Travel Photo Roulette, Round 38 – Sunshine

Wow, I’m still in awe at being picked by Runaway Juno as the winner for Travel Photo Roulette’s Round 37; specially considering the rest of the entries, check them out!  The photo I submitted shows my best Digital Nomad Moment during a recent road trip across Canada last summer. It was a journey full of adventures that I shared with my dear friend, Alain from Riding The Dream, who is also a very talented photographer and showed me a couple of tricks with the camera. Make sure to check out his blog for some really amazing photography.

Now, I wish I was in some exotic location at the moment; running, hiking, swimming, climbing… But as luck would have it, I’ve been trapped in the urban jungle for longer than I’d like to due to a sprained knee. So I’ll have to take it easy for the time being and wait a couple more weeks to go play outside again. Luckily though, I get to pick a theme for Travel Photo Roulette’s Round 38! And I’ve chosen to go with:


Spring is just around the corner, the days are getting longer already; but we still need some warmth in the northern hemisphere. So I ask you to submit your best photos reflecting the light and warmth of our Sun, that gives us life and makes us cheery and happy. It can be a sunset or a sunrise, or simply a photo with some interesting sunlight. Below are a couple of examples, hope you enjoy this round!

For those new to the process, Travel Photo Roulette is a rotating event open to bloggers and photographers and people generally interested in good work. See the rules below.


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 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 – 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.

  • One submission per Blog (so sites that have >1 author 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 PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for bloggers, we need you to be a blogger to be declared a winner. Sorry!
How to Submit Your Image

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 I 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 March 7th , 2012  – 11:59 PM March 14th, 2012 (Wednesday thru Wednesday). The winner will be announced in the days after the deadline, and they will host round 39.

**Note** Please enter medium-size web-friendly photos (around 600px). Large pictures slow down servers and increase page load times for everybody.

Past Photo Roulette Winners and Hosts

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 – – “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 1st, 2012– Man on the lam – “Humor”
34. January 8 – Jan 15 – My Walkabout – “Winter”
35. Jan 15 – Jan 22 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue”

36. Feb 6 – Feb 13 – Ten Times One – “Depth of Field”

37. Feb 22 – Feb 29 – Runaway Juno – “My Glorious Digital Nomad Moment”

The more the merrier: Please share this article on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and G+ and elsewhere to get more people involved. We love your entries!

Submit your entry by 11:59pm March 14th, 2012 – let me know which of the entries below are your favorites in the comments.

Images will be posted at they come in.


Round 38 – Entries

01. The Gypsy Nesters

“The wild plant life and the strange colors of the sunsets deep in the Florida Everglades had me battling mosquitoes for the best views!”

02. Rebecca from Travels at 88mph

“Sunset taken in Auckland, New Zealand during a work Regatta bonding activity. Nothing has been edited! The sky is just so clean and beautiful in New Zealand.”

03. Jeremy from Living The Dream

“We went on a Caribbean cruise in 2003 and our very first port city started out with rain. When the sun peeked through I took a photo of it so it would last longer as the old saying goes, and it did!”

04. Tawny from Captain & Clark

“The Disappearing Sun. We snapped this at sunset in Stone town, Zanzibar.”

05. Jade from Our Oyster

“This is my entry from New Zealand. I was lucky to make some amazing friends through the website couchsurfing, and one day we went on a day trip to Murawai beach. We had a picnic and drank wine as the sun set..”

06. Adam from Travels of Adam

“I snapped this pic of my friend at one of my most favorite Cape Cod beaches a few years ago. To me, it’s exactly what summer (and sunshine!) is all about—–sunglasses.”

07. Raymond from Man On The Lam

“This reminded me of a postcard from the 1970s when I saw it — it’s Bunaken Island in Indonesia from January of this year. So relaxing…”

08. Tash from Jouljet

“Sunset over Sydney Harbour, taken from a cruise ship last year, pulling out for our trip”.

09. Heather from Travellers Playground

“My entry was taken from an Amtrak train between the Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA train stations around 7AM when the sun was just stretching it’s leg’s for the first time that day.”

10. Ross from Been Bogged Before

“Taken at the sand dunes in Death Valley National Park just after sunset. When I need some warmth in the winter and early spring I like to go to Death Valley.”

11. Juno from Runaway Juno

“At the temple in Luang Prabang, Laos. It was one shiny afternoon. This is the very image of Luang Prabang for me. A beautiful city!”

12. Stephen from Bohemian Traveler

“Hong Kong at dawn from the 31st floor”

13. Heather from Ginger Nomads

“This was the very first sunrise of 2012, taken from a ferry on the Ayeyarwady River, going from Mandalay to Bagan. It was a lovely but long (15 hours) way to travel, filled with locals and the slight chaos that comes with South East Asia.”

14. Kathryn from Travel with Kat

“Here’s my entry for ‘Sunshine’ – a shot I took in Kerala, India, just after sunrise”

15. Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush

“Taken first night of camping at Driftwood Bay in Ontario. Love to see the sun illuminate the water splash! How much longer till summer camping?”

16. Jay from Roving Jay

“My submission was taken in Bodrum Bay, Turkey, just as the sun was going down, with Bodrum Castle on the horizon….”

17. Cole from Four Jandals

“From my home town and favourite surf location at Mount Maunganui beach. love watching the sunset when you are paddling our for a wave or just after you come back in!”

18. Anwar from Beyond my Front Door

“It was taken in the Australian summer in St. Kilda in Melbourne. I was walking around and wandered over to check out the Kite-boarders right before sunset.”

19. Linda from Journey Jottings

“This is Standley Chasm in central Australia – Its only as the sun reaches its zenith that the whole chasm fills with sunshine :)”

20. Natasha from Wandering Kiwi

“The second pic in this blog is taken at 11.30 at night in St Petersburg, Russia. In midsummer the sun never really sets in this part of the world”

21. Nick from Adventure Crow

“Sun setting over the High Atlas Mountain Range on an expedition to summit Bougmez”

22. Rob from Piran Café

“This was very early morning, Gulf of Fonseca, near La Union, El Salvador, June 1992. There was a gentle rain falling.”


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Hi there! I'm Bianca, a former nomad with a burning passion for travel. I am now based in the Netherlands, where I live with my partner and young daughter. After traveling for almost 4 years straight, I still love to explore new places any time I have a chance, on my own or with my family. For more, check the About me section.

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