These epic beards from the 2015 World Beard And Moustache Championships in Leogang, Austria may look digitally enhanced, but they're 100% real. This year, there were over 300 bearded and moustached men from 20 different countries that competed in 18 categories across three divisions; Moustaches, Partial Beards and Full Beards. Austrian photojournalist Jan Heitfleisch captured some of the more notable designs, including the crazy one you see above. Continue reading for more.
Self-taught photographer Janek Sedlar specializes in landscape scenes, but with a surreal twist. Photography became a serious job back in 2011, and in just a few short years, he's mastered the art of dream-like photography. Most of his shots were captured in his home region of Moravia and around the White Carpathians nature reserve. "Inspiration I find in daily life, in NATURE, in my feelings and thoughts. Being in these woods and meadows is a return to childhood, it regains my life energy and I am trying to share these moments with my camera, the process itself is like a meditation for me," said Sedlar. Continue reading for more pictures.
Rosie Kemp, a resident of Nassau, Bahamas, discovered a baby raccoon that had fallen out of a tree with the mother was nowhere to be found. So, instead of just leaving it there, Kemp and her daughter Laura Young decided to adopt the tiny animal and named her "Pumpkin". According to Young, "She instantly bonded with us and our two rescue dogs and follows me and our two dogs everywhere we go. She now thinks she is a dog...she is able to play and be rough with them and she respects them when they have had enough." Continue reading for more pictures and information.
NASA has just released incredible enhanced color images of Pluto's moon Charon, which are a composite of the red, blue, and infrared images taken by the New Horizon's Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC) during its closest approach to the system. As you can see, Charon's two hemispheres are wildly different, mainly due to the fact that ice erupts from below the dwarf moon's surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone painting in virtual reality.
Space fans rejoice! You can now browse the entire collection of photos captured on the moon by NASA's Apollo astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras. To date, there have been over 8,400 high-resolution scans of photos shot by astronauts during various Apollo missions to the moon. Since the images are unprocessed NASA scans, things may not all be in focus, or properly exposed. Continue reading to see a few of the more notable images.
When it comes to photography, whether landscape, architecture or wildlife, it's more important to be at the right place and time, rather than having the most expensive equipment. For example, in the shot above, two cats just happened to be going in and out of wall slots, giving the appearance of a multi-colored feline. Other examples include: television characters reacting to cats walking by and just a statue-perfect pose. Continue reading to see them all.
Believe it or not, the image you see above was not captured on Mars or any other planet, just right here on Earth. Volcanic activity produces lightning-friendly conditions in multiple ways. The enormous quantity of pulverized material and gases ejected into the atmosphere with explosive power, creates a dense plume of highly charged particles, which establishes the perfect conditions for lightning. Continue reading for more cool facts and videos.
Why bother strapping several action cams together, when you could just pick up a Panono Panoramic Camera Ball instead? This sphere comes equipped with 36 small cameras that automatically trigger at their highest point - or you can hold it for manual control - and a 72-megapixel panoramic picture is the result. You will be sent an instant preview of your shot to your mobile device via WiFi. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how to turn butter knives into steak knives.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft provides us with an up-close look at Pluto's largest moon, Charon. This footage was captured on July 13, 2015, from a distance of 289,000 miles (466,000 kilometers), and was combined with color information obtained by New Horizons' Ralph instrument on the same day. The marking you see in Charon's north polar region is a thin deposit of dark material over a distinct, sharply bounded, angular feature. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA has just released the clearest images of Pluto yet, and instead of the usual black-and-white photos we're used to seeing, this latest set reveals the dwarf planet in stunning color. "It looks more like tree bark or dragon scales than geology. This'll really take time to figure out. Maybe it's some combination of internal tectonic forces and ice sublimation driven by Pluto's faint sunlight," said William McKinnon, a member of the NASA team that sent the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto in July. Continue reading for two more pictures and information.