Even as hurricanes and wildfires wreak havoc on much of the globe, the natural world is still full of beauty. The images in the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest are a perfect reminder of that. The contest is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. One hundred images were selected from more than 50,000 contest entries from 92 countries around the world. The selection featured here are finalists in various categories. The competition’s winners will be announced October 17, and the full exhibition will be on display in London from October 20, 2017 through the spring of 2018. For those who can’t go see the prints in person, here are 13 of the most stunning wildlife photos of 2017.
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When you gaze up at the night sky, you’re not just looking at celestial objects far away in space. You’re looking at objects far away in time, too. The light from a distant star can take thousands of years to reach Earth. That means astrophotography — images of the night sky — is the closest thing we may have to a time machine. The best astrophotography is breathtakingly beautiful to boot. Here are several images shortlisted for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 awards, meaning they represent the most stunning astrophotography work in the world. The final winners of the contest will be announced Sept. 14 at London’s Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Sometimes you need a reason to give another person a kiss. And, as was the case in probably the most famous kissing photo of all time: the iconic picture of a World War II sailor kissing a nurse at the end of the war. But, other times, a kiss is its own reason to celebrate. Whatever you want to call it — a peck, a smooch, a snog — a kiss communicates love in a way that few other acts can match. How people started kissing is a mystery and why we do it is complicated, but, from a child’s sweet kiss to a lover’s sexy kiss, the act is a language of its own. And a photograph of a kiss, it follows, captures that feeling. Here is a look back at 40 years of kisses from LIFE Magazine’s archives of iconic 20th century photography.
Rivers, lakes, volcanoes and even human development on Earth can take on an abstract aesthetic when viewed from space. Since 1972, NASA’s Landsat 8 satellites have kept a visual record of the planet’s changing landscape, showing how our coastlines, continents, and islands have been altered over the years, both through natural and human impact. Capturing nearly 700 images every day, Landsat images offer a unique perspective on the Earth and its geological features, which can appear strikingly beautiful. The unexpected patterns and vivid colors featured in Landsat photography could just have easily sprung from the easel of a great artist. Here’s a look at our planet as seen from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites