The landmarks that tourists find the trickiest to photograph have been revealed – and often it’s because there are too many people in the way.
A study quizzed travellers on hotspots across the UK and Europe where they failed to capture a picture they were happy with.
Respondents highlighted locations such as Snowdonia in Wales, Buckingham Palace, the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland and the Matterhorn in Switzerland as being particularly troublesome to snap.
A lone tree stands in a lake in Snowdonia. The national park in Wales is the trickiest UK sight to photograph, according to a new study
The research, commissioned by Huawei, polled 10,000 people across 10 European nations, and it unveiled the top ten most frustrating tourist hotspots to photograph across ten countries, including the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy.
Respondents across Europe voted the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland the trickiest in Europe to photograph (18 per cent), followed by the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps (12 per cent) with Gaudí masterpiece the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona coming in third (eight per cent).
When it comes to photographing UK landmarks, one in four Brits (25 per cent) are most exasperated by Snowdonia in Wales, closely followed by Stonehenge (16 per cent) and royal residence Buckingham Palace (12 per cent).
Buckingham Palace in central London is the hardest sight to snap in the UK according to 12 per cent of people
Eighty-three per cent of UK tourists feel that popular landmarks in cities are now too overcrowded, so perhaps it was no surprise that 25 per cent of those polled said the sheer amount of people at popular sights stopped them from getting an Insta-worthy shot.
Being unable to get up close (22 per cent) and struggling to get the right angle or lighting (16 per cent) were also two major problems.
For natural wonders overcrowding isn’t always so much of an issue, but respondents said they often failed to get the right shot because they were too impatient to line up the picture and that it was taking too many attempts to get it right.
The study also found that British tourists spend a collective 25 million hours just to queue, view and photograph landmarks and nearly half (45 per cent) are becoming increasingly frustrated trying to capture the picture-perfect holiday shot.
UK holidaymakers, the study said, take over 100 photos on average whilst away for one week, but two thirds (67 per cent) of all images taken on holiday end up being unused.
The younger generation in the UK are the most anxious age group when it comes to capturing that perfect photo, with 76 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds becoming stressed and one in 10 taking up to 400 photos on average during their getaway to capture the ultimate shot.
Respondents across Europe voted the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, pictured, the trickiest landmark to photograph on the continent
The Matterhorn in Switzerland is the second-hardest European landmark to photograph, according to Europeans
A quarter of tourists said the sheer amount of people at popular sights stopped them from getting an Insta-worthy shot. Pictured is the Eiffel Tower, which according to the poll, is the fourth-hardest attraction to photograph in Europe
THE TRICKIEST LANDMARKS TO PHOTOGRAPH IN THE UK AND ACROSS EUROPE
1. Snowdonia, Wales
3. Buckingham Palace
4. Big Ben
5. Tower of London
6. St Paul’s Cathedral
7. Edinburgh Castle
8. Windsor Castle
9. Palace of Westminster
10. Hampton Court Palace
Source: UK respondents
1. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
2. Matterhorn, Switzerland
3. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
4. Eiffel Tower, Paris
5. Buckingham Palace, London
6. Louvre, Paris
7. The Colosseum, Rome
8. St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome
9. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
10. Big Ben, London
Source: European respondents
Huawei commissioned the poll to celebrate the recent launch of the Huawei P20 Pro, the world’s first triple lens camera on a smartphone, which it claims enables users to take photographs from faraway and in extreme low-light conditions.
Andrew Garrihy from Huawei said: ‘We are committed to identifying and alleviating the common frustrations that people experience with technology.
‘By combining the most advanced camera system with the most intelligent camera experience, the Huawei P20 Pro is able to bring point and shoot perfection to the smartphone and help people to easily capture that picture-perfect shot.’