Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: January 2011


We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost two years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

As the new year begins, we will continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration for the next 12 months. This post features 65 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for January 2011. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper and
  • You can feature your work in our magazine2 by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

Update: you may be interested in Smashing Magazine January 2011 Windows 7 Theme (calendar)3 and Smashing Magazine January 2011 Windows 7 Theme (no calendar)4.

So what wallpapers have we received for January 2011?

Creative Chocolate

"January is a very cold month and it’s a perfect season to drink an hot chocolate. Even better if it’s a Creative Chocolate!" Designed by Fabrizio Venanzi5 from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 20116


"And the winner is: January 2011! All the best for the new year!" Designed by Marco Palma from Italy/Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 201122

A Handy New Year

"Being Designers we tend to use our hands a lot, in order to portray our most basic feelings onto a Calendar we substitute the numbers with our hands." Designed by siewhui38 from Singapore.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 201139

On the ground

Designed by Nathalie Ouederni7943 from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 201144

Frozen World

"When it is too cold outside you feel like the whole world is frozen…" Designed by Rumena Zlatkova35356 from Bulgaria.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 201157


Designed by Nathalie Ouederni7943 from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 201180

Resolution Bottle

Designed by Tim Fritz from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 201192

Icy Tree Smashing

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov104 from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011105

Drupal 7 is coming

"More beautiful than ever!" Designed by Jaro Mlkvy827125 from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011126

Silver Winter

Designed by Violeta Dabija136 from Moldova.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011137

Quiet Please

Designed by Diana Samoila151 from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011152

Creepy Forest

"The cold, rainy winter carries with it a surreal, gloomy and threatening ambience…" Designed by Ron Gilad162 from Israel.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011163

Little Gizmo

"Little Gizmo would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year." Designed by Mad Sprocket179 from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011180

Winter Fun

"Winter is the greatest time to walk, ski, play snowballs and have fun with friends." Designed by cheloveche.ru192 from Russia.

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Winter Light

Designed by Patr’cia Segade205 from Portugal.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011206


"I wanted to convey something wintery, but still joyful, to keep me upbeat when I start up my laptop every chilly morning." Designed by Steph Struthers from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011218

Winter’s Warmth

"Although England’s winter has been very, very cold – it’s also been bright and colourful. I can’t remember seeing so many outrageously “warm” sunsets. Definitely not going to complain. This was actually taken on Christmas Day. Woohoo! Happy 2011 to you all. :)" Designed by Sasha Bell230 from England, UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011231

Lost in Winter’s Fog

"One of the most beautiful things about winter is the thick, dense fog we so often get. Sometimes it’s so bad you can’t see 100 yards in front of you. It’s maddening but beautiful at the same time. Happy 2011!" Designed by Olivia Bell245 from England, UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011246

Winter Forest

"Happy New Year!" Designed by Oxana Kostromina260 from Poland/Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011261

Hazy dawn

"I’ve always created wallpapers for my own use. This time I share one of them with you!" Designed by Agnese Ločmele283 from Latvia.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011284

Love out of Focus

Designed by Sara Duan.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011316

Snow Goggles

"Perfect Powder day at Zwšlferhorn (St. Gilgen, Austria)" Designed by Maroni Gschwandtner338 from Austria.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011339

In the Snow

"Hidden beauty in the snow." Designed by Rumena Zlatkova35356 from Bulgaria.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011354


"”Be careful – You won’t know which kind of people you will meet. There are good, evil, intrigue, etc. Open your eyes big while seeing the big and awesome world.” – Juanita OMFª" Designed by Juanita Ooi945516366 from London, UK (Originally Malaysia).

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011367

Going Home

"Peaceful scenery around my hometown in winter." Designed by Alexander Franzelin374 from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011375

Frost Bitten

"A collaboration between two sisters. One’s a photographer and the other is a designer." Designed by Denise Johnson and Sharleen Heist391 from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011392

New Decade

"It’s time to welcome New Year’s 2011 – and say a fond goodbye to 2010.New Year is expected to bring good luck and charm for people and this is the reason why everybody love to celebrate it with fun and enjoyment.I designed this wallpaper to welcome the new year and show the Transition between the two years." Designed by Neelam Asrani408 from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011409

Twisted Winter

"A cold, vacant, and erie scene of tangled branches. Enjoy!" Designed by Colin Oakes421 from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011422

Hello 2011

"An old rotary phone breaking out of 2 old polaroid photos." Designed by Kristen Cook from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011444

Smashing January

"My journey of 2011 starts with Smashing Magazine" Designed by Marina Aftab456 from Pakistan.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011457

New Year, New Goals

"A New Year means a New Start! Get out and do something this year that impresses yourself." Designed by WaltWinchel479 from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011480

Yeti weekends

"The winter sports season has arrived, beware with the deadly Yeti." Designed by joaomalveiro from Portugal.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011492

Lost Wiseman

"I Decided to make a little joke with the 3 wiseman, so I made them lost,so insted they’re in the desert they’re in a snow region." Designed by Rui Madeira from Portugal.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011504


"”Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard – I am who I am. I am myself. I don’t want to be anyone else. I am unique.” – Juanita OMFª" Designed by Juanita Ooi945516366 from London, UK (Originally Malaysia).

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011517

A Door to a New Year

Designed by Christine Bradway524 from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011525

Dear Diary

Designed by Maggi Giovanni from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011555

Bull fight, the ancient sport of heroes

"Bull fighting, called as Jallikattu is an ancient traditional sport in which young Indian men wrestle bulls with their bare hands. This hand drawn picture depicts the spirit of the gutsy game." Designed by Narendar . N565 from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011566

Winter Light

"I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year!" Designed by Nathalie Ouederni606 from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011607

CMYK 2011

"CMYK and Prinitng elements" Designed by Sherif Saleh619 from Egypt/France.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011620

Smashing 2011

"A smashing 2011!" Designed by Minhaj Mohamed633 from Sri Lanka.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011634

2010 memories

"2010 Memories : As the year 2010 approaches its last few days, it’s time to look back on the previous 12 months. All 2010 photos.646" Designed by Sahra Tamo647 from Syria.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011648

Global Greetings

Designed by Sarah Hufkens660 from Belgium.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011661

New life

"Forget all bad memories,welcome something new in our lives…" Designed by Nishith673 from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011674

Purple Dze

"The fog that clouds our thoughts on those rainy winter days." Designed by Nicole Dominguez686 from United States.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011687

New Life

"I wish you an Happy New Year! After 12 months of events, emotions, moments, it’s time to restart and continue from the end. Hope everyone has the opportunity to grant his dreams!" Designed by Davide Reppucci702 from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011703


"Happy New Year :)" Designed by Marta Miazek717 from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011718

Snow Walk

"My dog enjoying the first snowfall at the terrace. After the first walk, she tried to eat the snow." Designed by Luis Herrero Jimenez734 from Spain.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011735

Tea and Tiles

Designed by Pietje Precies747 from The Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011748

New Year Celebration

Designed by Maggiey764 from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011765

Silent Love

Designed by Han Htut Zaw779 from Myanmar.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011780


"An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury." Designed by Pedro Nobre from Portugal.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011792

Smashing Magazine 2011

"Celebrate a new year with a smash!" Designed by knsqnt interactive802 from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011803

Get started with drupal 7

"Drupal 7: the best version of Drupal yet!" Designed by Jaro Mlkvy827125 from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011828

Symbol of Love

"Let the coming new year be a start for One love of the world. Humans across all the countries love each other without any difference. With an open heart stop the wars and welcome peace and love between individuals. The Taj mahal which stands as a symbol of eternal love be taken as an inspiration and join the peace for human." Designed by Mohamed rafi838 from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011839

Communion Cups & Someone’s Coat

Designed by Brad Cerasani859 from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011860


"Lumanti is nepali word which means remembrance. Rememberence of year 2010, every small to big things, sadness to happiness, and our every moment of 2010." Designed by Moksha Design Studio872 from Nepal.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011873

International 2011

"We love typography and we’ll love the year 2011." Designed by LOTUM893 from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011894

Another Chance

"Hope for the coming year." Designed by Kellie Gave from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011916

Wonderful Winter

"A great new year with these lovely deer!" Designed by Agnes Swart928 from The Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011929


"”Hold me tight. Smile to me. You are special. You are not like any of them out there. I feel comfortable with you. So please, hold me tight and never let go. Will you?” – Juanita OMFª" Designed by Juanita Ooi945516366 from London, UK (Originally Malaysia).

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011946

Join in next month!

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month953!

What’s your favorite?

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below! Wishing you a smashing Two-Thousand Eleven, guys!

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  1. 1

    awesome collection.. nice!

  2. 2

    Happy New Year to all readers of SM.

    As always a superb collection.

    SM keep rocking in 2011

  3. 3

    Thank you very much for posting my 2010 memories calendar, Smashing Magazine. It is quite an honour to be included in such a talented selection of wallpapers.

    Happy new year :)

  4. 4

    I like Lumanti. great.

  5. 5

    Wow – what a huge collection, but very beautiful. I can’t say I have a favourite, they’re all stunning! Love the thumbs up/down you have added, Smashing Mag!

    Thank you very much for including my wallpaper in this post. I feel very privileged – have a great year everyone. :)

  6. 6

    Yay! Thank you Smashing Magazine for posting my wallpaper “Winter’s Warmth” It is so lovely to see such a wide variation of snow wallpapers!

    Many thanks again and have a great 2011!

  7. 7

    Thanks for selecting my calender to be featured!
    I like all, my favourites are: One/2011, A Handy New Year, Silver Winter (wonderful), Winter’s Warmth, A Door to a New Year, Bull fight, the ancient sport of heroes, Tea and Tiles, Silent Love (!!!).
    Happy New Year!

  8. 10

    2011 mierda ya estamos en el superfuturo

  9. 11

    Happy New Year SM:)

    ”Snow Goggles” is perfect

  10. 12

    This is terrible!
    I know this is not “constructive criticism” but this is how I see it. I clicked “dislike” on every piece, because there’s nothing here I wish to see on my desktop.
    You should emphasize on quality over quantity. There are maybe one or two noteworthy designs here but they’re overwhelmed by the massive crap pile.

    I am not a troll, I bought your Smashing Book but… as days go by, I see this website worse and worse. And it’s a pity, because there’s also good content here…

    • 13

      I completely agree with this, there is not even a single creative one! Thumb down [SM]

    • 14

      Most are very good, some even very good, but there are also ones who are just plain bad!
      The party of 2011, thats not happy! Not to mention the crappy quality, I have seen better ones.

      Good to see most are brilliant and very beautiful.
      Happy new year everybody.

    • 15

      It’s not easy to say this in a nice way. But the vast bulk of this collection is very far from being of any real artistic or creative value. Most of it is really embarassing.

    • 16

      I agree. Usually I’m always able to find a couple that I really like in each month’s calendar collection, but despite there being 65 to choose from, there were only a few quality ones (severely restricting my choices), and the rest were…well, disappointing. I was very surprised to see 2 Drupal 7 calendars on here as well. I find myself asking, why would any non-Drupal user be interested in this?

    • 17

      I agree. I think i just put 2 positive rates this “month”:)

  11. 18

    I think they are all pretty. However, I don’t like the thumbs up, thumbs down feature. It’s rude.

    • 19

      I agree. People are really abusing this feature with their bitchiness.

    • 20

      I agree….People seem to be abusing “thumbs down”.. :(

      • 21

        Definitely… I guess that’s why Facebook only have “like”! Spread the love…

      • 23

        What makes you so sure people are abusing the “thumbs down” button? Did you ever stop to think (now this is going to sound totally crazy) that maybe, just maybe, the designs just aren’t that strong? Who do you know who has time to just jump on Smashing Magazine and hit all the thumbs down buttons for fun? Something tells me that (even if they’re “rude”) if the design is done well enough, folks are going to hit the thumbs up button. Am I missing something here?

    • 24

      I’m sorry, but what a bunch of whiny babies :)

      If you don’t want your work criticized, then don’t submit a wallpaper. Criticism is an extremely important piece of becoming a better designer. Removing the “thumbs down” just so the designer can “feel better” is only a way to let individuals continue on with the delusion that there designs are good. Whether it “feels good” or not is irrelevant, the truth of the matter is what counts, whether we “like” it or not.

      SM: Please do NOT do this great dis-service to growing the talent of designers by removing the thumbs down!

  12. 25

    My favourite is Twisted Winter. No doubt! Happy New Year!

  13. 27

    Ah, I wish I hadn’t been so busy this month, I’d have loved to design a wallpaper for January! In any case, a wonderful selection here. My personal favourite is “Door to a New Year”.

    Congrats on an awesome year Smashing Team, and a Happy New Year to all =]

  14. 28

    My fav was “Silver Winter”. Thanks so much to everyone who posts these wonderful wallpapers! Also noted — the new rating system in place now.

    I love many of the designs each month. Some months I use more than one. Thanks for the desktop wallpaper calendars! Love it!!

  15. 29

    But for two by my view, all the rest are simply lacking in creativity and “new” or “fresh” vision/eye. Not to be too harsh, but a 5-year old could have come up with as simple scenes, settings, graphics and images and used a vtech camera and done as well as almost all of these. Nice that SM has so many selections, though, keep that up. The vote up/down opportunity on the submissions is an excellent feature. Now for ability to make comment on each one in addition to below the fold would be much appreciated.

    Winter light and frozen world could have captured so much more in my opinion. There’s promise there, but neither delivered for me this time around.

    Snow goggles and Frost bitten could have been exceptional, but are just not all that. sorry there’s something there, but little risk-taking.
    the two with a unique vision:

    Hazy dawn Designed by Agnese Ločmele314 from Latvia.

    Tea and Tiles Designed by Pietje Precies709 from The Netherlands.

    • 30

      Thank you for commenting on ‘Frozen World’. Will try to challenge myself much more next time.

      In my opinion, ‘Symbol of Love’ has a good idea, but has become too eclectic. Mixing cultures and styles is never easy, so thumbs up for the effort :-)

      My personal favourite is Sasha Bell’s ‘Winter’s Warmth’. Keep up the good work!

    • 32

      Thank you for the comment! I appreciate it. One of my favorites, though, is “Winter Light” by Nathalie Ouederni. Beautiful colors!

    • 34
  16. 35

    Thanks SM for showing my contribution “One/2011″!
    I was really surprised to see it as the article-pic! Thx!!

    Congrats to all other designers for their awesome wallpapers!

  17. 36

    Love you SM! Thanks Friedman for posting my wallpaper “Bull fight, the ancient sport of heroes”.

    Here’s wishing you another Year of Super Success !

  18. 37

    I came here every month to take a wallpaper and use it on my laptop, but this month I see thumbs and I don’t like it because I think that detract merit to the aportation of each one of the contributors. For me every one of the wallpapers it’s beutiful and I dont think that put “like” or “dislike” it’s correct, thats my appreciation.

    Thank you for make my laptop happy… and I wish you a very very happy New Year 2011.

    Gaby a.k.a Gaviotita

    From San Luis Potosi, México.

    PS Sorry my english :o)

  19. 39

    My thanks to Vitaly and everyone at Smashing for all your efforts in making Smashing a great source of information and inspiration. Best of everything in the coming year.

  20. 40

    I’d probably suggest only allowing rating up, just like on Behance.

  21. 41

    i’ve used this site every month.. but this has got to be the WORST selection i have ever seen… i understand being creative with the “calendar”.. but some of us like the standard, Sunday on the left, Saturday on the right.

    • 42

      The standard calendar format varies between countries. For example, here in the UK the Monday to Sunday calendar is more usual.

  22. 43

    I love the yeti!!

  23. 44

    Very personal opinion: Not the best collection of wallpaper this time. :( was waiting for year end wallpaper collection, but…

    Hope will get to see some great wallpapers again, next month!

    love u and happy new year smashing!

  24. 45

    HI , I am really happy to see here my wallpaper is featured on
    Smashing magazine..Thanks to Smashing magazine Team. ;-)

    hi ” Rumena Zlatkova ” thanks for the Comment

  25. 46

    i’m soo glad to be part of it…Thanks for adding my “Samshing January”….. :-)

  26. 47

    love it all specially (2010 memories) .. it’s fresh, nice and new idea

    thank you SM for the amazing collection.

    Happy new year to all

  27. 52

    Its very nice ……


  28. 53

    happy new year ;)
    i like the idea of yeah or nay from the standpoint of the observer, but i’m not so sure i’d like a lot of nay votes :(
    could it just be yeah? then maybe the designer would not feel bad …
    anyway :)
    lovely choices, i made one also, but did not send it in – it takes me a long time to make 5 diff resolutions : /
    thanks for always giving us some nice things to look at!

  29. 54

    “A Door to a New Year” is simple but significant.
    Enough of these images of ice, cold, a result that
    can be taken for granted.
    Happy new year!!

  30. 55

    Happy new year 2011

    Thanks for wallpaper. Many thanks again and have a great 2011!

    Ux Revisions

  31. 56

    Purple Dze, Love Out of Focus and Silent Love all stood out, I felt.

  32. 57

    Love “One/2011″ and “On the ground”
    Ty for sharing d(^.^)z and happy new year!!!

  33. 59

    Syed Taha Hussain

    December 31, 2010 1:43 pm

    All are very nice……….(*_*)

  34. 60

    I agree with some of the others… pls consider ditching the thumbs up/down and replacing with like :)

  35. 61

    Beautiful Collection, all are fresh & new ideas.

    “Happy New Year to All”

  36. 62

    Wow there are so many wonderful wallpapers this month – great to ring in the new year with these lovely backgrounds!
    I downloaded eight to choose from, one of them – the Tea and Tiles – I downloaded that to base my kitchen remodel on, so not really to use as a wallpaper!
    Hello 2011 and then Twisted Winter would have to be my favorites. Hello 2011 is the one I am using *right now*.

    Happy new year to the world!

    • 63

      Thanks Heather for grabbing the wallpaper I made. Hopefully you will find a place for it on your desktop this month.

  37. 64

    The people who hated on the calendars should submit something of their own and see how bad they get bashed!

    Thank you for featuring my wallpaper!

    • 65

      It’s not bashing to offer constructive criticism to the designer/artist. I’ve said before anyone could go a few steps out of their residence and capture a closeup image and squeeze on a linear calendar. I view smashing as receiving something more than that. Most times they do. I don’t think the thumbs up or thumbs down is actually sufficient, alone. There should be a comment section right beneath each so praise can be heaped on or not. If that were in place, I’d have found something in each I could like, but I still would have opportunity to explain what was not liked or appreciated. For instance, not picking on this one, but New Life just didn’t deliver for the theme of the New Year. Yet, the promise is there in the juxtaposition of the year 2010 and 2011. The scene presents shadings of green and yellow surrounding both whereas 2010 should be disappearing if not appearing to shrink out of focus. Not attempting to ‘bash’ Symbol of Love, either. To most, I would think, love is not ‘surrounded’ by darkness. Love is light and one is lighthearted in love. What exactly in the design expresses hope for the world coming together when there is only one man standing alone? Maybe if the hot air ballon had a few tiny faces peeking out that would have added to the theme. The constructive criticism would include offering something like this: a touch of darkness somewhere with a symbol or two of war and hate, then gradations of light getting ever lighter as mankind reaches its full potential for peace and love. the theme for the New Year, casting off the misery in the world (we create ourselves) was excellent, the delivery not so much. I don’t mean to heart the artist’s feelings here, but Snow Walk to me just seemed a bit over the top. the poor dog didn’t even have ‘snow socks’ on its paws, and rather than looking free and awed in the new snow of the New Year, like my Siberian Husky always looked first time out, this little one looks pained. Had the designer captured a rare pawprint outside the deck that would have been awesome.

  38. 66

    Thanks for the effort people. 6 of the above appeal to me, possibly a record in the past few months.

    I would say that the quality actually improved this time round. Keep this going SM – and for those who submitted wallpapers, don’t be daunted by the thumbs-down!

  39. 67

    Tea & Tiles! Love it — wish the calendar was horizontal/linear instead of a block, but that’s just being picky. :)

  40. 68

    Thank you for all these beautiful wallpapers. Wish all Smashing Magazine readers and the team a very, very happy and prosperous new year 2011 :)

  41. 69

    I Dont like any wallpaper….. Missing something

    • 70

      Why Hetal? what is missing in there u want to add? for me i like Lost in Winter’s Fog..what’s your suggestion..

  42. 71

    I do enjoy some of them, but there are too many winter ones, I live in Australia, Right now its HOT. How about some southern hemisphere summer themed ones for us to enjoy as well.

  43. 72

    nice collection of wallpapers can’t wait to get to my MAC to download them :)

  44. 73

    WAW ! Great Collection ! thank you every body ! and happy new year for all :)

  45. 74

    Whats the reason for the no votes? The Yeah! should be enough. Has this become a competition?

  46. 75

    Superb collection
    thank you for putting my wallpaper in between
    Happy new year 4 everyone everywhere =)

  47. 76

    wow .. nice collection .. sad i was eliminated ..
    but instead of getting thumbs down .. happy that not getting listed in here..

  48. 77

    I love it!! Thank you

  49. 78

    Sandy Alvarez, ca, usa

    January 1, 2011 9:31 am

    I loved Silent Winter and Winter Fun. I saved several more for later in the month but those two were my favorites.

    I agree with most others writing today, please do away with the “thumbs down”. There are way too many reasons to push that button that have nothing to do with the charm of the wallpaper and it becomes hurtful instead of helpful.

  50. 79

    I love the Frozen World. Wait, I will give my thumbs-up vote first :D

  51. 80

    Thank you guys !!!!Happy New Year!IMy best wishes to you!!!:)

  52. 81

    Wow, thanks for posting so many! Lots to choose from. Glad Win7 has automatic rotation of wallpaper!

    It makes me feel sad to see people hating on the entries. I clicked on several thumbs up, but I don’t see any point in clicking thumbs down. Maybe you should just list how many downloads each one had.

  53. 82

    Thank you,Vitaly! Do you a wonderful Website. Do not get tired wonder your talent. Happy New Year!

  54. 83

    WOW, good stuff. Really LOVE Nike, but sadly unable to use it as my screen resolution is 1280×1024 :(

    • 84

      Jax I’m glad you like my wallapaper – I can email you this wallpaper in a resolution you need :)

  55. 85

    The photos taken by Olivia and Sasha Bell take absolutely no talent or effort whatsoever. All of their sites are themes as well. I’m not trolling, i’m just saying they just take random photos, put some effects on them and somehow get a place into SM’s post.

    • 86

      You’re right, I noticed that a long time ago. However, many believe that the Bell sisters are excellent photographers. If you’ll do a bit of research, you’ll find that there are serious accusations of Sasha copying someone else’s work, and blatantly at that.

  56. 87

    creepy forest is my fav

  57. 88

    Good… compilation…. Like that Drupal 7 Wallpapers … Also Happy New Year 2011 ..

  58. 89

    Why is the SmashingMag logo appearing on every one of them? If anything, it should be the original artists who deserve to have their name/brand on there.

    AFAIK, there is no contractual agreement made between SM and the artists (I’ve checked the upload form), which receive no compensation for their work (other than a link, which ought to be a given, and not a favor) to begin with.
    If I’m missing something here (other than “free exposure”, which, again…), please point it out in due manner.

    I’m a big fan of this site, but that kind of crowd-sourcing/product placement seriously ticks me off.


  59. 90

    Happy new year to all fellow designers!
    say; these are some nice wallpapers I love the Lost in Winter’s Fog (wow)

    If you’re hungry for some more wallpapers? I’d love to have you come over and check out some of mine! Enjoy!

  60. 91

    loved ‘Silent Love’….thank u and a happy new year :)

  61. 93

    Brad Cerasani: you just made my whole day. one of the prettiest iron & wine tunes around. :)

  62. 95

    I recommend SM team to leave thumbs up and remove thumbs down.
    There is no need to offend a wallpaper designer with thumb down if one did not like.
    It is also interesting to show rank of wallpaper according to the number of thumbs up.

  63. 97

    Some people thumb down for no reason. There are many kind of people out there. Sometimes it can be a hate or even jealousy, those with big egos etc. Thumbs up and down are ways people either choose to use fairly or abuse.
    In this case, I’m all for either removing both thumbs or only keeping the positive thumb.
    Wouldn’t it be clearly seen if one gets 10 thumbs up and another 100 thumbs up that the latter is much better?

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    Today I am sadly retiring December’s “Starleaves” which was so beautiful to view each day. Now, I have fallen for “Twisted Winter” by Colin Oakes of Canada. This is now my daily January Love. I was surprised to notice the thumbs up/down feature as I don’t recall seeing that in the past. I could never “thumbs down” any artistic endeavor! Thanks to ALL the artists for their offerings! Happy New Year!

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      Thanks a lot for choosing “Twisted Winter” as your January Wallpaper Mary, I really appreciate it.

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    I am for keeping thumbs up.
    Better to vote then saying “I liked such and such wallpapers” on comments.

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    At the moment I’m using Symbol of Love!

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    I made a 1920×1200 desktop wallpaper of my own, featuring star trails in Utah’s Bryce Canyon. Feel free to download and use it. :)

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    Lost in Winter’s Fog is the best

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    The logos in the middle of the wallpapers really detracts. Why would I want a tacky advertisement for Smashing Magazine on my desktop, detracting from a lovely wallpaper?

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    I am disappointed. I always try to find something inspirational and there’s nothing here.

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    lumanti is best and creative

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    Thanks for the feature Smashing!

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    I’m going to be super creative and switch the grid of Sunday-Saturday to a Monday-Sunday grid, or yet better, just put all the dates in one row without the 7-column grid.

    While I’m at it, I want to re-design the automobile wheels to be a pentagon cause it will be “creative” and “out-of-the-box” and design homes that have 5 ft ceilings because it’s “out there”.

    Those are fucking useless modifications that ruin the usability of otherwise beautiful artwork.

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      Most calendars in Europe start Monday as the first day. Creativity has nothing to do with it.

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    If you feature content like “Happy 2011″, how are we supposed to believe anything you say about design? Now this person can say “I was featured in Smashing Magazine”. Do you really want that?

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    I couldn’t care less about Wallpapers…
    Icon sets, Wallpapers and screensavers are soooo 2010

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    Dear Vitaly Friedman…!
    what a collection of 2011 wallpaper..very nice its amazing..impressive

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    this month rly nice wallpapers…..

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    The Handy New Year is my favourite!
    Pity it has no additional sizes!

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    What a great selection to kick off 2011 to creative start. Thanks to all the designers and Smashing Magazine!
    My personal favorities, Resolution Bottle, New Year, New Goals, Hello 2011 and Snowman.

    Happy New Year!

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    Nice picks from around the world!

    I love the composition of Treelights.

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    Many thanks for these beautiful choices and the stories behind them. Silent Love resonates as this moment. Blessings to these artists.

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    Good collection.
    BUT, PLEASE get rid of the stuff. Its slowing the site down.

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    wow …. i think i don’t need to worry about the desktop background any more :)

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    When I started to scroll through the top section all I thought was “Oh my God – so much Winter and snow and frost – - – get me out of here!” (In the southern hemisphere it’s SUMMER right now!!) – but then there were quite a few nice ones further down :D

    I downloaded ‘Silent Love’ for the first half of the month.

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    Happy New Year To All

    It is very nice and fell good and cold after watching.


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    Lovely collection.
    Beautiful wallpapers to decorate my desktop :)

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    Favorites on grounds of simplicity and neutral tone, making them most suitable for desktop wallpaper : “Drupal 7 is coming” and “Smashing Magazine 2011″.

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    Lovely collections. Loved the “Lumanti” typography.

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    Really great calendar wallpaper. I have personally hand picked them into collection of 50 wallpaper and uploaded on my sites in a single file. So, you don’t have to trouble yourself to download this wallpaper one after one.

    It is mediafire download link =)
    Check it out

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    Great Assortment on display!

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    Really nice once again.

    Anyway to get an archive for all those calendar each month ? So we don’t have to clic each picture to get them ? (maybe 1 big archive for all resolutions, or X archives for each one)

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    ‘Snow Walk’ is gorgeous, but it appears to be 2010?

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    ‘Symbol of love’ is awesome!! Very beautiful. Its a great display of wallpapers.

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    Just wanted to chime in and say that although some of the photography ones don’t take as long to ‘design’, they’re my favs. I really liked quite a few in this batch! Thanks!

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    Vey nice post, thank you

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    I usually like them all, not this time. I like a bit the second. But then, is a great compilation! You do an awesome job!

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    Icy Tree Smashing. Awesome

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    Excellent collection. I love the monthly wallpapers – they are so inspiring. As a graphic designer, I love being able to catch a glimpse of my desktop in between projects and gain inspiration from another artist.

    One suggestion though, can all of the files be assembled into one zip file each month for download? I generally download them all and have them rotate all month. It would be so much easier to have all the files in one download each month. Thanks for considering the suggestion.

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    just an awesome post…thanks for the share!!!!

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    How many more months in a row will the Bells be featured for? I’m getting rather tired of seeing the same sorts of pictures from them month in month out!

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    My favourite this month is definitely Silver Winter – love it! I also like Lost In Winter’s Fog.

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    I like this batch, especially since 1/5th of it isn’t reserved for the banal, repetitive work of the Bell sisters. Plz bring back thumbs down, I’d love to see some actual statistics as to how many people like and dislike each :)

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    I think all the designs are great. Sometimes less is more. I’m sure this is the first feature for many of these artists, myself included (“Hello 2011″). Constructive criticism is fine, but if you’re only going to badmouth us and say that they all suck, then go tell it to your mother, because no one else cares to hear it.
    Good job everyone. The negative comments probably only came from people who’s designs were rejected.

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    nice collections :)

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    cool site keep it up!

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    Thank all of you so much…i like all of them…so amazing…Thank you! Happy new year, guys!

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    Some really cool designs but they’re mostly focused on the northern hemisphere… In the South, January is actually a scorching hot month & it just doesn’t feel right to put up a wintery pic.. Otw some really great designs :)

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    It would be sooo nice to use some of the wallpaper but I have so many icons on my desktop I woludn’t see them :( Long live my good old blue background. Good job, designers :)

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    Fernando Perigolo

    January 4, 2011 3:35 am

    I real like “Hazy dawn”.

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    There are many beautiful, but for my desktop I’ve chosen “Frozen World”

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    Little Gizmo and Winter’s Fog were my favorites. I think these were better than December so I guess I’m in the minority here. Most of these would be beyond my abilities either technically or creatively so I can’t complain, great job everyone!

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    My favorite is “A Handy New Year,” but it doesn’t fit my screen size.

    I went with my second favorite, “Lost in Winter’s Fog.” Great selection this month!

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    Thanks smashing magazine(Vitaly in particular!)
    And happy new year to all you guys!

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    Thanks Smashing Magazine for posting my “Twisted Winter” wallpaper.

    Follow me: @OakesDesign

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    The Symbol of Love is my Fav ;o)

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    Wow, you’d think the entire planet earth froze over in January… I live in Australia. Enough said!

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    fantastic creation… i like very much

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    Loved the wallpaper titled One. Can’t wait for the next month’s lot!

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    I liked symbol of love most !!

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    wow… so many good ones this month!! i love the manipulated photos theme of many.. so hard to choose, i downloaded about 6 hehe. — excellent way to start the calendar year! :D

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    I’m addicted to this website. The wallpapers are awesome. I even share it with my work colleagues.

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    My favorite is silver winter (it is hard to choose). Love the “Thumbs Up/Down” feature.

    Stunning collection this month.

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    Stunning calendars. Happy New Year 2011 :-)

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    Awesome collection… My favorite is Resolution bottle…

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    Awesome Wallpaper . Very cool

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    Outstanding collection this month…now how am I going to decide which to use?

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    superb collection. I like “Symbol of Love” . Warm new year wishes to all.

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    All the wallpapers are awesome. The perfect graphics collection I have ever seen.

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    My personal favorites are Icy Tree Smashing, Twisted Winter and New Life (1st one) but they are all phenomenal. I selected Icy Tree Smashing to use as my wallpaper for January!

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    i think creepy forest was my favorite. would have loved to see some brighter stuff through here though- i feel like 2011 is going to such a bright time! sad seeming cozy winter scenes don’t really match how i’m feeling about this year so far, or do much to motivate me while i work around my desktop. i’m always grateful for the smashing picks each month, though, i have fun finding a desktop image for every month. hasta luego web-loving peeps, and happy new year to you!

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    Thanks again!
    Love the Yeti weekends :)

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    Fantastic collection! Great job!!

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    Lovely, New Year, New Goals & Creative Chocolate

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    Amazing calanders

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    Found about a half dozen that suit my tastes. I especially like the racing strip one (One/2011) near the beginning.

    But I am always annoyed by the Smashing logo. I don’t want the logo on my desktop and find it utterly unnecessary to include it on the wallpapers. Why not treat your loyal visitors by giving them logo-less wallpapers? Furthermore, sometimes the logo is really big, or poorly placed (such as on Frozen World).

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    Superb Ideas…..Great Concept.

    Resolution and New Year New Goals my Favorite

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    Thanks so much! I like them!^^

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    “Winter Light” was my favorite calendar for January. I check each month to pick which will go on my two monitors. What a creative and useful idea – Many people have been introduced to your site because of it.


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    Nice collection…I hadn’t had a chance (outta town, pc down, etc.) to get to these before now. Dl’d (and ‘thumbed up’ those)…enough to rotate a new one every hour of the day. Always surprised when so many chosen for smashing are simple photographs, even if lovely (though they do represent a large fraction of my dl’s). Would love to see more 3d-modeled ones. Interesting to see which ones have >/= (less than or equal) ~100 votes (some of my fave and least fave ones…these must be very ‘niche’); ones with more votes I mostly agree with, but not universally. Thanks again for all your work; another ‘smashing’ collection!

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    “Symbol of Love” is awesome.
    Great work from an Indian.
    Proud to be an Indian.


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    I like the ones without snow, and my faces are Hazy Dawn and Tea and Tiles. Nice work!

    ETA: Tea and Tiles is a bit too busy for me; the words under my icons get lost, which is a pity because I liked it a lot.

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    Silent Love by Han Htut Zaw is my fav i put it on my monitor a few days ago and it just inspires me, its Summer here in Australia and this is just perfect, thankyou!

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    I like this type of wallpaper,So i used every month smashingmagazine wallpaper

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    Hi, Nice work! I used Smashing magazine walls all the time on my desktop! but I don’t know why they are mostly girly!

    keep up

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    not ayoba! crappy range!

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    I like love out of foucus

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    My favorite is Quiet Please!
    Love the colours. A great way to start the new year!

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    Beautiful collection.

    Suggestion: A ‘back to school’ or ‘first day at school’ theme would have been wonderful as well. Not many backgrounds in that theme.

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    Awesome…. !!! Fantastic collections…. BIG Thanks for designers….

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    Dear Designers: Not everyone wants a calendar on their desktop wallpapers (I’m lookin’ at YOU, Juanita Ooi!). For the love of crepes, make a “no calendar” version!


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    You know that half world is on summer, right?

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    Thumbs up for Lumanti!

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    Good.thanks a lot

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    Great job again! BIG Thanks

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    Very Good Collection Calendar 2011

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    great work Mohamed rafi for “Symbol of Love”

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    Nice collection

    Interior paint

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    awesummmmm work..i like all most all the wall papers..:)

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    Gostei bastante da coleção, mas faltou fundos de verão, chuvas….aqui no Brasil esta bem quente!!!!
    Sempre vejo este site, sou apaixonada por design!!!Parabéns!!!hehehe

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    Thanks so much for these monthly calendars. For January, I’m using “New Year, New Goals” for its clean design and its calendar which starts on Sunday. I always choose the nicest design that’s got a traditional calendar beginning with Sunday and ending with Saturday. :-)

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    Hi! Just letting you know I love, love, love “Silent Love” it’s staying for awhile! Everytime I open my laptop it makes me smile. I love the beach and at this time of year I really need a happy place to get away from the cold, dreary days of winter! How do you find out the artist? I want to see more of their work…. :)

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    The “Silver winter” is my fav~~~ Lovely work!

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    very nice artwork. lots of hard work. love the chocolate January calender !

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    nice site

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    what a nice pics

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    beautful picture and very nice lucation

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    khurram waseem khan

    November 20, 2011 1:44 am

    amazing & quite different images ..exceptional ..
    good job smashinmagzines team..


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