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Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
The giant caves of Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
Exploring The Gouffre Berger (cave) in the Vercors region of France. At just over 1000m deep, The Gouffre Berger is recognised as one of the best sport trips in the world.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
A cave explorer climbing out of a Maelstrom on the fixed rope in Boxhead Pot, Yorkshire Dales.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
The giant caves of Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure
China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone travel China caves adventure

Robbie Shone is a British adventure, cave and travel photographer based out of Austria. His adventures have led him to the remotest areas of China, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, the Alps and Crete where he has photographed the deepest, largest, and longest cave systems ever discovered. These feats involve dangling on a thin rope 650 ft. (200m) above the floor in the world’s deepest natural shaft, exploring the far ends of a 117 mile long cave system, and spending nearly four days continuously underground on shoots.

Collected here are some of his most jaw-dropping shots, many from a 2012 excursion into cave systems in Wulong County, China. You can explore more of his cave photography over on his website. All imagery courtesy the photographer. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vo Anh Kiet (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Finalist: Travel. Terraced fields during harvest season. Mu Cang Chay, Vietnam, September 2012.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Carol Lynne Fowler (Seeley Lake, Montana). Finalist: Americana. A champion bronco bucks a champion rider at the Helmville Rodeo. Helmville, Montana, September 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez (La Garriga, Spain). Finalist: Travel. Portrait of a young Suri boy going with his father to take care of the cattle. Ethiopia, August 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Graham McGeorge (Jacksonville, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. McGeorge spent a quiet 6 hours trying to get the perfect image of this eastern screech owl out of its nest. Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, April 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Christopher Doherty (North Palm Beach, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. Breath at sunset, captures a sea turtle at a dive site called Black Rock. Kāʻanapali, Hawaiʻi, August 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Karen Lunney (Brisbane, Australia). Finalist: Natural World. During their annual migration, wildebeests are forced to find new river crossings in the Serengeti-Mara region. “The animals were being taken by the unfamiliar currents of deep water and had to struggle to get close to the far bank. There were few rocks on which to land and the initial orderly progression soon became a desperate struggle of clambering,” says Lunney. Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, September 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Nidal Adnan Kibria (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Finalist: Travel. Action Hero. As part of a show called “Well of Death,” a biker performs a stunt at a village fair to celebrate Rath Jatra, a Hindu festival. Dhamrai, Bangladesh, June 2012.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vincent Cheng (Burnaby, Canada). Finalist: Travel. A group of locals playing billiards by Namtso Lake. Tibet, China, June 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Dina Bova (Petach Tikva, Israel). Finalist: Altered Images. “Babylon—Made in Italy is inspired by the story of the Babylon tower, the painting by Pieter Bruegel and by a trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy,” says Bova. Cinque Terre, Italy, October 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Aspen Wang (Hong Kong, Hong Kong). Finalist: Natural World. Penguins on Ice. “Although my photo hardly does justice to describing the tenuous balance in Antarctica’s ecosystem, it has served to crystallize in my memory one of the last stretches of untamed and inarticulate lands on earth,” says Wang. Antarctica, December 29, 2010.

Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists of their 11th Annual Photo Contest. This year’s competition saw a whopping 50,000 submissions, from which 60 finalists were selected in 6 categories including: Natural, Travel, People, Americana, Altered, and Mobile. The contest is now open for a Readers’ Choice vote which runs from today through May 6, 2014. Vote here. All photos courtesy Smithsonian Magazine and the respetive photographers.

Pinpoint Your Travels on the Cork Globe

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Pinpoint Your Travels on the Cork Globe travel maps globes cork

A perfect mix of both functional cork board and world globe, the Cork Globe is a snazzy desktop object for any world traveler. Designed by Chiaki Kawakami for Suck UK. (via The Awesomer)

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith travel ocean New Zealand landscapes Australia
Greece Santorini

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith travel ocean New Zealand landscapes Australia

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith travel ocean New Zealand landscapes Australia
Taupo, Waikato, NZ

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith travel ocean New Zealand landscapes Australia
New Zealand

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith travel ocean New Zealand landscapes Australia
Muriwai, Auckland, NZ

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith travel ocean New Zealand landscapes Australia

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith travel ocean New Zealand landscapes Australia

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith travel ocean New Zealand landscapes Australia
Motuoapa, Waikato, NZ

If I had to spend the rest of my life trapped inside a photograph, there’s a good chance I might flip through a stack of photographs by Andrew Smith (previously) to make a selection. Smith shoots mostly in locations around his home in New Zealand where he captures breathtaking oceanside landscapes both in and out of water. Smith photographs almost exclusively with a Nikon D800 and then processes his images in Adobe Lightroom, something he documents in detail on his Before and After Lightroom Blog. These are some of my favorite shots from the last year or so, but you can see hundreds of additional photos by Smith over on Flickr.

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

I don’t know about you, but few exciting things ever transpired for me on a school bus. It always smelled like gas fumes, and its primary purpose was to transport me to a place I didn’t always want to to go. But this bus, designed by architecture student Hank Butitta, is a whole different story.

Also somewhat disinterested with school, Butitta was tired of designing buildings that didn’t exist for imaginary clients and wanted to work with his hands to put some of his ideas into practice. So, he bought a bus off Craigslist and along with some help from photographer Justin Evidon and brother Vince, the trio spent nearly 14 weeks converting the ramshackle old bus into a sleek, modular living environment complete with a kitchen, bathroom, beds, storage, and even a floor made from wood panels stripped from an old gymnasium.

Now that Hank’s final presentation is over the group is embarking on a 5,000 mile tour around the U.S. which has just about reached its halfway point. You can see more photos, video, and follow their travels over at Hank Bought a Bus. (via Home Designing, Gizmodo, Le Monde Tue Nini)

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler O’Leary as She Explores the U.S.

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

For the last several years artist and illustrator Chandler O’Leary has traveled extensively around the U.S., documenting her travels in several sketchbooks. But where some people might jot down a few brief ideas, perhaps a detailed sketch or two, Chandler instead turns each spread into a fully realized watercolor artwork complete with notes, diagrams, and other minutiae that helps capture the essence of each place she visits. A graduate of RISD, she is also the proprietor of Anagram Press in Tacoma, Washington. You can follow more of her travels via her blog, Drawn the Road Again. (via Metafilter)

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Jason Hatfield

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vo Anh Kiet

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Raul Amaru Linares

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Colin Hutton

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Colleen Pinski

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Md. Akhlas Uddin

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Giang Hai Hoang

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Nathan Carlsen

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Neal Piper

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Bob Bush

Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists in their 10th Annual Photo Contest. This year the competition saw 37,600 photo submissions from photographers in 112 countries and Smithsonian’s editors selected 50 finalists organized into their usual five categories: Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World, People and Travel. Like last year the photos are open to a public vote through March 29, 2013 and a ‘Readers Choice’ award will be announced along with the rest of the winners in June. Here are ten of my favorites by take some time to go see the rest.

The Travel Photography of Lukas Kozmus

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The Travel Photography of Lukas Kozmus  travel Nepal Indonesia Germany

The Travel Photography of Lukas Kozmus  travel Nepal Indonesia Germany

The Travel Photography of Lukas Kozmus  travel Nepal Indonesia Germany

The Travel Photography of Lukas Kozmus  travel Nepal Indonesia Germany

The Travel Photography of Lukas Kozmus  travel Nepal Indonesia Germany

While on a backpacking trip through India two years ago, 23-year-old student Lukas Kozmus realized how much he enjoyed using his tiny Sony camera to photograph the Ganges river, the Taj Mahal and other sights. After returning he quickly purchased a better DSLR and took it with him on treks to visit the Himalayas in Nepal, to Indonesia, and of course carried it around his native Berlin, all the while snapping the wonderfully dreamlike images you see here. I think this could be a bit more than a hobby, no? Lukas tells me he’s preparing for a trip to Morocco and I can’t wait to see what he brings back. You can see more of his work on Flickr.

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