The previous round of “Travel Photo Roulette,” the photography contest that is sweeping the travel world, was hosted by  Itchy Feet Chronicles after winning the theme “Friday Nights” with a great shot.  Amazingly, I won the latest round in the theme for “The Journey” with a picture that you can see here.  I have decided that the upcoming theme will the “Changing Seasons”

Travel Photo Roulette Round 13: The Theme

Since its beginning at Living The Dream, travel photo roulette has become a near obsession with the travel writing/blogging/photographing community.  Each week dozens of great submissions are received by the host.  You do not need to be a professional photographer to submit.  The goal isn’t to take the greatest photo of all time, it is to encapsulate the moment of the theme.  Everyone is eligible to submit a photo.

I have chosen the theme of “Changing Seasons” because most of the world is currently in that transition at the moment.  In the Northern Hemisphere the flowers are starting to bloom, or the snow starting to melt and in the south the leaves are starting to fall.  These transitions in seasons are generally the most colourful times of the year.  Whatever photo that you would like to place, I’d love to see it, please post a link to the jpeg in the comments below along with a quick tidbit about the photo.  To get you going I have posted a sample:

 

I shot this from my parent’s backyard in Canada on the first snowfall of the year, and my last day in Canada.

The submission dates for this round will be

March 19st to March 25th

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The Rules

The rules of the game are simple. The hosting blogger is the chosen winner of the previous week’s (7 days) game. The new host chooses a generic keyword or phrase that other travelers submit photos to 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, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo that fits the chosen phrase and moves it to the top of the post as the winning entry with direction to the new host’s site for the next round.

Readers can attempt to sway the author into picking a certain photo via comments, but the author (that’s me!) can ignore comments as they see fit. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a phrase for new photo submissions. The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each. This list also doubles as a winner’s table as each topic host won the preceding round! Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen term/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”
  8. Jan 15–Jan 22, 2011 Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
  9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
  10. Feb 8–Feb 15, 2011 Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
  11. Feb 21–Feb 27, 2011 Travels of Adam – “Friday Night”
  12. Mar 7 – Mar 13, 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”

According to the original rules photo shopping is not allowed, however, I know the importance, and need to use photoshop to get the best quality images, so please considered that rule waived.

I will constantly be adding the entrants to this page as the week progresses so keep checking back to check them out.

Honourable Mention

By Dan at Adventures with Dan

risked life and death climbing a mountain in Wales to get this today... I just thought it was kinda cool with the bare winter tree in the foreground, then the sun shining through on all of the green starting to appear from Spring in the background... hell yeah! Wales rocks!

Runner Up

By Steven at Bohemian Traveler

November in Milano's Monumental Cemetery

November in Milano's Monumental Cemetery

The Big Winner and host of Travel Photo Roulette Round 14:

By Shutterfeet

chanced upon this fisherman while hiking around Thoreau's Walden Pond last fall. It’s easy to see how Henry David Thoreau got a lot of inspiration for his work from Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. The beauty surrounding the place, especially in the fall, is phenomenal.

 

I chose the image by Shutterfeet for a number of reasons.  The biggest though was the serenity and the feel of the image.  It is easy to capture a photo of a place that you see before your eyes, but it is more difficult to capture the moment felt, and I think that was done in this photo.  Best of luck in Round 14!!

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