What was once a genuinely radical festival, based on principles of inclusion, decommodification, self-reliance and communal effort, Burning Man festival has changed somewhat.

With your average person in Burning Man's 2018 edition needing to shell out $1500 over the course of the art festival, 'escaping capitalism' in order to rub shoulders with spaced out Silicon Valley brogrammers and pseudo-bohemian billionaires doesn't come cheap for the opportunity to capture the most amazing pictures for your Instagram.

Of course, there is still a large core of regulars and those who attend in the true spirit of the Buring Man festival, the installations are pretty amazing, and the atmosphere is as intense as ever. Those that we mostly see however are the same old Instagram influencers, whose habit of taking similarly posed photos can make even an event like this seem like we've seen it all before.

Luckily, we here at Bored Panda have managed to compile a list of awesome Burning Man photos from this years event, scroll down below to check them out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Burning-Man-2018

missjiecouture Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Almost looks like a beautiful Eastern painting. Awesome!

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#2

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zimokosova_zhanna Report

Nini Meow
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww so adorable

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#3

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techport_ Report

Cat on a bike
Community Member
3 years ago

Everything and all photos are amazing, but(t) this one made me laugh :))

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#4

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polina_askeri Report

Alex K
Community Member
3 years ago

didn't her ass burn?

Nessie
Community Member
3 years ago

That would be a burning woman

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read041
Community Member
3 years ago

Could I just point out that if wasn't taken at Burning Man, and was like an ad for a magazine or something people would be saying "This is cultural appropriation!!"

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

I hate the term "Cultural Appropriation" - complete overkill! what on earth is wrong with appreciating some some aspects of other cultures traditions, dress. and ornamentation. Put bluntly - do you criticise the Japanese for adopting western dress and insist they should keep to the Kimono? Should Hawaiians have to continue wearing grass skirts? Should those of African origin be made to wear their tribal dress or be allowed to "culturally appropriate" western styles when they so wish. Likewise, when those from the 1st world appreciale and admire another more ancient culture, what is wrong with paying tribute to it's beauty by adopting some of it's lost traditions?

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P Allen
Community Member
3 years ago

The reason the festival sucks now..

vp
Community Member
3 years ago

White girls still wearing war bonnets? Stay ignorant, white girl!

Hugo Raible
Community Member
3 years ago

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Not everybody subscribes to the PC police.

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Agatha
Community Member
3 years ago

We condemn the appropriation of Native American headdress at the festival event. This woman is obviously clueless in her pursuit of being something “hip”. Shame on her!

Lee from Phoenix
Community Member
3 years ago

I only hope your joking!

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Clara Bayliss
Community Member
3 years ago

Wearing regalia you have not earned is an insult. Educate yourself.

Random Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the sculpture and the pose of the girl. The photo has great energy and flow. I'm a bit iffy on her outfit though.

Mae
Community Member
3 years ago

All these instagram "models" make me laugh xD

Anne
Community Member
3 years ago

That's a steel horse.. in the sun.. hotter than hell I'd think.. but amazing picture!

Polina Askeri
Community Member
3 years ago

Yep, that was hott 🙈🔆

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Doodlebug
Community Member
3 years ago

What I don't get, from all the people defending their right to wear things like war bonnets, is why are you so dismissive of the fact that people from that culture say it hurts and disrespects them? What happened to your compassion and empathy? Can you really not imagine what it's like to witness an entire group of people, whose ancestors committed genocide against yours, wear your religious symbols as party favours? Can you really not?

Meghan Kennedy
Community Member
3 years ago

cultural appropriation much?

Kerryanne Ansari
Community Member
3 years ago

Appropriation of other cultures traditional headwear (war bonnet) is NOT sexy

SurfrTx
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

omg relax for f..k sake!

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Lina
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful! Both, this Art-piece and the girl. Lovely combination.

SurfrTx
Community Member
3 years ago

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El-Ray King
Community Member
3 years ago

War bonnet as fashion statement really needs to stop. The war bonnet is an artifact of high spiritual and cultural importance to First Nations. You don't just plop it atop your head for an Instagram shot--you must earn it, and be given the honor of wearing it. Why do these assholes continually need to be told this? It's not fashion, fools. Don't treat it as if it is.

Logistika & Sborka
Community Member
3 years ago

Polina ! Is it really you? Very glad to see you))

Polina Askeri
Community Member
3 years ago

Yep) it’s me)

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Aileen Grist
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing - hope someone helped her down so she doesn't cut herself

Polina Askeri
Community Member
3 years ago

Just a little bit) but for such a nice result I would do even more

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Valereee
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful!!!

Alyse
Community Member
3 years ago

really don't like her outfit, but the sculpture is cool

Vicki Richardson
Community Member
3 years ago

Why is she wearing socks?

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

amazing sculpture

Alissa Merstrand
Community Member
3 years ago

As a horse owner, this picture looks so wrong lol

Gay Chiappetta
Community Member
3 years ago

Not epic - how many times have the First People asked us NOT to wear war bonnets?

Bríd Gallagher
Community Member
3 years ago

Stupid b culturally appropriating Native Americans! What do Native Americans have to do with music festivals?

Kerryanne Ansari
Community Member
3 years ago

Offensive

Louise Brigance
Community Member
3 years ago

She has the skinniest legs I've ever seen...wonder if she eats?

Len Fuld
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, but she took an assburin for it!!!

Polina Askeri
Community Member
3 years ago

Well. I survived)

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Lyop
Community Member
3 years ago

Perfect pose and sculpture. Can feel the movement.

Doesnt Matter
Community Member
2 years ago

She is stunning!

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome!

Dawn Myrvold
Community Member
3 years ago

Ya gotta admit it really is elegant

Laura Elizabeth
Community Member
3 years ago

Cultural appropriation and MOOP in one photo. Burning Man is dead.

Regina Villano
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow!

Celental Midnight
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm kinda sad about this one... Another image of cultural appropriation...

Don Flynn
Community Member
3 years ago

wow - just wow!

Rebecah Ozuna
Community Member
3 years ago

Lovely native representation.

Bonnie Jay
Community Member
3 years ago

Look at this long legs... I wish.

Shanti
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful sculpture - and the placing of another form of transport - a bicycle - in the background is amusing!

LYNDSEY KEYS
Community Member
3 years ago

sooo cool wish that was me

Patricia Tesman
Community Member
3 years ago

Sheila is that you?

Maryjane Ry
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful !!!

Michelle Boden
Community Member
3 years ago

love the photo

Maggie Collins
Community Member
3 years ago

Brilliant!!

Patricia Ross
Community Member
3 years ago

looks like a cut waiting to happen...absolutely beautiful though.

Anet Arteacher
Community Member
3 years ago

Such a beautiful sculpture!

sakora
Community Member
3 years ago

Like a tempest...

Roxanne Horbatuck
Community Member
3 years ago

That’s a good one

Broderick Pruitt
Community Member
3 years ago

Beauty

Karon
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, damn. :(

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

Don’t slip! You’ll amputate something!

Abhisek Chakraborty
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW

SurfrTx
Community Member
3 years ago

Nice legs!

SurfrTx
Community Member
3 years ago

All I can say is nice legs!

Unicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

I love her headdress!

Sarah
Community Member
3 years ago

How do you know she's white? True, only me wore war bonnets, but that's not racism or appropriation.

El-Ray King
Community Member
3 years ago

A Native girl would have the sense not to treat a war bonnet in such a flippant and disrespectful fashion.

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#5

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bacydoit Report

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

looks like ancient desert markings

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#6

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miaomiao_chu Report

Aaron Kara
Community Member
3 years ago

Luke?

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#7

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innerastronauts Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Can't argue with that in that situation.

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#8

25+ Epic Photos From Burning Man 2018 That Prove It’s The Craziest Festival In The World

John Curley Report

Allie Faux
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought they burned a man? Or is that the base the man was built on?

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#9

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burningmanhateweek Report

Деница Петрова
Community Member
3 years ago

This one is the most beautiful picture yet.Lovely.

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#10

Burning Man 2018

l.emelyanova Report

A B C
Community Member
3 years ago

That looks like it's straight outta Mad Max

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#11

Burning Man 2018

thexinyc Report

Little letitia
Community Member
3 years ago

Yeah so FUCK standing under this!

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#12

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paellaworks Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Whoever made this must be one very skilled artist!

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#13

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trevorburnzy Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

This is gonna take some effort to boop its nose

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#14

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izadess Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Fancy!

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#15

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missjiecouture Report

Random Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

I think this one is my favourite. So simple and beautiful.

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#16

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mari_shest Report

Selina Ali
Community Member
3 years ago

This one made my day

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#17

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erichinman Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

For a second, I thought these were his shoes. I should go home and sleep, I guess.

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#18

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zitavass Report

Sora Lyra
Community Member
3 years ago

This remind me of Lady Gaga.

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#19

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mari_shest Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

Here the big ball looks as another moon or a planet

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#20

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thelukewhiting Report

Anne
Community Member
3 years ago

oh wow

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#21

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traveltotomorrowland Report

Cat on a bike
Community Member
3 years ago

Bunnymobile <3

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#22

Burning Man 2018

2ndfloorguy Report

P Allen
Community Member
3 years ago

I hate that everything is an Instagram shoot now...

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#23

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sharipovaliliya Report

Gabby M
Community Member
3 years ago

I much prefer all the photos of JUST the installations without the models blocking them.

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#24

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lb7452 Report

Juana
Community Member
3 years ago

A shot thru the heart and you're to blame

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#25

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dewhee1 Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

I really love the small painted details!

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#26

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2ndfloorguy Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks great! Experiencing the inside in real life must be pretty amazing

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#27

Burning Man 2018

monkeyprojectofficial Report

Lina
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh look! The Baba Jaga house made it to the festival too

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#28

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deboradavid Report

Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know who's the artist but I love the concept!

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#29

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ninjayap98 Report

Iris Omri-Engler
Community Member
3 years ago

Comb the desert :-)

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#30

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_poppea_ Report

Indre Noreika
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing and surreal. The rainbow. Be still my heart

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#31

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draginah Report

Jackie Mercer-Austrup
Community Member
3 years ago

Quite a Warrior!

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#32

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thelukewhiting Report

Steve Poss
Community Member
3 years ago

Car Kebab

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#33

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prestonsmiles Report

Brigitta Swart
Community Member
3 years ago

If she does not put sun block on it is going to be called Burning Lady

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#34

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taylor___mac___cares Report

RedPanda
Community Member
3 years ago

Anyone know what this sound camp was called? I want to try to find a set from Wednesday night.

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#35

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draginah Report

CultOfBambi
Community Member
3 years ago

Someone in appropriate clothing! Whoop!

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#36

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_m.denise Report

RedPanda
Community Member
3 years ago

The rainbow has stairs on the sides so you could climb up and look around. At night it lights up and could be seen from anywhere in the playa.

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#37

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jenwalkersf Report

Odd1sout
Community Member
3 years ago

Steampunk Alice in wonderland?

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#38

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ilovetravelwoman Report

Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
3 years ago

This one should be higher up. It’s awesome.

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#39

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alzimin Report

SnowyLynx
Community Member
3 years ago

Attack of the.... assault bikes?

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#40

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patrycja_milov Report

debbbr
Community Member
3 years ago

flintstones vehicle

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#41

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senoritosebastien Report

Steve Poss
Community Member
3 years ago

Slender Man

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#42

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draginah Report

A B C
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought this compilation was _not_ about all the instagram-posing-infront-of-stuff...

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#43

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dewhee1 Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

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The "fallas" in Valencia are better ;)

#44

Burning-Man-2018

annastrupinskaya Report

Rick Penn
Community Member
3 years ago

Someone point me towards the fish bowl, please?

#45

Burning-Man-2018

senoritosebastien Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

I love pacman! ❤

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#46

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miaomiao_chu Report

S Bagci
Community Member
3 years ago

I love this one. That guy is hot.

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#47

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traveltotomorrowland Report

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

These are gorgeous! How big? can I get one? If I paint my cello will that change the sound? genuine question I truly do not know. ( it is a cheapish cello, my first, and I am still paying it off, No Regrets)

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#48

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mari_shest Report

MBZ MetalsmithArtist
Community Member
3 years ago

That red is really popping- gorgeous portrait - she has a lovely relaxed and friendly expression

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#49

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rosacrespo Report

Mountain Hippie
Community Member
3 years ago

So I'm thinking Burning Man is for female models in their early 20's with a liking towards spacey futuristic clothing made out of very small pieces of fabric.

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#50

Burning Man 2018

alzimin Report

Giulia Bergamini
Community Member
3 years ago

Black mirror? Mmh

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#51

Burning-Man-2018

traveltotomorrowland Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Thanks for the reminder?

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#52

Burning-Man-2018

jeleibean Report

Spinaap
Community Member
3 years ago

so weird and so beatiful (in its own way) at the same time

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#53

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taylor___mac___cares Report

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

Welcome, Earth creatures.

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#54

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rrael Report