Travel Photo Roulette #84: Candid

Travel Photo Roulette #84 Candid

UPDATED I have chosen the winner! Scroll down past the intro to see who truly captured the ‘Candid’ theme. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!!

I’ve been home in Seattle for almost a month now, but I’ve been keeping myself super busy writing, editing photos and… entering photography competitions! Two weeks ago, I entered into Travel Photo Roulette #83: Summer hosted by Turtles Travel, and believe it or not, I actually won!! I was really shocked that Heather and Donny chose me as the winner because there were so many amazing photos submitted. I really liked the “summer” theme because it always summons memories of sun, warm beaches and relaxation. It was a tough choice, but I eventually submitted a photo I took from a family cruise to the Bahamas after my college graduation.

Bahamas cruise

the winning photo!

Travel Roulette #84: Candid

I have always loved candid photos, whether it’s locals in the countries I visit, or my friends having a laugh. For this round, I’d like to see the best candid photo you’ve ever taken! Feel free to share photos that are pensive, beautiful or funny. Get creative! Your shots can be of one person, a crowd or even animals. Just make sure your photos are actually candid. No cheating!

The contest will be open for one week starting Sunday August 10th- Sunday August 17th

The winner will be announced Tuesday August 19th Submissions now closed

To enter, simply leave a link to your photo in the comments section below (be sure to read the guidelines first!)

***And the winner is…..

Travel with Kevin and Ruth!!!!!!

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“If you’ve never visited an ostrich farm in South Africa, you’ll now know that ostriches *love* corn! As in, they go absolutely crazy for it. If you try and hold a bucket of corn for them to eat, the corn is flying everywhere!”

There were so many amazing submissions, and it was really hard to make a decision, but after much deliberation I finally decided on this photo by Travel with Kevin and Ruth! The first time I saw this submission I literally laughed out loud. There’s just something about his laughter, combined with the ostriches and corn flying everywhere that really made this photo memorable. He truly looks like he’s enjoying the moment, which is what travel is all about! Congratulations Travel with Kevin and Ruth, I can’t wait to see what theme you come up with next!


Here’s a few candid shots I’ve taken this past year to get your inspired!

Xiamen street food

A baby enjoys grilled squid on a stick in Xiamen, China

A group of young women chat over beer and yak butter tea during the yogurt festival in Lhasa

A group of young women chat over beer and yak butter tea during the yogurt festival in Lhasa

Xiamen tourist

The epitome of a Chinese tourist: This girl snacks on a crab leg in Xiamen. She’s all decked out in her sun hat complete with a flower crown placed on top

Yandang mountains

My friend Victoria enjoys the sun in the Yandang mountains as we wait for our breakfast soup

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


– One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
– Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. using Photoshop) 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!

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

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

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 Reflections

29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart Framing

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

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

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

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. June 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation

82July 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild

83. July 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!

84. August 2014 Adventures Around Asia Candid

The Entries

A Path Unpaved 

Travel Photo Roulette #84

A little boy holds his flip flops as he runs through flood water in Tanzania

 Travel with Kevin and Ruth

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“If you’ve never visited an ostrich farm in South Africa, you’ll now know that ostriches *love* corn! As in, they go absolutely crazy for it. If you try and hold a bucket of corn for them to eat, the corn is flying everywhere!”

Travel Addicts

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“This cooperative of women were selling their vegetables (mostly potatoes and corn). The mother was breast feeding her young daughter. When we think back on our time in Peru, this is the image we most frequently think of – a slice of daily life high in the Andes Mountains.”

 Dare 2 Go 

Travel Photo Roulette #84

A shoe cleaner with a beautiful brass box of traditional tools goes to work on a customer in Iznik, Turkey

A Foodie In Europe

Travel Photo Roulette #84

A little boy plays without a care in the world in a fountain in Milan, Italy

Till the Money Runs Out

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“This picture of a man in Trinidad, Cuba is one of our all-time favorites!”

Eat Sleep Shoot Travel Blog

Travel Photo Roulette #84

A Bedouin Girl in Petra listening to an I pod for the very first time


Travel Photo Roulette #84

A group of zen novice monks at a Buddhist wat in Luang Prabang, Laos.

Living the Dream

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“Just another day in Chengdu, China. Where else would that many peppers be necessary?”

 Brent’s Favorite Photos

Travel Photo Roulette #84

The changing of the guard in Seoul, South Korea

Vagrants of the World

Travel Photo Roulette #84

A man runs a shoe repair from the smallest of spaces in the Fez Medina market, Morocco

The Travel Bunny

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“Here’s a photo I took in Hoi An Market, Vietnam. I love the way the women are wrapped up in their daydreams and the way their Non La hats are all facing different directions.”

Endless Roads

Travel Photo Roulette #84

An up and close look at the Bull Jumping ceremony in Ethiopia

ZigZag on Earth

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“This took place in the mountains near Innsbruck I had been walking around and was tired so I sat on a bench. At one point I turned around (nice views in every direction) and saw that monk. I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped this shot.”

Travels With Carole

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“I was lucky enough to catch this hotel worker tidying up the pool at The Hideaway Hotel on Phang Nga Bay in Thailand. “

This Girl Loves

Travel Photo Roulette #84

A little boy holding a Thai Mahseer on the Sok river in Khao Sok, Thailand

Have Blog Will Travel

"This shot is from Nuremberg, Germany during the Christmas Market festivals last year. We just couldn’t ignore this father and his kids who were awestruck by the astronomical clock in the town square."

“This shot is from Nuremberg, Germany during the Christmas Market festivals last year. We just couldn’t ignore this father and his kids who were awestruck by the astronomical clock in the town square.”

Turtles Travel

Travel Photo Roulette #84

“A pair of water buffalo sunning themselves along the banks of the Ganges in Varanassi, India. You can almost see a smile on the face of these guys!”

Submissions are now closed. Hope you enjoyed all of the amazing photos above! Which one is your favorite?

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About Richelle

Expat, traveler, and spicy food lover, I've spent the last few years living in China and traveling around Asia. In my spare time I enjoy salsa dancing, exploring night markets and stuffing my face with street food.

78 comments on “Travel Photo Roulette #84: Candid

  1. Congratulations on your win!
    For this topic I would like to add a photo I shot quite a while ago in Turkey in the small town of Iznik. I was sitting on a bench waiting for my wife, and across the road this shoe cleaner went to work with real dedication. That he owned one of these traditional boxes with hammered and polished brass on the outside only added to the flair of the setting. I had to be patient, because there was constantly traffic crossing between me and him…

  2. My photo I would like to add is from my trip to Milan last year. I went with my boyfriend and one day we decided to walk to this fountain and hang out with our feet in. Everyone was enjoying the beautiful day in the sun. My favorite part was watching these two little boys playing in the fountain as if they were in their own back yard. Not a care in the world.
    Hopefully this link works:
    Here is the post, the photo I am entering is picture 4:

  3. Congratulations on winning! As I get older, I appreciate photography more and more on my travels but also regret all the photos I should have taken on earlier trips :) The girl listening to music for the first time in Petra is probably my favorite, utterly candid, utterly beautiful.

  4. Congrats on the win! Great subject but I had a hard time deciding until I remembered that moment:
    Peaceful walk in the mountains

    This took place in the mountains near Innsbruck I had been walking around and was tired so I sat on a bench. At one point I turned around (nice views in every direction) and saw that monk. I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped this shot. Later on I discussed with him and he granted me the authorization to use any shots as long as we could not recognized him. I have further shots where he is incredibly climbing rocks and steep areas with only flip flops but those are not candid. A great meet!

  5. Congratulations on your win! And Candid is such a fun theme – we’re so excited to participate :)

    This shot is from Nuremberg, Germany during the Christmas Market festivals last year. We just couldn’t ignore this father and his kids who were awestruck by the astronomical clock in the town square.

    Thanks so much for hosting!
    Calli and Travis – Have Blog Will Travel

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