best countries for travel photographers

As the saying goes, it’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times. Even better, it’s fun to snap some beautiful photos of your travels along the way so that you can reflect on them later.

Travel photography has exploded since the invention of the smartphone. The quality of the photos on the new iPhone and Samsung Galaxy are so high that everyone has become a semi-professional photographer. If you’re considering taking a trip and looking to beef up your portfolio, take a look at these 6 amazing countries. They offer some of the most beautiful landscapes, architecture, and natural formations that you could ever hope to capture. These are the 6 best countries in the world for travel photographers to visit.

1. New Zealand

Don’t discriminate between the north and south islands in New Zealand, they each have amazing spots for photographers to visit. If you’re making a 20+ hour flight to this beautiful country, you might as well see both. A guided tour of New Zealand is a great option.

In the north, you’ll definitely need to check out these three spots on your trip.

The Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Pouakai Tarns

Te Paki Sand Dunes

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In the south, the larger of the two islands, there’s so much to see and do. But if its travel photos you’re after, don’t miss out on these stops.

Milford Sound

milford sound travel photography

Mount Cook and Aoraki National Park

mount cook and aoraki national park

Wanaka

Now that you have a taste for natural landscape shots…why not head to Iceland for some more!?

2. Iceland

Iceland is the land of ice and fire, with active volcanos, glaciers, and waterfalls all in abundance. Your trip will be very different depending on what time of year you visit, so take that into consideration when you book your trip. Here are a few spots you need to visit to capture some amazing photos.

Kirkjufell

kirkjufell travel photos

Hraunfossar

Glymur Waterfall

The Blue Lagoon

Gullfoss Waterfall

gullfoss falls iceland travel photos

3. Japan

Next up on our list is one of the busiest countries in the world, Japan. Here you can capture some amazing photos of the urban metropolis that is Tokyo, Cherry Blossoms surrounding Mt. Fuji, and a bamboo forest in Kyoto that’s home to one stretch of bamboo perfection.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari shrine japan

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji travel photography

4. Norway

The fjords, small towns, and dramatic rock formations are all part of what makes Norway such an amazing destination for photographers. Some of these iconic photos take a bit of work, you may need to do some hiking in order to capture the right angle. That being said, all your sweat is well worth it. Northern Norway should also be considered if you’re looking to capture the Northern Lights or try your hand at dog sledding. Consider these locations when you visit.

Lofoten Islands

Trolltunga

trolltunga norway travel photo

Pulpit Rock

Alesund

alesund norway

5. Botswana

In Botswana, it’s all about the wildlife. You’ll capture stunning images of animals not only on land, but also in the spectacular Chobe River and all along the Okavango Delta.

Moremi Game Reserve

moremi game reserve photos

Okavango Delta

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Tsodilo

6. Canada (Specifically British Columbia)

Canada is massive (in case you hadn’t heard), so to narrow it down for you we’re going to focus on the spectacular province of British Columbia. The tourism board’s slogan is Super Natural BC, so that should tell you a thing or two about what to expect. Don’t be afraid to get your hike on here, similar to Norway some of the best locations take a bit of effort to get to.

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Floe Lake

Helmcken Falls

Haida Gwaii

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