Travel Photo Roulette Round 30: Silhouettes

Welcome to Travel Photo Roulette 30: Silhouettes

The last round of Travel Photo Roulette was hosted by Hart at Scene With A Hart with the theme of “Framing”. An excellent theme, and we are honoured to win that round. Thank you so much, Hart! This round 30 coincides with the first anniversary of this travel photo roulette series. Jeremy at Living the Dream started this game back in November 4th, 2010. Thanks for this fun game, Jeremy!

Alcazar of Seville, Spain

Alcazar of Seville, Spain

This Week’s Theme: Silhouettes

Click here to see the winner!

This week’s theme is silhouettes. If you’ve been at the beach around sunset or sunrise with your camera, good chance you have some silhouette shots. But of course it’s not limited to that. Silhouettes of city skylines, people, animals, tree branches against the blue sky, sunsets in the desert, silhouettes of activities or sports, anything! Silhouettes that are beautiful, or funny, or tell stories, or evoke emotions, or that are unusual to be seen in silhouette, we would love to see the variation! Here’s an example. A silhouette of an old dog that was resting after swimming in the beach. He was sitting on the top of the rock pile, looking at a distance. His hair was still wet by the salty water, and you can see the funny hair shape hanging from its chin. What was he looking at? The sunset? The water? The kids he was just playing with? Or he was in a dreamy state?

Silhouette of a wet dog

Silhouette of a wet dog. Roatan Island, Honduras.

Contest Rules

The rules are simple. The hosting blogger is the chosen winner of the previous week’s (7 days) game. The new host chooses a generic keyword or phrase that other travelers submit photos to during the course of the week. Phrases can be as generic as ‘signs’ all the way to abstract thoughts like ‘religion’ and everything in between. At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo that fits the chosen phrase and moves it to the top of the post as the winning entry with direction to the new host’s site 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.

The more the merrier: Let’s get more people joining the contest by sharing this article on Facebook, Twitter, and StumbleUpon (share buttons above and below).

Extra Criteria to Keep in Mind When Submitting a Photo:

  • One submission per Blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
  • In this round, light photoshopping is permitted. I want all submissions to look natural.
  • 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!
  • 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 ok to say focused things such as ‘monuments at night’ in which most of us have pictures of.
    • 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.
    • *NEW* 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 PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for bloggers, we need you to be a blogger to be declared a winner. Sorry!

To Submit An Image

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 I’ll 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 from now, with the submission date being November 9-16, 2011 (Wednesday to Wednesday). I’ll announce the winner within the next few days after the deadline, and he or she will host round 31. A little note: Medium size pictures is preferred (around 600 px). Large pictures might slow down downloading time for everybody.

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!

Dates: Website: Theme:
1. Nov-10, 2010 Living the Dream Animals
2. Nov 17-2, 2010 Skinny Backpacker Road Signs
3. Nov 2-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 10timesOne 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. July 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

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And…. Here are the submissions! Send us yours before Nov the 17th!

#1 Christy from Ordinary Traveler

Travel Photo Roulette: Silhouette of the pillars at Oceanside, CA pier. Copyright by OrdinaryTraveler.com

My friend says the silhouettes of the pillars look like elephant feet. Oceanside, CA pier. © Ordinary Traveler

#2 Veronica from Gypsy Nester

Travel Photo Roulette: Genoa Woman in Silhouette. Copyright by GypsyNester.com

I found myself wandering alone within the ancient walls of the old city in Genoa, and a story developed right before my eyes. This shot is one of a series I posted contrasting the old (the city itself) with the new (ideas conveyed through the graffiti) and the old again (the elderly of the city). I spent the rest of the day in a trance, lost in an ancient city, capturing the people of Genoa. © Gypsy Nester

#3 Dustin Main the Skinny Backpacker

Travel Photo Roulette: Silhouette of Underworld band, Europe Tour 2011. Copyright by SkinnyBackpacker.com

I chased this band Underworld through on their Europe tour in 2011 when I was on my first RTW. Shot in a dark club, I converted the original image to black & white. © Skinny Backpacker

#4 Amy and Kieron from Don’t Ever Look Back

Travel Photo Roulette: Silhouette of an airplane and palm trees, Hawaii. Copyright by DontEverLookBack.com

A sunset over Hawaii with a silhouetted airplane and palm trees. © Don't Ever Look Back

#5 Nico from Ten Times One

Travel Photo Roulette:  A poetic sunset in Jodhpur, India. Copyright by TenTimesOne.com

This was taken from a bluff below the Mehrangarth Fort in Jodhpur, India. There was a small group of leisurely hangers to the west of where I stood and the sun was setting behind them. Birds circled above making it all so poetic. Yes, the colors were manipulated after the fact, but not as much as you might think. © Ten Times One

#6 Stephen from Bohemian Traveler

Travel Photo Roulette: Before sunrise at Mount Sinai. Copyright by BohemianTraveler.com

A shot from the top of Mt Sinai as we were waiting for sunrise. © Bohemian Traveler

#7 Sebastian from Off The Path

Travel Photo Roulette: Bush of Western Australia. Copyright by off-the-path.com

Shot in the bush in Western Australia! © Off The Path

#8 Jaime from Breakaway Backpacker

Travel Photo Roulette: Sunrise in the Sahara Desert, Morocco. Copyright by BreakawayBackpacker.com

This is a photo I took while I was in Morocco and watched the sunrise in the SAHARA DESERT!!! Oh my time there was amazing... © Breakaway Backpacker

#9 Jeremy from Living the Dream

Travel Photo Roulette: Sunset in Mount Sinai. Copyright by LivingTheDreamRTW.com

I cannot think of a more fitting silhouette shot than myself standing on top of Mount Sinai in Egypt while watching the Sunset. Just call me Indy. © Living the Dream

#10 Juno from Runaway Juno

Travel Photo Roulette: A boy monk at Angkor Wat. Copyright by RunawayJuno.com

A boy monk at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. © Runaway Juno

#11 Lilliane from Wanderlass

Travel Photo Roulette:  Belem Tower in Belem, Lisbon. Copyright by Wanderlass.com

This was taken inside Belem Tower in Belem, Lisbon, Portugal. It was a Sunday (free museums) and the place was packed. But this woman was quite oblivious to her surrounding as she gazes out the window to the sea. © Wanderlass

#12 Lisa from Chickybus

Travel Photo Roulette: Solitude and Reflection (San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua). Copyright by chickybus.com

Solitude and Reflection (San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua). As the sun set and the sky turned a multitude of colors, everyone sitting at the beach bar stopped what they were doing to watch. This man happened to be on the beach when it happened, which meant he was in the middle of both the beauty and the moment.© Chickybus

#13 Michael Hodson from Go See Write

Travel Photo Roulette: Angkor Wat. Copyright by goseewrite.com

One that I shot recently, while making a time lapse video of the sunrise over Angor Wat. © Michael Hodson

#14 Claire from Two 4 Travel

Travel Photo Roulette: Shell Beach, California. Copyright by two4travel.net

In Shell Beach, California. This was one of our many stops on a road trip through part of California. Ironically, Shell Beach had no shells, but there were many giant rocks like this and I loved taking shots of them. © Two 4 Travel

#15 Heather from 2Summers

Travel Photo Roulette: KwaZulu Natal beach, South Africa. Copyright by 2summers.net

Taken on a beach in KwaZulu Natal, along the eastern coast of South Africa. The moon was full and we were lit from behind by a street lamp. © 2 Summers

#16 Rebecca from Travels at 88mph

Travel Photo Roulette: Sydney. Copyright by Rebecca of Travels at 88mph

Unfortunately, I am pretty awful at silhouette-like pictures, but I have this self-portrait up in my apartment that I like enough, taken in Sydney, Australia. © Travels at 88 mph

#17 Dani and Jess from Globetrotter Girls

Travel Photo Roulette: Silhouette of a fishing boat from Brighton, England, CA pier. Copyright by globetrottergirls.com

We had a hard time to find a picture to submit, but I like the silhouette of the fishing boat in this photo from Brighton, England. © Globetrotter Girls

#18 Pete and Dalene from Hecktic Travels

Travel Photo Roulette: Silhouette of a llama having lunch from Ingapirca, Ecuador. Copyright by HeckticTravels.com

It was a long day of travel to Ingapirca, Ecuador, but worth it as we saw beautiful ruins and this llama which which just happened to be in the perfect position while eating his lunch. © Hecktic Travels

#19 Ashley from No Onions Extra Pickles

Travel Photo Roulette: Ashley jumping in Mayan ruins of Uxmal. Copyright by no-onions-extra-pickles.com

Of course I have to submit a jumping photo haha. It's one of my favorites. This picture was taken last summer while exploring the fantastic Mayan ruins of Uxmal with our lovable, but lazy, tour guide Nemo (and no, he wasn't little). © No Onions Extra Pickles

#20 Andrew from Grounded Traveler

Travel Photo Roulette: Eiffel Tower. Copyright by groundedtraveler.com

This is a really old photo, one that was scanned in from a print copy made by a film camera, but it is one of my favorites that I have ever taken. © Grounded Travelers

#21 Rachel from Miss Travel Girl

Travel Photo Roulette: two bikers ride into the sunset, Denver. Copyright by misstravelgirl.com

Watching two bikers ride into the sunset at a park in Denver was truly a beautiful moment because the image was depicted as a symbolism of a typical life in Colorado. © Miss Travel Girl

#22 Gerard from GQ Trippin

Travel Photo Roulette: Copacabana. Copyright by gqtrippin.com

This was taken in Copacabana beach as the sun set the before the New Year's Eve festivities were about to take place. © GQ Trippin

#23 Natasha from Wandering Kiwi

Travel Photo Roulette: Lundy Island. Copyright by worldwanderingkiwi.com

This pic is taken on the way back from the Marisco Tavern after sunset on Lundy Island, one of the best places I have ever been and where I realised an ambition to stay in a lighthouse! © Wandering Kiwi

#24 Manyu from ShutterFeet

Travel Photo Roulette: Father and son in Cape Cod. Copyright by Shutterfeet.com

I was taking sunset photos on Cape Cod when I saw this father and son walking down in the distance right in front of the sun. One of my fav shots. © ShutterFeet

#25 Christina from My View from the Middle Seat

Travel Photo Roulette: a sail in Barbados. Copyright by myviewfromthemiddleseat.com

This was taken in Barbados from my Dad's balcony on a warm, breezy afternoon. © My View from the Middle Seat

#26 Tintin of the Adventures of Tin

Travel Photo Roulette: Boracay, Philippines. Copyright by adventuresoftin.com

I took this photo during my beach break in Boracay, Philippines. ~Let me take you to paradise. © Adventures of Tin

#27 Deidra from Dream a Little Dream

Travel Photo Roulette: The chicken and the tree chalk rock formation, Egypt. Copyright by dreamalittledream.ca

The chicken and the tree chalk rock formation found in the White Desert of Egypt. © Dream a Little Dream

#28 Nisha from Le Monde

Travel Photo Roulette: Hot air baloons at dawn at Pushkar. Copyright by lemonicks.com

Hot air baloons at dawn at Pushkar international camel fair. No, there is no camel in it. © Lemonicks.com

#29 Claire from Beached Eskimo

Travel Photo Roulette: Fishing shack at sunset in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Copyright by beachedeskimo.com

Fishing shack at sunset in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. © Beached Eskimo

#30 Cole from Four Jandals

Travel Photo Roulette: The lighthouse of Peggy's Cove. Copyright by fourjandals.com

Here is our photo - also from Peggys Cove actually! But taken of the most photographed lighthouse in the world during our 18,000 km road trip:

Thank you all, for the awesome silhouette photos!

And the winner is…

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76 Responses to “Travel Photo Roulette Round 30: Silhouettes”

  1. Globetrottergirls
    11 November 2011 at 1:29 am #

    We had a hard time to find a picture to submit, but I like the silhouette of the fishing boat in this photo from Brighton, England.
    http://globetrottergirls.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Sunset-at-Brighton-Beach.jpg
    Globetrottergirls´s last post…Polaroid of the week: Street Food Stall in Patong, Phuket

    • Dina
      12 November 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      Nice, thanks a lot Jess and Dani!! Hey, you girls are in SEA (noticing Phuket post)? We are going to go there soon!

      • Globetrottergirls
        13 November 2011 at 10:32 pm #

        Yes, we arrived in Thailand about a month ago :) Off to Laos next week, we’re excited to explore all of South East Asia over the next few months.. and maybe meet you guys somewhere finally?!

        • Dina
          14 November 2011 at 12:38 pm #

          Awww!!! So great! We will be pudding around SEA for several months too!! I hope our path will cross, and finally meet up with you girls! That will be awesome :D

  2. Pete
    11 November 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Hope we’re not too late. Some wonderful silhouette photos submitted so far.

    Here’s ours:

    http://www.hecktictravels.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Ingapirca_llama.jpg

    It was a long day of travel to Ingapirca, Ecuador, but worth it as we saw beautiful ruins and this llama which which just happened to be in the perfect position while eating his lunch.
    Pete´s last post…Tower Bridge by Night – in Photos

    • Dina
      12 November 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      Not late at all, there’s still a half week left :)
      Super cute, Pete!! Love it!

  3. Ashley
    12 November 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Woohoo! My first travel photo roulette! Here’s a link to my submission:

    http://no-onions-extra-pickles.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/53-AshleyJumping-Uxmal.jpg

    Of course I have to submit a jumping photo…haha…it’s one of my favorites. This picture was taken last summer while exploring the fantastic Mayan ruins of Uxmal with our lovable, but lazy, tour guide Nemo (and no, he wasn’t little).
    Ashley´s last post…Exploring Barcelona, San Francisco’s Sister City

    • Dina
      12 November 2011 at 10:29 pm #

      First one?!?! Haha :D Hopefully not your last, I’m having so much fun joining this game!
      This is my favourite jumping photo of yours, Ashley! The color combinations of the sky, the wall, and the ruin behind you is just perfect!

  4. Andrew
    12 November 2011 at 9:55 am #

    This is a really old photo, one that was scanned in from a print copy made by a film camera, but it is one of my favorites that I have ever taken.

    Eiffel tower at dusk. http://www.groundedtraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Eiffel.jpg
    Andrew´s last post…Feldkirch Austria : Phototour

    • Dina
      12 November 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      Beautiful, really worth scanning it :) Thanks Andrew!

  5. Rachel
    13 November 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Here’s a photo! http://www.misstravelgirl.com/travel/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/28253_1390842127125_1114260196_31213664_1015715_n.jpg

    Watching two bikers ride into the sunset at a park in Denver was truly a beautiful moment because the image was depicted as a symbolism of a typical life in Colorado.

    • Dina
      13 November 2011 at 10:29 am #

      Very beautiful, Rachel, thanks a lot for submitting :)

  6. Gerard ~ GQ trippin
    13 November 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I forgot I took this photo!
    This was taken in Copacabana beach as the sun set the before the New Year’s Eve festivities were about to take place.

    http://gshot.smugmug.com/SouthAmerica/Rio-De-Janeiro-December-2010/15421309_7S62sj#1154446146_TMw5Y-XL-LB
    Gerard ~ GQ trippin´s last post…5 Mouthwatering Meals in Miami

    • Dina
      15 November 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      Fun!! thanks for the submission :)

  7. Natasha von Geldern
    14 November 2011 at 12:38 am #

    After many years of travel I can honestly say that a tiny island in the Bristol Channel is one of my favourite places. Wild and beautiful, here I fulfilled an ambition to stay in a lighthouse. This shot was taken walking back from the pub after sunset. http://www.worldwanderingkiwi.com/2011/09/lundy-island-united-kingdom/
    Natasha von Geldern´s last post…Vintage Cuba: Photo essay tribute to Cuba’s classic cars

    • Dina
      15 November 2011 at 5:07 pm #

      I love the feel of it, thanks a lot for the submission

  8. Natasha von Geldern
    14 November 2011 at 4:41 am #

    This pic is taken on the way back from the Marisco Tavern after sunset on Lundy Island, one of the best places I have ever been … and where I realised an ambition to stay in a lighthouse! http://www.worldwanderingkiwi.com/2011/09/lundy-island-united-kingdom/
    Natasha von Geldern´s last post…Vintage Cuba: Photo essay tribute to Cuba’s classic cars

  9. Manyu
    14 November 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Wow great photos so far. Here’s my submission. I was taking sunset photos on Cape Cod when I saw this father and son walking down in the distance right in front of the sun. One of my fav shots.
    http://shutterfeet.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Father-and-son-silhouette-cape-cod-2010.jpg
    Manyu´s last post…Boston at peace! Travel Photo Of The Week

    • Dina
      15 November 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Love it, the moment is great! Thanks for submitting :)

  10. Christina S.
    15 November 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Here’s mine – such still competition!

    This was taken in Barbados from my Dad’s balcony on a warm, breezy afternoon. http://flic.kr/p/96ZXyS
    Christina S.´s last post…Maine: Sunrise on the Top of Cadillac Mountain

    • Dina
      15 November 2011 at 5:22 pm #

      Gorgeous!! Thanks for the submission

  11. Tintin
    15 November 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I took this photo during my beach break in Boracay, Philippines. ~Let me take you to paradise…~

    http://www.adventuresoftin.com/showpost.php?id=39

    • Dina
      15 November 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      Awesome :) thanks for the submission

  12. Dina
    15 November 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    This is crazy! Every single submission we get is ranging from beautiful to superb, how will we choose the winner? It’s going to be super tough!

    For you who hasn’t submitting yet, we are still waiting :)

    • Nisha
      15 November 2011 at 11:42 pm #

      Dina,
      That’s what I just said! It’s going to be difficult for you guys. :D
      Nisha´s last post…Camel in Pushkar

  13. Deidra
    15 November 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    The chicken and the tree chalk rock formation found in the White Desert of Egypt.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4211977049_51890993a8.jpg
    Deidra´s last post…Oktoberfest – The worlds greatest party?

    • Dina
      17 November 2011 at 4:54 am #

      Wow, very cool!

      Thanks for submitting :)

  14. Nisha
    15 November 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    Wow! It’s gonna be difficult for you to choose a single photo as winner. Wonderful photos.
    Here is my entry photo for the theme.
    http://www.lemonicks.com/photos/Pushkar/P1070672.2.jpg

    Hot air baloons at dawn at Pushkar international camel fair. No, there is no camel in it. :-)
    Nisha´s last post…Camel in Pushkar

    • Dina
      17 November 2011 at 4:53 am #

      Lol, better not, the camel will freak out up there! Great shot, Nisha! The balloon, the sun, the building, gorgeous :)

  15. Claire
    16 November 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Better late than never… Here’s mine.

    Fishing shack at sunset in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

    http://beachedeskimo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/01.jpg
    Claire´s last post…Postcard: From Fall with love…

    • Dina
      17 November 2011 at 4:52 am #

      It’s not too late, you are in :D Thanks Clair, it’s beautiful!

  16. Cole @ FourJandals
    17 November 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Here is our photo – also from Peggys Cove actually! But taken of the most photographed lighthouse in the world during our 18,000 km road trip:
    http://www.fourjandals.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Lighthouse-Silheoutte-2.jpg
    Hope we made it in the 30 in time :)
    Cheers
    Cole

  17. Nisha
    20 November 2011 at 4:42 am #

    Tic toc tic toc….

    Waiting for the result. :)
    Nisha´s last post…New challenges of travel

  18. dina
    20 November 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    OMG, this is brutal, Ryan and I can’t agree yet either… We have too many favourites!
    dina´s last post…Foto Hari Ini: Sunset di Musim Gugur (Kanada)

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