Our recent photography competition saw the entry of countless photographs taken all over the world. The winning entrant was Alan Stamp, with his photograph of a seal and her cub, which was taken during a Celebrity Xpedition cruise to the Galapagos Islands.
Nothing takes you back to a great holiday quite like flicking through your holiday snaps, so we decided to take a look at the destinations which offer the best photo opportunities in the world. Whether you’re a keen amateur or consider yourself something of a professional, it isn’t difficult to find your next subject in any of these amazing destinations.
Because, if it is good enough for Charles Darwin, it is good enough for us. This volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean will show you things that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world, including endless weird and wonderful wildlife. The islands got their name from the Galapagos Tortoise that calls them home, and it is surreal to see the docile creatures roaming in their hundreds. The islands are also home to the only remaining Marine Iguana species in the world, plus countless bird species including the photogenic Blue Footed Booby, over half of the world’s population of which live on the Galapagos Islands.
The Norwegian Fjords are renowned as one of the best places in the world to spot the Northern Lights. Whilst this is a draw for many who cruise to the fjords, the destination is equally as appealing during daytime hours too, when snow-topped peaks, tiny painted waterside villages, quaint fjord towns and even the possibility of spotting a whale or two keep your camera busy.
Santorini is one of the Mediterranean’s most picturesque spots, its white-washed buildings, blue-domed churches and cobbled alleyways making for the perfect backdrop. The destination is also renowned for its sunsets, with many heading to Oia for its infamous view of the sun dropping into the inky waters of the caldera, tinging everything with a pale pink hue.
Nowhere else in the world manages to remind us just how small we are in the grand scheme of things, quite like Antarctica. This is a destination as far removed from a tourist resort as you’ll ever find, where Mother Nature still reigns supreme and where the landscape is shared by crowds of wildlife rather than holidaying humans. Elephant seals, penguins and perhaps even the odd polar bear are willing posers for photographs, whilst the icy Arctic backdrop of the last frontier makes for otherworldly images.
When cruising to Africa, a pre or post-cruise land tour is an absolute must if you are to see even a handful of what the destination has to offer. A pre-cruise stay in the Serengeti will give you the opportunity to spot, and photograph, the Big 5 on a safari through what is arguably the world’s most famous national park. The grassy plains and vast watering holes attract everything from lions and zebra, to wildebeest, gazelle and even elephants, though rarely at the same time!
We have all seen the photographs of the Amalfi Coast, teetering on the cliff side in a blaze of colour and character. The reality is every bit as beautiful as the holiday brochures make it out to be, with port approaches from the water providing the ideal viewpoint from which to capture the perfect shot. For some of the best views in the whole region, head to Ravello, where the bust-lined Terrazzo dell’Infinito and the nearby Villa Ruffalo offer awe-inspiring vistas of the Tyrrhenian Sea meeting the azure Mediterranean sky.
Where did you catch your favourite travel photography shots? Head over to the forum and let us know.