Capture the Color Photo Contest

Capture the Color

Flower seller in Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Why do I spend irresponsibly on travel when I’m so responsible in every other facet of my life? One week only sale to Nepal? Book it! Last minute 14-day cruise for $499? I’m there! Go camping for two months straight? Sure!

Why do I love getting lost in travel blogs and fancy magazines showing unattainable photos of places I’ll probably never go?

I think I do it because I want to feel.

A friend once told me, “I’m glad you’re religious because otherwise, I think you’d be on drugs.”

What he meant (I hope!) was that my personality type is always looking for the next new thing to experience. A new food to try. A new person who shares no common language with me to interact with. When we travel, we force ourselves to step out of our comfort zones, and in so doing, experience everything through new eyes.

So I’m happy to enter this year’s Capture the Color Photo Contest, a celebration of travel photographs which best capture these five colors: red, blue, green, yellow and white.


Capture the Color - Red - Himba Tribe Namibia

These women are from the Himba tribe in northern Namibia. Living in simple huts, they remain close to the earth. In fact, they glow a slightly reddish color because of otjize, a ground up paste made from butter, fat and red ochre which they smear onto their skin and hair. Spending a night in their village was an unforgettable experience, and not just because our overland truck got hopelessly mired in the mud so central to their lives.


Capture the Color - Blue - Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Twenty kilometers north of Nha Trang, Vietnam’s premier beach resort, and across the water lies a peninsula known as Ninh Van Bay. Because it requires either a long, windy drive or a speedboat, few ever make it there. Those who do are rewarded with supreme tranquility. I took this shot as the sun was setting, casting a blueish hue over water, mountains and sky, melding them into one.


Capture the Color - Green - Cambodia

I love riding through the countryside of SE Asia during the rainy season. Yes, the rain can be a real pain sometimes, leaving you exposed, rain pelting against your face, ruining your clothes, but without, we wouldn’t have the every-shade-of-green of the rice fields that carpet the land. This photo was taken along a random stretch of road in Cambodia.


Capture the Color - Yellow - Okavango Delta

I’ve had the fortune to visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana twice now. During the rainy season, this 15,000km2 area floods, creating small islands everywhere. The most common way to get around is via mokoro, little boats poled along the shallow waterways, often with just the thwack-thwack of the tall reeds snapping back in place the only sound that breaks the deafening silence.


Capture the Color-White - Zanzibar

One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever had the good grace to go to is the island of Zanzibar, off the Tanzanian coast in East Africa. Known as the Spice Island, it’s been used as a trading base by the Persians, Arabs, Indians, Portuguese and British before finally coming a semi-autonomous region. The crystalline monotony of the electric blue water surrounding the island is broken up by the billowing white sails of dhows that navigate the island. As if that scene weren’t beautiful enough, a pair of dolphins just had to put in an appearance.

Capture the Colour 2013 information

To enter is simple, you write a post with your five best photos from these color categories: RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and WHITE. Be sure to nominate five other bloggers and tweet it with the hashtag #CTC13.

There will be a winner from each color category who will get: an 128GB iPad, a Fuji camera or £750 worth of Arc’teryx clothing and equipment (you choose). Then from the five winners, an overall winner will be chosen to win: £3,000 travel fund (worth about $4633 USD).

For the full contest rules go here.

To follow the entries watch the contest’s pinterest boards.

Or follow the Facebook page.

Anyone with a travel blog can enter but to keep things going, I nominate these five travel bloggers to join:






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16 thoughts on “Capture the Color Photo Contest

    1. James Post author

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Part of the fun of these contests is going through old photos and looking for something specific (and getting lost along the way!)

    1. James Post author

      Thanks, Steph! Africa is kind of a cop out because it’s almost idiot-proof. With the diversity in landscape, people and animals, it was hard NOT to take a good shot, although this one is one of my favorites, I must say. With Tony’s background, you guys should totally enter!

  1. JR Riel

    Oh man, I was looking through my analytics and noticed a traffic spike coming from your site. I checked it out and found this post.

    Sorry to have missed it up until now. I’m truly honored you nominated me, Jimmy!

    I’m not the most avid of photographers, but I’m gonna have to try and dig some pictures up if possible. I actually don’t have a legitimate camera. I know, a true blogger sin. But I’ll see what I can do.

    By the way, I really loved your pics! They’re all great, but there’s something about your ‘yellow’ shot that really grabs me.
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