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August 10th, 2012

Play the 46th Round of Travel Photo Roulette and “Smile”!

PHOTOGRAPHY, by Masha.
WE HAVE THE WINNER!
To our huge surprize last week our photo of a monuments in the Gobi desert won the 45th round of the  Travel Photo Roulette with the theme “Surreal”. We are extremely honoured and of course very proud of ourselves (the competition was tough!) – great thanks go to Skinny Backpacker for picking us!
Monument in Gobi desert, Mongolia
It’s our turn now to be hosting the contest on our blog and we hereby announce the 46th round of the Travel Photo Roulette!

CONTEST OVERVIEW

The Travel Photo Roulette was launched by Jeremy over at Living the Dream almost 2 years ago. Since then the contest migrates from blog to blog based on the idea that the winner of the previous contest hosts the next one.  New host gets to choose a theme for the next round and bloggers can submit a single entry based on how they interpret the theme.  The time frame for submissions is generally one week.  At the end of the week, the host blogger choses the winner for that round and said winner will then repeat the process on their own blog.  Readers can always try and sway the host via comments during the contest, but the host is free to give as little or as much weight to people’s opinions as they wish.

NEW THEME: “SMILE”

It’s not an easy task to be choosing a theme of the 46th (!!) round of the cotest, as it means 46 amazing themes have already been covered by our predecessors. We decided, however, to keep it simple and go for one, that would bring all the readers and participants a little bit more joy, happiness and good mood (all the things that are never enough in life) - so… this round’s theme is “Smile”Feel free to submit as many happy and smiley faces, as you want, or photos that would make others smile as they see them. To inspire you, here is our example – Catalin being “hugged” by a macaque in Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest:

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THE RULES FOR TRAVEL PHOTO ROULETTE

1) One submission per Blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).

2) No photoshopping allowed unless specifically called for!  Cropping and correction for red-eye or camera flaws are ok, however.  Minor edits are totally fine for this round if you think it improves your image.

3) 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!

4) 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 ok to say focused things such as “monuments at night” in which most of us have pictures of.

6) Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand.  No “Kafka-esque”, but “Overlooking Creation” is able to be interpreted by all.

7) No obscene pictures or phrases allowed.  Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.

8) After a sufficient period of time, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.  Keep the ideas and photos fresh!

9) 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.

10) Most importantly, ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.

11) And last but not the least, talk about Photo Roulette! When tweeting about it, don’t forget to use #PhotoRoulette hashtag.

HOW TO SUBMIT

It can’t get any easier!  Just leave a comment below with a link to the image you’d like to submit and a caption or description of the image to help flesh it out.  Once you’ve added your comment, we’ll add the image to the submissions.  Don’t forget to check back in during the week to see the other submissions and join the conversation by leaving comments for others.  We’d love to hear what you think.

The contest runs for 7 days starting August 10th and ending August 17th.  The winner will be announced within a few days of the end of the contest and the selected blogger will then host round #47.  Please do your best to keep your images to a nice, medium size (~100k) and 800px width.

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”

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40. April 10th – 16th - The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene”
41.  April 23rd – April 30th – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country”
42. May 7th – 14th - Food Travel Bliss – “Evening”
43. May 17th – May 24th - Matt Gibson – “Adventure”
44. May 30th – June 6th – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime”
45. July 23rd – July 30th – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal”

46. August 10th – August 17th – 2away – “Smile”

We are looking forward to your submissions and good luck to everyone!

 

Entry #1 from David and Veronica of The Gypsy Nester:

In the Colonial Center of Quito, Ecuador, this lady was sweet enough to let us snap her photo – and sent us along with a blessing.

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 Entry #2 from the creator of the Photo Roulette contest Jeremy of Living The Dream:

“I do not know who was smiling harder at the elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand, me or the elephant.”

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Entry #3 from Vera Marie of A Traveler’s Library:

Photo from Chicago’s Millennium Park, an interactive sculpture/fountain that always makes everybody smile. The faces move and change and becomes a fountain, spewing water from the mouth like a gargoyle.

Millenium Park Faces sculpture and fountain

 

Entry #4 from Denise of The Art of Slow Travel:

“When I was living in Switzerland, I worked part-time with kids, who, as everyone knows, constantly alternate between smiling and crying. I took this particular picture in the playground of the school I worked for, as this little girl was climbing one of the playground features and having lots of fun. I love how she is proudly showing her tiny teeth! This photo reminds me of all the beautiful time I had with Swiss kids!”

the_art_of_slow_travel_smiling_swiss_girl

 

Entry #5 from Andrew of Ctrl-Alt-Travel:

“My wife, Ali, is constantly reminding me that I am a goof. Here is a picture that is also a reminder. I take so few pictures of people in general, but sometimes end up with a few of myself. This one is from Greece.”

Mykonos

 

Entry #6 from Dani of Globetrotter Girls:

“When we went to Hampi, India in May, we were swarmed by all the neighborhood kids who were fascinated by our cameras. With big smiles on their faces they kept posing for us and made us take dozens of photos of them – we loved how happy they were.”

globetrotter_girls_indian_kids_smile

 

Entry #7 from The Rowdy Chowgirl:

These stone faces have been smiling over Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia for a very long time and they are still serene and joyful.

rowdy_chowgirl_bayon-temple-angkor-thom

 

Entry #8 from Jamie of Breakaway Backpacker:

“All smiles and play with some of the children of Elephantine Island, Egypt. We hung out for the day and they loved the camera and couldn’t get enough of it. This is one of my favorite photos.”

breakaway_backpacker_smiling_kids

 

Entry #9 from Kathryn of Travel with Kat:

Photo of a little smiling girl in the Gambia, which Kathryn took while helping to make a short film about tourists helping local people.

travel_with_kat_smiling_girl_africa

 

Entry #10 from Ali of Ali’s Adventures:

“I was in the 4000 Islands in Laos, and this man stopped me as I was exploring the island. He didn’t speak any English, but it was clear he wanted me to take a picture of him and this girl, who I assume was his granddaughter. They both smiled even more when they saw themselves on the screen afterwards.”

ali_adventures_4000-islands-man

 

Entry #11 from Madhu of The Urge To Travel:

“On our way down from the Pisac ruins in Peru, this little Quechua girl befriended us and I doubt I will ever forget that gorgeous face or that enchanting smile!”

the_urge_to_travel_quechua-girl

 

Entry #12 from Irina of Trips That Work:

In this picture Irina’s then fiance meets her Russian babushka for the first time. Her dad found this old accordion somewhere in grandma’s house and they were just being silly taking turns playing it.

trips_that_work_babushka_meeting_fiancee

 

Entry #13 from Victoria and Steve of Bridges and Baloons:

“We couchsurfed in Salta, Argentina with an arts organisation called Cloudhead. One day we climbed a nearby hill to drink maté and discovered their dogs followed us, getting up to all manner of mischief around us, and pulling cheeky faces at us as we tried to keep them under control.”

bridges_baloons_dog-smile

 

Entry #14 from Jason of Travel Junkies:

Here is a photo of us with cheesy smiles in front of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.”

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Entry #15 from Greg of Adventures of a Good Man:

This image is a part of the Symmetry Project, which is Greg’s graphical interpretation of how our every-day lives and activities are mirrored around the globe. Say Cheese displays some of his favorite smiles from the USA, India, Southeast Asia, Central America, Europe and beyond.

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Entry #16 from Lilliane of wanderlass:

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Responses to “Play the 46th Round of Travel Photo Roulette and “Smile”!”

  1. Great theme – LOVE it! Here’s our entry:

    In the Colonial Center of Quito, Ecuador, this lady was sweet enough to let us snap her photo – and sent us along with a blessing.

    http://www.gypsynester.com/quito-woman-smiling.htm
    The GypsyNester recently posted..Dreaming in a Tango Hotel in Buenos AiresMy Profile

  2. Congrats on the win!

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/75326_628729808480_7938571_n.jpg

    “I do not know who was smiling harder at the elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand, me or the elephant.”
    Jeremy recently posted..The Best Picnic Spots in LondonMy Profile

    • Masha

      Thanks! It’s so great you invented the contest :-) Love it!

      Masha at
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  4. Your “surreal” photo is amazing. And definitley surreal. Congrats.
    Instead of submitting one of my many photos of myself smiling because I’m so happy to travel, I have something a little bit different–from Chicago’s Millennium Park, an interactive sculpture/fountain that always makes everybody smile. The faces move and change and becomes a fountain, spewing water from the mouth like a gargoyle.

    http://atravelerslibrary.com/2012/08/10/smile/#.UCVUIaFlSgA
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    • Masha

      Thank you so much for your entry! This sculpture is indeed something different :-)

      Masha at
  5. I really love this theme, and thank you for putting up links to all the old winners. Some of the recent winners didn’t do this and I wasn’t getting pinbacks to my website, which means that I had no idea who was hosting it! Now I can finally participate again.
    Here is my submission:

    http://www.theartofslowtravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/IMG_3191-copy.jpg

    When I was living in Switzerland, I worked part-time with kids, who, as everyone knows, constantly alternate between smiling and crying. I took this particular picture in the playground of the school I worked for, as this little girl was climbing one of the playground features and having lots of fun. I love how she is proudly showing her tiny teeth! This photo reminds me of all the beautiful time I had with Swiss kids!
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    • Masha

      Thanks Denise! Great that you are participating again and the girl is adorable :-)

      Masha at
  6. My wife, Ali, is constantly reminding me that I am a goof. Here is a picture that is also a reminder. I take so few pictures of people in general, but sometimes end up with a few of myself. This one is from Greece.
    http://ctrl-alt-travel.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Smiling_Mykonos.jpg
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    • Masha

      I already loved it, when reading your post about Mykonos, so happy you decided to submit it for the contest :-)

      Masha at
  7. Hi guys – congrats for winning the photo roulette! You picked a great theme, too.

    When we went to Hampi, India in May, we were swarmed by all the neighborhood kids who were fascinated by our cameras. With big smiles on their faces they kept posing for us and made us take dozens of photos of them – we loved how happy they were.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/globetrottergirls/7743036460/in/set-72157630977780058
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  8. Congratulations! Your Gobi Desert picture is amazing!

    Here’s my entry for this round: http://rowdychowgirl.com/2012/05/13/cambodia-breakfast-at-angkor-wat/ (the last picture in the post).

    These stone faces have been smiling over Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia for a very long time and they are still serene and joyful.
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  9. Congrats on the win… amazing shot you have there.

    My entry is: http://breakawaybackpacker.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSC04163-21.jpg

    All smiles and play with some of the children of Elephantine Island, Egypt. We hung out for the day and they loved the camera and couldn’t get enough of it. This is one of my favorite photos.
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  11. Congratulations on winning the last round. This is a lovely theme for this round with so many great photos. I particularly like the GypsyNesters entry.

    Here’s a link to my entry of a little girl in the Gambia. I took this while helping to make a short film about tourists helping local people.

    http://travelwithkat.com/2012/08/15/smile/

  12. Congrats on your win! Here’s my entry: http://www.aliadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/4000-Islands-man.jpg
    I was in the 4000 Islands in Laos, and this man stopped me as I was exploring the island. He didn’t speak any English, but it was clear he wanted me to take a picture of him and this girl, who I assume was his granddaughter. They both smiled even more when they saw themselves on the screen afterwards.
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  13. Congratulations on your win! That was well deserved :-)
    Here is my entry:
    http://theurgetowander.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/quechua-girl.jpg?w=529&h=582
    On our way down from the Pisac ruins in Peru, this little Quechua girl befriended us and I doubt I will ever forget that gorgeous face or that enchanting smile!

  14. And another!
    http://theurgetowander.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/friends.jpg?w=529&h=729
    Two friends in the Nubian village, Aswan – one pensive and the other smiling with abandon :-)

  15. Hi Masha!

    I’ve seen your surreal picture before and I love it! Congrats on your well deserved win!

    Okay, it was really hard to pick one photo from my billion+ collection. But here’s my submission – http://www.flickr.com/photos/irina_callegher/7799386604/sizes/c/in/photostream/

    In this picture my then fiance meets my Russian babushka for the first time. My dad found this old accordion somewhere in grandma’s house and they were just being silly taking turns playing it.
    I also want to point out, that my babushka isn’t missing her front teeth – they are metal :) )
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  16. Here’s our submission: http://www.bridgesandballoons.com/Images/2012/08/Dog-Smile.jpg

    We couchsurfed in Salta, Argentina with an arts organisation called Cloudhead. One day we climbed a nearby hill to drink maté and discovered their dogs followed us, getting up to all manner of mischief around us, and pulling cheeky faces at us as we tried to keep them under control.

  17. Congratulations on winning the last round with that great photo! I love the idea for this new one. Here is a photo of us with cheesy smiles in front of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.

    http://travel-junkies.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/us.jpg
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  18. Bzzzz, whew, got it in just at the buzzer!!!

    Say Cheese! There’s nothing more universal than a smiling face :)

    This image is a part of the Symmetry Project, which is my graphical interpretation of how our every-day lives and activities are mirrored around the globe.

    Say Cheese displays some of my favorite smiles from the USA, India, Southeast Asia, Central America, Europe and beyond.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggoodman/7806092602/sizes/c/in/photostream/

    (oh, and if you don’t mind putting the link to http://www.adventuresofagoodman.com/symmetry-project-photography-graphic-art-greg-goodman that would be awesome :)

    Thanks!!!

  19. Congratulations on winning. Here’s my toothy smile entry. Hopefully it’s sweet enough to get me to host this contest! :o )

    URL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mycoffeemug/7819979634/sizes/l/in/photostream/
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  20. Masha

    Dear All – thank you so much for all the wonderful entries. The contest is now closed and the winner will be announced in a couple of days.
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  21. Beautiful photos of beautiful people, places and animals.
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