There is a well-known saying: "It's not about the destination; it's about the journey." Although we do agree on this matter, sometimes it truly is about both of these things. Over the years, we have been writing about many beautiful destinations, and we have pictures to prove it. As we celebrate Lomography's 25th anniversary, we want to highlight all those adventures which inspired us the most and took us to breathtaking places. Some may surprise you and allow you to learn something new about them; others may motivate you to go on a road trip yourself. Either way, sit back and let us be your tour guide.
Stéphane T., better known as @stouf in the Lomography community, joined a team of researchers specializing in zooplankton study to navigate the frigid Arctic and Antarctic waters by breaking through ice.
Herr Willie (@wil6ka) has been to many different places around the world. He paid a visit to Chernobyl, which he described as a "testament for the fragility of humankind."
@Lomonina is a frequent visitor to the Sahara, and claims that every visit was full of excitement and surprises. Here, we see why!
On a week-long trip to Iceland, Andrea Russo (@andrejrusskovskij) witnessed a majestic sunset and his first view of the Northern Lights. Bucket-list worthy, we must say!
If you're a nature lover (which means all of us, right?) then an escape to this gallery featuring immaculate areas of Te Waipounamu by Dawn Chapman is surely worth a peek.
Another gem from @wil6ka, who answered a call to a distant and mystic land, to bring us a look into Siberian culture.
The mysterious and untainted Tibet, with its beautiful mountain ranges and scenery, required some permits for a visit. Luckily, @lawypop and friends were able to secure them and came back with these awesome photos.
@shufi bravely trekked one of the 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia and documented the natural beauty of Mount Papandayan with her friends.
Here's a truly memorable brave adventure: @twenty-haitch fulfilled a life-long wish of travelling around his home country of South Africa while living in a camper van.
While Seoul is a shiny modern city in Korea, @singleelderly could not help but wonder if there were abandoned places to take pictures of? He found his answers in Yongma Land, an abandoned park popular among cosplayers, photographers, and music video makers.
For @sallycanela, Machu Picchu is the place that she always pictures in her head when dream destinations come to mind. Together with her boyfriend, they embarked on a two- and-a-half week trip to Peru, armed with her Nikon FE loaded with Kodak Ektar film.
@specialblewah trekked to this sacred place and captured its breathtaking beauty in sweeping panoramas.
Inspired by Ansel Adams's classic capture of the glorious Yosemite, @blueskyandhardrock found herself humbled by the scenic views and allowed Yosemite to capture her instead.
Here is what sunny winter scenes look like, from Kevin Hodur's perspective.
For 3 days, @dannyfresh experienced what it's like to live on top of a bed of clouds!
Take a look at an inside view of Iraq from the eyes of someone visiting for the first time. You might be surprised to learn about what the country really has to offer.
"Three weeks. Eighteen states (Okay, some of them only for a few miles but they still count!). Six thousand two hundred miles, a few kilometers short of 10,000. Diners. Old signs. Memphis. Route 66. Does it get any better?" Follow @lorrainehealy's brave adventure in her travel story!
A recent work-related trip led @montagu to shooting spectacular shots in China.
Journey to the quaint and picturesque coast of Denmark with lomographer @fotofreundin.
Morocco indeed gave photographer Nina Keinrath a majestic view and a wonderful color palette to work with.
Here, Lomographer Dasha Zaychkovskaya (@lomod) recalls a lesson that inspired her to travel to Jaffa, Israel.
Take a vibrant and quite stylish peek into Cuba by pohotographer Enzo Iriarte.
A voyage from North Pole to South Pole, which gave us a preview of really majestic sights. Thank you, Adam Jeppesen!
Follow Lomographer Shalini Sridhar (@shalinis) as she takes us to the New York City of India through her lens.
Have you submitted your shots yet? Help us create a global photography exhibition by sending us your top shots of your favorite places and signing up to construct your very own LomoWall. Keep an eye on the official 25 Years of Lomography site and make sure you’re following us on social media, too. From parties to exhibitions to giveaways and more, there are tons of festivities still to come!