5 Photos, 5 Colours – The Colour of Travel

by Stephanie Walsh · 26 comments

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Capture the Colour Contest - All colours
Capture the Colour Contest - All colours

Capture the Colour Contest - All colours

One of the things I love photographing the most when I travel is colours, be it subtle or vibrant. Colours have a unique way of setting the mood of a place like no other element. So when I heard that Travel Supermarket were holding a travel photo competition called Capture the Colour, it sounded like my kind of thing. The prizes also happen to be amazing. They are offering each five colour category winners an iPad 3 and the grand prize winner will receive £2,000 to spend on travel. There have been some amazing entries so far, so I know my chances are pretty slim but I might as well try. So here I am entering my first competition as a blogger (coz no one nominated me…cue sympathy from the judges…no? Ok.).  So without further ado, here are my 5 travel photos that capture the colour of travel.

White – New Delhi, India

WHITE - Purana Qila (Old Fort), New Delhi, India

WHITE - The keeper of Purana Qila (Old Fort), New Delhi, India

This man works at Purana Qila (also known as Old Fort) in New Delhi, India. He prides himself on his job and makes sure to keep the place spotless also ensuring that no tourists enter with their shoes on. I’m usually too shy to ask people for their portraits, but his face had so much character and history that I just went for it. I’m glad I did, I love this photo.


Yellow – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

YELLOW - Yellow crumbling walls, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

On a recent trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, I was blown away by the towns beauty and old charm. This crumbling yellow wall and old wooden door particularly drew my attention. I have a slight obsession with taking photos of decaying painted walls and this photo had everything I love about them. I feel that the textures, character, history and colour of San Miguel are exemplified through this shot.


Red – Mompox, Colombia

RED - Dying roses in a cemetery, Mompox, Colombia

RED - Dying roses in a cemetery, Mompox, Colombia

Travel never stops educating us. While in Mompox, Colombia, a man told us ‘You cant know a towns people until you see how they bury their dead”. This is not meant in any way derogatory in light of the above picture but as a way of gaining insight into a culture and their current state. In fact it opened my eyes alot to the poverty that exists in some places. This cemetery was a beautiful and sad place all at once. The family members of this person have carved the name of their loved one into this cement wall, as they probably couldn’t afford a headstone. The dying red roses, tumbled over in their vase, gives the photo a bittersweet feel.


Green – Coffee Park, Colombia

GREEN - Bamboo forest - Parque del Cafe, Colombia

GREEN - Bamboo forest - Parque del Cafe, Colombia

They say that Ireland has 40 shades of green…well if thats the case, then Colombia has well over 100! This photo was taken in the colourful and famous National Coffee Park, Colombia. One of the things that stood out to me about this beautiful country was how lush and green it was. Before visiting Colombia, I don’t think I had ever  touched the silky smooth surface of bamboo trees. I love how bamboo is covered in a rough brown casing as it grows. Eventually and gradually it breaks free, as the layers fall away and it emerges; perfect, bright and beautiful, much like the Colombian people today; breaking free of stereotypes, bad press and a troublesome past to show the world their true colours.


Blue – Kathmandu, Nepal

BLUE - Water falling over a statue, Kathmandu, Nepal

BLUE - Water falling over a statue, Kathmandu, Nepal

This is actually a fountain and not rain but I love how it looks almost like a monsoon shower. Here, a statue sits peacefully showered in the light drops of cool water. This photo has such a calming effect on me. It was taken just outside the Boudhanath Stupa, a Buddist Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal; a place of peace, worship and reflection. Like the water in this fountain, it is a place that is constantly moving, as worshippers circle the stupa multiple times in prayer.


As part of the entry, you have to nominate 5 other Travel Bloggers who you would like to see entries from. So my nominations are:

Expert Vagabond

Always Twirling

1 Dad 1 Kid

Anglo Italian, Follow Us!

One Step 4Ward


So there are my 5 photos that capture the colour of travel. I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below! Good luck to all the participants!


***UPDATE: This competition is now closed***

However, if you want to learn more about travel photography, I recommend you check out the fantastic Transcending Travel e-book from Digital Photography School.

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1 Matthew Karsten August 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Fantastic photos Stephanie! I especially love the first one that has them all. 🙂

Thanks for the nomination too! Time to dig through my hard-drive…
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2 Stephanie Walsh August 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Thanks so much Matt! 🙂 I look forward to seeing your entry, your photos are always amazing!


3 Andres August 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

These pictures are amazing!!! I really think you may win!
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4 Stephanie Walsh August 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

You have to say that! 😛 Thank you for helping me with the geeky stuff! 🙂


5 Hannah August 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Wow, these are all so beautiful Steph – I totally agree with Andres, I think you may win! Good luck 🙂
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6 Stephanie Walsh August 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Aww thank you so much Hannah! It’s a fun post to do even without the competition! 🙂 Fingers crossed…but there are far more amazing entries out there!


7 Annette | Bucket List Journey August 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

WOW! Some of the most stunning photos I have seen for this meme. It’s a tie between white & yellow for my favorite 🙂
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8 Stephanie Walsh August 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Wow thanks so much Annette, you’ll make my head swell with comments like that! 😛 I think the white is one of my favourites too! 🙂


9 Gina August 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

All the pictures were amazing! I love that you also had one with all five colors. 🙂 I think the blue one’s my favorite. What a great shot to capture.
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10 Stephanie Walsh August 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Thank you Gina!! I like the 5 colours one too, wish I could have entered it! 🙂


11 Izy Berry August 18, 2012 at 3:38 am

Wow! That “blue photo” is incredible! I’m in love with it. It’d look so great printed.

Best of luck, such an awesome competition!


12 Stephanie Walsh August 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Thanks Izy! 🙂 Yeah I had overlooked that photo for ages, then rediscovered it when I was going through my photos for this competition! Glad I did! Best of luck to you too 🙂


13 rupam { xhobdo } August 18, 2012 at 4:12 am

Truly Beautiful, All the Best.


14 Stephanie Walsh August 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂


15 chinese tourist visa August 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

yellow in Mexico and blue in Nepal… perfect pictures. great photography guys.


16 Stephanie Walsh August 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thank you so much! 🙂


17 Jenna August 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm

So glad I saw this post. What a stunning group of photos, each special in its own way. The white and blue are my favorites.
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18 Stephanie Walsh August 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Wow thank you so much Jenna!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂


19 Diane August 27, 2012 at 6:16 am

Your blue pic is breathtaking. Love how you captured the motion of the water!
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20 Stephanie Walsh August 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Aw thank you so much, appreciate that Diane!


21 Michel August 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

Great examples of photography.
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22 Stephanie Walsh August 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Thanks Michel! It took me so long to narrow it down to these ones!


23 Places to visit August 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

Amazing photos thanks for sharing these.
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24 Stephanie Walsh August 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

My pleasure, it’s a really great competition! I spent ages trying to choose the right photos for it!


25 Jaslyn - Travel Top 10 List March 5, 2013 at 1:36 am

I just love all the featured photos but my most favorite is the ‘BLUE’ photo. The rain makes a dramatic effect on the statue as well as the color. Keep it up!
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26 Stephanie Walsh April 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

Thanks Jaslyn! Glad you like the photos 🙂