Photography Travel Photo Roulette #119: BLUE

Published on January 1st, 2016


Travel Photo Roulette #119: BLUE (And the winner is…)

I’m delighted that we managed to nearly TRIPLE the number of entries for this, the 119th round of Travel Photo Roulette – thanks to all who submitted their favorite “BLUE” image. It was a tough choice, but shan’t keep you in suspense a moment longer…



Elaine at TripWellnessTravel

Travel Photo Roulette #119, Your Message Here


Congratulations Elaine, your “BLUE” image of a jellyfish amid the aquamarine waters of Looe Key is both remarkable and stunning!  Now it’s your turn to host the next Travel Photo Roulette competition: TPR Round #120!

(Scroll down to see all the entries for TPR Round #119)


First of all, for those readers who aren’t bloggers (you know, the sane ones, the ones who have a l.i.f.e. and aren’t perpetually glued to their WordPress screens), Travel Photo Roulette is a friendly photography contest where the winner of the previous round gets to pick the next theme, host the contest and choose the next winner. It’s a way to share travel memories, enjoy beautiful photography and discover some new blogs.

The last TPR was hosted by Anne in Australia (Let Me Be Free Blog) with the theme of TRADITIONS.  And while I had little competition (just three other entries), nonetheless I’m delighted that my precious image of a young Burmese lad applying thanaka (a pale yellow paste) to his cheeks at the break of dawn was selected as the winner of TPR #118:

Travel Photo Roulette #118-MorningThanakaRitual

So now it’s my turn to come up with a new theme for this, the 119th round of TPR. The truth is, this long-running travel photo contest (more than *5* years now – started waaay back in 2010 by my friend Jeremy at seems to have lost some of its sparkle. Not surprisingly, after more than 100 “rounds”, participation has been lagging lately. So in order to encourage more entries this round, I thought I’d keep the theme super simple, and also add a bit of dazzle to the game. Same contest, but with a little twist.

The theme for Travel Photo Roulette #119 is:  BLUE

You can submit any travel photo you like – with an emphasis on the color blue. Light blue, dark blue, sapphire, indigo, denim, Facebook blue, heck we’ll even take shades of aquamarine. And the photo needn’t be composed entirely of shades of blue – just one, vibrant spot of blue will do quite nicely. It’s up to you. Here’s an example to give you inspiration:

(mouseover the “postcard” and watch the *magic!)

Costa Rica Parrots

Foto Flip Friday October 2014 Theme: Blue - Costa Rica Parrots Postcard photo Back

* Well o.k. for those viewing in IE, not so much a magical “flip” as a fading change. If you want to see the flip/flop, try viewing in Chrome or Firefox.
Notice that the sample includes the country where the image was snapped on the front, and… if you mouse over the image, the “postcard” flips to reveal a message on the back.

That’s the “twist” I’ve added for this TPR round.  For each entry, I’ll whittle your image into a flip-flopping postcard, with the name of the country where you took it on the front, and a short message from you about travel (whatever you like, just keep it brief) on the back.

Here’s a few more examples of “Blue”:

(don’t forget, you can mouseover for the “flip”)

Silk Fan Painting, Thailand

Travel Photo Roulette #119, Your Message Here


The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Travel Photo Roulette #119, Your Message Here


The Azores, Portugal

Travel Photo Roulette #119, Your Message Here


Blue Bicycle, Amsterdam

Travel Photo Roulette #119, Your Message Here



The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme (a generic keyword or phrase) and bloggers submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the contest.

At the end of the submission period, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo from the submissions, displays it as that round’s winning entry, and then passes the TPR baton on to the winner for the next round. Readers can attempt to sway the host blogger into picking a certain photo via comments, but the host ultimately freely chooses their favorite. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a theme for new photo submissions.

Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media so more people can join the contest. And do be sure to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette


  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (e.g., using Photoshop to remove elements) is not.
  • An abstract submission is welcome as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen theme. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they can’t understand the submission, you might not win!
  • Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized.
  • 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’s okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic (e.g. “signs”), or abstract (e.g. “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, phrases 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 duration 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!


To enter the Travel Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with a (publicly accessible) link to your image (whether Flickr, Picasa, Smugmug, etc. or your own site) along with a brief description or caption for the photo.

BE SURE TO MENTION THE COUNTRY/PLACE that you want on the front of the postcard, along with YOUR VERRRY SHORT MESSAGE for the back.  As the entries come in, I’ll whittle each one into a flippy postcard with your (did I mention s-h-o-r-t?) message on the back.

The TPR #119 contest runs from today, the first shiny day of 2016 – until midnight EST (UTC/GMT -5 hours) on Sunday, January 10th.

Check back here throughout the submission period to see all the entries as they come in, and feel free to comment on them. When the submission period ends. I’ll then have the (no doubt super tough) task of choosing my favorite, and will announce the lucky winner of TPR #119 here.

(don’t forget – mouseover to see a message on the back of each pic)

1. Anne at

Anne at LetMeBeFreeBlog

Anne at LetMeBeFreeBlog


2. Josie at

Josie at HousesittingTravel

Josie at HousesittingTravl


3. Michele at

Michele at Leggingit

Michele at Leggingit


4. Elaine at

Elaine at TripWellnessTravel

Travel Photo Roulette #119, Your Message Here


5. Lyn at

Lyn at The Travelling Lindfields

Lyn at the Travelling Lindfields


6. James at

James at Fly Icarus Fly

James at Fly Icarus Fly


7. Juergen at

Juergen at

Juergen at


8. Irene at

Irene at

Irene at


9. Nathalie at

Nathalie at A Cook Not

Nathalie at A Cook Not


10. Suzanne at

Suzanne at

Suzanne at



Check out previous TPR entries and winners, to see some truly remarkable travel photography:

TPR Winners Rounds 1-25
  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. April 2011 Shutterfeet: Storytelling
  15. April 2011 10 Times One: Piousness
  16. April 2011 Beached Eskimo: Learning
  17. May 2011 Travel Junkies: Architecture
  18. June 2011 Destination World [-404-]: Transportation
  19. June 2011 Living the Dream: Paradise
  20. June 2011 Vagabond Quest: Clothes
  21. July 2011 The Unframed World: Symmetry
  22. July 2011 Beached Eskimo: Home
  23. July 2011 BackPackerBanter: Inspiration
  24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader: Darkness
  25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe: Tranquillity

TPR Winners Rounds 26 -50
  1. Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer: Food
  2. Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan: City
  3. Oct 2011 Reflections
  4. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart: Framing
  5. Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest: Silhouettes
  6. Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels: Music
  7. Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls: Love
  8. Dec 2011 Man on the lam: Humor
  9. Jan 2012 My Walkabout: Winter
  10. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel: Blue
  11. Feb 2012 Ten times One: Depth of the Field
  12. Feb 2012 Runaway Juno: … Digital Nomad Moment
  13. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba: Sunshine
  14. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat: Local Character
  15. April 2012 The Travel Bunny: Street Scene
  16. April 2012 Adventure Crow [-404-]: Spirit of the Country
  17. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss [-404-]: Evening
  18. May 2012 Matt Gibson: Adventure
  19. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ: Once In A Lifetime
  20. July 2012 Dusty Main: Surreal
  21. Aug 2012 2away: Smile
  22. Aug 2012 Bridges & Balloons: Splendour…
  23. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester: What the ?!
  24. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno: Sweet
  25. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin: Play

TPR Winners Rounds 51-75
  1. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories: Friendship
  2. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker: Face
  3. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly: Serendipity
  4. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions: Lost in Thought
  5. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters: The Natural World
  6. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies: Patterns
  7. April 2013 Living the Dream: Your First Time
  8. May 2013 Getting Stamped: The Sun Goes Down
  9. June 2013 The GypsyNester: Cheesy Tourist Diversions
  10. June 2013 Boomeresque: Revolution
  11. July 2013 Breakaway Backpacker: Colorful
  12. Aug 2013 Around This World: Mountains
  13. Aug 2013 Passports & Pamplemousse Hands at Work
  14. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
  15. Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
  16. Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery: The Market
  17. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet?: Travel Fails
  18. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester: Weird Regional Foods
  19. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World: Trees
  20. Nov 2013 SHOuTography: Party
  21. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman: Ruin
  22. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel: Light
  23. Jan 2014 This World Rocks: Crowds
  24. Jan 2014 Travel Past 50: Competition
  25. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller: Working

TPR Winners Rounds 76-100
  1. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole: Umbrellas
  2. April 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
  3. April 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
  4. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
  5. May 2014 Backpack Me: Mouthwatering
  6. June 2014 20 Years Hence: The Face of A Nation
  7. July 2014 Two for the Road: Into the Wild
  8. July 2014 TurtlesTravel: Summer!
  9. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia: Candid
  10. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth: Hiking
  11. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out: Transport
  12. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet: Wild World
  13. Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth: The 4 Elements
  14. Oct 2014 Travel Addicts: Heritage
  15. Oct 2014 Living the Dream: Your Grand Adventure
  16. Oct 2014 Getting Stamped: Inspire
  17. Nov 2014 Flashpacker HQ: Viewpoint
  18. Jan 2015 Adventures of a GoodMan: WOW!
  19. Jan 2015 ZigZag On Earth: Roads and Tracks
  20. Feb 2015 Where’s The Gos?: Street Art
  21. Mar 2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost: Frozen
  22. Mar 2015 Journey Jottings: Detail
  23. April 2015 House Sitting Travel: What’s your Angle?
  24. April 2015 JetWayz: Spiritual Beauty
  25. April 2015 The Trading Travelers: Celebrate

And finally, the most recent winners of Travel Photo Roulette:

  1. May 2015 Street Food World Tour: Epic
  2. May 2015 Next Stop Who Knows: Landscape
  3. May 2015 We Travel Together: Wildlife
  4. May 2015 Vagabond Way: Festival
  5. June 2015 Travel Addicts: Landmarks
  6. June 2015 TravelnLass: Wrinkles
  7. July 2015 Anita’s Feast: Food Markets
  8. July 2015 Dare2Go: Dry
  9. August 2015 Travel Past 50: Home
  10. August 2015 Barefoot Nomad: Door
  11. September 2015 House Sitting Travel: Shapes
  12. September 2015 Berkeley and Beyond: Cemeteries
  13. October 2015 Dare2Go: Reflections
  14. October 2015 Journey Jottings: Thirst Quenching
  15. November 2015 Not A Ballerina: Home Away From Home
  16. November 2015 Nibble, Sip, Wander: Holiday
  17. December 2015 Travel with Kat: Light
  18. December 2015 Let Me Be Free: Traditions
  19. December 2015 TravelnLass: Blue

Th-th-that’s it.  Easy-Peasy.
Enter your BLUE pic TODAY!

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About the Author

Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!

25 Responses to Travel Photo Roulette #119: BLUE (And the winner is…)

  1. A blue moment on the HD Video Wall in Philadelphia’s Comcast Center, currently Philadelphia’s tallest building.

  2. Nathalie says:

    During a stroll through the streets of Rimini, Italy, we came upon this blue bicycle parked along a beautiful brick wall.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Nice one Nathalie – and just in the nick of time! Stay tuned while I whittle it into a flip-floppy postcard!

    • Dyanne says:

      Sorry Nat – I *love* the contrast of the blue bicycle against that red brick building (and the wondrous filigreed window) but… alas trying to squeeze the portrait orientation into the landscape format of the postcards – I had to do a significant bit of cropping. Still… a beautiful “blue” shot – thanks!


    Los Cabos, Mexico

    Enjoying the simple beauty and serenity of the Sea of Cortez!
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  4. As soon as I saw your photo on the last Photo Roulette I knew I didn’t really need to bother and enter… There was the winner!
    But I like to keep this competition alive so below is my entry. I took the liberty and juxtaposed two photos from the same place, the “Santa Catalina” Convent in Arequipa. All walls in this complex are either sienna red or bright blue, when you line up doorways correctly you get lovely vistas with one color dominating, the other providing a strong contrast in the distance.
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    • Dyanne says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Juergen – but the truth is, I was supremely lucky to catch that precious moment.

      Thanks for your entry – the juxtaposition of the two colorful rooms is lovely. Though I’ve now lived in neighboring Ecuador for 2 years, I’ve not yet made it to Peru. Definitely “on the list” for 2016.

  5. Glacier Bay, Alaska is one of the bluest places on earth. Flying over it is stunning, especially if you love the colour blue.

    This is my entry for Travel Photo Roulette –

    • Dyanne says:

      Oh my, will you look at all that b.l.u.e.! I’ve not been there in years, but remember it fondly. Thanks for the entry, Lyn.

      Guess I reeeally need to get busy here and whittle some blue postcards!

  6. Love seeing what everyone submits and very glad to start the year with Travel Photo Roulette.

    Image URL:

    Title: Jelly on the surface

    Location: Looe Key, the Florida Keys
    Caption: One good dive day.
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  7. Michele says:

    Our Blue submission is from Nin in Croatia the blue sky, reflecting off the blue sea….

    • Dyanne says:

      Another good one – thanks for your entry, Michelle. Guess I’m gonna be busy whittling flip/flop postcards – stay tuned!

      (btw, Croatia is tops on my list for 2016…)

  8. James says:

    Congrats on the win, Dyanne! You’re amassing quite a travel photo collection!

    • Dyanne says:

      Thanks James (though alas, I had precious little competition).

      Speaking of… coincidentally, I was just about to contact you – as I fear that (after 5 years) TPR seems to be waning, I’d personally welcome a “BLUE” submission from *your* prolific travel photo collection, yes?

  9. Josie says:

    Hi Dyanne,
    Congrats on your recent win!
    My blue submission is of the stunning Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain — designed by Frank Gehry. We had strolled by many times over our visit to the city, but this night, the sky glowed blue at twilight and reflected off the titanium plates of this magnificent structure.
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    • Dyanne says:

      W.O.W. spectacular in that light, Josie! I might add – well duh! I didn’t realize that there are “Guggenheims” in several other locales (I’ve only visited the one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in NYC). Who knew there’s likewise such museums in Span and Venice – and apparently soon in Abu Dhabi?

      Will whittle it into a postcard shortly – thanks for entering TPR!

  10. Anne says:

    Over our christmas holiday I discovered Little Beach in Albany, Western Australia and it has the clearest blue water you can imagine.

    • Dyanne says:

      Purely stunning, Anne – wish I could have made it to Western Oz (only had 3 weeks, but managed to couchsurf my way from Sydney up to Hervey Bay – plus gazed awestruck at Uluru of course).

      Your entry will make a fabulous “flip/flop” postcard – thanks for entering TPR!

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