Warning and Danger Signs Part 1

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 Warning and Danger signs, signs that grab the attention of bystanders and alert them to any dangers ahead with their explicit content. 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).

Warning / Danger signs

Big Sur Warning

Big Sur Warning [ large preview2 ]
"A warning sign in Big Sur, California." Photo taken by Aled Evans3 from UK.

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Bad Dog

Bad Dog [ large preview5 ]
"Watch Out! Bad Dog! – sign on the fence." Created by Magdalena Kuczaba from Poland.

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Exclamation Point

Exclamation Point [ large preview7 ]
"Sign in Beijing warning people to beware of what’s ahead." Photo taken by Andy Phillips8 from USA.

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High voltage

High voltage [ large preview10 ]
"A warning sign in an Indian train." Photo taken by Harald Krefting11 from United Kingdom.

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Warning no drugs

Warning no drugs [ large preview13 ]
"An public service notice in a popular party district." License: All rights reserved. Photo taken by Gareth Shapiro14 from England.

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Wireless warning

Wireless warning [ large preview16 ]
"Warning sign close to the microwave transmition experiment in Juelich, Germany." Photo taken by Michael Komm17 from Czech republic.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - wireless-warning18

Piso Molhado

Piso Molhado [ large preview19 ]
"A signage to warn people about dry floor." Photo taken by Dinara Lima20 from Brazil.

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Do not climb

Do not climb [ large preview22 ]
"Taken in Taiwan. A sign to warn people to not climb the walls of the cave." Photo taken by Soh Hui Shian Sandy from Singapore.

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Danger stairs

Danger stairs [ large preview24 ]
"Signs for a hidden, and dangerous, stairs (! in the same angle)." Photo taken by Rik Verhagen25 from The Netherlands.

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Belgian Danger

Belgian Danger [ large preview27 ]
"Shot near Brussels, Belgium. “Gevaar” means “danger”, although it’s unclear what’s so dangerous and the sign is so small that it’s more likely to cause danger than to avert it." License: CC-SA. Photo taken by Jeroen Roos28 from the Netherlands.

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De preferencia vivo

De preferencia vivo [ large preview30 ]
"Little picture taked in a dangerous cross of 4 streets in mexico city, the angry car talks by itself." Photo taken by Erick Gabriel Aguilar LÛpez31 from México.

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Steep Hahnenkamm

Steep Hahnenkamm [ large preview33 ]
"Hahnenkamm Ski Slope in Kitzbuhel, Austria." Photo taken by Gary Toriello3734 from USA.

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Achtung [ large preview36 ]
"Rendl Ski Slope in Zermatt, Switzerland." Photo taken by Gary Toriello3734 from USA.

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Car danger

Car danger [ large preview39 ]
"Car danger information sign in front of the sea. Seems to be quite obvious?." Licensed: All copyrights: Vincent Zaugg. Photo taken by Vincent Zaugg40 from Switzerland.

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Danger Fragile Roof

Danger Fragile Roof [ large preview42 ]
"University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Public safety sign in Building.." Designed by Navaneethan Shan from UK.

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Danger men working

Danger men working [ large preview44 ]
"You better watch out! Photo was taken in 2010 in NYC." Photo taken by Stefan Vogel45 from Germany.

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Danger [ large preview7347 ]
Photo taken by Prathamesh Parab48 from India.

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Dangerous surfing

Dangerous surfing [ large preview50 ]
"Surfers in action behind a warning sign." Designed by Julien Soubrier from Australia.

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Danger keep out

Danger keep out [ large preview52 ]
"Floyd Bennett Field old hungar." Photo taken by Anna Shumakova53 from USA.

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High Voltage warning

High Voltage warning [ large preview55 ]
"High Voltage warning on electric wire." Licensed: Free. Photo taken by Vahid Smajlagic56 from BiH.

Wayfinding and Typographic Signs - high-voltage-warning57

Spanish exit indication

Spanish exit indication [ large preview58 ]
"First photo of a short story. It is a Spanish sign that indicates a dangerous exit to the reader." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution. Photo taken by Mauro Bennici59 from Italy.

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Dangerman [ large preview61 ]
"This is a danger sign found on truck carrying inflammable material in Mumbai. Danger comes in all sizes and flavors :)." Photo taken by Charvi Mohan Sarfare62 from India.

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Danger Ladder

Danger Ladder [ large preview64 ]
"Warning sign on a ladder." Photo taken by David Alvarez6865 from USA.

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Danger Peligro

Danger Peligro [ large preview67 ]
"Warning sign on a power box." Photo taken by David Alvarez6865 from USA.

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Flood Free Signage

Flood Free Signage [ large preview70 ]
"An on-going construction of condominium/office building with a sign of flood free with danger deep on the side with detailed sea level measurement." Photo taken by Rocky B Gonzales71 from Philippines.

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Danger [ large preview7347 ]
"This was located right beside a cliff. this hand-painted signage captured my eye, this was obviously not done by the authorities, the locals might have found it extrememly important for this signage to be present. for me this represents the lack of information at indian tourist spots, and how even the locals try hard to educate the tourists." Designed by Parimala Venkatesh from India.

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Heat stroke

Heat stroke [ large preview75 ]
"In Buenos Aires, Argentina in the summer, the government warn us about the danger of the “Golpe de Calor”, in english “Heat stroke”." Photo taken by Bernardo Cople76 from Brazil.

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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!

Further Galleries

You may want to take a look at other contest galleries, too:

Katrín Svana Eyþórsdóttir is a media artist and designer from Iceland. You can follow her on twitter.

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    Actually, the brazilian sign warns people about the wet floor.


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