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#CTC13 Capture The Colour Photoblogging Competition: Care To Join?!


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To achieve, book or reach something “last minute”: Is that what they call “positive stress”, the one that drives you to achieve something you thought you could never have done? Well, I hope it is. After all, I have about 36 hours left to go before the final closing date for my first international photoblogging competition #CTC13 – Capture The Colour. How exciting! All major talents will be there when Travelsupermarket calls for the world’s best color photography entries, subject to the eyes of a proven jury. Even if I do not (stand a chance to?) win, the Olympic thought is what counts: Being part of it is all that matters. 😀

So thank you so much, Sarah of LiveShareTravel and Tobias of KleineWeltreiseBlog for nominating my travel blog and telling me about the competition. Choosing what I consider the five best travel photographs in the colour categories of “White”, “Blue”, “Green”, “Yellow” & “Red” from over 5.000 travel photos on my Flickr-Photosharing Website has not been an easy task. Here at least, I have tried – for your visual enjoyment and that of the jury! Read on and see how you can still participate: The deadline for submissions is 9 October, 2013!

 

1. Green (“Grüner” Veltliner). Being the home-grown #Winelover I am, this picture of sweet Austrian temptation simply had to win.

Are you, too, out there and already able to taste, feel, smell this year’s wine vintage? To almost reach out and touch these big, juicy grapes here in the Wachau valley of Lower Austria, one of the Austria’s most famous wine growing districts besides Southern Styria and the Burgenland wine district? I am. And I can assure you: It is going to be a great vintage! Thank you, dear Alexander Pfeffel of Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel, for leading us up to these very grapes as part of a guided tour through the vineyards – simply delightful at this time of year.

Die Trauben des Grünen Veltliner sind Österreichs bekannteste Rebsorte (fast 60% des Weißwein-Anbaus entfällt auf diese Sorte), somit die gleich doppelte Bedeutung dieses Bildes in der Farbkategorie GRÜN.

The Grüner Veltliner grapes are amongst the most famous in the whole of Austria, with more than 60% of the country’s white wine production sustained by this grape variety that grows infinitely well here.

 

2. Yellow: Please smile. Monks may take your photo at the Imperial City of Bangkok, Thailand.

Back in October 2012, I have been invited to travel to and speak at the first international Creative Tourism Network Thailand conference in Bangkok. What an adventure! The honour of speaking in front of a truly international – worldwide audience would have been enough, but the overly friendly, enthusiastic and professional Thai people even took the trouble to organise an entire “creative travel week” for Caroline Couret, of the International Creative Tourism Network, and me! As part of my visit to Bangkok, I have managed to shoot this photograph of monks passing us by in the Imperial temple city.

Bitte lächeln: Freundliche Mönche in der Stadt Bangkok, Thailand sind mein Favorit in der Kategorie Gelb.

Friendly (and curious!) monks in the city of Bangkok are my favourite image in the colour category “Yellow”.

 

3. Red rocks. Or shocks. You be the judge of that: Street kitchen featuring octopus (“pulpo”) in Galicia, Northern Spain.

To be quite honest with you: I was really shell-shocked back there. In front of me, a nice guy who might just as well have been a plumber or a software designer, pulls up a fat, red octopus from a steaming pot of water only to slice it all up into small pieces on a tiny wooden board in front of me. Slightly hysterical (and really at a loss), I manage a weak “Is it still alive?”, only to realise I have just said something very stupid. Anyway … this “pulpo”, as Galicians like to call their octopus, has turned out to taste really, really well. Yes, shortly after taking this photo we ate all of this mighty creature in our group of fellow travellers. Probably everyone else had to laugh or smile secretly at my out-worldliness with this culinary experience … something to remember. 😀

Nahaufnahmen eines dicken, gewaltigen Tintenfisch in der Stadt Vigo, Galizien, Nordspanien.

A close-up of my favourite dish in Galicia, Northern Spain: “Pulpo” served by the locals in the city of Vigo.

 

4. “Ice, Ice Baby”: The breathtaking and intense blue beauty of the Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate, Argentina.

Yes, I know: We must not say “breathtaking” over and over again in our travel descriptions. But if a spot on this planet has really deserved to be called like that, its sight literally taking your breath away, then it is one of the mightiest, largest glaciers that planet Earth has in stall for us. Perito Moreno in Argentina is one of them. Check it out.

Ein nahezu unwirkliches Blau, und dann dieses Farbenspiel: Dieser Gletscher im Herzen Patagoniens, Argentinien beeindruckt mich zutiefst.

A blue that is almost unreal: The magic play of light and colour on this glacier, one of the largest on Planet Earth in Patagonia, Argentina truly impresses me.

 

5. Innocent white – well, something like that, anyway. In Vejer De La Frontera, Andalucia, people prefer being cheeky over being innocent!

This image is part of a happy exchange with the locals of Vejer who have taken us IN – into their hearts, kitchens and workshops in one of the “white cities” of Andalucia. I still have to smile at the memory of this happy bunch of elderly citizens: They inspire me to be just like them when I will be there age. I shall then close my eyes and think of all the people I have met, the places I have been to and hopefully be, much as today, just happy. 🙂

Weiß wie die Unschuld: Inmitten der "weißen Stadt" Andalusiens, Vejer De La Frontera, beim Geschwätz mit den Einheimischen. Super!

Hanging out with the locals in Vejer De La Frontera: My favourite colour image in the category “White”.

 

The show must go on: #CTC13 Photoblogging Competition welcomes final applications …

… so do join in and share your favourite, most beautiful or simply most memorable travel photos with the world! It is part of the competition to name five other bloggers – here are my favourites.

* Anna of Triumvin.at

* Gudrun of Reisebloggerin.at

* Monika of TravelworldOnline-Traveller.de

* Janett of Teilzeitreisender.de

* Máximo of Travellingforyou.com

Applications close on 9 October, 2013 so be quick! A truly great contest for all those who simply love photography 😀

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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2 Comments

  1. Sarah Lee

    Knew you’d share some lovely photos – I’m a big fan of yellow and blue!

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  2. Elena

    Thank you, Sarah !! So glad you nominated me in the first place. It is wonderful to be a part of this worldwide photo competition – looking forward to see the winners 😀

    Reply

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