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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27 Awesome Vintage Photos of Moms

Turns out leash kids aren't a new phenomenon.
Turns out leash kids aren't a new phenomenon.
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While you celebrate your mom, take a look back at mothers through the ages. 

1. January 1860: A mother and children in the parlor.

Mother and children in the parlour
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2. 1876: A mother with her adolescent daughter.

A mother with her adolescent daughter
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3. 1885: A young couple take the opportunity to have a cuddle while mother is asleep over her paper.

 A young couple take the opportunity to have a cuddle while mother is asleep over her paper
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4. 1890: Collecting peat in the Killarney countryside, County Kerry, a barefooted mother carries a basket on her back while her young children sit at her feet.

Collecting peat In the Killarney countryside, County Kerry, a barefooted mother carries a basket on her back while her young children sit at her feet
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5. 1900: A Native American mother of the Hopi tribe with a child on her back.

American native mother of the Hopi tribe with a child on her back.
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6. 1900: A mother gives her daughter a drink at the bar of a public house, while the baby sleeps in a pram beside her.

A mother gives her daughter a drink at the bar of a public house, while the baby sleeps in a pram beside her
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7. 1910: A child sits quietly as his mother knits Shetland wool into jumpers.

A child sits quietly as his mother knits Shetland wool into jumpers
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8. 1910: A mother walks with her baby and holds the new Sturgis baby carriage, which can be folded up and carried.

A mother walks with her baby and holds the new Sturgis baby carriage which can be folded up and carried
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9. 1911: A child plays in the sand with her spade, whilst her mother and aunt look on, at a riverside spot in Fulham, London.

A child plays in the sand with her spade, whilst her mother and aunt look on, at a riverside spot in Fulham, London
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10. 1920: Motor meeting at Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey. Competitor Ivy Cummings and her mother in their racing car.

Motor meeting at Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey. Competitor Ivy Cummings and her mother in their racing car
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11. 1925: A woman keeps a firm grip on a rope tied around her daughter's waist during a cliff-top walk.

A mother holds a rope attached to her daughter's waist
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12. 1925: A Palestinian mother in typical dress holding her child.

A Palestinian mother in typical dress holding her child
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13. 1926: A mother gets all the exercise she needs pushing her pram and cycling at the same time and the baby gets a taste for speed at an early age.

A mother gets all the exercise she needs pushing her pram and cycling at the same time
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14. 1930: A mother enjoying a tea party with her young daughter.

A mother enjoying a tea party with her young daughter circa 1930's
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15. 1930: A mother fans her baby who is lying on a cushion on the floor.

A Japanese mother fans her baby who is lying on a cushion on the floor
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16. 1932: A small girl in a push chair modeled on a horse-drawn carriage, out for a stroll in Hyde Park, London, with her mother and a Great Dane.

A small girl in a push chair modelled on a horse-drawn carriage, out for a stroll in Hyde Park, London, with her mother and a Great Dane
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17. 1935: Mother and daughter sunbathing in similar knitted costumes.

Mother and daughter sunbathing in similar knitted costumes
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18. 1935: A mother towing her children to school at Burrowbridge near Bridgewater during severe flooding.

A mother towing her children to school at Burrowbridge near Bridgewater during severe flooding
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19. March 1936: June Bishop (left) who is 3 years old, seen with her mother who owns a pet shop in Alton, Hampshire. June takes her pet sheep out with her wherever she goes, rather like the nursery rhyme.

A mother walks her two children, one of whom is walking a sheep
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20. 1937: A mother fastening a notice reading "Please Mr Motorist, watch out for me," onto her son's back before he sets out on a trial bicycle ride.

1937: A mother fastening a notice reading 'Please Mr Motorist, watch out for me', onto her son's back before he sets out on a trial bicycle ride
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21. 1940: A mother and her baby ready for evacuation from London, under a London County Council Scheme. The mother is carrying a gas mask designed especially for babies.

A mother and her baby ready for evacuation from London
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22. 1950: Mother and child looking at the monkey cage at a zoo in Puerto Rico.

Mother and child looking at the monkey cage at a zoo in Puerto Rico
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23. 1950: A baby girl and her mother play with a harmless Indigo snake at a serpentarium.

A baby girl and her mother play with a harmless Indigo snake at a serpentarium
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24. 1953: A woman seeing her newborn baby while lying inside an iron lung as part of her treatment for Polio.

A woman seeing her new born baby whilst lying inside an iron lung as part of her treatment for Polio
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25. 1960: Proud mother Liu Wan-Fu displays her 6-month-old quadruplets, a girl and three boys.

A proud mother displays her quadruplets
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26. 1963: Sixteen-year-old trainee chef Peter Maddox of Hollingworth, Cheshire, practices his hobby of fire-eating out of the window, as his mother and 9-month-old brother look on.

Sixteen year old trainee chef Peter Maddox of Hollingworth, Cheshire practises his hobby of fire-eating out of the window,
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27. 1970: Portrait of a mother sitting with her young girl.

Portrait of a mother sitting with her young girl, circa 1970
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