There are few photography achievements more prestigious than the Sony World Photography awards. While the Photographer of the Year title will not be announced until April 30th in London, the World Photography Organisation (WPO) released its shortlist for this year’s awards in early February. The shortlist—which represents international amateur, professional and youth photography—contains some of the most incredible, breathtaking contemporary photos from 2013.
Incredible Footage Of The Chinese New Year
A week ago today, people around the world welcomed the Chinese New Year–or this year, the Year of the Wooden Horse. From China to the Chinatowns of the world, families crammed into temples and fireworks painted the night skies, all to welcome a year of patience and cooperation. In Chinese astrology, the horse is associated with kindness, strength and companionship. For more shots of how many ushered in the new year, The Atlantic has a fantastic spread.
Extending a whopping 5,114 feet above sea level, Wyoming’s ever-popular “Devils Tower” actually receives its name from a misinterpretation. Many Native American tribes had geographical ties to the igneous intrusion, calling it everything from “Aloft on a rock” to the “Bear’s Lair”. It wasn’t until 1875 that Colonel Richard Irving Dodge’s interpreter incorrectly perceived one name as “Bad God’s Tower”, which he inevitably translated to “Devils Tower”.