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50 Wonderful Winter Pictures

As winter approaches 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. [Content Care Oct/31/2016]

As a tribute to these hardy men and women, we bring you 50 wonderful winter pictures. 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.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

50 Beautiful Winter Wonderland Pictures Link

Peter Bowers6

winter pictures7

Sesjusz8

winter pictures9

gnato

Winter Wonderland Photo

Leif Westling10

Winter Wonderland Photo

Joe Nicora11

Winter Wonderland Photo12

Janina Kulcsar

Winter Wonderland Photo

Lao.coon

Winter Wonderland Photo

The Children

Winter Wonderland Photo

anders r. naesset13

Winter Wonderland Photo

Guido

Winter Wonderland Photo

*joffo114

Winter Wonderland Photo15

Unknown

Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo

Sandra Rugina16

Winter Wonderland Photo17

Paivi Valkonen

Winter Wonderland Photo

Art by Bia18

Winter Wonderland Photo19

Av Clara Lidström

Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo

~Latimeria20

Winter Wonderland Photo21

Marc Adamus2522

Winter Wonderland Photo23
Winter Wonderland Photo24

anders r. naesset

Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo

Marc Adamus2522

Winter Wonderland Photo26

RamonaG27

Winter Wonderland Photo

Nate Zeman28

Winter Wonderland Photo

Hristina Topalska29

Winter Wonderland Photo30

Unknown

Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo31

Andreas Manessinger32

Winter Wonderland Photo33

Marc Shandro34

Winter Wonderland Photo35

Shir Goldberg36

Winter Wonderland Photo37

Floyd K. Hopper38

Winter Wonderland Photo

Jacek Stefan39

Winter Wonderland Photo
Winter Wonderland Photo

Tristan Shu40

Winter Wonderland Photo

Eleanor Rigby

Winter Wonderland Photo

*gjoa41

Winter Wonderland Photo

Stephen Sellman42

Winter Wonderland Photo43

Gary Minish44

Winter Wonderland Photo45

Saul Santos Diaz46

Winter Wonderland Photo47

Michael Anderson6948

Winter Wonderland Photo49

Zeb Andrews50

Winter Wonderland Photo51

Adrienn Józan

Winter Wonderland Photo52

Unknown

Winter Wonderland Photo

Dave Steers53

Winter Wonderland Photo54
Winter Wonderland Photo55

Unknown56

Winter Wonderland Photo57

~voorikvergeet58

Winter Wonderland Photo59

aniabeta60

Winter Wonderland Photo61

kkart62

Winter Wonderland Photo63

doberman4ik64

Winter Wonderland Photo65

Herman Cater66

Winter Wonderland Photo

Peter Unterweger67

Winter Wonderland Photo68

Renata Lehmann

Winter Wonderland Photo

Last Click Link

Michael Anderson6948

Winter Wonderland Photo70

Resources Link

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/winter-wallpaper/
  2. 2 /2008/09/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/75-eye-catching-examples-of-aerial-photography/
  4. 4 /2008/10/25-beautiful-examples-of-underwater-photography/
  5. 5 /2008/09/25-beautiful-macro-photography-shots-photos/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_fabulous/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_fabulous/93079859/in/set-209684/
  8. 8 http://sesjusz.deviantart.com/
  9. 9 http://sesjusz.deviantart.com/art/Winter-in-Poland-78104399
  10. 10 http://1x.com/member/4879/leif-westling/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicora/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicora/363030202/
  13. 13 http://doberman4ik.deviantart.com/
  14. 14 http://joffo1.deviantart.com/
  15. 15 http://joffo1.deviantart.com/art/Winter-surprise-II-72413765
  16. 16 http://behindmyblueeyes.deviantart.com/
  17. 17 http://behindmyblueeyes.deviantart.com/art/Winter-colours-70575160
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/people/bianicastro/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bianicastro/2220694772/
  20. 20 http://latimeria.deviantart.com/
  21. 21 http://latimeria.deviantart.com/art/winter-27713874
  22. 22 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/
  23. 23 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/art/Crater-Lake-Winter-58616472
  24. 24 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/art/Mountain-Graceful-59884526
  25. 25 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/
  26. 26 http://marcadamus.deviantart.com/art/Temple-of-Winter-58983275
  27. 27 http://1x.com/member/11158/ramonag/
  28. 28 http://nzeman.deviantart.com/
  29. 29 http://koksuel.deviantart.com/
  30. 30 http://koksuel.deviantart.com/art/winter-72933413
  31. 31 #
  32. 32 http://blog.andreas-manessinger.info/
  33. 33 http://blog.andreas-manessinger.info/2008/02/482-waiting-for-miracle.html
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/people/mshandro/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mshandro/2251999872/
  36. 36 http://www.treknature.com/members/shirgold/
  37. 37 http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Finland/North/Oulu/photo48070.htm
  38. 38 http://1x.com/member/5458/floyd-k-hopper/
  39. 39 http://1x.com/member/2580/jacek-stefan/
  40. 40 http://1x.com/member/10986/tristan-shu/
  41. 41 http://joffo1.deviantart.com/
  42. 42 http://sassaputzin.deviantart.com/
  43. 43 http://sassaputzin.deviantart.com/art/winter-longing-97064884
  44. 44 http://1x.com/member/7742/gary-minish/
  45. 45 http://1x.com/photos/member/7742/15916/
  46. 46 http://www.santossaul.com/
  47. 47 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4183243
  48. 48 http://www.michaelandersongallery.com/
  49. 49 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=7218824
  50. 50 http://www.bluemooncamera.com/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebandrews/2230418266/in/set-72157603828753902/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-adree/337557845/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbsteers/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbsteers/2130045532/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbsteers/2130043874/
  56. 56 http://weheartit.com/entry/51606
  57. 57 http://weheartit.com/entry/51606
  58. 58 http://latimeria.deviantart.com/
  59. 59 http://voorikvergeet.deviantart.com/art/Winter-68462744
  60. 60 http://aniabeata.deviantart.com/
  61. 61 http://aniabeata.deviantart.com/art/Winter-on-the-city3-80859816
  62. 62 http://kkart.deviantart.com/
  63. 63 http://kkart.deviantart.com/art/Western-Winter-Serenity-74109113
  64. 64 http://doberman4ik.deviantart.com/
  65. 65 http://doberman4ik.deviantart.com/art/Classical-russian-winter-75289387
  66. 66 http://1x.com/member/3278/herman-cater/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35127493@N00/114072481/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/35127493@N00/114072481/
  69. 69 http://www.michaelandersongallery.com/
  70. 70 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=7182632
  71. 71 #
  72. 72 http://www.treknature.com/themes.php?thid=701
  73. 73 http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Severe-cold-weather-photography
  74. 74 http://photography.about.com/od/takingpictures/a/coldweathrphoto.htm
  75. 75 http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html

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Andrew Gibson is a photographer and writer. He runs Magical Places Fine Art, an online photography magazine and another great photography resource.

  1. 1

    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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  2. 2

    Sweet 404.

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  3. 3

    Matthew Heidenreich

    November 23, 2008 4:01 pm

    Veryy nice list, think i may have a new background

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  4. 4

    oh my god i cold :)))

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  5. 5

    what is that white powder everywhere?

    2
  6. 6

    #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 ;-)

    1
  7. 7

    photoshopped.

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  8. 8

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

    1
  9. 9

    Great set!

    3
  10. 10

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

    -2
  11. 11

    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 :-)

    1
  12. 12

    i like *joffo 1 ;)

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  13. 13

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

    2
  14. 14

    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.

    1
  15. 15

    Feeling Chill :-)
    Good Collection

    3
  16. 16

    Winter is beautiful !

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  17. 17

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

    0
  18. 18

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

    2
  19. 19

    rossella sferlazzo

    November 24, 2008 3:23 am

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

    2
  20. 20

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

    0
  21. 21

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

    Webdesign

    -1
  22. 22

    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 ?

    3
  23. 23

    “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.

    0
  24. 24

    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.

    0
  25. 25

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

    Diversity is key! Keep up the good work!

    1
  26. 26

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

    0
  27. 27

    really excellent and amazing images. very nice…….

    0
  28. 28

    Aleksandr Bublienko

    November 24, 2008 8:04 am

    Very beautiful photos!

    1
  29. 29

    #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.

    1
  30. 30

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

    1
  31. 31

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

    1
  32. 32

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

    1
  33. 33

    Feeling Chill & nice

    0
  34. 34

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

    1
  35. 35

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

    0
  36. 36

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

    0
  37. 37

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

    0
  38. 38

    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 :(

    1
  39. 39

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

    0
  40. 40

    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 ;)

    -1
  41. 41

    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

    1
  42. 42

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

    1
  43. 43

    Matthew Riches

    November 24, 2008 2:05 am

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

    0
  44. 44

    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

    1
  45. 45

    Here’s my version:

    1
  46. 46

    Lolz… #30 is definetly one of the default Windows XP wallpapers. (‘Winter.jpg’ to be exact)

    1
  47. 47

    Great list, Andrew. I have a feeling you’re not responsible for image #29…which is one of the four ‘sample’ images that comes with the Windows XP operating system. You could always change the credits for that one from ‘Unknown’ to ‘Capt. Gates and the Winter Force’…. :-)

    1
  48. 48

    You are losing your niche, don’t try to be something that you’re not.

    1
  49. 49

    charmaine robinson

    November 24, 2008 4:11 pm

    Truly amazing pics, Do you sell callanders!?.

    1
  50. 50

    Amazing Photos!

    1
  51. 51

    What ever drugs you take when you go searching for the resources you present here please give me some :D This is hot chilling stuff :D Awesome work guys (and of course girls).

    1
  52. 52

    Ignatz Horowitz

    November 25, 2008 9:38 am

    “what’s wrong with using photoshop? is part of digital photography, get over it, people.”
    ***************
    Nothing wrong with using Photoshop, Mona…if you’re tweaking an original image. But taking someone else’s image and passing it off as your own is lame. But, I reckon you liked the cartoony “HDR” images also. More lameness.

    3
  53. 53

    “The Children” reminded me so much of this album cover!

    1
  54. 54

    I was hoping for an ice-climber!

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  55. 55
  56. 56

    تصاویر بسیار زیبایی هستند
    علیرضا

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  57. 57

    Excellent pics!!! Very nice collection.smashing rocks.
    very good

    0
  58. 58

    Wonderful images..so cold.. :)

    0
  59. 59

    BEAUTIFUL!!! AMAZING!!!
    I live in South America (Brazil) and I have never seen snow.

    0
  60. 60

    I love this photography.

    Desarae
    http://www.dveit.com

    0
  61. 61

    LOved the photos. thank you

    0
  62. 62

    wonderfull !!!

    0
  63. 63

    Gholam Hassan Daryaie

    November 28, 2008 1:10 am

    Thank U very much for yor interesting images.

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  64. 64

    Great selection :DD! Some of them are so beautiful i could cry ;}..

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  65. 65

    very good tank .

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  66. 66

    this is my God powre:)))

    0
  67. 67

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

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  68. 68

    chala bagundi ….

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  69. 69

    hey,the photos are amazing!! sorry for language,I’m italian…..
    ok…..bye!!

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  70. 70

    ene yu ve

    1
  71. 71

    Amazing! Fantastic.

    0
  72. 72

    Amassing, beautiful and lovely…. i want to be there in all of those pics.

    Cant think that nature could be so pure and innocent.

    0
  73. 73

    rooben akopian

    January 3, 2009 11:10 am

    woooooooooow
    I wish I were there

    0
  74. 74

    these pics are great and butiful
    (:

    0
  75. 75

    Breath taking……….
    Want to close my eyes for a second and reopen them & be surounded by these paradise nature…….xxx

    1
  76. 76

    nice pics XD

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  77. 77

    Hi hi hi hi

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  78. 78

    OH MY GOSH those are the most MAGNIFICENT photos i have ever seen

    -1
  79. 79

    master piece

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  80. 80

    I can,t explain how nice these photos are!they just took me to my past memories

    0
  81. 81

    Wow…these are very butiful…..really nice and tanke you very much

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  82. 82

    the photos are amazing

    0
  83. 83

    Definitly some nice works of art here.
    Very beautiful pictures. 5 out of 5 for sure
    Thank-you

    0
  84. 84

    Really awesome pics. Nice artwork. Great work

    0
  85. 85

    Christian Deichert

    March 12, 2010 9:09 am

    The one by “Eleanor Rigby” isn’t winter — it’s infrared. It just looks like snow because the vegetation is white (reflects infrared light).

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  86. 86

    parveen raghuvanshi

    April 30, 2010 1:26 am

    really i was thinking about this type of pics and when i got i was feeling fresh and relax. Thanks to all of you. for nice pics

    0
  87. 87

    Great!

    0
  88. 88

    Realy awesome pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0
  89. 89

    what a fantastic creations ,i love them so.

    0
  90. 90

    Wonderfull!!!

    1
  91. 91

    that’s fantastice,thanks:)

    1
  92. 92

    Looking for a beautiful picture for my facebook for each day in December. I went to this site and every shot is beyond beauty.

    0
  93. 93

    Love the picture of Crater Lake I was raised near there and miss it.

    0
  94. 94

    They are very nice. I save all of them and saying thanks for some one who collect them.

    1
  95. 95

    i love your pictures!

    2
  96. 96

    pices very nice

    0
  97. 97

    lovin these pictures, they so pretty and wonderful

    3
  98. 98

    Beautiful winter picture,
    nice picture,

    3
  99. 99

    these pictures are amazing and even if they r made by the photoshop also they r just awesome good work nature is really beautiful hats off

    -2
  100. 100

    You are so lucky, captured all the moments of these beautiful and special scenes. And I am lucky too, to see your pictures.
    Thank you and God bless,

    2
  101. 101

    very very nice pics
    …..

    2
  102. 102

    buatifull images

    3
  103. 103

    very buatifull

    2
  104. 104

    these picture are coolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll and I save them in the computerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    3
  105. 105

    that is realy awsome who put dat on der we need to see more more more MORE!

    2
  106. 106

    ok but i’ve seen better

    2
  107. 107

    Cool pics

    2
  108. 108

    I LOVE WINTER…SO BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS…………………..

    1
  109. 109

    so beautiful i hope i agood luck 4 u !!!

    2
  110. 110

    eduard abellera

    December 5, 2011 5:17 am

    fantastic,,,,very nice and full of moments u can feel when wacthing,,,,,i love its so much

    1
  111. 111

    What a gifted eye God has given you and what a blessing it is to share especially with those of us that rarely get snow, if any. Thank you

    4
  112. 112

    Woow awesome picture there is no words to say something

    0
  113. 113

    its enjoyable place in bangalore

    0
  114. 114

    Niceee pictures, it makes you feel, think and breath deeply about every thing………..

    -1
  115. 115

    it’s just beautiful !

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  116. 116

    Really fascinating and full of nature…bingo!!

    1
  117. 117

    Thanks for such fantastic pictures.

    1
  118. 118

    Ronald Palmisano

    December 21, 2013 5:34 am

    The photos are just ,so real like.

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  119. 119

    hi….thanks for your beautiful picture….I used one of them for my weblog.

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  120. 120

    nice collection one of them i saved…

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  121. 121

    thanks .

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  122. 122

    Hi.very very nice @ ishard@save

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