The International Photography Awards are sponsored by the Lucie Foundation, whose mission is to discover innovative photography, honor great photographers, and promote photography in general. This year, they received 8,000 submissions. A whopping 70 jurors judged these submissions. Let's take a gander at the 20 best award-winning photos. (more at America's Best Blogger.)
As awesome as these are, they might give me nightmares. Click the images to learn more about the artists and see more of their works.
Once the United States dominated this list, but these days, you would have to travel halfway across the world to visit all the tallest buildings in it. However, in less than a decade, the tallest building on this list is going to be much, much larger.
Many of these cakes look too good to be true. Or too real to be eaten. That is, unless you have a particular penchant for pugs, shoes, and dragons.
It's basically The Dark Knight Rises poster with rice.
I see what you did there. Freud would be proud.
Warning: Spoilers! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II coming up, lots of people are creating art that is Potter related. Gallery Nucleus is doing a Harry Potter Tribute for instance. A lot of the art in this post is from that, but quite a bit is from elsewhere. Enjoy all the Magical fan-art! (via The Uniblog)
From Hogwarts to Hedwig, these cakes have got virtually everything in the Harry Potter universe covered. It's pretty difficult to believe that these were baked without the use of magic. (Excuse me, sorry, I had to.)
Meanwhile, in Russia. Viktor Jasinski, 28, was an unsuspecting burglar who was simply trying to go about his daily burgling in Meshchovsk, Russia when he walked into a hair salon with the intention of robbing it. Salon owner Olga Jazac, 32, was having none of that. We'll let The Daily Mail explain what happened next.
Tattooing to the extreme. This has got to be the best bar trick to impress people, as long as your iPhone battery doesn't die.
Nyan Cat is truly universal. This beautiful, pixelated feline represents all nations, creeds, and colors. Nyan Cat for world peace!
INSANE!!! 0_0 Aerialist Seanna Sharpe climbs nearly 300 feet on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City and makes it her personal stage, then promptly gets arrested.
Lately "MS Paint" related posts seem to be circling the Internet calling back to a much simpler time of the early web when people were pretty easily impressed. The problem with this is that the pictures would never be popular if they didn't have the tag "made in MS Paint." But instead of trying to fight the trend I've decided to join it and offer a somewhat definitive list of MS drawings that are actually pretty good.
Each line in these drawings by Melanie Bilenker are made using strands of the artist's own hair! The delicate drawings depict quiet scenes of domestic life which are sealed in Victorian-inspired brooches and rings. And you thought all hair art had to leave you wishing for an UnSee Button.
Sometimes photographers have to wait days for an amazing shot and other times they get extremely lucky. Although it is unclear which of the two happened with these 30 photographs, it is clear that all of them will only come around once in a lifetime. Make sure to add any of your own favorites in the comments.
Pull on some shades and snap your fingers to this smooth and jazzy version of Nyan Cat, daddy-o.
I'm not sure that I feel Angry Birds truly warrants making complicated cakes and cupcakes, but apparently a lot of other people do. Never have furious avians and neon green pigs looked tastier.
I'm mostly just impressed that their Mad-Eye actor is dead on.