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Welcome Signs

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 Welcome signs, signs that in their multiple guises, from understated to decorative, all convey the same message. 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).

Welcome signs

Back from the Savannah

Back from the Savannah [ large preview2 ]
"Sign at the end of the Safari Trail at Binder Park Zoo in Michigan." Photo taken by Christine Brandt3 from USA.

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Welcome to Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City [ large preview5 ]
"A sign that pretty much sums of living in the city of salt." Photo taken by Shauna Ehninger6 from USA.

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Welcome sign in a Malagasy village

Welcome sign in a Malagasy village [ large preview8 ]
"The welcome 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 photo have been taken this year during my three week trip through Madagascar." Photo taken by Silvia Cano Garcia9 from Spain.

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Iowa 80

Iowa 80 [ large preview11 ]
"Welcome sign for The World’s Largest Truck Stop in Iowa." Photo taken by Jennifer Hollister12 from USA.

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Welcome To Annapurna Base Camp

Welcome To Annapurna Base Camp [ large preview14 ]
"On the 4130 meters high mountain like Annapurna in Nepal, you don’t see much of signage. If you see one, it means you have arrived one of your destinations which is very pleasing and comforting after claiming exhaustingly for hours." Licensed: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Ssu-Hua Chen from Australia.

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Hand Painted Welcome Sign

Hand Painted Welcome Sign [ large preview16 ]
"I hand painted this “welcome” sign at a Mexican restaurant in Tulsa, OK." Photo taken by Mark Rudder from USA.

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Welcome entrance sign

Welcome entrance sign [ large preview18 ]
"WELCOME and ENTRANCE are painted on the wall of a parking garage." Photo taken by Marlon So from Philippines.

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Westminster sign

Westminster sign [ large preview20 ]
"City sign Westminster, London, UK." Photo taken by Michelle Murphy from USA.

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Sign at camden dock

Sign at camden dock [ large preview22 ]
"This one was taken at Camden, in the UK, while I was enjoying the fact that I got lost for a few hours. Liked the sign :)." Photo taken by Nicolás Montecchiari from Argentina.

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Tiger territory 2

Tiger territory 2 [ large preview24 ]
"At the entrance of bhadra tiger reserve, india." Photo taken by Pradiptamohan Basu from India.

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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:


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