Death of Nicéphore Niépce (pronounced Neesuhfore Neeyeps), inventor of photography and the internal combustion engine, on July 5, 1833. In his case, invention was born of necessity – he wasn’t skilled enough to trace the images projected by camera obscura, necessary to producing photogravure images, and sought a way to impress images through chemicals. His photo View from the Window at Le Gras, taken in 1825 with a camera obscura focused for eight hours on an 8x10 inch pewter plate, is the oldest surviving photograph. His experiments with Daguerre toward the end of his life led to the development of the daguerreotype and subsequent cameras.
The satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe recently declared the winner of their 2012 Top Image Contest. The winning top image was taken from above Burning Man. Click on the images to find out the locations of some of the other fantastic runners-up.