And the winner is:
Carole from Travels with Carole. Everything in this somber photo lends to the tone of the ancient graveyard. Its monochromatic overall look, including the deftly placed gray olive trees in the foreground, make me feel the respect this final resting place deserves. As for the repeating shapes, they are a swirling mass of organized chaos, flowing perfectly up the hill. The day’s lighting highlights the myriad angles of the all-the-same-color stones. The photographic angle is very well thought out, too, giving a sense of the magnitude of of the place, instead of focusing on one or two graves. There is no saturation of colors here, (which is so prevalent these days), but none is needed. To saturate the colors for beauty’s sake would have ruined the photo.
Honorable Mention: Katie from Around the World in KT Days.
Her fun and colorful hanging incense coils evoke a smile. They’re exotic. They’re cartoonish, They reveal the lengths to which humans will go to worship their gods. The fact that Katie cropped this nicely-composed photo into a square is a perfect compliment to the subject matter. And the mystery is this: How the heck did you get up to the ceiling to take the photo?
Note: I wrestled for the last three days over which of these would be the winner. I even considered making it a tie, but then thought better of it. Imagine two completely different threads of Travel Photo Roulette that would result from two winners! — and I’m not the one to make that kind of decision. But I really wanted to call this a draw. Both are really exceptional photos.
Micki & Charles, aka The Barefoot Nomad chose my DOOR photo as the winner of last month’s competition of Travel Photo Roulette. Thanks!
So what is Travel Photo Roulette? It is a friendly competition in which entrant’s travel photography revolves around a single topic, set by the last winner. The idea was born from Jeremy of Living The Dream back in November 2010. Jeremy chose the topic “Animals” to kick things off and there were 12 entries. He won Travel Photo Roulette 3 more times since then, and the 110 topics have covered the world and back, with every concept, happening, or way to be. So the topic for round #111 is:
Here are some photos for clarity and inspiration:
I’m looking forward to seeing all the repeating shapes you can find in your photo libraries!
The nuts and bolts of Travel Photo Roulette, complete with a list of all the past winners:
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, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
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, simply leave a comment below with a link to your photo and it will be added to the post. A brief description of the picture is always welcome to provide some background and context. Also, please don’t forget to include your name, a link to your blog, and any pertinent social media information so everyone can come see what you’re all about (and so we can contact the winner!).
The contest will run until Saturday, September 12th, 2015 at midnight EST, after which time we will select the winner. We’ll share the results right in this post.
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.
Finally, here are the past winners of the contest – as you can see, it’s been running for a while! Click on the link to take you to some great travel blogs and wonderful themed photos.
- Nov 2010 Living the Dream: Animals
- Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker: Road Signs
- Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream: Street Art
- Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ: Festival
- Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust: Landmarks
- Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back: Beaches
- Jan 2011 ThePlanetD: Portraits
- Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate: Motion
- Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond: Water
- Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky: Urban
- Feb 2011 Travels of Adam: Friday Night
- Mar 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles: The Journey
- Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures: Changing Seasons
- April 2011 Shutterfeet: Storytelling
- April 2011 10 Times One: Piousness
- April 2011 Beached Eskimo: Learning
- May 2011 Travel Junkies: Architecture
- June 2011 Destination World [-404-]: Transportation
- June 2011 Living the Dream: Paradise
- June 2011 Vagabond Quest: Clothes
- July 2011 The Unframed World: Symmetry
- July 2011 Beached Eskimo: Home
- July 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
- Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest: Silhouettes
- Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels: Music
- Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls: Love
- Dec 2011 Man on the lam: Humor
- Jan 2012 My Walkabout: Winter
- Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel: Blue
- Feb 2012 Ten times One: Depth of the Field
- Feb 2012 Runaway Juno: … Digital Nomad Moment
- Mar 2012 Nomadbiba: Sunshine
- Mar 2012 Travel With Kat: Local Character
- April 2012 The Travel Bunny: Street Scene
- April 2012 Adventure Crow [-404-]: Spirit of the Country
- May 2012 Food Travel Bliss [-404-]: Evening
- May 2012 Matt Gibson: Adventure
- May 2012 Flashpacker HQ: Once In A Lifetime
- July 2012 Dusty Main: Surreal
- Aug 2012 2away: Smile
- Aug 2012 Bridges & Balloons: Splendour…
- Sep 2012 The GypsyNester: What the ?!
- Oct 2012 Runaway Juno: Sweet
- Nov 2012 GQ Trippin: Play
- Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories: Friendship
- Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker: Face
- Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly: Serendipity
- Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions: Lost in Thought
- Feb 2013 Wanderlusters: The Natural World
- Mar 2013 Travel Junkies: Patterns
- April 2013 Living the Dream: Your First Time
- May 2013 Getting Stamped: The Sun Goes Down
- June 2013 The GypsyNester: Cheesy Tourist Diversions
- June 2013 Boomeresque: Revolution
- July 2013 Breakaway Backpacker: Colorful
- Aug 2013 Around This World: Mountains
- Aug 2013 Passports & 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
- Jan 2014 This World Rocks: Crowds
- Jan 2014 Travel Past 50: Competition
- Feb 2014 The Working Traveller: Working
- Mar 2014 Travels with Carole: Umbrellas
- April 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
- April 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
- May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
- May 2014 Backpack Me: Mouthwatering
- June 2014 20 Years Hence: The Face of A Nation
- July 2014 Two for the Road: Into the Wild
- July 2014 TurtlesTravel: Summer!
- Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia: Candid
- Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth: Hiking
- Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out: Transport
- Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet: Wild World
- Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth: The 4 Elements
- Oct 2014 Travel Addicts: Heritage
- Oct 2014 Living the Dream: Your Grand Adventure
- Oct 2014 Getting Stamped: Inspire
- Nov 2014 Flashpacker HQ: Viewpoint
The winners and themes in 2015. Click the link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.
- Jan 2015 Adventures of a GoodMan: WOW!
- Jan 2015 ZigZag On Earth: Roads and Tracks
- Feb 2015 Where’s The Gos?: Street Art
- Mar 2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost: Frozen
- Mar 2015 Journey Jottings: Detail
- April 2015 House Sitting Travel: What’s your Angle?
- April 2015 JetWayz: Spiritual Beauty
- April 2015 The Trading Travelers: Celebrate
- May 2015 Street Food World Tour: Epic
- May 2015 Next Stop Who Knows: Landscape
- May 2015 We Travel Together: Wildlife
- May 2015 Vagabond Way: Festival
- June 2015 Travel Addicts: Landmarks
- June 2015 TravelnLass: Wrinkles
- July 2015 Anita’s Feast: Food Markets
- July 2015 Dare2Go: Dry
- August 2015 Travel Past 50: Home
- August 2015 Barefoot Nomad: DOOR
#1. Juergen from dare2go.com
He says: “But somehow I feel like I shouldn’t reveal what it’s showing – let the visitors to your site have a guess! If you look closely on the right of the picture it becomes clearer. Something ordinary, used every day, and often trashed way too early.”
#2. Carole from Travels with Carole
She says: “This stark scene is of ancient gravesites on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.”
#3. Lance from Travel Addicts
He says: “I’ve always been drawn to the repetitive patterns of Islamic and Moorish tile works and carvings. We found this carving at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.”
#4. Joe from joeography (editor’s note: Love the clever site name!)
He says: “It’s back when I was in Kyoto, Japan. Not sure how to describe/caption it, but it’s near the Golden Pavilion and the Bamboo Gardens.”
#5. Stuart & Alison from Traveling with Stuali
They say: “Tiles inside Alhambra, Spain.”
#6. Anne from Let me Be Free
She says: “The wildflowers in Western Australia.”
#7. Noel from Travel Photo Discovery
He says: “I’m submitting this image of the Hall of Mirrors in the fabulous Palazzo Reale in Genoa, part of a Unesco site covering an entire street in the historic area of the city.”
#8. Leyla from Women-on-the-Road
She says: “Ottoman fashion! Repetitive and stylish.”
#9. Emily from Nibble Sip Wander
She says: “My repetitive theme photograph shows a gate behind which lies life-size carved figurines and beautiful frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi at the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sacro Monte di Orta.”
#10. Katie from Around the World in KT Days, (editor’s note: Another really cool site name!)
She says: “My photo is of the incense coils in the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong. These coils line the ceiling creating a smoky, but interesting design.”
#11. Billie from Santa Fe Travelers
She says: “It’s rainbow prisms done by glass artist Charles Ross. They’re at the Dwan Light Sanctuary in Las Vegas, NM.”
#12. Suzanne from Boomeresque
She says: “I’ve decided to have the temerity to use a photo of one of my Zentangle Inspired Art compositions. Each 3.5 x 3.5 inch square was done separately. Zentangle is all about relaxing by drawing structured patterns.”
#13. Jane from My Five Acres
She says: “For repeating patterns, I’m submitting this picture of a fence in Vancouver’s East Side, with the landmark East Van sign at the end.”
#14. Rachel from Rachel Heller