Capture the Colour 2013 Photo Competition

It seems that every travel blogger and their mama has entered Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour 2013 photo competition. And while I’ve been enjoying all of the entries I’ve come across and taking mental notes on how to take better pictures from all of the truly amazing photographers out there, I had no intentions of entering the competition myself.

But nominations from two awesome bloggers – travel-addicted Sarah of Travel Cake and Jess, the dessert-loving archaeologist of Ice Cream & Permafrost – got me thinking that perhaps I should participate.

Plus, the chance to win an iPad, a Fuji camera, an Arc’teryx shopping voucher, or a travel fund worth about $4,800 all help sweeten the deal.

So, here are my entries…


Turkey’s street food is some of the best ever – especially the boat food in Istanbul. On the western side of the Galata Bridge in Eminönü, you’ll find balik-ekmek, ornate rocking boats that serve the most delicious mackerel sandwiches ever.  To wash it down, the locals drink şalgam – a reddish-colored pickle juice. The color mixed with the pickles totally threw me off, so I decided to stick with my peach nectar. But looking back, I wish that I’d given this juice a try.


When in Jamaica, Negril’s Seven Mile Beach is my absolute favorite beach to hang out on. Sure, there are prettier beaches in Jamaica, but Seven Mile Beach tugs at my heart strings because it’s where I find peace, it’s where my husband and I found each other, and it’s where we got married. One of my favorite spots for breakfast in Negril is at Charela Inn – not only for the delicious, affordable food, but for the beach view and vibes. I love the peak-a-boo view of Negril’s beautiful waters in this picture.


When in Paraty, a hike on the Gold Trail is a must. During Brazil’s gold boom, the Gold Trail was built by African slaves from the gold mines 1200 km away in Minas Gerais to the port city of Paraty for easy loading onto Portugal-bound ships. While hiking on a portion of the trail through the rainforest, we came across some locals playing in the water at a spot known as Poço do Tarzan. Paradise found in a pool of green!


This past summer I visited Savannah and while I felt torn by the city’s history, I was also completely enraptured by its beauty. On our last day, before hitting the road back to Atlanta, my cousin and I made an obligatory visit to Forsyth Park. The mission was simple – get a picture of the park’s famous white fountain which is reminiscent of fountains in Paris and Cuzco, Peru. After walking around for a bit and asking locals to point us in the right direction, it came to view in the distance…

The drama and beauty of that fountain!


I saved my favorite color for last. This yellow wall adorned with mosaic images of butterflies and flowers is part of the community playground in the Vila Canoas favela – one of many shantytowns in Rio de Janeiro. While the Vila Canoas favela isn’t the poorest or the most dangerous, the working class families in this community do struggle to get by. This bright yellow wall perfectly suits the playground as it’s the favela’s bright spot in less than ideal living conditions.

Although I’m pushing it close to the October 9 deadline, my nominees are…

Eduardo of Andaremos

Anwar of Beyond My Front Door

Monique  of Ready Pack Go

Lauren of Bon Voyage Lauren

Marcia of Inside Journeys

No pressure – submit if you so choose!