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Photo Contest Finalists Creatively Capture Light in Landscapes

Stunning rays of sunlight bursting through clouds; dramatic shadows cast along the ground of the forest; and rainbows shooting across the sky. These are all the types of light that judges look for in the Velux Lovers of Light competition.<p>The annual landscape photography event invites photographers …

Spectacular Splashes Create Colorful Liquid Creatures

It would be quite shocking to come across these giant creatures emerging from the surface of a lake. In reality, though, it wouldn't be possible considering Milwaukee-based photographer Jack Long captures the beautiful liquid formations at extremely high speeds.<p>With technical acuity, Long documents …

Sprawling Nature-Inspired Mural Drawn Entirely with a Sharpie

After seven long months of work, California-based artist Sean Sullivan finished <i>Grand Pale Maw</i>, an expansive drawing that covered the wall of a hallway in the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) gallery. Using just a black marker, the artist started drawing with the image of a fallen oak …

Inspirational Two-Legged Dog Runs Joyously at the Beach

It's almost impossible to look at these images of an adorable, two-legged boxer and not feel touched. Panda Paws Rescue, a special needs canine rescue, recently uploaded a video of the dog Duncan Lou Who having the time of his life on his first trip to the beach. Despite only having two front legs, …

More Stunningly Surreal Portraits Featuring Wild Animals by Katerina Plotnikova

Since the last time we featured Moscow-based photographer Katerina Plotnikova's incredible portraits of young women holding wild animals, her stunning images have only grown more daring, now featuring even larger and more exotic creatures such as bears, elephants, giraffes, and elk.<p>The …

Breathtaking Bird Sculptures Made of Paper or Polymer

Beijing-born Bijian Fan creates breathtaking bird sculptures made with paper or polymer. As a child, Fan learned origami, or the art of paper folding, from his grandmother. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Mathematics as well as a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering but somehow found his way back …

Graceful Curved Chair Inspired by Japanese Calligraphy

<i>Slinky Chair</i> is a sculptural seat designed by Italy-based studio Infinity Design that takes inspiration from Japanese calligraphy. Like the gracefully painted characters of the ancient Asian art, the chair manages to convey action and elegance in visually striking curves. It is both functional and …

Meet Darcy: The Cutest Little Hedgehog in the World

Tokyo-based Instagrammer Shota Tsukamoto proudly snaps shots of his pet hedgehog named Darcy (best known as @darcytheflyinghedgehog), arguably the cutest little hedgehog in the whole world! The spiky little girl is the epitome of “aww-worthy” as she comfortably sits in a shoe, lounges on a deck of …

Amazingly Creative Examples of Environmental Art

A new 2014 calendar, curated by Aleta Florentin of Amber Lotus Publishing, brings some of the best examples of environmental art all together in one place. This inspiring genre of art beautifully incorporates its natural surroundings in a way that's surprising and oftentimes meaningful. Whether …

Playfully Unique Furniture Looks Like Everyday Scribbles

At first glance, you might think these scenes are just rough line drawings along a wall. However, upon closer inspection, it quickly becomes clear that each “illustration” is actually formed out of purposefully arranged wire. Entitled <i>Rough Sketch Products</i>, the series of unique pieces was developed …

Creative Eye Makeup Illustrations by Tal Peleg

Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg, aka Scarlet Moon, uses eyeshadow and eyeliner to do more than simply shade in her eyelids. Instead, the creative makeup genius turns eyelids into her own personal canvas for clever mini paintings. She takes the small patch of skin that surrounds the eye and …

Perfectly-Timed Photo of a Tree Frog Riding a Beetle

Aside from National Geographic's photo contests, the Sony World Photography Awards is one of our favorite photo competitions to write about. For years now, we've showcased their standout entries and announced their winners. Open to students, amateur photographers and professionals, the competition …

Incredible Thread and Wire Sculptures by Yong Won Song

Korean artist Yong Won Song creates life-size thread and wire sculptures that look like scribbled drawings come to life. Somewhere between a dream and a nightmare, fantasy and reality, the artist's pieces explore the unconscious mind. Taking the perspective of a writer merging real-life experiences …

Aww-Worthy Photos of Tiny Animals on Fingers

<i>Tiny Animals on Fingers</i> is a Flickr set curated by Specklet that delivers exactly what you'd expect–adorable pint-sized creatures resting on mere fingertips. While the diverse breeds of species differ in proportions and physical appearance, they share their tiny stature. These little guys featured …

Intricate Sand Sculpture Scenes by Susanne Ruseler

While studying Biology in college, Susanne Ruseler discovered that her true passion was not in studying living organisms but in creating sculptures from materials such as snow, ice, and sand. After graduating, she started her own sculpture company and has been making fantastic, albeit temporary, …

9,000 Human Sand Silhouettes Serve as a Reminder of D-Day

Just a few days ago, British artists Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley, of <i>Sand In Your Eye</i>, produced this incredibly powerful visual display at the D-Day landing beach of Arromanche in France. The two developed this concept, entitled <i>The Fallen</i>, in honor of International Peace Day (September 21) and as a …

The Extraordinary Life of Germany's Doublefaced Girl

Doublefaced is an intriguing series by Berlin-based German artist Sebastian Bieniek that features portraits of a girl with the illusion of two faces. By simply drawing on each side of his model's head with common makeup products like eyeliner and lipstick, Bieniek transforms the young woman into a …

Maze of Mirrors Mesmerizes Visitors Inside Sydney's Hyde Park

If you love public art, here's further proof that Sydney is the place to be right now. While you'll have to travel to several different spots to see those giant fluorescent snails, you only have to walk through one park to be immersed in something quite surreal. New Zealand architects Out of the …

1,500 Goldfish Live in "Skyscrapers" Within a Large Glass City

In this delicate urban landscape, glass buildings form the layout and fish are the residents. <i>Fishpond City Xi'an</i> is a permanent installation created by Vienna-based art collaboration Raoul Bukor and Christian Lindle. The small-scale model of urban development in China stands at a scale of 1:60 and …

125th Anniversary Issue of National Geographic Magazine

Photography enthusiasts, if there's one magazine you'll want to collect right now it's National Geographic's special photography issue. Devoted to “the power of photography,” the October issue looks at how photography has the power to impacts our lives. It not only gives us insight into each other, …

12 Amazing Photos of Animals Congregating

<b>Stingrays</b><p>While we'll always be big fans of wildlife photography in general, there's nothing quite like seeing hundreds, thousands and even millions of animals congregating like this. Whether these photographers have captured animal migrations, where major animal groups travel long distances in …

Dark Fairytale Photos of Women Stranded in Nature

Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi produces eye-catching images with elements of surrealism that seem like scenes from a dark fairytale. Each photo in her growing collection of work features its own imaginative narrative, leaving the viewer to decide what happened to lead each subject into the eerily …

Thousands of Small Dice Form Curvy, Dynamic Sculptures

From a distance, it's difficult to tell that these abstract sculptures are even more impressive than they first appear. As viewers near each piece, it quickly becomes evident that the large, organic shapes are completely covered with dice. In the collection, Germany-based artist Anthony Cragg used …

Heartwarming Portraits of Newborn Babies by Alicia Gould

Doting parents are eager to commemorate the birth of their children and New Jersey-based photographer Alicia Gould is right there with them, capturing heartwarming photos of their newborn babies. The photographer's precious subjects, anywhere from three days to two weeks old, are adorably serene in …

Mirrored Reflections Create Intriguing Illusions Within Landscapes

Italian photographer Barbara Scerbo has an incredibly expressive imagination. In her series, entitled <i>Illusion</i>, the artist composes visually intriguing images that are beautiful and, at the same time, completely baffling.<p>In each scene, Scerbo creates fragmented portraits using mirrored reflections …

Luminescent Glowworms Illuminate Caves in New Zealand

Luminescent glowworms (aka Arachnocampa luminosa) fill the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand, mesmerizing visitors with their radiant bodies. The organic, larva-like creatures illuminate the otherwise pitch-black cavernous space as a chemical reaction, similar to bioluminescent microorganisms …