Travel Photo Roulette #108: DRY
Welcome to the Travel Photo Roulette, the contest for bloggers since late 2010 to show off their photography, and compete for the chance to host the next edition. Last week’s contest, “Food Markets”, was judged by Tom of Anita’s Feast . We at Dare2go.com are happy to have won the last Photo Roulette with this photo:
As the winner of the “Food Markets” contest, we are now inviting submissions for edition #108 here on dare2go.com. Our topic for the
Travel Photo Roulette Contest #108: “DRY”
We are currently travelling overland in South America, and most recently we have explored the Atacama Desert and the Andean foothills of Argentina. Large parts of this region are dominated by arid or semi-arid landscapes of incredible beauty, so the chosen topic “Dry” is close to our recent experiences.
We didn’t name this contest “Arid Landscapes” but “Dry” – this should allow you to use your own imagination in interpreting the theme! Alongside the expected landscape photography you may also submit such motifs as close-ups of dried out driftwood, dried flowers or, if you possess a really “dry” sense of humour, a picture of a really dry piece of cake… Surprise us!
Our collage below is only to suggest possible examples (and to show off – lol).
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 (see our note below)
- 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, themes 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!
How to submit your entry
To enter in the Travel Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with:
- a link to the image (whether Flickr, 500px, Trover, Smugmug, etc. or your own site) and
- a short description / background of what’s happening in your photo.
I will upload your photo into the post. Please don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so the viewers understand the background.
ATTENTION – image sizes: our responsive theme is, on large resolution screens, rather wide (up to 1380px incl sidebar)! Standard image width for all our posts is 1024 pixels. I will accept images of minimum 800 pixels width, submissions any smaller will probably lose quality when inserted in the page.
Please don’t submit full-size images of several megabytes with no compression applied! We are on the road with only mobile internet access and cannot download these…
Check back here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in – feel free to comment on all submissions. Normally this contest runs for 7 days; as I have spent some time cleaning up and reformatting the list of previous winners, dare2go’s contest will run from today, July 15th, until midnight Santiago de Chile time (UTC/GMT -4 hours) on Friday, July 24th when submissions close. We will do our best to select and announce (plus notify by email) the winner on Saturday, 25th of July. The winner will then host the next round of Travel Photo Roulette #109.
…and the WINNER is:
(imagine the drum roll and final fanfare from The Oscars)
Tom Bartel from Travel Past 50 :
Tom will now host the next round, number 109 of the Travel Photo Roulette at travelpast50.com!
It was a difficult decision, and we want to thank everybody for their submissions. Most entries were very good, but in the end we eliminated some because we thought they took the theme “DRY” even beyond our own liberal interpretation. Others were interesting shots where sometimes only a small detail wasn’t quite right (things like framing or a lens flare).
List of the previous winners and themes from 2010 to 2014. Click the link to go (mostly) directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.
- 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 more 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
Good luck and have fun!
Juergen & Yasha from dare2go.com
Karen Warren from World Wide Writer :
You can’t get much drier than the desert! But I enjoyed exploring Abu Dhabi’s “Empty Quarter” because if you look closely enough there are all signs of activity, from tyre tracks to animal footprints. And the sand comes in all sorts of different colours.
Coen Wubbels from Landcruising Adventure :
A few months ago, we crossed Los Llanos in Colombia into Los Llanos in Venezuela and were stricken by the dryness of the place. Lots of dust trailing behind the Land Cruiser. Drought or dryness never seemed that explicit until we came across some dried up cows lying along the side of the road.
Josie from Housesitting Travel :
The dry climate of Mazzaron in southern Spain encourages these sandstone structures. Only the winds do their best to shape these huge sculptures, whooshing away loose parts.
Carole Terwilliger Meyers from Berkeley and Beyond :
This is one of the dried-out mummies in the Mummy Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico. All mummies displayed there were formerly interred in the adjacent municipal cemetery, where because of rocky ground and dry mountain air many corpses do not decompose but instead dry out (they are not wrapped like Egyptian mummies).
Tom Bartel from Travel Past 50 :
Like you, we’ve been to the Atacama and found it fascinating. We were especially interested in the recently discovered mud dwellings that were abandoned 2500 years ago when the nearby river dried up. The archeologists allow the sand to keep them covered to preserve them, only allowing the tops to show in order to hint what was once there.
Eric Schmeer from Crag Kung Fu :
Taking a moment to reflect in between sand boarding laps! Edit submitted later: This is the desert oasis Huacachina in the South of Peru.
Elaine J. Masters from Trip Wellness :
This is an old adventure in a place that never ages, Joshua Tree National Park. The cairns drew me out of my funk created and silent reminders of the sacred presence of the high desert.
Brent Huntley from brentsfavoritephotos.blogspot.com :
This is from the summit of Turtle Head Mountain in Red Rock Canyon just outside of Las Vegas. The entire valley shows a complete lack of life due to the dryness. You can see the dry creek beds that only see water a few times a year during rain storms.
Connie Richter from Happy Richters :
Young Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) reflecting in the water hole at Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia. Etosha was one of the highlights during a 40 day self drive Safari in Namibia and Botswana.
Suzanne Fluhr from Boomeresque :
This photo was taken from the ancient fortress of Masada, built on a mountain in the desert south of Jerusalem in Israel. Near this window is the breach in the fortress wall where the Romans broke through after laying siege and building a ramp up the mountainside. Part of the ramp is visible through the window. The landscape is as harsh as the history.
Leckie from Quit Job Travel World :
Our photo is of women sorting a mountain of dried fish at a small family run processing plant in the Pyapon region of Myanmar. This is one of about 5 mountains of dried fish in the shed, and there was a football field sized area of small shrimp drying in the sun outside. You can imagine the smell! Spending two months in Myanmar we ate A LOT of dried fish, enough that I doubt I’ll ever eat it again haha.
Shere from Shere y Paul :
I took this photo in Consuegra, Castilla la Mancha (Spain). This is the land of “Don Quijote”, and even though it isn’t a desert, the temperature in the summer goes up to more than 40 degrees and there’s little vegetation here.
What do you think about the submitted photos?
Which one do you like the best? Leave your comment below!