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肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm
肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm

Take a Virtual Hike Through the Great Outdoors With These Stunning Nature Photos

肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm
肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm

If you've spent the summer lounging on your couch, the stunning nature photos below—spotted by Boing Boing and curated by German photography community EyeEm as part of an ongoing photo competition—might inspire you to ditch the comforts of air conditioning for the great outdoors.

For its fourth annual photo awards contest (which it has billed as the world’s largest), EyeEm enlisted a panel of judges to sift through nearly 600,000 entries and choose 100 finalists. These moderators used EyeEm's phone app—which employs AI software to suggest the top photos from the user's camera roll—to select 20 prize-worthy images from each of the contest's five categories: street photography, portraiture, photojournalism, architecture, and the outdoors.

EyeEm announced the top contenders in late July 2017. In mid-September, these photographs will be exhibited at the 2017 EyeEm Photography Festival & Awards in Berlin, where officials will announce category winners and name a Photographer of the Year.

Until then, you can take a virtual hike through some of the world's most stunning natural attractions by checking out the finalists for the outdoors category below:

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
André Dogbey, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Anthony Castro, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Guiga Pirá, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Iván Ferrero, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Justin Edward Okoye, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Linus Strandholm, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Marc Leppin, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Masaki Sato, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Färber, courtesy of EyeEm


Michael Lynch, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Moeller, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Schauer, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Nils Leithold, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Patrick Lee Yong Choon, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Simon, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Stefano Rulli, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Xiao Han, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Zane Jēkabsone, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Zhang Yang, courtesy of EyeEm

[h/t Boing Boing]

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Delightful Photo Series Celebrates Britain’s Municipal Trash Cans
Harry Trimble
Harry Trimble

Not all trash cans are alike. In the UK, few know this better than Harry Trimble, the brains behind #govbins, a photo project that aims to catalog all the trash can designs used by local governments across Britain.

Trimble, a 29-year-old designer based in South London, began the series in 2016, when he noticed the variation in trash can design across the cities he visited in the UK. While most bins are similar sizes and shapes, cities make trash cans their own with unique graphics and unusual colors. He started to photograph the cans he happened to see day-to-day, but the project soon morphed beyond that. Now, he tries to photograph at least one new bin a week.

A bright blue trash can reads ‘Knowsley Council: Recycle for Knowsley.’
Knowsley Village, England

“I got impatient,” Trimble says in an email to Mental Floss. “Now there’s increasingly more little detours and day trips” to track down new bin designs, he says, “which my friends, family and workmates patiently let me drag them on.” He has even pulled over on the road just to capture a new bin he spotted.

So far, he’s found cans that are blue, green, brown, black, gray, maroon, purple, and red. Some are only one color, while others feature lids of a different shade than the body of the can. Some look very modern, with minimalist logos and city website addresses, Trimble describes, “while others look all stately with coats of arms and crests of mythical creatures.”

A black trash can features an 'H' logo.
Hertsmere, England

A blue trash can reads ‘South Ribble Borough Council: Forward with South Ribble.’
South Ribble, England

A green trash can with a crest reads ‘Trafford Council: Food and Garden Waste Only.’
Trafford, Greater Manchester, England

Trimble began putting his images up online in 2017, and recently started an Instagram to show off his finds.

For now, he’s “more than managing” his one-can-a-week goal. See the whole series at govbins.uk.

All images by Harry Trimble

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GoPro Will Let You Trade in Your Old Digital Camera for One of Their Cool New Ones
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If your camera is aging, GoPro just gave you a great incentive to trade it in for a new model. The company has launched a buyback program that discounts its latest models if you send in your old camera, according to TechCrunch.

If you participate in the GoPro TradeUp program, the company will lop $50 off the price of the new GoPro HERO6 Black and $100 off the price of the Fusion, both released in late 2017. The offer applies to any digital camera—GoPro or not. Now might be a good time to offload that digital point-and-shoot you’ve been sitting on. (It does have to have an original retail value of at least $100.)

GoPro tried a similar initiative in 2017, giving customers 60 days to send in older GoPro models and get a discount on new models. Almost 12,000 customers answered the call. Now, the company is bringing it back with no end date, and the program will now accept any digital camera, whether GoPro-made it or not. “Dented, dinged, destroyed—no problem, we’ll take it,” the site promises.

If you’re already looking to get a new camera and want to dispose of your old one properly, this is a good way to do it. According to the company, “returned cameras will be recycled responsibly via zero landfill and recycling methods appropriate to material type.”

When you order one of the two available GoPro models through the TradeUp program, the company will direct you to dust off your old camera and send it in, with shipping costs covered. Once GoPro receives your old camera, it will send you the discounted new one.

With the discounts, a HERO6 Black would cost $350, and the 360°-shooting Fusion would cost $600.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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