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Photographer Christian Vieler specialises in glorious moments of the purest joy, capturing dogs trying to snaffle treats out of mid-air.

The expressions he captures are those of unbridled happiness (anyone who owns a dog knows that treats are basically life for them), panicked anticipation and focused concentration. Because who knows where the next treat is coming from is this one isn’t caught?

The shots bring out the unique personalities of each dog, as we can clearly read the emotions etched over their wonderfully dopey faces.

Vieler has been documenting dogs’ reactions since 2013, and has now collected them all in a book called Treat!

Genius idea with the treats!

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Street art duo PichiAvo, who have worked together since 2007, took their mix of classic and contemporary art to new heights by creating an 26-meter (85-foot) painted sculpture for Valencia’s Fallas Festival.

This traditional festival culminates on March 19, when the puppets (or fallas) are set aflame in honour of the feast of St. Joseph.

PichiAvo, who are from Valencia, follow in the footsteps of fellow Spanish street artist Okuda, who had the honour of creating the central falla last year.

PichiAvo are known for their pictorial work, which combines painted classical sculpture with graffiti motifs.

And here’s a video:

Monumental! 

Polish sculptor Jerzy Kędziora is known for his balancing sculptures that appear in public spaces around the world.

From Abu Dhabi to Miami to Krakow, Kędziora is able to string up his magnificent sculptures into athletic poses that defy gravity.

 His work stems from a diverse range of influences, resulting in a brilliant blend of classical sculpture and kinetic art.

Kędziora spent his time as a university student in Gdańsk, where he witnessed Poland’s turbulent political transformations throughout the 1980s. This first pushed him toward injecting his work with a political and social sensibility.

Other indelible memories that streaks through his work are his experiences with the remnants of an Expo-like exhibition in his hometown after the war. As a young man, he would walk and play among the kinetic sculptures, fascinated by their op-art effect.

After having a successful career of exhibiting in traditional gallery spaces, Kędziora yearned for something more, and this is where his series Balancing Sculptures was born.

Simply magical! 

Artist: Papaya-Style

During my childhood I had constant episodes of this subject, in fact I have them still, but rarely now… I never knew the name for it until recently.

As a teen, at some point, I believed I was abducted because my hallucination ALWAYS involved aliens.

I know, I sound stupid, but sleep paralysis is a curious thing.

During an episode of sleep paralysis a person is unable to move or speak, all the while being totally aware of that.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also an eerie twist while being paralysed, one might also see hallucinations, which might be intensely scary.

There are a couple of theories why these things happen to usually otherwise healthy people, but nobody knows for sure.

Unlike with dreams, people with sleep paralysis always remember their hallucinations easily, since they weren’t dreamed of, but seen during a period of awakening… And that makes these visions a perfect inspiration for horror-themed art.

Mostly, the sleep paralysis hallucinations include dark figures watching, supernatural creatures suffocating or terrifying the sleeper, often accompanied with and out-of-the-body feeling and loud buzzing, humming noises.

And although it is quite hard to describe what exactly feels like, some artists have managed to impart their episodes perfectly in their dark drawings.

I am not alone on this…

Artist: Dan Peacock

Artist: Mr-Klaus

Artist: prosurvival

Artist: TsongUy

Artist: jairysignfelt

Artist: Ronnie_Lovell

Artist: limedcoconut

Artist: itslemonilla

Artist: Kode LGX

This has caused me sleep deprivation and insomnia may times, as I was anxious to sleep. My personal experience is pretty alike to the last drawing. I can see a shape and eyes, but not in detail the face.

It was scary as hell (and still is )but at least I’m aware that is not real.

Great artwork! 

National Geographic has made a name for themselves with their earth-shattering photographs, so it was no surprise that they made Instagram history as the first brand to reach 100 million followers.

To celebrate in true Nat Geo fashion, they opened up a photography contest across the photo-sharing platform, using the hashtag #natgeo100contest.

In the 24-hour contest window, the magazine received more than 94,000 photograph submissions. The photo editors and photographers at Nat Geo went through the entries and narrowed them down to the top 10 most stunning images and then let their 10 million followers vote on who would be the grand prize winner.

Below you can view the contest winning photo, the top finalists along with some other gorgeous entries that didn’t make the cut but are still just as mind-blowing.

Grand Prize Winner Ketan Khambhatta

Finalist Adam Kiefer – National Park Ranger Matthieu Shamavu embraces Matabishi, an orphaned juvenile mountain gorilla, at the Senkwekwe Center, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Senkwekwe is the only rehabilitation center for mountain gorillas in the world.

Anuroop Krishnan

André Musgrove

Sebastien Nagy

Brent Stirton – A care-giver at the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe helping a rescued, traumatized pangolin to find ants and termites to eat and kept him safe from predators and poachers. Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked animal in the illegal wildlife trade and are extraordinarily endangered.

Maxime Israel Collier

Finalist Frank Haluska

Jacintha Verdegaal

Shivam

Caine Delacy

Chaitanya Deshpande

Majed Sultan Alza’abi

Finalist Chris O’bryan

Finalist Khatia Nikabadze – A bittersweet story

Juan Quinteros

 It’s truly art to be that talented at capturing these moments in time.

My favourite time of winter happened this weekend. La Nuit Blanche, from the annually Montreal High Light Festival.

La Nuit Blanche is an all-night overdose of free arts, culture, light shows, science, food, winter sports and music.

I’d love to write more about it, but I’m working today… 

My fun is over. Good luck to me. 

À l’année prochaine nuit blanche.

“Fly High and Smile,” Winner of Portrait. Photo: © Nicholas Samaras/UPY2019

The Underwater Photographer of the Year was just announced for 2019, and the winning images offer an enchanting breadth of what’s beyond the shoreline.

For the fourth year in a row, the photo competition has represented different aspects of the ocean through a variety of categories.

Winners were chosen in 14 fields including Wide AngleMacroBehavior, and Portrait.

Each winning image showcases a different aspect of the underwater world. Some ocean photographs highlight the interesting creatures that lurk below the surface, while others pay homage to the majesty of large mammals such as whales and seals. Other images have a dire message.

Eduardo Acevedo was awarded the Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year for his poignant portrait of a Caretta caretta turtle struggling to free itself from a net.

The top prize this year went to Richard Barnden for his image titled The Gauntlet.

It features an action-packed scene of a shark feeding frenzy at the Fakarava South Pass in French Polynesia. There are an estimated 700 sharks patrolling the mouth of the channel by day and hunting at night, and Barden was there to see it.

“The Gauntlet,” Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019, British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019. Photo: © Richard Barnden/UPY2019

“Curious Crabeater,” Runner Up of Wide Angle. Photo: © Jessica Farrer/UPY2019

“Caretta Caretta Turtle,” Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2019. Photo: © Eduardo Acevedo/UPY2019

“Hairy in the Sunrise,” Winner of Compact. Photo: © Enrico Somogyi/UPY2019

“Playtime?” Winner of British Waters Compact. Photo: © Martin Edser/UPY2019

“The Heat Run,” Runner Up of Behavior. Photo: © Scott Portelli/UPY2019

“Mercury Tunnel,” Runner Up of Black & White. Photo: © Ken Kiefer/UPY2019

“Gentle Giants,” Winner of Wide Angle. Photo: © François Baelen/UPY2019

These pictures are a powerful reminder that we need to protect our oceans and its creatures.