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Holidays: Travel Photo Roulette #116

November 12, 2015
Holidays: Travel Photo Roulette

Thanks to the lovely Amanda, and her photo-judging husband over at Not a Ballerina, I am the winner of the newest installment of Travel Photo Roulette!

It wasn’t hard to choose a photo, as I immediately thought of the one place that I always feel relaxed and at peace, regardless of what is going on around me: the terrace of my favorite restaurant, Osteria La Porta. I mean, look at those rolling hills. Plus, um, wine? Sign me up.

Holidays: Travel Photo Roulette

It was actually Amanda’s theme of Home Away from Home that inspired my idea for the theme of this next round.

As winner of the previous round, I have the pleasure of hosting the next one. May I present *drum roll* Travel Photo Roulette #116!

The theme for Travel Photo Roulette #116 is: Holidays

It’s that time of the year, the days are getting shorter, the weather chillier, and the sound of holiday music is already playing in loop on many radio stations. We’ve got Thanksgiving, Advent, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Boxing Day, and Kwanzaa, among others (National Fruit Cake Day, anyone?!). So, no matter where you are in the world, holiday preparations will soon be in full swing!

I would love to see photos of whatever makes you think of the holidays. Whether it’s your childhood home with a roaring fireplace, your favorite city bejeweled with millions of sparkling lights, a holiday travel tradition, or a solemn custom that you hold dear.  As an expat currently living in Rome, I automatically think of my family home in Pennsylvania: for me, it embodies everything the holidays are.

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And the winner is…

Kathryn from Travel with Kat!

Here’s one of my favourite holiday memories of a romantic walk in the snow. I took this a few days before Christmas while on a first date. Luckily he didn’t mind my snapping a few photos. 5 years later we’re still together.


I chose this photograph because it feels like a holiday moment frozen in time (and it probably was frozen, brr!). It feels intimate and quiet, yet is taken in the middle of the city. It evokes all kinds of warm fuzzies!

THANK YOU to all of the participants in this round of Travel Photo Roulette! See you the next time around…and enjoy your holidays, whatever and wherever they may be!

Entries for Travel Photo Roulette #116: Holidays

Anne from Let Me Be Free:

It is quite the opposite over here in Australia, things are warming up and we are hitting the beach! Christmas for me is heading back to the family farm and spending the day with our family. It is also a tradition to go and catch yabbies (fresh water crayfish) out of the dam and enjoy the feast!

Holidays: Travel Photo Roulette

Kathryn from Travel with Kat:

Here’s one of my favourite holiday memories of a romantic walk in the snow. I took this a few days before Christmas while on a first date. Luckily he didn’t mind my snapping a few photos. 5 years later we’re still together.


Shobha from Just Go Places:

This is our pumpkin pie from last Thanksgiving. We live in London and we always celebrate Thanksgiving with friends instead of family. One of my friends made this pumpkin pie and she put in edible gold flecks. You have to have pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving I feel. And you can’t start Christmas without having Thanksgiving!

Holidays: Travel Photo Roulette

Elena from Traveling Bytes:

Medellin is called the city of eternal spring, so it is fitting that their Christmas is green instead of white one. Though, for a girl who grew up with sleds and skis, it feels a little strange.

Travel Photo Roulette Guidelines

  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (i.e. using Photoshop to remove elements) is not.
  • Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase – and the connection is comprehensible!
  • Keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (800 pixels wide is good)
  • If you win, you will host the next round (runs for 7 days) and so choose the next 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” or with a dash of focus such as “monuments at night”, which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque,” or “Overlooking Creation.”
  • Themes can be reused after 1 year, 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 photographs must be your own. One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

How to submit your entry

It’s so easy! To enter the Travel Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with:

  • a link to the image (whether Flickr, 500px, Trover, Smugmug, etc. or your own site) and
  • a short description/background/caption as to where/why/how this image reminds you of the holidays.

As photos are submitted, I will add them to the post. Check back to see your entry!

Submissions will close on Saturday November 21st 2015 at midnight Central European Time Zone.
I will select the winner and notify him/her shortly thereafter. He/she will then host the next round of Travel Photo Roulette #117.

Make sure you share the contest within your social media circle using the hashtag #photoroulette! The more participants we have, the more fun it will be!

Previous winners include:

  1. Nov 2010 Living the Dream: Animals
  2. Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker: Road Signs
  3. Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream: Street Art
  4. Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ: Festival
  5. Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust: Landmarks
  6. Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back: Beaches
  7. Jan 2011 ThePlanetD: Portraits
  8. Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate: Motion
  9. Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond: Water
  10. Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky: Urban
  11. Feb 2011 Travels of Adam: Friday Night
  12. Mar 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles: The Journey
  13. Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures: Changing Seasons
  14. April 2011 Shutterfeet: Storytelling
  15. April 2011 10 Times One: Piousness
  16. April 2011 Beached Eskimo: Learning
  17. May 2011 Travel Junkies: Architecture
  18. June 2011 Destination World [-404-]: Transportation
  19. June 2011 Living the Dream: Paradise
  20. June 2011 Vagabond Quest: Clothes
  21. July 2011 The Unframed World: Symmetry
  22. July 2011 Beached Eskimo: Home
  23. July 2011 BackPackerBanter: Inspiration
  24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader: Darkness
  25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe: Tranquillity
  26. Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer: Food
  27. Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan: City
  28. Oct 2011 Reflection
  29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart: Framing
  30. Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest: Silhouettes
  31. Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels: Music
  32. Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls: Love
  33. Dec 2011 Man on the lam: Humor
  34. Jan 2012 My Walkabout: Winter
  35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel: Blue
  36. Feb 2012 Ten times One: Depth of the Field
  37. Feb 2012 Runaway Juno: … Digital Nomad Moment
  38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba: Sunshine
  39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat: Local Character
  40. April 2012 The Travel Bunny: Street Scene
  41. April 2012 Adventure Crow [-404-]: Spirit of the Country
  42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss [-404-]: Evening
  43. May 2012 Matt Gibson: Adventure
  44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ: Once In A Lifetime
  45. July 2012 Dusty Main: Surreal
  46. Aug 2012 2away: Smile

    1. Aug 2012 Bridges & Balloons: Splendour…
    2. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester: What the ?!
    3. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno: Sweet
    4. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin: Play
    5. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories: Friendship
    6. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker: Face
    7. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly: Serendipity
    8. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions: Lost in Thought
    9. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters: The Natural World
    10. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies: Patterns
    11. April 2013 Living the Dream: Your First Time
    12. May 2013 Getting Stamped: The Sun Goes Down
    13. June 2013 The GypsyNester: Cheesy Tourist Diversions
    14. June 2013 Boomeresque: Revolution
    15. July 2013 Breakaway Backpacker: Colorful
    16. Aug 2013 Around This World: Mountains
    17. Aug 2013 Passports & Pamplemousse Hands at Work
    18. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
    19. Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
    20. Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery: The Market
    21. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet?: Travel Fails
    22. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester: Weird Regional Foods
    23. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World: Trees
    24. Nov 2013 SHOuTography: Party
    25. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman: Ruin
    26. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel: Light
    27. Jan 2014 This World Rocks: Crowds
    28. Jan 2014 Travel Past 50: Competition
    29. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller: Working
    30. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole: Umbrellas
    31. April 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
    32. April 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
    33. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
    34. May 2014 Backpack Me: Mouthwatering
    35. June 2014 20 Years Hence: The Face of A Nation
    36. July 2014 Two for the Road: Into the Wild
    37. July 2014 TurtlesTravel: Summer!
    38. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia: Candid
    39. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth: Hiking
    40. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out: Transport
    41. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet: Wild World
    42. Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth: The 4 Elements
    43. Oct 2014 Travel Addicts: Heritage
    44. Oct 2014 Living the Dream: Your Grand Adventure
    45. Oct 2014 Getting Stamped: Inspire
    46. Nov 2014 Flashpacker HQ: Viewpoint
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The winners and themes in 2015. Click the link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.

      1. Jan 2015 Adventures of a GoodMan: WOW!
      2. Jan 2015 ZigZag On Earth: Roads and Tracks
      3. Feb 2015 Where’s The Gos?: Street Art
      4. Mar 2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost: Frozen
      5. Mar 2015 Journey Jottings: Detail
      6. April 2015 House Sitting Travel: What’s your Angle?
      7. April 2015 JetWayz: Spiritual Beauty
      8. April 2015 The Trading Travelers: Celebrate
      9. May 2015 Street Food World Tour: Epic
      10. May 2015 Next Stop Who Knows: Landscape
      11. May 2015 We Travel Together: Wildlife
      12. May 2015 Vagabond Way: Festival
      13. June 2015 Travel Addicts: Landmarks
      14. June 2015 TravelnLass: Wrinkles
      15. July 2015 Anita’s Feast: Food Markets
      16. August 2015 Travel Past 50: Home
      17. August 2015 The Barefoot Nomad: Doors
      18. September 2015 House Sitting Travel: Repeating Shapes
      19. September 2015 Berkeley and Beyond: Cemeteries
      20. October 2015 Dare2Go: Reflection
      21. October 2015 Journey Jottings: Thirst Quenching
      22. November 2015 Not a Ballerina: Home Away from Home