And now for something completely different!
Its time for Round 6 of the Travel Photo Carnival, hosted this week at MonkBoughtLunch. If you’re not already familiar, the Travel Photo Carnival is a great way for travel photographers to connect with like minds and show off with some of their favorite shots on a given theme. I was lucky enough to win Round 5 over at The Polar Route with this photo on the theme of Motion:
Just like that, then, its time for Round 6! Because I won Round 5, I’ll be hosting the current round right here. The theme for this week’s round, you might ask?
World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites (981 in total) exist all over the world, so whether you’re years into your RTW trip or still months away from leaving chances are there’s a World Heritage Site near you. With 21 in the US alone (and even 1 here in Kyrgyzstan!) these aren’t hard to find. The difficulty, though, is in the photography! These places are insanely popular, so taking a standout photo requires a lot of creativity or a unique angle to separate your shot from those of other photographers visiting these popular destinations. Enough talking, though, let’s get to the photos!
Some examples from my favorite World Heritage Sites:
For this shot of the Acropolis I woke up unreasonably early to get from my hostel to the top of Lycabetus Hill in time for sunrise. I wondered for a bit if it was worthwhile as I was sitting in the cold air before the dawn, but once that golden light hit the eastern face of the Parthenon I knew it was worth the effort.
This shot of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, on the other hand, was taken towards the end of a long day. As I was headed back towards my guesthouse the sky went from pretty to dazzling, so I (literally) ran to the highest place I could think of offhand. The service at the Mavi Evi Hotel’s rooftop cafe is mediocre and the prices a bit high…. the view though? Unbeatable.
Of course, a shot from one of my favorite countries anywhere: Uzbekistan. The Registan Complex is the most popular tourist site in Uzbekistan and perhaps all of Central Asia. For most of the day the place is swarmed with tourists. How stoked was I, then, to wait around for a bit at the end of the day (there are conveniently placed benches here for sitting and gazing in wonder) and find the central square so empty! The light is nothing special and the angle is the most obvious around, but luckily a bit of patience paid off with a shot I really liked.
Now, Your Turn!
I want to see your shots for Round 6! Show us your favorite photo from any of the wide world’s UNESCO World Heritage List and enter to win this week’s competition. How to enter? I’m glad you asked!
How To Enter
1. Leave a comment on this post to let me know you’d like to enter.
2. Email me at Lioy.Stephen (at) gmail.com with the html embed code or with a low-res photo.
3. If you’d like to be eligible to win Round 6 and host Round 7, make sure to include a link to your travel/photography blog!
As entries come in I’ll be adding them to this post, so make sure to check back in a few days and see what your fellow travel photographers have come up with! Email your entry my way by September 4th and I’ll post the winner by September 6th. Good luck and I can’t wait to see your shots!
Round 6 Entries
I actually met Jasper of Lekkertrekken in Central Asia, so its no surprise that his shot comes from Uzbekistan as well. This is the Gur-e Amir, resting place of the conquerer Timurlane.
Not only do I love the shot itself, but the fact that it comes from one of my favorite countries makes this an obvious honorable mention!
Previous Travel Photo Carnival
Winners and How I Won
Previous rounds of Travel Photo Carnival
And the Winner is:
The winner for Round 6 of Travel Photo Carnival: Brent from Travel and Landscape Photography! The colors and vignetting really pull me in, and the subject makes me miss SouthEast Asia. I really really like this shot, and think Brent definitely deserves kudos for it. Congrats!
As the winner of this round, Brent will be hosting Round 6 on his blog. Thanks for sending in and checking out photos, and stay tuned to Brent to see what next round’s theme will be!