Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Capture the Colour

So apparently there's a new meme/competition/thing floating around the blogosphere, all about travel photography. And there are prizes!!! #ZOMG

You want details, you say? BAM: Travel Supermarket are running a competition called Capture The Colour, where they are encouraging bloggers to share photos from their travels featuring 5 colours, being blue, yellow, green, red and white. A grab of the story behind the photo is encouraged! 

I was nominated by the lovely Tash of jouljet to share my five photos. WHEEEEEEEE!!!! (And incidentally? I'm super jealous of Tash because she's in the middle of a three month stint in Toronto, and can therefore have Tim Horton's whenever she wants. Although I'm not super jealous of the disgustingly humid Toronto summer weather. I remember that all too well!!)

ANYWAY. On with the photos!! 


2008 was a rather exciting year for me. I quit my job in Brewery Land (for good!!), went to South and Central America for nine weeks (which didn't QUITE go as planned), and moved to Canberra to start a post graduate degree in museum studies. Just after the great Peruvian medical evacuation saga, I spent a week in the Galapagos. I was literally about a metre away from this blue footed booby on North Seymour island. (And yes, I was freaking out a little because I have bird phobia...)


You guys have seen this one before. I took it last year when I was in Colorado for Megan's wedding. On my last day before flying home, Lyndsy took me on a drive up to the mountains to see if we could find any early autumn leaves. Boy, did we ever! This patch of aspens was smack in the middle of a pine forest by the side of the highway.


This is part of another story that will be coming up (eventually) as part of the Ancient History series. It was quite possibly the most exciting day of my life (and also the most disgusting I have ever felt - 35ish degrees C + 90% humidity + mosquitoes the size of cows = EEEEEEEEEEEUW), because this is Tikal in Guatemala, which was the first of the Mesoamerican ruins we visited. This is the view from the top of Temple V. I love the way the city buildings stick up out of the trees - the only sign that there's anything there at all.


Sure, I used to live in Canberra, so including a photo of the poppies on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial might be cheating a little bit. But I was living in Melbourne and visiting Canberra when I took this, so it technically still counts as travel photography. The Roll of Honour breaks my heart a little bit more every time I see it - so many men who never made it home. It's nice to see this many poppies and know that they're still remembered, and still cared about.


Washington DC is basically one big city of impressive white stone these days. And they're adding more to it all the time. I love the Lincoln Memorial so I was pretty thrilled last year that I was able to get a photo of it that was a little out of the ordinary!

And now to my nominees!
Deidre from Decoybetty
Pretzel Thief from Pretzel Thief

How to enter:
1. Publish a Capture the Colour post on your blog with images for all 5 colours if possible. Bloggers who don’t have photos for all 5 colours will still be in with a chance of winning the iPad category prize but to be eligible to win the £2000 overall prize your blog post should feature photos for all 5 categories.

Within your post, be sure to mention the Travel Supermarket competition page http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour/ so that your readers know what Capture the Colour is.

2. Nominate 5 fellow bloggers to take part in Capture the Colour at the end of your post and notify them via Twitter or Facebook.

3. By 29th August 2012, let Travel Supermarket know you’ve entered by either:

- Linking to your blog post on your Facebook wall mentioning Capture the Colour and tagging the TravelSupermarket.com Facebook page or…
- Linking to your post via Twitter including @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour in your tweet or…
- Email your entry to capturethecolour@travelsupermarket.com, including your name, email address and phone number.

4. The best Capture the Colour entries will be shared throughout the competition by the expert judges and Travel Supermarket social accounts…

5. Each judge will select their own colour category winners. The judges will then combine to select the overall winner of the £2,000 travel prize. For further information about the judging and the prizes see the Terms & Conditions here.

Want to know more?
If you want to know more about the competition or if you have any questions please get in touch with Travel Supermarket via either Twitter (@travelsupermkt) or email (capturethecolour@travelsupermarket.com).

K xx


  1. "Temple ruins" has to be one of the best phrases I could imagine hearing. One day, I might just have to take myself off to see some (and take thousands of photos thereof).

    Good luck with the competition!

    1. Thank you!! And various people who were on that tour can tell you that I was LITERALLY bouncing in my seat with excitement on the bus ride to pretty much any ruins we went to. And our guide at Chichen Itza probably hated me because I asked all kinds of nerdy archaeologist questions. I also answered the hypothetical questions he posed. Because I'm cool like that.

  2. Those are some nice pictures, I especially like the one of the Roll of Honour.

    1. Thank you! I think I take photos of the Roll of Honour pretty much every time I go to the War Memorial...

  3. The red and yellow pictures are my favorite. So beautiful.

    Also, I'm a little jealous because my travel photography would probably consist of "this is my front yard! This is my back yard! Oh, and look, mac and bonfire. The end."

    Must. Travel. More.

    1. Well, you have free accommodation in Melbourne whenever you want it!!!!

      I wish we literally had photos of the mac and bonfire. Or anything that happened during that lunch. But we were too busy laughing hysterically to think of things like cameras... SAD PANDA.

  4. What a great contest but also a great way to share travel photos that may not have made an appearance before. My favorite is your 'blue' picture, what an amazing time that must have been.

    1. It was amazing, but I was also pretty terrified about the fact that after the Galapagos, I was going to be on my own for the next however long! I was also terrified that I'd get seasick and throw up everywhere, even though I don't get seasick. My brain wasn't really firing on all cylinders during that time... O.o

  5. Love the duck with the blue feet, great picture!

    1. Thanks!! I have a whole story about how dumb blue footed boobies are, which will be coming up soon. Not to mention discussing the various pieces of merchandise you can get that say "I love boobies" on them!

  6. Okay, I LOOOVE your red poppies/Roll of Honour photo, that is a gorgeous piece of photography. My faves are that one and the Washington one. Granted, they're all lovely but I love those two the most!

    The duckie's blue feet are squeeworthy, so cute. Also, that particular hue of blue is such a summer colour.

    (With the mention of duckie, I now have Sesame Street's "Rubber Duckie" in my head. Bahahah!)

    I still have to do the vlog that you tagged me in...I actually (Scout's honour!) attempted to record a few vlogs last week but they either (a) were ridiculously and embarrassingly long, (b) recorded without SOUND (gee...thanks, stupid Photo Booth) or (c) when I decided to record with Yogi's SLR (after trying with both iPhone and lame-o Photo Booth) it cut me off after about 12mins (again, no wonder, since I had a problem shutting the eff up).

    Eh...I tire myself. :P


    1. DUDE. I tried to vlog on my SLR, and it did the same thing. Except it cut me off after about four minutes. So I recorded another block. And another. And then I put all three on the computer only to discover that my face had been out of focus the entire time. Vlogging on an SLR is stupidly hard without a cameraman...

      And thank you - those are my two favourites as well!

  7. Thanks for the shout out - am loving Timmy's! Dying of the humidity this week, again, though! Eeeeggghhhh!

    Love the blue feet, and the yellow trees - but the poppy's are my fav!

    1. No worries at all - thanks for the nomination!! When my brother came back from the US and Canada in May, he handed me a Tim Horton's box. My head nearly exploded with excitement before I went "Wait... He left Canada two weeks ago. EEEEEUW.". Turned out, he'd asked the Timmy's staff for a brand new doughnut holes box to give me my birthday present in. Aww...


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