For a photographer, there are few themes as inspiring as travel. With so much in the world to see, discover, do and uncover, there’s something so innately satisfying about capturing a moment. Whether you’re an Instagram user, a hobby photographer or a professional, here are some of our favourite types of travel photography and the destinations where you can make those photos stand out.
10 Types Of Travel Photos -- And Where To Take The Best Of Them
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! If you’re looking for wildlife, be sure to head to <a href="http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/" target="_blank">Kruger National Park</a> in South Africa. As one of the largest game reserves in Africa, you can catch the “big five”: lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinoceros. Other excellent destinations include Antarctica for photo-ops with penguins, grizzly bears in <a href="http://www.nps.gov/katm/index.htm" target="_blank">Katamai National Park</a> and<a href="http://everythingchurchill.com/polar-bears/" target="_blank"> polar bears in Churchill</a>, Manitoba. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/africanbudgetsafaris/" target="_blank">African Budget Safaris</a>
You know all those iceberg landscapes you see on Planet Earth? Arctic exploration and icebergs are hotter than ever for travel enthusiasts and there’s nothing as stunning as towering icebergs, walls of sheer ice and maybe even some polar bears. If you're looking for your next icy landscape photo project, Greenland, Alaska and <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/patagonia" target="_hplink">Patagonia </a> are all excellent candidates. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrissy575/" target="_blank">Christine Zenino</a>
Take a dive under the sea and you'll find it's a mysterious place, ripe with coral reefs, red fish, blue fish, schools of fish, big fish and even bigger fish (gulp)! If you’re enamoured with colours and don't mind getting wet, head to one of the most popular dive sites in the world: the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. If Australia's out of the option, <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=Solomon+Islands+underwater+photography&rlz=1C1CHMO_en-GBCA466CA466&oq=Solomon+Islands+underwater+photography&aqs=chrome..69i57.4859j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">the Solomon Islands</a>, Bali and <a href="http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/underwater-photography-papau-new-guinea" target="_blank">Papua New Guinea</a> will also do the trick for all your underwater photo needs. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mission-beach/" target="_blank">Castaways.com.au</a>
There’s something about thousand-year-old buildings and structures that force you to take a breath and stop. While some have weathered the test of time, war, pillaging and shifting political societies better than others, there’s no denying the wonder of places like the Acropolis in Athens, the Colosseum in Rome or the pyramids in Egypt. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/titanas/" target="_blank">Titanas</a>
So you want to really impress your friends with your travel photos? Then head East young reader. There’s something about travelling across the Atlantic that invokes adventure just like when Christopher Columbus tried to sail to China. The spices, the colours, the textiles, architecture of places like Morocco, India and China lend themselves so easily to the idea of the exotic and create stunning other-worldly photos.
Temples, Mosques And Churches
Humanity's search for the holy or a greater being has resulted in some of the most elaborate, ornate and grandiose buildings ever built. Whether it’s ancient churches, mosques, cathedrals reaching for the sky or elaborate pagodas, to ignore such locations would border on the line of blasphemy to the gods of photography. Unsure of where to start? Classic locations like Kyoto, Japan, Istanbul in Turkey, Rome and Jerusalem are where you'll find the holy grail of travel photos. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikgriffin/" target="_blank">Alik Griffin </a>
Sure, you could blame these beauties on aliens but that’s no fun. The mystery behind these world wonders is what makes them the astounding man-made marvels that they are. When you consider the sheer skill, manpower and work that went into creating these before the time of machines,"wonder" is the only appropriate term. If you're looking for wonder, head to Petra, Jordan, climb Machu Picchu in Peru or visit Chichen Itza in Mexico. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/seetheholyland/" target="_blank">Seetheholyland.net </a>
Who doesn’t love some good food porn? More than ever, social media has set us up for a never-ending flow of food documentation and we just can’t seem to get enough of it. Whether you’re chasing Michelin stars in Paris or Bangkok for street food, here are some top spots for food photography: Tsujiki Market in Tokyo, Japan; the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey and modern dining in Copenhagen, Denmark.
There’s nothing like capturing a community, neighbourhood or city when it's celebrating hundred-year-old customs. From traditions like running from bulls to throwing tomatoes, here are just a few of the most unique, photo-worthy festivals in the world: Palio di Siena in Sienna, Italy; Day of the Dead in Mexico, or Brazil's Carnival Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/infrogmation/" target="_blank">Infrogmation of New Orleans</a>
Classic Tourist Shots
Last but not least, the photos we just can't seem to resist. Here are some of the most photographed tourist destinations in the world. Of course, with such popular destinations, there will always be a cheesy tourist option and number one probably goes to this one of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. For other classic (read: overdone) tourist photos, head to the Empire State Building in New York City, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France or Big Ben in London, England. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/barneymoss/" target="_blank">Mr Moss </a>
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