**UPDATED** We have chosen our winner! Scroll down past the examples to see who we thought truly capture the ‘Into the Wild’ theme. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

Travel Photo Roulette has been going for such a long time now and it’s great to see such innovative suggestions still appearing every few weeks. When our friends at 20 Years Hence hosted the fantastic Face of a Nation round I knew I had to take part, there were some beautiful entries and so many that truly captured a story.

Portrait photography is something I practice but have never felt particularly skilful at, so I was so incredibly pleased to actually win!! The photo is definitely my favourite portrait from our whole round the world trip, it was one of those moments where everything just aligns perfectly and you grab that one shot.

As winner of the last round we now have the pleasure of hosting Round 82 and after much consideration I’m pleased to announce that the theme will be;

Into the Wild

If I had to pick one subject in photography where my heart truly lies, it would be in nature. Paul and I are never happier than when we’re in the wilderness, far away from civilisation and able to appreciate this stunning planet that we call home. I’m a landscape girl at heart but also love capturing some of our wilder camping moments and having a go at wildlife photography.

So, for Round 82 I would like to see your shots from the great outdoors. Whether it be a landscape, a wildlife shot or a sporting adventure, show me what you’ve got! I’m not talking about a walk in the local park with your dog, but real adventure where you can feel disconnected from the fast pace of the rest of the world.

The important thing for me is the story behind the photo and it would be great to hear when you’ve pushed yourselves or experienced things a little out there or intimidating.

To get you started I have shared a few of my own shots;

Beehive Acadia National Park

Paul clinging to the edge of the Beehive – an adrenaline pumping climb on the atlantic coast in Acadia National Park

orang-utan Sumatra

We spot an orang-utan in Sumatra after trekking through the jungle from an already very remote village

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado – these dunes are 700ft tall and incredibly remote. Paul climbed to the top one afternoon while I took the snaps.

Sandoval Lake Amazon

Sunset at Sandoval Lake in the Amazon rainforest . To get here we took a boat, then hiked through the jungle, then kayaked across the lake to this remote outpost – the site of giant river otters

How to enter:

Travel Photo Roulette #82: Into the Wild!

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 we will 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, this is particularly important to us for this round.

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 July 6 – July 13, 2014 (Sunday to Sunday). We will announce the winner within a few days after the deadline, and they will host round 83.

Submissions are now closed, please see the winner below!

Yangshou, China

Yangshou, China – Turtles Travel

Congratulations to Donny from Turtles Travel! We absolutely loved the submissions for our theme and especially some of the magical stories behind them. It was incredibly difficult to pick just one photo but after much deliberation we kept coming back to this one.

We loved the vibrancy of the colour, it captures your attention and sucks you straight in. How Donny described the trail disappearing and the fact that you can only see the bright red of his shirt as he picks his way through the undergrowth, it screamed ‘middle of nowhere’ to us and exactly what we love about the great outdoors.

Contest Overview:

The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme (a generic keyword or phrase) and people submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favourite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host 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.

Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and StumbleUpon so more people can join the contest – make sure to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette


– One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
– Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. using Photoshop) is not.
– 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!
– Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized.
– 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 okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’
– Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, or “Overlooking Creation”. Use something that is able to be interpreted by all
– 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 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!

Previous Winners:

This is a list of all the previous winners and themes. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.

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. Apr 2011 Shutterfeet Storytelling

15. Apr 2011 10 Times One Piousness

16. Apr 2011 Beached Eskimo Learning

17. May 2011 Travel Junkies Architecture

18. Jun 2011 Destination World Transportation

19. Jun 2011 Living the Dream Paradise

20. Jun 2011 Vagabond Quest Clothes

21. Jul 2011  The Unframed World Symmetry

22. Jul 2011 Beached Eskimo Home

23. Jul 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 Globe-Trekking.com Reflections

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

38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine

39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat Local Character

40. Apr 2012 The Travel Bunny Street Scene

41. Apr 2012  Adventure Crow Spirit of the Country

42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss Evening

43. May 2012  Matt Gibson Adventure

44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime

45. Jul 2012 Skinny Backpacker Surreal

46. Aug 2012 2away Smile

47. Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe

48. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester What the ?!

49. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno Sweet

50. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin Play

51. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories Friendship

52. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face

53. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity

54. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought

55. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters The Natural World

56. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies Patterns

57. Apr 2013 Living the Dream Your First Time

58. May 2013 Getting Stamped The Sun Goes Down

59. Jun 2013 The GypsyNester Cheesy Tourist Diversions

60. Jun 2013 Boomeresque Revolution

61. Jul 2013 Breakaway Backpacker Colorful

62. Aug 2013 Around This World Mountains

63. Aug 2013 Passports and Pamplemousse Hands at Work

64. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance

65.Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea

66 Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery The Market

67. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet? Travel Fails

68. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester Weird Regional Foods

69. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World Trees

70. Nov 2013 SHOuTography Party

71. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin

72. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel Light

73. Jan, 2014 This World Rocks Crowds

74. Jan, 2014 Travel Past 50 Competition

75. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller Working

76. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole Umbrellas

77. Apr 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky

78. Apr 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues

79. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping

80. May 2014 Backpack Me Mouthwatering

81. June 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation

82. July 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild

The Entries

#1 –  Hungry Escapades

Loch Laggan

Loch Laggan – Hungry Escapades

We have a huge soft spot for Scotland after living there for 3 years. This picture was taken on our way down to Fort William, at Loch Laggan. To escape the stresses of work and our travel savings mission we headed off into the wild for some wilderness camping, on route we were greeted by this stunning view, we just had to stop an take it in for about an hour. It took our breath away and really made all worries in life disappear! I love how beautiful scenery can make you feel so free and forget everything else! Now I miss Scotland…. :-)

#2 – Zig Zag On Earth

Sossusvlei Namibia

Sossusvlei Sunrise, Namibia – Zigzag on Earth

Everybody went up Dune 45 to watch sunrise because it is THE thing to do. But instead of going with the crowd (which the people in my group later regretted), I went walking between the sand dunes. Enjoying the silence with the sun slowly changing the colors and feeling the majesty of the place is one of my best travel memories.

#3 – Living the Dream

Khumbu Icefall and Mt Everest

Khumbu Icefall and Mt Everest, Nepal – Living the Dream

After 8 days of hiking in the Himalayas of Nepal, we made it to Mount Everest Base Camp. The sight of the Khumbu Icefall (foreground) and Everest (background- peeking out with a cloud ontop) was truly impressive. This is one trek we highly recommend!

#4 – The Journey Itself

Gobi Desert

Gobi Dessert – The Journey Itself

This was from our 2nd day on our 7-day Gobi tour and luckily I got this shot right before our camera card decided to poop out on me. It didn’t seem to like the wind. It was one of my favorite shots from our entire trip from the beginning and still is to this day. I barely had to edit it – the sky is just that massive and just that blue. It still amazes me that I was ever there.

#5 – Have Blog Will Travel

Great Atlantic Rift, Iceland - Have Blog Will Travel

Great Atlantic Rift, Iceland – Have Blog Will Travel

For us, Iceland is one of the most wild and secluded landscapes we’ve ever seen. Which is saying a lot coming from two Canadians. This is a shot of the Great Atlantic Rift in Thingvellir National Park. It’s a wonderful area of jagged geography, seclusion,and pure wilderness.

#6 – Fluent in Frolicking

Namibia Sunrise

Namibia sunrise – Fluent in Frolicking

Last year I traveled to Namibia with my boyfriend. His aunt lives in the southern part of the country with no neighbors and nothing but wilderness for as far as your eye can see. This was from our first morning. We were still a bit jet-lagged when our eyes opened at first light and we were greeted with this sunrise.

#7 – TravelnLass 


Eagle’s nest, Mongolia – TravelnLass

A most precarious hike up to an eagle’s nest (looking down on the bitty gers that were “home” for the night).

#8 Travel Past 50

El Mirador, Guatemala

El Mirador, Guatemala – Travel Pass 50

I’m not sure it gets much wilder than the Guatemalan jungle. We hiked about 55 kilometers into the jungle to get to the El Mirador Mayan excavations. The only other way to get there is by helicopter. This is a shot of my companions finally reaching the base of the great pyramid at El Mirador on the morning of the third day. A brutal hike, but worth it to see this site. Spent a day there, and then a two-day walk back out, and a four hour dusty van ride back to civilization.

#9 – Journey Jottings 

Northern Territory, Australia

The Katherine River – Northern Territory, Australia. Journey jottings

We paddled in kayaks for 3 days down the Katherine River in the Northern Territory of Australia spotting freshwater crocodiles, 36 species of birds, and sleeping in swags under the night sky experiencing a shooting star spectacular. At times the river was wide and exposed traversing hot savannah; other times it was green, lush and shady with Pandanus Screw Pines forming an exploratory arbour to pass through.

#10 – Till The Money Runs Out

Mocoa, Ecuador

Mocoa, Colombia – Till The Money Runs Out

Our very favorite “discovery” was Mocoa, Colombia. The town is set on a river, 600 meters above sea level in the transition zone between the Andes mountain range and the amazons. It was a small and sleepy place with that perfect warm and humid climate that makes cold beer, hammocks wafting in the breeze and crystalline rivers that much better! The owner of the place we stayed drew us a map for a day hike through the jungle to a trio of waterfalls, the last and biggest of these named “el fin del mundo”. This bridge heading off into the jungle was about halfway through the hike. I love this photo because I feel like I could just step onto the rickety bridge at any point and head into the wild towards el fin del mundo.

#11 – Turtles Travel

Yangshou, China

Yangshou, China – Turtles Travel

The moment the trail disappeared on our hike in the outskirts of Yangshou, China. The karst peak in the background make us feel like we were truly heading “Into the Wild.”

#12 – Travel Addicts

Safari Africa

Safari on foot, Africa – Travel Addicts

Many people go on safari in Africa, but being out in “The Bush” at eye level is a whole lot different than sitting in a Land Rover. It sounds silly, but anyone who has walked in Africa will likely agree. You’re in the wild, have adrenaline pumping through you and can encounter dangerous animals at any moment. This was me and my guide walking (he’s the one with the big gun):

#13 – The Next Big Adventure 

Namibia sunrise

Sunrise in Namibia – The Next Big Adventure

Love seeing the other contestants entries! Here is my submission, taken on our anniversary one year in Namibia. We woke long before dawn to hike over an hour to the top of the dunes to capture the sun coming up over Africa. True magic!

#14 – Flashpacker HQ

Karijini National Park gorge

Karijini National Park – Flashpacker HQ

It took 8 of us about 9 days to get to Karijini National Park in Western Australia on a road trip that started from Perth. With parts only accessible via 4×4, much of the road trip ended up being a wild ride along the coast with beautiful cliffs, reefs, and everything in between.

The gorges of Karijini were absolutely stunning and one of the highlights of the trip. The way the color played off the water made for some wonderful images. I couldn’t believe we had the trails we chose mostly to ourselves. Just lucky I guess.




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