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Pictures Worth More Than 1000 Words (18 Images)

A photo that can convey so much emotion, thought, and simplicity. Those photos are worth more than 1000 words. 

All of the following images below capture those elements, some beautifully, and others in a surprising, yet funny way. Even humorous images can say 1000 words without saying anything at all. 

If you want to be left even more speechless, check out last week's photos

1000 words animals photography nature amazing beautiful funny interesting crazy pics emotion | giraffe bending down to hug a person by resting its neck on their shoulder
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This Year's Shortlist For Astronomy Photographer of the Year Will Leave You Speechless

Space is a frontier that is constantly providing awe-inspiring discoveries and wonders. From beautiful galaxies and star clusters, to alien-looking gas clouds that simply look too artificial to be natural. The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of Year Awards recognize the best photos of our "extra-terrestrial" domain and phenomena surrounding it. These photos are on the shortlist for the award this year which includes the following awards:

  • Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year
  • Stars and Nebulae
  • Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year
  • Our Sun
  • People and Space
  • Aurorae (Northern Lights photos)
  • Our Moon
  • Planets, Comets, and Asteroids
  • Skyscapes
  • Galaxies

There are also two special prizes being awarded - The Annie Mulder Prize for Image Innovation, which recognizes the best usage of telescope image data to develop a rendering. And the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer, which is for exactly what it sounds like. So be dazzled and amazed with some of the most incredible interstellar and otherworldly pictures from around the world.

The shortlist for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020. The cover photo is of the Northern Lights dubbed "The Green Lady" for the seeming spectral female figure within the lights captured in Norway
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The Contrast of the Dueling Worlds is Truly Shocking

Sometimes we are truly woefully unaware of how fortunate we are to have the family we do, the life we lead, and the ability to drive forward toward our goals. Our safety, our well being, is rarely a pressing concern in our day to day lives. Yet millions of people around the world are currently in unimaginable situations, simply trying to survive. 

Turkish artist Ugur Gallenkus decided to take this duality and make it into an expression of art. Some of the images are not easy viewing so be aware before looking at the list. But it is a beautiful and painful reminder that the life we lead is not the status quo, and sometimes it is good to acknowledge our own fortunes.

Ugur himself is not even a career artist. The viral image of the Syrian boy face down in the sand shocked the white-collar worker into action. Using online courses in digital design and photography, he taught himself the skills he needed in order to create this expression of dueling worlds come together as one. The once business school graduate became a office worker by day and artist by night. Even until today, he still works at his day job while creating these stunning scenes.

Turkish white-collar worker turned photographer Uğur Gallenkuş captured the stark differences between Western life and the struggles of people in war zones around the world. The cover image is a school boy transposed over a picture of a child soldier capturing the two conflicting worlds perfectly
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This Researcher Has Come Up With A Way to Take Pictures Underwater As On Land

Oceanographer and engineer Derya Akkaynak has come up with a breakthrough in the world of photography. During her post-doctoral work under Tali Treibitz at the University of Haifa, she developed an algorithm that can more or less "eliminate the water" from a photograph.

Researcher comes up with novel algorithm that allows photos underwater to have the same clarity and depth of color as if it was taken on land
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The Voyager 2 Story in Photos

Voyager 2 has been in space longer than millennials have been alive. Launched into space in 1977, and still functioning today, the space probe has gone further into the universe than any object or person has before. Here's it's story, in photos. 

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Humanity of the Day: 'What I Be' Project Reveals Insecurities With Remarkable Photography

How would you complete the following statement? "I am not my __." That is exactly what photographer Steve Rosenfield asks of his subjects in his recent project, "What I Be." Completing this statement requires us to reveal our deepest and most anxiety-triggering insecurities such as body image, disabilities, and abuse. The result of the project is an intimate analysis of the struggles that human beings have dealt with for ages.

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Engagement Photos Just Got a Jurassic Upgrade and We're Here for It

"T-Rexing" is sure to be the next engagement photo trend thanks to a creative photographer team in Spokane, Washington. We can't stop laughing at these photos. They're just so... clever.

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Here Are The 13 Finalist Photos From Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 53rd year, and this year's edition certain won't disappoint. Today the competition offered a glimpse into this year's finalists, which will be displayed in an exhibition that will tour museums and galleries around the world. This year's competition saw almost 50,000 entries from 92 different countries, with photographers all competing for the top prize of over $6,500. Here are the finalists.  


the finalists of 2017 wildlife photography of the year contest
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An Astronaut's Stunning Time Lapse Photo From International Space Station

It's safe to say that the astronauts chilling up on the International Space Station have a pretty good view. Possible the best view of Earth (ha ha). Astronaut Christina Koch had some time on her hands, and made an incredible time lapse photo of the Earth from an 11 minute video. It's definitely not a perspective you see every day, and it is absolutely beautiful.  

incredible time lapse photo of the earth taken from the international space station
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NASA's Incredible New Photos of Mars

In 2012, NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars and it's been rolling around the surface of the planet ever since. Aside from taking samples and doing science experiments, Curiosity also has a camera attached to it. It's been discovering new things about Mars and taking some pretty awesome photos. Check them out below. 

new photos of mars from the curiosity rover
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Top Twenty Photos From Nikon's Microscope Photography Competition

This year marked the 45th year of Nikon's Small World microscope photography competition, called the Photomicrography Competition, and the winners have just been announced. In order to be valid for entry, photographs must be taken using a light microscope. The subjects of the competition entries range from animal embryos to cells to plants, but they all have one thing in common: these are not things we can see with the naked eye. And they are absolutely beautiful. Here are the top twenty photos from the competition, in order. Enjoy.

top twenty winning photos from Nikon's Small World microscope photography competition
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Twenty Five Breathtaking Photos of The Himalayas

The Himalayas: a mountain range 1,500 miles long that spans across five countries. From Bhutan to Pakistan, the scenery of the sacred mountains and the surrounding nature is not seen anywhere else in the world. With many of the mountains revered by locals and worshipped as incarnations of gods, it's easy to see how the peaks could be mistaken for something out of this world. Here are twenty five photos of the Himalayas that showcase it's magnificence. 

But beware: after reading this article you may have a sudden urge to buy a one-way ticket and a pair of hiking boots. Don't say you weren't warned. 

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Fifteen Aerial Photos of Cities Give a Totally Different Perspective

Every city has it's own personality. The winding alleyways, crowded streets, tree-lined rivers and bustling markets of each city feel like they're the first of their kind. There's nothing like eating a bagel in New York, sipping tea in Istanbul, watching the road crossings in Tokyo, eating macaroons in Paris, or waiting for a herd of cows to cross the road in Delhi. 

Every city is recognizable when photographed from street level - but what about from an aerial view? This collection of fifteen aerial photos give you a completely new and unexpected perspective of the cities we all love. Enjoy exploring, travelers! 

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Eleven Surreal Photos of The 2019 Hunter's Moon

If you looked up during the past two nights, you might have noticed that the moon was bigger and brighter than usual. That's because this full moon was not just any old moon: we just witnessed a Hunter's Moon. This is one of the Native American full moon names that occur each month of the year, signalling a change in season. 

These 12 full moons are named for the activity or people they target. Therefore, the Hunter's Moon occurs around this time that hunters should traditionally begin to hunt game in preparation for winter. Since farmers would have recently harvested their crops during the Harvest Moon that takes place in September, the clear fields and bright moon would serve for perfect hunting conditions. 

Today, most people don't depend on the moon's stages to survive, but we can appreciate it's signaling of a change in the season, and if you're into it, the astrological meaning of the skies. Or you can just appreciate the beauty of the moon. If you didn't get a chance to see this years Hunter's Moon, check out these otherworldly photos that were taken from all over the world. 

eleven amazing photos of this year's hunter's moon
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