Note: This is a guest article by Kurt Hughston. More details about him after the post.

Beautiful places to photograph | Venice, Italy

Out of staggering 375 billion photos, shutter happy American’s snapped an estimated 80 billion digital photographs last year, a number that is expected to continue inflating in the years to come. Photographs drench our minds with worldly insight, and if technology continues expanding as projected, they will only continue to do so. You may be seeking prestige from a place like the Academy of Art Photography school, or you may just be a passionate photo-novice, but if you like travel, consider expanding your photographic repertoire to these picturesque places.

Here are the 10 Most Beautiful Places to Photograph…

1. Curacao

Curacao is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secret.

Beautiful places to photograph | Curacao

One of the ABC islands of the lesser Antilles, this paradise offers charming port towns with architecture that dates back to 16th century, set against a canvas of pristine beaches and breathtaking native flora and fauna.

2. Paris, France

Bonjour Paris, the most romantic city in the world.

Beautiful places to photograph | Paris, France

Every travel photographer should bestow himself or herself the opportunity to stroll the crepe-lined avenues of the city of lights. There’s a reason Paris has remained one of the top tourist destinations in the world for centuries- it’s phenomenal. The layout of the city is ideal for photographers, as so many famous landmarks are in such close proximity.

3. New York, New York, U.S.

The city that never sleeps, the big apple has it all.

Beautiful places to photograph | New York City

Landmarks, people, landscapes, and culture galore. The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty exude everything it means to be American. The iconic skyline has appeared in more beloved photographs than almost any city worldwide.

4. Venice, Italy

The sinking city with water as streets offers a Mecca of beauty to any person lucky enough to traverse them.

Beautiful places to photograph | Venice

A renaissance melting pot of history, wealth and scandal, from St. Mark’s Basilica to the Grand Canal, Venice should be a part of every traveler’s scrapbook.

5. Oregon, U.S.

Oregon has everything a nature enthusiast could dream of.

Beautiful places to photograph | Oregon

From Cannon Beach and Astoria to Mt. Hood, through the rainforest and down into the desert, Oregon is one of the few places in the world you can visit so many wonders of nature in such a short time, and the photographs that result are usually indescribable.

6. The great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The pyramids at Giza evoke some of the most triumphant times in human history.

Beautiful places to photograph | Egyptian pyramids

No photographer should go without experiencing them at least once. These colossal feats are one of the premier attractions in the world. They were, after all, built for living gods, according to the Egyptians.

7. Stonehenge, England

No one knows exactly how this druid-built temple came to be, but we do know it’s a marvel of the ancient world.

Beautiful places to photograph | Stonehenge, England

The concentric design makes it a gorgeous centerpiece in almost any type of photo. With over 2,000 hectares devoted as a world heritage site, Stonehenge is a visual playground for architecture and history lovers alike.

8. Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal is the most recognized monuments in the world, not to mention one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Beautiful places to photograph | Taj Mahal, India

It’s also one of the largest gifts ever given to a woman for love, built by the sultan for his queen, it took 22-years and 20,000 workers to complete.

9. The Galapagos Islands

Darwin’s inspiration draws tourists for it’s natural beauty and surreal wildlife.

Beautiful places to photograph | Galapagos Islands

This small archipelago of islands is clustered in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and is home to extraordinary wildlife. An added bonus- the wildlife on the Galapagos is notoriously fearless, giving photographers wonderful opportunities to get up close and personal.

10. Antarctica

The wildest, most frigid place on our planet might not seem like the best spot for a photo shoot, however, the scenery and animal life is enough to melt any heart.

Beautiful places to photograph | Antarctica

Antarctica has virtually no plant life, no amphibians, and no native land mammals, giving it an ethereal backdrop for a shore line that acts as a nesting paradise for many rare birds.

Photo credits/references:

Title Image courtesy of vichie81 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net * 1. Faten Aggad | Fotopedia * 2. Chris Willis | Fotopedia * 3. houy.in | Flickr * 4. Malgorzata Kopczynska | Fotopedia * 5. Kelvin Kay | Wikipedia * 6. Ricardo Liberato | Wikipedia * 7. thegarethwiscombe | Flickr * 8. Amal Mongia | Wikipedia * 9. Barfbagger | Wikipedia * 10. JD Andrews (@earthXplorer) | earthxplorer.com

Your turn

What are your favorite, beautiful places to take photographs? What’s on your travel bucket list? Do share with us in the comments section below.

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Author name: Kurt Hughston

About: Kurt is a freelance writer, editor and photographer. He spends most of his spare time traveling abroad and taking photos of all that surrounds him.

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    We’re maybe biased, but Baja California in Mexico deserves your consideration. A desert wilderness with giant cactus and boulders, several mountain ranges, the oldest cave paintings in the Americas and endemic wildlife on land and sea.

  • Amie

    My two favorite travel photographs are not so coincidentally from Venice and Stonehenge. I think a person would be hard pressed to take a bad picture in Venice. Even my very casual, on-the-fly pictures from Venice look amazing. The light is indeed something special.

  • Robyn

    I’m somewhat biased, but there are so many places for marvellous photos in New Zealand I couldn’t even begin to list them all. The light here is so amazingly clear. In fact, when the first artists came to NZ people in Europe wouldn’t believe that their paintings were realsitic, so they had to make them duller! The Outback of Australia has some incredible photo opportunities. Although I haven’t been there, the lakes and forests of Canada are always breathtaking in photos. It truly is a beautiful world.

  • http://www.theoutdoortype.com.au David

    I agree with Robyn, New Zealand and the Outback of Australia are spectacular. I’d add Machu Picchu in as well – it is almost impossible to take a bad photo there!

  • http://gophones-8.com/ Helson @ Go Phones

    awesome place. What about Bali and Borobudur temple from indonesia? I think they are great too
    gophones

  • http://www.adventuretravelshop.co.uk Robert Marriott

    Hi, we think your list is excellent however we wonder how you settled on it. It must have been a real nightmare trying to decide upon the 10 most beautiful places to photograph! I can think of at least 50 without trying!! We do live in such a beautiful world :0)

  • http://www.inspireden.com/ K Bharath

    Nice places for photographs, India has lots more places for beautiful photographs. Antarctica wow the coldest place…:)

  • gregory les stress

    beautiful, thank you.

  • http://viktoriamichaelis.com Viki

    Of course there are more than just 10 or even 50 most beautiful places to photograph in the world, some of them might be on the photographers front porch without them even seeing it. And a thing of beauty, a place, an object, an event, is as much within the mind and eye of the photographer as the mind and eye of the final beholder.

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    All places are gorgeous. I really liked it. I was not aware about Curacao. I am grateful to you for sharing fabulous photos of beautiful places which are stunning and marvelous on the earth.

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    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this web site’s articles everyday along with a mug of coffee.

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    Wonderful pics.

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