What is Travel Photo Roulette?
For the readers who are not bloggers, the Travel Photo Roulette is a photography contest where the winner of the previous round gets to pick a theme, host the contest and decide on the winner. It is a way to share memories, beautiful photography and discover some new blogs!
The last one was hosted by ZigZag on Earth with the theme of The 4 Elements (earth, wind, water and fire). The quantity and quality of amazing travel photography as impressive and we were honored to have been selected as the winner for our close-up of the travertines of Pamukkale, Turkey. Our photo was a combination of Earth, Water and Wind – the water carries the minerals down the mountain where wind deposits and shapes the formations, which creates of tapestry of texture.
We are passionate about Heritage, so that’s this month’s theme. What does heritage mean to you? For us, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites is one of our favorite things to see while traveling. These world treasures define our humanity. But heritage can also be much more personal – tracing your roots around the world.
To participate this week, tell us what heritage means to you. Here are a couple of our photographs to give you some inspiration:
And the first image on this post represents heritage to us. We both have Irish ancestry and love to connect with our shared heritage on the Emerald Isle.
The winner of Travel Photo Roulette #89 is Jeremey from Living the Dream. We were blown away by both the photo and the interpretation of the theme (Heritage). Vatican City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of heritage for millions of Catholics. But it’s also in a Rome, probably our favorite big city in Europe. When we decided on the theme, we had no idea what we would receive in terms of submissions, but we certainly didn’t expect this. It was a pleasant surprise. Congratulations to Jeremey!
The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so 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 people submit their interpretations of the theme over the 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 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.
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Travel Photo Roulette Guidelines
- One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
- Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (i.e., using Photoshop to remove elements) 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.
- 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 photographs must be your own.
- One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!
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 through the week to see all the entries as they come in – feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days, from October 4th until Saturday, October 11th when the submission period ends. We will announce the winner within a couple of days of October 11th, and they will host the next round.
Entries – Here are the submissions:
1. Jeremy from Living the Dream
“When my grandma died we found a box of slides from her trip around Europe in the 60s. I grabbed a few from the places I’ve been and took them with me the next time I went to Europe to capture a new photo and honor her memory. This one at Vatican City is one of my favorites!”
2. Brent from Travel & Landscape Photography
“My wife and I love to visit UNESCO sites when we travel. This spot in Thailand was especially interesting because it had an audio tour you could listen to as you walked the vast grounds of an ancient city and learn the actual stories and culture behind the society and the buildings still there.”
3. Beatrice from Eille la Cheap
“I love cities that embrace their history rather than hiding it. It’s one of the many reasons I love Hobart in Tasmania. Despite the fact that it’s a city built by convicts with a rather grey heritage, there is no attempt made to hide the past.”
4. Jurgen from Dare2Go.com
“I bet you don’t find this place in many guide books, but if like to discover a cute German town full of crooked old half-timbered houses, so called ‘Fachwerkhäuser,’ then go an visit Hannoversch Münden! The good news: it’s not teeming with tourists like Heidelberg or other well known destinations. It’s about 150 kilometers south of Hanover (Hannover in German), or a bit over 200 kilometers north-east of Frankfurt. We came through this town by pure chance, because we toured Germany by car trying to avoid all motorways.”
5. Kristin from Travel Past 50
“Although it’s tempting to picture the prize–the churchyard and family headstones we found in Bronnestadt, Skane, Sweden–the thrill was in meeting Uno. He was one of two people we met who knew my grandfather’s sister. He was also the one person we met in all of Sweden who spoke not a word of English. So Uno’s neighbor Monika helped, steering us in the right direction.”
6. Beth from Travels in Translation
“Not feeling a connection to my culture, this past summer I took a trip to Europe with my mother to explore our family’s heritage in Germany. With only an address on a crumpled piece of paper, we set out to find my great-grandmother’s home. Although in the end we were unsuccessful in finding the house, we were able to find something just as important– Rheinstein Castle. This castle was the subject of my great-grandmother’s needlepoints hanging in our home, and upon seeing it, I finally found my own special connection to my heritage and Germany.”
7. Carole from Travels with Carole
“I took this picture at the Iwo Jima Memorial after attending my father’s burial in Arlington Cemetery. He served as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II.”
This is a list of all the previous winners and themes. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.
- Nov 2010 Living the Dream Animals
- Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker, Road Signs (page deleted)
- Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream, Street Art (page deleted)
- Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ Festival
- Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust Landmarks
- Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back, Beaches (page deleted)
- Jan 2011 ThePlanetD Portraits
- Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate Motion
- Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond, Water (page deleted)
- Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky, Urban (page deleted)
- Feb 2011 Travels of Adam Friday Night
- Mar 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles The Journey
- Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures, Changing Seasons (page deleted)
- Apr 2011 Shutterfeet, Storytelling (page deleted)
- Apr 2011 10 Times One Piousness
- Apr 2011 Beached Eskimo, Learning (page deleted)
- May 2011 Travel Junkies Architecture
- Jun 2011 Destination World Transportation
- Jun 2011 Living the Dream Paradise
- Jun 2011 Vagabond Quest Clothes
- Jul 2011 The Unframed World, Symmetry (page deleted)
- Jul 2011 Beached Eskimo, Home (page deleted)
- Jul 2011 BackPackerBanter Inspiration
- Aug 2011 WanderingTrader Darkness
- Aug 2011 Finding the Universe Tranquillity
- Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer Food
- Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan City
- Oct 2011 Globe-Trekking.com Reflection
- Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart, Framing (page deleted)
- Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest Silhouettes
- Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels Music
- Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls, Love (page deleted)
- Dec 2011 Man on the lam Humor
- Jan 2012 My Walkabout Winter
- Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel, Blue (page deleted)
- Feb 2012 Ten times One Depth of the Field
- Mar 2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine
- Mar 2012 Travel With Kat Local Character
- Apr 2012 The Travel Bunny Street Scene
- Apr 2012 Adventure Crow Spirit of the Country (page deleted)
- May 2012; Food Travel Bliss; Evening (page deleted)
- May 2012 Matt Gibson, Adventure (page deleted)
- May 2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime
- Jul 2012 Skinny Backpacker, Surreal (page deleted)
- Aug 2012 2away, Smile (page deleted)
- Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe
- Sep 2012 The GypsyNester What the ?!
- Oct 2012 Runaway Juno Sweet
- Nov 2012 GQ Trippin Play
- Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories, Friendship (page deleted)
- Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face
- Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity
- Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought
- Feb 2013 Wanderlusters, The Natural World (page deleted)
- Mar 2013 Travel Junkies Patterns
- Apr 2013 Living the Dream Your First Time
- May 2013 Getting Stamped, The Sun Goes Down (page deleted)
- Jun 2013 The GypsyNester Cheesy Tourist Diversions
- Jun 2013 Boomeresque Revolution
- Jul 2013 Breakaway Backpacker Colorful
- Aug 2013 Around This World Mountains
- Aug 2013 Passports and Pamplemousse Hands at Work
- Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
- Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
- Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery The Market
- Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet? Travel Fails
- Oct 2013 The GypsyNester Weird Regional Foods
- Nov 2013 Sophie’s World Trees
- Nov 2013 SHOuTography Party
- Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin
- Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel; Light (page deleted)
- Jan 2014 This World Rocks Crowds
- Jan 2014 Travel Past 50; Competition (page deleted)
- Feb 2014 The Working Traveller Working
- Mar 2014 Travels with Carole, Umbrellas (page deleted)
- Apr 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
- Apr 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
- May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
- May 2014 Backpack Me Mouthwatering
- Jun 2014 20 Years Hence, The Face of A Nation (no longer available)
- Jul 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild
- Jul 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!
- Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia, Candid (page deleted)
- Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth Hiking
- Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out Transport
- Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet, Wild World (page deleted)
- Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth The 4 Elements
- Oct 2014 Travel Addicts Heritage