It’s my turn to play host to Travel Photography Roulette! My photo of a young boy running through the rain won last week’s contest over at Travel with a Mate so I have the honor of hosting this week’s contest and choosing a theme. And the theme is: Water.
Jeremy at Living the Dream came up with the idea and got the ball rolling. Eight weeks and hundreds of amazing photos later, it’s still going strong.
This week’s theme is water — whether it’s a beach scene, waterfall or kids playing with a garden hose, if there’s water involved it qualifies. Simply post your link in the comments below, include a sentence or two for a caption and I’ll add it to the page. When the week is up, I’ll announce a winner and they will choose next week’s theme. The contest will run from January 26th — February 3rd, so don’t delay!
The rules of the game are simple. The hosting blogger is the chosen winner of the previous week’s (7 days) game. The new host chooses a generic keyword or phrase that other bloggers submit photos to during the course of the week. Phrases can be as generic as ‘signs’ all the way to abstract thoughts like ‘religion’ and everything in between. At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo that fits the chosen phrase and moves it to the top of the post as the winning entry with direction to the new host’s site for the next round.
Readers can attempt to sway the author into picking a certain photo via comments but the author can ignore comments 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. 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!
- Nov 4-10, 2010 Living the Dream — “Animals”
- Nov 17-24, 2010 Skinny Backpacker — “Road Signs”
- Nov 29-Dec 6, 2010 Dream a Little Dream — “Street Art”
- Dec 8-Dec 15, 2010 Flashpacker HQ — “Festival”
- Dec 17-Dec 24, 2010 Over Yonderlust — “Landmarks”
- Dec 26-Jan 2, 2011 Don’t Ever Look Back — “Beaches”
- Jan 5-Jan 12, 2011 ThePlanetD — “Portraits”
- Jan 15-Jan 22, 2011 Travel with a Mate — “Motion”
Lighthouse on Koh Chang Island, Thailand at dusk.
The contest rules stress “No Photoshopping”, but consider that waved for this round. Post-processing is an integral part of photography in my mind, so long as it’s done with a light touch.
So, dig through your hard drive, sort through your best shots and show us what you’ve got!
The entries for Round 9 are:
Jaime @ Breakaway Backpacker
Benny @ Dawn Abroad
Sherry @ Ottsworld
We were staying across the estuary from Cadiz in the lovely Puerto de Sta. Maria, one of Spain’s main sherry producing centres. As is so often the case, a dawn patrol produced this epitome of tranquility.
Jeremy @ Living the Dream
Manyu @ Shutter Feet
Amy @ Surrounded by the Sound
Bryan @ Budget Your Trip
Cam @ Traveling Canucks
Matt and Deborah @ Travel with a Mate
Christy @ Technosyncratic
This photo was taken at Laurel Falls, a waterfall that you can hike to in the Great Smoky Mountains (TN). While we were there a rainbow emerged, so we got this picture of the rainbow with the spray of the falls coming down on the rocks.
Michael @ Go, See, Write
Erica @ Over Yonderlust
Kieron @ Don’t Ever Look Back
Kevin @ The Mad Traveler
Flooded salt pans outside of Bangkok. This shot is from a whole series of shots from a day we just had the freedom to drive through some back roads checking out the birds drawn to these pools and taking photos.
Magda @ Destination World
Dyanne @ TravelnLass
Back in the late ’80s I drove up to Mt. Rainier one afternoon, took a bunch of sunset pics then slept in my car til 3 am when I hiked up in the dark to the Paradise ice caves. Alas, the Paradise ice caves no longer exist – no doubt a sad consequence of a pesky little annoyance called “global warming”. ;(
Katrina @ TourAbsurd
Theodora @ Travels with a Nine Year Old
Mike @ Travels of Mike
Brooks @ Brooks on Break
Cape Kri, Raja Ampat, Indonesia — When diving, I often get focused on the walls and reefs below me. I looked up to gauge the sun for a different shot and saw these fish schooling above me. It was a great reminder that there are things happening in every direction in the ocean.
Natalia @ No Beaten Path
Dave and Deb @ The Planet D
Dustin @ Skinny Backpacker
Bruce @ 40 Plus Traveler
Akila @ The Road Forks
Marcello @ Wandering Trader
Rebecca @ Travels at 88mph
Dee @ Dream a Little Dream
Laurence @ Minimum Wifi
Neal @ Finding the Universe
Cailin @ Travel Yourself
Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
Nick @ LocationLess
Dina @ Vagabond Quest
Perfectly still water covers the ground of Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern. Long ago in wet times, this water reached the ceiling, sustaining the city against drought or siege. Where I stood to take this photo would have been under 4 meters of water.
Micah @ Travelitude
Floating down one of Venice’s hundreds of canals. Before getting in, I asked the mustached gondolier how much a ride would cost, he replied “8 euros.” Fair enough I thought, until the ride was over and I handed him a 10 spot. His smile turned into a snarl at the sight of the single bill and he began yelling “8″ again and again. It was then that I realized his thick Italian accent was turning “80″ into “8.” Ouch!