Cell phones have come a long way over the past decade. While we use them to check our email, map the closest route to the grocery store or text a friend, it (almost) goes without saying that the cell phone is absolutely king when it comes to photography. Whether you’re taking selfies or Snapchatting your lunch, many of today’s phone cameras rival professional ones. It is because of these great advances that the iPhone Photography Awards were born. Though not as polished as professional photography contests, these image entries are impeccable in their own right.
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Nearly swallowed whole by a major earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation, the town of Namie is struggling to survive. Three years later, Namie remains within the clutches of natural disaster–and likely will for the foreseeable future. The town’s 20,000-plus residents are still evacuated due to persistently high radiation levels, and it is likely that even when they do recede those forced to leave will remain negatively affected by the slew of disasters for the rest of their lives.
A living shrine to the marvels of the Renaissance, if Florence’s cultural relics don’t seduce you, its natural scenery certainly will.
There’s Still Time To Enter National Geographic’s 2014 Traveler Photo Contest
Traveling to the world’s most remote and exotic places is a privilege; capturing and presenting them in a way that speaks directly to those who haven’t been is a skill cultivated by few. But if you’re one of those who is both lucky enough to make a great trip and convey its brilliance through film, you should certainly consider entering National Geographic’s 26th annual Traveler photo contest. Winners will receive free trips to Alaska, New Mexico or a cruise to Maine. We’ve selected a few of our favorites thus far and present them to you here, just so you can get an understanding of the qualities of submission.
The road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup wasn’t easy. The tournament has caused uproar in Brazil, where many people live in slums and poverty—a stark contrast to the extravagant splendor and spending that hosting an event like this requires. In fact, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities have seen some of the largest anti-World Cup demonstrations to date.
Despite the hardships and unrest plaguing the country, the excitement surrounding the impending matches is unmistakable. The streets are draped in bold, bright colors, and Brazil World Cup murals and street art cover the cities. Finally, after much preparation, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is upon us! In case you’ve missed it–we’ll bring you up to speed.
1. This photo is of Ham the Chimp, the first chimpanzee to be successfully launched into space in 1961. The snapshot was taken after his return. His name is an acronym for the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, which is the lab that prepared him for such an important mission. However, he was only given the name upon his return since officials did not want the press to have a name to use for public shaming should the mission have failed. Following the trip, Ham called Washington D.C.’s National Zoo home for 17 years. His remains may now be found at the International Space Hall of Fame in New Mexico.
2. In 1967, Sweden changed its laws so that drivers had to start driving on the right-hand side of the road. The law was implemented to accommodate left-handed vehicles, reduce collisions and keep up with the trends of neighboring countries Norway and Finland. The day the law took effect is called Dagen H, or more popularly “Högertrafikomläggningen” (“The right-hand traffic diversion”), and this picture depicts the mass confusion that ensued. While the switch appeared to be successful in the short term, accident rates and insurance claims returned to normal after a couple years—likely after Swedes grew accustomed to driving on the right hand side of the road.
3. This picture of a girl holding a doll in the rubble of her former home is one of the most poignant and disturbing images from World War Two, and one that succinctly articulates the scope of devastation following the 1940 London bombings.