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Welcome to Travel Photo Roulette: Round 32 – LOVE

We are hosting this week’s Travel Photo Roulette! The Travel Photo Roulette was started in November 2010 by Jeremy from LivingTheDream as a way for travel bloggers to showcase their best photography. For each round a new theme is chosen, and independent travel bloggers are asked to submit their photos. Then a winner is chosen to host (and judge!) the following round.

The last round (#31) of roulette was hosted by our fellow nomads Dalene and Pete from Hecktic Travels and the theme was music. Our photo was selected as the winner and we are thrilled to host this week’s competition! Thanks to Dalene and Pete for choosing our photo!

Mariachi Girl in Mexico City
This week’s theme: LOVE

There have been more than 30 rounds of the travel photo roulette so far and we were surprised to see that nobody has chosen LOVE as the theme yet! We would like to see your best shots depicting LOVE. This can be anything from the love of a mother for her child, a pair of love birds, a passionate kiss or other expressions of love you may have caught through your lens.

sea elephant kiss - LOVE

Via dell'amore lovers sculptureContest Rules

The rules are simple. The hosting blogger is the chosen winner of the previous round. 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 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.

Extra Criteria to Keep in Mind When Submitting a Photo:

  • One submission per Blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
  • In this round, post processing is permitted as we believe it is essential
  • 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!
  • 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.
    * Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, but “Overlooking Creation” is able to be interpreted by all.
    * *NEW* 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!

Submit An 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 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 Dec 11  – Dec 18 2011 (Sunday thru Sunday). The winner will be announced within the next few days after the deadline, and they will host round 33.

**Note** Medium size pictures are preferred (around 600 px). Large pictures might slow down downloading time 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 – 10timesOne – “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”

The more the merrier: Let’s get more people joining the contest by sharing this article on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and G+.

Submit your entry by December 18th – or let us know which of the entries below are your favorites:

Fidel Hart of Scene with a hart: This photograph was taken on a secluded beach in Noumea, New Caledonia. I was asked to do a photoshoot and during a moment of downtime during sunset, I caught this image.

french kissVeronica and David from The Gypsynester: I love the body language I captured here, so much sweet longing. The world has simply melted away for this young couple on a bench in the busy riverfront park just outside the Quays of the Old Port in Montreal.

Jaime of Breakaway Backpacker: So this photo reminds me of love… This photo was taken as I was walking around florence and saw a chain with a million locks, but then looked at the guter of a drain and saw one too. You know the locks signify an ever lasting love. Lock it and throw the key to the river. I loved that this one was in the shape of a heart and that this couple was desperate enough to lock it in a gutter.

Roving Jay: This Mute Swan had been diving below the water to feed, and then swimming around with it’s feathers all fluffed up to dry in the sun.  As a member of the Lonely Hearts Club, he’s cruising a local river in Norfolk England, looking for a mate.

Jeremy of Living The Dream: When I think of love, I think of Thailand as that is where I proposed to my now fiancee at the end of my 5 month adventure in Asia. To celebrate, we wrote our initials in the sand on Railay Beach surrounded with a heart the night before we flew back to Singapore to begin the trip home.

Inge of Picturing The Americas: This cute lady with here beautiful hat I met at the gay pride parade in New York City.

Polynesian Wedding, Easter IslandCam and Nicole from Traveling Canucks: We met a friendly American couple in Hanga Roa who were eloping on Easter Island. They invited us to check out the traditional Polynesian ceremony, hosted at sunset in front of the mysterious moai statue. Now THAT is a fantastic backdrop for a wedding!

Claire from Two4Travel: In Buenos Aires, everywhere I looked I would find a couple happily making out or engaging in some sort of PDA. But this couple kissing in the park just seemed so sweet and innocent, and well… in love!

Kim from To Uncertainty and Beyond: The ultimate monument to love: the Taj Majal

Laurence of Finding The Universe: My photo continues the theme of Love Padlocks, featuring the padlocks on Cologne’s Hohenzollern Bridge. There must be millions of these padlocks on this bridge, and every time I go back, more have arrived. Wonderful to see.

Heather of Ginger Nomads: I found this graffiti on a desk in the Tuol Sleng Prison in Phnom Penh. The history of Cambodia is traumatic, but throughout my time there I realized how resilient the people are and how much they love their country.

Cailin of Cailin Travels: A veteran and his wife hold hands as they walk away from a Remembrance Day memorial in Cardiff, Wales.

Natasha of Wandering Kiwi: I’d like to submit this post oh Philadelphia – the city of brotherly love – and home to the famous Robert Indiana LOVE scupture in John F Kennedy Park. Philly is a wonderfully romantic town with so much history and character. Dare I say it… I loved it more than NYC!

William of Mywalkabout40.com: My first time out of my own country was when I went to the slums Kenya with a non profit group to help build schools. I was so overcome with many emotions, but the love in this picture probably sums it up the best.

Chris, the Amateur Traveler: My entry is a romantic dinner on the shores of Lake Como Italy

Greg of Adventures with a GoodMan: So many beautiful photographs of people kissing, touching emotional scenes and more that I can’t even compete on that level.

So instead, I’ll take it to a whole other level. First, I’ll add the word “making” before the word love. Next, so it’s still a SFW page, I’ll throw in the word frogs before that. And there you have it. Two Indian frogs in love, expressing themselves in the only way they know how. Cue chuckles or groans…your choice…

new-york-loveAllison Suter: Ooh! I think I only submitted an entry once about a year ago (as my travel blog is in limbo between adventures). But I LOVE this love image from a recent trip to NYC!

Kat of Travel With Kat: I’d like to submit this photo of a couple taking a romantic walk in the snow in London beside the River Thames

Heather from Travellers Playground: Here is my submission, family love, Gibraltar Nature Reserve.

Cheryl Howard: While love locks are typically placed on bridges and monuments, I found these love locks on a small fence used to protect a newly planted tree at a tiny park in Budapest. I quite liked how all the locks were different such as the large one and the pink ones in this picture. It’s so sweet, heart warming and refreshing to see that people leave these public statements of love for one another. <3

Christy and Scott from Ordinary Traveler: Great theme! I have a fun one to contribute. These two cheetahs at the Wild Animal Park are definitely in love.

ChristchurchAmanda from A Dangerous Business: I love this theme, guys! I had a hard time coming up with a photo, because my mind just kept going back to this one. It doesn’t depict “love” in a traditional sense. But it reminds me of love and hope and resilience. I took this earlier this year in Christchurch, New Zealand, 3 months after the big earthquake there. “Kia Kaha” means “Stay strong” in Maori, and became sort of the mantra of the survivors. Despite the tough times everyone was going through there, the city was still full of hope and support and love, and it was really quite inspiring.

scientika loveScientika: Title: Married! I took this photo two months ago at the amazing wedding ceremony of my two good friends. There was just so much love around that everybody was crying (except for the brides who were ecstatic)…

Raymond from Man On The Lam: So it’s love then is it? Nothing says love like llama love. :) This was taken at Machu Picchu 2 years ago…

Denise of The Art Of Slow Travel: This photo was taken at Jimbaran beach, Bali. I love how pretty this couple looks as they hold hands and stroll along this beautiful beach!

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73 Comments

  1. Oh I love this theme… when I saw the word love the first thing that came to mind was a photo I took in Florence but have never used in a post. So I had to upload it to my FB fanpage to get a link for it. Here is a link: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=319546648075188&set=a.188602521169602.49497.145145272181994&type=1&theater

    So this photo reminds me of love…

    This photo was taken as I was walking around florence and saw a chain with a million locks, but then looked at the guter of a drain and saw one too. You know the locks signify an ever lasting love. Lock it and throw the key to the river. I loved that this one was in the shape of a heart and that this couple was desperate enough to lock it in a gutter.
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    1. Jaime, thanks so much for this fantastic submission! We didn’t see these locks in Florence but we saw thousands of them on the Via dell’amore in Cinque Terre. These locks sure are a great way to promise ‘everlasting love’.

        1. A great spot to propose – did you ask her at the viewpoint? Sometimes you just need to splurge in a really nice resort, and getting engaged is the perfect excuse, if you ask me 🙂

  2. Congrats on winning the last round – great pic!

    Here is our subsmission:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/camwears/5020851877/in/photostream

    We met a friendly American couple in Hanga Roa who were eloping on Easter Island. They invited us to check out the traditional Polynesian ceremony, hosted at sunset in front of the mysterious moai statue. Now THAT is a fantastic backdrop for a wedding!
    Cam recently posted..Photo of the Week: Bull Riding in the Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

  3. Great job on the win guys, and an excellent theme!

    My photo continues the theme of Love Padlocks, featuring the padlocks on Cologne’s Hohenzollern Bridge. There must be millions of these padlocks on this bridge, and every time I go back, more have arrived. Wonderful to see.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-z5LwpcpGqkM/TuYvvf_Z5SI/AAAAAAAAGZU/Dyp7OPdMSMg/w593-h395-k/IMG_4197.JPG
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  4. I’d like to submit this post oh Philadelphia – the city of brotherly love – and home to the famous Robert Indiana LOVE scupture in John F Kennedy Park. Philly is a wonderfully romantic town with so much history and character. Dare I say it… I loved it more than NYC!

    http://www.worldwanderingkiwi.com/2011/06/city-break-in-philadelphia-pa/
    Natasha @ Wandering Kiwi recently posted..Nostalgia in Cuba: Hasta siempre, Comandante

    1. Thanks so much, Natasha – I was actually wondering if someone would submit a photo of the LOVE sculpture! And great to hear that you loved Philly as much as we did – great city!

  5. So many beautiful photographs of people kissing, touching emotional scenes and more that I can’t even compete on that level.

    So instead, I’ll take it to a whole other level. First, I’ll add the word “making” before the word love. Next, so it’s still a SFW page, I’ll throw in the word frogs before that. And there you have it. Two Indian frogs in love, expressing themselves in the only way they know how. Cue chuckles or groans…your choice…

    http://www.adventuresofagoodman.com/froglove.jpg
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  6. Here’s my submission: http://cherylhoward.com/wp-content/gallery/budapest-locks-in-a-park/budalocks5.jpg

    While love locks are typically placed on bridges and monuments, I found these love locks on a small fence used to protect a newly planted tree at a tiny park in Budapest. I quite liked how all the locks were different such as the large one and the pink ones in this picture. It’s so sweet, heart warming and refreshing to see that people leave these public statements of love for one another. <3
    cheryl recently posted..Even More Street Art in Amsterdam.

    1. Thanks for telling us about the love locks, Cheryl – when we saw them on the Via dell’amore in Italy this last spring, we thought those locks were unique, but apparently there are love locks in all kinds of places 🙂 The picture is great!

  7. I love this theme, guys! I had a hard time coming up with a photo, because my mind just kept going back to this one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dangerousbiz/5749352993/in/set-72157626834501810

    It doesn’t depict “love” in a traditional sense. But it reminds me of love and hope and resilience. I took this earlier this year in Christchurch, New Zealand, 3 months after the big earthquake there. “Kia Kaha” means “Stay strong” in Maori, and became sort of the mantra of the survivors. Despite the tough times everyone was going through there, the city was still full of hope and support and love, and it was really quite inspiring.
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