There is so much to be found around the world and appreciated in all shapes and sizes. August 19 marks World Photography Day, an ‘annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography’ (find out more here). On this day in 1839, the French government bought the patent of the daguerreotype process. This is known as the first photography process, and it was subsequently released to the world for free.  

It was a difficult task, but we have selected eight incredible photos from around the globe to share with you today! 

1. Barcelona, Spain 

Can you spot the iconic Sagrada Familia amongst the perfectly symmetrical Barcelona city grid? A bit like Lego, the city fits together seamlessly. Built in a way to promote walking, mixing and vibrant street life, it also means Barcelona is easy to navigate and old buildings can be removed or replaced. 

2. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 

The Church of the Good Shepherd, found at Lake Tekapo, is an icon of New Zealand’s South Island Mackenzie region. Coupled with very little light pollution, the region is fast becoming a popular place for dark sky watchers as you won’t find anywhere else like this in the whole country. On a global scale, the region was named the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve in 2012, one of only eight in the world!  

3. Gdansk, Poland 

As one of Poland’s most fascinating cities to visit, exploring Gdansk in winter is pure magic. We love how the crisp white snow contrasts against its colourful buildings, bringing a pop of colour to an otherwise very chilly day!  

4. Machu Picchu, Peru 

Peru has many deep-rooted traditions that are fascinating to learn about. Machu Picchu is likely the country’s most revered site, with its famous Inca Trail coveted by many travellers each year. Believed to have been built in the 15th century but abandoned 100 years after its construction, it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham and has remained a popular destination since! 

5. Banff National Park, Canada 

Banff National Park is bound to make your jaw drop with its unreal beauty. From intensely blue lakes to snow-capped mountains that tower above you, you won’t fall short of photo opportunities here. Usually photographed during the daytime, we couldn’t help but resist sharing this photo of Moraine Lake showcasing the extraordinarily clear night sky. 

6. London, England  

With full-on Bridgerton vibes, the houses of Mayfair, London during spring are so romantic. With climbing vines and blooms of all colours, we would recommend a wander through this iconic neighbourhood when in London. Despite being known as a high-end area, there are still plenty of restaurants to eat at and galleries to visit if you’re travelling on a budget. 

7. Kruger National Park, Africa 

The best time to visit Kruger National Park is between April and September which equates to the area’s dry season. With (more) bearable temperatures, less vegetation and lower water levels, you will have a better chance of spotting the iconic Big Five, and more!  

8. Rothenburg, Germany 

While there are many quaint towns in the Bavaria area of Germany, we think Rothenberg takes the cake! The small town is simply incredible with its cobblestone streets, muted but colourful half-timbered houses and fairy tale charm. Alongside this, its medieval Old Town has been very well-preserved; so much so that it is one of only three German towns that still have completely intact city walls! 

There are so many incredible places, and photos, to take from around the globe. Come and discover new destinations with Globus and Cosmos tours, and Avalon Waterways river cruises. 

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