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 outstretched arms, one monkey warrior, however, is a demon, imposter.  There’re 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 – nature’s 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!