The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2012

The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2012

1. Tourists sunbathing next to the Costa Concordia Vacationers bask in front of the wreckage of capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia. Twenty-eight people were killed when the cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy. Image by Max Rossi / Reuters   2. The Waldo Canyon…

Futuristic Looking Spaceport America Near Completion in New Mexico

Futuristic Looking Spaceport America Near Completion in New Mexico

Spaceport America, dubbed as the first spaceport in the world, looks like a gigantic moth, its rounded wings outspread against the arid, reddish-brown dirt of southern New Mexico. The view from east reveals a curved, pitched glass facade, soaring steel hanger doors…

Vert-A-Pac: An Unusual Way to Transport Automobiles

Vert-A-Pac: An Unusual Way to Transport Automobiles

Until the early 1960s, automobiles that were moved by rail were carried in boxcars. These were 50 feet long with double-wide doors. Inside were room for four full-sized sedans on a two-tier rack – two raised up off the floor on a…

Most Powerful Artificial Tornado at Mercedes-Benz Museum, Germany

Most Powerful Artificial Tornado at Mercedes-Benz Museum, Germany

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is home to more than just automobiles. In 2007, the Guinness Book of Records gave it recognition for housing the “strongest artificially generated tornado in the world.” The 34.4 meter high (that is 37.2 yards to those metrically challenged)…

Circular Pedestrian Bridge in Lujiazui, China

Circular Pedestrian Bridge in Lujiazui, China

Sometime last year, a new pedestrian bridge was unveiled in Lujiazui in the Pudong district of Shanghai. This large scale circular pedestrian overpass enables pedestrians to avoid traffic at the round-about terminus of Lujiazui Rd. The bridge provides access to the Oriental…

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Perched atop a rock pinnacle at the famous Wadi Dhahr Valley, some 15 km away from the capita city of Sana, Yemen, is Dar al-Hajar, better known as the Imam’s Rock Palace. It is an iconic symbol of Yemen, whose picture you…

The Big Things of Australia

The Big Things of Australia

Australia’s ‘Big Things’ are a roadside symbol, an obsession that turned into a tradition and now a popular tourist attraction. These are sculptures of everyday items that have been recreated in gigantic dimensions and littered across the country. It has been estimated…

Aerial Photographs of London by Jason Hawkes

Aerial Photographs of London by Jason Hawkes

Jason Hawkes is one of the finest aerial photographers. He has been photographing Britain and the other parts of the world from above since 1991 when he started going up in microlights. Leaning out of the door of a twin squirrel helicopter,…

Magnificent Flower Sculptures at Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

Magnificent Flower Sculptures at Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

Flower parades are held all over the world, but the one that takes place in Zundert, the Netherland, is extraordinarily artistic. It’s also the largest parade in the world. Huge floats are made of wire, cardboard and papier-mâché and entirely covered in…

China Builds Road Around House Because Owner Refused to Move

China Builds Road Around House Because Owner Refused to Move

In the eastern Chinese city of Wenling, a lone five-story row house with ragged edges stand in the middle of a motorway in staunch defiance. The house belongs to Luo Baogen, a duck farmer, and his wife who are the lone holdouts…

34-metre Model Train Made Entirely From Chocolate

34-metre Model Train Made Entirely From Chocolate

A 33.6-meter long train made entirely out of chocolate was unveiled at the Brussels Chocolate Week going on in Belgium. Constructed using 1,285 kg of the finest Belgian chocolate and packing an impressive 6.5million calories, the intricately detailed model was created by…

Photographs of Tiny Waves by Deb Morris

Photographs of Tiny Waves by Deb Morris

Although wave photography is an established genre of photography, almost all snappers are shooting in the water, inside the barrel. Australian photographer Deb Morris goes beyond photographing the average wave by focusing on the subtle ripples caused by tidal waves that are…

Nugget Point Lighthouse, New Zealand

Nugget Point Lighthouse, New Zealand

Nugget Point is one of the most iconic landforms on the Otago coast, in the South Island of New Zealand. Located at the northern end of the Catlins coast down the road from Kaka Point, this steep headland has a lighthouse at…

Beautiful ‘Smeared Skies’ Photos by Matt Molloy

Beautiful ‘Smeared Skies’ Photos by Matt Molloy

These beautiful photos of the sky were created by stacking images of the same scene together by Photographer Matt Molloy. Usually photo stacking is used either to create HDR images or to increase depth of field of the camera or a time-lapse…

High Line – Abandoned Railway Line Becomes Elevated Park in New York

High Line – Abandoned Railway Line Becomes Elevated Park in New York

The High Line is a mile long, garden park in New York City built on an elevated 1.45-mile section of an abandoned railway line called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan. In 1980 the last…

72-year Old Grandpa Models Women’s Clothes, Becomes Internet Sensation

72-year Old Grandpa Models Women’s Clothes, Becomes Internet Sensation

Liu Xianping, a 72-year-old Chinese man has become something of an internet sensation after he began modelling for his granddaughter’s online clothing store. Liu Xianping’s granddaughter is one of five recent college grads who created Yuekou, a female fashion store. It all…

Eternal Flame Falls in New York

Eternal Flame Falls in New York

Tucked deep within Chestnut Ridge Park, New York, is a small waterfall called the Eternal Flame Falls. The waterfall is so called because of a simple phenomenon – a natural gas leak just underneath the falls that just happens to be burning.…

Hamburg, the City of Bridges

Hamburg, the City of Bridges

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country. It is also a popular tourist destinations because of its scenic beauty and unique blend of historical monuments and modern pubs and…

Tropical Island Resort–World’s Largest Indoor Rainforest

Tropical Island Resort–World’s Largest Indoor Rainforest

Tropical Islands Resort is an artificial tropical resort located about 60 kilometers south of Berlin and is housed within the largest free-standing dome in the world. This massive airplane-hanger-like structure is 360 meters long, 210 meters wide, 107 meters high, and is…

Khan Shatyr–the World’s Tallest Tent in Kazakhstan

Khan Shatyr–the World’s Tallest Tent in Kazakhstan

Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, is an architectural project that is billed as the world’s largest tent. The “tent” is made of a transparent material and suspended on a network of cables strung from a central…

The Beautiful Alpine Town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The Beautiful Alpine Town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria, southern Germany, in the heart of the Alps. Garmisch and Partenkirchen were originally two different towns that were joined by a decree of Adolf Hitler to bring the 1936 Winter Olympics to Germany. The…

Kuwait’s Golden Jubilee Fireworks Enters Guinness World Records

Kuwait’s Golden Jubilee Fireworks Enters Guinness World Records

November 10, 2012 marked the golden jubilee of Kuwait’s constitution and the country celebrated it with a spectacular $15-million fireworks display which earned the wealthy Gulf state a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis and…

US Election Illustrated Using Fast Food

US Election Illustrated Using Fast Food

Soon after the US election was over, Berlin-based artists Lisa Rienermann and Anna Lena Schiller decided to create an infographic illustrating the most important facts about the US presidential election. The duo decided that burgers and fries, the stereotypical American meal, was…

Winning Images of Children’s Eyes on Earth Photography Contest

Winning Images of Children’s Eyes on Earth Photography Contest

Last September, kids all over the world were invited to enter their pictures in the Children’s Eyes on Earth photo contest to help raise awareness of environmental issues while giving budding artists a chance to share their visions with the world. The…