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37 Most Breathtaking Photographs of This Year

Let's look back on 2014 by reviewing some of the most spectacular photographs of this year. Which photographs of incredible destinations simply took our breath away? What long exposures were so creatively done we gasped in awe? Which underwater photos seemed simply serene? Instead of our usual list of 12 or 20 pictures, this time we're bringing you 37 of the best, most breathtaking…

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Deep in the Siberian tundra, the village of Oymyakon is widely considered to be the coldest inhabited place on Earth with an average winter temperature of −50 °C (−58 °F). New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple embarked on a two-day journey from Yakutsk, the coldest major city in the world, to the village in order to document what it's like living in an area so frigid that people risk…

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A recently completed floating greenhouse named Jellyfish Barge provides clever green space and a magical riverside glow. The barge’s octagonal structure is comprised of a network of floating barrels and wooden and plastic spokes. Small potted plants are held secure when slid into holes in the spokes. This innovative greenhouse does not rely on traditional farming resources such as…

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Photographer Marko Korosec captured the breathtaking results of what happens to a place when it’s subjected to a long period of snow, wind, and ice. For 10 days, extreme weather pummeled the area of Mount Javornik, part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia as well as a popular ski locale. Korosec later scaled the terrain and discovered something that’s out of this world. High winds…

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To commemorate 2014, both good and bad, Beutler Ink created an amazingly-detailed graphic highlighting some of the most newsworthy things of this year. The Washington, DC-based digital content agency gave a nod to Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel movie poster and cross sectioned it with celebrities, news headlines, and even emojis.

This creative illustration features a lot of…

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For many people, yearbooks are precious keepsakes that help preserve the memories of old friends and classmates long after graduation. Thanks to advanced 3D printing technology, the agency 3D TEK was able to surprise eight blind students in South Korea with Touchable Yearbooks, lifelike busts that give the students the opportunity to finally "see" the faces of their friends.

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Slava Fokk’s retro paintings depict feminine characters in a stylized world of bygone eras. The artist defines his female figures by painting exaggerated cheekbones, dramatic eyes, angular chins and arching eyebrows. Drawing from a vintage palette, the Moscow-based artist forms an environment for his characters from flat color blocks contrasted with pops of texture and depth. This…

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Nestled within a rock fall field on the Swiss Alps sits Antoine, a cabin that resembles a large boulder. It was designed by the studio Bureau A, and the cozy interior space features some of the basics: a bed, fold-out table, stool, fireplace, and windows. But, just looking at the outside, you’d never know to go in because it’s perfectly camouflaged among the surrounding…

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Rena Detrixhe collected thousands of seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, and she stitched the unlikely art materials into an amazingly delicate tablecloth with a lace-like pattern. In her project titled Heirloom, the seeds form gentle star, flower and pinwheel patterns. As the sheer fabric cascades down from the tabletop, the seed design seems to hover in the air.

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