Travel Photo Roulette Round 63

We’re so happy that our photo from the sunset over Mt. Rigi in Switzerland won the 62nd round of Photo Roulette, thanks to Erik & Heather of Around this World 

Our winning entry for the theme "Mountains"
Our winning entry for the theme “Mountains”

That means we get to select the theme, collect entries and choose a winning photograph for the 63rd round!

Travel Photo Roulette was started by Jeremy at Living the Dream as a way for travel bloggers to showcase their photos from around this world. Since its founding in 2010, hundreds of awesome and inspiring photos have been submitted, each under a unique theme.

We have decided to pick HANDS at WORK as our theme for the 63rd Round. We want to see your best photographs of local hands at work! Please try to refrain from sharing photos of your own hands. The goal is share a photo of hands in another culture, place or time! Please include a short description with your photo.

I have always been inspired by other people’s hands at work, when I am travelling. Here’s an example from our recent trip to Ecuador where we spent some time with a family on their cacao plantation. We picked cacao pods with their son, and he showed us how they dry the beans and create chocolate. I was not only intrigued by gained a whole new respect for chocolate as a home-made treat

Hands at Work in Ecuador
Hands at Work in Ecuador

 

On that same trip to Ecuador, we had the absolute pleasure of spending some time with local fishermen on the beaches near Olon. We learned about how over-fishing has threatened their very existence. Here’s another example of local hands at work, that have inspired me:

Gone Fishing! Hands at Work in Olon, Ecuador
Gone Fishing! Hands at Work in Olon, Ecuador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now, to the fun part:

Contest Overview

The contest rotates through travel and/or photography blogs as such, 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 players submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round. Readers can attempt to lobby the author toward a certain photo via comments or the #PhotoRoulette hash-tag on Twitter – the author can accept or ignore any lobby 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.

Entry Guidelines

  • One submission per blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. Photoshopping) 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 (around 600px).
  • 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, 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 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 Photos

To enter in the Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with a link to the image (whether Flickr, Picasa or your own site) and we will upload it to this post. Don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so the viewers can get a little background as to what’s happening.

Check back here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in and feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days from today, with the submission date being Sunday September 1st (Sunday through Sunday) The winner will be announced a few days after the deadline, and they will host round #64 on their blog!

 

Spread the word! Tweet using the hashtag #PhotoRoulette and share this page with your friends. The more the merrier.

And remember, submit your entries by September 1st 2013!

Looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing their stories!

Entrants 

 

submitted by Turtles Travel: “This young deckhand took his job very seriously. Though he looked to be a pre-teen, he had the responsibility of manning the lines and setting the boat off safely on a river trip in Cambodia from Siem Reap to Battambang. The 6-8 hour journey passes through part of Tonle Sap Lake before entering countless narrow channels of the Prek Toal Wildlife Preserve. People along the waterways live in wobbly-looking houses on stilts. Kids go to stilt schools and people pray at temples on stilts. It’s an amazing system with all aspects of life focused on the water.”
submitted by Turtles Travel: “This young deckhand took his job very seriously. Though he looked to be a pre-teen, he had the responsibility of manning the lines and setting the boat off safely on a river trip in Cambodia from Siem Reap to Battambang. The 6-8 hour journey passes through part of Tonle Sap Lake before entering countless narrow channels of the Prek Toal Wildlife Preserve. People along the waterways live in wobbly-looking houses on stilts. Kids go to stilt schools and people pray at temples on stilts. It’s an amazing system with all aspects of life focused on the water.”
from Beyond My Front Door from a hike at Fuji
from Beyond My Front Door from a hike at Fuji
ToCaptureitOnce submitted the following from Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Hoi An, Vietnam. "My first pottery lesson! I got lost and ended up in a craftsman’s backyard. It paid off with a free quick pottery lesson. This kind gentleman stopped in the middle of his work and introduced me to the product of fifteen generations’ worth of dedication. This is one of my favorite pictures from the experience."
ToCaptureitOnce submitted the following from Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Hoi An, Vietnam. “My first pottery lesson! I got lost and ended up in a craftsman’s backyard. It paid off with a free quick pottery lesson. This kind gentleman stopped in the middle of his work and introduced me to the product of fifteen generations’ worth of dedication. This is one of my favorite pictures from the experience.”
livingdreamrtw submitted "Cleaning some frogs. Just another day in Hanoi, Vietnam"
livingdreamrtw submitted “Cleaning some frogs. Just another day in Hanoi, Vietnam”
Photo by Tom Bartel: "The piers at the town of Anadolu Kavagi, Turkey, at the end of the Bosphorus near the mouth of the Black Sea, was lined with fishing boats–and excellent fresh fish restaurants. I watched this man work on his nets for about ten minutes. From the look of the enormous pile of net in front of him, he had a lot of work in front of him."
Photo by Tom Bartel: “The piers at the town of Anadolu Kavagi, Turkey, at the end of the Bosphorus near the mouth of the Black Sea, was lined with fishing boats–and excellent fresh fish restaurants. I watched this man work on his nets for about ten minutes. From the look of the enormous pile of net in front of him, he had a lot of work in front of him.”

Bianca from Nomadbiba took this one in Carzano, Brescia (Italy). Every 5 years they decorate the whole town with thousands of paper flowers to celebrate the Festa de Santa Croce. They actually compete to see who can make the most realistic flowers!Bianca from Nomadbiba took this one in Carzano, Brescia (Italy). Every 5 years they decorate the whole town with thousands of paper flowers to celebrate the Festa de Santa Croce. They actually compete to see who can make the most realistic flowers!

Erik from Around this World has submitted  a picture from Bali, Indonesia. The blacksmith is putting his hands (and feet) to work while sharpening the blade on a sickle. Balinese people have been producing metal items swords, instruments, and other items using this same method for thousands of years.
Erik from Around this World has submitted a picture from Bali, Indonesia. The blacksmith is putting his hands (and feet) to work while sharpening the blade on a sickle. Balinese people have been producing metal items swords, instruments, and other items using this same method for thousands of years.
I took this of a girl in the market in Tukuyu, Tanzania getting her hair done. It was the first time I’d ever seen braids made out of yarn! - Photo submitted by FlyIcarusFly
FlyIcarusFly took this of a girl in the market in Tukuyu, Tanzania getting her hair done. It was the first time I’d ever seen braids made out of yarn! – Photo submitted by FlyIcarusFly

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Update

AND THE WINNER IS….

(drumroll)

well we had a hard time deciding! all of the hands at work were very inspiring.

We wanted to go with ToCaptureitOnce – we found the story that went along with the hands was really a great tribute to travel! but we have no way of getting in touch with the winner unfortunately and their blog does not allow for comments.

So then it came down to Turtles Travel and Nomadbiba – both photos are wonderful in terms of composition and the colors are so vibrant too!

We decided to go with Turtles Travel – that young deckhand has his hands and feet at work! really lovely photo, thank you

Congratulations and we look forward to seeing the theme for the next round of Travel Photo Roulette!

Past Photo Roulette Winners, Hosts & Themes

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 8–15, 2010 – Flashpacker HQ – “Festival”
5. Dec 17–24, 2010 – Over Yonderlust – “Landmarks”
6. Dec 26–Jan 2, 2011 – Don’t Ever Look Back – “Beaches”
7. Jan 5–12, 2011 – ThePlanetD – “Portraits”
8. Jan 15–22, 2011 – Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
10. Feb 8–15, 2011 – Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
11. Feb 21–27, 2011 – Travels of Adam– “Friday Night”
12. Mar 7–13, 2011 – Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”
13. Mar 19– 25, 2011 – Brendan’s Adventures – “Changing Seasons”
14. Apr 4–10, 2011 – Shutterfeet – “Storytelling”
15. Apr 13–21, 2011 – 10 Times One – “Piousness”
16. Apr 26–May 4, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Learning”
17. May 21–27, 2011 – Travel Junkies – “Architecture”
18. Jun 1–7, 2011 – Destination World – “Transportation”
19. Jun 8–15, 2011 – Living the Dream – “Paradise”
20. Jun 21-28, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Clothes”
21. Jul 4-11, 2011 – The Unframed World – “Symmetry”
22. Jul 16-25, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Home”
23. Jul 31 – Aug 7, 2011 – BackPackerBanter – “Inspiration”
24. Aug 14 – 21, 2011 – WanderingTrader – “Darkness”
25. Aug 28 – Sep 4, 2011 – Finding the Universe – “Tranquillity”
26. Sep 12 – 19, 2011 – Fearful Adventurer – “Food”
27. Sep 23 – 30, 2011 – Adventures of a GoodMan – “City”
28. Oct 06 – 13, 2011 – Globe-Trekking.com – “Reflections”
29. Oct 17 – 24, 2011 – Scene With A Hart – “Framing”
30. Nov 9 – 16, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Silhouettes”
31. Nov 26 – Dec 3, 2011 – Hecktic Travels – “Music”
32. Dec 11 – Dec 18, 2011 – Globetrotter Girls – “Love”
33. Dec 25 – Jan 1, 2012– Man on the lam – “Humor”
34. Jan 8 – Jan 15, 2012 – My Walkabout – “Winter”
35. Jan 15 – Jan 22, 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue”
36. Feb 6 – Feb 13, 2012 – Ten times One – “Depth of the Field”
38. March 7 – March 14, 2012 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine”
39. March 24 – 31, 2012 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character”
40. April 10 – 16, 2012 – The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene”
41. April 23 – April 30, 2012 – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country”
42. May 7 – 14, 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – “Evening”
43. May 17 – May 24, 2012 – Matt Gibson – “Adventure”
44. May 30th – June 6, 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime”
45. July 23rd – July 30, 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal”
46. August 10 – August 17, 2012 – 2away – “Smile”
47. Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2012 – Bridges and Balloons – “Excellent Splendour of the Universe”
48. Sept 8 – Sept 15, 2012 – The GypsyNester – “What the ?!”
49. Oct 22 – Oct 29, 2012 – Runaway Juno – “Sweet”
50. Nov 12 – Nov 19, 2012 – GQ Trippin – “Play”
51. Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2012 – Life’s Little Victories – “Friendship”
52. Dec 15-22, 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Face”
53. Jan 14-21, 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – “Serendipity”
54. Feb 1-8, 2013 – Travel Transmissions – “Lost in Thought”
55. Feb 15-22, 2013 – Wanderlusters – “The Natural World”
56. Mar 17-24, 2013 – Travel Junkies – “Patterns”
57. April 25-May 3rd, 2013 – Living the Dream – “Your First Time”
58. May12-19th, 2013 – Getting Stamped – “As The Sun Goes Down”
59. June 6-13th, 2013 – The GypsyNester – “Cheesy Tourist Diversions”
60. June 27-July 4, 2013 – Boomeresque – “Revolution”
61. July 18-July 25,2013 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Colorful”
62. August 14-August 21, 2013 – Around This World – “Mountains”
63. August 25th – September 1st 2013: Passports and Pamplemousse – “Hands at Work”

30 thoughts on “Travel Photo Roulette Round 63

  1. Great theme. It took us a while to decide on a photo! Love all the other entries so far! About ours: “This young deckhand took his job very seriously. Though he looked to be a pre-teen, he had the responsibility of manning the lines and setting the boat off safely on a river trip in Cambodia from Siem Reap to Battambang. The 6-8 hour journey passes through part of Tonle Sap Lake before entering countless narrow channels of the Prek Toal Wildlife Preserve. People along the waterways live in wobbly-looking houses on stilts. Kids go to stilt schools and people pray at temples on stilts. It’s an amazing system with all aspects of life focused on the water.” Link to photo: http://turtlestravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Young-Deckhand-Tonle-Sap.jpg

    Let us know if you have any trouble with the link. Thanks! –Tamara, turtlestravel.com

  2. Interesting, unique, but difficult topic. I like this photo from hiking Fuji a while ago. Not sure if i have other photos but I’m not home to check my storage device.

      1. Ahh I should have put more information! sorry 😦 It was from the hike up mount fuji. It was one of the “stations” along the path to the top. You can get stamps on your hiking stick to mark your progress up mt. fuji and this was one of the stamps.


  3. Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Hoi An, Vietnam. My first pottery lesson! I got lost and ended up in a craftsman’s backyard. It paid off with a free quick pottery lesson. This kind gentleman stopped in the middle of his work and introduced me to the product of fifteen generations’ worth of dedication. This is one of my favorite pictures from the experience.

  4. Congratulations for your win! What an original theme 🙂 Here’s my submission:

    I took this one in Carzano, Brescia (Italy). Every 5 years they decorate the whole town with thousands of paper flowers to celebrate the Festa de Santa Croce. They actually compete to see who can make the most realistic flowers!

  5. Neat theme! This is a picture from Bali, Indonesia. The blacksmith is putting his hands (and feet) to work while sharpening the blade on a sickle. Balinese people have been producing metal items swords, instruments, and other items using this same method for thousands of years.

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