By Jade Johnston
It has been quite some time since I received an email from travelsupermarket.com about their new competition called capture the colour.
So what is capture the colour? Well lets allow travelsupermarket to explain….
“They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well, rather than asking you to write a five thousand word blog post, we’re inviting you to produce a blog post with up to 5 photos that really do ‘Capture the Colour’. We’re looking for bloggers to publish a blog post with a photo that captures each of the following 5 colours – Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red.”
You may have seen some of the other entries around the blogosphere, and boy, there are some amazing entries out there. Luckily, the winner of the competition does not have to win in every colour category – just one amazing photo gives you an opportunity to take home a prize. So fingers crossed!
What can be more peaceful than relaxing on a white sand beach and looking out over the crystal blue waters? Just don’t forget your sunscreen! Stradbrooke island is just a short ferry ride away from Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland Australia. It makes a great place to escape the city for a weekend – just don’t be like us and return to the rat race with a major sun burn!
Sommes Island is located just a short ferry ride from New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. It is a famous historical site, and is the place where incoming livestock and people were quarantined to help prevent introducing diseases to New Zealand. The island is also a great place to spot some local wildlife; such as the giant weta (a large creepy looking insect), or these cheeky parakeets. The parakeets have a thriving population on Sommes Island, in stark contrast to their diminishing numbers on the mainland.
This photo was taken during my trip to Vietnam in 2008. On one of our first days in Saigon, we went on a day trip to the Chu Chi tunnels and the Cao Dai temple. Cao Dai is an interesting religion which combines aspects of all major religions. They recognize Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, and even humanitarians such as Victor Hugo as saints and prophets.
What really struck me about the religion was their message of peace and harmony among people of all faiths, and of course, what really struck my camera was their beautifully decorated temple and brightly coloured robes. This photo captures some of the devout as they engage in prayer.
This Islamic mosque is located in the city of Kuala Terragannu in eastern Malaysia. I visited KT after spending a few days on the beautiful Perhentian Islands. The mosque is located a short bus ride from the centre of the city, and is an oasis of peace. During our visit we could hear the prayers that were coming through the mosques loud speakers, as we sat under the shade of a tree.
When I was thinking of photos to use for the capture the colour competition, this one was one of the first that came to my mind. This photo was taken at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Poppies accompanying the names of those who died serving their country is a regular sight in most Western countries. However, what made the Australian War Memorial interesting for me was the conflicts where these brave men and women served. Being a North American, we hardly ever learn about the Pacific conflicts which were a part of the second world war, so it was incredibly interesting for me to learn about them here.
Since it took me so long to get my act together and put together my nominations, it may be hard to find someone who hasn’t already entered this competition, but I will give it my best shot