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A Photography Competition with a £2000 Prize

Time, like wasps, geese and aeroplanes, really does fly. Already it’s been four weeks since I first wrote about the Capture the Colour competition here on Inside the Travel Lab (for the full story, head back over here. For a quick recap, it’s a photography competition run by Travel Supermarket with a £2000 cash prize and a raft of iPads up for grabs.)

As one of the judges, I’ve kept a close eye on submissions, completely drunk on the power vested in me by the power of, well, whoever it was who first asked me to be a judge.

Folk, these photographs are beautiful. Really, really moving.

I’m handpicking a few to highlight here in the hopes of providing hefty dollops of inspiration. Inspiration to enter, inspiration to take more and better photos, inspiration to travel and, well, just inspiration to have more fun.

So without further ado, I shall stop babbling on and introduce you to the good stuff (if you’re reading this on a Kindle or anything else that batters images until they’re blue in the face, take a trip to the blog itself for a treat your eyes will thank you for.)

Capture the colour red

Red from Near Afar

The astronomical clock in Prague was the (scathing) subject of one of my first ever blog posts on account of its general anticlimax. So I love this photo that has just the opposite effect: a bride spinning around with joy on her wedding day. It’s a little on the blurry side but the blur of the girl’s fabric really highlights her happiness. Love it.

Blue written in blue sky

Blue from Far Sickness

How can you not smile with this entry for blue? As it turns out, it’s not just being cute, there’s a full story behind it over here.

Yellow - Capture the colour

Yellow from 2summers

First the deep colours grabbed me. Then the glimpse of the moon. By the time I read the fully story over here, I had to gulp for breath. It hit me hard because of this post of mine. So now I can’t see this photo the same way again. Hauntingly beautiful.

White - capture hairy chef

White from the Hairy Chef

This photo begins with another tale of loss, although thankfully one far less severe. Looking the wrong way at the biggest outdoor music festival in South America from the Hairy Chef.

Blue capture runaway brit

A bonus in blue

Spend more than a two minutes on Inside the Travel Lab and you’ll probably spot that I love the colour blue and that I’m something of a science geek. So a blue photograph from a pharmacy in Tallinn? Thank you RunawayBrit, I’m sold.

PS – I’m judging the green category and to avoid any recriminations and general gnashing of teeth later on, I’ve decided not post any green pics here. Remember, you don’t need to be nominated to enter, you just need to have a blog. Don’t have a blog? Start one! It’ll only take you an evening to get going. Have fun and take loads of pictures!


10 Responses to Stop What You’re Doing And Look At These

  1. 2Summers August 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Wow, thanks so much for posting my photo with such kind words. I’m really glad you like it. The other pics are great too! Cheers.

    • Abi October 13, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      You’re welcome, I love it.

  2. Alvina August 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Had a go, Capture the Colour – in Cumbria

    • Abi October 13, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Everyone, head here and check out the sheep with the blue bottom…

  3. Paul August 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    I’ve been having a look at some of the entries (to judge the competition!) and there are some really great photos out there.

    I think you’re going to have a tough call to make :-)

    • Abi October 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Yes, but it was a beautiful tough call!!

  4. Amanda @ Farsickness August 25, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Thanks for posting my photo! Hopefully the blue judge feels the same way you do :)

    • Abi October 17, 2012 at 10:07 am #


  5. Natalie T. August 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Thank you so much for the mention on my red photo! I took it with an iphone so it came out a bit blurry but I’m so glad you liked it. We’ll see what the judges have to say! :)

    You are also right about the Astronomical clock: it is pretty anti-climatic but does make for a great meeting point.

    • Abi October 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      I just love the spirit and colour you caught. It really turned my opinion of the place upside down!