From alien architecture to neon water reflections, the last 12 months have delivered a stunning array of photographic treats. To celebrate the new year we have hand-picked a collection of the most mind-bending, sublime, and spectacular photographs we’ve been treated to in 2018.
As drones have become increasingly accessible the field of drone photography has exploded with a variety of incredible aesthetics. Some of the most impressive drone photos this year came from German photographer Kevin Krautgartner. Alongside two striking collections offering surreal aerial perspectives on mining in Australia, Krautgartner also chronicled his long car journeys to often remote sites via a series of drone snaps from above.
Spanish artist Al Mefer’s psychedelic photography was also a 2018 highlight. His Deserts of the Future and Alien Architecture collections took earthly sights and transformed them into surreal otherworldly visions. A Russian photographer known as Local Preacher also embraced neon-drenched psychedelia this year, particularly in a collection called Liquid Portals focusing on the colorful abstractions found in water reflections.
The last 12 months also served up compelling geometric ice patterns, massive solar power plants, gothic South African nightscapes, and foggy Dubai vistas. Take a look through our gallery to trip through some of the more astonishing images captured in 2018.
(For the source of this article, and to see all 52 digital photo images, please visit: https://newatlas.com/gallery-best-photographs-2018-year/57813/)
The Historic Photographer of the Year is only in its second year but it is quickly securing a place as one of the most aesthetically exciting and intellectually stimulating photographic competitions on the increasingly crowded annual calendar. This year’s incredible winners celebrate a medieval island commune in France, a surreal WW2 anti-aircraft sea fort, and an ancient Scottish stone circle.
1. Le Mont Saint-Michel, France 2. Callanish Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis, Scotland 3. Palmyra, Temple of Bel, Syria 4. Pripyat, Chernobyl, Ukraine.
There seems to be a photographic competition for every kind of niche interest these days –drones, underwater, iPhones, panoramas, astronomy, and Instagram all have their own dedicated awards. And while on the surface a photography competition centered entirely on historical and cultural sites around the world may seem as niche as they come, in reality it has generated one of the more compelling collections of images delivered in the past 12 months.
The competition is pretty straightforward, with the main category covering images illustrating any historical site around the globe. This can include everything from spectacular castles and ancient prehistoric stone structures, to more modern historical images such as decaying vistas of Chernobyl and brutalist architecture from the 1970s.
Le Mont Saint-Michel, France
“Historic and cultural sites are among the most picturesque places on the planet and the very best shots demand not only time and patience but also a willingness to get off the beaten track and frame their place in history in a unique and personal way,” explains Dan Snow, one of the judges. “This year’s winning entries and submissions perfectly showcase just how stunning the history all around us can be and will doubtless encourage people to get out there and see these amazing places for themselves.”
Snow, famous for numerous BBC history documentaries, and the rest of the judging panel came up with three winners this year, alongside an expansive and impressive shortlist. The overall award went to Daniel Burton for a gorgeous shot of a medieval island commune in France called Le Mont Saint-Michel (pictured above).
Callanish Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Two new sub-categories were introduced this year. The Ancient History category, covering subjects primarily dating earlier than 500 CE, was won by David Ross for his remarkable shot of the Callanish Stones at sunset (above). The mysterious stone monument is thought to have been erected some time between 2900 and 2600 BCE.
The English History category was won by Mark Edwards for his haunting image of the Red Sands sea forts. These historic forts were built for anti-aircraft defense in the Second World War.
“They were operated by the army and destroyed several flying bombs,” explains Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England and another member of this year’s judging panel. “Built 76 years ago at Gravesend, the forts bear witness to the ingenuity of these building defenses along our coast in wartime Britain.”
Alongside the obvious aesthetic and technical proficiency of the photographs, a vital judging criteria in the competition is the historical story behind each image and how the photograph evokes that narrative. This excitingly novel aspect to the competition makes the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards a little more interesting than the average photo competition.
Take a trip through our gallery for a closer look at all the amazing shortlisted images encompassing thousands of years of compelling human history.
Source: Trip Historic
1. Enisala, Romania 2. WW2 Bunker, Isle of Sheppy, near Kent, England 3. The Daymark, Kingswear, Devon, England 4. Engine Room, SS Great Britain, Bristol, England
(For the balance of this article, including all 56 award-winning images, please visit: https://newatlas.com/historic-photography-awards-2018-gallery/57505/)
Camera drones are not only getting better, they are also getting cheaper, giving more and more aspiring aerial photographers the tools to gather incredible imagery from above. All over the world, hobbyists and professionals are putting their aircraft into the sky to gain incredible new perspectives on the natural world. Here we take a look at some stunning examples taken from photo-sharing platform Dronestagram.
In the space of a few short years, drone photography has become hugely popular, meaning there are more eyes in the sky than ever before. These flying cameras can be positioned out over waterfalls, above forests and in the midst of wildlife to show us perspectives on the world that simply haven’t been seen before.
In the mix here we have all manner of natural phenomena, from flamingos taking flight, to majestic waterfalls in Laos, to frozen lakes in Siberia where cracks are beginning to appear. This particular photo reveals a rocky coastline in Portugal.
And this one shows a waterfall in El Salvador’s El Impossible National park. Dronestagram user “Champagneroads” believes she was the first person to fly over this incredible landmark with a drone.
To see the full selection of images, jump on into the gallery.
(For the source of this article, and to see many additional photos, please visit: https://newatlas.com/jaw-dropping-drone-photos-natural-world/57333/)
The winners of the incredible Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards have been revealed showing off spectacular work from the world’s best astrophotographers. The top prize this year was given to American photographer Brad Goldpaint for his sublime shot of a lone photographer capturing the Milky Way near Moab, Utah.
Goldpaint’s magnificent photograph won him a £10,000 (US$12,800) top prize, with Will Gater, one of the judges, commenting, “For me this superb image is emblematic of everything it means to be an astrophotographer; the balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of land and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty.”
The competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, is in its 10th year with this round bringing in over 4,200 entries from 91 countries. Open to both professional and amateur photographers, there are eight main categories in the competition, including Galaxies, the Moon, the Sun, Aurorae, and Skyscapes.
A Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category is also a significant part of the competition, focusing on the incredible skills of astrophotographers aged 15 years and younger. Fifteen-year-old Fabian Dalpiaz from Italy took the top £1,500 (US$1,900) prize in this category for his striking snap of the Alpe di Siusi in Italy. The gorgeous composition indulges in the autumnal colors of the landscape while capturing a passing meteor trail in the sky.
“With a competition that keeps on flourishing over the years, the growing community of amateur astrophotographers have time after time surprised us with technically accomplished, playfully imaginative and astoundingly beautiful images that sit at the intersection of art and science,” says Melanie Vandenbrouck, a curator at Royal Museums Greenwich and judge in this year’s competition. “This year did not disappoint. To pick just 31 winners from the 134 shortlisted images was fiendishly difficult!”
Other highlights in the jaw-dropping competition include a mind-bending shot of a solar eclipse, an eerie yet beautiful image of a silhouetted figure looking out to the cosmos, and a unique view of the aurora borealis in the UK filled with unusual colors.
A book featuring all this year’s winners and shortlisted entries is available at Royal Museums Greenwich, and if you’re in the UK you can see all the best images from this, and previous years, in a special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in London.
Check out all the awe-inspiring winning and highly commended images in our gallery.
Source: Royal Museums Greenwich
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The winning image this year, selected from nearly 2,500 entries, came from United Arab Emirates-based photographer Yousef Al Habshi. Zooming in on a unique type of beetle, only found in the Philippines, Habshi’s image captures the green scales surrounding the weevil’s compound eye in never-before-seen detail.
“Because of the variety of coloring and the lines that display in the eyes of insects, I feel like I’m photographing a collection of jewelry,” says Al Habshi. “Not all people appreciate small species, particularly insects. Through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world which hasn’t been seen before. It’s like discovering what lies under the ocean’s surface.”
Second place went to an equally extraordinary image of a Fern sorus. This striking snap used autoflorecence, capturing incredible colors by striking the structure with ultraviolet light. Third place was given to a somewhat more traditional, but no less spectacular, image of a spittlebug in the midst of constructing its “bubble house”, a protective structure made from a foam substance.
“The Nikon Small World competition is now in its 44th year, and every year we continue to be astounded by the winning images,” says Eric Flem, from Nikon Instruments. “Imaging and microscope technologies continue to develop and evolve to allow artists and scientists to capture scientific moments with remarkable clarity. Our first place this year illustrates that fact beautifully.”
Take a look through our gallery featuring all the winners, honorable mentions and images of distinction in this remarkable competition.
Source: Small World Nikon
Handy Men All!
This South African Cop probably missed a few training days
Garden or no garden, we must have a trampoline
I’ll wear it, but only because I have to!
Easy to walk forwards, not so easy to get back…
This man’s got his priorities straight
If they pull this off they’re engineering geniuses
I like teamwork, but this…?
Keep on believing! Nothing can go wrong
What’s the one part of your body you shouldn’t trust to a galloping giant?
Oh yeah, like that’s gonna help?
Can’t find your helmet? No problem – use a bucket
Ok, friend, I’ve got a job for you. It’s a tough one…
An opened window does not a balcony make
This guy likes his odds
Do you think he’s a professional window cleaner?
The Drone Awards is a new photography competition dedicated to the emerging art of aerial photography. This year’s inaugural competition has just revealed its winning snaps, a spectacular assortment of photographs ranging from gorgeously abstract images to profoundly unique portraits of urban life.
The competition was started by a non-profit association called Art Photo Travel, based in Italy, that’s dedicated to promoting photography and culture. The association is behind one of the stronger photo contests in the world today, the Siena International Photo Awards.
Inspired by the breadth of work emerging in the field of aerial photography the new Drone Awards set out to feature this new form. Describing the mission behind this new competition the organizer’s write:
“Becoming more sophisticated, cheaper and more accessible, drones, along with satellites, have moved from warfare technology towards a constant state of Orwellian nervousness. In this growing debate, regarding surveillance and privacy issues in the midst of ever-advancing technology, the role of the artists seems seminal. Contemporary aerial artists continue to use photography to create images of extraordinary reach and power, deepening our understanding of the world beyond its surface appearance and the way we relate to it.”
There are six categories celebrated in the competition spanning the usual suspects for drone photography awards: Nature, Sport, Urban, Wildlife and People. But perhaps the most interesting section of the bunch is the Abstract category. This section really nails into the artistic side of drone photography with some truly breathtaking and surreal images of geometric patterns.
The Grand Prize winning photograph this year went to a familiar snap from Florian Ledoux called Above The Polar Bear. Ledoux’s beautiful photograph, capturing a polar bear leaping across a gap in the sea ice, has already won a heap of awards over the past twelve months and rightly so. It’s an immediately iconic and memorable image.
Other standout shots include Gabriel Scanu’s haunting shot of Mada’in Saleh, an archaeological site in Saudi Arabia, a truly psychedelic image of an iceberg, and Entrance to Hell, from a Chinese photographer taken off the coast of Hawaii.
Take a look through the gallery for a glimpse at all the captivating winners in this impressive new photo contest.
Source: Drone Awards (For the complete set of 114 photos visit: https://newatlas.com/drone-photography-awards-contest-winners-gallery/55636/)
Pictures Worth More Than Words
The Wonderful Thing About Authentic Photographs is,
That They Often Render Words Unnecessary!
The winners of the Macro Art Photo Project have been revealed with first place awarded to a magnificent shot of two mayflies perched atop a poppy. The competition highlights the world of plants and gardens through the lens of macro photography.
The Macro Art Photo Project is part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, an annual global search for the best in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. Alongside the primary competition (with entries open until late October), there are three seasonal, smaller scale awards offered. This year those smaller projects include black and white, macro art and still life. The still life project will not be revealed until early September, but winners have been announced in both the other smaller categories.
Alongside Peter Sabol’s beautiful winning shot, other commended entries include Richard Kubica’s frightening close-up of a jumping spider, a surreal image of two leaves that resembles a pair of apples, and a vibrant close up of moss framed to look like tiny strands of fire.
The Macro Art Project follows on from the Black & White seasonal competition awarded earlier this year. That competition focused on the ways black and white photography can be used to emphasize textures, patterns and shapes in the realm of garden photography.
The International Garden Photographer of the Year is run in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. Entries close for the main competition on October 31st with winners announced the following February before a touring exhibition kicks off to celebrate the best photographs.
(For the balance of this article please visit: https://newatlas.com/best-macro-art-garden-photography-gallery/55749/)
Great Photos From Around The World
Zulu Bead Glasses – Copyright 2018 by Paul Ross of Santa Fe, NM Email: email@example.com
TIMES YOU AND I NEVER SAW
Camping out in 1918.
At least this one won’t be quite as dangerous as the old single wheeled models.
Look in the trailer over the back wheel.
They have their baby in there!
This was the approved way to change the street lamps in 1910.
A single Paddy Wagon. Never knew they had such a vehicle!
Here is an early motor-home, built in 1926.
This is a travel tent accessory built in 1910.
These are vintage treadmills in the 1920’s.
This is a 1920’s refrigerator.
Only the elite could afford such a thing, and most still had the old ice boxes.
A hair dryer in a 1920’s Salon. What a contraption!
Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911
A postcard from the 1800’s advertising a knife throwing act with the traveling circus.
A Strong-woman balances a piano and the pianist on her chest.
London, in the 1920’s, this was a telephone engineer. What a job!
A Gibson Girl in her corset in the early 1900’s. Those poor women.
This was one fad that really hurt a lot of women for life.
The Real Estate Firm
Real Estate Consultant
1521 E Elliot Road Ste 104
Gilbert, Arizona 85234
I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
Fascinating Old Photographs
Cowboys around the hoodlum wagon,
Spur Ranch, Texas, 1910Judging by the saddle style, this
unidentified cowboy was working in the late 1870s or early 1880s. In his holster, he carries a Colt model 1873 single action revolver with hard rubber grips, and he
has looped his left arm around a Winchester
model 1873 carbine in a saddle scabbard.Snow Tunnel ~ On the Ouray and
Silverton Toll Rd ~ Colorado ~ 18881899
Concord , Michigan
Buggy & Wagon ShopThankful someone took the time to
photograph this type of beauty – April 1937. Buttermilk Junction, Martin County, Indiana .1887 – West
Center Street, Anaheim , California.Now we have Disneyland here!Moser’s Guns, Banjos, and Mules at the livery stable in East Tennessee around
1890In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9
earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California. That is a huge running crack in the ground.Now they are building houses right on the line as fast as the boards can be delivered.
Hmmmm…This is what real cowboys looked like
in 1887. Not as fancy as on TV, huh!(Notice 1st 2 women w/short skirts to stay out of the dirt!)Some of the toughest, bravest people we know of. They gave it their all to go west and start a new life. This wagon train is in eastern Colorado in 1880.This moose team belonged to W.R.
(Billy/Buffalo Bill) Day. They were found by a Métis near Baptiste Lake, Alberta
in 1910 and were reared by bottle and broken to drive by Mr. Day at Athabasca
Landing during the winter of 1910.Mr. Day and the moose team hauled mail and supplies.In the American Civil War, soldiers
were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch.Some draftees had their front teeth
removed to avoid service. In our day they just jumped the border into Canada.Here we have a tired old prospector
during the Klondike Gold Rush.Lulu Parr – Her skill with the gun
caught the attention of Pawnee Bill, who signed her to his show in 1903. She left that show but came back in 1911. By that time, Pawnee Bill had joined Buffalo Bill’s show.Buffalo Bill was so in awe of Lulu’s
willingness to ride unbroken ponies that he presented her with an ivory-handled
Colt single-action revolver, engraved with
‘Buffalo Bill Cody to LuluParr – 1911.’From the driver’s seat of a 40-horse
team. These rigs were used to haul Borax out of Boron, California & then loaded onto railroads for manufacturing.All this so you could do the laundry!Man, that’s a lot of horses!Hoops had to be removed before taking
your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage.A deer hunter living in a log, 1893.
Tough guys live in tough places, I guess. Home is where you make it!Omaha Board of Trade in mountains near
Deadwood, April 26, 1889. It was created in 1889 by John C. H. Grabill, photographer. The picture presents a procession of stagecoaches loaded with
passengers coming down a mountain road.
This is a stunning photograph from 1862. The image shows a Civil War ambulance crew removing the wounded from a battlefield.It shows a horse-drawn ambulance, and the Zouave uniforms of this unit.
TRULY AMAZING PHOTOS!
Each year in February
the Sun’s angle is such
that Horsetail Falls Waterfall lights up
like fire. Yosemite, USA
Panda, scared after the
earthquake in Japan, embraced the leg of a
Kalapana, Hawaii where the sea
meets the lava.
Beijing Airport by night.
Two year-old Chimpanzee feeding
milk to “Aorn”, a small tiger 60 days old.
Ducks tend to continue
to be seen in birth order,
whether or not by their mother.
Highway in Japan with snow
more than 10 meters high.
Spectacular rice fields in
Austria’s Green Lake is a
beautiful park in
winter. The snow melts in summer and
creates a very clear lake.
Undersea tunnel linking Sweden
The world’s highest swimming
pool is located in the skyscraper Marina Bay
Amazing lightning storm over the
Beautiful image of a panda bear
“The Road to Heaven”,
a place in
Ireland where every two years the stars
align with the road.
World’s Largest Swimming Pool in
Chile. More than 1,000 yards long.
Crystal Palace. Madrid.
Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain,
The Northern Lights,
The white owl.
The famous” Rosa Moss Bridges”,
Tower. Romantic and beautiful Paris,
Road to Hana, Maui,
Sea otters hold hands while they
sleep in case the current changes, so they
There are animals with
more sensitivity than many people.
Fireman giving drink to a baby
Koala in Australia fires.
Amazing view of
Manhattan, New York from above.
Frozen bubbles in the Canadian
An Iridescent spiral cloud in
observed on October 18,
View of the semi-submerged
Northern lights over
the Rocky Mountains in
A pink lake, due to the harmless
bacteria of Retba Lake, north of the Cap
Vert peninsula of Senegal.
This dog saved her puppies from
a fire at home and put them safely in one of
the fire trucks
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu
Just a reminder: Life does have an expiration date ……….. so it is time to enjoy each and every day.