Photo Contest: Capture the Colour


Photo Contest: Capture the Colour

There’s a new photo contest going on and I can’t resist joining in the fun. Sponsored by, there are some great prizes (iPads!) and the contest is being judged by some of my favorite bloggers and photographers. [insert blatant attempt to kiss up to the judges here]

The rules are pretty simple: post on your blog photos that fit the following themes: Red, Blue, White, Green and Yellow. Share your post via social media (see the rules below for details) and nominate five other bloggers to join in the fun. If you don’t have all five, post what you have. Easy!

Ken Kaminesky was kind enough to nominate me and is judging the Blue category. Daniel of Canvas of Light is in charge of Red, while Abi of Inside the Travel Lab will be looking over the Green entries. Dave and Deb of The Planet D are in charge of Yellow and Christine over at Almost Fearless will judge White.

They’re all good people. And great photographers, too, so I’m glad they’re judging and not competing.

The contest ends August 27th, and the winner of each color category will receive a new iPad. The overall winner will net a £2,000 travel budget from You don’t have to be nominated to participate, so dig through those photos and get to blogging.

So without further ado, here’s my favorite colors.

Photo Contest: Capture the Color

It’s hard to take a bad photo on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India but this is one of my all-time favorites. I never saw the subject’s face –despite waiting 15 minutes for the shot– so I don’t even know if it was a man or a woman.

Whoever they were, they must have been deep in contemplation as they didn’t move the entire time despite an unending parade of people walking by.


Photo Contest: Capture the Color

Antigua, Guatemala is another shooter’s paradise with its weathered pastel walls and it’s inescapable sense of history. Its not uncommon to see old men like this carrying outrageous loads down the street using only a headband and a strong back. The strength and resolve of these lovely people is inspiring. (As an aside, I was once in a collectivo in Tula, Mexico when a similar-looking Mayan man accidentally ripped the sliding door off the van. The driver just sighed, shook his head and said “Mayan strength…”

Oh yeah — this guy is rockin’ an awesome hat as well.


Photo Contest: Capture the Color

My friends Mark and Sa asked me to photograph their traditional Thai wedding in Chiang Mai and I could not have been more happy to help out. Their outfits were stunning, the service was performed in both Thai and English and mood was relaxed and full of laughter. The reception after was a blast as well…. at least what I remember of it.

White strings were tied to the couple’s wrists by each guest and are traditionally worn for at least three days to bring luck to the marriage. For more photos and the rest of the story, click here.


Photo Contest: Capture the Color

This was a tough one for me, as I didn’t want to cheese out and feature a beach or water shot. This photo is from Kathmandu, Nepal and I’ve always loved it because it’s a reminder of just how much history is present in that city. It’s not unusual to find a statue like this on a street corner and later learn that it’s over 1,000 years old.


Photo Contest: Capture the Color

The rice fields outside Sapa, Vietnam are just just stunning and if you ever find yourself in that lovely mountain town, rent a scooter and head south just a few miles. You’ll find beautiful villages, hard-working people, mind-boggling vistas and endless waves of green.


So those are my best shots. You’ve got until August 27th, 2012 to show yours. Just don’t post anything too good — I really want a new iPad ;)


My nominations:

Kevin at The Mad Traveler Online
Jon at Life Part 2
Samuel at Nomadic Samuel
Glenn and Dixie at Vagabondians
Chris at The Aussie Nomad


What do you have to do to join in the fun?

1. Publish a Capture the Colour blog post with images for all 5 colors if you have the images. If you don’t have all 5 colors, post images in the colors that you do have. Those who don’t have photos for all 5 colors will still be in with a chance of winning the category winner prizes but you won’t be in the running for the main prize. In your post, make sure to mention the TravelSupermarket Capture the Colour Competition page ( so that your readers know what Capture the Colour is.

2. Nominate and notify 5 other travel bloggers to take part in Capture the Colour at the end of your post to spread the word about the contest!

3. By 27th August 2012, let us know you’ve entered the competition by either posting a link to your blog post on Facebook mentioning Capture the Colour and tagging the Facebook page and/or by linking to your post via Twitter and including @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour. We’ll be monitoring both Facebook and Twitter closely so all entries will be recorded. For those who don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can email your entry to, including your name, email address and phone number.

4. and the judges of the contest will share and retweet some of our favorite Capture the Colour posts throughout the competition so be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts closely!

5. Every Capture the Colour blog entry will be judged by our 5 judges with each judge selecting a color category winner to receive an iPad 3 or prize of similar value. The judges will then come together to select the overall winner of the £2,000 travel budget. For further information about the judging and the prizes see the Terms & Conditions by clicking the link below.

6. Terms and Conditions

Each individual judge will select a winner from their colour category. All the judges together will select the Grand Prize winner.


Got questions?

If you want to know more about the contest or if you have any questions please get in touch via either Twitter (@travelsupermkt) or email (

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephen July 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

Great shots as always. Love the man from Guatemala.


Mary July 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

Wow I love them all, especially the yellow. That should win for sure, and I entered as well;)


Jonathan Look, Jr. July 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for the nomination amigo!


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures July 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Amaaaaazing! WOW your red took my breath away!!!


wes August 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

Thanks! That’s my all-time favorite shot I think…


Matthew Karsten July 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Love em’ Wes! Your blue statue shot is my favorite of the bunch.


wes August 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

Thanks, brother!


casa de hamilton pool July 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Great stuff as always!


Christy July 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Cool photos! I want to roll around in those rice fields. It looks so inviting.


The Wonders of Wandering August 2, 2012 at 1:43 am

I nominate you to be a judge of…purple :) Sorry your disqualified but we would love your talent as a judge…and out of the playing field!! Great photos, and honestly amazing feelings captured. I love red the best, until yellow…then again with blue. Captivating!! -Daniella


wes August 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Okay, purple is tough ;)


Sophie August 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

Wow, some amazing photos here Johnny! Love the top one with the red dress – looks great!


Ayngelina August 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

This is the first time I’ve seen someone’s entry where I couldn’t pick my favourite, they are all beautiful.


wes August 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Thanks, Ayngelina :)


Samuel August 3, 2012 at 8:04 am

Great shots Wes! Thanks for the nomination. I like them all but the shot of the rice fields in Sapa, Vietnam is my favourite because I haven’t made it further north than Hanoi and it’s somewhere I really want to visit soon.


Wrabbit007 August 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Well, I WAS gonna enter until I saw your shots. Can’t compete – no way, no how. Beautiful photographs!!


neha August 5, 2012 at 3:29 am

A beautiful set!


Simon August 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Wicked photos, mate. I’m loving this competition because it’s brought out some really very interesting photography! Anyone can point a camera but not everyone can capture colour like this…


Sarah Somewhere August 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

Beautiful entry! I’m inspired to enter… That one of the old man with the chair is DEFINITELY iPad worthy me thinks!


Amanda August 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Your entry puts my soon-to-be-published one to shame! LOVE all your shots, especially “green.”


wes August 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Thanks, Amanda :)


Wends of Journeys and Travels August 19, 2012 at 7:23 am

I love the green and the blue as well as the red. Awesome photos these are and I am inspired looking at them. :)


Michel August 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Simplicity works wonders.


Shawn September 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

As one who lives in the desert, that green field is amazing!


rupam { xhobdo } September 13, 2012 at 3:10 am

Amazing photography. Congratulation for wining “Capture The Color Contest” 1st place in RED Category. All photos are awesome.


Adam Allegro September 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Congrats on the win! Beautiful capture!


wes September 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Thanks, brother.


Jonathan (@retrotraveller) September 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Beautiful set of images, congrats on the win!!


Abi September 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Congratulations – I just loved that Ganges pic


Rachel October 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Hey! Congrats on the win.

You’re one of my favourite travel bloggers. Love your wit, sense of humour and the way you see the world through your eyes. Keep on writing! You’re an inspiration and I hope to travel like you someday :)


wes October 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Thanks so much, Rachel :)


Mareta October 12, 2012 at 2:38 am

You are win :) , i post the ganga picture too but you beat me.


Petros Andreadis October 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hiya Wes,

Well done! Amazing photos & a well deserved win!
Your ‘red’ and ‘blue’ pics are moving! Kudos on being so patient on the ‘red’.
A great inspiration for our upcoming travels next year. We’re off to India, Cambodia & Laos, Thailand, and Argentina.
If you ever find your way to Edinburgh (and if we’re not traveling:-), give us a shout . A beer (or several :-) on us!


wes October 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

That sounds like an awesome trip! I’m sure you’ll have a blast. Keep me posted :)


Noel October 25, 2012 at 1:16 am

Congratulations on the win! Amazing photos! Especially the red and yellow. I really like how the themed colour stands out just enough yet blends in so smoothly with its surrounding.


Athala Elli May 27, 2013 at 11:05 am

Wonderful pictures..
I think you worked very hard to capture this pictures..
I like green paddy fields mostly
Thank you


Jade July 31, 2013 at 9:58 am

These are simply stunning, congrats on winning the contest! Keep at it! They’re all subtle and vibrant at the same time. wow


i*Kan October 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Congrats on winning last year’s challenge. I loved your red and yellow entries (though all the photos are great!). My guess is that the person in Varanasi is definitely a guy (judging by the footwear :-))