Our Favourite SUITCASE Snapshots from the Wildest Corners of Our Planet

Dip into our archives to explore the natural wonders of the world with our pick of the SUITCASE stories that best capture the sheer beauty of planet Earth.

Over the course of 36 SUITCASE issues, we've met mountain gorillas in Uganda, wandered between the red, ragged peaks of China's Gansu province and strolled over Madagascar's soft white sands, among other adventures, and we're still regularly left awestruck by the stunning landscapes and striking wildlife found in the magazine.

So, in the spirit of celebrating the beauty and diversity of the planet for Earth Day, we've trawled through our back catalogue to bring you our favourite SUITCASE photography of this beautiful world.

Earthly wonders: the SUITCASE Magazine stories that best capture the beauty of planet Earth

Madagascar treescape
Boat on a Madagascar beach

Image credit: Mark Leaver

Treasure Island

Vol. 25: Pioneer

Prepare to swoon over love heart-pink skies and soft white sands while perusing our story on Madagascar's untouched corners. India Dowley headed off-road and off-grid on her expedition to the beguiling African isle, where forest tribes still thwart the reach of tourism.

A gorilla in Uganda

Image credit: Michael Turek

(Un)natural Selection

Vol. 33: Collective

Coming face to face with endangered mountain gorillas, and the displaced Batwa community, in southwestern Uganda, Serena Strang and Michael Turek puzzled over the enduring question of our times: whose needs come first, human or animal? Find Turek's incredible photographs of the jungle apes - and their human neighbours - in our Collective issue.

A canyon vista on the Mexico-US border
Desert sands on the US-Mexico Border

Image credit: Elliot Ross

A Long Line in the Sand

Vol. 20: Homelands

Sometimes, the Earth's beauty is best represented by its alienness. Case in point? The primordial beauty of the deserts, canyons and stretching sand dunes along the US-Mexico border, all of which appear in our Homelands issue. Travelling for 12 weeks along a 3,220km-long route, Genevieve Allison and Elliot Ross captured striking, empty landscapes characterised by lonesome rock formations and empty, seemingly endless roads.

A verdent scene in Albania

Image credit: Mark Rammers

River Deep, Mountain High

Vol. 34: Revival

Treading softly through Albania's forested peaks, Imogen Lepere and Mark Rammers encountered wild beauty and fiercely warm hospitality. Grab our Revival issue to ogle over the verdant splendour of this lesser-visited region.

Gansu, China
Gansu, China

Image credit: Yuri Andries

The New Silk Road

Vol. 23: Adventure

Ancient, rainbow-striped mountains, ragged against a hazy sky; a soft moss of vegetation battling Martian landscapes: sometimes, earthly delights appear altogether interstellar. Tracing the footsteps of Marco Polo through China's Gansu province, Yuri Andries captured the strange beauty of this sand-swept region in our Adventure issue.

Trees, UK
River running through trees in the UK

Image credit: Beth Squires

Shades of Winter

Vol. 35: Celebration

Sometimes, the beauty resides close to home. Beth Squire's arresting images of the UK's fields and forests, peaks and valleys, lochs, lakes and rugged coastlines convey the country's haunting elegance in our Celebration issue.

A lake beside the Silk Road train, in Tibet

Image credit: Marc Sethi

Soul Train

Vol. 16: Spirit

Vast, glossy lakes, the folded bulk of ancient mountains and the rich claret robes of monks: all these earthly wonders made the pages of Monisha Rajesh and Marc Sethi's story on Tibet's Qinghai railway. Follow the pair's journey between Xining and Lhasa, as they seek to reconcile the region's turbulent history with its otherwordly beauty.

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