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Top 5 Locations For Photographers

4 Apr 2017 17:25 PM

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.

Pantanal, Brazil 

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. 

Photo Credit: Flickr | Nori Almeida

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.

Photo Credit: Flickr | jobar123

Baobabs, Madagascar 

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.

Photo Credit: WikiMedia | Zigomar

Shoreditch, England

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.

Photo Credit: Flickr | Rob Schofield

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.

Photo Credit: Flickr | Bernard Spragg

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.

Photo Credit: Flickr | Andrew Xu

Best grab your passport and get your camera at the ready then! If this list doesn’t inspire you to travel and see the world, then what will? It’s time to uncover and unveil what the earth has hidden.

By Simone Kelly - Online Journalism Intern

Frontier runs terrestrial & marine conservation, community, teaching and adventure projects in over 50 countries - join us and explore the world!