I think more than any other post I’ve done, these exquisite images put me in awe of the diversity of human activity on this planet.  Everything in these photographs is normal life to the people pictured, happening while I’m  busy with my own every-day existence and hanging out on my laptop. Yet, these artists have seen the beauty in the moment and captured it with just the right light and perspective, allowing us to travel to another amazing, stunning, inspiring place in our vast world.  I feel infinite gratitude.

Most of the following images are from The Hamdan International Photography Awards (HIPA), a yearly event sponsored by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, of Dubai. The contest showcases entries from around the world with a preponderance coming from the United Arab Emirates and India. The country mentioned reflects the photographer’s country of origin, not the country of the scene captured.

HIPA via John

By Vladimir Proskin, Russia

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This looks like a painting to me.

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People Harvesting Salt at Sunset, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam by Hoang Giang Hai

People Harvesting Salt at Sunset, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam by Hoang Giang Hai

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Bryce Canyon National Park, UT by Jason Hatfield.

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT by Jason Hatfield.

monks releasing lanturns by Daniel Nahabedian, Chiang Mai, Thailand

monks releasing lanturns by Daniel Nahabedian, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yangon, Myanmar, By Pyiet Oo Aung

Yangon, Myanmar, By Pyiet Oo Aung

exqui images, sun via tim l.

Village in IRAN

Village in IRAN

animal, n.g. via george



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Sean Taper Hacker, the 'end of the world' swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua.

Sean Taper Hacker, the ‘end of the world’ swing in Banos, Ecuador,  overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua.

By Rick Parchen

By Rick Parchen

By Mark Metternich

By Mark Metternich

By Aaron Groen

By Aaron Groen

exqui image, moon rising via tim l.exqui image via bestphotositeFor other exquisite images on this site go here, or here, or here.

Special thanks to HIPA and John for forwarding me many of the HIPA images, and to The Smithsonian, National Geographic, Bored Panda, Best Photo Site, and John, Tim, Merry and George.

30 thoughts on “Exquisite Images, 4

  1. Again, another beautiful collection of photos….keep them coming!

  2. You are right: These are extraordinary, spectacular, glorious images. Thank you for finding them and for sharing them with us!!!

  3. EVERY . . . but EVERYONE of these photos is, in my estimation, exquisite! I’m not an artist; I’m a published composer of church music and organist. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. The world surely can use the beauty and inspiration of these pictures.

  4. Absolutely magnificent photographs – each a work of art worthy of much discussion. Thank you one and all (including Al Gore’s Internet), for giving us such rewarding viewing pleasure.

  5. Thank you for brightening this miserable cold wet day with these outstanding photos. I am in awe of the artistry of the photographers and the time and effort they must have gone to.

    Many thanks

  6. I’m completely awestruck! i don’t think I’ve EVER seen a collection of such beautiful images all at once! thanks, dusky, for the wonders you’ve found and shared.

  7. These photo’s are 100 times more than stunning! They are outrageously beautiful!

  8. These are totally over the top !
    Excellent subject matter and fantastic lighting, and these are beyond
    incredible !!!!
    WOW !!!!!!!

  9. what do we find in the business of our lives to distract us from the beauty these wonderful photographers capture for us…..
    thank you again for bringing these beautiful segments of time
    for my pleasure…the stirring of pleasing emotions increasing my
    endorphins that extend greater health and youth to this one of 80 years…continuing…….thank you… thank you.
    I will view them many more time…

  10. We live on a beautiful planet. Thank You for this website
    Thank you to the photographers

  11. Watched this many times such a joy .I am in awe
    ..Thank you once again .Marjorie

  12. I so enjoy these small wonders they bring me great peace and happiness in this crazy time!
    Thank you ever so much for thinking of others and sharing your treasures,
    ‘Til next time,

  13. I’m so glad you and others are loving this post. I too watched it almost every night for the first two weeks after I first got the HIPA images.

  14. Stunning photos. Dusky’s Wonders give me so much joy. Love your site! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh Dusky! How fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos, and for all the Wonders that you post too. Such a blessing.

  16. I thank you again for providing such beautiful images for the enjoyment of your subscribers. I am encouraged to get my camera and go out and capture life in my part of the world.

  17. Thank you once again for bringing these beautiful segments of time for our pleasure..thank you… thank you.

  18. what wonderful and extraordinary Pictures !
    Many many thanks for sharing them with us !

  19. Thanks for sharing fantastic photographs.
    And salute to the photographers who having seen the artistic elements in front of them instantaneously clicked these superb
    photographs. each one of them is beauty.

  20. These are beautiful and unusual photos. Aren’t we lucky to live in a time of so many inventions: cameras, electric lights, high-rise buildings, computers and the technology which enables us to enjoy these photos, no matter where we live.

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