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Travel Photo Roulette 89 – Heritage

The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's many heritage sites.

What is Travel Photo Roulette?


For the readers who are not bloggers, the Travel Photo Roulette is a photography contest where the winner of the previous round gets to pick a theme, host the contest and decide on the winner. It is a way to share memories, beautiful photography and discover some new blogs!

The last one was hosted by ZigZag on Earth with the theme of The 4 Elements (earth, wind, water and fire). The quantity and quality of amazing travel photography as impressive and we were honored to have been selected as the winner for our close-up of the travertines of Pamukkale, Turkey. Our photo was a combination of Earth, Water and Wind – the water carries the minerals down the mountain where wind deposits and shapes the formations, which creates of tapestry of texture.

Travel Photo Roulette #89: Heritage

We are passionate about Heritage, so that’s this month’s theme. What does heritage mean to you? For us, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites is one of our favorite things to see while traveling. These world treasures define our humanity. But heritage can also be much more personal – tracing your roots around the world.

To participate this week, tell us what heritage means to you. Here are a couple of our photographs to give you some inspiration:

The Pyramids of Giza, one of the world's greatest UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

During our Egypt trip, we were enthralled by the world’s oldest civilization and the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country.

The peace and beauty of cemeteries in New Orleans.

On our travels, we’re frequently drawn to the tranquility and beauty of cemeteries, like this one in New Orleans.

Food like bialys is a way to connect with cultural heritage.

One of the best ways to travel is exploring cultural heritage…and there’s no better way than through food!

And the first image on this post represents heritage to us. We both have Irish ancestry and love to connect with our shared heritage on the Emerald Isle.

…And the Winner Is:
Vatican

The winner of Travel Photo Roulette #89 is Jeremey from Living the Dream. We were blown away by both the photo and the interpretation of the theme (Heritage). Vatican City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of heritage for millions of Catholics. But it’s also in a Rome, probably our favorite big city in Europe. When we decided on the theme, we had no idea what we would receive in terms of submissions, but we certainly didn’t expect this. It was a pleasant surprise. Congratulations to Jeremey!

Travel Photo Roulette Contest Overview

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, Google+, Trover and StumbleUpon so more people can join the contest – make sure to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette

Travel Photo Roulette Guidelines

  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (i.e., using Photoshop to remove elements) 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 #89: Heritage

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, from October 4th until Saturday, October 11th when the submission period ends. We will announce the winner within a couple of days of October 11th, and they will host the next round.

Entries – Here are the submissions:

1. Jeremy from Living the Dream

Vatican

“When my grandma died we found a box of slides from her trip around Europe in the 60s. I grabbed a few from the places I’ve been and took them with me the next time I went to Europe to capture a new photo and honor her memory. This one at Vatican City is one of my favorites!”

2. Brent from Travel & Landscape Photography

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“My wife and I love to visit UNESCO sites when we travel. This spot in Thailand was especially interesting because it had an audio tour you could listen to as you walked the vast grounds of an ancient city and learn the actual stories and culture behind the society and the buildings still there.”

3. Beatrice from Eille la Cheap

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“I love cities that embrace their history rather than hiding it. It’s one of the many reasons I love Hobart in Tasmania. Despite the fact that it’s a city built by convicts with a rather grey heritage, there is no attempt made to hide the past.”

4. Jurgen from Dare2Go.com

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“I bet you don’t find this place in many guide books, but if like to discover a cute German town full of crooked old half-timbered houses, so called ‘Fachwerkhäuser,’ then go an visit Hannoversch Münden! The good news: it’s not teeming with tourists like Heidelberg or other well known destinations. It’s about 150 kilometers south of Hanover (Hannover in German), or a bit over 200 kilometers north-east of Frankfurt. We came through this town by pure chance, because we toured Germany by car trying to avoid all motorways.”

5. Kristin from Travel Past 50

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“Although it’s tempting to picture the prize–the churchyard and family headstones we found in Bronnestadt, Skane, Sweden–the thrill was in meeting Uno. He was one of two people we met who knew my grandfather’s sister. He was also the one person we met in all of Sweden who spoke not a word of English. So Uno’s neighbor Monika helped, steering us in the right direction.”

6. Beth from Besudesu Abroad

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“Not feeling a connection to my culture, this past summer I took a trip to Europe with my mother to explore our family’s heritage in Germany. With only an address on a crumpled piece of paper, we set out to find my great-grandmother’s home. Although in the end we were unsuccessful in finding the house, we were able to find something just as important– Rheinstein Castle. This castle was the subject of my great-grandmother’s needlepoints hanging in our home, and upon seeing it, I finally found my own special connection to my heritage and Germany.”

7. Carole from Travels with Carole

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“I took this picture at the Iwo Jima Memorial after attending my father’s burial in Arlington Cemetery. He served as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II.”

Previous Winners

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 (page deleted)
  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 (page deleted)
  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 Globe-Trekking.com Reflection
  29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart, Framing (page deleted)
  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 (page deleted)
  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 (page deleted)
  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
  87. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet Wild World
  88. Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth The 4 Elements
  89. Oct 2014 Travel Addicts Heritage
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What do you think about Travel Photo Roulette 89 – Heritage?

  1. Jeremy October 5, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    When my grandma died we found a box of slides from her trip around Europe in the 60s. I grabbed a few from the places I’ve been and took them with me the next time I went to Europe to capture a new photo and honor her memory. This one at Vatican City is one of my favorites!

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-89naFhIp-Qk/UknWwCYaByI/AAAAAAAADbQ/ZZ21Wt7u-cQ/s640/DSC05617.JPG

  2. Brent Huntley October 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    http://brentsfavoritephotos.blogspot.com/2013/03/wat-phra-si-sanphet_10.html

    My wife and I love to visit UNESCO sites when we travel. This spot in Thailand was especially interesting because it had an audio tour you could listen to as you walked the vast grounds of an ancient city and learn the actual stories and culture behind the society and the buildings still there.

    • Laura Longwell October 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      Thanks, Brent! We’re suckers for audio tours too 😉

  3. Beatrice October 6, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    http://eillelacheap.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/3-Hobart-St-Davids-Park-3.jpg

    I love cities that embrace their history rather than hiding it. It’s one of the many reasons I love Hobart in Tasmania. Despite the fact that it’s a city built by convicts with a rather grey heritage, there is no attempt made to hide the past. In fact, old half-destroyed tombstones are displayed in St. David’s Park, so you can learn more about those who

  4. Carole Terwilliger Meyers October 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Can you e-mail your e-mail so I can send it to you as an attachment?

    • Lance Longwell October 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

      Thanks Carole. Just sent you an e-mail. Looking forward to your submission!

  5. Juergen | dare2go.com October 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Did my submission (from yesterday) get lost?
    I’ll send you the description once again (though: I will have to write it anew) or take the one from the trover photo: http://www.trover.com/d/c09W
    Cheers
    Juergen

    • Lance Longwell October 8, 2014 at 12:01 am #

      Thanks Juergen! Got it from Trover. I spent a lot of time in Hannover in 1994-1997, but never made it to Hannoversch Münden. Evidently that was a mistake!

  6. Kristin Henning October 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Although it’s tempting to picture the prize–the churchyard and family headstones we found in Bronnestadt, Skane, Sweden–the thrill was in meeting Uno. He was one of two people we met who knew my grandfather’s sister. He was also the one person we met in all of Sweden who spoke not a word of English. So Uno’s neighbor Monika helped, steering us in the right direction.
    http://travelpast50.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SkaneHenning-Post-3.jpg

    • Lance Longwell October 8, 2014 at 12:04 am #

      Thanks Kristin. I like your interpretation. We both love genealogy! The ability to trace one’s ancestors is one of the most rewarding parts of travel. Thanks for submitting!

  7. Beth October 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    http://www.besudesuabroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/rhine-6.jpg

    Not feeling a connection to my culture, this past summer I took a trip to Europe with my mother to explore our family’s heritage in Germany. With only an address on a crumpled piece of paper, we set out to find my great-grandmother’s home. Although in the end we were unsuccessful in finding the house, we were able to find something just as important– Rheinstein Castle. This castle was the subject of my great-grandmother’s needlepoints hanging in our home, and upon seeing it, I finally found my own special connection to my heritage and Germany. Feel free to read the full story here: http://www.besudesuabroad.com/2014/09/tracing-roots-rhine/ 🙂

    • Lance Longwell October 8, 2014 at 12:06 am #

      Great shot. One of the things on our “to do” list is a Rhein River cruise. This only inspires us a little more! Thanks for submitting.

  8. Lance Longwell October 12, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    The winner for Travel Photo Roulette #89 has been selected: Jeremey from Living the Dream. Congratulations!

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