Capture the Colour 2013

Apparently, I’ve been buried under a rock for the last year. Until a week ago, I’d never heard of Capture the Colour, but after nominations from Jim at Tripologist, Lance and Laura at Travel Addicts, Tiffany at World Meets Girl, and Bram at Travel. Experience. Live., I simply had to check this thing out.

Capture the Colour is an annual travel photography contest put on by Travel Supermarket with some pretty rockin’ prizes for the winners. We’re talking a £3000 travel fund, 128GB iPads, Fuji X-E1 Camera Kits, and £750 shopping vouchers for Arc’teryx. Not bad at all!

Best of all, entering the contest is simple:

  • choose five photos from your travel photography collection, each representing one of the following colours: yellow, red, green, white, blue.
  • nominate five other bloggers for the contest
  • tweet your entry using the #CTC13 hashtag (or email Travel Supermarket)
  • …and await the winners!

Without further ado, here are my entries for the contest:

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The Church on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg is one of Russia’s most recognizable landmarks. Beautiful by day, the church takes on a completely different form at night, transforming from reddish brown to a hazy yellow under the floodlights. Captured here with a tripod and long exposure, the floodlit church façade stands in stark contrast to the blue evening sky.

Church on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, Russia at Night


Nevsky Prospekt in St Petersburg is always in motion. As the city’s busiest and most famous street, capturing Russia in action is never difficult. Waiting to cross, I bent down to the street-level, adjusting my shutter-speed to capture the traffic as it raced down Nevsky Prospekt. The blurred taillights from the traffic, projecting onto the light red crosswalk, enhanced the scene, capturing an intense red invisible to the naked eye.

Nevsky Prospekt Traffic Blur


You’ve all heard the cliché: Iceland is green, and Greenland is ice. Apparently, there’s some truth to that.

Everywhere you turn in Iceland, there seems to be an emerald field or a waterfall, and in this photo, we have both. Here we can also see some of Iceland’s brooding weather in the works, the real reason why so much of Iceland is so green!

Waterfall in Iceland


I assume that many bloggers will post pictures of winter in this category, so I decided to go with something a little different: the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Indonesia. Swathed in a perpetual white fog, the scenery of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park on Java can feel more like a strange scene out of a science fiction film than a tourist attraction. Even the ground here is an odd mix of black and white ash and rock, giving the park a truly “end of the road” vibe.

Volcanic Landscape near Mount Bromo, Indonesia


For capturing the colour blue, it’s hard to find better conditions than an evening photography session in Russia during the summer. With its northern location, the evening sky often resembles a vast ocean more than the night sky. Captured here in Red Square, Moscow’s most famous public place, blue is—in spite of the square’s name—practically everywhere: in the sky, on the cobblestone, and reflected in the glass building.

Red Square in Moscow, Russia at Night

Now, for the fun part…

In the spirit of the contest, I pass the torch onto the following five bloggers (and photographers!):

For more information on the contest and details on how you can enter, check out the official Capture the Colour 2013 site and follow the #CTC13 hashtag on Twitter

Which one of these colour entries is your favourite? Drop me a line below!

Ryan O'Rourke

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