Enter the peculiar world of competitive duck painting, where artists strive to create works of art that benefit towards what many consider the greatest conservation initiative in human history: the Federal Duck Program. This quirky and archaic annual contest – the only art competition run by the U.S. government – has been in existence since … Read more
Microscope photography has advanced to new levels, presenting us expository images of everything from neuron activity to shrimp eyes to dinosaur bones preserved in agate. Photographers use techniques such as Stereomicroscopy, image stacking, focus stacking, conofocal, florescence, focus stacking, darkfield, brightfield, and differential interference contrast. Check out the best of Nikon’s Small World photo competition. … Read more
Pierre Carreau is a French photographer who has captured these vividly stunning and colorful images of waves, which in their beauty appear more like sculptures than waves themselves.
University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Underwater Photography Contest recognizes amateur underwater photography each year. Started in 2005, the contest has grown in popularity, with over 700 entries submitted this year, according to university scientist and contest judge Jiangang Luo. “All the pictures we got were large, and high quality,” said Luo. “It was … Read more
The data-crunching Google developers are renowned for taking vast amounts of information and processing it into fascinating snapshots of our world. In the most recent endeavor, Google teamed up with Nasa and several other partners to produce a virtual, 30-year time machine. The timelapse shows almost 30 years of satellite imagery of Earth’s surface undergoing … Read more
Dmitry Zelenskiy is a 27-year-old photographer from Stavropol, Russia. He was one of the founders of Studio 52 and has spent a great deal of his life in Kamchatka, Russa, looking to show the greatness of the peninsula’s vast volcanoes and natural beauty.
Steve McCurry’s photo of Sharbat Gula, titled Afghan Girl, appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. It quickly became one of the most famous photos in the world. McCurry’s work covering the mujahideen’s long fight against the Soviet war machine in the mid-to-late 80s further cemented his position as a hugely … Read more
South Florida photographer Aaron Ansarov has taken these Portugese man o’ war jelly fish and placed them under white lighting to reveal up close their naturally amazing colors. These creatures are fairly dangerous and sting their prey or people if they are approached too closely.
Last September, Animal Planet’s website launched Kitten Cam, the live internet stream of felines that has thus far received more than 25 million views. The average visitor spends 18 minutes and 50 seconds on the page, which is a “longer length of time than many television shows,”said Marjorie Kaplan, head of Animal Planet. Sensing that … Read more
The Mountain Gorillas small population is confined to the Virunga mountain range on the borders of Rawnda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountain gorilla population has increased from 620 to 880 individuals in the last 20 years due to very successful conservation work. Thats a 40% population increase! These animals are the only primate … Read more
Los Angeles photographer Alex Aristei has a niche talent for making his subjects look natural, no matter what setting they are in. From client work – the Getty Museum, Hurley, Nike, LACMA, Vogue, and Glamour Magazine among many more – to his personal projects, the images beam with vibes of a laid-back yet beautiful culture. … Read more