Travel your way photo competition
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.