In pictures: the world’s most photogenic countries

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By Lottie Gross
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Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper reveals his top ten most photogenic countries in the world. 

From his home country, England, to the depths of Vietnam and Slovenia, Tim Draper has shot images for 24 Rough Guides throughout his career as a professional travel photographer. After starting out on the Rough Guide to England, he went on to shoot Laos, Montréal, Vancouver and India, taking two months for each area and often shooting guides back-to-back.

“I wasn’t in it for the money,” he says. “I was in it to see the world and document everything as best as I could for the travel guide.”

Now, Tim has compiled a list of his favourite countries for photography – some inspired by the people, others inspired by the stunning natural landscapes and variety of photographic opportunities.

Hear him talking through his choices in this video and scroll through some photos of his picks below. Let us know your own favourite photographic country too.

10. China (specifically Hong Kong)

Boat on the sea in Hong Kong, ChinaExplore China >

9. Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Grey Lake, Patagonia, ChileExplore Chile >

8. The USA

Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USAExplore the USA >

7. Vietnam

Floating market, Mekong, VietnamExplore Vietnam >

6. Guatemala

Mayan ruins, GuatemalaExplore Guatemala >

5. Slovenia

Logarska Dolina, the Savinja Alps, SloveniaExplore Slovenia >

4. India

Ladies in colourful saris, Jodphur, IndiaExplore India >

3. Cambodia

West gate at Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Wat, UNESCO World Heritage Site, CambodiaExplore Cambodia >

2. Japan

Street lights of Tokyo, JapanExplore Japan >

1. Nepal

Khumbu Valley, Himalayas, NepalExplore Nepal >

Explore the world and get inspired with RoughGuides.com. Book hostels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.
You can see more of Tim’s images on his website or his Facebook page.