Travel Photography Roulette: Round 8

Travel always creates such compelling photography. From the people you meet to the landscapes that surround you. The quirky sights you wouldn’t see back home and the photogenic festivals you get to experience.

There’s a great travel photography competition in the blogosphere right now that’s open to anyone with the inclination to take a great photo. It’s called the Travel Photography Roulette and we were lucky enough to win round 7 on The Planet D blog recently. Our portrait of a young child in Thailand was chosen as the winner, giving us some bragging rights and a chance to host round 8 of the competition.

The rules of the game are simple.  The hosting blogger is the chosen winner of the previous round.  The new host chooses a word or phrase and other bloggers can submit a photo each, 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, we’ll choose our favorite photo submitted in the comments of this post and announce the winning entry on our site with a link to the winner’s blog site for the next round. Readers can also comment on other people’s submissions to help us decide who should win (so tell your friends you’ve submitted a photo!). The winner gets to choose the next round’s word or phrase.

This competition has now closed. Check out the winner of the Travel Photography Roulette round 8.

The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each.  It also doubles as a winner’s table!  Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen word or 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”

Round 8 is… Motion

For Round 8, we’ve chosen the word: “Motion“, and our photo submission is below. Motion depicts action and movement. You can interpret this in any way you like. From abstract blurs, people dancing, transport moving and artistic use of motion blur. It’s up to you.

Those interested in playing please provide a link to a photo you’d like to submit and it will get hosted on this page. When submitting an image, please provide a brief description and location of where it was taken. On Saturday January 22nd we will pick a winner and that blogger can start the next round.

Our example of motion taken on the streets of Hanoi in Vietnam

This competition has now closed. Check out the winner of the Travel Photography Roulette round 8.

Travel photography roulette round 8 entries

Taken aboard a US Navy ship conducting night time helicopter flight operations in the Pacific Ocean. By Fidel Che Hart

St Albans… My first blog trip and an amazing experience. What a lovely place! By Simon

Heavy Traffic in front of the MBK Centre in Bangkok at Night. By Dave and Deb

This was taken in Karachi, Pakistan in April 2010. By Kristian

Taken while in motion on a tuk-tuk in Cambodia, the blurring highlights the fact that everyone else are also in motion while biking in the opposite direction. By Jeremy

The Sir Walter Scott Memorial in Edinburgh as seen at dusk taken in December 2007 with the Christmas merry-go-round in full force in the front. By Abbey Hesser

despite this guy slowing down to ‘pose’ still think it makes a pretty decent motion photo. By Iain Mallory

Traffic near the Colosseum in Rome. By Michael Hodson

A “Maiko”, apprentice geisha heading out in the early evening to a teahouse to entertain guests over dinner. By Aaron

Taken in Varanasi, India, where thousands of Hindu pilgrims bathe in the River Ganges. By Bryan

Fire dancing in Fiji. By Dina

Times I wished my feet had horsepower. By Dee

The 10K the iconic wheelchair race around The Rocks kicks off Australia Day celebrations each year. By Magda @DestinationWorld

Outside our usual hangout spot in Chiang Mai. By Kirsty

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A fire dancer entertains the crowd at the Zoo Project in Ibiza. By Travis

a gymnastic & ballet performance on ropes for the Vaudeville themed night in South Africa. By Sarah

The Colosseum in Rome. By Eurotrip

Moorish Water feature in The Alcazar in Cordoba, Spain. By Nick

Burlesque shot in Ft. Worth, Texas – girl doing a gypsy dance with lots of twirling. By Erica

Running through the rain in the Banglamphoo district of Bangkok. By Wes Nations

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A little bit of home halfway around the world in Sydney, Australia. By Rebecca.

Tuk Tuk in Bangkok

“Tuk Tuk Gone Wild” Taken at the MBK Center in Bangkok this past week. By Nancie

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A manta ray cruising on nutrient-rich current, off Pulau Derawan, Indonesia. By Theodora

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Amongst the milling tourists and pilgrims, my abiding impression of St Peter’s Square is of the massed pigeons swirling through the columns of the square. By Journey Photographic

Novilleros walk across the bull ring after a bullfight in Mexico City. By Stephen

Terms and conditions for entries and winners

  1. One submission per blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
  2. No photoshopping allowed unless specifically called for! Cropping and correction for red-eye or camera flaws are ok, however.
  3. 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!
  4. 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 ok to say focused things such as “monuments at night” in which most of us have pictures of.
  5. Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, but “Overlooking Creation” is able to be interpreted by all.
  6. No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  7. After a sufficient period of time, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted. Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  8. 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.
  9. Most importantly, ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.

This competition has now closed. Check out the winner of the Travel Photography Roulette round 8.

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