Landscapes

Landscapes by Alexei Drangovski | Алексей Дранговский

Про то,как “облачная рука” хотела схватит
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Цей-Лоам
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Кавказ осенний
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И гром,и молния,и солнечный закат
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Landscapes by Alexei Drangovski | Алексей Дранговский
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Cityscapes | Stuart Chape

11th Pollux Awards – Cityscapes | Winner. Stuart Chape

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Cityscapes by Stuart Chape
Winner, 11th Pollux Awards, Cityscapes Category

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‘Vanishing Identities’

11th Pollux Awards | Winner. Annette Bonnier, ‘Vanishing Identities’
“Indigenous Tribes in the Southern Omo Valley of Ethiopia have existed for hundreds of years with limited outside influence. They have cultivated their customs and rituals and have survived nature and mankind’s brutality. Yet today the outside world has infiltrated their balance and their survival is at risk.”

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In this edition 405 photographers from 52 countries participated in the Award submitting 4410 images. Given the quality of works, the juror, assisted by the team of curators of The Gala Awards have decided to award three photographers in this edition, that will share the First Prize. The prize of $3,000 will be divided among the three winners of the Award.

We’re proud to announce that Michael Knapstein from Middleton, Wisconsin, USA, Annette Bonnier from Miami, Florida, USA, and Julia Fullerton-Batten from Bremen, Germany (living and working in London, UK), were selected as winners of the 11th edition of the Pollux Awards.

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Paradise for pennies

Historically, paradise on earth has cost the earth: Persian emperors constructed opulent private gardens (pairidaēza – from which the word ‘paradise’ originates), European nobles built lavish Renaissance mansions deemed divine and, more recently, exclusive luxury resorts promise holidaymakers ‘a slice of paradise’.
But does paradise have to be synonymous with extravagance? We don’t think so. Here, a selection of Lonely Planet staff share their stories of earthly paradise found on the cheap, proving serenity is found just as often in more humble surroundings.

Cambodia is home to many resplendent beaches and islands – though some are quieter than others © Tony Calandruccio / Shutterstock
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The Dead Sea produces some spectacular sunsets © GMa / Shutterstock
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Traditional terracotta Berber structures dot the Atlas Mountains © Alberto Loyo / Shutterstock
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Surrounded by sand dunes, the village of Huacachina is a wonder to behold © Andrew Clifforth / Shutterstock
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Paradise for pennies: our tales of budget bliss
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Birding Photography

This volume of Chiiz, dedicated to birds, is replete with our feathered friends captured in film as they inhabit their natural habitat. Aptly nicknamed as the iDroneman, Chia Joel gives ‘A Higher Perspective’ of the world around him through his aerial shots. A dentist as well as a photographer, Vishal Kabre, gives tips and tricks on ‘long exposure in dental photography’ through his work. Nigel Voaden introduces us to the fascinating ‘Birds-of-Paradise’ as they serenade and court their prospective mates in a way that would put to shame the modern courtship of us humans. Sourav Mondal, in his work, not only gives the onlookers a visual treat, but also spreads awareness about nature and its conservation. Find all this and more in this issue and let the twitcher and the bird photographer in you take flight.

Tanja Brandt’s great passion since she could crawl in diapers, have been animals. Animals in general – especially birds of prey and big cats – and dogs in particular are her Kryptonite. For her, a life without animals is hard to imagine and as per her opinion, if someone does not like animals, then they will probably not stay with her for long. Her tryst with photography started when she wanted pictures of her animals. Not just any photos, she wanted to take photos that reflect the soul and character of each animal. Her frst attempt at photography was sobering to say the least. She realized that she had much to learn. Courses, workshops, webinars, books, exchange with other photographers, along with a lot of practice was what it took to be where she is today. Tanja has many credentials to her name which include winning many photography contests, publication in books, magazines and newspapers, association with brands like EIZO and Nikon among others. She is a keen photographer of animals and birds and only takes photos of them if they feel comfortable and are enthusiastically involved. She believes that working with the animals is invaluable and it takes more than mere technical understanding to capture the souls of the animals on film.
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Heather Thorning, a bird photographer from Perth,Western Australia, has always had a passion for wildlife photography but his true love lies in capturing birds in his frame. Birds, in his opinion, are the most amazing creatures and watching their behaviour never fails to intrigue him. He believes that every bird is unique in its own way. He is always wondering what a bird is really thinking or chatting about and always tries to tell a story about each particular bird through his images. “By photographing and spending many hours watching them you start to understand a little bit more about their habitats and fascinating behaviour”, says Heather.
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Sourav Mondal is a naturalist and a wildlife tour leader by profession and a passionate nature photographer. After completing his degree in Zoology, he opted for the full time career of a naturalist. Photographing rare animals is his primary area of interest and he has spent more than 3 years in eastern Himalayas in the quest of Red Pandas and other Himalayan wildlife. He works with a wildlife destination tour company and their team does awareness programmes in many villages adjoining to forests as well. His photographic work has been recognized across various platforms and have won Nature in Focus photography awards 2017. His photographs have been published in reputed magazines such as Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, The wild trail journal, Indian Birds etc.
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David Drangsland, lives in Mandal, Norway, and works as a site manager in construction. His interest in birds started when he was around 5 years old. He had the photography bug in him since childhood and had started taking photos at the age of 8 with a borrowed camera (8mm). He got his first camera at the age of 14 and his passion for photography has only grown ever since. He has been travelling quite a lot and always tries to get some birding photos during his trips.
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Steven Blandin is an international award winning fine-art bird photographer who leads instructional bird & wildlife photography tours in the United States and around the world. Currently ranking in the top 5 professional photographers in the state of Florida, he exhibits in art galleries in New York and across the United States. His work has been recognized multiple times and has been published in numerous magazines.
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Birding Photography
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Victoria’s Secret PINK 2018

Victoria’s Secret PINK 2018 Lookbook by David Gubert

Photographer: David Gubert. Fashion Stylist: Catherine Newell-Hanson. Hair Stylist: Jenny Kim. Makeup Artist: Jodie Boland at See Management. Models: Alécia Morais, Grace Elizabeth, and Maggie Laine.
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Victoria’s Secret PINK 2018
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National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 | Wallpapers

Editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest.

Sugar And Gum Drops
Photo and caption by The Scenic Suitcase
The colorful streets of Bo Kaap weren’t always this way. The facades were once mandated to be a drab, uniform color during Apartheid. After Apartheid ended, the residents painted their homes every color of the rainbow to celebrate their freedom. Visiting Bo Kaap during the intense mid-day sunlight, the houses were so brightly colored it was almost blinding!
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Sharks City
Photo and caption by Marc Henauer
The Bahamas is home to one of the largest shark communities in the world. Far from the preconceived ideas, diving with these animals presents almost no risk. In the natural state, man is not a prey for the shark, it is even rather fearful and it is not so easy to be able to approach them so close. South of Nassau, the environment to observe them is extraordinary with large wrecks laid on a background of white sand in translucent water.
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Sensual Sands
Photo and caption by Nikohl Starr
Coastal regions of the Namib are frequently enveloped in a thick belt of fog developing offshore from a collision of the cold Benguela Current and warm air from the Hadley Cell. So as the helicopter took off that morning, I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t see much of the coast. As luck would have it, pockets of sun were able to penetrate the dense fog and illuminate the dunes below, casting intense dark shadows. The results were incredibly sensual and complex images that looked otherworldly.
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Blue pond in early winter
Photo and caption by Mac So
Blue pond in early winter. In Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.
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Rhino Silhouette
Photo and caption by Khai Chuin Sim
Took an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara national park, searching for the great migration, where I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree. The back lit from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead.
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Travel Photographer of the Year 2018
Wallpapers
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