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When we think about sports and athletes ‘clumsy’ isn’t necessarily the first word that comes to mind. After all, both male and female athletes train hard to prepare their bodies for all kinds of games and challenges. Still, in sports, like in so many things, awkward moments happen on a regular basis.
The same goes for everyone else! When the time is right and the angle is perfect, photographers create real wonders that look like special effects, illusions, or the funniest fails ever. These perfectly timed photos are the most amazing thing you will see today.
41. Summer Style
Some photos have perfect timing, while other shots reveal the magic of perfect angles. Then there are photos like this that have both in perfect balance!
This might very well be the cutest summer clothes concept we’ve ever seen. Dressing in fruit seems like so much fun!
If you ever want to make your beach photos look cute and unique – this is one way to do it. Experimenting with fruit is both exciting and tasty because you get to eat all of them afterwards.
Just looking at this photo gives us the chills! This is cool in so many ways. We don’t know what happened to the little boy, whether it was a prank or a carefully planned photo session.
He seems totally relaxed and looks kind of mischievous underneath all that water! Still, it must have been quite a surprise to experience a cold splash like that.
This pic is a real masterpiece if you want our opinion. It’s hard to make such a precise beautiful shot even if you know what’s about to happen. This is pure art!
39. Where Do Babies Come From
So, do you remember that cute story some parents tell their kids about where babies come from? The one that involves storks bringing babies to the future parents.
Well, apparently, there might be some truth to it judging by this photo! It seems that this cute baby was delivered right into the loving hands of a father.
Can you imagine the timing of this shot? It’s a coincidence of cosmic proportions and the photographer was there to capture it on cam. This is really amazing!
38. A Moment Too Perfect to be True
There are many reasons why we like watching sports - it's intense, it's fun, and you can get an adrenaline rush just by watching the game! But sometimes we get more than we bargained for...
When the stars align and sports gods are in a good mood we get to see something truly beautiful - like this perfect moment caught on camera!
Photographers are quite amazing at what they do, don't you think? Not only do they have to be attentive, but they also need to have a good reaction. It's one thing to spot the perfect moment, but one should also be able to capture it. Kudos to the photographer who took this shot!
37. Curious Snake
Snakes are among the most peculiar animals. Some people can’t stand them, while others love them and keep them as pets.
Then there are those people who find them fascinating and want to take a closer look without actually owning one. This woman probably wanted to make a cool selfie with this huge snake, but things didn’t go as planned.
The snake got curious, too! It’s hard to say whether it was trying to get friendly or viewed the woman as a kind of huge prey, but we certainly wouldn’t want to be in her shoes!
36. Something Fishy's Going On
It's hard to surprise anyone with a cat picture these days, but this one is an entirely different matter. We all know that cats are mysterious creatures and this shot is the proof of that!
Some people might say that it's just a pic of a cat caught in the middle of sneezing, but can we really be so sure? This cat is in the middle of something, that's for sure.
Only the photographer knows what happened next! Did the cat return to its normal state... or did it remain like this?
35. A Big Splash Will Happen in 3… 2… 1…
Is there anything better than jumping fully dressed into a muddy pond on a hot summer day? You don’t think so? Well, apparently this girl was craving to feel the coolness of water so much that she didn’t care whether it was clean or dirty.
We can all agree that the photo is a true masterpiece. It catches the girl mid-air with her one foot barely touching the water. We know what’s about to happen, but we still don’t see it, so the picture leaves us wondering about the outcome of the jump.
We just hope the girl in the photo was happy after what she did! Because it does seem like a pretty shallow and muddy little pond.
34. Out of the Blue
If you’ve ever tried to photograph a storm you know how hard it is to catch a bolt of lightning. The camera settings are very specific and even knowing all that you might wait for a long time before you can actually capture a flash of lightning.
This here is not just any lightning – it hit the Statue of Liberty right in the torch! This might be a one-of-a-kind moment that happens only once in a lifetime, still, the photographer managed to catch it.
Even the lightning itself seems like it came out of nowhere – there’s just a small cloud hanging above the Statue of Liberty, nothing more!
33. Keep Your Head in the Right Place
It’s easy to lose your cool under the pressure of various sports competitions, but losing your head is an entirely different level.
Seriously, though, this shot is taken at such a perfect moment that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t Photoshopped!
Is it even possible to bend your neck like this? This gymnast must have amazing flexibility!
32. Flying is Fun...or Not?
Getting on a plane and going somewhere you've never been before can be such an exciting experience. But what if your whole plane was cursed?
At least, that's probably what this girl was thinking looking at the "Devil's number" 666 painted right behind her seat. No wonder she wanted to scream (and maybe she actually did judging by the photo).
Well, we wouldn't blame her for trying to run away from this plane altogether. This stuff is scary!
31. The Perfect Couple
Don’t you just love watching cats together? They can play, fight, have fun, run around, or simply hang out with each other and it seems like the most natural thing in the world.
Sometimes the cats are such a perfect match that you can even see it in a photo. This couple of cute red kitties seems to be a match made in heaven – their heart-shaped tails are proof of that!
It’s almost impossible to plan a photo like this, so the photographer was really lucky to catch this shot. Cats are beautiful animals and we could look at them all day long.
30. The Surreal Masterpiece
It’s hard to believe we’re looking at an actual photo and not a staged masterpiece of some surrealist photographer. Because we can’t imagine someone would deliberately create such an eerie composition!
A burning car and what seems to be a group of moose taking a bath in a small pool – what on Earth is happening in this picture?
Maybe it’s better if we don’t know. But this could be a setting of some weird art-house movie – it would make David Lynch proud, that’s for sure.
29. That’s One Heavy Ball
That ball must weigh a ton if the athlete throwing it made such a face.
We bet he threw it all the way out of the field!
The world may not know this guy's name or even what type of sport this is, but thousands of people will remember his face forever!
28. The Heart of Fire
If you’ve ever watched a live fire show or simply observed a fire while camping, you know just how beautiful it is. Live fire can take many shapes, turning into birds, dragons, demons, and all kinds of fantastic creatures if you look long enough.
Here the photographer managed to capture a heart-shaped fire outburst performed by a fire dancer. It looks truly mesmerizing! And a little bit dangerous.
But fear not, fire performers usually know what they’re doing, following a set of rules and safety measures that keep them healthy and in one piece.
27. Skeleton Water Warriors
Synchronized lady swimmers are a tough bunch. Just look at them all dressed in skeleton suits, jumping out of the water like some kind of ninjas!
They must be training like real warriors to prepare for these performances.
Just look at the second woman - she must be super strong to flip her swimming partner like that! And the one in the air definitely has some superpowers.
26. He’s so Hungry!
Playing with perspective is one of the many ways to create fun and inventive illusions. This here is definitely one of the most hilarious we’ve seen lately!
The way the guy and the woman are positioned against each other creates the illusion that she is much smaller than him.
The photographer behind this shot must have planned it beforehand for everything to look believable. The guy’s expression is also priceless!
25. The Contortionist
We all know synchronized swimming can be beautiful, but nothing really prepares you for what you see with your own eyes. It’s simply mind-bending!
This shot captured the very essence of water gymnastics and what it looks like up close. Can you believe this woman? This pose is impossible for most people on the planet, but she’s doing it like it’s a piece of cake.
We can only applaud this gymnast and the team of synchronized swimmers that support her. This photo looks like a shot from some thrilling movie!
24. The Parrot Girl
Don’t you just love it when people play with angle and perspective when doing photography? You can come up with very creative solutions just by changing the angle of the camera!
Here we can see how the photographer managed to capture the perfect position of the bird that somehow merged with the woman’s head, creating a striking illusion.
Is it a girl, is it a bird, or is it both? She looks like a beautiful fantastic creature or some kind of new superhero. It’s also a great idea for a bird-shaped mask for Halloween!
23. The Burning Man
This guy must have eaten lots of chilli peppers or jalapenos to produce such a fiery fart! But seriously, what is happening in this picture?
Maybe they were testing some kind of rocket equipment that created this spectacular fire? But then it’s hard to imagine what that man was doing there standing in front of it.
If it was a carefully planned and timed photo, then we applaud the photographer. It would be even more amazing if the shot was taken by accident!
22. An Alien Arises
What’s a weird-looking alien doing in the pool? Oh, wait, that’s actually a swimmer emerging from the water.
But you have to admit this shot is priceless – the water looks like some kind of creepy gel and the swimmer looks anything but human!
This perfectly timed shot looks like it belongs in a horror movie, and we can only applaud the photographer, who took it.
21. The Worst Day of His Life
Kids love pizza as much as adults do, probably even more. And who doesn’t, really? Pizza is one of the yummiest meals in the world that comes with delicious melted cheese and all kinds of toppings. All in all, pizza just makes you happy no matter what state you’re in.
Imagine this boy’s despair when the pizza he was so eagerly waiting to eat just fell to the ground face-down. There was simply no chance of saving even a single piece of it. This is devastating on so many levels!
We just hope this kid’s parents were kind enough to buy him another one. It’s a very traumatizing experience losing a whole pizza like that!
20. The Awkward Jump
Even world-class athletes have weird moments when they perform.
Like with other celebs, photographers are there to capture their each and every funny expression!
It's even tougher for the men and women who compete in Diving - photographers love taking photos of their expressions. No one can escape that!
19. Something Seems Off
This is one of those photos you need to look at twice to notice that something is wrong. It seems almost alright at first, doesn’t it?
But then you notice the proportions are a bit off, and there seem to be too many heads in the picture.
Right, it’s a whole family! Well, it may be pretty obvious to some, but we certainly didn’t notice it at once. This shot ended up creating a hilarious illusion!
18. Casually Walking on the Water
Do you ever go to the swimming pool and there is always that one guy that starts walking on water the minute he gets some attention? No? Well, we neither, but it would have been really cool if it was possible in real life.
Walking on water would be so much fun! Still, you have to admit this is quite a genius shot.
Despite not being able to actually step on water, this man created the illusion that he is standing right on top of the pool. Kudos to the photographer for taking such a unique shot!
17. The Instant Internet Meme Face
How to become an Internet meme in a matter of seconds? This guy can tell you how!
His face instantly got legendary as soon as this picture got online. We can easily see why!
Still, we wonder whether he was alright after such a close encounter with a ball. That must have hurt!
16. Love is in the Air!
Are they fighting or are they dancing?
Seriously, though, you could never tell that the two of them are competing with each other – each guy has such a serene and peaceful expression!
The photographer who took this photo was either a genius, or incredibly lucky. It's one of the best sports memes we've seen!
15. High Five, Bro!
Can you believe this shot is real? This huge dolphin jumping out of the water to touch the hand of a man casually passing by – it seems like an unbelievable coincidence!
Was this shot planned? Doesn’t seem like it because everyone in the photo is just doing their own things, including the guy that was walking past the water.
This dolphin probably knows the man that is touching his nose in a friendly gesture. Anyway, it’s one of the best-timed shots we’ve ever seen!
Looking at cats we often forget that they are real hunters with perfect skills to catch their prey. Well, it’s a bit different when we see big cats.
They look both gorgeous and dangerous, so no one has any doubt as to how agile and deadly they can be. This cheetah is the perfect example of that!
Just look at that strong body caught in the jump! The cheetah’s open paw with claws seems like the deadliest weapon ever.
13. Diving is No Joke
Judging by the look on this diver’s face, Olympic diving is a tough sport!
There’s absolutely no way you can control your face in mid-air, and photographers are following your every step and crazy facial expression.
What was this woman thinking while performing this jump? She definitely wasn't expecting to be photographed like this.
12. Timing is Everything
How do people even take shots like this? It’s amazing how far we’ve got from old film cameras to quick digital ones that can take multiple shots in a matter of seconds.
That’s probably how this photo was taken, but then there is the question about how everything was timed so well.
And did the girl get hurt in the process? That ball seems quite heavy, and her glasses are flying away in the photo. This shot is truly amazing!
11. An Unusual Sail
Creating illusions that involve natural phenomena is one of the hardest things to do. That’s why such shots are so rare and beautiful!
Just look at this ship calmly sailing on the water with large moon crescent shining behind it. This shot alone would have been perfect, but the photographer made it even better.
He timed the shot so the moon crescent would look like the ship’s sail! It looks beyond beautiful.
10. The Mermaid
This perfectly timed shot turned this gorgeous synchronized swimmer into a weird version of a mermaid, who is in the process of changing into a woman.
It’s like a shot from the movie! With a bit of a scary twist.
But seriously, how do these photographers capture shots like this? It must have lasted for less than a second!
9. A Gatorade Shower
There’s no such thing as too much Gatorade when you’re a sportsman…or is it?
This coach got an actual Gatorade shower after his basketball team won the game.
What a way to celebrate the victory! The photographer managed to catch the most stunning moment ever.
8. Feeling a Bit Lightheaded
What a moment to capture! A ball instead of the head? The photographer must have been a real magician to take a photo like that.
This could happen only in gymnastics where girls are flexible enough to perform this stunt.
Kudos to the photographer for taking this shot!
7. A Shock of a Lifetime
What are these guys looking at? Did a monster jump right in front of them onto the field? Is there a train coming right at them?
Their faces are worthy of a horror movie. In fact, we believe actors wouldn't have done such a good job looking scared.
This photo really makes us wonder what's happening on the field. It will a mystery for now!
6. Is There Something on My Head?
This guy looks totally confused, and we get it! His face is full of wonder and amazement as if he’s asking ‘How on Earth did I get here?’
Well, to tell you the truth, dude, we don’t know, but you must be a very cool athlete if you’re wearing another guy as your hat.
Wrestling is a tough sport, but you could never tell looking at this guy. He almost seems relaxed!
5. The Ultimate Attack
Basketball is such a rough game. Just look at this guy trying to block the other player with the lowliest of all tricks – nose-picking!
These guys aren’t joking around, they are there to win.
We can only imagine the amount of surprise the player on the left felt when this happened. The other guys must have been shocked, too!
4. Please, No!
Did you ever feel both helpless and disgusted at the same time?
We don’t know what this guy’s emotions were at the time this photo was taken, but his face looks exactly like that!
Once again we see proof that diving is no joke. Judging by the faces of divers, it might be the toughest sport ever!
3. The Evil Witch
This swimmer looks like she’s performing some kind of a powerful spell.
Her face is menacing and water is splashing everywhere as if the spell is starting to work. She looks both funny and terrifying!
Seriously, though, she could totally ditch swimming and go build an acting career. She would be an amazing actress!
2. The Perfect Angle
Can you imagine the perfect timing of these guys? And we aren’t talking about the photo, but the movements that seem to be choreographed like stunts in a movie!
Still, it all happened by accident and we can only hope that no one got injured in the process.
That ball is just so close to the guy's head, and the other player is hitting it with his foot... This is definitely a recipe for disaster!
1. That Must Have Hurt a Lot!
Basketball can be such a traumatic sport! He got the ball through the basket, but the price was too high.
They do make those balls pretty heavy, you know.
It's such a weird moment for the player - on one hand he got the ball into the basket, but on the other, his face got slammed. We feel you, bro!