We have asked the Russian master photographer, Vadim Balakin, to share his favorite photos with us. It is an honor to have a hand picked selection of his landscape shots followed by his own comments on Top Inspired.

Winner of several international awards such as National Geographic Russia “Wildlife” 2011 – 1st place winner in “Landscape”, Arctic Awards 2012 – 1st place winner in “Travel”, AC-Foto German Mega Photo Circuit  2014 – Bronze Medal and many more, his work is globally recognized and acknowledged.

Vadim is a photographer, traveler based in Ekaterinburg, Russia and internationally published author. We are very happy to present you Vadim Balakin‘s breath taking shots.

Portfolio: www.VadimBalakin.com

1. Winter Fairytale

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My most favorite photo ever. The shot was made at White Mountain, Belogorsky Monastery, Perm Region, Middle Urals, Russia. The temperature at that early morning was -38C.

2. Spirit of Adventure

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The IcebreakerKapitan Dranitsyn” goes through the ices of Arctic Ocean, Franz Josef Land, Russia, July 2011. The shot was made from a helicopter with open door and very windy freezing air.

3. Autumn at Mordor

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The autumn 2014 at the most polluted town of the world – Karabash (according to UNESCO), South Urals, Russia

4. Fitz Roy Treasures

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The shot was made near Fitz Roy Mountain Massive, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina in November 2013

5. Svalbard

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A beautiful seascape at one of the numerous fjord of Svalbard, Norway, August 2014

6. Smile! You are in the Arctic!

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One more shot from Franz Josef Land, Russia made from the top of the IcebreakerKapitan Dranitsyn” with fish-eye lens, July 2011

7. Just the two of us

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The very tender morning at Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, November 2012

8. Ice and Fire

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This shot was taken in November 2010 in the Zuratkul National Park, Russia. There are very strong winds at Zuratkul lake and there is a period in the autumn before the first snow, when the wind deposits ice slices on the lake shore, sometimes of perfect shape and very similar to broken glass. Such a phenomenon is unique and occurs in several places, including the famous Lake Baikal.

9. Karabash morning

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Sunrise at Karabash Mountain, South Urals, Russia – September 2014

10. Val d’Orcia Sunrise

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A very foggy morning at Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, November 2012

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