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Lonely Planet Community on Flickr

By admin   23 May 2009 7:00am Europe/London

Whether you’re lugging your tripod and your medium format to remote wilderness destinations, taking holiday snapshots with your digital point-and-shoot, or taking moody black-and-white cityscapes, nearly everyone likes to record their travels with photgraphs. If you’re interested in sharing some of those magic travel moments you’ve captured with your camera, or if you just want to browse some of the incredible images by our talented community of contributors, come take a look at Lonely Planet’s two photo groups on Flickr:

1. Lonely Planet Photo Challenges

The Lonely Planet Photo Challenges Flickr group holds photo competitions in which anyone can submit a single photo for consideration that suits the current challenge’s theme (e.g., doorways, ceremonies, reflections). All voting is done by other community members, and to be elligible to win you must vote 5 times in the previous challenge. Winners of each challenge recieve one Lonely Planet travel guide of their choosing. Entries are now being accepted for the theme “Sidestreets” (click here to see all of the current entries in this challenge) and users are voting now on some of the beautiful entries to the previous challenge “Skyline”.

For a taste of the talented travel photographers that take part, here are a few of the top entries from recent challenges:


“Into the light” by beeldmark from the “Bicycle” challenge


“Broken Lines” by Peter Bowers from the “Winter” challenge


“Bringing the Fish In” by The Digital Scrapbook from the “Work” challenge

2. Lonely Planet Photobook

The Lonely Planet Photobook Flickr group is a user-generated pictorial atlas of the world organised by location. If you’ve got some great travel photos from around the world, add them to the Photobook and share your stories with your fellow travellers. If you just want to browse the planet, the Photobook is a great way to take a vicarious trip to Niger, Honduras, or Iran or many other spots around the globe.


Marjan Park, Kish Island, Iran by eshare

To talk shop with other shutterbugs, come over to the Picture This branch of the Thorn Tree forum where users post links to their photo collections, share stories from their travels, ask advice, and discuss all things related to travel photography.