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Beautiful Early Entries Of The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest

The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is accepting entries in one or all of four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action and Animal Portraits. The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

Hunting For Fish
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A mature bald eagle drags the tail of a fish across the surface of the water after picking it up out of the Susquehanna river. It was late in the day when the sun was setting casting an orange hue over the water. (Photo and Caption by Eric Esterle/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year) Continue »

This Sculptural Shelter Is A Place To Enjoy Quiet And Restful Contemplation

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The London-based design studio of Giles Miller, focuses on innovative surfaces, material and sculptural works, and their latest design is named ‘Perspectives’, their first permanent sculptural architecture installation that’s an organic pavilion covered with Cedar shingles. Commission by Surrey Hills Arts and the Mittal Foundation, the installation is located along a scenic route on the Hills of Surrey, south of London. The installation was created as a place to enjoy quiet and restful contemplation, with the shingles providing shelter from the elements, and inside there are benches to enjoy the view. Continue »

All Adverts In London’s Underground Station Have Been Replaced With Cat Pictures

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If you arrived at Clapham Common tube station one morning to find that every advert had been replaced with pictures of cats, you’d no doubt logically conclude that our feline friends paid for the initiative as part of their first steps towards world domination. And in a way you’d be right, because the stunt was indeed paid for by CATS. But fortunately for us, that’s where the conspiracy ends, because CATS stands for the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service, and they’re the team responsible for this rather bizarre campaign. Continue »

Scientists Are Painting Eyes On Cows’ Butts To Stop Lions Getting Shot

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Image courtesy of Ben Yexly / UNSW

For more than 10,000 years, ever since man started herding cattle for food and enrichment in Africa, lions have been a huge problem. A lion, or, more likely, a pride of lionesses – who are the real hunters – can ruin a small farmer’s livelihood by killing even a single cow, especially one that is pregnant or producing milk. Thanks to Botswana’s excellent conservation policies, the country has one of Africa’s largest wild lion populations – estimated at 3,000. For poorer subsistence farmers, though, it is harder. Continue »

Eagles vs Drones: Dutch Police To Take On Rogue Aircraft With Flying Squad

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Photo by Emmanuel Dunand / AFP Photo

A trained young eagle attempts to catch a drone during a demonstration organized by the Dutch police as part of a program to train birds of prey to catch drones flying over sensitive or restricted areas, at the Dutch Police Academy in Ossendrecht. Dutch police are adopting a centuries-old pursuit to resolve the modern-day problem of increasing numbers of drones in the skies, becoming the world’s first force to employ eagles as winged warriors. Continue »

Meet Colombia’s FARC Rebels Preparing For Peace After More Than Half-Century Of Conflict With Government

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Photo by AP Photo / Fernando Vergara

This August 13, 2016 photo shows two portraits of Yeimi, one of her holding a weapon in uniform for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 48th front, and in civilian clothing at a guerrilla camp in the southern jungle of Putumayo, Colombia. Yeimi, 23, said she has spent 10 years with the FARC and would like to study systems after demobilizing as part of a peace deal with Colombia’s government. An October 2 national referendum will give voters the chance to approve the deal for ending a half-century of political violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven millions from their homes. Continue »

Artist Creates Edible Replica Of A House From Tim Burton’s Newest Movie

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Los Angeles-based artist Christine McConnell (previously here and here) created this astounding replica and she made it by using gingerbread. The gingerbread house is supposed to be a replica of a house from Tim Burton’s newest movie “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.” Not only does it look cool, but it’s 100% edible. Continue »

Prefab Modular Living Units From Slovenia By Coodo

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Nowadays we are noticing growing changes in people’s lifestyles that call for new forms of dwelling. The space is becoming more and more valuable and residential architecture is rapidly changing, from building classic family houses to making smaller prefabricated residence buildings that are thoughtfully designed, made of excellent contemporary materials and have much greater connection to nature surrounding it. In such spaces the quality of life improves immensely. Continue »

Buddhist Monk Makes Footprints In Wooden Floorboards Through 20 Years Of Prayer

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70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day. Now that he is 70, he says that he has greatly reduced his quantity of prayers to 1,000 times each day. Continue »

Don’t Look Down: This Collection Of Mind-Boggling Photos Is Sure To Send You Dizzy

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The impressive set of pictures were taken from the top of a 155-foot-high crane – by a Russian photographer who hoped to overcome his fear of heights. Moscow-based snapper George Lanchevsky captured the amazing aerial images while precariously perched atop the crane – with no safety equipment. Both George and his friends are shown throwing caution to the wind as take part in the impressive stunt. Other shots captured include the adventurous bunch posing in the middle of climbs up cranes and beautiful women posing on the edge of roof tops. The extreme photos were taken in cities around the world including Moscow, Galich and Hong Kong. Continue »

Famous Album Covers Get The Star Wars Treatment

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Music and movies fan Steven Lear runs an Instagram account called @WhyTheLongPlayFace where he shares his “random vinyl/movie mash ups” – generally, they’re riffs on classic album covers featuring popular characters from iconic films, and generally they’re very good indeed! Continue »

Apocalypse Kowloon: The Dystopian Art Of Nivanh Chanthara

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Nivanh Chanthara is currently a concept artist at Eidos Montreal, working on undisclosed next generation projects. You may (or may not) know him for this conceptual work on Eidos’ critically acclaimed smash hit Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Continue »

Californian Inventor Spends Millions Creating One-Off Camper Van To Take His 4YO Daughter Around The World

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Are you a fan of camping? Ever set off on long scientific explorations? Do you have a general disdain for refilling your fuel tank? Well, have we got the expedition vehicle for you. This is the KiraVan, a formidable off-roader engineered from the ground up to do one thing – get you (and your stuff) there and back. Inventor Bran Ferren developed the vehicle as a mobile learning lab for his daughter Kira, but also with scientists and film crews in mind. It allows teams to trek out to remote locations but not forgo the comforts of working from a lab or an editing studio. Continue »

These Wonderful Butterfly Crowns Can Turn Any Head Into A Magical Fairytale

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Artist standing behind this fashionable crowns is Irina Osinchuck-Chajka of Eten Iren. She used EVA foam in a process of making this delicate accessorize, which makes the crowns transformable and adjustable in numerous ways leaving you space for your own creativity and personal touch. Patterns on butterflies’ wings are hand painted by the artist making them really lifelike. From afar, thin wire that secures the butterflies is practically invisible leaving an observer with an impression that lovely creatures are gently fluttering around your hair. Continue »

Preserved Pizza Art Is The Best Form Of Art You Never Knew You Needed

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This are the Forever Pizza slices made by artist Steph Mantis. They’re pieces of pepperoni pizza preserved forever in clear lucite. Unfortunately, this is not a “break in case of emergency” situation, there is no removing the pizza for consumption. I feel like that’s kind of a waste of pizza. And by kind of I mean that is absolutely a waste of pizza. I have friends that would fight you if they found out you were wasting pizza. Back me up, guys. “Gnarly!” “Cowabunga!” Get it? Because my friends are the Ninja Turtles. That was the joke. Continue »