Photos are so ubiquitous these days that there are undoubtedly some amazing shots that get lost in the mix. After all, how do you focus on a single sunset in a sea of thousands of them?

One way to ensure an image really stands out is to take one that is, well, outstanding.

This may seem easier said than done, but when you step out in the world with your eyes wide open, all sorts of interesting phenomena and happenings will present themselves to you.

Through this lens, you can get a truly unique look into what an exceptional place our world really is. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Here are 45 photos that people couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take.