50 Beautiful Winter Wonderland Photos

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As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere and the nights draw in, our thoughts turn to the beauty of ice and snow. Winter photography, especially in the colder parts of the world, is a specialized niche. Photographers have to take care of their cameras and guard against frostbite and hypothermia. They often venture into remote wilderness searching for the perfect winter landscape. Their reward is stunning imagery.

As a tribute to these hardy men and women, we bring you 50 beautiful winter wonderland photos. We included both colorful photos (especially the colors of sunrise and sunset bring out the beauty of the winter landscape) and black-and-white photos (they bring out the contrast in tones between snow and the landscape). We’ve linked the photographers’ names to their portfolios or websites, so that you can explore their work. We’ve also listed some informative articles about cold-weather photography at the bottom of the post.

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50 Beautiful Winter Wonderland Photos

Peter Bowers5

Winter Wonderland Photo6

Sesjusz7

Winter Wonderland Photo8

gnato9

Winter Wonderland Photo10

Leif Westling11

Winter Wonderland Photo12

Joe Nicora13

Winter Wonderland Photo14

Janina Kulcsar15

Winter Wonderland Photo16

Lao.coon17

Winter Wonderland Photo18

The Children19

Winter Wonderland Photo20

anders r. naesset21

Winter Wonderland Photo22

Guido23

Winter Wonderland Photo24

*joffo125

Winter Wonderland Photo26

Unknown27

Winter Wonderland Photo28

Winter Wonderland Photo29

Winter Wonderland Photo30

Sandra Rugina31

Winter Wonderland Photo32

Paivi Valkonen33

Winter Wonderland Photo34

Art by Bia35

Winter Wonderland Photo36

Av Clara Lidström37

Winter Wonderland Photo38

Winter Wonderland Photo39

~Latimeria40

Winter Wonderland Photo41

Marc Adamus4842

Winter Wonderland Photo43

Winter Wonderland Photo44

anders r. naesset45

Winter Wonderland Photo46

Winter Wonderland Photo47

Marc Adamus4842

Winter Wonderland Photo49

RamonaG50

Winter Wonderland Photo51

Nate Zeman52

Winter Wonderland Photo53

Hristina Topalska54

Winter Wonderland Photo55

Unknown56

Winter Wonderland Photo57

Winter Wonderland Photo58

Winter Wonderland Photo59

Winter Wonderland Photo60

Winter Wonderland Photo61

Andreas Manessinger62

Winter Wonderland Photo63

Marc Shandro64

Winter Wonderland Photo65

Shir Goldberg66

Winter Wonderland Photo67

Floyd K. Hopper68

Winter Wonderland Photo69

Jacek Stefan70

Winter Wonderland Photo71

Winter Wonderland Photo72

Tristan Shu73

Winter Wonderland Photo74

Eleanor Rigby75

Winter Wonderland Photo76

*gjoa77

Winter Wonderland Photo78

Stephen Sellman79

Winter Wonderland Photo80

Gary Minish81

Winter Wonderland Photo82

Saul Santos Diaz83

Winter Wonderland Photo84

Michael Anderson11485

Winter Wonderland Photo86

Zeb Andrews87

Winter Wonderland Photo88

Adrienn Józan89

Winter Wonderland Photo90

Unknown91

Winter Wonderland Photo92

Dave Steers93

Winter Wonderland Photo94

Winter Wonderland Photo95

Unknown96

Winter Wonderland Photo97

~voorikvergeet98

Winter Wonderland Photo99

aniabeta100

Winter Wonderland Photo101

kkart102

Winter Wonderland Photo103

doberman4ik104

Winter Wonderland Photo105

Herman Cater106

Winter Wonderland Photo107

Peter Unterweger108

Winter Wonderland Photo109

Renata Lehmann110

Winter Wonderland Photo111

Avishek Anand112

Winter Wonderland Photo113

Last Click

Michael Anderson11485

Winter Wonderland Photo115

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/19/25-beautiful-examples-of-underwater-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/21/25-beautiful-macro-photography-shots-photos/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_fabulous/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_fabulous/93079859/in/set-209684/
  7. 7 http://sesjusz.deviantart.com/
  8. 8 http://sesjusz.deviantart.com/art/Winter-in-Poland-78104399
  9. 9 http://gnato.deviantart.com/
  10. 10 http://gnato.deviantart.com/art/winter-like-fall-76592908
  11. 11 http://1x.com/member/4879/leif-westling/
  12. 12 http://1x.com/photos/popular/day/20073/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicora/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicora/363030202/
  15. 15 http://seen.by/janina-kulcsar
  16. 16 http://seen.by/janina-kulcsar/nessie
  17. 17 http://seen.by/lao-coon
  18. 18 http://seen.by/lao-coon/winter
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/persnicketydame/3020625065/
  20. 20 http://flickr.com/photos/persnicketydame/3020625065/
  21. 21 http://doberman4ik.deviantart.com/
  22. 22 http://pheelfresh.deviantart.com/art/The-Winter-Storm-75326589
  23. 23 http://1x.com/member/5802/guido/
  24. 24 http://1x.com/photos/member/5802/19246/
  25. 25 http://joffo1.deviantart.com/
  26. 26 http://joffo1.deviantart.com/art/Winter-surprise-II-72413765
  27. 27 http://www.funtasticus.com/20071214/winter-photos/
  28. 28 http://www.funtasticus.com/20071214/winter-photos/
  29. 29 http://www.funtasticus.com/20071214/winter-photos/
  30. 30 http://www.funtasticus.com/20071114/picturesque-winter-images/
  31. 31 http://behindmyblueeyes.deviantart.com/
  32. 32 http://behindmyblueeyes.deviantart.com/art/Winter-colours-70575160
  33. 33 http://www.paivivalkonen.com/
  34. 34 http://www.paivivalkonen.com/p1053012727/h6e1e701#h22b1f56d
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/people/bianicastro/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bianicastro/2220694772/
  37. 37 http://www.folkbladet.nu/?p=124652
  38. 38 http://www.folkbladet.nu/?p=124652
  39. 39 http://www.folkbladet.nu/?p=124652
  40. 40 http://latimeria.deviantart.com/
  41. 41 http://latimeria.deviantart.com/art/winter-27713874
  42. 42 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/
  43. 43 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/art/Crater-Lake-Winter-58616472
  44. 44 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/art/Mountain-Graceful-59884526
  45. 45 http://pheelfresh.deviantart.com/
  46. 46 http://pheelfresh.deviantart.com/art/Goodbye-Winter-80438921
  47. 47 http://pheelfresh.deviantart.com/art/Uttakleiv-99330666
  48. 48 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/
  49. 49 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/art/Temple-of-Winter-58983275
  50. 50 http://1x.com/member/11158/ramonag/
  51. 51 http://1x.com/?viewpic=19787
  52. 52 http://nzeman.deviantart.com/
  53. 53 http://nzeman.deviantart.com/art/Winter-Icon-77222793
  54. 54 http://koksuel.deviantart.com/
  55. 55 http://koksuel.deviantart.com/art/winter-72933413
  56. 56 http://www.geocities.jp/deal_steal/winter
  57. 57 http://www.geocities.jp/deal_steal/winter
  58. 58 http://www.geocities.jp/deal_steal/winter
  59. 59 http://www.geocities.jp/deal_steal/winter
  60. 60 http://www.geocities.jp/deal_steal/winter
  61. 61 http://www.geocities.jp/deal_steal/winter
  62. 62 http://blog.andreas-manessinger.info/
  63. 63 http://blog.andreas-manessinger.info/2008/02/482-waiting-for-miracle.html
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/people/mshandro/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mshandro/2251999872/
  66. 66 http://www.treknature.com/members/shirgold/
  67. 67 http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Finland/North/Oulu/photo48070.htm
  68. 68 http://1x.com/member/5458/floyd-k-hopper/
  69. 69 http://1x.com/?userid=&from=20&to=40&series=&location=&tag=&equipment=&picname=&year=&date=&month=&day=&treshold=0&screeners=&category=&album=&free=winter&order=votes&searchname=&friends=&search=true&action=view&id=12974&size=L
  70. 70 http://1x.com/member/2580/jacek-stefan/
  71. 71 http://1x.com/?userid=&from=20&to=40&series=&location=&tag=&equipment=&picname=&year=&date=&month=&day=&treshold=0&screeners=&category=&album=&free=winter&order=votes&searchname=&friends=&search=true&action=view&id=11175&size=L
  72. 72 http://1x.com/?userid=&from=40&to=60&series=&location=&tag=&equipment=&picname=&year=&date=&month=&day=&treshold=0&screeners=&category=&album=&free=winter&order=votes&searchname=&friends=&search=true&action=view&id=11390&size=L
  73. 73 http://1x.com/member/10986/tristan-shu/
  74. 74 http://1x.com/photos/member/10986/19415/
  75. 75 http://gwarf.deviantart.com/art/The-Old-Man-38573434
  76. 76 http://gwarf.deviantart.com/art/The-Old-Man-38573434
  77. 77 http://joffo1.deviantart.com/
  78. 78 http://gjoa.deviantart.com/art/winter-60682275
  79. 79 http://sassaputzin.deviantart.com/
  80. 80 http://sassaputzin.deviantart.com/art/winter-longing-97064884
  81. 81 http://1x.com/member/7742/gary-minish/
  82. 82 http://1x.com/photos/member/7742/15916/
  83. 83 http://www.santossaul.com/
  84. 84 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4183243
  85. 85 http://www.michaelandersongallery.com/
  86. 86 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=7218824
  87. 87 http://www.bluemooncamera.com/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebandrews/2230418266/in/set-72157603828753902/
  89. 89 http://www.momentbeforefallingasleep.blogspot.com/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-adree/337557845/
  91. 91 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=97533
  92. 92 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=97533
  93. 93 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbsteers/
  94. 94 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbsteers/2130045532/
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbsteers/2130043874/
  96. 96 http://weheartit.com/entry/51606
  97. 97 http://weheartit.com/entry/51606
  98. 98 http://latimeria.deviantart.com/
  99. 99 http://voorikvergeet.deviantart.com/art/Winter-68462744
  100. 100 http://aniabeata.deviantart.com/
  101. 101 http://aniabeata.deviantart.com/art/Winter-on-the-city3-80859816
  102. 102 http://kkart.deviantart.com/
  103. 103 http://kkart.deviantart.com/art/Western-Winter-Serenity-74109113
  104. 104 http://doberman4ik.deviantart.com/
  105. 105 http://doberman4ik.deviantart.com/art/Classical-russian-winter-75289387
  106. 106 http://1x.com/member/3278/herman-cater/
  107. 107 http://1x.com/photos/member/3278/9956/
  108. 108 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35127493@N00/114072481/
  109. 109 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35127493@N00/114072481/
  110. 110 http://seen.by/renata-lehmann
  111. 111 http://seen.by/renata-lehmann/romantik
  112. 112 http://picasaweb.google.com/picsforavi/Himalayas?authkey=KopjH9Cj3xE#5272182980735355154
  113. 113 http://picasaweb.google.com/picsforavi/Himalayas?authkey=KopjH9Cj3xE#5272182980735355154
  114. 114 http://www.michaelandersongallery.com/
  115. 115 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=7182632
  116. 116 http://designerfied.com/10-amazing-photos-of-winter.html
  117. 117 http://www.treknature.com/themes.php?thid=701
  118. 118 http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Severe-cold-weather-photography
  119. 119 http://photography.about.com/od/takingpictures/a/coldweathrphoto.htm
  120. 120 http://www.takegreatpictures.com/HOME/Columns/Photo_Tips_-_Techniques/Details/Tips_For_Cold_Weather_Photography.fci
  121. 121 http://www.nyip.com/ezine/outdoors/coldtemps.html
  122. 122 http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html
  123. 123 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  124. 124 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  125. 125 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/19/25-beautiful-examples-of-underwater-photography/
  126. 126 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/21/25-beautiful-macro-photography-shots-photos/

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  1. 1

    Winter is beautiful !

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  2. 2

    isnt the 1st unknown one a xp default image? ^^

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  3. 3

    I needed cheering up, so thanks. They are stunning!

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  4. 4

    number 19 (Av Clara Lidström) and 52 (Unknown) were taken on the same street, from the same point of view, with the same snowflakes falling… I’d bet 52 is original and 19 photoshopped :)

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    Matthew Heidenreich

    November 23, 2008 4:01 pm

    Veryy nice list, think i may have a new background

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  7. 7

    oh my god i cold :)))

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  8. 8

    what is that white powder everywhere?

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  9. 9

    #1 e_anka is right. 52 by Unknown is just flipped horizontally & changed a little bit. I think it shouldn’t be on the list ;-)

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  10. 10

    photoshopped.

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  11. 11

    More web development – usability – page layout – etc.stuff. I click ads.

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  12. 12

    Great set!

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  13. 13

    what’s wrong with using photoshop? is part of digital photography, get over it, people.

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  14. 14

    4, 6 and 18 aren’t ‘special’ enough in my opinion. All the others make want to ride sleighs, drink hot choco and take long walks through open snowy countrysides :-)

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  15. 15

    i like *joffo 1 ;)

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  16. 16

    Can’t help but laugh at the phallic icicles of #4.

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  17. 17

    As always, very nice collection. But don’t you guys think it’s time to find another word other than ‘Beautiful’? No? Just going to keep using that word for every post? Ok, thats cool… way to be.

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  18. 18

    A few of them are IR photos and not truly ‘winter’ but very nice nonetheless!

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  19. 19

    really excellent and amazing images. very nice…….

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  20. 20

    Feeling Chill :-)
    Good Collection

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  21. 21

    nice post.. i like these photo…………

    thanks
    http://www.csshook.com

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  22. 22

    Feeling Chill & nice

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  23. 23

    Fantastique, un peu de rêve pour commencer la semaine, cool !!!

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  24. 24

    The photo of Eleanor Rigby is an IR shot. The rest not.

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  25. 25

    Thank you for showing one of my photos here :) Really beautiful collection.

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  26. 26

    Sesjusz’s one is infrared too. I think is part infrared (trees) and part not (street, field and grass). ;-)

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  27. 27
  28. 28

    Sesjusz’s one is infrared too.
    No it’s not…
    Nice collection! Brrr…

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  29. 29

    Wow, these are truly stunning images! These are getting me in the mood for Christmas already. I’m spoiled for choice as to which I’d like for my desktop ;)

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  30. 30

    An inspiration to get my DSLR camera out again…
    http://www.richescreative.co.uk

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    rossella sferlazzo

    November 24, 2008 3:23 am

    Very Nice Photos!! I’ s Christmas Time!!

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  32. 32

    Excellent pics!!! Very nice collection ….smashing rocks…

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  33. 33

    BeantownDesign.com

    November 24, 2008 3:43 am

    so cold… nice pics.. breathtaking views in some of them!

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  34. 34

    Hey guys… where are the Images !? i have to click on then to see it? my God!… let’s use pictures like it was before.. about the set.. nice ;)
    [ http://www.v8webdesign.com ]

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  35. 35

    Damn thats some nice image.. will use some as wallpaper here.
    thanks

    Webdesign

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  36. 36

    I have said this before…
    Most color pictures just seem to punch you in the face with a contrast festival.
    Black and white are much better.
    Question: Is contrast becoming a standard to make pictures stand out ?

    1
  37. 37

    “Founded in September 2006, Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information for designers and Web developers”

    How exactly are photos useful and innovative information for web designers? I appreciate a good photo as much as anyone else, but I have actual photography sites I visit when I want to look at those.

    Maybe Smashing should open up SmashingPhotographs.com. Top 50 photos alongside jQuery scripting just doesn’t make sense.

    -1
  38. 38

    Christian Menniss

    November 24, 2008 5:47 am

    Amazing photos, an inspiration to dig out the DSLR. Not as many IR photos as I thought there would be.

    -1
  39. 39

    @jon
    Did you never heard of inspiration or using bits for illustration?

    Diversity is key! Keep up the good work!

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  40. 40

    Aleksandr Bublienko

    November 24, 2008 8:04 am

    Very beautiful photos!

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  41. 41

    #6 leszek – in my opinion 52 by unknown is original, and 19 is flipped and photoshopped. You can see it in the details ( darker, more blurred, less detail, blurred wall on the right side of the photo – where on 52 is some broken branch of the tree or vine, removed horizontal bars from lanterns, removed the girl with umbrella – but still part of umbrella shadow can be seen on the right side of the photo :)
    I don’t mind using photoshop to postprocess my photos. I do mind using photoshop to take someone else’s photo, change it and display as my own, without crediting photo’s author.

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  42. 42

    Yes! It does make country proud, home very so. I like!

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  43. 43

    19 is def. photoshopped. Drag both images off and open in photoshop and they align perfectly.

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  44. 44

    Thanks for sharing! I should change my background for the Christmas coming…Link[http://www.xmas9.com]

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  46. 46

    Nice pictures but I find them more frustrating than anything else – why are they all such low resolution? Monitors get bigger all the time.

    I am in need of beautiful wallpapers at least 3360 x 1080, thus I wont be keeping an eye on any of the artists mentioned here :(

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  47. 47

    To those whining that this isn’t webdevelopmentstuff …

    ” i n s p i r a t i o n ” ;p

    And besides , I believe every self respecting web designer should be abled to take decent pictures as any self respecting web designer wouldn’t dare use pictures he didn’t make by himself :p

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  48. 48

    Just the right time to post something like this…. ;-)
    I love the “Last click” though it seems so unreal!

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  49. 49

    great photos, like always! but i only see one person in ski in a photo. around here everyone skis and snowboards, we should see more of those sometime =D

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  50. 50

    Here’s my version:

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