Travel Your Way Photo Competition

A day or two ago I came across a photo competition on Restless Jo‘s blog.

The competition is sponsored by Rhino Carhire (clicking here will take you to the competition website) and features modes of transport.

In order to enter, you need to write a blog post including photographs of various modes of transport you’ve encountered. There are four categories: ROAD, AIR, RAIL and SEA and you can enter as many or as few categories as you wish, with as many photos for each category as you like.

I thought I’d struggle to find even one picture for each category, and that made me set myself the challenge.

These are not necessarily the best snaps I’ve ever taken but I quite enjoyed fishing around for one of each.

For the ROAD category, I thought of Iceland, where some of the roads are so rough and ready that not only are there no white lines or road markings of any kind, but you have to cross rivers to get from A to B.

My chum and I, who were on a field trip, had to drive across a number of rivers, and I was keen to photograph the experience.

On the occasion depicted below, I jumped out of the car and climbed over rocks till I found a place where I could cross on foot without getting too wet. My chum waited till I was ready to photograph him crossing, and then drove through the river while I snapped away.

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On the road in Iceland

For the AIR category the only photographs I could think of that I might use were shots taken from aeroplane windows. Many of these have bits of wing in them, but I took a few while flying over the Chilean capital of Santiago which were devoid of plane parts, and this is one of them. A mixture of fog and cloud produced this smoky scene:

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Flying across misty mountains into Santiago de Chile

The RAIL category was a bit trickier, because initially I was trying to remember if I had any pictures of beautiful old steam trains, but couldn’t remember taking any. I have a few views from modern train windows, but they didn’t seem quite sufficient. Then I remembered rather a nice railway viaduct in the Scottish Borders.

This is the Leaderfoot Viaduct and although no longer in use as a railway track, it has been very nicely renovated by Historic Scotland and is a charming piece of engineering history:

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The Leaderfoot Viaduct – an elegant way for trains to cross the River Tweed

I have quite a few pictures of boats, ships and life at sea, many of which were taken during my time working in the oil industry. I remember several rough trips in the North Sea, and thought I’d use one from such a trip for the SEA category.

This photograph was taken in the sort of weather in which, as the saying goes, you feel so seasick you worry you’re going to die, and then you worry you won’t.

During this storm I spent most of the time lying in my bunk feeling close to death, but for a brief moment I managed to leg it up to the bridge to take some pictures, before crawling back to my cabin and continuing to feel sorry for myself.

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Waves crashing over the bow during stormy weather in the North Sea

In order to enter the competition I need to nominate at least 5 fellow bloggers who might like to take part.

I feel bad about doing this so close to the deadline, which is 31 October 2013, but on the up side, if you can manage to squeeze an entry in you might just win yourself £1000.

I tried to choose bloggers I thought might be interested in entering at least one of the categories, but anyone can have a go, you don’t need to have been nominated in someone else’s post (I wasn’t!).

Dutch Goes Italian

Gippsland Granny

Rigmover

Meg Travels

Scott Marshall Photography

Even if you don’t win the overall winner’s prize of £1000 there’s always a chance you could win one of the category winners’ prizes of a Sony compact camera.

Best of luck to anyone who enters!

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28 thoughts on “Travel Your Way Photo Competition

  1. Loved your pics

  2. You’re images are stunning Lorna! Indeed, I believe that aqueduct is quite famous already (as it’s on the way to Hogwarts) of course! That I’ve seen many times!

    I also happen to love the misty mountains, definitely my favourite! Good luck in your photo comp!

    • Thanks Alice, this viaduct is very similar to the one in the Harry Potter film but is in a different bit of Scotland. Those tall curving spans are striking aren’t they? Glad you liked the misty mountains, they were a beautiful sight from the plane.

  3. Good luck Lorna – great pictures (says he who can’t take a picture to save his life!)

  4. Beautiful photos Lorna!!!!

  5. Your pictures are great! Good luck.

  6. Those are stunning photos and very unusual, too! I love your Iceland photos, and the viaduct is magnificent. The ship – I can only imagine! It looks horrendous! Well done for staggering up on deck! The mountains in Chile look so lovely from the air – what a wonderful place to explore. All worthy of an award, especially with the stories behind them, I would say!

    • Thank you Jo, that’s very kind. I think the competition that will inspire a lot of people to dig out their holiday snaps. I’ve got video footage I took out of the porthole in my cabin during a rough sea and a few seconds of it is enough to make me feel seasick. Travel by sea is wonderful when it’s calm…

  7. the shot of those misty mountains… breathtaking. thanks for posting these awesome pics!

  8. Awesome pictures and you are truly a adventurous person Lorna! Good luck :-)

  9. Love the photos, Lorna – – I’m impressed that you had one for each category. Good luck!!

  10. Love them, Lorna, especially that seasick one! :) And I always love cloud photos, and viaducts too. I remember the Iceland one. Excellent post and many thanks for the mention! :)

    • Thank you, Jo, for putting me onto it in the first place. I think it’s a great concept for a competition and I enjoyed picking out some pics, inspired by yours. :-)

  11. Your pictures are fantastic Lorna! The wave-crashing photo is truly unique. Thank you for the nomination too. :)

  12. You are truly an adventurer Lorna…I admire your guts and your photos :-)

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