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Blue Grotto

The spectacular Blue Grotto is a sea cave on the island of Capri in Southern Italy. What makes...

Marine iguana

The marine iguana is a striking looking lizard found on the Galapagos Islands. It is the only lizard that can...

Dragon boat races

Dragon boat racing is an ancient sport that is still extremely popular in China. Last week Dragon boat races...

The disappearing islands

This year World Environment Day (5th June 2014) focusses on the world’s most vulnerable islands. As the climate warms and polar...

African lions

Amazing wildlife photography duo Ann and Steve Toon regularly travel to the African wilderness to photograph lions. We...

Croatia in pictures

Croatia is one of the Mediterranean’s most fashionable destinations. Picture perfect fishing villages, more than a thousand islands...

The pilgrimage to El Rocío

The Romería (pilgrimage) de Rocío is Spain’s largest and most spectacular pilgrimage. Thousands of pilgrims walk through the countryside to...

Gawai Dayak Festival

Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated by the Dayaks, the native people of Borneo, that will take place...

Granada in pictures

Granada is a Spanish province that shares the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains with neighbouring Almería. It’s capital, also called...

Adelie penguins

The Adelie penguin is a species of penguin that can only be found along the Antarctic coast. Wildlife photographer Michael...

Sydney in lights

Vivid Sydney is an amazing event featuring giant light projections that transform the city’s buildings. It is held...

Bengal Tigers

The national animal of both India and Bangladesh, these magnificent Bengal tigers were photographed here by Thorsten Milse in Madhya...

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling

Every Spring Bank Holiday one of England’s most eccentric festivals is held: the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling. Competitors chase...

Lake District in pictures

The Lake District is England’s largest national park, home of the country’s deepest lake (Wastwater) and highest peak...

Sparring horses

We love this stunning photo of two wild horses sparring in the bleached landscape near Aus in Namibia, by...

Frigate bird

Frigate birds are distinctive looking seabirds with long wings and tails, who catch their food in flight, as well...

Havana

We love this beautiful picture of a trombone player on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. Cubans regularly gather...

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri is a wild and wonderful Shinto festival in which ornate shrines called Mikoshi are carried through...

Pooram

Today, ornately decorated elephants will be paraded through the temple precincts in the Valluvanadu region of Kerala, India, for the annual...

Cotswolds in pictures

The Cotswold region is one of England’s favourite destinations with country churches, pretty limestone villages and peaceful meadows. Top...

Zebras

Ace wildlife photographers Ann and Steve Toon took these stunning photographs of zebras in the National Parks of Namibia...

Seville Fair

Throughout this week the Feria de Abril (Seville Fair) fills this beautiful Andalucian town with music, dancing and spectacular horse...

Elephants

The largest mammals on earth, elephants are very intelligent animals with long memories, who express grief, joy and anger....

France in pictures

Recent figures suggest that France is the world’s most popular tourist destination, and we don’t blame tourists for...

Samburu tribal dance

On International Dance Day we found this great image of a Samburu tribesman performing a traditional dance in Laikipia, Kenya, by Sergio...

Bluebells

It’s bluebell season and in the UK many woods and fields are carpeted with these bell-like violet flowers. A...

Pelicans

Pelicans are water birds that have long beaks with a pouch for catching their prey, principally fish. They often...

Best beach huts

Wooden beach huts have existed since the late 19th Century in Australia, England, France and Italy. They evolved from the ‘bathing machine’,...

Amazing rivers

This Earth Day we have found some beautiful aerial shots of rivers around the world. A colorful river delta in...

Mexican cowgirls

Escaramuzas are Mexican cowgirls who perform fast and furious routines on galloping horses. They wear colourful dresses and hats and ride sidesaddle. Our photographers...

North York Moors

Landscape photographer Lizzie Shepherd shot these wonderful images of England’s North York Moors from the same point along the Cleveland Way,...

Frogs

These slimy amphibians can be found from the tropics to the subarctic regions. While they may not be cuddly, they’re...

Holy Week processions

During Holy Week in Spain, Catholic brotherhoods take to the streets to perform solemn processions, often dressed in striking...

Derwent Water reflections

Neale Clarke took this gorgeous photo of Barrow Bay landing stage on Derwent Water, Lake District, Cumbria, England.  See...

Songkran festival

Songkran is Thailand’s New Year’s Day festival, celebrated on the 13th to the 15th April and co-inciding with...

Myanmar (Burma)

After a travel boycott lasting over ten years was lifted (with Aung San Suu Kyi released from house arrest in...

Toucans

Toucans are colourful tropical birds native to Southern Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Although they look...

Salar de Uyuni

A pristine white salt flat stretching over ten thousand square kilometers (the largest in the world), the Salar de...

Dolphins

Christopher Swann took these insightful photos of dolphins in the waters around the Azores, Portugal. Here are some of...

Banff National Park

This gorgeous photo of Mount Rundle reflected in a lake at sunrise was taken by photographer Miles Ertman...

Maldives in pictures

Made up of a chain of nearly 1,200 islands off the Indian subcontinent, the Maldives is often considered...

Icelandic horses

Photographer Ragnar Sigurdsson, who specialises in capturing the beauty of Iceland, Greenland and the Arctic, took these fantastic photos of pure...

Cloud formations

We searched through our picture archive for our favourite shots of strange and beautiful cloud formations captured by our...

Cherry blossom parties

During spring, people gather all over Japan to have picnics and gatherings under the cherry blossom, a custom...

Swimming tiger

This spectacular photo of a Bengal tiger swimming through bright green algae was taken by Sudip Roychoudhury in India....

Mad March hares

European brown hares are normally timid animals, but can be seen to transform in spring, when they chase...

Las Fallas festival

Sculptors have been working for many months in the Spanish city of Valencia to create fallas – elaborate...

Ireland in pictures

It’s St Patrick’s Day so we thought we’d make a gallery of some of our favourite photos of...

Yuanyang rice terraces

The people of Yuanyang County in southern China have been harvesting rice from a spectacular landscape of rice terraces,...

Christ the Redeemer

Photographer Angelo Cavalli recently captured this great shot of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, seemingly embracing the...

Gannet colonies

Gannets are huge seabirds with a wingspan of up to two metres, that hunt their underwater prey by...

Abstract landscapes

These beautiful abstracts were created by travel and landscape photographer Lee Frost. Lee captured the moody light and...

Holi festival of colours

Holi is a Hindu celebration of the end of winter. It is celebrated throughout India and Nepal, although...

Seal Island

Photographer David Jenkins travelled to Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa, one of the principal breeding sites...

Novice monks

Novice monks at the Full Moon Festival in Bagan, Myanmar (also known as Burma), by Lynn Gail. According to...

Whale watching

Enjoyable trips for both people and whales by Tom Walmsley Whale watching is an exciting and deeply rewarding...

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

The coastline stretching from Orcombe Point in Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset is one of Britain’s...

Owls

There are around 200 species of owls, recognisable by their wide heads, large eyes with binocular vision and...

Carnival in South America

It’s carnival time in Latin America and some of the best street parties in the world are kicking off...

Haleakala National Park

Travel photographer Michael Runkel recently travelled to Maui, Hawaii and captured this scene of two tourists waiting for sunset on...

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most treasured architectural gems, is a mausoleum built by Mughal emperor...

Venice in pictures

What better time to visit Venice now that masked carnival goers are transforming this already amazing place. In...

Patterns in nature

We put together some of our favourite stunning photos of naturally occurring patterns, ranging from sand dunes and land...

Fox cub

This gorgeous photo of a fox cub in Ayrshire, Scotland, was taken by Niall Benvie. Niall describes himself...

Love locks

The tradition of locking a padlock inscribed with two lovers’ names to a fence, bridge or gate, and...

Northumberland

Landscape and travel photographer Lee Frost has been photographing the windswept beaches, castles and wide open vistas of...

Green sea turtles

Photographer Michael Nolan captured these lovely shots of green sea turtles off the coast of both Maui in...

Global wanderer

A chat with Yadid Levy Copenhagen-born Yadid Levy’s colourful, lively photographs reflect a wanderlust that was passed down...

Northern Lights

This stunning picture of the Northern Lights a one of our favourite new additions to the photo archive....

Camargue horses

Photographers Gabrielle & Michel Therin-Weise visited Camargue in Southern France to photograph a breed of horse that is unique...

Sami people

Today is Sami National Day, a day of celebration and recognition of the Sami people, an indigenous community...

Brazil in pictures

Brazil is in the world’s spotlight right now, thanks to the upcoming World Cup and the 2016 Olympic...

Isle of Skye

Photographer Adam Burton specialises in dramatic images of the wild places of Britain. He traveled to the Isle...

Setsubun

Setsubun means ‘Bean-Throwing Festival’, and is held the day before the beginning of spring in Japan, in association...

Texas in pictures

The lone star state has been scoring highly on ‘top destination’ lists recently. Cities like Austin and Houston...

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa festival celebrates Norse traditions in Shetland, Scotland on the last Tuesday in January every year. Locals...

Spirals in nature

Spirals are patterns that occur naturally in plants and natural systems, including the weather. They were studied by...

Buddhist monk

A young Buddhist monk turns to look at the dome of the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, in this...

Greece in pictures

Although its economy may have taken a buffeting in recent years, Greece’s reputation for stunning scenery, historic sites...

Emperor penguins

A couple of weeks ago we featured some amazing pictures of polar bears by wildlife photographer Thorsten Milse....

Tamborrada Festival

At midnight on the 19th January every year, the city of San Sebastian comes alive with the sound...

Timkat Festival in pictures

Colourful Timkat festival is the Orthodox Ethiopian celebration of Epiphany, that takes place every 19th January. We chose some...

Baboons

Wildlife photographer James Hager has been photographing baboons in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. Here are some of our...