20 Most Scenic Places in the World to Photograph

26 Apr 2016 by Olga Brighton

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Whether it's wildlife and misty mountains or coral reefs and ancient civilizations you seek, planet Earth is rich in destinations to please any camera's lens. Here are 20 of the most scenic places in the world to photograph.


An abundance of wildlife and a sun that often doesn't set makes Antarctica one cool destination for photographers. Great penguin colonies and icebergs in every shade of blue are subjects rarely found on other continents.

Venice, Italy

From the gondolas of the Grand Canal to the opulent Doge's Palace, the colourful classic scenes provided by Venice are a "must-capture" for any photographer.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu travel

High in the Andes Mountains sits this familiar icon of the Inca civilization. Take your time exploring this once lost site for some hidden spots and one-of-a-kind shots.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

As one of the largest religious sites in existence, this huge complex of ancient temples is unique in its mystical jungle localion and fascinating history.

The Serengeti, Tanzania

Spanning approximately 30,000 km2 from northern Tanzania to southern Kenya, the Serengeti is home to the largest land mammal migration anywhere in the world, as well as a vast diversity of ecosystems.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Along Italy's northwest coast, far removed from any commercial development, sit five cliffside villages bursting with vibrant colour and charm.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Mad King Ludwig Castle

This unforgettable creation from the mind of mad King Ludwig sits majestically perched amid lakes, mountains, and a fairy-tale forest.


Volcanoes, geysers, countless waterfalls, spellbinding ice formations and endearing native horses prove Iceland is truly a natural wonder not to be missed.

Santorini, Greece

The most popular of the Greek islands, romantic Santorini boasts royal blue waters and rooftops against stark white architecture and some of the most extraordinary sunsets you'll ever see.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The rugged beauty of the Cliffs of Moher is easily captured on film, a fact proven by many Box Office hits including Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and The Princess Bride.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Galapagos Islands Travel

With the most endemic animal species almost anywhere, the pristine islands of the Galápagos archipelago off the coast of Ecuador are a wildlife photographer’s dream.

New Zealand

Seemingly endless mountain ranges and turquoise lakes make this real-life Middle Earth irresistible to landscape photographers.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, US

The beauty of this sweeping wave of sandstone in every shade of red and purple is a favourite among photographers and worth the effort required to gain access to this privately owned land.

New York City, USA

For a different kind of scenery, the concrete jungle of New York City will impress you with its iconic skyscrapers and characteristic hustle.

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The Swiss Alps

The snow capped mountains, lush green valleys and panoramic vistas of the Swiss Alps are steeped in photographic appeal. Spot the charming chalets and traditional cow population dotting the landscape for a distinctive display of culture.

Marrakech, Morocco

The vibrant colours, patterns and spices found in the markets of Marrakech are but a piece of what Morocco has to offer your lens.

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff Alberta Canada

A true winter wonderland, Banff, with its sky-high mountains, dense pine forests, and one-of-a-kind ice formations, gives reason to head north for the winter.

Big Island, Hawaii, USA

With the chance to witness active volcanoes and explore molten lava fields up close, Hawaii’s big island is unlike any other in terms of photographic adventure.

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Deep in the rainforest of Guatemala, with towers rising above the treetops in a settling jungle mist, hides Tikal, the world’s largest archaeological complex of ruins from the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Sometimes you need to head below the surface for the world's best colour and Australia's Great Barrier Reef is such an instance.

The real skill of photography lies in finding the unqiue characteristics of any given location or subject and then capturing them in a way that looks remarkable. With the suggestions listed above it should be impossible to fail.

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