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As an amateur photographer, I like to have a nice image as my desktop wallpaper to provide me with some inspiration throughout the day. Thanks to a post on freewaregenius, I just discovered that National Graphic magazine makes a huge selection of inspiring images available for […]

As an amateur photographer, I like to have a nice image as my desktop wallpaper to provide me with some inspiration throughout the day. Thanks to a post on freewaregenius, I just discovered that National Graphic magazine makes a huge selection of inspiring images available for desktop wallpaper use for free.

You can get National Geographic wallpapers from two locations. The first is in the main photography section of the site. Wallpapers here are handily categorized (Adventure & Exploration,  Nature & Weather, Underwater, etc). Unfortunately, the images available in this section are only a maximum of 1280 pixels wide, which isn’t big enough for many of today’s monitors, although they should be fine on most laptops.

Fortunately, you can also use images submitted to National Geographic’s International Photography Competition, and these are available in larger sizes (up to 1600 pixels wide). These photos aren’t categorized — you need to browse by month, but flicking through the range of beautiful images isn’t much of a chore. I currently have this image of melting ice set as my desktop background.

If you’re still looking for more images, another great location to try is Flickr’s Explore page, which always has a huge selection of interesting and inspiring pictures.

Where do you get wallpaper images from?

  1. I get my wallpapers from Yann Arthus Bertrand’s great “Earth from above” photographs, here : http://www.yannarthusbertrand2.org/

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    1. Ah, yes — great suggestion Anne! I had seen the exhibition when it was touring in Melbourne (beautiful, stirring, and thought-provoking images); I didn’t realize wallpapeprs were available, though.

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  2. [...] Over in National Geographic’s photography contest section, however, the submitted shots can be downloaded at 1600 pixels wide, making for some fairly nice desktop wallpaper. Better still, the shots are numbered and formatted in fairly algorithmic fashion, so using the auto-download features of John’s Background Switcher or another automatic wallpaper changer makes it very easy to get a fresh look on every boot-up. International Photography Contest 2009 – Desktop Wallpaper [National Geographic via Web Worker Daily] [...]

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  3. [...] Get Inspiring National Geographic Images to Use as Desktop WallpaperWebWorkerDaily (blog)As an amateur photographer, I like to have a nice image as my desktop wallpaper to provide me with some inspiration throughout the day. … [...]

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  4. [...] de papel de parede, para ter um visual novo na sua área de trabalho todo dia. [NatGeo via Web Worker Daily] Categoria:  [...]

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  5. Thanks

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