The Travelling Photographer Series Part 2: 19 Locations Around the World you Need to Capture On Film

Date Posted:30 January 2017 

From breathtaking manmade monuments to stunning landscapes, peoples, culture and vistas, here’s our pick for the top 19 locations around the world you just need to capture on film.

1. Lake Clark, Alaska

Travel to the USA’s most northern state and shoot from a boat as you explore this 2.5 million acre wilderness park. Spy grizzlies and other beasts of the North American wilderness in this geographically diverse location.

2. Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks - also known as the Golden Hearts City - is home to the auroral oval, a region around the North Pole that is one of the best places to see (and photograph) the stunning Aurora Borealis.

3. White Sands, New Mexico

Heading to the southernmost part the USA, the ‘white sands’ of this 275 square mile desert are made from white gypsum, and ‘glow’ against the sky. Time your visit for a full moon for the most spectacular vistas, sunset to sunrise.

4. John Day National Monument, Oregon

Discover three stunning parks along the Oregon coastline, including the Painted Hills and the cyan coloured cliff beds of Blue Basin, you’ll also want to make time for Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Cannon Beach and Astoria. 

5. Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Known for its hundreds of inland parks and trails, the westernmost province of Canada also boasts a spectacular coastline of prehistoric islands, seas and sea life. Haida Gwaii’s abundance of sea lions, whales, orcas and porpoises have seen it nicknamed the Galápagos of Canada.

6. The Neck, The Falkland Islands

The Neck is a privately owned isthmus on Saunders Island. You’ll need to fly in from Stanley, and then jump in a jeep for an hour down a muddy dirt track. The reward for intrepid photographers willing to make the trip is a majestic vista home to Rockhopper, King, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins.

7. Stonehenge, England

Built roughly 4000 to 5000 years ago, Stonehenge forms just one part of a larger, sacred landscape amongst Salisbury Plain. Capture the beauty of the sunrise slipping through the stones, and marvel at the beauty of this sacred monument.

8. Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan

A 10,000 foot, 3 hour hike up the Paro Valley rewards adventurous photographers with breathtaking views and temples built into the carved cliffside. Bhutan attracts only the most adventurous travel photographers and for good reason. Pack light and capture parts of the world still relatively untainted by tourism.

9. Machu Picchu, Peru

Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu remains one of the world’s most captivating sights. Surrounded by perilous mountains and valleys, this ancient city is a photographer’s dream with it’s stone alleys, dizzying architecture and the untold stories of the thousands that once called it home. Be prepared for a guided hike through the mountains to reach the site.

10. Havana, Cuba

Music, food, culture and history collide in Havana, Cuba, where life is both familiar and exotic, and new ideas and old traditions are always within reach. Marvel at brightly coloured building facades, walk through dilapidated alleys and be prepared for an invigorating surprise around every corner. 

11. Sicily, Italy

Italy loves the camera and the camera loves Italy, but you won’t find more history, culture and vibrancy than on the island of Sicily. Chart the historic highs and lows of war, discovery, food, invention and family on one of the world’s most famous islands. Make sure to visit Taormina, a gorgeous hilltop town on the East coast of Sicily.

12. Venice, Italy

A city synonymous with the ambition, craft, corruption and beauty of civilisation, Venice will set your shutter aflutter from the gondolas and trattorias to majestic and opulent architecture slowly sinking into the flooded streets and avenues. “See Venice and die,” the saying goes. Once you’ve been there, you will understand why. 

13. Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

The tiny village of Jukkasjarvi is in the heart of Lapland, just 200km north of the Arctic Circle, and is surrounded by lakes, fir trees and reindeer. It is also home to one of Sweden’s most famous attractions the famous Ice Hotel, carved from the ice of the Torne River. The hotel is pretty much melted by May, and changes every year, meaning there’s plenty of reasons to return. Just make sure you get your white balance right when shooting. 

14. Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania’s unique wilderness will delight the eye of your camera, as will the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) which is as interesting to photograph from the outside as it is from the inside.

15. Taj Mahal, India

Symmetrical, imposing, enlightening, opulent and incredible. The Taj Mahal is many different things to different people. A pilgrimage for any travel photographer, a million photographs must exist of the iconic reflecting pool, and a million more still won’t change the elegance of this world famous site.

16. Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

While it might not sport the most adventurous name, the Dingle Peninsula is nonetheless one of the world’s most naturally beautiful places. From rolling green hills, quaint hamlets, farmlands and the cloud banked Slieve Mish mountain range, this is the stuff of Hollywood romances and breathtaking adventure all in one.

17. The Wave, Arizona

While only about the size of an indoor sports court and limited to 20 permits a day, The Wave is one of those must see sites that is guaranteed to produce a compelling series of photographs. A geological wonder, this sandstone rock formation is well-known among hikers and photographers for its colourful and undulating shapes.

18. Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Endless horizons and landscapes of colour, movement and beauty – Amboseli National Park is one of the world’s natural wonders. Discover marshes, grasslands and wildlife from the air or on the ground in Kenya’s incredible Amboseli National Reserve.

The park is notorious for being one of the best places in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants and other wildlife species. The park also boasts spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

19. Easter Island | Polynesia

One of the most isolated places on earth, Easter Island is home to 887 monuments and statues created by the Rapa Nui people between the 10th and 16th Centuries. A place of rare solace, beauty and enlightenment, Easter Island offers an unparalleled photography experience.

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