Incredible Travel Photos Taken By Normal People Look As Good As Professional Pics

When traveling, you often want to document every fantastic view and sight you see. While it can be hard to get photographs that match up to the professionals, some ordinary travelers have managed to take some impressive pictures.

These are comparisons between work by professional photographers and amateurs who just happened to snap a great picture.

These Are Literally Like Day And Night

pagoda at kiyomizu-dera in kyoto shot by professional in day vs. traveller at night
Photo Credit: Zhang Peng / LightRocket via Getty Images // Reddit / derpyplop
Photo Credit: Zhang Peng / LightRocket via Getty Images // Reddit / derpyplop

Both of these depict the pagoda at Kiyomizu-Dera, a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto, Japan. Each photo is gorgeous in its own way, but I’m still impressed that one was taken by an amateur.

That’s A Sharp Drop Off The Cliffs

photographs of seven sisters white cliffs, UK
Photo Credit: Jack Taylor / Getty Images // Reddit / ph0tora
Photo Credit: Jack Taylor / Getty Images // Reddit / ph0tora

These two photos were taken of the Seven Sisters Cliffs from Seaford Head in Seaford, England. Seven Sisters is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs and is part of South Downs National Park.

I Would Like To Wake Up To This View

photos of patagonia are nearly identical
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Photo Credit: Wolfgang Kaehler / LightRocket via Getty Images // Reddit / harharharley

While these photos don’t depict the exact same location at Patagonia, they are nearly identical in style despite one being shot with a high-end DSLR camera and the other from a hotel window with an iPhone.

This Village Looks Like It’s In A Different Time Period

Photos of the Plonlein, Kobolzeller Steige and Spitalgassein in the medieval old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany
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Photo Credit: Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images // Reddit / Jeff5132

These photos both depict the Plonlein, Kobolzeller Steige and Spitalgasse in the medieval old town of Rothenburg in Bavaria, Germany. Taken from almost the exact same location and angle, both pictures are stunning.

The Fiat Adds The Perfect Italian Touch

photos of Dolomite Mountain range in the Italian Alps
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Photo Credit: Martin Zwick / REDA&CO / Universal Images Group via Getty Images // Reddit / sovietskia

These photos were taken of the Dolomite mountains in the Italian Alps. The amateur photographer was taking a road trip across the country in his Fiat when he just had to stop and snap a picture of the view.

Czech These Out!

view of prague from old town square
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Photo Credit: Frank Bienewald / LightRocket via Getty Images // Reddit / FabianAlb

These photos were both taken showing the Old Town Square of Prague, Czech Republic, with the Church of Our Lady before Týn in the background. The traveler snapped their photo at 5 a.m.

Rise And Shine!

Two photos of machu picchu in the morning
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Photo Credit: Ian Bosdet / Getty Images // Reddit / feastandexist

The amateur photographer who took the photograph on the right woke up early to make the hike so that they could see Machu Picchu during the sunrise. The professional photo was also taken in the morning, but from a different angle.

What A Gorgeous Landmark For A Border

Professional
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Photo Credit: HOANG DINH NAM / AFP via Getty Images // Reddit / EpicAdriann

These photographs show the Ban Gioc waterfall from the Quây Son river, which sits on the international border between Vietnam and China. The falls are equally gorgeous from ground level and a bird’s eye view.

The Himalayas Are A Sight To Behold

two photographs from small villages in nepal looking at mountains
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Photo Credit: Leisa Tyler / LightRocket via Getty Images // Reddit / elevenkgod

Both of these photos were taken from Nepali villages situated in the Himalaya mountain range. The amateur photographer snapped their picture one morning while hiking through the mountains on the Annapurna circuit.

The Photo Is Centered So Perfectly!

canyon with greenery in center
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Photo Credit: Sebastian Meyer / Corbis via Getty Images // Reddit / parz9664

This traveler took a photo of the Rawandiz Valley in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq while hiking through the area. The valley, which was historically used as a trade route, is a magnificent natural site.

That’s A View To Wake Up To

respective photos of swiss alps
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Photo Credit: DeAgostini / Getty Images // Reddit / Swissconnie

When travel restrictions were put in place in March 2020, Switzerland closed its borders to international travel, but still encouraged domestic tourism. The photo on the right was taken from a hotel bedroom balcony.

I Never Knew Sand Dunes Could Be So Beautiful

Professional (1)
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Photo Credit: DeAgostini / Getty Images // Reddit / xe3to

The traveler who took the photo on the right spent four days traveling through the Algerian parts of the Sahara desert. The sand dunes of the Sahara can reach heights up to 600 feet!

Bridges That Stand The Test Of Time

300 year old carrbridge goes over stream and is made of stone
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Photo Credit: Arterra / Universal Images Group via Getty Images // Reddit / ani_svnit

This stone bridge is over 300 years old and is so revered that the village of Carrbridge, Scotland, is named after it. Carrbridge (the structure) is located on the northern side of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park.

One Of The Most Beautiful Cities In The World

professional photo of Grand Canal vs amateur one taking on phone
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Photo Credit: Barbara Zanon / Getty Images // Reddit / Roadkill80

These photos of the Santa Maria della Salute church on the grand canal are both impressive, but the one on the right was taken with a phone camera from a traveler’s hotel window.

The African Interior Is Stunning

photos of lake mutanda near Kisoro, uganda amongst green hills
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Photo Credit: DeAgostini / Getty Images // Reddit / laden1412

These photos were both taken in Uganda near the city of Kisoro and depict Lake Mutanda, which is nestled in the foothills of the Virunga Mountain Range. The traveler was hiking the area when he snapped this photo.

The Island Of Capri

photos taken of the cliffs along the island of capri
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Photo Credit: Giuseppe Greco / REDA&CO / Universal Images Group via Getty Images // Reddit / likestomove

Capri is an island in the bay of Naples known for its rugged landscapes and high-end hotels on the waterfront. The traveler took the photo on the right whilst on a morning hike on the island.

Imagine Seeing These Majestic Creatures In Person

zebras drinking water in the serengeti
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Photo Credit: Wolfgang Kaehler / LightRocket via Getty Images // Reddit / mkz419

These photos of zebras drinking from a stream were both taken in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Serengeti is home to over 300 species of mammals and 800 species of birds.

Who Knew A Desert Could Be So Beautiful?

photos of blooming flowers in joshua tree national park
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Photo Credit: Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images // Reddit / uspn

These photos were both taken in Joshua Tree National Park, in California, at the point where the Mojave Desert meets the Colorado desert. The person who took the photo on the right was merely driving through on a road trip when they stopped to snap this photo.

That Is A Sight To Wake Up To

balloons in the sky in Cappadocia, Turkey
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Photo Credit: Behcet Alkan / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images // Reddit / iheartquesadillas

This amateur photographer woke up at 4:30 in the morning, and this was their view while they sipped their coffee. Cappadocia is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famous for its hot air balloon trips.

A Hike With A View

photos of angels landing cliffs in the canyon in Zion National Park
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Photo Credit: Omer Messinger / NurPhoto via Getty Images // Reddit / avaallan3

Both of these photos were taken at Angel’s Landing, a point inside Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. The steep red cliffs of the canyon are a sight to behold.