Capture The Colour 2013 Competition Entry

Hi guys.

After much deliberation I’ve finally selected my five images for this year’s ‘Capture The Colour 2013’ Photo competition staged by Travel Supermarket.

I was kindly nominated by the inspirational Terri and James of Gallivance world fame…thanks again, guys…and in turn I’ve nominated the following five fabulous fantastic frogs, blogs:

ESL teacher and all round crazy dude, Brien at Sabai Jai Yen

Expeditionist and Kiwi turned Cockney, Jon at Big O’s Adventures

The glamorous and glorious girlfriend Leslie at Chic Adventurer

Thoughtful and talented Tina Lee Roth at Nomadic Illuminations

Travel addicts Mike and Megan at Mapping Megan

All five of these awesome blogs are fun and interesting and if these guys don’t make you just want to get off your couch and hit the road, then nothing will. Thanks guys, and thanks to all you travel bloggers out there in the blogosphere.

So, without further waffling, here are my entries:

Red– The beach you see is Had Yao on the island of Koh Yao Noi, Thailand, my home for 4 months earlier this year. It’s an isolated and little known stretch of paradise and just happened to be 10 minutes from our house. Happy days, especially when a beautiful red flower adds contrast to the perpetual blues, greens and yellows. Yep, they were tough days!

Beautiful red flower at Had Yao Beach, Koh Yao, Thailand

Blue– A couple of years ago Leslie and I went on a quick trip to Morrocco, and traveled to the desert town of Ben Ait Haddou. This area is famous for staging some well known scenes from blockbuster movies, such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven among others. Up in the dusty lanes of the tiny hillside village we came across this dazzling scene; the terracotta pots themselves are spectacular, but to me it’s the purest of blue skies beyond that makes the contrast so special.Pots in Ben Ait Haddou, Morocco

Green– Had Yao Beach was full of surprises, the biggest of which was seeing another human, though we were often joined by technicolor horn-bills or six foot monitor lizards. But on this particular day a small crab came and showed off his lunch. I fully expected him to scuttle off as I took out my camera, but not this brave chap. He simply sat and posed for a bit, before casually edging up the beach to chomp on his cricket. Tasty.Crab and Cricket, Had Yao Beach, Koh Yao, Thailand

Yellow- After we visited Morocco we continued our trip into Egypt. Here at the magnificent Temple of Karnak in Luxor, around every turn amid the towering columns and ancient stones we stumbled upon little vignettes of life in the beautiful natural hues of Egypt. Here these two old guys are oblivious to us, deep in conversation, presumably about whose turn it is to buy the tea. Their blue and orange garments punctuate the rustic yellow stones spectacularly, and offer us a stunning glimpse into antiquity.Guys chatting among the ruins of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt

White– And last but not least, the simply sublime Taj Mahal. Leslie and I are in India right now, and this magical country offers up a world of experiential travel opportunities, not least photography. And photographing the Taj is an easy task, as it is quite simply architectural perfection. My worry was that it’s too obvious, a cliche of a picture. But with the bright red flower in the foreground, and the verdant greens and dusky blue skies as a back drop, I feel that I’ve truly captured the colour of white in this shot. I hope you agree.The Taj Mahal

So these are my entries to this year’s competition, my first attempt at entering my photos anywhere. I wish all the other entrants the best of luck, and I can’t wait to see your images.

Cheers guys, and good luck.


All images by the Nomad

9 thoughts on “Capture The Colour 2013 Competition Entry

  1. Steve, These are gorgeous! I am hardpressed to choose a favorite. Egypt and Morocco are two of my favorite destinations and I was captivated by both of your shots – love the human angle of Luxur and sheer beauty of the terra cotta pots. Thanks so much for the lovely shout-out and introducing us to some great new blogs. We love your photos and think the judges will too! 🙂 All the best, Terri and James


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