National Geographic Traveler photo contest 2014 - in pictures

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler photo contest has opened, inviting photographers from around the world to submit their shots. Here are some of the first entries. See more

Photos: Nicholas Roemmelt, Sebastian Warneke, David Sausse

Cool holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye, Scotland - in pictures

As well as the traditional cosy cottages you’d expect to find on the beautiful island of Skye, there are also a surprising number of cool contemporary properties with impressive eco credentials. See more

Photos, top to bottom:PR, James Ross, Andrew Lee. Click photos for captions. 

Bitter cold turns caves on Great Lakes into stunning ice sculptures – in pictures

It’s been so cold for so long in the midwest that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice. The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94% of the lakes’ surface was frozen. As of Thursday, ice cover extended across 88%, according to the federal government’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. See more

Photos: Brian Peterson/AP

Birdwatchers gather at dusk to marvel at the remarkable murmuration of more than 50,000 starlings roosting at Middleton Moor, Derbyshire

Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Dakar Rally 2014: week two – in pictures

David Pabiska of the Czech Republic for KTM SP Moto Bohemia Racing scales a dune on stage 12 on the way to La Serena. We’ve rounded up the best images from the journey to the finish-line in Valparaíso in Chile. See more

Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Best British views - your photosWhen writer and rambler Simon Jenkins wrote about his favourite English views, we asked you to share your favourite British landscapes. View more.

1. Neist point, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Photograph: Sebastien Degardin/GuardianWitness

2. Sunrise from Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. Photograph: Ward1979/GuardianWitness 

3. Langdale from Wrynose pass. Photograph: mputhruan/GuardianWitness

Share your sunReaders celebrate the 10th anniversary of Olafur Eliasson’s iconic installation, The Weather Project, by sharing photos of their local sunrises and sunsets. Submit yours via GuardianWitness

1. Long Beach, CA. Photograph: Ashleigh Jackson /GuardianWitness 

2. The sun sleeps in Oz. Photograph: Ryan Wilson/GuardianWitness

3. A sunset walk by the lake. Photograph: CapnMikey/GuardianWitness

Aerial view of oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico. This images is part of an exhibition at Somerset House in London, of 130 original photographic works taken around the world, from Mitch Epstein’s image of an American oil refinery to Nadav Kander’s smog-filled vision of the Yangtze river in China.

Photograph: Daniel Beltra

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Sid the Sexist’s favourite picnic spot? Maybe, but Northumberlandia is a joy

Charles Jencks’s playful sculpture celebrates the human habit of seeing figures in the landscape

Photograph: AP