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‘It’s Amazing Out There’ Photo Contest Offers The Chance To Win $15,000 (Sponsored)

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“Rockhopper Penguins Storm the Beach” © Rick Beldegreen, Second Prize Winner 2015

Ansel Adams revealed one of photography’s best kept secrets when he said “bad weather makes for good photography.” It’s true; when everyone else is ducking for cover from an oncoming blizzard or monsoon, the photographers are running in the opposite direction and into the eye of the storm. Weather.com understands this idea better than most, and their annual It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest, now in its third year, is a testament to the enduring relationship between the elements of nature and the will of mankind.

A Dark and Majestic Fairy Tale of Animals Lost in the Forest Mist

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Frank Machalowski’s Tierwald hangs heavy with mystery. In the apparent silence of the forest, rendered in delicate greys, great beasts hulk, meeting the gaze of the viewer with apparent lack of concern. The effect is magical realist in character: it evokes tranquility as much as it surprises with its subject matter. Machalowski provokes questions: are these beasts really present? And how? He seems to frame a private moment of magic, crystallising it and passing it forward for the viewer to see.

Beautiful, Life-Affirming Photos of Elderly Dogs

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Chauncey (middle), 12 years old, daughter Sailor Girl (left) and Ready girl (right), 6 years old, Juneau, Alaska

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In 2006, New York City-based photographer Nancy LeVine said goodbye to her two best friends, dogs Lulu and Maxie. She has devoted more than a decade to honoring their legacy, traveling the United States in search of souls like theirs, elderly canines who are living out their golden years with a dignity and warmth that far exceed the aches and pains of old age.

Exploring Ecuador and Mexico Off the Grid

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Three years ago, Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé left everything behind, fitting his entire life inside a 21-foot camper. He’s anchored to nothing and free to explore; he mets strangers along the way, says goodbye, and moves along. Traversing the streets and landscapes of Mexico and Ecuador, he creates uncanny visions of daily life, scenes in which the mundane goings on become electric rituals and rites, thrumming with color.

Mystery and Magic on a Lonely Farm in Iceland

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Photographer Agnieszka Sosnowska lives on more than one square mile of feral Icelandic terrain, a landscape flecked with a thousand folktales, passed down from one generation to the next. According to legend, little houses lie unseen within the fissures of the native rocks, inside which the elves or Huldufólk— meaning “hidden people”— go about their secret, invisible lives. Sosnowska, who moved to the farm in eastern Iceland a decade ago, is herself a skeptic, but she can’t help but hear the whispers of some mysterious presence when she’s out there, alone with the wind and the gulls for company.

These Stray Cats Remind Us of the Simple Joy of Being Alive

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In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japanese photographer Masaaki Ito found warmth and comfort in some unlikely friends: the stray cats of Tokyo. As the country grieved, he rediscovered joy in the homeless felines, who roamed the streets in search of food, company, or a kind gesture. For the past few years, Ito has been chronicling the many adventures of the cats he endearingly calls his “neighbors.”

Conservation Photography in the Age of Instagram (Sponsored)

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The salt flats of Badwater, Death Valley National Park © Aurora Photos / Offset

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Herd of Guanacos at Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile © David Tipling / Offset

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Tour group walking on a desert dune at Namib Naukluft National Park © Fotofeeling / Westend61 / Offset

Ever since the mid-19th century, when Carleton Watkins first embarked on his love affair with Yosemite, his stereoscopic camera and 18 by 22 inch glass plate negatives in hand, American and international photographers have had a beautiful but tumultuous love affair with their National Parks.

Watkins’s Yosemite photographs and those later made by Ansel Adams have helped to define our relationship with the environment. National Parks give us a glimpse into a pristine and idyllic slice of a national landscape, and in so doing, they inspire both conservation efforts, and paradoxically, unwanted attention. In addition to motivating new conservation efforts, Watkins’s photographs famously romanticized the construction of new industry throughout the American West, much of which was actually harmful to the environment.

Today, Yosemite has about half a million “followers” on Instagram. In December, New York Magazine’s Dan Nosowitz investigated and reported on the phenomenon of “Instagram Hikers,” or people who visit National Parks with the intention of sharing stunning, much-liked photographs online.

While the recently revived popularity of the parks have indeed encouraged people to become passionate about preserving our country’s resources for generations to come, some amateur photographers have interfered with the native wildlife and their natural habitats. Some litter; others try to take selfies with resident animals; a few even paint hashtags on historic rock faces.

In lieu of the resurgence of this 100-year-old debate surrounding National Parks and the people who photograph them— the serious environmentalist, the artist, the Instagram fan, and everything in between—we’ve pulled together a selection of some of the most breathtaking National Park images we could find.

This discussion extends far from the borders of the United States, reaching upwards to Canada, down to South America, and overseas to the distant corners of Africa, Europe, Asia, and beyond. These pictures capture parks around the globe, curated from the Offset collection of high-end, boutique photography and illustration.

Poetry and Mythos on the Island of Uummannaq, Greenland

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Living for two months amongst the drift ice of the small island of Uummannaq, Greenland, French photographer Camille Michel recognized one English word repeated frequently amongst the native tongue of Kalaallisut: “ghost.” Here, in this sequestered island where a mere 1282 people make their home, the terrain is haunted by ancient spirits and decidedly modern demons. As the outside world descends upon the mythic landscape, pollution increases. The ice is melting, and children are leaving home for the city. The Last Men is the photographer’s testament to what remains.

The Beautiful and Grotesque Collide in Haunting Still Lifes

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On her daily drive to work, New Jersey-based photographer Kimberly Witham encounters a sprinkling of bodies left to decompose on the side of the road. While other passersby avert their eyes and plow forwards, she makes a detour, gathering the tiny squirrels, raccoons, and birds whose fragile forms have been stuck down by collisions with traffic. In the privacy of her studio, she constructs austere still lifes in which their remains are commingled with succulent, ripe fruit.

Swimming with the Creatures of the Sea (Sponsored)

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A woman swimming alongside a sperm whale in Dominica © Brandon Cole / Offset

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Swimming elephant Rajan with snorkelers and divers, Havelock Island © LOOK / Offset

More than 95 percent of the ocean deep remains unexplored by mankind, shrouded in mystery and folklore. It’s only been in recent years that we’ve realized the extent to which we have destroyed marine life, but with growing concern over the fate of our planet’s water, we’ve also come to know and to protect some of the most rare and exquisite species on the planet.

Take, for instance, the whale shark, the largest known fish in existence. They are protected by organizations like the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme, who travel the depths of the azure sea in search of the gentle and slow-moving creatures, who can reach up to 60 feet long in adulthood.

For this group show, we culled the rich collection of Offset imagery to find some of the most breathtaking diving scenes from around the world. These pictures capture close encounters with the likes of the Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, who despite their size—they can weigh over a ton!— are known for being a bit fearful of humans, though they can grow accustomed to experienced divers.

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