Submit Your Photo to Our Captured Photo Contest To Win a $500 Best Buy Gift Card

by , 12/24/11

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How has design impacted your life? Is there a specific building, structure, city or object that is really important to you, that helped define you who are today? Perhaps you’ve traveled to distant lands to see incredible works of architecture or maybe the designs that inspire you most are right in your own home. How has design shaped your family memories and connected you to your heritage? We’re partnering with Federated Media to challenge you to send us your favorite photo memory showcasing a design that left an impression on your psyche. We’ll pick our favorite photo based on creativity, image quality and its ability to tell your story and the winner will take home a fabulous $500 Best Buy gift card! It’s easy to enter, and just think about how nice it would be to have an extra $500 to spend on your friends and family this holiday season, or maybe just buy an iPad for yourself!


1. Upload your favorite design photo(s) to and tag them #CapturedPhotoContest_Inhabitat.

2. Important note: Be sure to make your pics “public” so that we can see them.

3. Comment below with a link to your Flickr photo and a short description of what it is.

4. You may submit up to FIVE photos between now and December 24th. We’ll be judging them based on creativity, image quality and storytelling-through-photography. The contest ends on December 24th at 11:59PM EST and we’ll be contacting the winner through Flickr Mail around January 16, 2012.

TIPS on how to win:

– Pick creative, funny, thought-provoking photos that capture a favorite design memory
– You MUST include the hashtag #CapturedPhotoContest_Inhabitat
– Mark your photos “public” or else we can’t see them

Need an example? Here’s a photo from Inhabitat editor Yuka Yoneda that captures one of her favorite design family memories.

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“This photo was taken at the New York Botanical Garden earlier this year and it’s special to me for two reasons. First and foremost, my beautiful sister and lovely mom are in the shot, which is enough to make it visually captivating already, but secondly, check out the gigantic mass of chrysanthemums behind them. While a big bouquet of flowers might not sound overly impressive, if you look closer, every single one of those big white buds is actually emanating from a single stem! We’ve actually written about this extremely difficult and complicated Japanese flower-training technique, called Ozukuri, on Inhabitat before so it was truly a treat to be able to see it firsthand, while also learning more about our Japanese design traditions. If you’re a child of immigrants, you know it isn’t always so easy to learn about your parent’s cultural heritage. It may sound a bit cheesy but if you think about it, these chrysanthemums actually epitomize the bond between the members of a family. No matter how far out they grow, each single flower always remains connected to the rest of its kin at the roots – something that I think is very true of any family whether you’re as large in number as these buds or as few as my small clan.”

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“Taken last October at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this photo shows my boyfriend and I looking up at the wildly impressive Big Bambu structure. Created by artists Doug and Mike Starn, Big Bambu was a growing sculpture made entirely of bamboo tied together and climbing rope to form a labyrinth of pathways that took visitors some 50 feet above the roof of the Met. Big Bambu’s construction began in April, and the artist team added to it throughout the summer, so it continued to grow and change. Its organic nature made it more of an experience than sculpture, creating an interesting dialogue about the unexpected changes in our lives and how things that look so chaotic can be perfectly planned. As you can see, the day we went was overcast, so we were taking a bit of a chance, as they did not allow visitors into Big Bambu if it rained. But, we made it in, and I am so happy that we procrastinated until it was almost too late to go. Since we visited near the beginning of October, Big Bambu was practically complete, so we were able to experience it in its entirety. For an art and design lover, it was an amazing opportunity to be a part of such a unique temporary. I don’t think I’m alone when I say I wish the Met had made it permanent!

While we wait for you got get your favorite design memory photos up, we’ll be posting some of our own here so check them out. Good luck and we can’t wait to see the photos you cook up!

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  1. NeonEyes December 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I’ve submitted 5 of my favorite thought/emotion provoking shots. This particular one still perplexes me….such an odd conglomeration of man made and natural elements. Who knows???

  2. kahlonsa December 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    This is a self-portrait, taken in the window of the dining hall at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. I had the opportunity to go to Penland this summer, where I worked in the dining hall and studied letterpress, and although the class was really beneficial, I found that the landscape and the people inspired me more than anything else.

    My design and art is influenced by nature and by the people I surround myself with. When I think about Penland, I think about those rolling mountains, fog clinging to them in the mornings, the stars winking above them at night. I think about the meals I had with the people that I got to know in this dining hall, and the way their experiences, their lives and their love inspired me.

    It was a beautiful summer, and the work that I made is more a result of the landscape and people than of anything else. That much is for sure.

  3. sasha09 December 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    This is a picture of my grandmother. She’s also holding a picture of herself. The irony here is that the dress she is wearing currently is the same dress that is in the circular picture she is holding. That circular picture was taken 40 years ago, and the dress is the same one, meaning she’s kept it for that long. This picture captures her care for memories while my picture captures a memory.

    In this picture my dad is sitting next to an injured rabbit. He is a veterinarian, and this captures his ability to help animals. The rabbit is sitting next to him with out any force other than the injured leg which my dad can fix with ease.

    Here is a picture of my sister surrounded by nature and a beautiful wild animal. I feel that I have captured the progression of time here. If in the earlier days animals were afraid of humans, they were only prey to us, but now this have reversed. Wild animals began to trust humans, which is quite extraordinary.

    This picture captured a wonderful day in the history of our family. These are my aunt and uncle who have been happily married for 29 years. This picture truly captured their love, and how true it still is. They accidentally wore striped shirts on the same day without realizing it, until I pointed it out. I was fascinated because this is how soul mates should be, their love must last forever, and never age.

  4. racheldawn December 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    The Confederation Bridge, linking NB to PEI. One of the most expensive toll bridges in North America. I had the privilege of driving across this amazing bridge in 2007. It takes 10 minutes to cross. After we reached the other side, we found a place to pull off to take pictures. It’s so long, you can’t even see the end!

  5. racheldawn December 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Our honeymoon was in Riviera, Mexico. Our first time there. It was wonderful. One day, we went on a sightseeing trip to visit ruins and small villages. This picture was taken of us standing in front of the Nohoch Mul Pyramid. The ancientness of the ruins was amazing. The fact that we got to go see them together, even better~ One day, we’ll go back!

  6. iloveegypt1 December 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I took this picture while in Santa Barbara, California near City College.
    I took this picture on a whim because I liked the shapes and lines of the tall trees contrasting with the flat beach and ocean.
    The picture has basically only three colors and two directions, horizontal and vertical, very simple and clean but it shows a great, relaxing place to be.

  7. racheldawn December 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Ferris Wheel, Navy Pier, IL. 2009 – My sister and I, and our girlfriends went on a last getaway together to Chicago before I got married and moved away. We spent 2 days and 1 night seeing the sights. One of my favorites was Navy Pier. The bustle and sounds of the people!! The Ferris Wheel is a piece of art! From the top, you can see wonders. From the bottom, you can see all the intricate beams of the structure. It was a sight I’ll never forget. One day, I hope to go back with my husband and children, so they can experience the wonder of Navy Pier.

  8. iloveegypt1 December 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I was lucky enough to visit Egypt with my husband in November 2008. While wandering the market, or ‘souq’, we came upon this spice stand. It was like candy for your eyes, there was just so much color, shapes, and lines to look at, and I took many pictures.
    What I love about this picture is that the center of it is controlled, and disciplined, with the same shape jars, repetitively, over and over, but with different, bold colors. The outer edges are raw, wild, and undisciplined, and again colorful.
    I also love this picture because there is so much crammed in it, and it’s all for sale!

  9. Leonel Ponce December 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    The MAC, or Contemporary Arts Museum, in Rio de Janeiro’s sister city of Niterói, represents a convergence of many factors in my life. Designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer’s office, the building represents the playfulness and creativity of form in my native Brazil’s critical regionalist movement. Per Niemeyer’s curvilinear style, the museum reflects the profile of Rio’s famous Sugarloaf Mountain in the horizon; it evokes spaceships, perching perilously on a cliff by the Atlantic ocean due to expert engineering. And on a more personal note, it provides an opportunity to visit my mother’s home town, often forgotten across the Guanabara Bay from its more famous sister city.

  10. tsquare December 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    In June of 2010, with my youngest daughter at the Bavinger House in Norman, OK., designed by Bruce Goff in 1950. This photograph is special because the house was destroyed in June of 2011. I had worked with Bruce Goff in the mid-seventies and had seen the house at that time.

    Standing next to the Louis Sullivan ornament from the National Farmer’s Bank of Owatonna in the Grand Stair Case gallery of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Volunteering as a tour guide docent at the bi-annual open house weekend tour for the Frank Lloyd Wright designed plantation, Auldbrass this past November near Beaufort, SC. This was my third time to volunteer as a docent.

    I am on the London Eye with Parliament behind me.

    My daughter Jeanne is standing at the Mannekin Pis statue in Brussels.

  11. iloveegypt1 December 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I was lucky enough to visit Egypt with my husband in Nov. 2008. We saw amazing sights, met wonderful people, and got to taste wonderful different types of food.
    We spent ten days in country, and went to many markets or ‘souq’. One night we were wandering around the souq in Luxor and we came to this spice stand.
    I took this picture in the spice stand and it turned out to be one of my favorites. I like the tiny fibers, in a big pile, with the smooth green line underneath. The bottom half is perfectly horizontal, but the top half is thrown wild and uneven. I also like the bold colors of orange, green and white.
    Again, the spices in the market are functional, meant to be sold and be part of someone’s dinner and not be art or design. To be, they are beautiful art, and design!

  12. iloveegypt1 December 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I was lucky enough to visit Egypt with my husband in Nov. 2008. We saw amazing sights, met wonderful people, and got to taste wonderful different types of food.
    We spent ten days in country, and went to many markets or ‘souq’. One night we were wandering around the souq in Luxor and we came to this spice stand. I took this picture because I love the colors, and the shapes, and how clean it all looks.
    The shapes of squares with triangles was interesting to me, throw in the color and I just find this picture fascinating.
    I especially like this picture because the spices are there to be sold, not be art or design, on purpose, but they ARE art and design, and beautiful, to me, just like the Egyptian people.

  13. iloveegypt1 December 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I was lucky enough to visit Egypt with my husband in Nov. 2008. We saw amazing sights, met wonderful people, and got to taste wonderful and different types of food.
    When you go on a tour of Egypt, in Cairo, there are three mandated shops that tourists are required to visit. One of them is the Perfume shop. While they showed my husband perfume, I wandered and took pictures of the shop. All of the perfume is sold in gorgeous bottles.
    I like the accidental shapes of this picture. The top half is organized and disciplined, and black and white. The bottom half (and upper left) and curvy, delicate, lacy, and colorful, and to me, it’s contrasting opposites. Much like people are!

  14. Leonel Ponce December 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    This photo of the High Line park, in New Yrok City’s Chelsea neighborhood, was taken on one of my regular night walks throughout the city. The High Line represents an exciting new type of park, one that utilizes existing, abandoned infrastructure and transforms it into a public space that gives a new perspective of the city. But this photo also explores some of the shortcomings of the park. What happens to life at street level once a space above becomes the dominant attraction? What about real estate prices in the neighborhood, and the threat of gentrification? And why do parks in New York City, the city that never sleeps, close late at night? While the High Line lends itself to beautiful images and experiences, it also exemplifies the contrasts, challenges, and opportunities created by a new park paradigm.

  15. Leonel Ponce December 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Big Bambú by the Starn brothers captivated my attention throughout the Summer and Fall of 2010. At every possible chance, I took my friends up to the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, to show them this beautiful, organic work of art, but also to appreciate the progress made on this dynamic installation. As the sculpture grew, and visitors could climb more than ten feet above the top of the museum, a new skyscraper was created in the middle of Central Park.

  16. leonelponce December 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Jim Campbell’s “Scattered Light,” installed at Madison Square Park in New York City last winter, immersed visitors in a field of points of light created by single light bulbs hung from an armature above. This particular photo was taken on New Year’s Night, after counting down to 2011, on an epic long walk through most of Manhattan. Reminiscent of a night sky, the installation completed a quintessential New York City night, an unexpected artistic intervention symbolically connecting the urban jungle back to its larger, natural context.

  17. LaLaLands December 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I look to Nature for an endless series of ideas for potential color palettes for both interior and exterior design projects: blue green lichens on the gray/brown bark of a tree, the shades of blue and green in a lace cap hydrangea head, the shades of lemony yellow and blue/green in a single zinnia.

  18. cookiecrumb December 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    This is the gazebo at the lake near my house. There’s something about the faded red beams and the graffiti that made it the best place to calm down after a stressful day. It reminded me that the world that I could see was infinitely smaller than the world that exists. I’d always feel calmer visiting. The lake is also where my friend Sofia and I put her pet fish Mahi to rest, with some of her favorite colorful pebbles. We stood at the gazebo and spoke a few words in honor of poor Mahi, a rosy red minnow.
    I took this photo while on a trip with my family to Italy. I love the photo because it’s so easy to immerse yourself in the history of Italy, and forget about the engineering behind it all. This photo was a lucky catch: I was trying to avoid the awkwardness of conversing with the couple that joined us on the gondola. Who goes to Italy with a tour group for their honeymoon and joins a family on a gondola???
    My aunt and uncle used to live in a dingy little flat deep in the heart of Taipei City. They were in the shadow of a large apartment building. This new apartment is a huge change for hem. When they visited our house in the US, they said they were jealous. To them, our little piece of suburbia was like heaven. Now, they live next to a lake with a little park with a beautiful enclosed balcony. And, this apartment is just as close to a metro station as the other. Now, they have the best of both worlds.

  19. sommer December 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm
  20. The Urban Island December 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    This picture was taken somewhere in Towson, Maryland where I was attending a business convention with my family in Baltimore. I really liked the big, bold sign behind me, it really makes a statement to me in my personal aspirations. But the design is classic, perfect colouring and to me, very fetching~!

  21. rjemelia23 December 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Inspiration by ascending. Different persepective on life and the effect technology has on us. This photo taken above South Korea this past winter, inspired me to always bring my designs back to Life. Life is a special topic in itself, consisting of emotions, memories, importance, beliefs, and values. What is life to you? this photo brings me to think of these things ever time i look at it. The lights also inspire me to design life through color, since color also brings us to memories

  22. tuan231 December 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Was I in the Meiji Restoration (明治維新)?

  23. raechelrunning December 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Images showing homes of the border lands ; from the ancient adobe cities of Mesa Verde, Colorado to Paquime, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua; homes in the cartonlanida in the barrios of Agua Prieta, Sonora,MX; the “Om Dome” of City of the Sun, Columbus,NM and lastly the adobe Jesuit church in Cusarare built in 1741, in Copper Canyon, Chihuahua – all examples of using found materials and building with the environment ; examples of cultural history -spanning the ages.

  24. thedalyn December 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Taken in 2010 in Eldorado Springs, this photo not only shows Eames (yes, that’s his name) at his most dapper but also a glimpse of the cool design elements that characterize this turn of the century resort.

  25. Tracy December 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Five images of metal design work that encapsulates duality, repetition available to the public.

    Four of the images represent passages from the exterior to an interior such as door pulls in Morocco, gate entrance for a community garden, detailed window ornamentation for a door in NYC, and a gate that leads to a private alley in NYC.

    The fifth image is of interior space and represents how reflection of utilitarian things can create profound beauty in public space (Washington DC visitor Center)

    Tracy A. Marciano /

  26. suburbanitis December 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    My daughter started in early with her love of clever, well-designed things.

  27. srashid December 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with geometric designs, especially Moroccan zellig tilework, since I was a child. So the opportunity to travel to Morocco and take an intimate self-portrait surrounded by their beauty was a dream:

  28. imccaig December 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm
  29. reikomat December 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I forgot to comment on my photos.

    Nyuto Onsen preserves the authentic wooden houses of the Tohoku region in Japan. In the middle of Winter, snow accumulates so deep, it becomes difficult to reach there. I visited there with my family in July 2009.

    A hand on a tatami mat

    A hot spring right next to the ocean on the island of Shikinejima

    Manekineko invites happiness, fortune, and good luck.

  30. marcoshadir December 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm
  31. omshanti December 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Within the symmetry of nature we find ourselves. The strength of stone is mirrored in calm water, yet water possesses a hidden strength that surpasses stone. Design is a marraige of elements that compliment each other with all aspects not always evident and interpretations left to one’s imagination. This photo was taken in the sheltered waters off the coast of British Columbia, June 2011.

  32. imccaig December 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m English. My wife’s from New York. When we got married, I made a wedding cake that honored both her hometown and my favorite building in it—the Chrysler Building. (I’m an architect and have very strong feelings about buildings.) The Chrysler building top, made of iced gingerbread, sat on a friend’s sideboard for a year before we gave it a grand send off by taking it on a tour of some of our favorite and/or most meaningful places in Brooklyn and Manhattan: the subway, Brooklyn Bridge, to buy a hot dog, Midtown, and finally, Fulton Ferry Park in Brooklyn, where a child reached out to it in wonder…

  33. oata December 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm
  34. imccaig December 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I’m English. My wife’s from New York. When we got married, I made a wedding cake that honored both her hometown and my favorite building in it—the Chrysler Building. (I’m an architect and have very strong feelings about buildings.) The Chrysler building top, made of iced gingerbread, sat on a friend’s sideboard for a year before we gave it a grand send off by taking it on a tour of some of our favorite and/or most meaningful places in Brooklyn and Manhattan: the subway, Brooklyn Bridge, to buy a hot dog, Midtown, and finally, Fulton Ferry Park in Brooklyn, where a child reached out to it in wonder…

  35. axsb December 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    (old) self portrait in front of the Grande Arche in Paris….

  36. axsb December 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm
    my kids in front of some of the most beatiful landscape and architecture I know.
    I grew up in the Wachau. On top of the hill the ruin below the roccoco church and the town….I am hoping my kids (who are growing up in the USA) will share my love for these things.

  37. axsb December 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm
    Architcture…..old and new mixed as in this picture in paris…

  38. axsb December 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    My children in front of several of the most gorgeous buildings and landscape I know.
    I grew up in the Wachau. At the top of the mountain the ruin Duernstein below the town and the church… this has shaped my view of design, and now I am introducing my kids (who are growing up in the USA) to it!

  39. macdoodle December 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Single disabled adults have historically been the last to get shelter (most funded for families or substance rehab) and now many returning disabled veterans are joining them – in the road. Anyone who can PLEASE help start a program to build green affordable accessible small housing maybe on some of those closed park lands? To many advocated fight for the right to be homeless adnd for mh issues unmedicated instead of housed and helped . HUD still does not even count physically disabled/ long term ill homeless in the yearly counts and it’s just getting more crazy. Can’t create programs for people who “don’t exist.”
    PLEASE help stop this shame and do it green and accessible and affordable. I learned that Hell is cold and wet and hungry. PLEASE help others to not have to learn this.

  40. axsb December 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Italy, Firenze specifically, made me fall in love with architecture when I was quite young(I am the taller of the kids). Now I am an architect. And this is one of my favorite memories.

  41. theqbe December 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Future Thinking.

    Design has impacted my life as a subtle expression of how I interpret the world. As this woman gazes out into the horizon, she catches a glimpse of both the innocence of the future generation and the questionable future of the planet. The juxtaposition of a man-made pier with the natural ocean landscape reminds her of the eternal coexistence of man with nature, and the omnipresent threat of man’s invasion into the natural world. Shot with a Canon 60D with sepia filter in Manhattan Beach, Ca.

  42. G E Rosser December 24, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Living in Central Florida provides me the opportunity to visit the famous local theme parkes frequently, and I find that the engineering/architectural whimsy appeals to me as a subject for photography.

    Here’s my take on the Universal Studios coaster ride “The Incredible Hulk”:

    A coaster ride in Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

    The Swan Hotel in the Disney World resort area:

    A Central Florida site outside the theme parks, the Central Florida Fair:

    And a side trip to Las Vegas, the Luxor:

    Gerry Rosser, or

  43. verao December 24, 2011 at 9:18 am


    I submited my photos days ago but forgoted to comment.
    Anyway, here they are:

    In the last winter, me and my boyfriend took a nice trip to a forest in Braga, Portugal.
    This is a picture of him, going to explore Wonderland…

    In St. Valentine’s day my boyfriend gave me this kite. On summer, we went to the beach to make it fly!

    When I was a little girl I used to go to this wood house, near home, to play with friends. As we grow, we continued going there: to talk, to date, to smoke,…
    We still go there sometimes to remember how great we are together!

    This is me and my boyfriend celebrating one year we started dating. We went to a city park to ride a bike. Eventually we had to go home because it started raining…
    Yeah, we should have started dating on July, not March.

    This little girl is my goddaughter, in our garden on Spring. We went there to pick some flowers to make collars.

    Hope you enjoy it :)

  44. faune December 24, 2011 at 2:36 am
    I see design everywhere and almost in everything. Nature has the most inventive and beautiful designs. While Man’s maniupulation of the natural materials is a collaborative effort.

  45. bubblemuffins December 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Supreme Scream Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm. I didn’t actually go on it 😉

  46. eccepluvit December 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    My 21 month old son could spend hours playing with his alphabet blocks- stacking, demolishing, re-stacking. This photo captures the moment one of this towers came tumbling towards me and the camera, as well the delight on his face as he sent them all flying.

  47. organicmommyluv December 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I took this photo of my daughter at my grandpa’s farm while we were picking apples. Apples are a big part of my life and memories, in everything from my grandma’s apple pie to making applesauce with my mom. I love their smell, shape, color and texture.

  48. organicmommyluv December 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    My two kids and I in front of my grandpa’s barn on the family farm. It has become dilapidated over the years but I have fond memories of exploring, climbing, kittens and runaway pigs. This showcases a meeting of seasons in my life.

    Last Christmas we went for a train ride on our local historic railroad. It was themed after a certain popular train to the North Pole! We had so much fun singing with a whole car full of people we’d never met. I enjoy the light, dark and color in this picture. Along with my son’s sweet hand, of course.

  49. jader227 December 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I am so happy I discovered this contest! Hope you like the photos because I enjoyed taking them! Merry Christmas :)
    Wall in Hamburg, Germany. Once again who knew bricks coming out of a wall creating a pattern would amuse us so much? Needless to say, this wall is just as much fun as a rock climbing wall and it was free!
    My friends in Hamburg, Germany. Who knew a simple hole in a cement wall could be so entertaining?
    My friends on a bench in Hamburg, Germany. I loved the design of this bench and it has inspired me in my projects around chairs and the way we sit. The architecture of this area of Hamburg was truly amazing in its way of interacting with the people who populate the city or just visit it like me.
    My friends in a night train on our way to Berlin, Germany. How we all managed to fit with our backpacks and bags is still a mystery. The “room” was more of a closet but it has made for some amazing memories.
    Taken at Lake Powell. I rented a house boat with my family for 3 days and with it we explored the amazing scenery. The trip was truly breath taking considering that a boxy, more or less well designed boat was our mean of transportation. With it we went from a busy city to silence, starry nights and nature at its finest.

  50. organicmommyluv December 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I took this photo of my daughter at my grandpa’s farm while we were picking apples. Apples are a big part of my life and memories, in everything from my grandma’s apple pie to making applesauce with my mom.

  51. timnezir December 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    There is no better feeling in the world than waking up every morning, knowing that one person loves you so much.Photo taken in Rugov. We set the timer on the camera, and positioned our selves

    Photo taken in Venice, capturing the moment for ever.

    This photo was taken in Montenegro, Timing and competition was challenging. I actually love this photo.

    ‘as for ever you make me complete’ Photo taken by the ‘Bridge of Rugova’ Powerful Photo, and a great Capture.

    This was in Portugal for our 3 year anniversary, we managed to save up and were lucky enough to go to the south of Portugal, its a picture of us writing in sand , ‘Personal Messages’

    I hope you guys loved the photo’s, if I may just get the opportunity to say that I love what you guys do , and the articles are simply amazing. This is all coming from a graduate student in Architecture.

    Happy Holiday. Tim & Gresa x

    p.s. there is some amazing photography up here!

  52. hitch_photog December 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    New York smells like hot dogs. It’s all street corners, and taxis, and Lincoln town cars, and neon lights, and people… mobs of people. That’s Midtown. Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and the infamous Macy’s–all call this area home. Street vendors and tourists coexist under bright lights weaving in and out of crowds like graceless choreographed dancers. There is so much going on; it occupies even the most distracted mind… what’s not inspiring about that?

  53. reikomat December 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Manekineko invites happiness, fortune, and good luck.

  54. Madikson December 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    PS: there an error – sorry – – isn’t in Sevilla, it’s in Cordoba. )

  55. Madikson December 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Hi there! :) Thanks for such a nice opportunity! Have a Happy Merry Christmas and Happy Awesome New Year to you and yours!
    Here comes my pics:
    Rest of an medieval construction in Spain. Architecture of XV century.
    Restored Romans epoch Tower in Sevilla Spain.
    Cathedral in Malaga. Is not terminated at all and in this pic you can see that.
    The defence wall of medieval castle in Malaga Spain.
    An antique market from epoch of Al Andalus in center of Malaga.


  56. defconfigueroa December 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    This is the kids of a Teacher which i know. I took this picture inside a moonwalk with the kids inside just having fun!
    This picture was taken in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on the way to a place called Tepoztlan, a well known taxi driver my grandmother knows let me drive his taxi over there, who would have guessed? i learned standard driving in a taxi! In Mexico!
    This lady is the aunt of my grandfather, i took this picture at her house where she was telling stories as we were all gathered around her in a circle.

    On this pic, i was sitting at a restaurant where they serve delicious tortas with avocado, chicken, or whatever you’d like in them, not to mention this restaurant has been there for a very long time there in Cuernavaca, Morelos in Mexico. Just across the restaurant is a a place called El Zocalo, everyday this place teems with people having fun with their families and walking around drinking natural made shakes from all kinds of good fruits. This place is located right in the heart of the city of Cuernavaca, and it is always a pleasure to come visit this lively place whenever convenient. There are also live shows that go on in the center where people sing and play instruments, a true place to walk around and enjoy the outdoors lively.
    This picture was taken in Cuernavaca, Morelos, this is a small market tucked right inside these four walled buildings around it, just inside are places where people from all over can come and buy merchandise ranging from pottery to paintings, clothing, and memorabilia from Cuernavaca, Morelos.

  57. bluecrabby December 23, 2011 at 10:55 am
    I took this photo while on a quiet, contemplative hike in Hawaii. The tree branches come together and form a canopy that looks remarkably like the connections our circulatory and nervous systems form. These organic similarities have influenced my lifestyle to reduce my carbon footprint since and I have even themed my bathroom around this photo.

  58. RodneyLeeV December 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Geodesic Dome Greenhouse

    This wonder of Technology has allowed me to grow food year round, at high altitude 8300′ and below freezing temp (-11 last night)

  59. trypd December 23, 2011 at 10:24 am
    All over the beaches on the east coast you can find these dilapidated fences that were put up at a point indefinitely prior to the time you see them. Sand has no problem circumventing this barrier, which begs the question of purpose.
    The door blends into the wall into the window with only the colors in the painting in the window to draw your attention. Could this be urban camouflage?
    With all of the brick and mortar buildings in Dayton, OH, it’s shocking and cheering to see some new construction branching off of the common style and adding a splash of difference in a city seemingly built on tradition.
    Found within a parking garage, the kiosk and the garbage can were the only sources of color, despite the abundance of wall, ceiling and floor space available to possibly turn a drab area into an inviting, if still utilitarian, space.
    The patterns found in unintentional arrangements are an entertaining way to spend an afternoon.

    Thanks for taking a look at my photots!

  60. Fredygs December 23, 2011 at 7:16 am
    This is a small church lost in the middle of the Brazilian countryside. Lençois, the city where it is located and which is a Unesco World Heritage site, had once the largest diamond production in the world, but now survives on hosting tourists that visit the Chapada Diamantina National Park. The church itself was build around around 200 years ago, in the time where adventurers came to find there fortune in the mines.
    This is the Brazilian Supreme Court building. It was designed by the wold famous architect Oscar Niermeyer and build during the 1950ies, when the capital moved from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia. This city is unique not only for its record building time, just 3 years, but also for its plan, which has not been modified since its birth.

  61. shortblondeguy December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    This reminded me of the art of Native Americans, but was simply dirt in a tub.

  62. shortblondeguy December 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    This is the pointy horizontal spire on the City Hall in Austin, TX with some cranes before the W was built.

  63. shortblondeguy December 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I also love to play with reflections that catch my eye, by looking down you sometimes also are looking up.

  64. shortblondeguy December 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    This photo also shows my eye for texture and contrasts. It also shows that there can be beauty in an invasive species. I try to be as pure as I can with my photography, so to rotate this I turned off my camera’s auto rotation for the shot.
    (If this is duplicate please delete.)

  65. shortblondeguy December 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    This photo also shows how I tend to notice textures and contrasts in my photography, this time in nature and how an invasive species can be actually pretty.
    It also a sample of how I avoid manipulating my photography. I turned off my camera’s auto rotation to avoid that. :)

  66. shortblondeguy December 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    One of my favorite shots from my 2008 Montréal visit, it has lots of the textures and contrasts that often catch my eye.

  67. gmon93101 December 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm
  68. gmon93101 December 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm
  69. fenlee December 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm
  70. stefanosky December 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    working on a dream
    like the story of Rosa Parks in the bus at Montgomery , now we can still working on this dream.
    paesaggio marziano
    wow, in the middle of italian’s summer like be on mars!
    serata con regista
    words, sounds, wine a special night
    tgv station Lion
    geometries and lines , just choice a point of you
    montagna + casa + grattacielo + cielo
    what? a boccioni in Prague? yes , still immagine it

    thanks to see those photos.
    godd luck to everyone.
    Stefano V.

  71. fireleaf December 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    To me this image captures the essence of perfect design. The first time my daughter was sick, I brought her home a dozen roses. At the time see was two and didn’t have much interest. The next day one rose caught my eye, it was beautiful. Every intricate detail was just perfect and I was so fortunate to be able to capture this image. Now one day when she is able to understand the beauty I saw in that rose, I’ll be able to share it with her, and let her know that rose was for her.

  72. arummel December 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    The city of Chicago and the University of Chicago have done a lot to shape my intellectual and cultural awareness of the world… and the beautiful architecture all over the place represents all the good experiences I’ve had living in Chicago.
    Trying to get to the roof of Rockefeller Chapel on the UChicago campus, a friend looks at a locked door at the top of a spiral staircase.
    A balcony in the Seminary overlooking stained glass.
    The Harper Reading Room, where I do all my studying. It used to be a library but is now a study space. The ceiling is about 2.5 stories tall.
    The el in downtown Chicago. Functional but also beautiful.
    Ivy threatens a window in an older building on campus.

  73. fireleaf December 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Here’s a pic of a curios little bug I crossed paths with while hiking in Hillsborough River State Park. This guy would move back and forth on the leaf but never tries to get away. This was his best pose.

  74. safesolvent December 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    The Biosphere, home of the World Expo 67. This structure is such a landmark of the man-made island it was built upon. A structure that represents the future we were capable of…
    The reflective glass corridors of corporate offices inside of the Trade Center building in downtown Montreal. The architecture and beautiful design is largely ignored inside by the people who work there and sometimes i have to capture it so that it’s seen for more than just office spaces.
    The inside of Montreal’s Palais des Congrés is so fantastic with it’s coloured window panes however it’s very over-shot. I like this shot both for it’s self-portrait as-well as for it’s use of just the coloured light not the iconic window itself
    This is a tunnel below Montreal’s largest Bank Deposit and leads between several locations to the subway system. The architecture and design of it is absolutely stunning and very sci-fi in it’s lighting. Absolutely gives the mood you see in the photograph.
    Again in another section of Montreal’s Palais des Congrés has these incredibly massive windows that simply feel like a set on a movie… the kind where you replace the outside contents with a wonderfully vast landscape.

  75. swendel December 22, 2011 at 2:14 am
    Standing on the corner in a small industrial town in Indiana… I always loved the odd single row of boarded-up windows in this abandoned factory building, the overlay of power lines and finding design inspiration in things most people wouldn’t pay much attention to.

  76. ROCK3RSnyc December 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    Everything that makes my home, New York City, great. Seductive, artistic, designed and public. This is a piece of street art at the Meatpacking District.
    One of the most coveted architects of our time, Will Alsop, and his Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art & Design
    Toronto, Canada. Completed in 2004 this building can be captured from any angle and cropped in any way and you would be able to recognize it.

  77. htassos December 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    This photo was taken on July 30, 2010 .Amorgos island ,Aegean Sea while i was drinking beers after swim !!!

  78. njewell December 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences is just completely out of this world. No words can really do it justice…..

  79. njewell December 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Here are a few photos of our trip to La Rioja, Spain. Besides great wine, the region is full of beautiful unique architecture. Above all, I personally was blown away by the Ysios bodega designed by home grown archtitect, Santiago Calatrava.

  80. plattyjo December 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Here’s the link to my entry on Flickr:

    In October 2011, my husband and I traveled from the Bay Area to New York City to attend a friend’s civil ceremony. It had been several years since I had been back, and I was looking forward to showing my husband the city through my eyes by taking him on a bicycle tour to my favorite spots.

    We were fortunate enough to have spectacular weather during the two days we explored the city. I’ve always had a longstanding fascination with bridges — perhaps because I associate them with travel, adventure — all things I love. And they’re spectacular forms of architecture — an elegant means of crossing a body of water high in the skies.

    Through the course of our travels, we rode over the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, stopped underneath the George Washington Bridge towards the northern section of Manhattan, and crossed over the Brooklyn Bridge.

    We also visited the High Line, a beautiful new park that opened after my departure. It’s a lovely oasis on the West Side of Manhattan, and traversing it felt like wandering through a series of footbridges elevated over the island. I love how it evolves as it unfolds from north to south, with pockets of nature, benches and art exhibits scattered throughout.

    Upon leaving the city, I felt rather bittersweet about heading home. I didn’t miss living in New York City, but I did realize how much I loved it, too . The image of the man at JFK airport — which had never held any poetry for me in the past — represented my feeling at the time. The enormous panoramas of plate glass windows throughout the airport, shining with light, provided the last glimpses of the city before we went back to San Francisco.

  81. stormalina December 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Walking through D.C. with my son who was barely even one, I stumbled upon this beautiful tree sculpture. It set a smile on my face all the way to Rally that was held that very day. Rally To Restore Sanity. Great memories!

  82. tei8ht December 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    What could be more exciting than walking toward the beach? – especially when you have never done it before. This dramatic pathway fits nicely into the surrounding landscape and creates an atmosphere of wonder as you consider stepping down onto the beach.

  83. tei8ht December 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Scariest experience I’ve had with a camera.

    Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse – December 2010. Not a place I have ever been inside but it is on my bucket list.

    Shot with a long lens from the frighteningly ice-covered pier at Whiskey Island. I was with a friend and we were both dressed as if we were headed up the world’s tallest mountain – but what was even scarier than the cold was the ICE! The pier we were on was covered in several inches of ice and could have been the death of us if we weren’t careful.

    This wasn’t an easy shot to get by any means. Unforgettable.

  84. tei8ht December 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio.

    This is one of our favorite places in Cleveland. This room can be easily overlooked by visitors because it is tucked all the way in the back of the building – but it is quite stunning with a completely round frosted glass wall that captures some great shadows at certain times of the day.

    Another thing that can be overlooked is that MOCA is a great place for all ages and frequently has “kid-days” where the entire family can work together on art projects.

  85. tei8ht December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    The West Side Market in Cleveland Ohio.
    A place myself and my family shop for local, ethnic, and yummy stuff!

  86. windythatsme December 20, 2011 at 12:37 am
  87. ljupkab December 19, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    My sister is visiting LA from Europe.
    Best place to start her introduction to it was LACMA!

  88. njewell December 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm
  89. dan mendes December 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm
  90. Rich Tatum December 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Hi! I submitted five entries (more description at Flickr)

    Sandstone window, Deux

    This is a view of the architecture just outside where I used to work in Chicagoland (Illinois). Because it reminded me so much of the building design of the great Southwest, I always enjoyed my nostalgic daily passage through this windowed portal.

    Muskegon, Michigan, St. Francis, 1

    There is this church in Muskegon, Michigan, representing one of the most interesting designs for church architecture I’ve ever seen. It’s odd angles, poured concrete, patterned bricks, and poured cement all give me pause to contemplate the gift of creativity.

    Even Playtime Requires a Break Now and Then

    My kids here are resting on a wooden playground structure my father-in-law designed and created for his home, which my wife grew up using and which my children got to enjoy on a daily basis while we lived there during a difficult time.

    Don’t just sit there, shoot something!

    Big storm came through Thursday. So, naturally, I wanted to document the incoming storm clouds using the park bench which featured in a few of my other photos. I like this bench. It’s convenient for admiring sunsets over a grassy park, handy for pre-jog stretches (not that I ever indulged in the jogging, but I have been known to lean here for a hamstring stretch now and then), and it’s about the only seat around for a hundred yards. It sees a lot of activity. Including storms.

    I will not bow to the wind (“infrared” version)

    I love this tree, it sits right outside our home, directly in front of our porch. It greets us in the morning as the sun rises over the marsh behind it. It hails the sunset at night and proclaims even the slightest change in weather with it’s long streamers of leaves. My kids love to climb it and enjoy it’s green, canopied privacy (on becalmed days with little wind, that is). When I stand beside its trunk I feel as if I am a child, hidden in the skirts of a protective mother. It’s not on my property, but when we water the lawn, we also share with this sentinel outside our home.



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