Travel Photo Roulette #86: Transport

**UPDATED** We have our winner! Scroll down past the past winners list to see the winner of Travel Photo Roulette #86! Thanks to everyone who entered, this was a much harder decision than we anticipated!

I am pretty darn excited to announce that this week we are hosting Travel Photo Roulette round 86!

You may be asking yourselves, what is Travel Photo Roulette? And how did you, Tom and Jenny, find yourselves as it’s auspicious hosts?

Well I am glad you asked, and I will start with your first question. The short of it is (and you can find the long of it below) Travel Photo Roulette is a friendly little competition for travel and photography bloggers to show off some of their favorite photos. Each round is hosted by a blogger who chooses a theme, and then the winner of that theme goes on to host the next round.

Which brings me to your second question! The last edition of Travel Photo Roulette was hosted by Kevin and Ruth at Travels With Kevin and Ruth and the theme they picked was “Hiking”.

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Hiking in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, Our Winning Photo!

We knew immediately our entry was going to be a photo from our time in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, a hiker’s paradise. There were some lovely photos entered, but ours was picked as the winner, which just about brings us up to speed to where we are now.

As the winners of the last round, it is now our honor to host Round 86 and the theme we have picked is: Transport

The theme is, of course, up to your interpretation but we see this going a couple of ways. Either pictures of things being transported in an interesting way, or maybe just fun modes of transportation. Here are some of our favorite photos depicting both scenarios that can hopefully help you as inspiration.

Things (and people) being transported in a fun way

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Transporting Baskets on a Motorbike in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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A Kiteboarder transporting a girl in Mui Ne, Vietnam

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Pineapples being transported in Trinidad, Cuba

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Chickens being transported on a motorbike in Ubud, Bali

Fun modes of transportation, or transportation photos

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Tom rowing us home when our boat broke during our house-sit in Bocas Del Toro, Panama

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Tubing down a river in Yosemite, California


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 favorite 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+, Trover 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!

HOW TO Enter Travel Photo Roulette #86: TRANSPORT:

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.

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, so from now (August 29th) until September 5th, 2014 when the submission period ends. We will announce the winner within a couple of days of September 5th, and they will host the next round.


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 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
37. ?
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. Jun 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation
82. Jul 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild
83. Jul 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!
84. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia Candid
85. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth Hiking
86. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out Transport

So, post a link to your entry in the comments below. As they come in, I’ll re-post the entries to the bottom of this blog post. Contest runs from now until next Friday September 5th. Winner will be announced within a day or two of the contest ending. Don’t hesitate to comment on the entries! You’re allowed to try and sway the judges opinions!



Woman rowing on Lake Titicaca by Margherita @The Crowded Planet

I have to admit, when I first saw this picture I had a strong feeling it was going to be the winner. Sometimes you just have a strong personal response to a photo, you know? I love the vibrant colors of the photo and can almost feel how determined the rower is. It also brought me back to the shores of Lake Titicaca so suddenly and completely, it was as if I was getting altitude sickness again just from looking at the photo! Thank you again everyone who entered, I am blown away by the amount of top notch photographers out there and am feeling inspired to step up my game 🙂


Fancy Footwork

Fancy Footwork from Philip @ Dimensional Heart Traveler

Houseboats in Vancouver Harbor by Sarah @ Crudly Nature Photos

I Get Around from Mike @ Small Of The Road

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey by Lance @ Travel Addicts

Flying Into Luang Prabang, Laos on an ATR-72 by Suzanne @ Boomeresque

Flying Into Luang Prabang, Laos on an ATR-72 by Suzanne @ Boomeresque

Traveling Kitchenware salesman in Bogota, Colombia by Juergen  @ Dare 2 Go

Traveling Kitchenware salesman in Bogota, Colombia by Juergen @ Dare 2 Go


Woman rowing on Lake Titicaca by Margherita @The Crowded Planet

A colourful trishaw in Malacca, Malaysia by Karen @ World Wide Writer

Hot Air Ballooning Over the Beautiful Limestone Karsts of Vang Vieng, Laos

Botswana Through The Okavango Delta by Daniël @ Globe Trekking

China, circa 1990 by Dyanne @ Travel n’ Lass

Boatman on the ganges river for a sunrise cruise in Varanasi, India by Brandon @ The Yoga Nomads


I think of California as officially "home" but can usually be found a lot closer to the equatorial belt. After finishing a Masters program in 2011 I found myself trying to decide between a couple of different high-powered career options. I decided I wasn't quite ready to "grow up" and went with an entirely different plan which involved selling off everything I owned with my partner Tom and buying a one-way ticket to Colombia. Our plan was to travel "Till The Money Ran Out" and then go home to start our grown-up lives. Instead, we started our own app development company on the road and have been criss-crossing the globe, traveling, working, eating spicy food and refusing to "grow up" ever since. You can find me on Twitter, , Facebook or send me a message using our About Us page.

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54 Responses

  1. Congrats on the win!
    Great theme. However I am not entering this time because in case I win I would not be able to run the next round. I will be on the road in Iceland 🙂 (well if the volcano sticks to lava and no ashes)
    But I am looking forward to seeing all the entries!

    • Jenny says:

      Cappadocia is really high on our list of places we’d love to go. Your photo is amazing, I love how luminous the hot air balloon looks!

  2. My photo was taken out the window of our ATR-72 turbo- propeller plane as we flew into Luang Prabang, Laos on a Lao Airlines flight from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Fortunately, at the time, I was unaware that one of their flights on the same type of aircraft had crashed into the Mekong River a month before.

  3. Juergen says:

    Hello and congratulations on your win!
    For this round I would like to enter a photo I shot in Bogota/Colombia. One evening there was a salesman for pots and kitchen utensils cycling through our suburb, his bicycle was his store – despite low light this was a photo opportunity not to be missed!

    • Jenny says:

      Hello and thank you 🙂 That is a unique shot, I love how ingenious his set-up is. I have to say I have never seen it’s equal!

  4. Hi! I’m loving the theme this week! Here’s my entry, taken on Lake Titicaca. The photo shows a local woman rowing across the lake, with some traditional reed boats visible on the background. Here’s the link – downloads from Flickr are disabled, so I’ll email you the pic directly! Thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks Margherita! What a beautiful shot, it brought me back to Lake Titicaca so completely that I almost got that light-headed high altitude feeling the moment I saw it. It really captures how bright the Lake and all it’s inhabitants are.

  5. A colourful trishaw in Malacca, Malaysia. It’s a pity the picture can’t show the equally colourful music coming from it!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Karen, thanks for the submission. I love that you can see another trishaw behind that one that is just as colorful and unique. I can’t imagine the amount of work that goes into keeping a trishaw looking that bright and fresh!

  6. Alex says:

    Thanks for emailing me about this, guys 🙂 You can find my photo here:

    It was taken while hot air ballooning over the beautiful limestone karsts of Vang Vieng, Laos.

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks for the submission Alex. What a beautiful photo! We keep meaning to go to Laos, and every time we’ve been in SE Asia we end up just loving whichever country we are in too much to leave and go to a new one! Too many lovely places to see and not enough time 🙂

  7. I’ve tried to e- you and message you on facebook but have been unable to find an e-mail and have gotten no response on FB. 🙁 I’d like to enter this but I don’t have an url for the photo. I’d like to send it to you as an attachment. Can you please provide me with your e-mail?

  8. Daniël says:

    Congratulations on the win. It was a great competition. Here is my entry for the the 86th rendition of the Travel Photo Roulette.

  9. China, circa 1990 – just weeks after the country reopened to foreign travelers following the Tienanmen Square debacle. This little tyke is probably in the Politburo by now. 😉

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks for the entry Dyanne, that is such an amazing photo!! I cannot get over the expression on his face and his miniature uniform!

  10. Congrats! Our submissions is of our boatman on the ganges river for a sunrise cruise in Varanasi, India.

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks Brandon! What an amazing photo. I hadn’t seen your blog before, but am about to start yoga teacher training in San Diego this Fall, so it is great to see all that you and your partner have done.

    • CONGRATS on yoga teacher training! It was a very transformative experience for Anne and I… might have been the final nudge we needed to leave corporate America. Good luck and I’m excited to hear how it goes for you 🙂

  11. Philip says:

    Congratulations to Margherita @The Crowded Planet. What a great collection of photos. I wolud have been hard pressed to pick just one!

  12. Thank you! We’re so pleased we’ve been selected as winners, and we’re looking forward to hosting the new round of Travel Photo Roulette. The theme will be ‘Wild World’!

  13. I love these pictures. Of particular interest was the Cappadocia, Turkey hot air ballooning. I have been there several years ago, and it brings back great memories.

  14. Great theme… so many possible routes to take also. Do I do animals? Landscapes? Funny signs? I think I’ll go with an insane lightning storm in viet nam

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