The world is a storybook of unrivaled diversity, whose tale is only told by those who are willing to venture out and turn the page.

Winning images and more from the 2018 SkyPixel Aerial Photo & Video Contest

Mont Saint Michel
by Deryk Baumgärtner
Grand Prize Winner
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Running through the sand dunes
by Trung Pham
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Burden salt harvest
by TuấnNguyễn
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Not a small HK island
by Panvelvet
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Wake Up
by Petra Leary
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Red Train
by sebastianmzh
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Two
by Baltskars
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The world is a storybook of unrivaled diversity, whose tale is only told by those who are willing to venture out and turn the page.

more at skypixel

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Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead

Venice has captured travelers’ hearts for hundreds of years. An artistic and architectural masterpiece, this city on the sea is home to the iconic Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, and Saint Mark’s Square. But what happens when people flood the canals faster than the rising water? Venice receives around 30 million visitors per year, and overtourism isn’t just affecting the city’s romantic vibe. Heavy foot, boat, and cruise traffic is polluting its delicate lagoon, and locals are leaving because of ballooning property values. (Tourists could destroy Venice—if floods don’t first.)
By Caitlin Etherton

Bruges, Belgium
Photograph by Sorin Colac
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Suzhou, China
Photograph by Jan Wlodarczyk
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Gold Coast, Australia
Photograph by Enrique Díaz
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Annecy, France
Photograph by Robert Harding
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These historic harbors rival Italy’s “City of Canals.” Here’s how to see them responsibly.
more at National Geographic

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Modes of transport

Transport is largely seen as something practical and often gets overlooked for its aesthetic qualities. But boats, cars, trains, planes, and more, can be visually outstanding in their own right; from the engineering to the strategy that goes into their operation – not to mention the natural beauty of the environments they travel through.

Travel by bicycle
by Mario Gustavo Fiorucci
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Boy on the back of the bicycle
by Tom Franklin de Waart
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Hot Pursuit
by Marco Tagliarino
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Diamond Lake
by Dmitry Skvortsov
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Together till the last lights of the day
by Marco Tagliarino
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Modes of transport
more at photocrowd

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The Valley of Litter

Enraged by the abundance of plastic waste taking over our oceans, British photographer and Hasselblad Ambassador Karl Taylor decided to make a drastic statement with his imagery; from volunteers collecting thousands of pieces of garbage from the nearby coastline, Karl staged studio shots using a baby placed at centre stage in this valley of litter. With the Hasselblad H6D-100c as his camera of choice, Karl executed his vision with a superior level of detail and tonal range, creating thought provoking images intended to shock its viewers into taking action for our planet.

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… What was the process behind the second image of a baby laying in an eye-shaped litter design?

We wanted an overhead shot to show the scale and quantity of the items collected. Again, I felt that including a baby would create a stronger message, playing on the concept of our future. Thinking about concepts that related to the future, health and what we choose to ignore, I decided on an eye.
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The Valley of Litter
by Karl Taylor

more at Hasselblad

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Bruce the Bald Eagle

Interview: Incredible Split-Second Photo of Bald Eagle with Symmetrical Reflection

Amateur wildlife photographer Steve Biro has been photographing birds for the past 10 years. Intrigued by their behavior and pushed by his love for the outdoors, Biro spends hours each week honing his craft. On a recent trip to the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario, an interaction with a feisty Bald Eagle resulted in a photo that’s been causing a sensation online.

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Bruce the Bald Eagle
Interview: Incredible Split-Second Photo of Bald Eagle with Symmetrical Reflection

more at My Modern Met

Being a Good Land Steward as a Photographer

“I arrived in Moab, Utah two days ago to attend and teach during the 1st annual Nightscaper conference where some of the greatest night photographers have gathered to share our common passion under the dark, starry skies of Moab.

Over the last 6 years of teaching in Moab, I have noticed a lot of big changes happening. Many more lodging facilities have been built and with this comes increased tourism and activity in the area. Why wouldn’t anyone want to come to Moab? After all it’s home to both Canyonlands and Arches National Park as well as many other areas that are ideal for outdoor recreation. The weather is good and on a moonless night the skies are super dark in Arches and even darker over in Canyonlands.”

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Being a Good Land Steward as a Photographer
by Darren White

more at Sigma

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Beautiful Blenheim

This unique World Heritage Site is a perfect location for all types of garden photography with several Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including the Great Lake and the ancient oaks in High Park. From secret gardens to open parkland, Blenheim Palace is a photographer’s dream.

‘The Grand Bridge’
by Cereta Drewett
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‘Golden Hour’
by Robin Birchmore
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‘Between the Lines’
by Brian Lee
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‘Early Morning From The Harry Potter Tree’
by Brian Lee
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‘Footbridge Reflections’
by Elaine Cox
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To accompany a major exhibition in 2019, IGPOTY and Blenheim Palace have teamed up to offer a new free to enter special award to celebrate the beauty of this extraordinary location. Use photography to capture the enduring beauty of Blenheim Palace and the majesty of the 2,000 acre Capability Brown designed landscape.
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Beautiful Blenheim
more at International Garden Photographer of the Year

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