Jordan: Lost City Of Arabia

The fabled lost city of Petra needs no introduction… hidden away in the heart of the Jordanian desert for centuries, Petra obtained a mythical status with much speculation as to whether it existed at all. When the Swiss explorer Burckhardt befriended the local Bedouins in 1812, he ‘discovered’ the magical city, and it finally became known to the western world.

However, there is much more to Jordan than just Petra and on this diverse trip we’ll enjoy a incredible variety of experiences. Whether it’s exploring the superbly preserved ancient streets of Roman Jerash or camping under a canopy of stars in the red desert sands of Lawrence’s Wadi Rum; or whether it’s floating in the magical waters of the Dead Sea and staying with local villagers in the northern hills, Jordan has so much to offer anyone who has ever dreamt of travelling to this Middle Eastern gem.
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Jordan: Lost City Of Arabia
more at Wild Frontiers Travel

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Ocean Art

Winning Images from the prestigious 8th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
This competition is one of the most prestigious nature photo contests in the world, and the winning images represent some of the best underwater photographs of the year.

Wide-Angle Category
5th Place – Taeyup Kim
Shot in Fakarava, French Polynesia
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“Sheep in Dreamland”
Honorable Mention – Chun Ho Tam
Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
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1st Place – Virginia Salzedo
Shot in Puglia, Italy
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Underwater Art
4th Place – Tae Wook Kang
Shot in Daegu, South Korea
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Best of Show
“Crab-Eater Seal”
Best of Show – Greg Lecoeur
Shot in Antartica Peninsula
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2019 Ocean Art Contest Winners
By UWPG News

more at UnderWater Photography Guide

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Our Glorious Planet, Captured in Award-Winning Images

Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards are run by photographers for photographers. TPOTY is truly global – wherever you live in the world and whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, Travel Photographer of the Year is for you!

Travel Photographer of the Year: Katy Gomez Catalina, Spain
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Best Single Image, Art of Travel: Geoff Shoults, UK
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Winner, Oceans, Seas, Rivers, Lakes: Ignacio Palacios, Australia / Spain
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Winner, Thrills & Adventures: Brian Clopp, USA
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Young Travel Photographer of the Year – Winner, 15-18 years: Ankit Kumar, India (age 16)
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More than 20,000 images were submitted in the 2019 awards by professional and amateur photographers in 144 countries. The winning images can be viewed on the 2019 Winners’ Gallery on and will go on display from 7 April to 12 May in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, a new location for TPOTY’s London exhibition. Set canal-side and just a short walk from King’s Cross station, the restored railway arches of Coal Drops Yard are home to London’s most eclectic mix of stores and dining options.

The winning images will also be exhibited in the magnificent South Transept of Chester Cathedral in June and a TPOTY exhibition will also feature at the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah (17-20 September).
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Impressive cultural photographs for you to explore the world from a different angle

The cultural images you see here were chosen for their power to communicate a visual narrative as well as the photographer’s excellent technical and creative skills. International in scope and subject matter, this collection celebrates the rich diversity of photography today.

艺兰 宋, China Mainland
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Kiarash Karami, Iran, Islamic Republic Of
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Santos Moreno Villar
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Pehuen Grotti, France
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Pan Jianhua, China Mainland
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Impressive cultural photographs for you to explore the world from a different angle
more at World Photo

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Tips to Improve Your Winter Compositions

Is winter photography really any different from that of other seasons? Yes, and no. The basics of landscape photograph apply regardless of the season, but my approach and preparedness can be different in the winter. Here are some tips that might help you improve your winter compositions
By Peter Baumgarten

Focus on winter’s unique features
Winter definitely has elements that no other season has – mainly, ice and snow. Incorporate them as key subjects in your compositions. Sometimes those ice formations may not look all that impressive from the height of a 6’2″ photographer like myself. That’s when I get in close, shoot low and use an ultra-wide angle lens, making them look larger and more dramatic than they really are. By getting in close you can also take advantage of how nicely some ice features can transmit the light.

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Focus in on the details
This strategy works regardless of the season. Rather than just looking at the big picture spend some time focusing in on the minutiae of the scene. Frost and ice can really make a plain subject pop. Areas with open water, or nights with higher humidity can create some great hoarfrost when the thermometer dips below freezing.

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Visit a National Park
National parks are amazing locations during any season. Some of my most memorable, and photographically fruitful trips have been made during the winter months. A fresh blanket of snow can add to that already stunning scenery. And the added benefit is that there will be far fewer people to contend with.

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Make your own point of interest
In each of the photos in this article I have tried to include at least one key element that your eye will be drawn to. Sometimes you get to a location and there really isn’t anything that jumps out at you and screams, “Photograph me!”. In those situations I know I have to work the scene. That might mean manipulating the environment a bit in order to create a point of interest that will draw the viewer into the image.

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more in: 10 Tips to Improve Your Winter Compositions
by Peter Baumgarten, Olympus Visionary
at Olympus

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