High Sands and High Seas, Namibia.

Image Credit: Photograph by Julian Walter, National Geographic Your Shot Namibia, on Africa’s southwest coast, is a large country with a harsh landscape. The towering and constantly shifting dunes of the Namib Desert, shown here in this aerial photo submitted by Your Shot member Julian Walter, run right to the Atlantic Ocean and can reach […]

Two Rhinos & a cheeky Oxpecker.

Photograph by Matt Parry, runner-up. On an early morning safari drive in the Amakhala game reserve, South Africa, we came across these two rhinos coming out of the mist. A little bird is hitching a ride with one of the rhinos. Comment by Mick Ryan, Judge: Is there any species more prehistoric-looking than the endangered […]

The Dragon’s Blood Trees of Socotra Island.

Dragon’s Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain, or blood of the two brothers, on Socotra island. Prized for its red medicinal sap, the Dragon’s Blood is the most striking of 900 plant species on the Socotra islands in the Arabian Sea, 380 km (238 miles) south of mainland Yemen. Image Credit: Photograph by Khaled […]

Buffaloes & Stars, KwaZulu-Natal.

‘Buffaloes and stars’. This picture, taken at Zimanga game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, using an in-camera multiple exposure, with the first lit for the buffaloes and the second focused on the stars with a spectacular result. Image Credit: Photograph by Andreas Hemb. Source: Sony world photography awards 2017 shortlist | Art and design | […]

Silhouettes of African animals at sunrise and sunset.

Wildlife photographer Greg Du Toit has captured powerful images of silhouetted animals in southern and eastern Africa to show “the mystery and intrigue of Africa.” Images copyright Greg Du Toit/mediadrumworld.com. The animals, including lions, giraffes, flamingos, elephants, leopards, rhinoceros and zebras, are illuminated against sunrises and sunsets in a range of hues. The photos are […]

The Shah Cheragh Mosque, Iran.

Visiting the Shah Cheragh mosque in Shiraz, Iran can be a sombre and, for lack of a better word, religious experience, yet the interior of the central temple looks as though a disco ball exploded, covering nearly every surface with glittering shards of glass and mirror. The site began as a funereal monument with a […]

Gertrude Bell – Queen of the Desert, circa 1900.

British-born Gertrude Bell, also referred to as the female Lawrence of Arabia, was an adventurer, spy, archaeologist and powerful political force who travelled into the uncharted Arabian desert and was recruited by British Military Intelligence to help reshape the Middle East after World War I. She drew the borders of Iraq, helped install its first […]

Transforming a Tunisian Island.

 Art by the excellent Swoon (Galerie Iterrance). We have Galerie Itinerrance to thank for the stunning gathering. The Paris-based institution invited artists like C215, eL Seed, Swoon, and ROA to paint the walls, doors and ruins of Djerba, turning the sparse architecture into open air canvases. “I found the idea so innovative that I couldn’t […]

Burst Pipe Reveals Crusader Murals.

Wall murals portraying Crusader knights and symbols of medieval military orders have been rediscovered in a Jerusalem hospital thanks to a burst water pipe and a storeroom reorganization. These paintings were the works of a French count, Comte Marie Paul Amédée de Piellat, who believed himself to be a descendant of Crusaders. The count was […]

Wildebeest cross the Night Skyline.

Masai Mara, Kenya A herd of wildebeest cross the night skyline in Masai Mara, Kenya. Image Credit: Photograph by Ingo Gerlach/Barcroft Images Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian