Capture the Colour 2013

Last year those nice people at Travel Supermarket held their ‘Capture the Colour’ competition and I had a lovely time going through my photos, re-living past trips and generally having a good old reminisce – it took me days!  You can check out my 2012 post here.   I didn’t win any prizes but did have the shot of my ‘yellow’ Cuban Cigar Lady added to their ‘World Photography Map’ in the North America section – I was pretty chuffed about that!

With over 3,000 entries the competition was a huge success and they’re running it again this year.  So here’s my colourful collection for 2013 – I hope I’ve managed to capture both the colour and the moment…


New Year, Ho Chi Minh City

It would have been all too easy to include a shot of deep blue skies or turquoise seas for the blue category but this picture sums up the colour and my mood when I took it.  It was my first visit to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam and we’d just come out of the War Remnants Museum which displays a lot of black and white war correspondent photography with many harrowing images.  This was a complete contrast to what we’d just seen and brought me back to the present again.   The shot was taken at the end of February so we’d missed the New Year celebrations but  we went back in 2012 and spent New Year’s Eve in HCMC – easily the best New Year we’ve ever had!



Ah, Italy, my beloved Italy!  I visited Italy for the first time last year.  Twice!  The second time was to the Emilia Romagna region with Blogville and I think it was then I decided that Italy would always have a little place in my heart .  And not just because of the gelato…  As you can see there’s some stunning scenery in the area – I took this in Montefiore Conca,  Rimini’s hinterland.  I shall be returning to Italy three times before the end of the year – Bologna, Venice and Rome – can’t get enough of it!


Grand Palace Bangkok (2)

Back to Asia and Thailand for my yellow shot – the gold stupa in the Grand Palace, Bangkok.  There is so much gold at Wat Phra that you’ll need your sunglasses.  These monkey warriors have either a blue or a white face and wear multi-coloured traditional dress, made of brightly coloured mirrors.  Each statue holds up the Stupa with their out stretched arms, one monkey warrior, however, is a demon imposter.  There’s a couple of clues – any ideas who he is?


The travertines, Pamukkale

My ‘white’ entry (or do you think it should have been blue?) is of the travertines at Pamukkale in Turkey.  Pamukkale means ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish and perfectly describes the white terraces, which tread their way down the hillside.   Each pool is created from white limestone deposits filled with water from hot springs in the area – natures own infinity pools!


Old Woman, Hoi An

Red was a tricky one.  I have some lovely shots of Bologna, known as Italy’s red city, with its red blinds and warm coloured porticoes.  But I felt I needed more people around and so we’re stopping in  Hoi An, Vietnam for my final shot.  This old woman sat at the roadside selling red, clay whistles.  She was quite happy to let me photograph her for a while – so long as I bought a whistle!

Here are my five nominations which also happen to be five of my favourite blogs too:

Travel with Kat – Kat was lovely enough to nominate me last year :)

On the Luce

Restless Jo

The Urge to Wander

My Guilty Pleasures

I hope you’ve enjoyed my colour captures; if you’d like to enter you can find full details at Capture the Colour.  To take part you’ll need publish a blog post showcasing five of your favourite travel photographs which best capture the colour of the five categories: red, blue, green, yellow and white – all by 9th October 2013.  You don’t need to be nominated to take part.  Notify TravelSupermarket that you’ve entered the competition by either posting a link to your blog post on Facebook mentioning Capture the Colour and tagging the Facebook page.  You can also link to your post via Twitter including @travelsupermkt and #CTC13 hashtag.  More information and full terms and conditions here.

Have fun and wish me luck!


  1. Lovely choices Suzanne – good luck!!

    • The Italian scenery is just stunning. I must visit Sardinia some time that looks gorgeous too! :)

  2. Great photographs! I love the red one best, particularly the way the red colour frames the image at the top and bottom.

    Good luck :)

  3. Suzanne, you’ve outdone yourself! :) Gorgeous photos. I am very partial to your woman from Vietnam – what a sweetie! All the best, Terri

    • Thank you Terri – she was a sweetie to have put up with me snapping away!

  4. beautiful color and images, I think my favorite would be the Vietnamese lady with the hints of color…beautiful

    I’m inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

    • Thank you Noel – I’ll drop by and check out Travel Photo Mondays. Sounds like fun :)

  5. Some great pictures there representing the various colours. I found green to be the most interesting, the fascinating curves and shapes of the hills not to mention the various shades of green.

    • Thanks Chrisstov – I keep coming back to that shot – so much to look at. Thanks for visiting :)

  6. Red and green are my favourites Suzanne. FAb shot of the sweet old lady. I used a Pammukale shot for Blue last year! :-)

      • I look forward to taking part Suzanne. Thanks again for the nomination :-)

  7. Your choices are excellent, I am very taken with the image of the old lady with her red, clay whistles – her face is so expressive yet strangely inscrutable at the same time. Good luck with your entry. 😉

    • I know exactly what you mean. I’d like to know what she was thinking – or maybe not…! Thank you :)

  8. Loved your green and white shot! Good luck for the contest!

    • Thanks Elisa – will you be entering, you have some super shots. You don’t need to be nominated…

      • You’re too kind.. I was planning to enter after my holiday in September.. Hoping to get some new nice shots :)

  9. Fabulous entry, Suze. What a lovely welcome back. I was feeling a bit blue, but now I can channel my colours appropriately. Thanks a lot :)

    • Thanks Jo – looking forward to your entry. I’m wondering if there’ll be any tiles in your shots….? :)

      • I have poached that idea and used Portuguese tiles for my blue entry! Lovely shots Suzanne, especially like the red one. Look forward to seeing everyone else’s entries.

  10. interesting shots and information – good luck in the comp. I’m guessing the demon imposter is the one with the black face 😉
    Jude xx

    • It’s the one wearing red Take a look at his feet too… :)

  11. Looking forward to entering this with my ‘Travel With Kat’ hat on! Thanks for the nomination. Really enjoyed the competition last year..



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