16-year-old Shania McDonagh recently took home the top prize of the 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, an art competition for young people held in Ireland every year. Known for her incredibly detailed and hyperrealistic portraits, the young artist has won first place in her age category four years in a row (check out those works below), but this year marks the first time she’s also received the overall top prize for this amazingly hyperrealistic portrait called Coleman, drawn entirely with graphite pencil.
To bring attention to the unveiling of its 2014 list of the “World’s Most Beautiful,” set for April 23, People brings us back in time, showing us what some of the best-looking celebrities looked like years or even decades ago.
British photographer Robbie Shone takes viewers on great adventures through his travels and explorations into the depths of dark caves, illuminating the hidden spaces to capture the natural beauty and mystery that lay below the surface of the earth.
These spectacular photographs reveal the amazingly tiny details of the life of snails. Using a macro approach, Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko gets up close and personal to capture a variety of miniature landscapes as the little creatures go about their daily lives. With great patience and a steady hand, the artist obtains crisp, sharp details that seem unbelievable when viewers consider how small the scenes really are in comparison to our everyday surroundings.
The Guardian’s Google Street View specialist Halley Docherty has released an incredible new series of images that bring together famous album covers and their modern-day settings. Docherty uses Google Street View to pinpoint the exact location that’s depicted in the album cover, and then meticulously lines up the Street View scene and the album cover so that they blend together seamlessly. The series features albums by iconic artists like Bob Dylan, Oasis, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.
This new street art, depicting three secret agents wiretapping a phone booth, is rumored to be the latest work of Banksy.
Nagano, Japan-based marshmallow shop Yawahada is the creator of CafeCat, an adorable package of floating marshmallow cats! For 860 yen (that’s about $8 US dollars), you get two cats and four cat paw prints, two in chocolate and two in vanilla flavor. Not only are they cute, they’re supposedly delicious. The dissolving marshmallow cats can be put in hot soy milk, milk tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
In 2004, Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman embarked on the photographic quest of a lifetime: to document the oldest living things in the world. Now, a decade later, Sussman is still going strong, her journey having taken her to some of the harshest and most remote landscapes, from the Mojave Desert to Antarctica to the Australian Outback. Her unique portraits reveal the living history of our planet as well as what we stand to lose in the future, thanks to climate change and human encroachment.