Travel Photography Roulette: Round 9


Travel Photography Roulette: Round 9It’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!

  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-Dec 15, 2010 Flashpacker HQ — “Festival”
  5. Dec 17-Dec 24, 2010 Over Yonderlust — “Landmarks”
  6. Dec 26-Jan 2, 2011 Don’t Ever Look Back — “Beaches”
  7. Jan 5-Jan 12, 2011 ThePlanetD — “Portraits”
  8. 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

This was the best shot I got while off the North Shore of O’ahu on the “Hawaii Shark Encounters” tour. We spent 30 minutes in a cage surround by lots of sharks.

Benny @ Dawn Abroad

Out of my way — 2 surfers almost hit each other at Dreamland, Bali. In the next scene, they successfully avoid each other.

Sherry @ Ottsworld

The Fast and the Furious — boat racing season in Tha Phra, Laos. I promise – this was not photoshopped…it was taken with a flash at dusk.

Fred Shively

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

The turtle was so hungry for its lunch that it had no regard that I was snorkeling right in front of it, which resulted in this photo from Barbados.

Manyu @ Shutter Feet

This shot is from a recent trip through the backwaters of India’s Konkan Coast. As we sped through the backwaters, I noticed the water splashing caused by the boat.

Jill @ Jack and Jill Travel the World

Fishermen in Java with their catch. Our first entry!

Amy @ Surrounded by the Sound

There are few better places in the world to see waterfalls than Plitvice National Park, Croatia – a UNESCO world heritage site with waterfalls interconnecting 16 turquoise lakes.

Bryan @ Budget Your Trip

Fishermen on their boats in the Niger river, Segou, Mali.

Cam @ Traveling Canucks

Snorkeling in the Red Sea – Dahab, Egypt.

Matt and Deborah @ Travel with a Mate

A beautiful stepped waterfall in a rain forest clearing. Erawan waterfalls in Thailand.

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

This photo was taken underwater in the Red Sea, near Dahab, Egypt. If you like scuba diving…. this is the place for you.

Erica @ Over Yonderlust

A bath from the Roman baths…. in Bath, UK.

Kieron @ Don’t Ever Look Back

The Petronas Towers during a thunderstorm, shadowed by a dark sky and waterdrops on our hotel room window.

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

This was taken in Iguazu National Park on the Brazilian side of the border.

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

Kwale Island, off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania. We went for a fantastic day of coral reef snorkeling, fruit sampling, and dolphin watching; I daydream about this every day…

Theodora @ Travels with a Nine Year Old

This is a picture of the Astarna, reflected in the water of the Batang Rejang at night time. It’s a palace built by the British adventurer James Brooke after he became Rajah of Sarawak, Borneo.

Ken @ Ken Kaminesky Photography

The tranquil waters of Lake Louise in Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada.

Mike @ Travels of Mike

Sunrise in Mission Beach Australia.

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

This is a photo of the James Cook fountain in Canberra, taken from ‘over the hill’, an angle you don’t often see it from. As you can see, there was a fair breeze that day!

Dave and Deb @ The Planet D

Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Dustin @ Skinny Backpacker

A child scoops water from inside the boat on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap.

Bruce @ 40 Plus Traveler

A Borneo Sunset so bright, it is hard to see where the ocean finishes and the sky starts! Overlooking the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, of the coast from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Akila @ The Road Forks

The waters at Milford Sound were still and clear, reflecting the sky, the clouds, and the mountains, as if the lake was a mirror on the world.

Marcello @ Wandering Trader

Lemaire Channel, Antarctica.

Rebecca @ Travels at 88mph

Lake Boomanjin, Fraser Island, QLD, Australia – AKA: The Red Lake.

Dee @ Dream a Little Dream

Taking a much deserved rest on the back of our floating raft house after some cave trekking in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand.

Laurence @ Minimum Wifi

A lake in Western Australia at sunset.

Neal @ Finding the Universe

Waiting for the rain to pass.

Cailin @ Travel Yourself

I went Tidal Bore rafting with Candice Walsh a few months ago and made a video of our trip. This is a screen shot of me right before I swallow half of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.

Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

Post storm surf session in San Diego, CA. You won’t run across an empty lineup very often in Southern California.

Nick @ LocationLess

Savannah, Georgia.

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!

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Globetrottergirls January 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

Wow, so many stunning entries!! Guess it won’t be an easy decision for you, Wes ;-) My favorites are Ken’s shot and the underwater picture with the divers by Michael Hodson. Although… Travel with a Mate’s picture is also brilliant and so is Sherry’s. Can’t wait to see which picture wins!
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Natalia January 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Wow, so many great photos – it’s a bit of an honour to be included! Thanks for hosting this round. Looking forward to the next one.
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Dina January 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

I totally enjoy seeing the water photos submitted above! (and congrats for the awesome motion picture you have!)

Here’s our submission, it’s about the importance of water.

Caption: 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.

Not photoshopped!

Dina and Ryan
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Katrina February 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

Dina, I LOVE this picture!
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Micah January 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

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! Needless to say at 80 euros, the 30 minute float was the most expensive thing my girlfriend and I did in Venice. Maybe this photo was worth it?


Adrian B. January 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm


So many amazing photos here! I subscribe to what @Globetrottergirls said: it will be a hard decision to choose a winner.
Here’s my photo (a windy beach in Montenegro) and good luck to all of you!
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Andrew January 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

The stories and descriptions are just as cool as the pictures in places, and that is saying alot with that group of pictures.

Here is my submission.
Somewhere near Naxos in the Aegean sea. A pretty stiff wind meant that we were plowing through waves splashing up onto our boat. I was lucky enough to catch an action shot.
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Adam Daigle January 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm
MiscJessica February 1, 2011 at 2:37 am

Here is my submission
Walking around the gardens at Versailles I neglected to bring an umbrella since the weather had been so nice…my mistake. Lucky for me there was a coffee booth every few feet to warm up.


Pedro February 1, 2011 at 3:06 am

What an awesome idea!!! I love all the submissions so far!

Here is my submission:

Just a casual afternoon in Tofino, British Columbia. Normal life includes riding down to the beach (surf board in arms), and riding the waves until the sun goes down.
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Manyu February 1, 2011 at 3:26 am

“riding the waves until the sun goes down”……………aaaaaah. Sounds divine.
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Laura February 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

Hi Wes, thanks for hosting this contest :) I can’t believe there are so many entries! I guess I’ll just throw mine in there too…

Despite the chaotic surroundings in the Bolivian pampas of birds, monkeys and millions of mosquitoes, the surface of the river was thoroughly peaceful and I snapped this water surface photo for a moment of tranquility.


Chris (Amateur Traveler) February 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

My entry is a picture of my blackwater rafting, that is to say tubing down an underground river in New Zealand –


Zablon February 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I am loving this competition


Aswin Anand February 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Hey Wes, this is my entry for the contest –
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Bethany February 3, 2011 at 4:29 am

Oh wow – editing allowed! Nice, now I don’t have to sort through the piles of unedited photos on my hard drive :)

Village of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy.

Cinque Terre where the sun shines bright, the buildings glow and the sea seems to laugh at itself. I miss it.

Thanks Wes and good luck!
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Irene February 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Wow!! Stunning shots!
I can see the problems in picking just 1 as each is fantastic!!!


Marina NC April 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Superb photos.. ‘waters at Milford’ was a sunning one. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. Erawan waterfalls in Thailand looks like artificial;-O How did u take such a beautiful photo? Special congratulation to those who clicked such wonderful photos and to the selectors who choose these photos..


Fred Shively December 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Many thanks for the inclusion among a stunning bunch.



Phoenix home rentals October 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Wow I couldn’t be a judge in this contest! This are all great pictures! CONGRATULATIONS!


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