73 photo locations to shoot before you die

73 photo locations you must shoot before you die



World's best photo locations: Socotra, YemenImage courtesy of Shutterstock

Socotra, Yemen
This archipelago of four islands contain flora found nowhere else on Earth. That, and its beautiful light, and you will wish you hadn’t waited so long to come to Yemen.

Petra, Jordan

Famous for its rock-cut architecture, words can’t do justice for this ancient city, which even UNESCO has dubbed, “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.” Go there, fill up a hundred SD cards and it still won’t be enough.

Planning on visiting the Middle East? We can recommend this travel guide.

Kyoto, Japan
Largely spared during World War II, Kyoto is a perfect example of old coexisting with new. You’ll not be lost for subject matter in this valley city where forests, rivers and pre-war buildings mix with the modern.

Xianjiang, China
There is a lot of history in this ethnically diverse region, which has changed hands countless times over the years. But it’s landscape is also quite diverse.

World's best photo locations: Hong KongImage courtesy of Shutterstock

Hong Kong
Fascinating on so many levels, street photographers and architectural photographers will bump into each other and spoil each other’s shots if they’re not careful.

St Petersburg, Russia
Some of the most amazing architecture in the world can be found in St Petersburg, namely the Winter Palace.

Kazakh Steppe, Kazakhstan
Beginning at the southern end of the Ural Mountains, this, the largest dry steppe on Earth, is also one of the most sparsely populated regions on Earth and haunting to experience, particularly with a camera.

World's best photo locations: MongoliaImage courtesy of Shutterstock

All of it. From the desolate landscapes (fewer than 3 million people inhabit that vast country) to its horse races and wrestling tournaments, you won’t be lost for subjects.

Goa, India
Renowned for its stunning beaches, amazing architecture and incredibly diverse flora and fauna, like Jason Bourne, you may change your identity and never leave.

World's best photo locations: Jaipur, IndiaImage courtesy of Shutterstock

Jaipur, India
There is so much to photograph in India that it probably deserves its own category within this list, but Jaipur in particular combines the colours and rich cultural heritage of India with astonishing structural beauty. If you want to visit India, we can recommend Lonely Planet’s country guide to India.

That’s right: all of it. This Himalayan state lays claims to having 10 of the world’s tallest mountains, including Everest, the highest place on earth.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
A visit to this ancient city is literally like stepping back in time. Another World Heritage Site, it’s well preserved and offers stunning wideangle views, particularly at sunset.

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  • Krzysiek Gajda

    St Petersburg is in Europe, guys…

  • Almostgem

    While out west, be sure to also visit Crater Lake in Oregon, and on your way to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, stop in South Dakota for Custer State Park and Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore is also a must see.