Aerial photography platform SkyPixel received 27,000 entries to its 2016 competition. Here are the winning shots plus some of our favourites
Some world records aren’t pretty. Watching someone pull a truck via meat hooks in the back, for example, probably isn’t anyone’s idea of a beautiful aesthetic.
But then there are some records that simply take your breath away, for all the right reasons. One of those is the highest waterfall, held by Venezuela’s Angel Falls.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal is the world's shortest living man, measuring 54.6cm (21.5 in).
The measurement also makes Chandra the shortest adult human to ever have their height verified by Guinness World Records, beating a benchmark set by Gul Mohammed, (New Delhi, India, 1957-1997) who measured 57 cm (22.5 in).
Navagio Beach, or Shipwreck Beach, can be found on the Northwest side of Zakynthos Island, which is in turn off the West coast of Greece. Because the isolated beach is home to the wrecked smuggler ship Panagiotis it is also referred to as Smuggler’s Cove. (READ)
John Pugh is an American artist known for painting murals on the facades that give the illusion of three-dimensional scene behind the wall. Pugh has been creating his murals since the late 1970s. (READ)
Jason, professionally a wedding lensman, started off clicking his daughters, while, sadly, his mom got diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (26 photos)
Maybe hitting up the local library doesn’t top the list of “must see” attractions when travelling the world. We can certainly relate to that, but Book Mountain is not a destination to be missed when visiting Spijkenisse in the Netherlands. (READ)
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waved to troops marching through central Pyongyang on Monday to mark the nation's 65th birthday, but made no public comments before leaving the lavish event. (14 Photos)
Mount Roraima rises from the mist on the border between Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana. This towering sandstone mesa, or tepui, juts nearly 9,100 feet (2,770 meters) out of the Amazon forest in a remote region where hundreds of these islands of rock tower over the landscape. (READ)
This community in southeast China is home to 7,000 fishermen refusing to conform to modern lives, remaining in their traditional floating homes on the sea. (READ)
Recently, National Geographic launched a new initiative called Your Shot, that allows photographers from all walks of life to connect with Nat Geo photographers and editors over virtual assignments. Centered around a specific theme, each assignment asks photographers to share their best shot. (READ)
According to Scientists, this is the most relaxing tune ever recorded. This eight minute song is a beautiful combination of arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines and thus helps to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress. (READ)
David Vetter, a young boy from Texas, lived out in the real world - in a plastic bubble. Nicknamed "Bubble Boy," David was born in 1971 with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), and was forced to live in a specially constructed sterile plastic bubble from birth until he died at age 12. (READ)
Easter Island is famous for the almost 900 stone statues, called moai, that are in the shape of human heads and simple bodies. These moai statues were created by the Rapanui people hundreds of years ago. (READ)
Forks, tea spoons, tea kettles, bolts and a dozen other metal scraps have found themselves creatively manipulated by the hands of Brian Marshall. He has created a website for these little fellows that’s more like a foster home filled with robots waiting for people to take them. No, they aren’t small Terminators. Brian Marshall ensnared the nurturing instinct of every human being and has channeled it to these metal hearted children. (READ)
Doublefaced is an intriguing series by Berlin-based German artist Sebastian Bieniek that features portraits of a girl with the illusion of two faces. By simply drawing on each side of his model's head with common makeup products like eyeliner and lipstick, Bieniek transforms the young woman into a eerie set of twins. (Total 10 photos)
Jabuticaba is a Brazilian grape tree found in the states of Minas Gerias and Sao Paulo, in the south of Brazil. The fruit grows directly from the trunk and branches of the tree, which gives the Jabuticaba tree a very unusual appearance. The fruit itself is a small and round, about 3 to 4 cm in diameter, with one to four large seeds, a thick, deep purple colored skin and a sweet, white or rosy pink gelatinous flesh. (READ)
The Giant’s Causeway is a magnificent basalt rock formation located on Ireland’s northeast coast. The tops of the incredible hexagonal basalt columns form stepping stones to the ocean. The Giant’s Causeway is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Nature Reserve in Ireland. (READ)
In a vast wetland, about 18 miles south of the contested border between Sudan and South Sudan, lies a sprawling refugee camp of those fleeing the violence in North Sudan. From the air, Yida looks almost idyllic - an African pastoral land of straw huts, lush green vegetation and hard, rust-coloured earthen patches. (READ)
For Patrick Priebe, a quite impressive Iron Man fan, it was a dream too great not to be realized. He managed to somewhat recreate the Iron Man laser glove in a way that would make most Iron Man fans drool. Sure, it might not have the impressive jet boosters, the incredible weaponry or even the insane mechanics of the Iron Man laser glove itself, but it does have the laser, and it’s pretty darn powerful as well. (READ)
The beautiful and somewhat eerie ruins of Kilchurn Castle lie on the northeastern shore of Loch Awe in Scotland. Its construction dating back to the 15th century, Kilchurn Castle was originally built on a tiny island. (READ)