We’re often inspired to travel to off-the-beaten path destinations simply because we’ve seen a picture that has captured our imagination of what that destination holds. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say!
So when we were nominated TWICE by our friends at Santa Fe Travelers and our friend Ele at Kootvela to enter Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour contest, we were excited to showcase our favorite photos that capture the colors red, yellow, white, blue, and green.
The contest is open to travel bloggers and a winner will be selected for each of the five color categories to receive a new third generation iPad. One photo will also be selected to win the grand prize of £2,000 ($3,100) to travel!!! Isn’t that INCREDIBLE? Maybe the Maldives…or we really miss traveling to St. Maarten…or who knows?
Our submissions that best exemplify the colors blue, red, yellow, green, and white are:
The village of Oia on Santorini was exactly what we pictured Greece to look like. Blue domes, whitewashed buildings, and windmills set against the azure sea. What you don’t typically see in photos are the occasional red doors like the set on this church, which really struck our eye.
When you think of Iceland, you might think of snow and cold and all the other things a name like Iceland implies. We found some of the lushest green landscapes dotted by white wildflowers in bloom like these ones. In fact, this was Tim’s favorite lighthouse in Iceland and the very first spot he took me to when I came to visit while he was working there.
Lighting can completely change a picture. The Sun Voyager or Sólfar (in Icelandic) sculpture in Reykjavik is one of the most photographed spots in the city and its artist, Jón Gunnar Árnason, meant for it to be an ode to the sun symbolizing light and hope. We happened to be there just as the sun was glinting off the stainless steel and we couldn’t have captured its symbolic meaning any better.
“I Will Not Do The Dirty Bird” is painted graffiti-style on the DOX Gallery building in Prague and is indicative of all the contemporary treasures you’ll find in this gallery. It’s almost shocking to find in a city like Prague, having only been free of the Soviet reign for a little more than 20 years now.
I can’t think of anything that showcases the color green better than the Aurora Borealis. It only took me three trips above 65°North during the “Aurora season” but the lights finally made an appearance for me on the eve of my birthday in Tromsø, Norway. Though their appearance was short on a rainy, cloud covered night, it’s something I won’t ever forget and Tromsø proved why it is the Northern Lights capital of the world.
And now for our nominations of other amazing travel bloggers we’d like to see showcase their best photos emulsifying the colors blue, red, white, yellow and green:
Angie of Angie Away
We met Angie at TBU Umbria and I had the chance to hang out with her again in London a few weeks later. She’s a former travel publicist and shark lover. She left her job in 2010 to globe trot looking for adventures (of course cage diving with great white sharks is amongst her list!). Angie’s blog always keeps us laughing and she always has great photos of her adventures.
Laurel of Monkeys and Mountains
Laurel is always on the go. One minute she’s gladiator training in Rome and the next she’s off to capture crocodiles (in photos) in the Northern Territory of Australia. Laurel will sacrifice it all for a great shot, including getting electrocuted in the name of a photo!
Dalene and Pete of Hecktic Travels
We also met Dalene at TBU Umbria and can’t wait to hang out with her and Pete again at Bled Days in Slovenia. Their story of why they left it all to travel the world is inspiring and we can’t think of better spokespeople for why NOW is the time to travel.
Ali and Andy of Ctrl-Alt-Travel
Ali and Andy met online over a love of travel and that quickly blossomed into a love story all their own. Now married, they continue to share a love of travel as they discover the world together. Check out their Calendar Picture a Day on their blog where they share beautiful photo after beautiful photo of their travels to all 7 continents.
Jeff Titelius of EuroTravelogue
Jeff has a love of all things European and shares his travels to some of the most beautiful castles, hilltop towns, and off-the-beaten path towns. We love his photos and he even helped to inspire our recent trip to Provence with his own posts about the beautiful region.
With that, I will say that putting together our submission for the Capture the Colour contest was much harder than I anticipated. I changed my mind several times on which photos to use and spent hours looking through literally thousands of photos we’ve taken over the last 3 years that we’ve been traveling. Hello, nostalgia!
We’d love to know which of our red, white, yellow, blue, and green submissions was your favorite?