- Top 10 Destinations for Travel Photography in 2019
Stuck on where to photograph next year? Finding the right destination to visit (and shoot) can be a challenge, even for the most seasoned traveller.
So to help you, we reached out to some of the best travel photographers in our community for their recommendations on which countries we should be adding to our photography bucket list next year.
And when it comes to what’s hot—expect the less typical destinations.
Here are their top 10.
“Peru is one of my favourite travel destinations to shoot both landscapes and portraits. Its wealth and diversity of culture, food and nature is incredible to witness and photograph.”
“From the peaks of the Peruvian Andes and deserts of Huacachina to the local people and alpacas of Sacred Valley, Peru really is heaven for photographers. Whatever style of photography you’re into, whether it be street, landscape, nature or documentary, you are sure to find inspiration at every turn in this vibrant country.” – Jordan Hammond
“It’s difficult to take a bad photo in Japan. Everything just seems so much more aesthetically pleasing over there. The cities are vast, with so much going on, and the landscapes are every bit as scenic as you’ve seen in all the films and photos.” – itchban
“Each time I have visited the Canadian Rockies I have had unique experiences. Visiting in three different seasons I have seen the lakes completely iced over. At other times it has been surrounded by snow-capped mountains that touch the turquoise blue water that is so bright it nearly doesn’t look real.”
“On location it is possible to hike from the mountainous-mirrored lakes to spectacular meadows that are found high up in the mountains to capture a variety of spaces all in the one moment in time. This is what makes Canada a photographers dream.”Tony Irving
“Morocco is a total feast for the senses and a paradise for photographers. Around every corner is an intricate mosaic, beautiful texture, colour or experience. The atmosphere is completely immersive and it’s easy to become lost in the warmth and bustle of this North African wonderland.”
“There is a real, palpable sense of magic which leaves you in a constant state of anticipation—I found the simple act of walking, exploring and discreetly observing to yield many beautiful photographs and part of the joy of exploring Morocco is the spontaneity of things unfolding before your lens. The key is to take your camera everywhere and be ready for fleeting moments of beauty.” – Brook Rushton
“India will get inside you, turn everything upside down and rip it right out of you.
The colour in everything will never look the same. Taste and smell will be intertwined in the sweetest and deadliest way. Your hands will be dirty, your hair messy, your heart full.
The beauty in the finest details of the intricate mosaic ceilings, the colorful frescoes and all their complex designs. Beautiful details await you around every corner, between the regal palaces and crowded bazaars, where smiles and gestures transcend language barriers.”
“A country whose past bleeds through the modern noise, one very diverse, enchanting and incredibly photogenic country.”Melissa Findley
“Finland is a unique destination to visit not just for photography but for the experiences themselves. From seeing auroras with your own eyes to going on snowmobile rides, it’s definitely an unforgettable journey.” – Elaine Li
“Both Egypt and Jordan are uniquely historical and archaeological countries, rich in history, culture, world-class diving sites and are home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks.”
“If any of the Seven Wonders are high up on your travel photo bucket list then you’ll find two here: The Great Pyramid of Giza and The Lost City of Petra. Photos of these biblically enormous structures are impressive enough, let alone when placed against a dreamy desert backdrop.” – Jonathan Grey Mendoza
“The Northern Lights were the main reason for me wanting to live at the top of the world. I was hooked from the very first moment I saw them. Norway’s landscapes are a photographer’s dream, and the Northern Lights are unbelievably beautiful.” – Neil Bloem
“Known for its otherworldly beauty and vast, contrasting landscapes, Iceland is the perfect playground for budding and professional photographers alike.”
“From gigantic waterfalls and incredible glaciers to majestic wild horses and the jaw dropping Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Iceland is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes that Mother Nature has to offer.” – Steph Vella
“Just about everything you lay your eyes on or photograph is truly unique to Madagascar and as a photographer, this leaves you with an endless list of highly unique opportunities to photography the wild, the strange, and the rare.
From the capital of Antananarivo to the seaside fishing villages of Morondava, and the people living in the deep forested mountains throughout the island, the opportunity for photographing Madagascar’s people and way of living is infinite. You will be glued to your window with a camera in hand everywhere you go.” – Jay Collier
Celebrated for her dramatic landscapes and ultra-emotional portraits, Queensland-based photographer Melissa Findley has travelled the globe in search of the perfect photo. But it’s the “people, culture and chaos” of India that have truly captured her imagination.
Tony Irving is an experienced landscape photographer with a great respect for the natural environment and its preservation. His pursuit of the world’s most idyllic landscape locations has led him across Europe, Asia, North America, but it’s the snow-capped peaks and turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies that Tony regards as the most special.
With its space-age cityscapes, bustling streets and centuries of culture to explore, Japan is one of the world’s greatest destinations for photographers. But there’s so much to see that it can be hard to know how or where to start. Here to help hone your focus, photographer and Japanophile Benjamin Lee zooms in on his two favourite Japanese cities: Tokyo and Kyoto. Read on to discover his favourite Japanese photography spots, as well as essential etiquette tips and recommendations on camera gear and settings.
In 2017, photographer Neil Bloem packed up his life in Melbourne and moved across the world to arctic Norway. Trading his busy city life for the solitude of Northern Norway’s mountains, he now spends his days photographing the spectacular light show known as the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights).
Peter was given the chance to open up his world by Canon, with camera in hand he was taken to Ethiopia to reignite his curiosity, with profound results.
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