More notable Australian accolades include the winner of the Black and White Award 2016, which went to Australian photographer Guy Havell for this image taken on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland, which is a very long way from Guy’s home in Australia.
Street lighting in Reykjavik was switched off for an hour on Wednesday evening to give residents of the Icelandic capital a better view of the Aurora Borealis.
Most parts of the world’s northernmost capital city, including the centre, went dark from 10:00pm.
“Residents are invited to join in by turning out the lights at home so as to maximise the darkness and minimise light pollution,” the local government said earlier in a statement.
The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are multi-coloured natural illuminations caused by interactions between solar winds and the Earth’s magnetic field.
Beautiful shot of the Northern Lights from the perspective of a drone by Oli Haukur Myrdal based in Keflavik, Iceland.
Using a high-end camera (Sony a7S II) that can handle low-light settings and strapping it to a drone, Myrdal was able to capture stunning views of the Reykjanes Peninsula with just enough moonlight to light up the scenes.
The motion of the drone and the different perspectives gives the film a real dimensionality.
by Julija Nėjė
Even if you are living under a rock, you must have heard already that Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
With only around 320,000 people living there, the country is now becoming packed with tourists flying in from all over the world, coming to see its rich nature.
Roaring volcanoes, deep fjords, sharp mountains and glaciers, the country has everything under its roof.
Then check out this list compiled by Bored Panda of the best photographs of Iceland we could find.
With lots of new flights opening to Iceland recently, you can find rather cheap tickets if you search long enough, however, this might be the only thing you can expect to save up on.
On the plus side, you might be lucky and see the Northern Lights.
If you’re traveling in the summer you’ll have all the daylight you need in order to see a lot in one day, since the night almost never comes.
On the downside, the most famous landmarks will be packed with tourists.
A good way to save up some money then is to stay in tents or find a Couchsurfing host rather than going to a hotel.
An incredible Aurora helps a little lighthouse in the South of Iceland to illuminate the dark Icelandic night.
Photographer: Leonardo Papèra Calavorno resident of Italy.
Smithsonian Member since 2016.
Source: Showing Who Is Boss | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian
Electroluminescent light shapes installed in the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland by German artists Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van Schoor, also known as 3hund.
The geometric shapes, sharp lines and luminous spheres have an eerie effect as the camera pans around the valleys and mountains before encountering the luminous forms that seem alien.
The installations were created in real time, without the use of CGI, by using electroluminescent wires and shapes placed on a rock surface or suspended in the air using a kite or drone.