The Rio Paralympics has ended, but not without a wonderful new set of champions, incredible journeys and new feats of endurance and excellence. To celebrate such a festival of sport, and my love of photography, have my favourite images as chosenfrom the Guardian’s Paralympic page. You can also find other images on the Olympics on my blog, with a focus on the sporting and the stylish.
With over 100m users (and going up faster than we can count) Instagram is allowing more people to see the wonders of a great photograph more than ever before. Here we look at 8 of the best accounts that continue to impress.
Nasa – It might seem a bit cheeky seeing as they only set up less than a week ago, but even with only 22 posts they already have 168,000 followers so I think we’re okay. And what shots so far. The visionary space giant’s continued efforts to explore what is in space remind us all of the possibilities that exist beyond this Earth. As Lao Tzu put it many moons ago: “For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.”
Petslife – It’s not many people who can resist a photo of a pet looking adorably cute. And even they would struggle here, as all animals in the pet spectrum get their chance to shine. Accepting entries, you’ll be tempted to become a pet specialist yourself. Our favourite is the Koala Bear with its mouth open and leaves falling out. We challenge you not to laugh and invent your own tagline.
London – One of the beautiful things about a city like London is that you can always keep discovering new and changing things. At London, the architectural flair, infinite energy, artistic style and vibrant nightlife are all on show. The Olympics has left town over a year ago, but the city will always thrive and leave all kinds of legacies on the way.
Pegtecture – So many astonishing pictures here, it’s near impossible to choose a top 5, let alone a favourite. We’re not sure you’ll fare any easier. Featuring building from all over the world, you’ll be blown away by how many incredible bridges, stadiums, tower blocks, museums et al there really are out there.
SurfPhotography – You’ve never needed to have hit the waves to appreciate the catchy songs of The Beach Boys, and you don’t need to have held a surfboard the right way up to fully appreciate the joys of surfing photography. With all kinds of sunsets, backlights, framing and shades of blue, this is a joy to the visual senses.
Brazilingram – With the football World Cup hitting the Rio shores next year, the delights of Brazil will be more in the spotlight than ever. Get a head start and a full understanding of what an astonishingly beautiful country Brazil is, at Brazilingram. Shots so stylish you’ll be tempted to phone your nearest travel agent and start practicing Portuguese.
Food – With such an open title, the possibilities of what the photos are can cover everything on the culinary spectrum. Thankfully, Food makes full use of the options, so everything from pancakes and pastries to lobster and lollies. Though all appetising, best not to look at while passing a bakery.
WorldCinema – They say never judge a book by its cover, but there’s no equivalent for films. And when there is such a wide variety of films to be reminded of or introduced to, there’s no reason not to look at this wonderful film outlook.