EEEEeeeee I won Photo Roulete AGAIN!!! This is one of the few chain events that I love around the travel blogging community. I just think it’s such a unique way for us to dig into our photo collection and share a photo of whatever the category may be. Travel Photo Roulette was started in November 2010 by Jeremy from LivingTheDream as a way for travel bloggers to showcase their best photography. For each round a new theme is chosen, and independent travel bloggers are asked to submit their photos. Then a winner is chosen to host (and judge!) the following round.
Before I continue… somewhere along the way we missed putting in a round of Travel Roulette and all were off by one. So I know the last one was #59, but should have really been #60. So I just replaced the one missing and will skip #60 and make this #61!!! I hope that makes sense if not just look at my list and the previous list the one missing was #51 the one I won. So I’ll carry on…
The second round I won was (#59) “REVOLUTION” hosted by Boomeresque. My photo of the one man standing in Tahrir Sq. while everyone is praying was the winner and well now it’s my turn to host again. I wasn’t sure what to pick as the theme… didn’t know if I should be silly and pick a naughty theme or keep it serious. Well I am keeping it serious and I am happy to announce the theme for Round #60 of Travel Photo Roulette:
I was going to pick a single color… my favorite color, but instead just wanna see anything COLORFUL. I wanna see bright colors… or just one bright color. Anything COLORFUL of ANYTHING… it can be the ocean, the sky, the sun, ruins, clothes, buildings… anything that you think is COLORFUL.
The colors inside the one temple in Egypt you must visit when you visit Egypt are thousands of years old but COLORFUL.
The clothes the Minority People of Vietnam wear are COLORFUL!
One of my favorite mosques ever is colorful.
Celbrating Holi in Mathura, India was COLORFUL!!!
The Contest will run from July 18th to July 25th, 2013.
For those new to the process, Travel Photo Roulette is a rotating event open to bloggers and photographers and people generally interested in good work. See the rules below
The contest rotates through travel and/or photography blogs as such, the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme, a generic keyword or phrase and players submit their interpretations of the theme over course of the week of the contest.
At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round. Readers can attempt to lobby the author toward a certain photo via comments – the author can accept or ignore any lobby as they see fit. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a phrase for new photo submissions.
- One submission per Blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
- Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. photoshopping) is not.
- Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!
- Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (around 600px).
- If you win, keep these in mind when choosing a new theme: * Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’. *Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, or “Overlooking Creation”. Use something that is able to be interpreted by all.
- After 1 year, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.
- No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
- Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
- Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
- Most importantly, ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.
- One last rule, since this is a competition for bloggers, we need you to be a blogger to be declared a winner. Sorry!
How to submit your photos
To enter in the Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with a link to the image (whether Flickr, Picasa or your own site) and we will upload it to this post. Don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so the viewers can get a little background as to what’s happening.
Check back here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in and feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days from today, with the submission date being July 18th to July 25th, 2013. (Thursday thru Thursday). The winner will be announced in a few days after the deadline, and they will host round #62.
Past Photo Roulette Winners and Hosts
The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each. This list also doubles as a winner’s table as each topic host won the preceding round! Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen term/phrase!
1. Nov 4–10, 2010 – Living the Dream – “Animals”
2. Nov 17–24, 2010 – Skinny Backpacker – “Road Signs”
3. Nov 29–Dec 6, 2010 – Dream a Little Dream – “Street Art”
4. Dec 8–15, 2010 – Flashpacker HQ – “Festival”
5. Dec 17–24, 2010 – Over Yonderlust – “Landmarks”
6. Dec 26–Jan 2, 2011 – Don’t Ever Look Back – “Beaches”
7. Jan 5–12, 2011 – ThePlanetD – “Portraits”
8. Jan 15–22, 2011 – Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
10. Feb 8–15, 2011 – Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
11. Feb 21–27, 2011 – Travels of Adam – “Friday Night”
12. Mar 7–13, 2011 – Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”
13. Mar 19– 25, 2011 – Brendan’s Adventures – “Changing Seasons”
14. Apr 4–10, 2011 – Shutterfeet – “Storytelling”
15. Apr 13–21, 2011 – 10 Times One – “Piousness”
16. Apr 26–May 4, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Learning”
17. May 21–27, 2011 – Travel Junkies – “Architecture”
18. Jun 1–7, 2011 – Destination World – “Transportation”
19. Jun 8–15, 2011 – Living the Dream – “Paradise”
20. Jun 21-28, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Clothes”
21. Jul 4-11, 2011 – The Unframed World – “Symmetry”
22. Jul 16-25, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Home”
23. Jul 31 – Aug 7, 2011 – BackPackerBanter – “Inspiration”
24. Aug 14 – 21, 2011 – WanderingTrader – “Darkness”
25. Aug 28 – Sep 4, 2011 – Finding the Universe – “Tranquillity”
26. Sep 12 – 19, 2011 – Fearful Adventurer – “Food”
27. Sep 23 – 30, 2011 – Adventures of a GoodMan – “City”
28. Oct 06 – 13, 2011 – Globe-Trekking.com – “Reflections”
29. Oct 17 – 24, 2011 – Scene With A Hart – ”Framing”
30. Nov 9 – 16, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Silhouettes”
31. Nov 26 – Dec 3, 2011 – Hecktic Travels – “Music”
32. Dec 11 – Dec 18, 2011 – Globetrotter Girls – “Love”
33. Dec 25 – Jan 1, 2012– Man on the lam – “Humor”
34. Jan 8 – Jan 15, 2012 – My Walkabout – “Winter”
35. Jan 15 – Jan 22, 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue”
36. Feb 6 – Feb 13, 2012 – Ten times One – “Depth of the Field”
38. March 7 – March 14, 2012 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine”
39. March 24 – 31, 2012 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character”
40. April 10 – 16, 2012 – The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene”
41. April 23 – April 30, 2012 – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country”
42. May 7 – 14, 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – “Evening”
43. May 17 – May 24, 2012 – Matt Gibson – “Adventure”
44. May 30th – June 6, 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime”
45. July 23rd – July 30, 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal”
46. August 10 – August 17, 2012 – 2away – “Smile”
47. Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2012 – Bridges and Balloons – “Excellent Splendour of the Universe”
48. Sept 8 – Sept 15, 2012 – The GypsyNester – “What the ?!”
49. Oct 22 – Oct 29, 2012 – Runaway Juno – “Sweet”
50. Nov 12 – Nov 19, 2012 – GQ Trippin – “Play”
51. Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2012 – Life’s Little Victories – “Friendship”
52. Dec 15-22, 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Face”
53. Jan 14-21, 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – “Serendipity
54. Feb 1-8, 2013 – Travel Transmissions – “Lost in Thought”
55. Feb 15-22, 2013 – Wanderlusters – “The Natural World”
56. Mar 17-24, 2013 – Travel Junkies – “Patterns”
57. April 25-May 3rd, 2013 – Living the Dream – “Your First Time”
58. May12-19th, 2013 – Getting Stamped – “As The Sun Goes Down”
59. June 6-13th, 2013 – The GypsyNester – “Cheesy Tourist Diversions”
60. June 27-July 4, 2013 – Boomeresque – “Revolution”
61 – ME!!!
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Submit your entry by July 25th – or let me know which of the entries below are your favorites:
Images will be posted as they come in.
#1 submitted by Charli @ Wanderlusters!
“I’m submitting one of my favorite shots from our time in Costa Rica. We were on our way to the Costa Rica / Nicaragua border and stopped at a little soda for something to eat. Down by the river we spotted some wild iguanas basking in the sun. Such fascinating animals. I love the vivid shades of green across his body and in the background.”
#2 submitted by Nicole @ Suitcase Stories!
“I chose a photo from Curacao Island in the Caribbean. There are a group of colored buildings on the water front on Curacao which are well photographed. They look amazing against the blue water. This is one of my favorite islands because of all the color you will find throughout downtown – Not to mention some of the most amazing beaches you will find!”
#3 submitted by Sam @ Indefinite Adventure!
“This was taken at Quebrada de las Conchas near Cafayate, northwest Argentina. It’s known as La Yesera (the gypsum quarry), and the different colours are different minerals in that make up the rocks. The light red is iron, the dark red, zinc, blue is cobalt and the light green is copper. Add in the greenery of the bushes, the blue sky and the white clouds, and it’s almost an entire rainbow!”
#4 submitted by Jenny @ Jennywise Arcade!
#5 submitted by Kle @ Keep Calm & Travel!
“This is, by far the most spectacular sunset I’ve ever seen. And the beauty of it is that it was totally unexpected! I was wandering into the Indonesian jungle (more precisely i got completely lost!) It was getting darker and darker but in the end i found my way out of it and entered straight into a painting.
I don’t find any other word to describe what my eyes were witnessing. I was the only person on the beach, The light was so warm and, believe it or not, i didn’t retouch the picture. It was so calm and silent all around, i sat on the beach for an infinite time. At some point i had to do something to make sure i wasn’t really into some kind of Stendhal Syndrome and i throw a rock in the water to create the circles you can see in the picture. It was a magic moment that it will remain with me forever.”
#6 submitted by Anwar @ Beyond my Front Door!
“I realize I don’t have too many colorful photos. It’s a bit strange in that sense. But I liked this sunrise photo from a recent trip to the Sinai.”
#7 submitted by Dani @ Globetrotter Girls!
“Since we’re returning to colorful Tucson for the 3rd time next month, I am submitting a photo of the beautiful colonial houses that are painted in bright colors in downtown Tucson.”
#8 submitted by Jacomijn @ Jacomijn’s Travel Blog!
“When I was wandering of in India I saw this colourfull scene.
This was in de streets of Varanasi. I really loved my visit to India!!!”
#9 submitted by Kathryn @ Boutique Travel Blog!
“Love this theme and there are so many photographs I’d like to enter but here’s one from The Gambia of a lady called Mariama, who I met in the village of Kanuma last April.”
#10 submitted by Jeremy @ Living the Dream!
“You picked a good theme, because our entry was taken just about 4 hours ago! We always wanted to track down the sunflower fields in Tuscany, but it all happened by chance on our first drive out of Florence.”
#11 submitted by Suzanne @ Boomeresque!
“The photo I’m submitting is a fresco on the ceiling in a stairwell in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. It is right across a bridge from the Canadian capital, Ottawa, and one can walk there from Parliament Hill — if one enjoys walking. The day I visited was a rainy, gloomy day which made this a welcome sight. However, it’s a little disconcerting having it above a stairwell. My friend had to catch me as I almost lost my balance staring up at the ceiling instead of watching where I was going on the steps.”
#12 submitted by James @ Fly Icarus Fly!
“The single most visually stunning day I’ve spent in my life was in the Ngorongoro Crater, a pan-flat caldera ringed by mountains and filled with cheetahs, lions, zebra. There’s a lake in the rainy season. It was so indescribably beautiful, I remember thinking to myself that it’d almost be worth being a prey animal, just for the sheer pleasure of waking up to life in the Crater, however short.”
#13 submitted by Craig @ Flashpacking Around the World!
“India is one of the most colourful countries we have travelled to, but seeing the traditional kathakali performance in Kerala has you reaching to turn down the colour dial. The colour and performance are mesmerising. You also get to see the pre-performance make up preparation which is a treat in itself. The performance relies on the visual expressions of the actors and this chap had a most engaging stare, I didn’t want to use flash or else the natural colours would be bleached out so I set the ISO to high and tried to hold the camera steady without a tripod. I love this guy.”
#14 submitted by Geoff @ Itinerant Londoner!
“Anyone who has travelled in Central America will have fallen in love with the stunningly intense colours of the traditional weaving that you can see in markets across the region. This picture is of a rug I saw in the lakeside village of Santiago Atitlan, on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Now I’m back home, every day I’m faced with a typically grey London day, all I need to do is look at the gorgeous colours from this shot and it takes me right back to my favourite part of the world.”
#15 submitted by Chris @ Amateur Traveler!
#16 submitted by Andrew @ Ctrl Alt Travel!
“Here is a colorful tableau of beers from Rotterdam. Yes, it is nearly always the same basic idea, but beer is one of the most varied foods I have encountered as we travel. This is a group of 5 beers from the same brewery, but each with its own color and flavor. The black one is a coffee beer, by the way and it was tasty.”
#17 submitted by Ali @ AliAdventures!
“My entry is a picture of tulips from Holland. I loved how many different colors there were, and this picture shows several of them. I especially like this picture because the one flower that’s really in focus is the only deep purple one while all the out of focus flowers are brighter shades of pinks, purples, reds and oranges.”
#18 submitted by Adam @ Travels of Adam!
#19 submitted by Elizabeth @ Social Work World Blog!
#20 submitted by Shane @ Travel Photo Facts!
“My own entry was taken during the Poi Sang Long festival in Chiang Mai. For Shan boys, Poi Sang Long is a rite of passage when they imitate the life of the Buddha, dressing up as Princes before being ordained as monks. The boys, aged between seven and 14, are carried on the shoulders of older male relatives throughout the celebrations until they enter the monastery on the third day.”
#21 submitted by Suzzane @ The Travel Bunny!
“My entry is from when we went hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey. We got up at 5am for a dawn balloon flight and were amazed to be surrounded by around 80 other balloons. As the sun gradually rose the colours became more intense and the experience more breathtaking by the minute.”
#22 submitted by Maria @ Latin Abroad!
#22 submitted by Maria @ Travel The Middle East!
#23 submitted by Bianca @ Nomad Biba!
“My submission is from the biggest celebration in Colombia: carnival in Barranquilla. It’s truly a magnificent affair. Every year, for a few weeks, the whole city just thinks about celebrating and enjoying themselves. You see costumes everywhere: on cars, on trees, on motorbikes… But the best of course is what people wear, they take it very seriously.”
#24 submitted by Kin @ Boarding Gate 101!
#25 submitted by Giulia @ Travel Reportage!
“I took this photo during my trip to the Netherlands last year. I was visiting the beautiful flower parks of Keukenhof, and I was already in awe, despite the rain. Then I climbed the stairs of a windmill and had a look around… I found a dreamlike scenery! The fields where tulips are grown surround the area, and two people, maybe workers, were walking in a distance. Such a beautiful view, with a touch of melancholy, right?”
#26 submitted by Brittany @ That’s Vandy!
“I chose a picture from our trip last week up the Pacific Coast Highway. One of the most beautiful parks has a waterfall that lands next to the ocean. It used to fall into the ocean before a rockslide many years ago. It is at Julie Pfieffer Burns State Park. The water is at least a dozen colors of green and blue. Against the rocky shore and the mountains behind, it is simply stunning. Standing on top of a cliff and looking at it was surreal. It was the most beautiful thing we saw on our trip.”
#27 submitted by Frank @ The Travels of BBQboy & Spanky!
“These are a few longtails on Long Beach, Ko Phi Phi”
#28 submitted by Lina @ Divergent Travelers!
“I took this photo during a trip to Beijing last June. We attended a Chinese Acrobatics Show and were blown away at the performance! This photo captures the lights, costumes and action all in one shot. I thought they were simply amazing”
#29 submitted by DJ Yabis @ Dream Euro Trip!
“One of the best live shows I have seen so far is that of The Flaming Lips’ in T-Mobile inMusic festival in Zagreb, Croatia. Why? Because the band understands that a live show is not just about singing on a stage in front of a live audience but about entertainment, production value, hundreds of bouncing balloons and confetti, lots and lots of confetti. In this photo, we can see lead singer, Wayne Coyne, with his epic giant hands beaming green lasers on disco balls. He IS Yoshimi battling the pink robots.”
#30 submitted by Cathy @ Traveling with Sweeney!
“I had been walking along Spadina Avenue in Toronto’s Chinatown taking in the bustling activity and colorful scenes. Then I turned a corner and headed into the Kensington Market neighborhood. Throughout the neighborhood, everything was surprisingly colorful — buildings, signs, food, people and even vehicles.”
#31 submitted by Chris @ Backpacker Banter!
“I took this shot at the beginning of my inca trail hike to Machu Pichu – I love the traditional Peruvian clothing and the vivid colours they can produce using seeds and berries from the surrounding land, And this little guy wrapped up on his mothers back is my favourite example of it.”
#32 submitted by Taylor @ Wanderlust Logs!
“SO many years of photos to go through! I finally ended up choosing a photo I took in Cambodia, on a bike ride hunting for a certain temple outside of Siem Reap. We got lost, but we found these beautiful kids. Cambodia is the most colorful country I have ever been to in every way. The vibrant red clay roads, the verdant landscapes, the once bright colors of their long-since-washed clothes. And most importantly, the colorful people. To me, this photo captures it all.”
#33 submitted by Montecristo @ Montecristo Travels!
“My 3.5 pound faithful travel companion always knows how to remind me to live in the moment. On a sunny fall day he stops to enjoy the glorious colours and of course the last warm rays. He.would.not.move.”
#34 submitted by Erik @ Around This World!
“This is one of my favorite photographs, taken at a flower market in Bangalore, India. It was a busy place of full of bright and beautiful flowers – I shot this looking down from a balcony on the second level.”
#35 submitted by Donny @ Turtles Travel!
“We’d like to submit one of our favorite shots from Tagong, in far western China. It’s on the Tibetan Plateau in the historical Kham region, filled with amazingly blue skies, green hills, wildflowers, monasteries and temples in front of a snow-capped mountain backdrop. The prayer flags in this photo ascend to the hilltop behind a monastery.”
#36 submitted by Kris @ The World is Our District!
“This tire has been turned into the spray paint can retirement community at Cadillac Ranch just off of I-40 near Amarillo, Texas (which in itself means yellow).”
#37 submitted by Justin @ The Endless Weekend!
“The TAJ in full color!”
#38 submitted by Micki & Charles @ The Barefoot Nomad!
SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED!!!
A huge thank you to everyone who submitted a photo… this is seriously a great bunch & I love every single one of them. Please give me a few days to figure out who the winner is. I have no clue right now, but by next week I should have one. I am going to ask for peoples help and opinions too. I won’t post the result until next week because I will be busy this weekend and will also have my 3 year blogging post come out too. Yeah been blogging for 3 years now!!!