Summer of Drought

As of August 15, 2022, 99.8% of California and 100% of the state of Nevada were in drought.  While droughts across the western United States are not unprecedented, we are witnessing excessive heat and droughts across the world in areas that are not familiar with or prepared to deal with the consequences of prolonged drought.  The United […]

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In Kyrgyzstan, a Man Without a Horse is just a Pedestrian

Horses are essential throughout the mountains and steppes of the Central Asia landlocked nation of Kyrgyzstan.  The nomadic lifestyle of many Kyrgyz people requires horses for nearly everything.  Kyrgyz horses are used for transportation, for agricultural purposes, as offers of payment, and simply for companionship in the wide-open spaces and mountains.  The horses of Kyrgyzstan are usually small […]

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Royalty Free images from UIG – Summer 2022

Enjoy a selection of our most recent RF images, from Climate, Environmental and conceptual ideas to people and the world around us. Our climate and protecting the ecology of our planet is growing in importance every day, especially evident in the heatwaves of the last few weeks. Let a more conceptual image guide you in […]

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El Hierro – The Sustainable Island

Photographs by Giulio Paletta The smallest of the larger islands in the Canary Islands archipelago is El Hierro.  It measures less than 50 kilometers from one end to the other and is the most western of the islands in the Canaries.  El Hierro’s natural beauty is incredibly diverse, offering visitors the opportunity to hike its protected interior […]

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Earth Day 2022: Invest in Our Planet

“Invest in Our Planet” is the theme of Earth Day 2022.  April 22 will mark the 33rd Earth Day since the first event organized on April 22, 1970.  This year’s theme challenges businesses, governments, and citizens worldwide to invest in our shared future and protect the Earth, our beautiful, collective home. This year, Earth Day challenges businesses to […]

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Time to Travel: Ireland

As the Saint Patrick’s Day parades and festive parties end, thoughts begin to turn to Spring and warmer temperatures for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  Late spring and summer are also perfect times to visit the land of Saint Patrick – Ireland! From it’s bustling and culturally rich nightlife of Dublin and Galway, to […]

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On the Road

In honor of the 100th anniversary of “On the Road” author Jack Kerouac’s birth, and in spite of rising   fuel prices, we thought we’d dream a bit of hitting the road.  Whether travelling the dramatic Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rockies or Pakistan and China’s Karakoram Highway, the world’s most scenic mountain rides feature stunning vistas, steep climbs, […]

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Mission 2022: Climate Change – Disappearing Sea Ice

This is the first of a series of posts focused on UIG’s Mission 2022: Climate Change.  Help us build a comprehensive climate change collection by contributing content to UIG.  Contact us at info@universalimagesgroup.com One of the dangerous consequences from global warming is the disappearance of sea ice in polar regions and the direct affect this has on climate […]

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2021 at UIG

We’re very fortunate at UIG.  We get to work with talented artists and passionate storytellers every day.  We spend our time reviewing and editing thousands of new images from a diverse group of contributors from across our beautiful planet.  Through their eyes and through their images we experience the world around us.  We are inspired by our contributors to […]

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Wildlife & Travel Photographer, the Best Job in the World

In 2008 Philippe Clement decided to take the plunge and become a full-time photographer.  Prior to that he mixed being a semi-professional shooter with his full-time work as a rock-climbing instructor and co-owner of a climbing hall in Belgium.  The timing of his decision came with challenges.  The worldwide financial crisis hit that same year and the stock […]

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