World Photography Day

World Photography Day: the world’s most beautiful spots to capture


World Photography Day (19 August) is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography. Celebrate one of the finest arts by discovering a number of incredible spots showcasing outstanding beauty around the world. Set sights on gorgeous winter wonderland scenery in Yosemite National Park and stunning summer sunsets in Japan creating impressive asymmetric reflections. 


Japanese Thatched Roof Village - Shirakawa-go
World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, Japan ©MDHarding

Japan


Chichibugahama beach: Setouchi, Kagawa


Kagawa is home to Chichibugahama Beach, the beach is acclaimed as one of the ‘Top 10 Sunset Spots in Japan’ and with good reason. Boasting one kilometre of beach with peaceful seawater and bathing areas, many visitors come during the summer months and swim in the beautiful setting. In recent years it has been compared to the Bolivian Salt Flats for its fantastic photo opportunities as the sky is reflected on still seawater pools along the shoreline. www.japan.travel/en/uk/


Chichibugahama Beach at Sunset
Chichibugahama Beach at Sunset

Tanesashi Coast, Hachinohe


The Michinoku Coastal Trail is a Tohoku-wide, collaborative project by four prefectures and 28 cities, towns, and villages. As part of the Sanriku Fukku National Park and cited as Japan’s longest trail, the trail begins (or ends) at Kabushima Shrine in Hachinohe. Spanning more than 1,000km this is one of the best paths you can take to experience the real Japan and it is now even easier to explore thanks to a recent series of videos. The opportunity for photography is varied here as the route passes along coastal roads, through pine forests and little fishing villages, offering visitors the opportunity to stop off at secluded beauty spots along the way. The jagged coastline and changing topography lends itself to dramatic coastal shots, and visitors can even stop off at the Ashigezaki Observatory, an old stone lookout. Along the way, walkers can call into a local fish restaurant to refuel or enjoy one of the many shrines and temples as they make their way down the coastline of Hachinohe Prefecture. www.visithachinohe.com/en/


Tanesashi Coast, Hachinohe, Japan
Tanesashi Coast, Hachinohe, Japan

The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia

Consisting of 118 islands and atolls, including Tahiti, Bora Bora and the Marquesas Islands, The Islands of Tahiti are a true paradise in the South Pacific. Part of the Marquesas Islands, Hiva Oa provides a pristine and breathtaking landscape, with waterfalls, peaks and crossing rivers creating the picture-perfect image. Commonly named the “Garden of the Marquesas”, Hiva Oa is home to the largest tiki statue on The Islands of Tahiti. Photography isn't restricted to the daytime either, the French Polynesian Islands are a popular spot for astronomers and stargazers, with a vast and uninterrupted view to the sky above. The islands here are not affected by the light pollution commonly found in big cities nor are they overshadowed by skyscrapers which make up most modern-day skylines. The aptly named Venus Point, on Tahiti island, is where Captain James Cook first recorded the planet, Venus, transiting the face of the sun, in 1769. Today, Venus Point in Matavai Bay is home to a black sand beach and eight-story Victorian lighthouse. www.tahititourisme.uk/en-gb


Breath Taking Views From Hiva Oa, Tahiti
Breath Taking Views From Hiva Oa, Tahiti

Capturing Colorado, USA


With four national parks, eight national monuments and a bounty of wildlife-watching opportunities, it is no wonder that Colorado attracts budding photographers from around the world. Some of the most popular spots include the Rocky Mountain National Park for elk, the Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges for bald eagles, State Forest State Park for Moose, Bighorn Sheep Canyon for bighorn sheep and Mount Evans for mountain goats. Those looking for help from the local experts can sign up to some unique photography sessions; 3 Peaks Photography conducts private photo tours of some of the most scenic areas in the Pikes Peak region; Rhapsody in Light offers a ‘stars and meteors night photography’ workshop in the Rocky Mountain National Park and ‘fall colours’ workshop in the San Juan Mountains’. www.colorado.com


Maroon Creek, Aspen, Colorado, USA
Maroon Creek, Aspen, Colorado, USA


Follow your architectural dreams in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 


Emerging from Fort Pitt Tunnel, driving into the bright lights of downtown Pittsburgh's skyline is a memorable experience. With 446 bridges throughout the city, many of which are painted in the signature canary yellow, Pittsburgh’s architecture is a photographer's dream. The “steel city” as it was once called, is now a thriving tech, eds, meds and robotics hub but still maintains much of its historic charm. As a rule of thumb, buildings are repurposed for their next use which has seen hotels from former car parks and gyms to breweries from churches. History continues as Pittsburgh is home to one of the last working funiculars in the US and rewards riders with scenic views of the city - best enjoyed at dusk as the sun sets over the city and the buildings come alive with colour. Further afield in the Laurel Highlands, visitors will find Fallingwater - one of architectural hero Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces. www.visitpittsburgh.com