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Travel your way photo competition

Lake Waikaromoana sunset

Another week, another photography competition! I can never resist an excuse to go through my old photos though, particularly when there’s a prize involved. And this is a good one, with compact cameras and a £1000 overall prize up for grabs. After Capturing the Colours of 2013 earlier this month, this time I’ve been searching out my favourite transportation-related photos that represent travel by air, road, rail and sea as part of the Rhino Car Hire Travel Your Way competition. Which one do you like best?

By Air

Pilots on a plane at the Goodwood Revival vintage event

Pilots at Goodwood Revival

My air travel photo harks back to a more glamorous era of air travel – when it was more being whisked off for the weekend by a dashing pilot instead of queues, cramped seating and hidden charges. But I didn’t need a time machine to go back to the 1950s to get the shot, just a ticket to last year’s Goodwood Revival vintage event. Each year the Goodwood motor racing circuit in Sussex goes back in time by 60 years, with everything from historic cars and aircraft to retro music and fashion.

By Road

Welcome to Utah sign on a US roadtrip

On the road at the Utah–Arizona border

My road travel photo had to come from the spiritual home of the road trip – the USA. After putting in a few thousand miles across the southwest this spring, I had plenty of scenic drives to choose from. But this was one of my favourite shots, taken on the border between Utah and Arizona, just north of the town of Page. The road here was almost deserted, with huge long flat straights without another car in sight against a backdrop of rocky mountains and wide open skies full of fluffy white clouds.

By Rail

Trains in York's Railway Museum

Steam train in York’s Railway Museum

As a big fan of train travel, I’ve taken surprisingly few railway photos, probably as I’m more likely to be inside the train. But then I came across this shot from the National Railway Museum in York. They have the world’s largest collection of trains, from Queen Victoria’s Royal Train right up to a Japanese bullet train. This vintage steam train, beautifully polished and restored, is sitting out its retirement among them after years carrying passengers between London and Kent in the early 20th century.

By Sea

Sunset on the boat back from Gili Air, Indonesia

Sunset on the boat back from Gili Air, Indonesia

And finally my sea travel photo comes from the more exotic shores of Indonesia’s Gili Islands. After a day trip over to neighbouring to Gili Air, we caught a lift back to Gili Trawangan just as the sun started to go down. This local guy bagged the prime spot right on the prow of the boat as it skimmed across the perfectly flat ocean. Then as the sky changed colour, he was silhouetted against the setting sun.

UPDATE: It looks like the judges were hankering for exotic shores too as this ended up as the winning shot! Very excited to have won and will be spending the prize on next year’s travels!

Thanks to Arianwen at Beyond Blighty for the nomination. Entrants are asked to nominate five other bloggers (though you don’t need to nominated to join in) – my nominations are Suzanne at The Travel Bunny, Kathryn at Travel with Kat, Jo at Restless Jo, Neil at Backpacks and Bunkbeds, and Emily Luxton.

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  1. Nice post and pictures 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    September 24, 2013
  2. beatzkane #

    Reblogged this on beatzkaneblog143.

    September 24, 2013
  3. Lovely shots and all so different in terms of style and transport. Good luck!

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks – hope you’ll have a go too if you get time!

      September 24, 2013
    • I’ll have to juggle my time really well to squeeze it in. Hope all goes well on Friday – weather’s looking good 🙂

      September 24, 2013
  4. Definately go with the train photograph. The compostiton is great and is only enhanced by it being B&W. They are all good photos though, good luck!

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks, I really enjoyed photographing the Railway Museum, lots of great shots and angles there.

      September 25, 2013
  5. Lovely photos. I’m a big fan of #2

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks, I was really spoilt for choice with road shots after that road trip but I think that’s my favourite.

      September 25, 2013
  6. Thank you for nominating me!! I’d better get a move on with my entry! 🙂

    September 24, 2013
    • Good luck Emily, look forward to seeing what you choose!

      September 25, 2013
  7. Reblogged this on Web Whigg

    September 24, 2013
  8. I love how much the air one looks like a real old photo. The clouds in the road one are awesome. The sea one looks like pure bliss. And the train one reminds me of home, as I’m from York. I once got called up by a recruitment agency to work as a silver service waitress for a posh event at the railway museum and spent the night serving heavy plates right next to where that picture was taken! All great photos! I’m glad I nominated you!

    September 24, 2013
    • Goodwood Revival is such a fab place to take photos, you really do feel like you’ve stepped back in time. And glad to bring back some good memories of home! Thanks for the nomination.

      September 25, 2013
  9. Great shots! I especially like the one of the pilots.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks, I loved how relaxed they looked – I’m always a nervous wreck when I’m anywhere near a plane!

      September 25, 2013
    • Funny! And so true!

      September 25, 2013
  10. I thought those pilots had won my heart, Lucy, till I saw your boat picture. That is the most sublime photo I’ve seen in a long while. Superb! Good luck (and for the big day too!)
    I’ll have to get my skates on. Skates! Now there’s a thought? 🙂
    Many thanks for the nomination.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks Jo – the boat photo always takes me back to being nicely relaxed after a day on the beach, could do with some of that now in the pre-wedding madness! Look forward to seeing what you come up with too.

      September 25, 2013
  11. Nice shots Lucy but I think my favourite is the aviators one or the boy on the boat.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks Ardun, it’s inspired me to get out and start taking photos again, it seems like ages since I did much!

      September 25, 2013
  12. Great pics – my favourite has to be the one of the pilots. I love it.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks, I loved how they were just chilling out, posing on the plane!

      September 25, 2013
  13. You have a fantastic eye for photography. Thanks for sharing

    September 24, 2013
  14. Wow! These photos are outstanding (and are intimidating enough to keep me from entering). I think my favorite two are Air and Road. I can’t decide which I like better between those. Really beautiful shots.

    September 24, 2013
    • You should enter too! When I heard about the competition I thought I’d struggle to find anything but it’s surprising what you can dig out. Has made me think I need to take more train photos though as I only found about three!

      September 25, 2013
  15. The pilots are my favorite. That is a great photo.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks, the event I took it at is great for vintage style photos – I’ve got tons of old racing cars and people dressed up in 50s clothes.

      September 25, 2013
  16. I love the Air photo and the Sea one… air being perhaps more unique. It really looks like you stepped back in time to take that photo and the black & white is perfect for it.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks, I think Goodwood Revival is the nearest you can get to going back in time – everything on the site dates back to the 50s and 60s, it’s an amazing experience!

      September 25, 2013
  17. Ben #

    I love the Air shot! It really takes you back in time, what a great event! I’m hoping to get to Goodwood next year. Your shot of Utah is just begging me to take another road trip in the states. Best of luck with the competition!

    September 25, 2013
    • I love Goodwood Revival, this was my third time there and we try and do it every other year – so might see you there next year!

      September 25, 2013
  18. By air !!!! ❤

    September 26, 2013
    • Thanks, I think that’s my favourite too!

      October 1, 2013
  19. Congratulations, I’ve nominated you for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’! I have loved reading your posts, they are very inspiring. Keep up the good work, talk soon. Jess.
    You can check out your nomination here:
    Please accept the award and forward on!

    September 29, 2013
  20. it is very nice shot Ms. Lucy

    September 30, 2013
  21. Great post – I rather like the by air shot, it fooled me I though you’d stolen it from an archive or something 🙂

    October 7, 2013
    • Thanks – you could definitely be fooled in thinking photos from Goodwood were taken back in the 50s! They do a great job in making everything look authentic.

      October 8, 2013
  22. The final dreamy silhouette is my favourite Lucy. Followed closely by the plane shot. Great entry! Hope it isn’t too late to wish you good luck 🙂

    November 2, 2013
  23. dobrescuadina #

    Omg, very beautiful pictures. You are very talented!! Wish you best of luck!

    November 13, 2013

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