A picture is worth a thousand words but these places tell a thousand stories through photography. Whether you like to take otherworldly scenic photographs or awe-inspiring wildlife shots; these are the five ultimate locations to take the most spectacular images.
This is the place for budding wildlife photographers. You’ll find all sorts of creatures living in the wetlands of South America’s Pantanal. It is home to 1000 bird species, 300 mammalians and 480 reptilians. From tapirs to macaws, there’s always something (or someone) to be captured on camera. Known as ‘Terra de Ninguem’ (No Man’s Land) by the Brazilians, this watery world has a population of around 1,000. Film makers such as National Geographic have used this magnificent location for films and documentaries many times, especially to film the majestic jaguar in action.
Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake is one of the most captivating landscapes on earth. The scenery will leave you in awe as you take snapshots of your surroundings. The waters of the lake are a beautiful crystal blue complexion caused by glacier rock flour. Other than the beautiful colours of the lake; you can also uncover views of the Rocky Mountains glazed in snow and tall evergreen trees lining along the lake. This stunning area is located in Banff National Park, just 8.5 miles outside of Lake Louise village in Alberta.
Trees and nature can be very alluring to shoot; The Valley of Baobabs doesn’t disappoint. These trees line the dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in Madagascar. Baobab trees can be found all throughout the country but the largest group resides in Menabe. The Valley of Baobabs also makes for the best pictures, particularly at night as the sun fades over the horizon. The sky turns to an orange hue, creating a black silhouette of curiously shaped trees against the night’s sky. Again, this effect is created in the mornings as the sun rises.
You can uncover this glorious scene yourself on one of our Madagascar projects.
Shoreditch is one of the coolest places in England. It’s what people these days would call yippy – young and hip! What it lacks in nature it makes up for in art. Artists paint all over the streets; on buildings and bridges. You’ll find graffiti almost anywhere! Even the famous Banksy has been known to leave his colourful mark on the streets here. There are also tours specifically catered to view all of the different pieces artists have created around the area. If you’re looking to photograph somewhere quirky; look no further. This trendy inner city district can be found in the East End of London.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo is truly picturesque. It is the largest of three parallel lakes and can be found in the heart of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand’s south island. During the day, the icey blue, glacier fed waters and colourful lupins make for splendid photographs. The Southern Alps are also perched up in the distance.
When night comes, a dazzling spectacle lights up the sky. Photographers have been able to take pictures of the Milky Way at this beautiful location. It’s actually part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) Dark Sky Reserves. It’s a wonderful site for stargazing but the pictures the sky creates are breathtaking.
By Simone Kelly - Online Journalism Intern