Each week the fantastic photographers that make up the PIXEO Community share their top photo spots, and every week we share them with you. Then we enter the very best photo locations in the PIXEO Photo Challenge. Each submission has a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the month and a $500 Amazon Gift Card at the End of the Year. If you’d like your images featured here, it’s easy. Just upload your best photo spot shots on our upload page. So, without further adieu, here are the best photos for the week.

Jock River Shooting Spot

As a general rule, we don’t include pictures of things that move in the PIXEO collection unless it is of a place where animals hang out. Sydney’s superb shot of this location where Blue Herons congregate is exactly the sort of exception we’re talking about. A great shot and a great spot to spend an afternoon shooting the wildlife along the Jock River. The Jock River is home to many birds and animals along the river banks, especially as it flows through Half Moon Bay Park. Along the banks just past the Greenbank bridge is a pretty spot where the rocks come out of the water and a small rapid area is a draw for birds. (Ottawa, Ontario)

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Green Hill Falls

Finding waterfalls can be a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack, and is one of the main reasons we built the PIXEO App. Aaron has been on a waterfall tear lately adding fantastic hidden waterfalls week after week and amazing pictures of each of them. Green Hill Falls is an off the beaten path shooting location but a beautiful short hike along a hemlock ravine with three quiet falls.  The trail starts along Ashdale Rd (about 500m from the Ashdale/S Rawdon Rd intersection), where a brook flows underneath the road (Alltrails.com has a description of the trail route). (South Rawdon, Nova Scotia)

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Johnson Hall State Historic Site

There’s something about the combination of Black and White with a historic old building that just seems right. Kim is back this week, with this lovely photo of the Johnson Hall State Historic Site. Johnson Hall was the home of Sir William Johnson an Irish pioneer who became the influential British Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Province of New York, known for his strong relationship especially with the Mohawk and other Iroquois League nations. (Johnstown, New York, USA)

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Georgengarten Bridge

Stop the presses, this shot is fantastic. An idyllic reflection shot of a stone bridge on an ethereal misty morning. What more can be said about this amazing shot? Julian has truly knocked it out of the park (or garden in this case) with this photo. Georgengarten has this beautiful stone arch bridge sitting peacefully in the centre of the pond.  This amazing park also features scenic trails through forested areas, landscaped gardens and the historic Leibniz Temple. (Hannover, Germany)

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Condor Machay Cascadas

Henri’s amazing shot is a lesson in long-exposure night photography. Using a technique called painting with light, Henri captures this beautiful waterfall and star-filled sky. We’re not sure if he was painting the waterfall from within the tent, but the illumination of the tent adds that much-needed sense of scale to the image and the results are very cool.  This is Condor Machay Cascadas is a stunning waterfall with an 80m vertical drop over the cliff face surrounded by a lush green forest. The journey to the waterfall is roughly 1.5 hours of incredibly beautiful hiking along a very well maintained trail that has several bridges that take you from one side of the Rio Pita to the other numerous times.  (Quito, Ecuador)

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Borrego Springs Serpent Sculpture

Like a picture out of a fantasy novel, JP merges a surreal sculpture with a stunning milky way starfield to produce one amazing shot. Out in the desert, there are over 100 sculptures that have been made out of metal for public viewing. It is great for day time adventures but it makes Astrophotography even better. Borrego Springs is 1 of 2 Dark Sky communities in the United States. (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California)

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