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The Photography Bucket List

10 places to visit to take stunning photographs.

A Samsung phone taking a photo of a city skyline at dusk

The world is filled with incredible sceneries. From big cities to natural wonders and remote towns, if you look close enough, you can find inspiration everywhere.

In honour of some of the world’s most stunning places, we’ve put together a photography bucket list. Read on to discover what destinations will get your creative juices flowing and for handy tips on what to see and do while you’re there.

Venice canal with colourful houses either side

Venice, Italy

Romantic and artistic, Venice is a photographer’s dream. Built over the waters of the Adriatic Sea, this Italian city’s gorgeous canals and elaborate architecture make for some seriously picturesque moments. Its streets are alive with colour and culture and are steeped in a history stretching back over a thousand years. Snap some exciting photographs on a gondola ride through Venice’s narrow waterways and, with the water-resistant A8, you won’t have to worry about your phone getting wet.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is a 15th century mountain settlement in the Amazon region of Peru and one of the great wonders of the world. Sitting over 8,000 feet above sea level, this ancient citadel draws thousands of people across the globe to marvel at its sophisticated ruins – some of which are curiously reminiscent of astrological alignments. If that isn’t enough to excite you, we’re sure the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mighty mountains and dense jungles will.

Machu Picchu with mountains surrounding it

Kotor, Montenegro

The old coastal town Kotor is one of the best-preserved medieval parts of the Mediterranean. Here you’ll find gorgeous churches, cathedrals and museums, complemented with narrow streets, squares and markets. It’s like something from a fairy tale, and the longer you stay the more you’ll fall under its lovely little charm.

Beijing, China

Beijing dazzles with incredible sights and sounds. In China’s historical, cultural and food capital, each corner you turn bursts with photographic potential. Visit its magnificent heritage sites like The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and Imperial Summer Palace. Looking to capture a sense of liveliness? Check out Beijing’s exciting Hutong alleyways for a flurry of activity. Just remember to use the rule of thirds to bring out the best of your image.

A photo of a Chinese temple at a low angle
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are a natural masterpiece. Running for about 14 kilometres, at their highest they rise over 700 feet from the ocean. They provide an excellent lookout of Ireland’s beautiful western shoreline, and there’s nothing quite like a trek across their clifftops. Towering heights? Check. Crashing waves? Of course. Amazing photographic potential? Always.

Strausberg Saint-Denis, Paris

There’s much more to the City of Lights than the busy and famous landmarks, and it’s well worth treading off the worn tourist path. Explore the streets around Strausberg Saint-Denis for a rich cultural experience. Vintage cafés rub shoulders with gourmet restaurants, while old-school bohemians and new-school trendsetters together enjoy the eclectic bars and clubs. Capture the heart of this inner-city district with multiple pics and share as a series on Instagram.

São Paulo, Brazil

The largest city in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the Americas, São Paulo needs to be seen to be believed. Known affectionally as Sampa and home to 20 million people, this urban jungle is a beehive of activity and intense cultural experience. From the streets to the high-rise buildings, vibrant nightlife to delicious food markets, there’s plenty to photograph here.

A city scene of two large modern office blocks beside a house

Durdle Door, United Kingdom

Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks. This magnificent limestone arch was formed as powerful waves eroded the rock over thousands of years, forging a hole through the middle. Part of the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door has a picturesque beach perfect for relaxing on too. Wait until sunset and snap the moment the light shines through the arch from the beach with the ocean in the background. To make the most out of this stunning setting, use the A9’s Ultra-Wide camera.

"Part of the Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door has a picturesque beach perfect for relaxing on too"

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast

Fiordland, New Zealand

At the bottom of the world is one of the greatest wilderness regions, famous for its stunning natural features. Fiordland in New Zealand’s South Island is a vast tract of mountainous terrain – the sheer size and scale of its landscapes are truly surreal. Home to mountain peaks, alpine lakes and incredible tramping tracks, you’ll be blown away by this untouched geographical landmark. Want to capture its dramatic size? Try taking some photographs in black and white.

New York, United States of America

There are many stunning sights to be captured across the United States, but if you’re looking for an urban landscape that never sleeps, you can’t go wrong with the Big Apple. New York is constantly buzzing and truly is a world of its own. Stand in the middle of the bustling, pulsing Times Square and take a low-angle shot of the neon-lit high-rise buildings. Or, climb high to capture the megacity’s breath-taking skyline. The potential is endless.

New York city at night from a high angle

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