European Wildlife Photographer of the Year has announced its winners for this year, presented by The German Society for Nature Photography (GDT). The competition showcases the most awe-inspiring captures from Europe’s best wildlife photographers. Photographers from over 30 countries entered around 15,800 images to compete for a number of different categories. Judged by a panel of expert wildlife photographers, the jury selected 85 of the best images, before narrowing it down to the ultimate winners.
Overall winner: The Ghost – Eduardo Blanco Mendizabal (Spain). “Early this year I visited the nature park of Sierra de Andújar in Andalusia to look for the most endangered species of wild cats in Europe, the Iberian lynx ( Lynx pardinus). One evening I discovered a lynx right beside the road. The animal hardly took any notice but proceeded to groom itself quietly. Even the headlights of my car did not bother it. I took many photographs, but only in this one shot the lynx’s eyes light up ghostlike”. (Photo by Eduardo Blanco Mendizabal/2019 GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »
Spectacular aerial landscapes by Ewout Pahud de Mortanges, a gifted 27-years old self-taught photographer, traveler, and coach currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ewout focuses mainly on landscapes, cityscapes, and drone photography. He travels all over Europe, and Asia to capture outstanding natural and urban landscapes. Continue reading »
We are all familiar with the “boot” that is Italy, but what about the other European countries? This is the question that German YouTube user Zackabier asked for his video “Europe According to Creative People — What Europe’s Countries look like,” and some of the answers are hilarious. Continue reading »
Polish Photographer Travels Across The European Landmarks To Capture The Sadeness Beauty Of Abandoned Locations
Amazing abandoned shots by Natalia Sobańska, a talented self-taught photographer, adventurer, and urbex explorer based in Poland. Natalia focuses mainly on abandoned and architecture photography. She travelled all over Poland, Montenegro, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Abkhazia, Georgia, and other countries to capture the beauty of lost places. Continue reading »
At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, Snøhetta has designed Europe’s very first underwater restaurant. With its immediate proximity with the forces of nature, the restaurant, which will also function as a research center for marine life, is a tribute to the Norwegian coast and to Lindesnes – to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip. Continue reading »
Željava Air Base, situated on the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina under Plješevica Mountain, near the city of Bihać, Bosnia, was the largest underground airport and military air base in the former Yugoslavia, and one of the largest in Europe. Continue reading »
Photos Of The Europe’s Most Spectacular Car Graveyards As Discovered By Daredevil Outo-Obsessed Explorer
Feast your eyes on Europe’s most spectacular car graveyards as discovered by one auto-obsessed explorer who has dedicated over ten years to finding the best cars left to rot in the European wilderness.
The beautiful set of images were taken in Germany, Sweden and Belgium by German Civil Servant Robert Kahl (30) using a Nikon D7100. He describes his photographs as showcasing “the beauty of transience and decayed charm”. Continue reading »
Stunning images have revealed ice-cool British tourists chilling out inside Europe’s largest glacier – despite being at risk of flooding. The spectacular collection of images show the explorers braving the freezing temperatures to climb, photograph and even abseil down the inside of the icy cliff sides. Another image shows one visitor on his knees appearing to pray next to a water fall of melted ice. Other glistening shots show an adventurer trying to keep warm by a fire whose flames dance beautifully against the glossy roof. Continue reading »
Images Of Europe’s Most Spooky Abandoned Hospitals Show Just How Frightening These Once Sparkling Medical Facilities Can Be
The haunting shots show the beds patients would have recovered on as well as the tables and instruments that would have been used during grim operations. Peeling, flaking paint and crumbling walls are prevalent in some of the hospitals while others look almost untouched by time. The spooky pictures were taken by Austrian photographer Stefan Baumann from Vienna as he travelled across Europe. Continue reading »
Pierre Cardin, creator of the famous Bubble Dress in 1958, purchased this home, known as Le Palais Bulles in the early 1990s and now it’s listed for around $456 million, and it’s Europe’s most expensive home. The house is made up of many bubbles and is located on a cliff over the Mediterranean, it comes with a garden, swimming pool, and a 500-seat, open-air auditorium. Continue reading »
Hundreds of beer lovers gathered in Slovenia recently to witness the unveiling of “Europe’s first beer fountain.” Six euros will get you a special glass that comes with a microchip that allows people to drink a limited amount of beer five times from one of the five different taps on hand. Continue reading »
It all started in December 1954, when the then 22-year old soldier Bill Perlmutter boarded a troopship to Germany, to start his new assignment as a photographer for the U.S. Army. The first images from Perlmutter’s Rolleiflex were taken during the rough transatlantic voyage. Even though he had never left the United States and was a bit apprehensive about his future, Perlmutter was “looking forward to photographing Europe and visiting all those wonderful places that I had read about and seen in the movies.” His first leave after his deployment to Augsburg Germany, brought him to Paris, the city of light and home to many of his favorite photographers. Continue reading »
Urban explorer and photographer Dan Raven has spent a great deal of time documenting scenes of urban decay and abandonment across Europe and the United States. The fact that he prefers not to reveal the names and locations of many of the haunting abandoned places he photographs only serves to make the scenes of desolation and dereliction all the more compelling, allowing us to ponder the stories behind these vast empty structures that have clearly had their day – for better or worse. Continue reading »
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museo Atlantico, off Lanzarote, is peopled with concrete casts of refugees and people taking selfies.
The Raft of Lampedusa, Jason deCaires Taylor’s modern-day concrete echo of Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa. The work has particular significance given the huge movement of refugees across the sea to Europe – and the frequent fatalities that result. (Photo by Jason deCaires Taylor) Continue reading »
After being swept away in the flow of constant emails, only to be caught in the dead river of early morning traffic, many of us stew and question the overwhelming pace of our lives.
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A woman cools off with her dog during the second heat wave of the summer at Conde del Guadalhorce reservoir in Ardales, near Malaga, southern Spain, July 5, 2015. As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. Temperatures will rise up to 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 fahrenheit) in some parts of Spain and will continue during a week, the Spanish Agency of Meteorology (AEMET) said on Thursday. (Photo by Jon Nazca/Reuters)
Ice covered leaves of a tree hang over a roadside shrine near Kottes in northern Austria, December 2, 2014. Freezing fog and rain covered parts of the region with ice, causing blocked roads due to fallen trees and closed schools for security reasons, local media report. (Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters)
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Jinna Yang, a 25-year-old Chinese girl born in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A., went on a trek through Europe carrying a cardboard cutout of her father, who died from cancer two years ago.
She quit her fashion job in New York City, gave up her apartment, sold most of her clothes and brought her “father” with her as she traveled across Europe, in order to take him to all the countries he wanted to visit, while he was alilve. She put the pictures online in hopes of spurring others to follow their dreams and aspirations.
“I want the world to know who my dad was,” Yang explains. And, thanks to her creative homage, people approached her as she traveled, asking about the cutout and wanting to know more about her and her project. It led to strangers sharing their own stories of grief and loss. “That’s the great thing about traveling,” she says. “It really was healing for me.”
Now, Yang is planning her next trip, this time to Spain and Croatia. And, of course, dad will be right there with her.
Le Louvre, in Paris, France; according to Yang, her father ran a dry-cleaning business in Norfolk, Virginia, where he worked for 12 hours a day for six days per week. (Photo: CFP)
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The northern lights as they are commonly known at Embleton Bay in Northumberland, on February 27, 2014. (Photo by Tom White/PA Wire) Continue reading »
A woman presents Europe’s biggest gold coin during an exhibition at the Pro Aurum trade house in Hamburg, northern Germany. The so-called “Big Phil” made after the model of an Austrian coin weighs around 31 kilograms and is worth more than 1.3 million euros or 1.7 million US dollars. “Big Phil” is on display at Pro Aurum until November 17, 2012. (Photo by Christian Charisius)
“Window of the World” is photo project by Pablo Conejo, a photographer from Spain, that shows you the most amazing architecture and landscape replicas of Europe, made in China.
Following the replicas subject around China I came across a themed park called “Window of the World”, located in Shenzhen. There are about 130 reproductions of the World’s most famous architectural icons. Among these monuments visitors can find a 108 metres tall Eiffel Tower, a Taj Mahal, a Vatican, a Niagara Falls, a Versailles Palace, a Mont Rushmor, a Christ the Redeemer and so on.
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Europe has been hit hard by extreme cold and snow, causing power outages, frozen water pipes and the widespread closure of schools, nurseries, airports, bus routes and tourist attractions.
A buoy layer makes its way through sheets of floating ice on the river Oder at the German-Polish border near Hohenwutzen, eastern Germany. The German part of the river had to be closed for traffic on January 31. (Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dapd) Continue reading »
The villages of Charavgi and Kleitos, located in the valley of Ptolemais in Greece, have been gradually abandoned since the Greek Public Power Corporation (PPC) opened two power plants in the region.
Situated near the town of Kozani, some 500 kilometers north of capital city Athens, the PPC’s power plants – Kardia and Agios Dimitrios – are allegedly the European Union’s top two Carbon-di-Oxide-emitting power plants and have been dubbed the worst climate polluting power stations, according to a May 2007 WWF survey called “Dirty Thirty”.
As per the report, the Agios Dimitrios power plant emits about 12 million tonnes of CO2 per year, while the Kardia power station emits about 9 million tonnes of CO2 annually. The two power plants are Greece’s biggest, producing about 70 per cent of the country’s electricity but they have affected human settlements in their locality.
The PPC reportedly “bought” the once flourishing nearby villages of Charavgi and Kleitos and relocated residents elsewhere. Now almost a deserted area, the only person who lives in Kleitos is an Indian immigrant – Jangdip Pal, 45, who works as a night guard at the lignite mine, Reuters reports. In Charavgi, only one shepherd lives, along with his family.
The power plant of Kardia is seen through a destroyed house in the village of Charavgi in the valley of Ptolemais near the town of Kozani some 500 km north of Athens on September 29, 2011. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis) Continue reading »
Former champion bodybuilder and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger raises the arm of Dominican bodybuilder Victor Martinez after he won the inaugural Arnold Classic Europe bodybuilding event in Madrid. (Juan Medina/Reuters) Continue reading »
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