Breathtaking Photos Of London From Above

High-flying photographer Jeffrey Milstein (previously), renowned for his aerial photos of US cities, snaps landmarks through the open door of a helicopter. This month he hired a chopper in London and amazingly he had just an hour to cover all the buildings he wanted to capture including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the glass roof of the British Museum and the Gherkin and Walkie Talkie towers in the City.

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The Walkie Talkie, built two years ago, is one of dozens of new towers in the ancient City. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock) Continue »

Amazing Hand Painting Illusions By Ray Massey And Annie Ralli

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London-based photographer Ray Massey teamed up with a talented body painter Annie Ralli to transform hands into architecture, sport scenes and other deceiving objects. These incredible hand illusions are a part of advertising campaign for Ecclesiastical Insurance, a niche insurance company using the byline “You’re in good hands”. Continue »

Before The Photoshop: Headless Portraits From The 19th Century

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The 19th century is generally remembered as a time of science and technology, when the ideas of Charles Darwin and the telegraph of Samuel Morse changed the world forever. However there was a lighter side to the Victorian era. A number of Victorian photographers combined images from more than one negative to create illusions or novelty portraits. “Headless Photographs” featured men and women with “their heads floating in the air or in their laps”. Continue »

New Stunning 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.

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Built in complete darkness, a complex city is being constructed. A wild swarm of Honeybees (Apis mellifera) arriving in the spring, is developing natural wax comb formations to support the colony’s future larvae, and food storage. When this colony is at it’s strongest, it will eventually divide. The majority of the bees swarming to a new location with the queen and begin the process of reproducing all over again, thus spreading their genes farther. (Photo and Caption by Sam Morris/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year) Continue »

Playboy Model Sara Jean Underwood Dresses Up As Your Favorite Star Wars Characters

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Be prepared to be turned on in the weirdest, and best, nod to Star Wars that I’ve seen in quite some time. Playboy put together a fake audition tape for the classic franchise from one of the most beautiful women on the planet: Sara Jean Underwood. It’s definitely supposed to be a little tongue-in-cheek. Check out the video below along with professional photos of the characters she posed as. Continue »

This Is Truly Heavenly Weather As Pictures Taken From An Airplane Cockpit Reveal What Pilots See From Above

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An incredible view of thunderstorms light up the insides of clouds near a beautiful sky line. It looks like at cruising altitude the weather really hots up, with the flight deck revealing some amazing scenes. Thunderstorms light up the insides of clouds, lightening streaks across the sky like cracks in a windscreen, the northern lights sweep uninterrupted across the sky and the galaxy stretches on forever. The pictures were captured by senior first officer Christiaan van Heijst, a 33-year-old from the Netherlands, and his friend Daan Krans. Continue »

The Looking Back On Sony World Photography Awards

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“Bear Apartment Six” is a composite made up of 16 photographs of three sun bear cubs at Free the Bears Fund’s enclosure number six in Cambodia photographed over 90 consecutive minutes in June 2016. Each bear was rescued from the illegal wildlife trade when they were only a few months old. (Photo by Alexandra Cearns/Sony World Photography Awards) Continue »

How Beautiful Our World Would Look From Above If You Were A Bird

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The Arlit uranium mine is located in Arlit, Niger. French nuclear power generation, as well as the French nuclear weapons programme, are both dependent on the uranium that is extracted from the mine – more than 3,400 tonnes per year. (Photo by Benjamin Grant/Penguin Random House) Continue »

Wildlife And Stars In Stunning Photographs By Mark Andrew Thomas

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Photo by Mark Andrew Thomas

Brush fires in Everglades National Park, Florida make for a dramatic Milky Way in this panorama. A photographer set out to inspire awe in nature’s wonders through the tropical wetlands of Florida. Continue »

Hilarious Winners Of The 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The first-ever comedy photo awards for animals in the wild was founded by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks.

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A macro photograph of honey bee tentacles, titled, Just putting on my pearls before I hit the town, pictured by Murray Mcculloch for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016, July 2015. (Photo by Murray Mcculloch/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards) Continue »

Dreamlike Photos Of Burning Man By Victor Habchy

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Photographer Victor Habchy has attended the increasingly popular annual Burning Man gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the past few years, and every year he leaves with surreal photos of dreamlike scenes thanks to dust storms, unusual artworks, and Habchy’s talented eye. Continue »

“Tokyo Compression”: These Images Of Japanese Commuters Are Not For The Claustrophobic

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Michael Wolf’s series of photographs entitled ‘Tokyo Compression’ shows the everyday rush-hour commute of the poor souls who have to endure Tokyo’s packed subway cars. What’s most interesting is how well they tolerate the less-than appealing situation with no aggression and in total silence. Continue »

Photographer Captures Women Reaching The Highest Point Of Physical Pleasure

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Albert Pocej has been a professional photographer for 10 years and he explored female sexuality through an interesting experiment. He found 15 models to pose for him and let him photograph them as they had real orgasms, and these photos of the result of all their hard work. Continue »

Royal Society Photo Contest Winners Capture Breathtaking Details Of Our Rapidly Changing World

From a swirling dance of mating mayflies to a lone clownfish swimming amongst a field of bone-white sea anemones, the top photos chosen for the Royal Society Publishing’s second annual nature photography contest showcase small but significant moments in a rapidly-changing world. While these images might not seem earth-shattering, their subtle subjects inspire new ways of looking at the natural world.

Special commendation. “Butterflies and caiman” by Mark Cowan.
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Colourful butterflies gather on the head of this caiman to collect salt – an important mineral for their survival. This photo was taken while on a scientific expedition to the Amazon to study reptile and amphibian diversity. The expedition was led by researchers from the Herpetology Division at the University of Michigan and included participants from Peru and Australia. A number of minerals are a scarce resource throughout Amazonia and so this behaviour allows these invertebrates access to salt, much like the clay licks that are used by a variety of vertebrates. This particular phenomenon where butterflies and bees congregate on the heads and around the eyes of caimans and turtles has been documented before but what is unique here is the simultaneous number of butterfly species and the way in which each species is associated with its own kind. Continue »

UK Weather Photographer Of The Year 2016

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Sprite Lightning by Ben Cherry. “Taken while trying to photograph the milkyway and a pulsing lightning storm for off the coast of Costa Rica on the Pacific side. Midway through the 30 second exposure this shaft of light launched up into the atmosphere, this is called a sprite strike. It was the only one I saw and it was a very special experience”. (Photo by Ben Cherry/Weather Photographer of the Year 2016) Continue »