraffe 5 minutes before its start to rain. Serengeti, Tanzania.
Shell Cove, Australia
Photograph and caption by Matthew Smith
Despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful creature. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting and composition. The blue of the zooid colonies underneath these animals ignites with glorious translucent blue in my underwater camera flashes, I thought this would look magnificent in front of a glowing orange sky. After many early mornings I eventually got my shot.
Photograph and caption by David Wrangborg
Along the coast by Calypsobyen on Svalbard slush and ice move with the waves. Some however are elevated above the motion.
Photograph and caption by Fred Wasmer
A spectacular aurora appears above Atigun Pass, in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska, on the evening of March 21, 2015. Yes, the aurora color is real - there was no color added during editing; no increased saturation or vibrance. This is a 2-second exposure; the aurora was changing so quickly that the shapes were blurring at slower shutter speeds. It will be a long time before I forget this night.
Photograph and caption by Sausse David
Alpinists go down Aiguille du Midi on a sharp ridge.
Photograph and caption by Sean Ensch
The mountain road, Trollstigen, in western Norway. I was lucky enough to live here for two months during summer and one evening I saw the valley filling with fog, so I drove up the road to watch the late summer midnight sun set as the fog swayed through the valley below.
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Photograph and caption by Felipe Arias Gutiérrez
This photo was taken during an afternoon safari in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. This huge male elephant was roaming around some bushes while we approached. However, he passed by as if he did not perceive us and continued feeding from leaves and grass. Such a close encounter was surely breathtaking.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Photograph and caption by Chris Ludlow
On a weekend trip to buffalo from Toronto we made a pit stop at Niagara Falls. I took this shot with my Nexus 5 smartphone. I was randomly shooting the falls themselves from different viewpoints when I happened to get a pretty lucky and interesting shot of this lone seagull on patrol over the falls.The sun rise in the background, the steam from the falls and the silhouette of the seagull come together for pretty neat composition in the photo.
Photograph and caption by Domenico Mangione
This picture was shot at sunrise near the village of Kalapana in Big Island (Hawai'i). The lava flow coming out from Pu'u'Oo jumps into the sea, generating new earth crust. It is a place where all the four elements gather together.
Photograph and caption by Motoki Uemura
I'm looking forward to seeing "Sakura light-up" at megurogawa river every spring.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Photograph and caption by Mark Duffy
40 below zero with the windchill. Everything frozen. Beautiful sight.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Photograph and caption by Giora Yorav
Photo taken as part of a Safari in Tanzania. in Ngorongoro Crater, the Zebras are not afraid of Humans. This allowed me to get real close and take this picture with a wide angel lens to include the beautiful crater and the dramatic sky.
Photograph and caption by Massimo Rumi
Swimming is an early morning ritual for many people in Australia.
Koehn Lake, California
Photograph and caption by Jassen Todorov
Incredibly beautiful and extremely remote. Koehn Lake, Mojave Desert, California. Aerial Image.
Photograph and caption by Eric DaBreo
California is currently in a severe drought and unfortunately majority of our waterfalls thrive only after heavy rain or snow storms. After a nice down pour I traveled out to Table Mountain located out side of Oroville, CA and hiked to Phantom Falls. This falls is usually fed by a underground spring, however with our water table dropping, the falls now only flows after a good rain storm.
Photograph and caption by Andy Barnes
Was with friends photographing the incoming waves on the shore edge but decided to go back behind them and get them in the picture to give it some perspective, slowed the shutter speed down to try and get the slow rolling wave.
Cape Town, South Africa
Photograph and caption by Neeve Terman
A view of Lion's Head from Kloof's Corner in Cape Town, South Africa.
Photograph and caption by Achmad Sumawijaya
A Jockey of Pacu Jawi bite the tail of Cow for speed acceleration
Photograph and caption by Jorge Hauser
American saltwater crododile (crocodylus acutus) in Banco Chinchorro, México.
After 15 minutes of aggressive and territorial behavior, he accepted our presence, and turned out to be a super friendly 10 footer. We called him Andy.
Photograph and caption by Sergio Carbajo
The young novices live near Hsinbyume Pagoda. After the tourists leave the place it becomes the perfect playground.
Kleine Scheidegg Pass, Switzerland
Photograph and caption by Togo Takamura
Hidden sunlight makes contrast on the surface of snowed hill.
Photograph and caption by Neogene Sparanza
We were searching for whale sharks close to Nosy Be island, Madagascar, when we saw a whale shark we just jump into the water and start to shot, this teen just dropped inside the water close to us and touched his big fin without any fear. It was my first trip using an underwater housing and a brand new camera, not bad imho.
Akaishi Mountains, Japan
Photograph and caption by Yuga Kurita
I climbed Mt. Akaishidake in the Akaishi Mountains in autumn. It was a very very long walk. It took a couple of days for me to get there. But I was rewarded with such an amazing view. It was well worth it.
Lake Florianopolis, Brazil
Photograph and caption by Chris Schmid
Aerial image of a woman doing kayak in Lagoa da Conceição, Florianopolis, Brazil.
Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Photograph and caption by Achmad Sumawijaya
Suns Rays covered Cemoro Lawang in the morning, at Mount Bromo
Photograph and caption by Benjamin Hardman
After hearing about an amazing valley of freestanding cliffs in the south of Iceland, my partner and I made our way out to see it with our own eyes. What we found was absolutely beautiful, named Fjaðrárgljúfur, with the Icelandic summer transforming the landscape into an indescribable land of green hues.Our intention with this shoot was to portray the feeling of a 'lone wanderer', isolated within nature. The sense of scale against the freestanding cliffs aided in telling this story.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Photograph and caption by Joanna Szewczyk
Photography is a passion, which complements me on my journey. This year, I had a chance to climb to the summit of the mountain Kilimanjaro. When I reached the top, tormented and exhausted, had a chance to admire the most beautiful sunrise in my life. An unforgettable moments!
Photograph and caption by Calle Hoglund
Stood knees deep at 4 am to try and get some shots of this beautiful waterfall in Sweden called Ristafallet. Its one of Swedens biggest waterfalls, lies near Åre which is a famous ski resort.
Was up there on vacation for 4 days and had hoped for some colors in the sky, but it was a no show.
As you can see the spray from the fall was pretty heavy, but I found some shelter behind the rock on the right.
Hamnøy, Nordland, Norway
Photograph and caption by Kristin Repsher
It's hard to find words to describe this scene other than "wow." By the time the sun finally made it above the horizon on this day in early January in the Lofoten Islands, the entire world had turned cotton-candy pink. We sprinted around trying to capture every possible angle in the perfect light...only to realise that it wasn't going away. In the end, it lasted for over two hours -- the entire time that the sun was on the horizon before it set around 1.15pm.
Photograph and caption by Marco Tagliarino
I took this photography during my last trip in Namibia. The weather give me a chance to take a amazing sky on one of the best landscape of the world ...
Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania
Photograph and caption by Luiz Carlos Dos Santos Jr.
This photo was taken in Ndutu, a place inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. It took me about 3 and half hours to get the perfect shot which was taken from outside the jeep. A cheetah and her cub after few tentatives of hunting a hartebeest calf. Pay close attention and you will see the cud hiding behind its mother.
Portland, Oregon, United States
Photograph and caption by Lisa Bao
The air was crisp with the recent change in seasons during my recent trip to the Portland Japanese Tea Garden. Autumn, now taking presence, was leaving trails of its peaceful awakening throughout the garden.
Svolvaer, Nordland, Norway
Photograph and caption by Marco Vergano
Shot on the summit ridge of the Vesteralen, Lofoten Islands
Olifftown, Georgia, United States
Photograph and caption by Aric Jaye
Image taken while kayaking in G.L. Smith State Park
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
Photograph and caption by Marc Henauer
A diver stand up front of the Hilma Hooker wreck. He look this boat and seem think it will never go away...it is sure. Also the bubbles seem make an interrogation point. The Hilma Hooker is a 200ft boat wreck. It rests with 100ft of water in the Caribbean Sea in Bonaire (a famous destination for scubadiving).
Photograph and caption by Ed Graham
I had a tripod set up on Godafoss waterfall in Iceland last month. I used a 10 stop ND filter to capture the movement of the water as the sun set in the distance.
Uyuni, Potosi, Bolivia
Photograph and caption by Hideki Mizuta
This photo was taken in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. I joined a sunrise tour starting from 2am. First of all I saw a star-filled sky and after I was waiting for sunrise in the car for a while. And then early in the morning about 5am, the scene I have never seen appeared through the window. That was an amazing view that I could not put it into words. So calm and silence morning, I walked away from people and took this photo in absolute silence.
Moab, Utah, United States
Photograph and caption by Manish Mamtani
I was out in the Arches National park to take night pictures but the clouds moved in. I waited for about 2 hours in the car and finally the sky cleared and I got this image. This Selfie Image was shot at the windows section.
Praia Mole, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Photograph and caption by Chris Schmid
Birdview of a surfer in the famous beach of Praia Mole located in Florianopolis, Brazil. This image has been made with the help of a drone.
Biei, Hokkaido, Japan
Photograph and caption by Burcu Basar
My interest in Hokkaido started after reading the famous Japanese author Murakami's books. I decided that the best time to truly experience the solitude and the dramatic landscapes of the region would be the winter. It has been around three months since I got back from Hokkaido and I still day dream about the place.
Čelinac Gornji, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Photograph and caption by Yosuke Kashiwakura
A crew of six rowed down the rapids in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both banks of the river were steep, and a vast amount of water rushed through the narrow width of the river. In conditions where they could conceivably capsize at any time, the crew unified all of their thoughts and were steering the boat with full control down a complex route.
Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
Photograph and caption by Andrew George
Last night's aurora borealis in Iceland with moonlight.
Photograph and caption by Adam Clark
John Collinson ski-tours under the midnight sun, Greenland
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
Photograph and caption by Francesco Riccardo Iacomino
A stunning sunset colors the floating icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland. It was a cloudy day so this amazing sunset has been unpredictable, but once we were there, it's been like living in a dream.
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