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Over the weekend, on Saturday night, the iconic Empire State Building in New York City was transformed into a moving tribute to endangered animals around the world. This spectacular light show, called Projecting Change: The Empire State Building, was organized by director Louie Psihoyos and producer Fisher Stevens of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, a film that explored dolphin hunting in Japan. The duo collaborated with Obscura Digital co-founder Travis Threlkel on the projection, which was illuminated from 9PM to 12AM and featured a looping reel of “Noah’s ark” animals.

Endangered creatures both large and small were depicted on the 33-story structure, including a black rhino, a…

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Mountaineer Reinhold Messner is a renowned adventurer who has achieved incredible feats: he was the first person to climb Mount Everest without the aid of an oxygen tank, as well as the first to ascend all 14 mountains around the world that are over 8,000 meters high. Since earning these accomplishments, he’s created a series of museums dedicated to mountain culture across the Alps. His sixth and final installment is called the Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, it's an impressive concrete structure embedded within Mount Kronplatz.

The massive museum sits 7,000 feet above sea level and occupies over 10,000 square feet of space. Three angular canopies emerge from the ground, mimicking large…

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Photographer Stephen Orlando has allowed music-lovers everywhere to see acoustic art in a whole new light—LED lights, actually. Using specific LED lights and a long-exposure technique, each movement the music performers make is captured in a gradient matrix of color. Each of the artist's eye-catching light paintings tracks a musician's motion, following their bodies and instruments with spectacular light trails. Since he didn't alter the final product, onlookers are able to witness the distinct changes that occur over the course of a melodious tune.

While this isn't Orlando's first time experimenting with light painting, it is certainly one his most inspired projects. His main muse was Gjon Mili, who…

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After months of seeing the amazing entries in the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, it's finally time to announce the winners! Selected from more than 17,000 global entries in the categories Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments, Anuar Patjane Floriuk took home the grand prize for his incredible underwater shot of divers swimming close to a humpback whale near Roca Partida, an island off of the western coast of Mexico.

"The photo wasn’t planned," said the photographer, who hails from Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico. "I was taking photos near the head of the whale, and all of a sudden she began to…

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Motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison recently had the opportunity to bring one of his extraordinary visions to life. In collaborating with DC Shoes, Maddison was able to surf his dirt bike atop the breathtakingly blue waters of Tahiti. While this feat may seem like an impossible challenge, the stuntman had faith in his dream and managed to fully realize that dream by riding his way to victory. “It’s not about being the first or being right," the X Games medalist told DC Shoes. "It’s about believing in yourself because you know something is possible.”

Ultimately, this incredible journey perfectly contrasts Mother Nature's intense beauty with the power of a man-made machine. To…

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Several photographers have captured the excitement surrounding a newborn baby in an incredibly unique (and appropriate) fashion. After his son Claudio was born, Swiss photographer Alessandro Della Bella shot an adorable portrait of the newborn sleeping in his camera bag's main compartment. He then used this photo to let loved ones know that a new member was welcomed into the family. After eight months had passed, Bella then decided to update his portfolio by adding another charming shot of Claudio, who has grown quite a bit since that first snapshot was taken!

Photographers such as Tom Pennington, Drake Busch, and Ning Wong have…

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Is your favorite place your bed? Do you hit the snooze button for as long as possible to squeeze in every last minute of slumber? If so, these whimsical doodles will certainly speak to you—the amusing scenes illustrate an eternal love of sleep. They’re illustrated by Lingvistov, a collaboration between two language teachers named Asia and Landysh. With a simple cartoon style, they depict clever ways to talk about sleep, like simple haikus and a physics lesson, all geared towards those who truly cherish a bit of shut-eye. On a Monday morning, we can all probably find ourselves relating to more than one of these drawings.…

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Since he first picked up a camera four years ago, student, designer, and photographer Alex Depue has assembled an eclectic portfolio of images ranging from surreal photo manipulations to candid portraits to breathtaking landscapes. Unconfined to any particular genre or style of shooting, the 21-year-old freely follows his instinct and imagination when it comes to photography, resulting in a diverse mix of pictures that represent Depue's artistic expression and experimentation.

Even with a wide range of techniques and subject matter, most of Depue's images are connected by certain common threads—exploration, nature, the freedom of youth. Growing up in Southern California, Depue acquired a taste for adventure and the great outdoors early on, which is reflected in his work. People are rendered tiny figures in sun-drenched…

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At the bottom of the sea lie incredible and unexpected sanctuaries for ocean life that were once fighter planes used during World War II. Photographer Brandi Mueller dove down to document these unusual, underwater habitats. Located near the Marshall Islands, this “aircraft graveyard” is home to more than 150 once-intact warplanes, including F4U Corsairs, Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4F Wildcats, and B-25 Mitchells.

So, how did these aircrafts find their way to the bottom of the ocean? It’s not because they were damaged in combat, but rather, because of logistical issues. The planes were in perfect condition, but it would’ve cost more to transport them back to the United States than to submerge them below the sea.

After being underwater…

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Heather McManamy is proving that one can have a positive impact on others even if they have a terminal illness. Since 2013, McManamy has been fighting breast cancer, but that isn't all she's been doing. Rather than dwelling on these circumstances, the admirable woman has been thinking of ways to help her family heal when she passes away. "It was beyond heartbreaking to know that my daughter and husband would be sad when I passed and there was nothing I could do to comfort them," she told BuzzFeed.

To ensure that she would be there for them during this difficult time, Heather decided to create a letter-filled memory box for her daughter Brianna. The handwritten notes are meant to celebrate all of the milestones that Brianna will…

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Creative agency CLINIC 212 is encouraging Lithuania's city-goers to be more conscious of their surroundings. Since humans aren't the only living beings who inhabit densely populated areas, the team decided to create Tiny Road Sign. For this important project, they designed miniature road signs featuring various animals that one might see in a Lithuanian city. The signs were then posted all across the metropolis of Vilnius to remind residents that this territory is occupied by many other species.

To take it a step further, photographer Greta Gedminaité was asked to document this influential venture. In the resulting images, various animals are shown posing next to their respective signs. This helps to prove…

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 376-foot tall sculpture and observation tower designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, is set to become the world's longest and tallest slide with the construction of a 591-foot long tube stretching from the tower's viewpoint all the way to the ground. The recently approved project, to be carried out by Bblur Architecture and Buro Happold Engineering according to the vision of the London Legacy Development Corporation, will result in a new tourist attraction that is expected to open in spring 2016.

The…

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Astrophotographer David Lane has captured Yellowstone National Park's night sky in photos that will take your breath away. Right after a storm had passed through the Abyss Pool area, the artist reached for his camera and captured the incredible, Milky Way-filled sight before him. Even though it was nighttime when the snapshots were taken, it doesn't seem that way because of the magical light emissions in the sky. This phenomenon is known as airglow and it prevents the night sky from being completely dark.

So that the images would match the natural colors that can be seen at Yellowstone during the day, Lane spent an additional four months working on color-correction. He also emphasized the airglow saturation by 10%, which is unusual for him because he normally downplays it by…

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Minnesota couple David and Sarah Olson already had two wonderful sons, Zakary and Levi, but they always knew they wanted a third child—a beautiful baby girl to complete their family. After complications from her first two pregnancies, Sarah was unable to have any more children, so the couple decided to turn to adoption. After applying and going through a home evaluation, all they could do was wait for a match.

"We think about her every day," Sarah confessed in a video about their adoption process four months ago. "We talk about her with our boys every single day. I think they already think that she exists in our house. She has her own room already. We plan for her, we talk about her, we think about her, and we dream about her daily." David, by his wife's side, added, "Can’t wait to…

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São Paulo, Brazil-based illustrator Thiago Bianchini pays tribute to the beauty of nature in his striking drawings of wildlife and landscapes framed within larger animal silhouettes. Using fine-tipped ink pens, Bianchini brings flora and fauna to life through intricate drawing and shading techniques like stippling. Pitch-black trees, grass, and four-legged creatures contrast sharply with craggy mountains and inky skies formed of thousands of tiny dots. Illuminated under the glow of the pale moon, these lonely outdoors scenes are all contained within the outline of larger beasts, adding an intriguing second layer to Bianchini's vivid depictions of the wild.

In addition to the silhouette illustrations, much of the artist's portfolio is…

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Purina ONE has created a camp that will most definitely delight cat-lovers everywhere. At New York's Cat Camp, attendees can learn all about what it takes to keep our feline friends in tip-top shape. The unique event is being held at 201 Mulberry Street and will be filled with adorable (and adoptable) cats from Petfinder. There's a climbing wall for humans, climbable tree trunks for cats, and even a campfire with logs made out of cat food. For those who want to perfect their cat-like stretches, there's even a yoga studio for both species to enjoy. As for the pond filled with projected fish, that one's just for the…

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Artist Jirka Väätäinen has provided us with the opportunity to see what beloved Disney princes would look like in real life. To add to his already impressive portfolio of lifelike Disney characters, the incredible creator decided to give these iconic male characters a Pinocchio-like transformation. While staying true to his subject's original traits, Väätäinen took inspiration from actual photos, combined various elements on Photoshop, and then finished off his reproductions with a touch of digital painting. As a whole, this makes for a shockingly realistic result.

Väätäinen decided to begin this series in 2011 when he casually wondered what …

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Brothers Jules and Jason Henry are the creative minds behind Sveglio, an outdoor furniture design company that produces beautiful pieces meant to “awaken higher consciousness.” One of their enlightening creations, called Volo (Italian for “I fly”), is a rocking chair with a hammock-like basket attached to the legs. On it, Sveglio wants you to “rock, rejuvenate, and re-discover yourself” as you gently sway back and forth, remembering that life is in constant motion.

To achieve tranquility in Volo, Sveglio takes a minimalist approach to their design. The rounded form is created with welded steel tubes, which is partially 3D printed. Its surface is powder-coated and comes in colors such as architectural bronze, sky white, and stardust silver, but custom hues are also available. The hammock portion is sewn with…

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Grumpy Cat may have found her counterpart in this adorable (and equally as grouchy) pup named Earl. Quickly becoming known as the Internet’s “most morose mutt,” this puggle has a seemingly permanent scowl on his face—no matter how many times you pet him!

Despite the grumpy expression, Earl’s human Derek Bloom says that the pooch is very friendly towards other humans and dogs. The cranky look is just due to his overbite and wrinkles, so don’t let Earl fool you. He enjoys snacks, sunbathing, and chasing balls around the park just like any other dog.

Earl The Grumpy Puppy:…

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This father-son duo have posed for the same photo each year since 1986, resulting in a touching series of black-and-white images that reveal the passage of time over the course of nearly three decades. Before our very eyes, we can see the father age as his son matures from a baby held in his arms into a strong man. But no matter how tall the son grows, or how many wrinkles line the father's face, the distance between them remains the same—close, pressed against each other, a true demonstration of the strong bond between father and son.

By the end of the series of photos, things have come full circle. The father is older but happy, the son looks just like his dad 29 years ago, and a new member of the family ensures that the heartwarming tradition will continue for years to come.…

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