Travel Photography: Capture the Color

Posted on July 19, 2012 by

We’re stoked to have been nominated by fellow travel writer and blogger Abigail King in a photography contest titled “Capture the Color”. Organized by Travel Supermarket, this competition requires each blogger to submit travel photos that capture different colors and they will be judged by some of my favorite travel photographers. The winner of each category will win an iPad3 each and an overall winner will also grab the prize of 2,000 British pounds (US$3,000).

Here are our entry photos for the contest: 


While cruising in the Arctic last summer, I was surrounded by blue — blue icebergs, blue glaciers, and blue water. This photo was shot from the expedition cruise, when two fellow passagers ventured to the icy waters on a kayak. Even from our vessel, we could hear the sound of the glacier gently crackling in the background. [We used this photo as the first page cover of my Arctic feature in the first issue of WildJunket Magazine – needless to say, it’s something quite special for me.]


For me, watching sunset along the Baobab Avenue in Madagascar was one of the most touching moments of my life. On our honeymoon last summer, we sat along the row of bizarre-looking baobab trees, and watched in silence as the giant orange yolk bathed the sandy-brown desert in a shade of red. This photo was captured by Alberto just before the sun disappeared behind the horizon, when it was still a ball of flaming vermillion.


On a sunny morning a few years back, we braved the chilly winds to catch the sun rise over the salt flats of Uyuni. We’d expected sunrise here to be a magical moment, but when the sun rose high above our heads and the salt flats sparkled and shimmered under the powerful sunshine., Uyuni never looked more impressive.


As one of our favorite countries, Myanmar is a place that still offers a tinge of authenticity in the much-trodden Southeast Asian trail. Looming over the skyline of Yangon is the Shwedagon Paya, also known as the Golden Pagoda. By day, the golden gilded pagoda and its surrounding shrines glitter even from the distance, but by night, it’s at its best. The pagoda lights up the entire city with its golden glow – a beautiful sight visible from almost anywhere in the city.


From the hilltop of Legazpi, we drank in a view of the eruptive Mount Mayon and the lush emerald green rice terraces that sprawled beneath our feet. This photo by Alberto is a good representation of the verdant greenery that’s ubiquitous in tropical Philippines.

How to Enter the Capture the Colour Competition

Simply post your best travel photos on your blog in any or all of the five colour categories (green, blue, red, white and yellow) link to the competition details and nominate five other bloggers. You then need to let Travel Supermarket know you’ve entered, which you can do by either Facebook, Twitter or email. Here are the full terms and conditions. The deadline is August 29th.

Here are the five bloggers we nominate:



About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

23 Responses to “Travel Photography: Capture the Color”

  1. Taylor July 20, 2012 1:51 am #

    Wow wonderful photos! Maybe another photo could be "Grey" –

    haha not as high quality as those pics because it's only an iPhone but you get the idea :)

  2. Natalie T. July 20, 2012 3:28 am #

    Yeah, I have a feeling you're going to win this contest. You're making me not want to enter it because your photos are soo amazing. At the same time, I'm inspired. Thanks for capturing that spirit of wanderlust. :)

    • Nellie July 21, 2012 1:12 am #

      Wow really? Huge thanks!

  3. Abi July 20, 2012 11:00 am #

    Wow, guys, wow! I love the yellow one and the subtlety of the red one. I recognise your blue shot from the magazine – and I can see why it's something special to you. Love it.

    • Nellie July 21, 2012 1:11 am #

      Thanks Abi for nominating us! Hmm so the green one is not your favorite? (I know you are the judge for the green category!) We might need to bribe you on this. Ha!

  4. Jeremy Branham July 20, 2012 10:23 pm #

    I love all of these. Some of the best ones that I've seen. However, I have to vote for the blue on this one. Spectacular photo of the glacier.

  5. Ruth (Tanama Tales) July 21, 2012 12:42 am #

    Love all the entries, specially the blue glacier. I think is the best I have seen in that category.

    • Nellie July 21, 2012 1:10 am #

      Thanks Ruth for such encouraging words! Glad you like your photos, we hope to win too!

  6. Gina July 21, 2012 4:29 am #

    So cool! Love how each picture totally epitomizes the color. The blue one is my favorite, too. So impressive!

  7. Kristin July 29, 2012 11:16 am #

    I love all of these photos — they are all so special in their own way. I think I'd have to pick the blue one as my favourite if I absolutely had to. That would be such a fantastic experience, and it's amazing to see how huge the wall of ice is against the tiny kayak.

    • Nellie July 30, 2012 4:16 pm #

      Thanks Kristin, so happy to hear such positive comments! Hopefully we\’ll win the prize! ;)

  8. Michel August 29, 2012 4:21 am #

    I like the glowing, golden yellow.

  9. Package India Tours October 9, 2012 6:24 am #

    Amazing pictures….Beautiful representation of different colors..

  10. Agarwals October 15, 2012 2:56 am #

    wow ! what a photography?? amazing pictures feels like i should definitely visit once in my life time.

  11. deepugerman October 16, 2012 9:34 am #

    It was a Amazing pictures….Really the photography is excellent ! it was sooooooo impressive.

  12. deepugerman October 16, 2012 9:39 am #


    It was so impressive what an Amazing pictures…….Really the photography is excellent and Some of the best ones that I've seen
    i love all these pictures

  13. vandana.german October 17, 2012 2:44 am #

    Amazing pictures….Beautiful representation of different colors..
    I like the glowing, golden yellow.

  14. vandana.germansoft October 17, 2012 2:45 am #

    Amazing pictures….Beautiful representation of different colors..
    I like the glowing, golden yellow.

  15. Craig October 18, 2012 10:33 am #

    Wow these pictures are beautiful and inspiring! The picture of Uyuni salt flats could be used for a motivational poster, you have a great eye for photography.

  16. saritha October 30, 2012 2:18 am #

    Last summer, I was on Cohos Trail in New Hampshire. Northern New Hampshire is truly a blessed area with all the surrounding nature. No wonder moose likes to hangout here. There was a fall on the trail, a great refreshment for hikers. Hot summer day in August, I was sitting on the rock, listening the breaking water and just enjoying the moment. It was a tough time for me, last summer, and traveling to America was a bit of healing process of a heartbreaking careerbreak process. I was happy and sore at the same time. And the clear-warm water was very comforting.

  17. Laurience October 31, 2012 8:38 pm #

    All the photography is outstanding. Amazing colours.


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