2013 Capture the Colour Contest

It’s that time of year again, time for another round of the Capture the Colour Contest! I was sweetly nominated by Abi at Inside the Travel Lab who is judging the Red category this year and I’m going to use my entries to catch up a bit on blogging about recent travels through Italy. Though I’ve done a few posts about Emilia Romagna and I did a teaser post about Tuscany, I thought I’d share with you five images that show you a little bit more!

BLUE – I’ve seen a lot of art during my trips to Italy but perhaps never as much as I saw in Florence on this last trip, to Tuscany. From the Uffizi to the Palazzo Vecchio to the lobby of my hotel there were stunning works of art everywhere and the frescoes and large murals were almost always my favorite. For some reason, the blue in the frescoes always stood out to me most prominently. It’s not the most difficult of paint colors to produce yet I was struck by how well it seemed to last over all the years since it was applied by artists such as DaVinci and Michelangelo. The shades of cobalt seemed every bit as vibrant as they must have been when they were first applied!

GREEN – When Danté and I visited San Marino, a side trip from Bologna, during our time in Emilia Romagna, I was struck by how vibrantly green all of the land around the hilltop republic was. Though I’ve seen much made of the rolling green hills of Ireland, I can’t imagine they could really compete with San Marino. Though, I do still want to see for myself. You know, just to judge. Fairly 😉

RED – Another trip away from Bologna took us to the home of Lamborghini, which Danté and I both loved. I was struck by all of the red automobiles because when it comes to fast cars I just love a classic colour and it’s hard to get more classic than red. In the background, that’s Fabio Lamborghini, nephew of the Ferruccio Lamborghini. It was a really fun, surreal experience and one I highly recommend if you find yourself in Emilia Romagna.

YELLOW – Remember ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’? I had that movie and its cliché scenes foremost in my mind when I finally found myself in Tuscany earlier this month. I thought I’d see field after field of sunflowers and instead, I only saw one. So important was it for me to have that one cliché image in my toolkit, I requested that our driver go out of his way so that I might capture this photo. Perhaps it was a little selfish but in the end, I am glad I have it. While Tuscany turned out to be more than just a scene from a movie, it’s this image I will still always think of first. Sometimes, first impressions can’t be beat.

WHITE – There are many incredible paintings in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and I enjoyed every single one of them quite thoroughly. I was not prepared for all of the sculptures, for how white they would be and how new they would appear. There’s a hallway on the uppermost level of the museum which features statue after statue after statue and somewhere in that hallowed, light-filled space is where I took this photo. It’s not just the museum that has many statues, the city of Florence itself has them seemingly everywhere. And now every time I look at this picture, I think very fondly of my time in the city.

Travel Supermarket is sponsoring the contest again this year and the great prizes up for grabs include an iPad, a Fuji camera and a Arc’teryx shopping voucher…plus THREE THOUSAND POUNDS for the grand prize winner. Last year that was Johnny Vagabond and boy was his image incredible. I wonder who will win this year…

To enter your own photographs, simply:

1) Post up to five colour travel photographs on your blog from the following five categories: red, yellow, blue, green and white.

2) Nominate five other bloggers to follow on from you.

3) Notify the team that you’ve entered. See the instructions for how to do that here.

You don’t HAVE to be nominated to enter. You also don’t have to enter with a theme, as I have done. The five photos can be completed unrelated to one another. My nominations are Time Travel Turtle, Travel With Castle, Landlopers, No Vacation Required and C’est Christine.

Judging alongside Abi are:

The Planet D – Green
Ken Kaminesky – Yellow
Canvas of Light – Blue
Almost Fearless – White

I can’t wait to see your entry…get out there and share your photographs! Or just be inspired by the entries of others. Goodness knows there are already some incredible images that almost intimidated me to the point of being afraid to enter. Good luck! 😉

Browse past and current entries here. To contact the promoters in relation to this competition, including to remove your entry and withdraw from the competition, please email [email protected]