Every travel photographer has his or her bucket list of locations they lust after – the ones they dream of photographing one day. For some, the list is five places long; for others, there are hundreds of places they hope to shoot. Whether you’re after the landscape, animals, or culture, here are 10 of the best places to photograph worldwide. There are plenty of stunning and inspirational destinations all over the world just waiting to be explored and captured.
The Falkland Islands, British Overseas Territory
Barren island, rugged terrain with the cliff-lined coast and in spite of this uninviting description, the Falkland Island is teeming with abundant wildlife and it has its own charm where you can experience a personal encounter with a small colony of breeding king penguins.
Torres Del Paine, Chile
Unrivalled landscapes of impossibly blue lakes, iceberg-loaded river and deserted plains slowly easing into the glacial majesty of the Antarctic Ocean, the warm thermal spring that radiates heat into the air, glistening reflection of the sun off the azure waters of lake, Torres Del Paine in Chile is probably the most spectacular national park in the world.
Boab Tree, Kimberly, Australia
Unusual, striking shapes draped with brilliant green colour during the wet season and stark leafless branches during the dry harsh summers, this iconic Boab Tree in Kimberly is one of the most visited destinations in Australia.
Altai Mountains, Mongolia
Set against an enormous mountain range of the Altai Mountains, Mongolia stretched from Siberia all the way to the Gobi Desert near China. This vast country is home to eagle hunters. Covering an area an over 16,000 km, studded with snow-capped mountains and huge glacial lakes, Mongolia is the true wilderness and one of the last few zones with pristine natural beauty. The photograph shows the Kazakh golden eagle hunters practicing the century-old tradition.
Aurora Borealis, Fairbanks, Alaska
Waking up in the middle of the night and gazing at the electrifying and bright curtains of green, red, purple and even yellow lights that brighten night skies is one of the most accomplished travel experiences. Experience this rare and mystical event and appreciate the mesmerizing beauty of the northern lights at the Fairbanks in Alaska.
Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania, USA
The crown jewel of Pennsylvania is sometimes referred as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, one of the must-see attractions in America. Endless miles of hiking trails, offering breathtaking scenery of brilliant fall foliage display in the hues of yellow, purple and deep red, abundant wildlife and magnificent waterfalls makes it a hiker's delight. Kayaking, river rafting and fishing are also popular ways to admire the unspoilt nature of Pine Creek Gorge.
The Palouse, USA
Rolling hills, that are constantly changing colours throughout its different seasons, the Palouse is one of the seven wonders of southeastern Washington. Often called as Tuscany, as the wheat fields of the region change its shape and colours; green in the spring and golden in the fall makes it a unique and the most beautiful region of the United Sates.
Death Valley, California, USA
From the historic mining town to the magical burst of wildflowers that blooms abundantly in spring to the raw natural beauty and wildlife and the terrifying ghost towns; Death Valley National Park has something for everyone. Spread across an area comprising 140 miles, the Death Valley is home to the varied variety of the wildlife such as mountain lions, bighorn sheep and several butterfly species like the Indra Swallowtail, Square-spotted Blue and Western Pygmy Blue.
Fed by the Moraine Lake and glaciers, the Banff National Park is one of many breathtaking attractions of Canada. Renowned for its magnificent 26 square kilometres hot spring reserve within an area of 6,641 square kilometres of untouched scenery, it’s not hard to believe why photographers would love to discover Banff and the encompassing Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Yosemite upholds a magical tranquillity and serenity that is unrivalled. Filled with hot springs and geysers, Giant Sequoia groves and the spectacular granite cliffs, a trip to Yosemite will provide you so many unforgettable photographic opportunities.