Somewhat astonishingly – especially for someone who has a regular feature entitled My Bad Travel Photo which highlights the usual travesties we manage to take – we were chosen as the winners of Travel Photo Roulette. We are now strutting about with our chests protruding prominently and proclaiming our genius with a lens to anyone who will listen.
Behold, our winning photo
Last time around Tom and Kris Bartel of Travel Past 50 hosted the event around the theme of conflict or competition. As winners we now get to have everyone round to our place as hosts of Travel Photo Roulette #75.
Okay, enough with the showing off. Travel Photo Roulette? What’s that then?
Travel Photo Roulette is a competition started by Jeremy at Living the Dream way back in November 2010 as a way for travel bloggers to connect and share their photos.
This week’s theme is: WORKING or WORK
Most of our readers are interested in working or volunteering abroad so the theme of WORKING is the most obvious one for us. Even if you are not actively looking to work abroad the requirement that we need a blog – with all the effort that entails – to enter this competition means the contrast between working for a living back home and the freedom of the open road is a little more blurred for us all.
This theme is open to interpretation (so hopefully we won’t get lots of pictures of people typing on their laptops). If you took a photo of one of the countless daily working lives we all pass through as we travel, please submit it to us here.
Here are a handful of our own examples:
The contest is pretty straightforward. The winner of the previous round chooses a new theme and hosts the competition on their blog, inviting others to share their photos over the course of a week or two. As the end of the contest period, the host selects a winner and the process repeats itself.
1. One submission per blog please.
2. You will need a personal blog or website to participate (so you can host if you win!)
3. Post processing, cropping, correcting for red eyes and other flaws is fine.
4. Abstract submissions are welcome. But if you want to win, it’s probably best that the judge understands your interpretation
5. Hosts should keep themes general so all bloggers can participate. Avoid specifics like ‘Eiffel Tower’; instead choose a more open theme, like ‘monuments’ or ‘monuments at night’
6. Abstract themes can be fun, as long as everyone can understand. ‘Overlooking creation’ is good, ‘Kafkaesque’ is not
7. No obscene photos or themes allowed. Suggestive themes and photography might be accepted, but be careful. Remember, the host is all-powerful
8. Themes may be reused after a period of time; however new photos must be submitted. Keep it fresh!
9. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
10. Most important: ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.
11. Please spread the word about Travel Photo Roulette via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and any other means you can think of and use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette
12. It’s a game, so have fun with it.
How to enter
To enter the competition, simply leave a comment below with a link to your photo and it will be added into the post (or send us an email using the “Contact” tab above). A brief description of the picture is always welcome to provide some background and context. Also, please don’t forget to include your name, link to your blog, and any pertinent social media information so everyone can come see what you’re all about (and we can contact the winner!).
The contest will run until Midnight GMT, February 28, 2014, after which time we will ponder on who we will pick as the winner. We will announce the winner at the top of this post on March 3.
Please note we do not have a comment moderation system – we let Aksimet deal with that – so if your comment doesn’t appear straight away Aksimet is being a little too aggresive. In which case contact me by the contact link or through Twitter or Facebook and I’ll fish you out of the spam folder.
Spread the word
Tweet about this contest using the hashtag #PhotoRoulette and feel free to share this page with your friends on social media – the more the merrier! We love seeing your comments so please don’t be bashful about sharing your opinions.
Previous winners and hosts
1. Nov 2010 – Living the Dream – “Animals”
2. Nov 2010 – Skinny Backpacker – “Road Signs”
3. Nov 2010 – Dream a Little Dream– “Street Art”
4. Dec 2010 – Flashpacker HQ – “Festival”
5. Dec 2010 – Over Yonderlust – “Landmarks”
6. Dec 2010 – Don’t Ever Look Back – “Beaches”
7. Jan 2011 – ThePlanetD – “Portraits”
8. Jan 2011 – Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
9. Jan 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
10. Feb 2011 – Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
11. Feb 2011 – Travels of Adam– “Friday Night”
12. Mar 2011 – Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”
13. Mar 2011 – Brendan’s Adventures – “Changing Seasons”
14. Apr 2011 – Shutterfeet – “Storytelling”
15. Apr 2011 – 10 Times One – “Piousness”
16. Apr 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Learning”
17. May 2011 – Travel Junkies – “Architecture”
18. Jun 2011 – Destination World – “Transportation”
19. Jun 2011 – Living the Dream – “Paradise”
20. Jun 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Clothes”
21. Jul 2011 – The Unframed World – “Symmetry”
22. Jul 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Home”
23. Jul 2011 – BackPackerBanter – “Inspiration”
24. Aug 2011 – WanderingTrader – “Darkness”
25. Aug 2011 – Finding the Universe – “Tranquillity”
26. Sep 2011 – Fearful Adventurer – “Food”
27. Sep 2011 – Adventures of a GoodMan – “City”
28. Oct 2011 – Globe-Trekking.com – “Reflections”
29. Oct 2011 – Scene With A Hart – “Framing”
30. Nov 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Silhouettes”
31. Nov 2011 – Hecktic Travels – “Music”
32. Dec 2011 – Globetrotter Girls – “Love”
33. Dec 2011– Man on the lam – “Humor”
34. Jan 2012 – My Walkabout – “Winter”
35. Jan 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue”
36. Feb 2012 – Ten times One – “Depth of the Field”
38. Mar 2012 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine”
39. Mar 2012 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character”
40. Apr 2012 – The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene”
41. Apr 2012 – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country”
42. May 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – “Evening”
43. May 2012 – Matt Gibson – “Adventure”
44. May 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime”
45. Jul 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal”
46. Aug 2012 – 2away – “Smile”
47. Aug 2012 – Bridges and Balloons – “Excellent Splendour of the Universe”
48. Sep 2012 – The GypsyNester – “What the ?!”
49. Oct 2012 – Runaway Juno – “Sweet”
50. Nov 2012 – GQ Trippin – “Play”
51. Nov 2012 – Life’s Little Victories – “Friendship”
52. Dec 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Face”
53. Jan 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – “Serendipity”
54. Feb 2013 – Travel Transmissions – “Lost in Thought”
55. Feb 2013 – Wanderlusters – “The Natural World”
56. Mar 2013 – Travel Junkies – “Patterns”
57. Apr 2013 – Living the Dream – “Your First Time”
58. May 2013 – Getting Stamped – “As The Sun Goes Down”
59. Jun 2013 – The GypsyNester – “Cheesy Tourist Diversions”
60. Jun 2013 – Boomeresque – “Revolution”
61. Jul 2013 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Colorful”
62. Aug 2013 –Around This World – “Mountains”
63. Aug 2013: Passports and Pamplemousse – “Hands at Work”
64. Sep 2013 – TurtlesTravel – “Dance”
65.Sep 2013 – Keep calm and travel – “The Sea”
66 Sep 2013– Travel Photo Discovery – “The Market”
67. Oct 2013 – Am I Nearly There Yet? – “Travel Fails”
68. Oct 2013 – The GypsyNester – “Weird Regional Foods”
69. Nov 2013 – Sophie’s World – “Trees”
70. Nov 2013 – SHOuTography – “Party”
71. Dec 2013 – Adventures of a Goodman – “Ruin”
72. Dec 2013 – Have Blog Will Travel – “Light”
73. Jan, 2014 – This World Rocks – “Crowds”
74. Jan, 2014 – Travel Past 50 – “Competition”
75. Feb 2014 – The Working Traveller – “Working”
4. The village of Shirakowa-go, Japan is a Unesco World Heritage site. It used to be an isolated village that employed a unique style of thatched roof architecture to ward off the persistent heavy winter snows, and the town had largely fallen into disrepair. But, over the last decades, since being named a Unesco site, it has prospered from the resultant tourism and the residents have been working hard to restore the original beauty of their unique architectural style. As you walk through the town, you can see evidence of the restoration by skilled craftsmen working on several buildings. In this one, the woodworker was doing finish sanding on a piece of a screen that tops an interior wall. In addition to the lovely simplicity of the cut out design, the screen allows airflow between interior spaces.
Submitted by Tom, Travel Past 50:
5. My photo was taken on a night tour near Sydney in Australia. We had a photographer giving us tips during the whole tour: moonrise, light painting, photographing starts and sunrise. So here he is, working…
Submitted by Claire, Zig Zag On Earth:
9. To this day the women in Capachica, a peninsula on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, weave beautiful and colourful textiles with the same techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation. Their work is precious.
Submitted by Bianca, Nomadbiba:
10. Taken in Vietnam while trekking in the hills of Sapa in the North. I was lucky enough to capture this shot of a man surveying the rice paddies, ready to get to work by the looks of things!
Submitted by Matt, Travel With A Mate:
11. One of the hardest working guys out there is the Zulu King’s Press Secretary. It is his job to go out an hour before the King appears and shout the good virtues and accomplishments of the King. In the heat of the day, and at the top of his lungs, this guy works!
Submitted by Mike, 1000 Places to Fight Before you Die:
12. You couldn’t ask for an office with a better view than this one – the lush green hills of a tea plantation in Tanzania providing a background for two tea pluckers on the way to work…
Submitted by James, Fly, Icarus, Fly:
13. Motorbiking around the southern tip of the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, I came across “the shack doctor.” My sheer fascination with his apparently primitive methods helped me overcome any fears of being a nosy tourist to snap this memory of his shockingly different medicinal style.
Submitted by Dave, Travel Transmissions:
16. This is a ranger and sled dogs at Denali National Park – the only US park to have working sled dog kennels. Snowmobiles aren’t allowed in protected areas, so dog teams resupply the remote ranger cabins in winter.
Submitted by Jess, Ice Cream and Permafrost:
18. This woman is putting the finishing touches on a huge umbrella at the Umbrella Making Centre in Borsang Village in Sankamphaeng, Thailand.
Submitted by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels With Carole:
20. We spotted this guy during our stay in McLeod Ganj in India – The guy standing was a denture (false teeth) repair man! He had his hand shoved fully into this poor guys mouth – no gloves needed! Although it looks like it, he didn’t have his thumb in the guys eye socket!
Submitted by Stuart, Am I Nearly There Yet?:
23. Street food in Yogaykarta was not always easy to come by, but luckily for us this fine gentleman served up delicious, blazing hot noodles nightly. Not only that, but they were the cheapest game in town. We’ll never cease to wonder at what can be done with a simple terra-cotta pot filled with charcoal and an electric fan.
Submitted by Tony, Twenty Years Hence:
24. Our entry is from one of the top lassi shops in Varanasi, India. It was a thrill to watch this man make the lassi drinks as he ground up and mixed in the toppings by hand using the method seen here.
Submitted by Jeremy, Living the Dream:
25. This was from a snowy day in Zermatt Switzerland. Was walking through town and saw this guy getting ready for the work day. It’s not often you see a man pulling horses through the snow.
Submitted by Anwar, Beyond My Front Door:
26. After a long day volunteering in the coffee fields of Colombia I was left with about 10 pounds of coffee berries, after removing the fruit, drying, and roasting all that will be left is about a pound and a half of beans. It makes me appreciate my morning cup more than ever. I didn’t work for the coffee itself, but for the experience, to talk with, and at least for a day, be a coffee worker. My time in the coffee fields is one of my highlights on our RTW trip to date.
Submitted by Adam, Getting Stamped:
27. Sometimes the people making our food go UN-noticed, and under appreciated. Every night Moses worked his high heat gas burner with a smile that radiated near as much as his flame, I always made sure to let him know how good his food was and thank him. I caught this one with a fast shutter, just as he rolled the sauce back into the pan.
Submitted by Hannah, Street Food World Tour:
28. I’m submitting this shot taken in Granada’s Parque Colon. After a day walking the streets of one of Nicaragua’s oldest colonial cities we sat in the central square to rest our tired feet and soak in a little more of the local culture. I sat watching this young girl selling her wares. She stood with such poise and took such pride in each sale. She hadn’t noticed us until the moment I took this shot when her gaze caught the lens of my camera.
Submitted by Ben, Wanderlusters: