Happy to host Travel Photo Roulette – Round 40

I was a very happy travelbunny indeed to learn that my photo below was the winning entry in round 39 of Photo Roulette hosted by Travel With Kat with her chosen theme of ‘Local Character’.  This Vietnamese woman in Hoi An was more than happy to have her picture taken and she made me smile as she postured to the camera while I snapped away – definitely a character and a half with a full-blown twinkle in her eye.

If you’re new to Photo Roulette here’s how it works – for each round a new theme is chosen and travel bloggers are asked to submit their photos on that theme.  At the end of a week a winner is chosen and they host and judge the following round.  Basically that means it’s down to me to chose the theme for the next round – yay!

Street Scene

After a great deal of pondering I’ve decided to go with ‘Street Scene’ as my theme.  Something I really enjoy when travelling is to sit at a pavement cafe or bar and watch the world go by.   Life on the street in any country is as real as it gets – it’s not prettied up, it is what it is – people living their lives.  I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions – hopefully they’ll be thought-provoking, colourful and maybe humorous too – we shall see.

Delhi Street Scene

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 course of the week of the contest. At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favourite 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.

Guide Lines

  • 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 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 entries

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 April 10th, 2012  – 11:59 PM April 16th, 2012 GMT (Monday to Monday). The winner will be announced in the days after the deadline, and they will host round 41.

**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 – 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 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”
  38. March 7 – March 14 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine”                                                           39. March 24 – 31 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character”

Please share this article on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and G+ and elsewhere to get more people involved.  Let’s make this round – the Big 40 – a great round!

Submit your entry by 11:59pm ,16 April , 2012 – please let me know which of the entries below are your favourites in the comments – and finally good luck!

1.  First up -from Jeremy at  Living the DreamRTW

“The streets of Hanoi are filled with motorbike after motorbike. I’d feel bad for the person who owns a full sized car”

2.  From The Gypseynesters

Sometimes streets are made of water. This doesn’t stop Venice from having rush hours – buses, taxis and, what we would think of as “everyday cars” are all boats. And yes, there are accidents. Like the one about to happen here.

3.  From BitofLight

Being a tricycle driver is a waiting game. What better way to pass time than catching a nap?

4.  Rovingjay’s entry:  “Bike Park at Amsterdam Train Station — Good luck retrieving your bike at the end of the day!”

5.  Travellers’ Playground’s submission is:-

“a busy newsstand on a corner in Madrid. They way we go about our daily lives!!”

6.  Adventurecrow

Hello, please see my entry, I was tempted with Vietnamese moto taxi drivers taking a nap, but see you already have a shot from Hanoi.  I took this in Rome whilst out exploring. Although there is not much going on, it just seemed so….European, I had to stop and take a quick shot!

7.  A submission from Rebecca – Travelsat88mph – Interesting form of transportation on the streets of Lima, Peru:-

8.  From Lucy at  On the Luce

Great theme! Mine is:

“A traditional French street scene – people whiling away the afternoon with a coffee and a catch up in a pavement cafe in the Marais area of Paris.”

9.  Travel with Kat

Love your theme and some great shots here! My entry is of some ladies in Senegal pounding grain by the side of the road. We were driving past and I had to shout out to the driver to stop so I could take a few photos.

Travel with Kat

10.  Fluent in Frolicking

This photo was taken in Vietnam. There is no denying that the street culture in Vietnam is some of the liveliest on the planet. This photo is the perfect example, in one store front a women is selling live chickens, a barber shop is open for business and at the same time they are doing construction on the building. All this while life continues to rush by “All In A Days Work!”

11.  This one’s from Bohemian Traveler

Two women conversing on market day in the town of Shaxi, in China’s Yunnan Province.

12. Matt and Caro from Passport and a Toothbrush have submitted this great photograph:

“My shot is of an old lady in Toronto’s Chinatown. These women show up early, everyday to sell herbs and veggies. Gives me the chance to travel to another cultures, albeit still staying in the city!”

Passport and a Toothbrush

13.  Travels of Adam

“This is a photo I took in Valencia, Spain on a little side street. Some sort of parade (I think it was some sort of religious thing) had just gone down the street and this was the leftovers. There were so many rose petals and little kids playing in the street. Such a lovely small-town experience.”

14.  From Andrea at Inspiring Travellers

Mine is from Salta, Argentina and I’ve called it “School Days” – these kids in their uniforms were too cute!

15.  A great shot from Across the South

My submission is a photo take on the street of Cusco in Peru. Little dressed up girl sitting on a pavement between the indigenous dress of her mother and what we call ‘everyday outfit of her father.

16.  A final, last minute entry from Our Oyster Jade

In Vietnam, the Mekong river is more like a street… it’s where all the locals do their shopping. This photo was taken at the floating markets in Can Tho…