Boy with balloons in Santiago, Chile.

Chile, 1997. Photograph: © David Alan Harvey/Magnum Photos David Alan Harvey’s photograph of a boy with balloons on a street in Santiago, Chile, was taken in 1997. It is included in Streetwise, a new collection of pictures from the archives of the Magnum agency. The Magnum name became synonymous with street photography in the 1950s […]

Waterfall Island, Alto Parana.

Waterfall Island, Alto Parana, Paraguay Resembling some of the more inspired landscapes from Avatar movie, this spectacular waterfall conceals a wonderful island (shown here), and multiple falls form a singular mind-boggling cascade, making famous Niagara collection of waterfalls pale in comparison: Technically, this waterfall is called Iguazu Falls on the Argentine side (there is a […]

Negroni’s Marvelous Volcano Pictures.

Francisco Negroni is a world-known Chilean photographer who has won six international awards for his outstanding shots of erupting volcanoes. In 2011, he made himself known with his photos of the eruption of the Cordon Caulle volcano in his home country.  ‘I never really thought about becoming a volcano photographer. It came naturally. When I […]

White-necked Jacobin, Costa Rica.

White-necked Jacobin. Photo: Mariam Kamal/Audubon Photography Awards Species: White-necked Jacobin Location: Dave & Dave’s Nature Park, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica Camera: Nikon D3300 with Tamron SP AF 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens; 1/250 second at f/6.3; ISO 200 Story Behind the Shot: On my fifth trip to Costa Rica, my favorite birding spots produced a […]

The Andean Motmot.

An Andean motmot at San Miguel Hill, near Medellin, Colombia. Colombia was announced the champion of the Global Big Day bird watch, with 1,486 species of birds spotted. In this annual event, teams of bird watchers from more than 140 countries worldwide record their bird sightings. Image Credit: Photograph by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP/Getty Images Source: The […]

The Sarcophagi of Karajia, Peru.

 Photo Credit: JF (Flickr). About 60 km northeast of the city of Chachapoyas, in Luya Province, in Peru, lies the archaeological site of Karajia, where the funeral tombs of the “ancient wise men” are located. Perched high on a ledge by the side of a limestone cliff, the six sarcophagi (coffins carved in stone and […]

The Tabletop Mountains of Venezuela.

Tepuis are flat table-top mountains found in the Guayana Highlands of South America, especially in Venezuela. In the language of the Pemon people who live in the Gran Sabana, Tepui means ‘House of the Gods’ due to their height. Tepuis tend to be found as isolated entities rather than in connected ranges, which makes them […]

Creatures who love the Dark.

From deep inside caves to the bottom of the ocean, wildlife photographer Danté Fenolio seeks out the creatures that don’t want to be found. The golden harlequin toad has vanished from the wild, and only a small number live on in captivity. A fungus caused them, and many other amphibians, to die out in their […]

Toxodon, Darwin’s very Strange Beast, 1834.

Toxodon. Illustration by Peter Schouten from the forthcoming book “Biggest, Fiercest, Strangest” W. Norton Publishers (in production) “Toxodon is perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered,” wrote Charles Darwin, a man who was no stranger to strangeness. He first encountered the creature in Uruguay on November 26th, 1834. “Having heard of some giant’s bones […]

Sea Dragon, Galapagos Islands.

Sea Dragon: Aquatic Life Winner. The bottom of the ocean seems an unlikely place for a lizard to find itself. In fact, marine iguanas of the Galápagos Islands are the only lizards to venture beneath the waves—and they make a habit of it. With food options scarce along the islands’ volcanic coastlines, marine iguanas have […]