We’re really proud to announce that we’ve been chosen as winners of Travel Photo Roulette #86! We are going to host the new round, and the theme we’ve chosen is Wild World.

UPDATE: We have a winner! Scroll down to see the winning pic. Thanks everyone for participating,

India Pangong Lake water

Wild World: Pangong Lake in Northern India

If you’re a blogger, you’ll be familiar with the contest. Travel Photo Roulette is a way for travel and photography bloggers to showcase their best work. It began in 2010, and we’re now up to the 87th round.

Each round is hosted by a blogger, who chooses the theme, collects the entries and then selects the winner. Then, the winner hosts the following round.

Travel Photo Roulette #86 was hosted by Tom and Jenny of Till the Money Runs Out. The theme they chose was ‘Transport’.

I loved the theme, and started thinking of a good transport-related pic from our travels. Taxi-brousses in Madagascar? A monkey driving a motorbike from India? Then, browsing our Flickr account, this picture appeared. I love the peace it conveys, and the deep blue colour of Lake Titicaca’s waters.

Rowing Lake Titicaca

A local woman rowing on Lake Titicaca

So, now it’s our turn to host, and the theme we’ve chosen is ‘Wild World’. We would like to leave interpretation up to you. You can take it literally, and submit a pic of a wild animal, or a wild landscape. Or you can choose anything that conveys the feeling of ‘wild world’ to you; a city, a portrait, whatever.

Here are some of our Wild World pictures, just to give you some inspiration.

Wild World: Ladakh, India

Wild World: Ladakh, India

Uncle Tan Sunset over the Kinabatangan

Wild World: Sunset over the Kinabatangan River, Borneo

Wild World: Proboscis Monkey, Borneo

Wild World: Proboscis Monkey, Borneo

Wild World: A monastery in Nubra Valley, India

Wild World: A monastery in Nubra Valley, India

Wild World: Black Kite in the Altai region, Mongolia

Wild World: Black Kite in the Altai region, Mongolia

Travel Photo Roulette Contest Overview

The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so 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 people 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 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 sway the author into picking a certain photo via comments, but the author can ignore comments 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.

Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Trover and StumbleUpon so more people can join the contest – make sure to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette

Travel Photo Roulette Guidelines

  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. using Photoshop) 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.
  • 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 photographs must be your own.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

How to Enter Travel Photo Roulette #87: Wild World

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 we 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 through the week to see all the entries as they come in – feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days, so from now (September 9th) until September 16th, 2014 when the submission period ends. We will announce the winner within a couple of days of September 16th, and they will host the next round.



A wild African elephant by Lance @Travel Addicts

Semuc Champey

The turquoise pools of Semuc Champey, Guatemala by Sara @Live, Dream, Discover

Fishermen sri lanka

Fishermen between Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka by Lunaguava

parrot osa costa rica

From the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, a great birding spot by Brianna @Casual Travelist

animal tracks desert

Animal tracks in the Rub al Khali desert, UAE by Karen @Worldwide Writer

lightning storm uyuni

A mega lightning storm in Uyuni, Bolivia by Greg @Adventures of a Goodman

Iguanas St Thomas

Iguanas in St Thomas by Lauren @Justin Plus Lauren

Children Java

Children in a village in Java, Indonesia by Adrian @Adrian’s Travel Tales

wild dogs south africa

Wild dogs feasting on an impala, South Africa by Jennifer @Sidewalk Safari

dingo fraser island

A dingo on Fraser Island, Australia by Sandra @SandalsDownUnda

leopard namibia

A hungry leopard in Namibia by Claire @Zig Zag on Earth

cedric king boston marathon

Runner and double amputee Cedric King at the Boston Marathon by Alison @Green With Renvy

The Winner

It was a really hard decision. The Wild World theme has been interpreted creatively by the participants and we’ve been wondering who to choose for ages. After much debate, we decided on this amazing pic. We loved the composition and the leopard’s gaze. Truly Wild World.

leopard namibia

A hungry leopard in Namibia by Claire @Zig Zag on Earth


This is a list of all the previous winners and themes. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.

  1. Nov 2010 Living the Dream Animals
  2. Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker Road Signs
  3. Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream Street Art
  4. Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ Festival
  5. Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust Landmarks
  6. Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back Beaches
  7. Jan 2011 ThePlanetD Portraits
  8. Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate Motion
  9. Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond Water
  10. Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky Urban
  11. Feb 2011 Travels of Adam Friday Night
  12. Mar 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles The Journey
  13. Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures Changing Seasons
  14. Apr 2011 Shutterfeet Storytelling
  15. Apr 2011 10 Times One Piousness
  16. Apr 2011 Beached Eskimo Learning
  17. May 2011 Travel Junkies Architecture
  18. Jun 2011 Destination World Transportation
  19. Jun 2011 Living the Dream Paradise
  20. Jun 2011 Vagabond Quest Clothes
  21. Jul 2011 The Unframed World Symmetry
  22. Jul 2011 Beached Eskimo Home
  23. Jul 2011 BackPackerBanter Inspiration
  24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader Darkness
  25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe Tranquillity
  26. Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer Food
  27. Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan City
  28. Oct 2011 Globe-Trekking.com Reflection
  29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart Framing
  30. Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest Silhouettes
  31. Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels Music
  32. Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls Love
  33. Dec 2011 Man on the lam Humor
  34. Jan 2012 My Walkabout Winter
  35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel Blue
  36. Feb 2012 Ten times One Depth of the Field
  37.  ?
  38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine
  39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat Local Character
  40. Apr 2012 The Travel Bunny Street Scene
  41. Apr 2012 Adventure Crow Spirit of the Country
  42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss Evening
  43. May 2012 Matt Gibson Adventure
  44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime
  45. Jul 2012 Skinny Backpacker Surreal
  46. Aug 2012 2away Smile
  47. Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe
  48. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester What the ?!
  49. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno Sweet
  50. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin Play
  51. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories Friendship
  52. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face
  53. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity
  54. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought
  55. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters The Natural World
  56. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies Patterns
  57. Apr 2013 Living the Dream Your First Time
  58. May 2013 Getting Stamped The Sun Goes Down
  59. Jun 2013 The GypsyNester Cheesy Tourist Diversions
  60. Jun 2013 Boomeresque Revolution
  61. Jul 2013 Breakaway Backpacker Colorful
  62. Aug 2013 Around This World Mountains
  63. Aug 2013 Passports and Pamplemousse Hands at Work
  64. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
  65. Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
  66. Sep 2013 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
  71. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin
  72. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel Light
  73. Jan 2014 This World Rocks Crowds
  74. Jan 2014 Travel Past 50 Competition
  75. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller Working
  76. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole Umbrellas
  77. Apr 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
  78. Apr 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
  79. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
  80. May 2014 Backpack Me Mouthwatering
  81. Jun 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation
  82. Jul 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild
  83. Jul 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!
  84. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia Candid
  85. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth Hiking
  86. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out Transport
  87. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet Wild World

So, post a link to your entry in the comments below. As they come in, I’ll re-post the entries to the bottom of this blog post. Contest runs from now until next Tuesday September 16th. Winner will be announced within a day or two of the contest ending. Don’t hesitate to comment on the entries! You’re allowed to try and sway the judges opinions!

44 Responses

    • Margherita

      Thnaks for your entry Lance! Amazing shot, it must have been a fantastic moment to witness! I’m dreaming to go on an African safari…

    • Margherita

      Thanks for entering the contest Sarah! I’ve heard great things about Semuc Champey and your pic shows how magical and wild the place is. I should visit one day!

  1. Lunaguava

    Although your theme immediately made us think of the safaris we’ve done, after some deliberation we chose a photo from our visit to Sri Lanka back in 2010. The whole island felt like something out of an old adventure book, and we were quite taken by the surprising ways its landscape continuously shifted between water and earth. This photo was taken as we hopped between Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, in the North Central Province. http://www.lunaguava.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/fishermen.jpg

    • Margherita

      Lovely shot, it really conveys a feeling of peace and transience. Thank you!

    • Margherita

      Beautiful pic! I didn’t know storks were hunters. Lovely countryside! I should visit Latvia in the future. Thanks for your submission!

    • Margherita

      Amazing shot Brianna! What kind of bird is it? Is is a parrot or a macaw? In any case, I’d love to visit the Osa Peninsula!

    • Margherita

      Whoa, that’s insane! I’m kind of scared now, but what a shot! Thanks for your submission, great pic!

    • Margherita

      Beautiful shot Karen! I wonder who made those tracks, maybe a big snake? Thanks for your submission, I love deserts!

    • Margherita

      Thanks Alli! How about entering one of your own pics? I’m sure you’ve got some amazing ones from your own wild adventures!

  2. Jessica Cropper

    Hi, great topic. Pictures so far look gorgeous!

    I’d like to enter this photo of a beautiful sunset I took in Mancora, Peru last month: http://peruvianjaunts.blogspot.com/2014/08/saturday-26th-july-saturday-1st-august.html

    I think it pretty much captures the natural beauty of the Pacific ocean. I was in awe anyway 🙂 To put it in context, the entire post is here: http://peruvianjaunts.blogspot.com/2014/08/saturday-26th-july-saturday-1st-august.html


    • Margherita

      Amazing shot Jessica. It brought me back to Mancora, I loved that place. Thanks for entering!

    • Margherita

      The little white ninjas are so cute! What a lovely scene, thanks for entering!

  3. Juergen

    Congratulations on your win in the last round.
    I would like to enter again, this time with a photo from my home country, only 30 kilometers from where I usually reside (on the road in South America right now!): Mount Warning National Park in Northern New South Wales, Australia – an enormous tapered rainforest tree root (could be a teak tree) growing around rocks:

    • Margherita

      What a great shot. Sometimes, the best nature is what we find in our own backyard. Thanks for your submission!

  4. [email protected]

    Great theme – sure to produce some stunning images. My own, “Lions at Dawn” from a most thrilling wildlife encounter at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Walking through the bush at dawn accompanied by 2 rangers with rifles in tow, a most terrifying nearby “ROAR” sent us swiftly scampering back to the safety of our open jeep. Slowly rounding the bend, we discovered an entire pride of lions voraciously gnawing on a freshly killed wildebeest. This photo was taken less than 100 ft. away – the rangers assured me that as long as we kept our arms within the profile of the jeep, these mighty kings of the wild would pay no notice. Yeah right. 😉


    • Margherita

      This shot is incredible. Going on a safari is my dream, I should really get going! Thanks for your enter!

  5. Jennifer P.

    I’m submitting a photo of the most wild and savage moment I’ve experienced while traveling. We came upon this pack of African Wild Dogs feasting on an impala in Sabi Sands Reserve in South Africa. It’s pure instinct…the circle of life in the wilds of Africa. I immediately thought of this photo when I saw your theme.


    Thanks for hosting!

    • Margherita

      Wow, this is a wonderful shot! Kind of scary, but incredible! I really, really want to go on a safari now. Thanks for entering!

    • Margherita

      Thanks for the lovely shot Sandra. He looks so cute and cheeky!

  6. Margherita

    Central America is so high on my list right now, and Lake Atitlan especially so! Thanks for entering!

    • Margherita

      Thanks for your awesome entry Claire. It’s a truly amazing shot! I’m sorry the contest is a couple days late. The winner will be announced on Sunday!

  7. alison abbott

    With the recent news headlines, I’ve chosen to go a little darker with the concept of wild. One of the definitions from Webster is uncivilized, barbaric. It made me think of the photo I took at this year’s Boston Marathon. Runner and double amputee Cedric King lost his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan. He was running to honor the MR8 Foundation and Martin Richard who lost his life a year earlier in the 2013 Marathon bombings. To me it represented the new wild world we live in.

    • Margherita

      Thank you so much for this beautiful and touching shot. I’m sorry the contest is a couple days late due to a last-minute press trip I took part in. the winner will be announced on Sunday!

    • Margherita

      Super cool shot! Thanks for entering. Please accept my apologies for being late at announcing the winner. I’ve been very busy the last couple of days, I’ll announce the winner on Sunday!

    • Margherita

      Hey Lance, so sorry for the delay. I’ve been very busy with a last minute press trip and I wasn’t able to post the last three pics in time. I’m going to give it another couple of days to display the last three entries, then will announce the winner on Sunday. Thanks again for entering and sorry!