We felt so honored to be announced as winners of round #102 in the photo roulette competition by Carlo and Florence from NextStopWhoKnows.com.
The theme was “Landscape” and here’s our winning photo:

Deadvlei in Namibia

It’s now our turn to host round #103 of #travelphotoroulette and choose a theme… We choose WILDLIFE !

So we’d love to see your favorite wildlife photo, so show us your best shot of any wildlife moment during your travels.

Here are a couple of examples of wildlife photos we’ve taken recently:

Zebras in Okavango Delta, Botswana


Hippos in Chobe River, Botswana

Travel Photo Roulette Contest Overview

The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme (a generic keyword or phrase) and bloggers submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round. Readers can attempt to sway the author into picking a certain photo via comments, but the author can ignore comments as they see fit. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a phrase for new photo submissions.


Vagabond Way

It was hard to choose, but this photo stuck out for us. It really captured the essence of this majestic cat. And we’re a bit jealous because we never got to see this animal while we were in Africa earlier this year, and the photo inspired us to want to go back even more for a new opportunity.  So this is the winner photo for round #103.

Thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to the round #104!

Travel Photo Roulette Rules & Guidelines

  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted in this round.
  • Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!
  • Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized.
  • If you win, keep these in mind when choosing a new theme: Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’
  • Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque,” or “Overlooking Creation.” Use something that is able to be interpreted by all.
  • After 1 year, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.
  • No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  • Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  • Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
  • Most importantly, all photographs must be your own.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

How to Enter Travel Photo Roulette #103

Leave a comment below with a link to your photo (WP, Flickr, Trover, etc) and tell us why you’ve picked this specific wildlife photo.

The contest runs for 7 days and will be open for entries until Sunday 31st of May 10pm GMT.
Check back here through the week to see all the entries as they come in – feel free to comment on them. We will announce the winner within a couple of days of May 31st, and the winner will host the next round.

Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter so more people can join the contest – make sure to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette


Entry #1: Chris from Aussie on the Road
Leopard in Serengeti

“I got really lucky to come across this lazy leopard while touring the Serengeti last year. He’d just finished feasting on an impala, so he was good and lazy as I snapped about 500 pictures of him.”

Entry #2: Daniël from Globe Trekking.
Elephant in Chobe River, Botswana.

“Congratulations on your win. I absolutely love this theme. It was such a hard pick for me. Ultimately, I chose this picture. It is the very first wild elephant I saw, relaxing along the banks of the Chobe River in northern Botswana.”

Entry #3: Monica from Flair Code.
In Tudela, Spain

“Excited to participate! This was taken in the winter a few years ago when I was in Tudela in the Navarra region of Spain. I love the perspective and clarity of the photo taken with a telezoom lens.”

Entry #4: Leckie from Quit Job. Travel World.
The longhorn cattle in Uganda

“An easy yet difficult category for us. When you have been to Africa you end up with a LOT of wildlife photos. I’m going to skip the safari shots though and go with a photo of one of my favourite sights throughout Uganda – the longhorn cattle. They just look so disproportioned!”

Entry #5: Tiffany from Vagabond Way.
Lady Leopard

“I love this theme! We just spent over three months in Africa and had such an amazing time. We were slowly reversing our small car and came eye to eye with this leopard resting under the shade of some trees. Our eyes locked as we each just stared at one another. I will never forget our experience of finding Lady Leopard.”

Entry #6: Shere from Shere y Paul.
Ladybird couple

“so difficult to choose one picture! I also have been to Africa and have great pictures of baby elephants, but I’m going for the wildlife that it’s just around us every day. When we are not travelling, we spend a lot of time in our garden and in my search for ladybirds as a “bio insecticide” I found this ladybird couple. Actually I put them in our green house and I could even follow their babies growing from egg to metamorphosis.”

Entry #7: Kirsty from No Place To Be.
Chimpanzee in Gombe National Park

“It’s so difficult to chose just 1 picture especially when you’ve been on safari! This is a very special experience for both of us – meeting the chimpanzees in Gombe National Park. Here Gremlin is taking a rest from eating termites and trying to shelter from the rain.”

Entry #8: Karen from WorldWideWriter.
Cheetah in the Cape region of South Africa

“A tough call to choose my favourite wildlife photo – I love them all! But in the end it had to be this cheetah – partly because they’re not that easy to spot, but also because it is walking through the beautiful fynbos vegetation that is unique to the Cape region of South Africa.”

Entry #9: Adam from Getting Stamped.
Silver Back Gorilla

“To get this shot we trekked deep into the Ugandan rainforest to get within about 5 meters from one of the last 800 Mountain Gorillas left on earth. This shot was of the alpha male in the group, a 200+ Kilo adult Silver Back. We were on foot and he gave us a stare down when we first approached. Amazing experience.”


Past winners

  1. Nov 2010 Living the Dream Animals
  2. Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker Road Signs
  3. Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream Street Art
  4. Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ Festival
  5. Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust Landmarks
  6. Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back Beaches
  7. Jan 2011 ThePlanetD Portraits
  8. Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate Motion
  9. Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond Water
  10. Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky Urban
  11. Feb 2011 Travels of Adam Friday Night
  12. Mar 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles The Journey
  13. Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures  Changing Seasons
  14. Apr 2011 Shutterfeet Storytelling
  15. Apr 2011 10 Times One Piousness
  16. Apr 2011 Beached Eskimo Learning
  17. May 2011 Travel Junkies Architecture
  18. Jun 2011 Destination World Transportation
  19. Jun 2011 Living the Dream Paradise
  20. Jun 2011 Vagabond Quest Clothes
  21. Jul 2011 The Unframed World Symmetry
  22. Jul 2011 Beached Eskimo Home
  23. Jul 2011 BackPackerBanter Inspiration
  24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader Darkness
  25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe Tranquillity
  26. Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer Food
  27. Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan City
  28. Oct 2011 Globe-Trekking.com Reflection
  29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart Framing
  30. Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest Silhouettes
  31. Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels Music
  32. Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls Love
  33. Dec 2011 Man on the lam Humor
  34. Jan 2012 My Walkabout Winter
  35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel Blue
  36. Feb 2012 Ten times One Depth of the Field
  37. Not hosted anymore
  38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine
  39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat Local Character
  40. Apr 2012 The Travel Bunny Street Scene
  41. Apr 2012 Adventure Crow Spirit of the Country
  42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss Evening
  43. May 2012 Matt Gibson Adventure
  44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime
  45. Jul 2012 Skinny Backpacker Surreal
  46. Aug 2012 2away Smile
  47. Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe
  48. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester What the ?!
  49. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno Sweet
  50. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin Play
  51. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories Friendship
  52. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face
  53. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity
  54. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought
  55. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters The Natural World
  56. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies Patterns
  57. Apr 2013 Living the Dream Your First Time
  58. May 2013 Getting Stamped The Sun Goes Down
  59. Jun 2013 The GypsyNester Cheesy Tourist Diversions
  60. Jun 2013 Boomeresque Revolution
  61. Jul 2013 Breakaway Backpacker Colorful
  62. Aug 2013 Around This World Mountains
  63. Aug 2013 Passports and Pamplemousse Hands at Work
  64. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
  65. Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
  66. Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery The Market
  67. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet? Travel Fails
  68. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester Weird Regional Foods
  69. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World Trees
  70. Nov 2013 SHOuTography Party
  71. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin
  72. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel Light
  73. Jan 2014 This World Rocks Crowds
  74. Jan 2014 Travel Past 50 Competition
  75. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller Working
  76. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole Umbrellas
  77. Apr 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
  78. Apr 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
  79. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
  80. May 2014 Backpack Me Mouthwatering
  81. Jun 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation
  82. Jul 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild
  83. Jul 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!
  84. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia Candid
  85. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth Hiking
  86. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out Transport
  87. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet Wild World
  88. Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth The 4 Element
  89. Oct 2014 Travel Addicts Heritage
  90. Oct 2014 Living the Dream Your Grand Adventure
  91. Oct 2014 Getting Stamped Inspire
  92. Nov 2014 Flashpacker HQ Viewpoint
  93. Jan 2015 Adventures of a GoodMan WOW!
  94. Jan 2015  ZigZag On Earth Roads and Tracks
  95. Feb 2015 Where’s The Gos? Street Art
  96. Mar 2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost Frozen
  97. Mar 2015 Journey Jottings Detail
  98.  April 2015 House Sitting Travel  What’s your Angle?
  99. April 2015 JetWayz Spiritual Beauty
  100. April 2015 The Trading Travelers Celebrate
  101. May 2015 Street Food World Tour Epic
  102. May 2015 Next Stop Who Knows Landscape
  103. May 2015 We Travel Together Wildlife

27 thoughts on “Photo Roulette Round #103 – Wildlife

  1. All just beautiful photos but I find the one from Vagabond Way the most captivating. A VERY well done personal and emotional shot from a totally unexpected moment! Very nice!

    1. We also love wildlife photos, so that’s why we picked that theme. And you got a great photo from an area we’ve been to, but we didn’t see any cheetah, unfortunately. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. We understand your dilemma after being on an overland tour in Africa, and think that was the inspiration for this weeks theme 🙂 Thanks for sharing your beautiful picture of a Chimpanzee.

  2. so difficult to choose one picture! I also have been to Africa and have great pictures of baby elephants, but I’m going for the wildlife that it’s just around us every day. When we are not travelling, we spend a lot of time in our garden and in my search for ladybirds as a “bio insecticide” I found this ladybird couple. Actually I put them in our green house and I could even follow their babies growing from egg to metamorphosis.


    1. That’s great! We love wildlife, and since no one else has had the exact same theme previously we just had to choose it as our theme of the week. And actually, we took sunset cruise on Chobe River a couple months ago 🙂 Beautiful place!

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