Whether you’re a professional travel photographer in search of unchartered photographed territory, or a budding photographer looking to include spectacular snaps in your portfolio, check out these totally unique destinations for a once in a lifetime experience.
Surreal, wind-swept and rugged, Patagonia boasts an incredibly diverse countryside ranging from vivid green alpine meadows littered with wildflowers to glacier fields glinting under the sun – just perfect for stunning landscape photography! Located at the base of South America, this beautiful country is home to the Torres del Paine National Park (she houses wildlife such as pumas, foxes, the Andean condor and guanacos to name a few), the Los Glaciares National Park and the baqueano, Patagonia’s cowboys. It is also known for the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water, and should weather permit, you can even get onto the Perito Moreno glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime photo op.
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Think gers, barren, windswept lands that stretch for as far as the eye can see, and the resilient nomads that live in these lands. Mongolia is a truly unique country as much of their population still embrace the traditional way of living that date back to the time of the Khans, of hunting with eagles and traversing the lands on horseback. In winter, when temperatures drop to a bone-chilling -30 degrees, the chance to witness the harmonious co-dependence between man and animal allows a glimpse of the battle for survival many of us will never experience in this lifetime.
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Considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, Guilin boasts idyllic scenery that looks straight out of an ancient Chinese painting. This picturesque southern Chinese city sits on the banks of the Lijang River, home to a fishing village that has a history dating back more than 500 years. This fishing village is known for fishing techniques unlike anything you’ve ever seen: the local fishermen head out on narrow bamboo rafts and use cormorants to swoop into the waters for the daily catch. Visiting Guilin has the sense of stepping back into time, and the chance to experience a truly unique Chinese culture.
Located in the Arctic Ocean, the Svalbard Islands boasts a breathtaking, untouched arctic wilderness of icy landscapes, magnificent fjords and wildlife unseen in our part of the world. Think polar bears, walruses, reindeer, arctic foxes, minkes and even humpback whales – the Svalbard Islands is a haven for both landscape and wildlife photographers. Here, the Arctic nights stretch endlessly, while the perpetual summer sun bathe the frozen lands forged by wind, ice and sea in a wondrous light.
Truly one of the least explored lands on earth, Antarctica was once only accessible via ships and is certainly not a destination for the faint of heart! Today, thanks to recent developments, flying into her lands is much easier, and is slowly opening up as one of the most unique travel spots on the globe. It is exactly as how you’ve seen on TV and in books: an endless whiteness surrounded by a contrasting blue ocean dotted with icebergs where the occasional penguin or polar bear perches. Further out in deeper waters, up to 8 different species of whales are drawn in summertime to feast on the krill that thrive in the icy depths. If you are adventurous enough, the infamous Drake Passage, where the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern seas converge in rough currents that meet no resistance from any landmass can be crossed via ship for an experience of a lifetime.