Travel Photo Roulette Round 20 “Clothes”: And the Winner is…

Welcome to Travel Photo Roulette 20: Clothes

Congratulations to Andrew from The Unframed World, the winner of this round’s Travel Photo Roulette, “Clothes”!

On the day of shooting this photo, at one minute before midnight seven floats raced around Hakata in Fukuoka City carried by dozens of these nearly half-naked Japanese men. This is all part of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. It’s sure an experience I won’t soon forget either.”



Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival (copyright


We received 23 pictures featuring clothes this week, and it was hard for us to choose the winner. In fact, it’s hard to even mention all of our favorites because there are so many of them. I’d initially thought I would prefer something traditional rather than modern, but Andrew from the Unframed World came up with this brilliant photo that shows how clothes are used in modern life to express ourselves and our traditions. This skimpy outfit suggests a free spirited attitude that contrasts with his businesslike demeanour. The blur of the bus juxtaposed against the costume reminds me of the persistence of Japan’s traditional culture in the modern world. And… is that a whip tucked in his bottoms?

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Runner-up 1: Claire from Beached Eskimo

“I visited Patagonia a couple of winters ago, and spent a bit of time horseriding. In San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, I went horseriding above the snowline. As we stopped for some morning tea and mate, I snapped this picture of one of the guides, a boy dressed in typical gaucho gear.”

Patagonia: a boy dressed in typical gaucho gear (copyright

I love this photo. It feels traditional and honest. The boy, the horse, and the snow in the background, blend together in harmony. At first glance, I thought I saw a pair of alpaca/llama’s legs, when I was actually looking at the boy’s fur pants. The fur saddle just completes the illusion.

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Runner-up 2: Jaime from Breakaway Backpacker

“This is a shot of indigenous people in Santa Cruz la Laguna (Lake Atitilan) reenacting Mayan rituals. The dance lasted for ever. I absolutely love the texture and color of all the outfits.”

Indigenous people in Santa Cruz la Laguna (Lake Atitilan) reenacting Mayan rituals (Copyright by

Ryan likes this one a lot. It’s clear that they paid a lot of attention in making these glorious and vibrant traditional dancing outfits. However it seemed like they totally forgot about the footwear, so the dancers ended up wearing regular sneakers!

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Some special mentions also go to Christy from Ordinary Traveler for her photo  “A Sadhu in Nepal”: very mystical and vibrant, and Audrey from That Backpacker for her photo of little girls in a remote Bolivian village: it’s a very sweet photo.

Check out the rest of the photos here, and don’t forget to check out Andrew’s travel blog The Unframed World for the Travel Photo Roulette Round 21!

Do you agree with our pick of the winner?

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14 Responses to “Travel Photo Roulette Round 20 “Clothes”: And the Winner is…”

  1. Audrey
    29 June 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Haha, great pick! I like how people interpreted the ‘clothes’ theme. A lot of the subjects were quite undressed… ;)

    • Dina
      30 June 2011 at 8:57 am #

      Haha, yes! Lack of clothes is a form of clothes :D

  2. Andrew - The Unframed World
    30 June 2011 at 12:24 am #

    This was a shock! Thanks for choosing mine and also congratulations to Claire and Jaime for their stellar shots as well.

    The next round will be up on my site this coming Monday. I warn you all though, I like (ney, I love) being in control (perhaps too much). I suggest you all take this weekend to rest, reflect, and stretch out your photo muscles because on Monday you’ll need every ounce (or mL for those who prefer) of photo prowess you can muster.

    I’m not sure what I’ll pick for a theme yet though, so it might not be as bad as all that.


    • Dina
      30 June 2011 at 9:57 am #

      The picture was a shock!

      Sounds like it’s going to be intense next week!!!

  3. Claire
    30 June 2011 at 12:59 am #

    Thanks for the lovely comments on my photo… I didn’t think I had anything good to enter until I found that one. Congrats to Andrew – such a great photo and worthy winner. Can’t wait to see what you choose!

    • Dina
      30 June 2011 at 9:58 am #

      I’m glad you entered it! It was a tough choice for me between that and Andrew’s photo!

  4. Manyu
    30 June 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Great pick. That’s an awesome photo!

    • Dina
      30 June 2011 at 9:59 am #

      It’s a lot of fun to be the judge, but it’s much harder than we thought!

  5. Vago Damitio
    3 July 2011 at 9:37 am #

    What time is it? Time to get some pants!

    Great picks guys. ~Vago

    • Dina
      3 July 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      Hahaha, exactly!

  6. Andrew - The Unframed World
    3 July 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Photo Roulette Round 21 is now out! Enter if you dare! I’m still waiting for a first submission it’s so tough. Click my name on this comment for link.

  7. Jenna
    3 July 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    What fun it must have been to look through all the entries and choose one. The winning photo really is great. I never would have guessed I would see a photo like that from Japan!


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