Road and Street Signs Part 5

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest1 by the readers of Smashing Magazine. We received over 2,500+ photos from our readers across the globe, and present a selection of the most interesting photos in the overview below.

The topic of this gallery is Road and Street signs. A big group of signs that direct and inform the flow of people passing by on the roads of the world. Please notice: each photo has a certain license, provided in the description of the photo. Before using the images for private or commercial projects, make sure that the license allows you to do so. Also, you can click on the photos for a larger preview.

Please feel free to take a look at other submissions as well (links to other galleries are listed in the end of this gallery).

Road / Street Signs

The unseen beauty of motorcycle park area

The unseen beauty of motorcycle park area [ large preview2 ]
"Beauty at sign." Photo taken by Jestony S. Baylon3 from Philippines.

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Old french street on film

Old french street on film [ large preview5 ]
"Street sign in the medieval French town Trefort on a push processed TriX film." Photo taken by Julien Soubrier from Australia.

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Time Square signage and adverts

Time Square signage and adverts [ large preview7 ]
"Time Square signage, lights and billboards." Licensed: No commercial use. Photo taken by Nacho San Nicolás López from Spain.

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Wet Dog Walk

Wet Dog Walk [ large preview9 ]
"A dog walk sign in Malaga, Spain." Photo taken by Jelena Porovic from Canada.

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State & Lake

State & Lake [ large preview11 ]
"Signage in Chicago, IL." Licensed: Lisa and Camera. By Lisa Finholm12 from USA.

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Valley of the Gods

Valley of the Gods [ large preview14 ]
"I.wander.photography." Photo taken by Tracey L. Warner15 from An abandoned bed & breakfast at Valley of the Gods, Utah.

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John OGroats 1

John OGroats 1 [ large preview17 ]
"Angled photo of John O’Groats Sign." Photo taken by Andrew Kemp2118 from UK.

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John OGroats 2

John OGroats 2 [ large preview20 ]
"Photo of John O’Groats Sign Straight on." Photo taken by Andrew Kemp2118 from UK.

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Busking

Busking [ large preview23 ]
"Sign for street artists and singers." Licensed: CC-BY-SA 3.0. By Luya Tshimbalanga24 from Canada.

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Hula Crossing Brandywine Delaware

Hula Crossing Brandywine Delaware [ large preview26 ]
Photo taken by dddundus from USA.

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Drain square

Drain square [ large preview28 ]
"Drain-square." Photo taken by Mikkel Schebye Johnsen29 from Denmark.

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Ecuador Sign, Ecuador

Ecuador Sign, Ecuador [ large preview31 ]
"This photo shows both the coordinates of the location, as well as the actual line passing below the sign to mark the equator, or “The Middle of the World” as they call it in Ecuador." Photo taken by Tessa K. Marmion from USA.

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Hati Hati !

Hati Hati ! [ large preview33 ]
"These signs mean: Watch out! We’ve got a project going on here !" Photo taken by Ralph de Pagter3734 from Netherlands.

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Slippery Sign

Slippery Sign [ large preview36 ]
"Such creative use of a simple sign deserves much attention." Photo taken by Ralph de Pagter3734 from Netherlands.

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Gofuckubashi

Gofuckubashi [ large preview39 ]
"Driving back to Yokohama from Tokyo. Say it out loud." Photo taken by John Lang from USA.

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Ausfahrt

Ausfahrt [ large preview41 ]
"Ausfahrt = german for exit." License: CC BY. Photo taken by Florian Bätz from Germany.

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Australian Clean Sky

Australian Clean Sky [ large preview43 ]
"Art festival in Western Australia." Photo taken by Olga Erycheva from Russia.

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Bad Luck at the Cross Walk

Bad Luck at the Cross Walk [ large preview45 ]
"Taken while backpacking in Voss, Norway." By Laura Convesre46 from USA.

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Bailey Road Signpost

Bailey Road Signpost [ large preview48 ]
By Sonia Sanassy49 from UK.

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Ban for Shopping Cart 1

Ban for Shopping Cart 1 [ large preview51 ]
"The photo shows an street sign which forbids to pass with shopping carts." License: Free. By Michael Shaw5552 from Germany.

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Ban for Shopping Cart 2

Ban for Shopping Cart 2 [ large preview54 ]
"The photo shows an street sign which forbids to pass with shopping carts." License: Free. By Michael Shaw5552 from Germany.

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Bangkok Streets

Bangkok Streets [ large preview57 ]
"Taken on a trip through thailand." By Wade Abel58 from Canada.

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Drunken parking signs

Drunken parking signs [ large preview60 ]
"Strangely aligned parking signs seen in Belgrade’s center." License: CC BY-NC-ND. By Marko Rosic61 from Serbia.

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Berlin Street Signs

Berlin Street Signs [ large preview63 ]
"Street signs in Berlin-Kreuzberg, with the characteristic German ‘eszett’ and several ‘tz’ ligatures." License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/. By Florian Hardwig64 from Germany.

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Beware, polar bears !

Beware, polar bears ! [ large preview66 ]
"Photo taken near Longyearbyen in Svalbard (or Spitzbergen), Norway, in October 2009. This photo shows the non attention paid to the sign, as the lady runs towards the land, where the bears are, as the sign says to beware of polar bears “In the entire Svalbard”." By Brian MathÈ67 from France.

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Signs to far destinations

Signs to far destinations [ large preview69 ]
"Signs to destinations all over the world in Gran Canaria." License: Creative Commons by-nc. By Misel Radosavac70 from Germany.

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Street signage

Street signage [ large preview72 ]
"Picture taken in Bucharest, representing a regular street signage." By Alexandra Haret73 from Romania.

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Home for rash drivers

Home for rash drivers [ large preview75 ]
By Mayur Mutha827976 from India.

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The basic need

The basic need [ large preview78 ]
"Demand increasing with prices too." Photo taken by Mayur Mutha827976 from India.

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Follow or else you busted

Follow or else you busted [ large preview81 ]
"Few follow this, and many get busted." Photo taken by Mayur Mutha827976 from India.

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Nature Walk

Nature Walk [ large preview84 ]
"Noticed this slightly neglected sign in Juva, Finland." Licensed: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND. By Matias Korhonen85 from Finland.

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Some signboard will missguide u

Some signboard will missguide u [ large preview87 ]
"The signboard in the this photo says that you cannot take a left but the freshly installed singal lap indicating we can take a left. This type of missguiding signboard do apear only in India." Photo taken by Subin Selva88 from India.

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Miami highway marker

Miami highway marker [ large preview90 ]
"Miami Highway – USA." Photo taken by Giovanni Gonzalez from Spain.

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Crossing

Crossing [ large preview92 ]
"Photo taken at Stockyard Blvd. in Fort Worth, TX." Photo taken by Eric Borja9693 from USA.

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Sister cities

Sister cities [ large preview95 ]
"Photo taken at Fort Worth Stock Yards in Fort Worth, TX." Photo taken by Eric Borja9693 from USA.

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Sunnyside Squares 01

Sunnyside Squares 01 [ large preview98 ]
"Image of dilapidated signage in Sunnyside, Queens." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives. By Jim Brown99 from USA.

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No habitat for pelicans

No habitat for pelicans [ large preview101 ]
"Sign on the LA river showing “Los Angeles River” along with a picture of a pelican. The thing is, there are never any pelicans on or around the man-made LA river." Licensed: www.artsytouch.com. By Joe Z.102 from USA.

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Traveler

Traveler [ large preview104 ]
"I took this snap at Darjeeling, a beautiful hill station in India, when an old man was on morning walk." Photo taken by Dibyendu Dey Choudhury from India.

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Bon Voyage sign in a Malagasy village

Bon Voyage sign in a Malagasy village [ large preview106 ]
"The bon voyage sign are found in a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Antoetra inhabitated by the Zafimaniry tribe, who are known for their wooden craft and their unique houses. The photos have been taken this year during my three week trip through Madagascar." Photo taken by Silvia Cano Garcia107 from Spain.

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Masked

Masked [ large preview109 ]
"A highway in works." Photo taken by Sergio Oraa Alcalá from Spain.

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Emschergenossenschaft

Emschergenossenschaft [ large preview111 ]
"A sign of the “Emschergenossenschaft." By Christian van Elten112 from Germany.

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Honking Is Bad

Honking Is Bad [ large preview114 ]
"This was taken in New York City. From the looks of it at the intersection of Tillary St. and Jay St.." By Devin Clark115 from USA.

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Arabic Recycling

Arabic Recycling [ large preview117 ]
"We all know the recycling man sign, but did you know Arabs have their own." By Jeroen Panjer118 from The Netherlands.

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Austria Border

Austria Border [ large preview120 ]
"The austrian border behind the mountain zugspitze in the alps." By Albert Augustin121 from Germany.

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South Road

South Road [ large preview123 ]
"Taken at sunset while while going to Toledo, Cebu in a moving car with Nikon D70 DSLR." By Jose Russel Samante124 from Philippines.

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Mirador (lookout) sign near Salta Argentina

Mirador (lookout) sign near Salta Argentina [ large preview126 ]
"A completely redundant sign in front of a dramatic vista!" Licensed: Permission for use by Smashing Magazine is granted. By Paul Juniper127 from Australia.

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Portage and main

Portage and main [ large preview129 ]
"Directing drivers through one of the best known intersections in Canada. Notice bilingual signage to the right." Photo taken by Joralyn Zaballero from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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Sign with no clarity

Sign with no clarity [ large preview131 ]
"Speed-breaker sign with leaves covering the board which can result in an accident." Photo taken by Sitanshu Nath132 from India.

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Sign shadow

Sign shadow [ large preview134 ]
"Taken in the end of 2007, in the old centre of Cluj Napoca city. The shadow sits on a wall of a musical school." Photo taken by Daniel Valcelean from Romania.

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Man at work

Man at work [ large preview136 ]
"Man at work in Bratislava." Photo taken by Mario Poje137 from Croatia.

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Kolonbastak peak

Kolonbastak peak [ large preview139 ]
"A part of Alborz Mountain with above 4100m height, Kolon Bastak Peak in left of the picture with 4200m height." Licensed: © Payam Hamzei. By Payam Hamzei140 from Iran.

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Nailed street Sign

Nailed street Sign [ large preview142 ]
"The old street Sign was nailed to a tree, standing on private ground. The Street also included only this house and ended right after it. So it has actually only decorative qualities." Photo taken by Johannes Heynold143 from Germany.

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Where am I?

Where am I? [ large preview145 ]
"Photo shotted on Rome. It speaks by himself." Licensed: If you want to use this picture, be my guest, just warning me, thanks. By Luiz Fernando de Souza Pinto146 from Brazil.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - where-i-am147

Aladdin

Aladdin [ large preview148 ]
"Flying Carpet street!!! (USA)." Photo taken by Chris Purnell149 from UK.

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Thank you!

Thanks to all participants for taking their time for preparing and sending submissions for the contest and creating a unique and diversified gallery presented above. We truly appreciate and respect your efforts and your time, folks!

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