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19 superb pictures of New York City
19 superb pictures of New York City

Each month we look at a different destination through the lenses of the best photographers on Picfair, and this month we’re focusing on New York City. It’s beautiful in summer or winter, but spring is one of the best times to visit and see the city bloom into a colourful metropolis. Here are 19 of our favourite…

The 7 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia – chosen by you
The 7 most beautiful places in Southeast Asia – chosen by you

It’s not just appearance that makes up the beauty of a place. Often, travellers will cite the people as the most beautiful thing about a country or culture. In Southeast Asia, there’s no doubt there is beauty in every form – and now our readers have voted to decide which countries are the most beautiful. Here…

Taliouine: the source of Morocco’s Red Gold
Taliouine: the source of Morocco’s Red Gold

Morocco-based travel photographer Chris Griffiths shares a visual insight into Taliouine: where Morocco’s “red gold” – saffron – is grown and harvested.  The Sirwa mountains are located in the Souss region of Morocco and are known for their distinct seasonal changes in climate. The vast rocky valleys making up the range appear somewhat inhabitable and infrastructure…

A dog surfing competition took place in Australia this week
A dog surfing competition took place in Australia this week

Plato said every dog has the soul of a philosopher. While that statement is disputable, the wave-riding canines at the Noosa Festival of Surfing are proof that some dogs, at least, have the soul of a surfer. Thousands gathered at Queensland Australia’s Noosa Beach this week to watch The Dog Spectacular, the world’s only surfing event where…

23 brilliant pictures of Brazil
23 brilliant pictures of Brazil

This year sees the Olympics and Paralympics take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If you’re heading to Brazil to catch any of the sporting action, here are a few great photos to inspire your trip from Picfair‘s best roaming photographers. Staircase decorated with street art Staircase by Lourdes Siracuza Cappi / Picfair Capoeira on the…

14 gorgeous photos from the Canon photography competition
14 gorgeous photos from the Canon photography competition

Earlier this year Rough Guides were on the judging panel for the ‘Depth of Field’ photography competition run by Canon. Amateur and professional photographers were asked to submit their best shots with interesting use of depth of field. After hundreds of entries came flooding in, we whittled it down to a shortlist and Canon chose the final…

20 brilliantly colourful pictures of India
20 brilliantly colourful pictures of India

Professional photographer Tim Bird shares some of his incredible pictures of India.  I’ve been fascinated by everything to do with India from about the age of 13 when I first heard the sitar being played on Beatles records. These days I’m an India addict. I’m involved with a small Finnish-based NGO, Tikau Share, which focuses…

In pictures: an introduction to Guinea Bissau
In pictures: an introduction to Guinea Bissau

Sitting on the far west coast of Africa, just south of Senegal, Guinea Bissau is a small yet vibrant African nation just beginning to take its place on the tourist map. Years of colonial rule followed by decades of political instability kept this once-Portuguese outpost a secret, known only by dedicated deep-sea fishermen and a handful of…

14 photographs that show the many sides of Amsterdam
14 photographs that show the many sides of Amsterdam

As one of Europe’s top weekend break destinations, Amsterdam features on many a traveller’s bucket list – as well as our list of the top 10 cities to visit in 2016. With three world-famous attractions – the Anne Frank Huis, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum – it’s hardly surprising. But there are also countless pretty canals and great green spaces…

16 captivating pictures of hill tribes in Laos
16 captivating pictures of hill tribes in Laos

Professional travel photographer Tim Draper has shot images for 24 Rough Guides guidebooks, visiting far-flung corners around the world. Here he shares some of his stunning shots taken in northern Laos, where he spent time with the Akha people. I‘d been trudging steadily uphill through dense jungle in heavy rain for over seven hours when I caught…

Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures
Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures

Today Ethiopia is celebrating Christmas. Following the Julian calendar, this East African, Orthodox Christian nation celebrates Christmas on the 7th January each year. In Lalibela, one of the holiest sites in Ethiopia, tens of thousands of pilgrims gather for mass in the town’s 12 rock-hewn churches. All through the night there’s chanting, singing, swaying and praying…

Travel photography: our top 20 Instagram posts of 2015
Travel photography: our top 20 Instagram posts of 2015

They say a picture can tell a story worth a thousand words, which is why we’re big on pictures. There’s no better way – save seeing it for yourself – to understand a brilliant travel experience than seeing it through the medium of photography. We’ve spent this year uploading stunning Rough Guides imagery on our…

The stunning Philippines in pictures
The stunning Philippines in pictures

Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere shares some of her best photographs of the Philippines from her latest trip to Southeast Asia.  Comprising 7107 islands, the Philippines boasts some of the world’s most incredibly diverse landscapes – nowhere more so than Luzon, the country’s largest island. Northern Luzon is home to the country’s remotest wildernesses, a…

Picture perfect: the best photos of 2015
Picture perfect: the best photos of 2015

As the year draws to a close, we’ve been looking back at some of the most remarkable photography we’ve published in 2015. We’re thrilled to have worked with so many fantastic photographers this year, and below is just a small selection of their incredible images. A lion takes an afternoon rest, Uganda – Clare Wise de…

19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera
19 pictures of Hong Kong that’ll have you reaching for your camera

Named one of the most photogenic destinations by Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper, Hong Kong in undeniably striking. Whether it’s the brilliant skyline lit up at night, the colourful street scenes or even the surrounding countryside, there’s a picture to be taken at every turn. Here are 19 gorgeous Hong Kong pictures from Picfair‘s best photographers…

20 beautiful pictures of life and landscapes in Mongolia
20 beautiful pictures of life and landscapes in Mongolia

Travel writer and photographer Nellie Huang shares her best pictures of vast and beautiful Mongolia.  Mongolia. Its name alone evokes a sense of mystery. Even in today’s highly connected world, this distant land remains relatively remote, far-flung and largely unexplored. Traditional Mongolian gers (tents) dot the vast steppes while sand dunes rise from empty deserts…

Video: 5 incredible views of London from above
Video: 5 incredible views of London from above

As far as capital cities go, London is big. It’s the largest capital in Europe and has land mass of over 1500 square kilometres. Within that space, over 8.5 million people from all over the world live, work and play, and a further seventeen million people visit the city each year. Those are big numbers…

15 beguiling pictures of Uganda
15 beguiling pictures of Uganda

I’m an Aussie girl and have been living and working in Uganda for the past fifteen years. Apart from my “regular” day job, I’m also a freelance photographer. I arrived in Uganda in August 2000, with my husband, after an eight-month 4×4 overland journey we started in London, in December 1999. It was during this journey I…

Urban exploration: 20 eerie photos of abandoned worlds
Urban exploration: 20 eerie photos of abandoned worlds

After exploring the world for his dream photography project, David de Rueda now has a rather disturbing collection of photographs. Here, he shares 20 pictures he took while exploring abandoned urban spaces. “Nikon challenged me to create and complete my dream photography project, with my own imagination being the only restriction.” “[It] was an opportunity…

24 pictures that will make you marvel at northern Italy
24 pictures that will make you marvel at northern Italy

After a two-and-a-half-month research trip for the next edition of the Rough Guide to Italy, Kiki Deere shares some of her stunning pictures of northern Italy.  My trip took me across northern Italy, from the Western Alps to the Slovenian border. In Piedmont I strolled the pretty Baroque streets of Turin, and sampled some of the…

Around the world in 2 minutes – the one drone film you need to see
Around the world in 2 minutes – the one drone film you need to see

Drone footage has hit the news for all the wrong reasons recently, but this clip shows how incredible the results can be when it’s done right. Amateur film-makers, this is is the one video you need to see. Max Seigal’s pin-sharp mini-film takes you round the world in two minutes. Starting in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, the soaring footage crams…

22 places you have to see to believe
22 places you have to see to believe

Photos don’t do justice to some places on Earth – you just have to go and see them. From the ancient pyramids and the Taj Mahal to the Golden Rock and the Colca Canyon, some sights are too stupendous to appreciate on screen. Get your bucket list at the ready, these are 22 natural and man-made…

The allure of Old Havana captured on film
The allure of Old Havana captured on film

Old Havana, or Habana Vieja, oozes history. There’s nowhere else quite like this living museum of Cuban culture – a city where time stopped short and you’ll find stop-and-stare images everywhere you turn. 1950s American cars in blazing colours are parked on the edge of the road. Cycle rickshaws glide swiftly through the traffic. Narrow side streets hide buildings painted in…

Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China
Disappearing cultures: 20 years of photography from China

One of the world’s leading photographers on disappearing cultural practices, Jo Farrell has spent the past ten years documenting the last known women in China with bound feet. Rough Guides travel editor Greg Dickinson caught up with Jo to discuss her archive of experiences travelling around China with a camera. When did your fascination with China…

This magical film will make you fall in love with Hong Kong
This magical film will make you fall in love with Hong Kong

Think of Hong Kong and what image comes to mind? Crowded streets? Skyscrapers? A forest of neon signs? Filmmaker Stephane Ma wants to challenge your preconceptions. In this beautiful three-minute film he uses drones to put the city in perspective, sweeping above the central high-rises and out over the beaches and mountains in a series of…

Outstanding travel photography: our favourite images from Picfair
Outstanding travel photography: our favourite images from Picfair

We’ve been fans of Picfair from the beginning: a place where amateur and professional photographers alike can sell images at their chosen price, it’s great for snap-happy travellers – whether you’re just lucky behind the lens or an aspiring travel photographer. Reflecting on their last year, founder Benji Lanyado said: “[This year] we passed one…

Door to the world: 20 inviting entrances
Door to the world: 20 inviting entrances

There’s something fascinating about doorways. Whether it’s the idea of the unknown, the promise of a warm welcome, or simply the frame for a perfect view, something makes us feel compelled to photograph them again and again. From the mesmerizing arches of the Mezquita in Córdoba to ornately carved frames in Tibet, here are 20 of our favourite…

15 gorgeous photos of Japan
15 gorgeous photos of Japan

Professional landscape & wildlife photographer Nick Jackson shares some of his most beautiful pictures of Japan.  “Japan is a country I always wanted to travel to. I wanted to learn more about the culture, visit the ancient temples and see the beautiful cherry blossom first hand. What I encountered over my two week stay blew…

The best photography on Picfair: patterns
The best photography on Picfair: patterns

Every month we round up some of the best travel photography on image-selling website Picfair, and this month we’ve chosen to look at patterns. Below are 20 of the most striking pictures of patterns from all over the world, from Portugal to the USA.  The Bull Ring, Birmingham, England Bull ring by Allan Marshall /…

15 amazing pictures of London
15 amazing pictures of London

Professional landscape & wildlife photographer Nick Jackson shares some of his favourite pictures of London.  “I’ve lived in London for 15 years now, never intending to stay for anywhere near that long. This seems to be a common mindset amongst Londoners and particularly photographers, because every time it feels right for a change, the city itself changes…

20 photos that prove Hawaii is paradise
20 photos that prove Hawaii is paradise

A resident of Hawaii, photographer Dustin Wong has always been in awe of his home island’s natural beauty. Here he shares some of his best pictures of Hawaii.  “Growing up on the island of O’ahu teaches one many things. For me, those lessons include: land is a limited resource; life can be simple; and within…

21 striking photos of the world’s largest tribal gathering
21 striking photos of the world’s largest tribal gathering

Every September, thousands of people from over a hundred tribes come together in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, to celebrate their unique culture. In this traditional festival, called a sing-sing – the biggest of its kind in the world – there’s a mêlée of dancing, singing and a rainbow of colourful outfits on show. Photographer Fabien Astre visited the festival last…

The best of Picfair: stunning landscapes
The best of Picfair: stunning landscapes

Every month we round up the best images from photography-sharing website Picfair. This month, we’ve looked at the varied landscapes and vistas captured by Picfair’s photographers from around the world. From the mountains of Tibet to the plains of Lesotho, here are 22 stunning examples of landscape photography. Next month’s theme is ‘patterns’, so head…

18 evocative pictures of the happiest place on Earth
18 evocative pictures of the happiest place on Earth

Freelance travel and wildlife photographer Margot Raggett shares her beautiful photographs of the fascinating kingdom of Bhutan.  “Whenever anyone asks me what Bhutan is like, I find the best way to describe it is like Narnia: it is so remote and unlike anywhere else on Earth that I’ve visited. And then I implore them to visit…

20 brilliantly colourful pictures of Colombia
20 brilliantly colourful pictures of Colombia

Professional photographer Matt Garceau shares his experience of photographing Cartagena, Colombia. “The nearly 500-year-old walled city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, comprises a compact series of neighbourhoods that are surrounded by enormous Spanish walls and fortresses.  Pressed right up to the Caribbean sea, the melange of aged buildings inside are painted brilliant colours of blue,…

21 pictures that will make you want to jump on a plane to Italy
21 pictures that will make you want to jump on a plane to Italy

From Tuscany‘s picture-perfect countryside and rambling hill-towns to Venice‘s dreamy canals and palazzos, there’s no end to Italy‘s beauty. It’s really no wonder that the country attracts nearly 50 million visitors a year. Here, we’ve picked 21 of our favourite pictures of Italy from the Rough Guides archive. If these don’t make you want to jump on a plane, we don’t know what…

18 beautiful pictures of Finland
18 beautiful pictures of Finland

Professional travel photographer Tim Bird shares his love of photographing Finland.  “I’ve been based in the Finnish capital Helsinki for more than thirty years, so I know the country well. Four distinct seasons lend varied moods to endless landscapes of lake and forest. In the far north, Arctic wilderness fells are ablaze in reds and yellows…

The best photography on Picfair: festivals
The best photography on Picfair: festivals

With so many different religions, cultures and traditions around the world, on any given day there are a multitude of exciting celebrations. This month we’ve rounded up the pictures that capture them best. From image-sharing website Picfair here are fifteen shots covering everything from a torch-lit procession in Sri Lanka to a music festival in England. Next month’s theme is landscape, so upload your…

The last great wilderness: 21 stunning pictures of Antarctica
The last great wilderness: 21 stunning pictures of Antarctica

Freelance travel writer and photographer Nori Jemil shares some of her most beautiful pictures of Antarctica.  “Based in Chile for nearly six years, it had always been my goal to make it down to the southernmost tip of the continent, and beyond. I thought after photographing glaciers in Argentina, Peru and Chile I knew what to…

The best of Picfair: transport
The best of Picfair: transport

Every month we put together a selection of our favourite travel photos from image sharing site Picfair. This month we’ve chosen twenty pictures of transport around the world. Next month’s theme is festivals, so for a chance to have your images featured on Rough Guides, upload to Picfair and tag your images with RGfestivals. A taxi in…

11 breathtaking Welsh views
11 breathtaking Welsh views

Picturesque Wales has long drawn holidaymakers to its unspoilt countryside, rugged mountainous terrain and long, lonely coastline. Whether you’re after a dream-like hike or scenic drive, beautiful views aren’t hard to find. Here are some of our authors’ favourites – walks, nature reserves, beaches, railway journeys and much more – taken from new Rough Guide…

In pictures: meet the people of Peru
In pictures: meet the people of Peru

Rough Guides writer and photographer Kiki Deere shares with us some pictures of Peru from her latest research trip across the country. “My research for the new edition of the Rough Guide to Peru took me to remote corners of the country, from the little explored Cotahuasi Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the…

12 captivating pictures of Egypt
12 captivating pictures of Egypt

Rough Guides author and photographer Anthon Jackson has travelled to over eighty countries, from Morocco to Indonesia and Ethiopia to India, capturing many of his experiences through photography. Here, he shares some of his favourite pictures of Egypt. “I’d been to Egypt a few times before getting into photography, including one stint studying Arabic, so I wasn’t completely…

In pictures: Holi Festival 2015
In pictures: Holi Festival 2015

Last week saw India celebrate Holi Festival, one of the most well known and colourful festivals in the annual Hindu calendar. Powdered paint of all colours was hurled between friends, families and worshippers across the country as they celebrated the beginning of spring. We’ve scoured GettyImages for the best shots to show you Holi Festival 2015 in pictures. View image…

The best photography on Picfair: adventure
The best photography on Picfair: adventure

Every month we choose the best travel photography on image selling platform Picfair. This month’s theme was adventure, and below are 17 of the most adventurous images we could get our hands on. The theme for April will be transport, so to be in with a chance of having one of your images licensed by…

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