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.

 

10. China (specifically Hong Kong)

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Boat, Hong Kong, China.© ESB Professional/Shutterstock 

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9. Chile

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile.© Dmitry Pichugin/Shutterstock

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8. The USA

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: John Moulton barn, Mormon Row, Antelope Flats, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA.© Kenneth Keifer/Shutterstock 

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7. Vietnam

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Floating market in Ha tien, Vietnam.© Best dog photo/Shutterstock

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6. Guatemala

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Tikal National Park, Guatemala.© WitR/Shutterstock

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5. Slovenia

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Logarska dolina, Slovenia.© Nensy/Shutterstock 

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4. India

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Rajasthani women, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.© ImagesofIndia/Shutterstock

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3. Cambodia

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Bayon Castle, Cambodia.© Pushish Images/Shutterstock

2. Japan

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan.© f11photo/Shutterstock 

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1. Nepal

In pictures: the world's most photogenic countries: Ama Dablam mount, Khumbu valley, Sagarmatha, Nepal.© Daniel Prudek/Shutterstock 

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You can see more of Tim's images on his website or his Facebook page. 

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