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10 More Safari Surprises: Ngorongoro Edition

In my first article on <b>Safari Surprises</b>, I showed you ten images from 48 hours in Serengeti National Park -- animal behaviors you could never predict you'd actually see before setting out on a full day of safari. Here we go again!<p>The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, located between the Kilimanjaro …

Top 10 martial arts movies

Everybody is kung-fu fighting for sure, but it takes more than that to make a great martial arts movie. The Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 finest ever made<p>• Top 10 movie adaptations • Top 10 animated movies • Top 10 silent movies • Top 10 sports movies • Top 10 film noir • Top 10 …

The World's Largest Vessel Enters The Water In South Korea

Shell has just floated the hull of the world's largest vessel out of its dry dock in South Korea. It's so massive that if you stood it up, it would be 1,601 feet tall, reaching higher into the sky than the Empire State Building.<p>The vessel, called the Prelude, will actually be used more as a …

Typhoon Haiyan: the aftermath – in pictures

A month since typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, survivors in the city of Tacloban still have nowhere they can call home

10 photo highlights today

We bring you a selection of top photographs from around the world<p>• For more from the Guardian picture desk today see our live blog today on world reactions to Nelson Mandela's death.

10 Destinations On The Rise, According To TripAdvisor

We never really can get sick of people telling us where to go next.<p>The advice is always varied and gives the inner traveler in you ideas of where you want to schlep off to next.<p>Enter TripAdvisor, who has released their annual list of places "on the rise." Many of the spots have been around for, um, …

15 Festivals To Attend Before You Die

Throwing tomatoes and watching balloon races aren't your standard, everyday activities. But every year, visitors gather in different locations around the world to participate in festivals ranging from spiritual to lighthearted. From samba dancing to bathing in a sacred river, each festival offers …

Readers' travel photograph competition: November – sunlight

Photography is all about getting the light just right, but in these stunning images it takes centre stage. Scroll through the gallery to see the winner. All of this year's winning images will be mounted by Point101, and displayed at the finalists' exhibition at the Guardian's offices later this …

10 photo highlights today

The Guardian's picture editor brings you a selection of top photographs from around the world<p>• For more from the Guardian picture desk today see our live blog

10 Tips for Taking More Interesting Photos

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a time for reflection, and for many people a time to make New Year’s resolutions about …

Landscape Photography

5 Places Not to be Missed in a Lifetime

As a travel writer since 1997, I have visited 100 countries, and I make 20 to 30 trips a year. I am always being asked where in the world I'd most like to go. In this post, I'm going to reveal the five destinations I'd love to visit, or re-visit, before I die. This includes, of course, the biggie …

TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013

John Tlumacki. Boston, Mass., USA. April 15, 2013. The first Boston Marathon bomb exploded about two hours and forty m<p>... VIEW MORE<p>John …

Climbing On Mount Denali

Dubai Just Won the Rights to a World Expo, But What's it Really Worth?

This week, Dubai won its bid to host the World Exposition in 2020. While officials in Dubai celebrated, analysts and investors worried about the …

Uncovering Jamaica’s Jewish Past

In the great Caribbean melting pot, one group is largely overlooked: Jewish refugees who settled centuries ago. Their descendants are unearthing …

India’s Mysterious Skeleton Lake

For decades, experts puzzled over hundreds of ancient dead bodies found at a remote lake. Were they victims of disease? Mass suicide? War? The answer …

Snapshots: Escape to Istanbul

Whenever I tell people that I am a photo editor at National Geographic, the usual reply is “Oh, you must get to travel all the time!” The reality is, I spend most of my days at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington. My expertise lies in editing and shaping the stories of our …

Travel Photography

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week