This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest 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).
Old french street on film [ large preview ]
"Street sign in the medieval French town Trefort on a push processed TriX film." Photo taken by Julien Soubrier from Australia.
Time Square signage and adverts [ large preview ]
"Time Square signage, lights and billboards." Licensed: No commercial use. Photo taken by Nacho San Nicolás López from Spain.
Wet Dog Walk [ large preview ]
"A dog walk sign in Malaga, Spain." Photo taken by Jelena Porovic from Canada.
Hula Crossing Brandywine Delaware [ large preview ]
Photo taken by dddundus from USA.
Ecuador Sign, Ecuador [ large preview ]
"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.
Gofuckubashi [ large preview ]
"Driving back to Yokohama from Tokyo. Say it out loud." Photo taken by John Lang from USA.
Ausfahrt [ large preview ]
"Ausfahrt = german for exit." License: CC BY. Photo taken by Florian Bätz from Germany.
Australian Clean Sky [ large preview ]
"Art festival in Western Australia." Photo taken by Olga Erycheva from Russia.
Berlin Street Signs [ large preview ]
"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 Hardwig from Germany.
Beware, polar bears ! [ large preview ]
"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 MathÈ from France.
Some signboard will missguide u [ large preview ]
"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 Selva from India.
Miami highway marker [ large preview ]
"Miami Highway – USA." Photo taken by Giovanni Gonzalez from Spain.
No habitat for pelicans [ large preview ]
"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. from USA.
Traveler [ large preview ]
"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.
Bon Voyage sign in a Malagasy village [ large preview ]
"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 Garcia from Spain.
Masked [ large preview ]
"A highway in works." Photo taken by Sergio Oraa Alcalá from Spain.
Mirador (lookout) sign near Salta Argentina [ large preview ]
"A completely redundant sign in front of a dramatic vista!" Licensed: Permission for use by Smashing Magazine is granted. By Paul Juniper from Australia.
Portage and main [ large preview ]
"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.
Sign shadow [ large preview ]
"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.
Nailed street Sign [ large preview ]
"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 Heynold from Germany.
Where am I? [ large preview ]
"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 Pinto from Brazil.
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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