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Japan's Newest Island Is Now Eight Times Bigger

Volcanic island merged with neighbor and resembles cartoon character Snoopy.<p>Japan's newest island keeps on growing, and it has now taken on a cartoonish look.<p>Previously called Niijima, the volcanic island that first broke above the Pacific Ocean on November 20 has merged with a neighboring …

How to Shoot Festive Lights from a Car

The island of Aphrodite’s ancestors

With Ancient Greek, Venetian, Ottoman and British influences sitting alongside rocky cliffs and sweeping coastlines, the tiny Greek island of Cythera will not remain a secret for long.<p>In 2004, Albert Blok closed his eyes and randomly pointed to a spot on a map, determined to spend his next holiday …

Wild about WA: eye-popping animal encounters in Western Australia

Whether you're saying g'day to the whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, watching humpback whales breach from a live-aboard catamaran, or throwing yourself down a waterfall or up two-billion-year-old rocks in Karijini National Park, big, in-your-face wilderness is everywhere you look in WA.<p>Turquoise Bay …

What's the Difference Between a Snowstorm and a Blizzard?

Which one is worse—and can we expect more of both in the future?<p>Happy New Year! Things got off to a roaring start for people in the path of a brutally cold snowstorm that plowed this week across the U.S. Midwest and East Coast.<p>From Chicago to Boston to Washington, D.C., folks were treated to up to …

Up Helly Aa: Europe's largest fire festival

Up Helly Aa, Lerwick<p>While most of us spend January dragging our heels beneath a metaphorical (and often literal) grey cloud of gloom, in Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, in Scotland, the locals set fire to things instead. Up Helly Aa, which takes place at the start of each year, is Europe's …

The Landscape Photographer’s Guide

This is a new book designed for anyone who wants to explore the world of landscape photography, either as a casual hobby or as a more serious …

In the city: share a photo or video that sums up your city

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>“In the city,” Paul Weller once sang, “there’s a thousand things I want to say to you.” Had he had the room, he would no doubt have added that a photo would have done the job even better – as we hope you’ll demonstrate with this latest assignment.<p>Wherever you live in …

Benito Mussolini's mug shot - a picture from the past

First published on Fri 3 Jan 2014 07.44 EST

21 Abstract Images of Christmas Lights

Pictures of the week: Llyn Llydaw, by Vivienne Rickman Poole

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or set of pictures, that particularly tickle their fancy. This week, their choice is Vivienne Rickman Poole's outdoor swim self-portraits

GoPro Teams Up with Zoologist to Show You What It’s Like to Cuddle with Lions

This’ll video will wake you up… or at least make you feel like your Friday isn’t NEARLY as exciting as it could be. As part of their Hero3+ Adventure …

Spectacular Horsehead Nebula Photograph Almost Good Enough to Rival Hubble

Photography is hardly a cheap hobby to pick up, but even within photography, some branches are more expensive than others. And ranking pretty close …

Pic A Moment App Turns Instagram Into an Easy-to-Browse Time Capsule

Yes, we’re all fascinated by what you had for lunch. But sometimes actual news/history is shared in the Instagram universe, and now there’s a …

Funny Flowchart to Help You Decide When & If You Should Take a Photo

What goes through your head before you release your camera’s shutter? Or before you post one of your photos online? Are you convinced your images is …

‘Ghost’ Reportedly Crashes Nighttime Shot of London’s Parliament Building

What happens when you try to take a nighttime shot without a tripod? Apparently, a ghost wanders into the frame and cocks up the whole thing. At …

9 Sources of Inspiration for Photography

Lately, I have had several people ask me what inspires me to paint and take photographs. This really got me to thinking about what makes me do what I …