01 Shah-i-Zinda, Silk Road @emmathomsontravels
Our mini ‘takeover’ documenting Emma’s journey along the Silk Road was very popular with our followers, and an image like this is the reason why. Iconic of this ancient route, the bright blues coupled with the ornate designs of the architecture are always guaranteed to catch the eye on a rolling feed.
02 Ballintoy, Northern Ireland @brad_hobbs
Brad captured a perfect moment that effortlessly reflected in the waters too, and coupling this with a gorgeous candy floss sky contrasting against the dark rocks, made this a great Instagram capture. Followers commented on a great composition and applauded Brad’s excellent timing.
03 Solna centrum metro station, Stockholm @diana_jarvis
A little unexpectedly, this shot gathered a slew of likes. It has great symmetry but best of all demonstrates how something as dour as a metro station can be the canvas for such expressive and creative artwork. Diana certainly followed the old adage of always looking up.
04 Penguins, Antarctica @paulnicklen
Paul is pretty renowned in National Geographic circles, and we were lucky enough to post his stunning shot from Antarctica. Penguins always make an entertaining subject matter, but Paul’s capture in such a great light, casting those long shadows, gives a real sense of the vastness of the landscape, with these little beings dotted around like statues, taking the last of the sun’s warmth.
05 Bagan, Myanmar @contrastsstudio
This is a real eye-catcher of a shot, and the large number of likes backs that up. Although aerial shots tend to feel removed from the subject, capturing the beam of sunlight against the golden pagoda is what makes the shot, and the complimentary light across the landscape really gives a feel for the atmosphere of the area.
06 Day of the Dead, Mexico @laura_jane_dale
Nothing captures the attention more than a pair of eyes looking straight back at you, and Laura’s entry into our Photography Competition this year was a winner on Instagram. The perfect focus, stunning makeup and bright and colourful costume was guaranteed to get a great response from our followers, and it did just that.
07 Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa @richardjamestaylor
Richard’s shoot for us in Addo Elephant National Park included loads of great elephant shots, and while the weather was overcast this allowed Richard to produce a story that had a great colour palette. The muddy brown of the landscape is reflected by these amazing beasts at the water hole, and the fact there are baby elephants about only added to its popularity.
08 Ball and Chain, Miami, Florida @hellokrisdavidson
Kris Davidson shot for us in Miami and, as in this shot, managed to capture such a cool vibe both in tone and content. The contrast of the sofas and walls help, but she’s managed to get two very smart chaps against a backdrop of real history, all adding up to let this photo tell a great story within its own right.
09 Central Market, Budapest @richardjamestaylor
Richard has got a great composition of an interesting subject matter, and rightly got a lot of good feedback on the image. So often it’s very easy to take a bad photo of something like this, but you can appreciate the thought and time taken to get the composition and timing exactly right.
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