Not everybody manages to take the perfect photo, but one definition of a masterpiece must surely be the ones which you look at and think: what’s about to happen one second after this was taken was already completely unavoidable. And the great news is that you don’t even have to be a professional photographer to achieve a masterful photo of this kind — you simply need to be in the right place at the right time, and have quick reactions.

If there’s one thing that we value to the utmost it’s the capability to present the beauty of the world around us in a creative way. Here are 30 photographs which we think demonstrate this quality perfectly.

Now let me see…have you been brushing your teeth?

And then the gates of hell opened…

It was the best concert she’d ever been to!

If I can’t have this milk, no one can!


No one can save it now.

I can’t find any antelopes or zebras, so I’ll settle for chicken.

Playing with fire…

I’d love to see the expressions on their faces one second later!

Bull’s eye!

One second before the end, two until dinner.

Earth, here I come!

One second after the horse understood that it’s not Santa Claus in the sleigh!

I hope he didn’t hurt himself too bad!

I told you four people was one too many for this boat!

Somebody catch me!

One second before being fired.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, as they say.

I just need to hold out for one more second and then I’ve got my supper for tonight..

He’s a miracle dog!

Nearly got it!

Maybe they didn’t get good grades this semester?

I never knew that flies like to dance in their final moments!

— Hey! You can’t pull my pants down like that!
— Well you shouldn’t have picked up the football with your hands, then!

Everything’s fine, guys! I’m just switching horse!

Everyone’s allowed in the pool today!

I can’t work out who got the bigger fright…

Hey, Dad! Catch!

I don’t need your damn food! Can’t you seem that I’m doing my evening aerobics?

Oh well…everything that happens at a wedding is for the best!