Diego Arroyo is a Spanish photographer currently based in Amsterdam. He travels the world looking for the story that lies behind the eyes of strangers, glimpsed through a subtle smile, wink, or expression. He tries to capture these stories with his phenomenal skill at photography. Each of Diego’s shots in this series look good enough to be in the pages of National Geographic. In this series, Diego took great care to capture thought-provoking shots of indigenous people the world over. With globalization quickly taking over most of the world, images like these may be the last of their kind.
Cameron Davidson is a multi-award winning aerial photographer. His work has been featured in multiple prestigious publications such as National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian Magazine, Audobon Magazine, and Ducks Unlimited. He has taken aerial shots from all over the world. It helps that Cameron is a pilot himself and doesn’t have to rely on commercial aircraft for his incredible shots. When not in the air, Cameron also takes portraits. He is currently based in Washington D.C.
Mehmet Karaca is a 27-year-old amateur photographer who hails from Turkey. This young, talented photographer is into nature photography in a big way. His macro shots of bugs and critters are good enough to be used in National Geographic. A glance at his portfolio and you can see he takes every detail into consideration before taking the shot: lighting, angle, contrast, and focus are all taken into account. This one young photographer we should all watch out for.
Shikhei Goh is a self-confessed macro addict who lives and works in Singapore. Unlike other addictions, his has won him an award from National Geographic. He started taking Macro photographs in 2011 and hasn’t taken a break since. “I have always said to myself that I must and I can make great photos. After countless of trials and errors, explorations, and criticisms I can say that I am happy enough for what I have achieved now.” – Shikhei Goh
Peter Madden considers himself a ‘Sculptographer’. He takes the art of making a collage into a whole new level. One of his most popular works include a collage of plants, animal, and people cut-out from old encyclopedias and magazines. Sandwiched between two plates of safety glass, they give the viewer a pleasantly surprising three-dimensional view. According to him: “In my work, I’m cutting into a body of knowledge, poetically releasing the images.”.
National Geographic held a photography contest last year and over 130 countries have joined, with over 20,000 submissions of various kinds of photos. After a mindblowing and sound judgment on the photos’ creativity and quality, these were the ones that stood out in the midst of everything else.
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Is it really possible to lift a house off the ground with helium balloons? In the real-life version of Pixar’s animated hit film Up, National Geographic aimed to find out, and ended up setting a world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. 300 colored weather balloons were used to lift up a 16′ X 16′ house, 18′ tall to reach an altitude of over 10,000 feet for approximately one hour.
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Steeve McCurry is a universally recognized photojournalist, best known for his photograph, “Afghan Girl” that originally appeared in National Geographic magazine. He travels across the world and takes amazing portraits of people he meets, extracting the powerful feelings they express.
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Steve McCurry never set out to take portraits. In 1985, he photographed an Afghan girl for the National Geographic. The intensity of the subject's eyes and her compelling gaze made this one of the most widely and consistently celebrated portraits in the history of contemporary photography. This accompanies the other remarkable faces he has encountered whilst travelling throughout the world, collected together in an engaging and strangely moving series of unique street portraits: unposed, unstylized images of people that reveal the true universality of the depths of human emotion. Critically acclaimed and recognized internationally for his classic reportage, over the last twenty years he has worked on numerous assignments, travelling extensively throughout the Middle and Far East. McCurry has won first prize in the World Press Awards, and was named Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1984. He is most famous for his evocative color photography, which has captured stories of human experience that, in the finest documentary tradition, transcend boundaries of language and culture.