Travel Photo Roulette # 70: Come Party!

The Winner of Travel Photo Roulette no. 70 is ..

With so many celebrations going on around the world these weeks, the theme that I chose for Travel Photo Roulette was ‘Party’. Some bloggers managed to find time in between all festive activities and sent in some great pictures. Honourable mentions go to Bianca of Nomadbiba for her colourful picture of the carnival in Barranquilla and Joe and Sandra of We Go Two for their picture of the Songkran man, completely partied out after the water fights he took part in.

The winner of this round is, however, Greg of Adventures Of A Goodman with this picture of the festivities around an annual South-Korean exorcism ritual.


Apart from the great angle Greg used, I really like this picture because all elements of a great party are in it: the festive activities, the colourful dresses and the people smiling, having fun.

Congratulations Greg! I look forward to seeing what theme you’ll pick for Travel Photo Roulette no. 71!

Travel Photo Roulette no. 70

This summer I happened to come across the Travel Photo Roulette – a fun photo competition among bloggers – for the first time. After having taken part in it for a number of times, I am really happy to have been chosen as the winner of the last Travel Photo Roulette no. 69.

The competition was organized for the first time by Jeremy at Living the Dream as a way for travel bloggers to showcase their photography. An excellent idea to stimulate and motivate each other to look at your pictures from a different angle!

Sophie of Sophie’s World was the host of Travel Photo Roulette no. 69  with the theme ‘Trees’ and I am very honoured that Sophie chose my below picture of the reflection of a tree in the Huerquehue Park near Pucon, Chile, as the winner of that round. Thanks again, Sophie!

Huerquehue NPAs the winner of each travel photo roulette will host the next round, it’s now my turn to pick a theme. So, there we go, onto Travel Photo Roulette no. 70.

The Theme

The theme for this round is: PARTY.

The holidays season will soon start again with all different kind of parties ahead of us and to already come in the mood a bit, my choice for this week’s theme is ‘party’. Parties always give excellent photo opportunities, be it during festivals, parades, holidays like Christmas and New Years Eve or any other celebration. I especially like colourful pictures like this one, which I took in Jaisalmer, India during the Desert Festival.

Desert Festival, Jaisaler, India.

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer, India.

I would now like to see your interpretation of the theme ‘party’ and leave it up to you how to interpret it further.

Contest Overview

The Travel Photo Roulette rotates through travel and/or photography blogs.  The winner of the previous round of the Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme and players submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week the hosting blogger chooses their favorite picture from all  submissions and displays it on the hosting blog as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game, choosing a new theme for new photo submissions.


  • Only one photo entry per blog is permitted.
  • Post processing, cropping, correcting for red eyes and other flaws is fine.
  • Abstract submissions are welcome, as long as it fits within the theme. Do keep in mind that the judge needs be able to understand your interpretation, otherwise you might not win.
  • Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (max. 600-800px).
  • If you win and host the next round: 1. Keep the theme general so all bloggers can participate. Instead of choosing a theme like ‘Eiffel Tower’ go for a more open theme, like ‘monuments’ or ‘monuments at night’. 2. Keep in mind that abstract thoughts are allowed, as long as everyone understands. Don’t use phrases like ‘Overlooking creation’ or ‘Kafkaesque’ for example. Look for something that everyone is able to interpret.
  • No obscene photos or themes are allowed. Suggestive themes and photography might be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  • Themes may be reused after a period of time; however new photos must be submitted. Keep it fresh!
  • 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.
  • Since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

How to enter the competition

To enter the competition just leave a comment below with a link to the image you’d like to submit, so it can be uploaded to the post. Don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so we can all get an idea about the background.

I’ll add all images to the overview of entries as they come in. Do check in regularly during the week to see all photo submissions and let me know which one is your favourite.

The contest begins today and ends in one week, i.e. you can submit until the 30st of November 2013. No more entries will be accepted after 11:59 pm CET on the 30st of  November 2013. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter and they will host Travel Photo Roulette n0. 71.

Spread the Word!

Tweet using the hashtag #PhotoRoulette and share this page with your friends on Facebook, StumbleUpon G+, or your favorite Social Media outlet. The more participants, the merrier! Comments on photo entries are strongly encouraged, we appreciate all help with making a decision who should win this round.

I look forward seeing your photos and reading more about the stories behind them!

Past winners and hosts

Here is a list of the previously photo roulettes played including the blogger that hosted the round. As you can see, the contest is going on for a while already. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some fantastic photos from the chosen theme!

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 1, 2012– Man on the lam – “Humor” 34. Jan 8 – Jan 15, 2012 – My Walkabout – “Winter” 35. Jan 15 – Jan 22, 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue” 36. Feb 6 – Feb 13, 2012 – Ten times One – “Depth of the Field” 38. March 7 – March 14, 2012 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine” 39. March 24 – 31, 2012 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character” 40. April 10 – 16, 2012 – The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene” 41. April 23 – April 30, 2012 – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country” 42. May 7 – 14, 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – “Evening” 43. May 17 – May 24, 2012 – Matt Gibson – “Adventure” 44. May 30th – June 6, 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime” 45. July 23rd – July 30, 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal” 46. August 10 – August 17, 2012 – 2away – “Smile” 47. Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2012 – Bridges and Balloons – “Excellent Splendour of the Universe” 48. Sept 8 – Sept 15, 2012 – The GypsyNester – “What the ?!” 49. Oct 22 – Oct 29, 2012 – Runaway Juno – “Sweet” 50. Nov 12 – Nov 19, 2012 – GQ Trippin – “Play” 51. Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2012 – Life’s Little Victories – “Friendship” 52. Dec 15-22, 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Face” 53. Jan 14-21, 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – “Serendipity” 54. Feb 1-8, 2013 – Travel Transmissions – “Lost in Thought” 55. Feb 15-22, 2013 – Wanderlusters – “The Natural World” 56. Mar 17-24, 2013 – Travel Junkies – “Patterns” 57. April 25-May 3rd, 2013 – Living the Dream – “Your First Time” 58. May12-19th, 2013 – Getting Stamped – “As The Sun Goes Down” 59. June 6-13th, 2013 – The GypsyNester – “Cheesy Tourist Diversions” 60. June 27-July 4, 2013 – Boomeresque – “Revolution” 61. July 18-July 25,2013 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Colorful” 62. August 14-August 21, 2013 – Around This World – “Mountains” 63. August 25th – September 1st 2013: Passports and Pamplemousse – “Hands at Work” 64. September 4th – 11th, 2013: TurtlesTravel – “Dance” 65.September 12th-19th, 2013: Keep calm and travel – “The sea” – 66. Sept 26th – Oct 3rd Travel Photo Discovery   – “The Market” 67. Oct 2013 – Am I Nearly There Yet? – Travel Fails – 68. Oct 2013 – The GypsyNester – Weird Regional Foods – 69. Nov 2013 – Sophie’s World – Trees – 70. Nov 2013 – SHOuTography – Party

Remember to submit your picture by 30 November!


#1 by Greg of Adventures Of A Goodman:


A South Korean Exorcism: For Shamanistic fishermen in Yeonggwang-Gun, South-Korea, keeping the Dragon King appeased is of utmost importance. Sometimes called the Sea God, he demands an annual exorcism ritual known as the Seohaean Baeyeonsingut. Through prayers, offerings, song, dance, music and booze, the town hopes to ensure a prosperous year of fishing. See more at THE SEA GOD DEMANDS AN EXORCISM.

#2 by Brandon and Anne of The Yoga Nomads:


Here’s a party, there’s a party.. everywhere is a party! No better place to party than Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee! We turned our world upside down with headstand during a show on the mainstage.

#3 by Bianca of Nomadbiba:


One of the greatest parties I’ve been to this year was carnival time in Barranquilla, Colombia. People there live for carnival it seems! Every year, as soon as the new year rolls in people just think about what they are doing those days. When the festivities finally arrive, the city just stops and it becomes one massive party where everyone joins in!

#4 by Katryn of Boots and Backpacks :


The color run, combining a run with a party, New York City.

#5 by Joe and Sandra of We Go Two :


The Songkran man. Earlier this year we were in Thailand over the Thai new year (Songkran). The streets were awash with water and talc and not a safe place if you wanted to stay dry. The locals and tourists alike were armed with an array of water fight weapons and no one escaped getting wet. We captured this guy sitting in a backstreet drying out before his next battle. He was wet, covered in talc and (excuse the pun) soaking up the fun and laughter. What a way to celebrate the new year.


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