Travel Photo Roulette – Round 58: As The Sun Goes Down


12 May Travel Photo Roulette – Round 58: As The Sun Goes Down

This Round’s Photo Roulette topic is…..

As The Sun Goes Down

The end of the day is my absolute favorite time to photograph. Sunsets are a big part of what got me interested in photography, so for our first time hosting this great little contest I couldn’t think of anything that I would rather pick for a topic. Lets see your best sunset shot!

I am looking for color & composition first and foremost! Pictures do not have to be limited to just landscapes with sun, as long as they relate to the theme of ‘As the sun goes down’. Please leave a short description of the location and some background on your special shot for the caption.

Some examples:



sunset bali kids soccer

sunset thailand chang

Thanks to Jeremy & Angie over at Living The Dream RTW for starting this competition, keeping it alive, and also for choosing our photo as the winner of the last round: “Your First Time”

Contest Overview

The contest rotates through travel and/or photography blogs as such, 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 players 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 lobby the author toward a certain photo via comments or the #PhotoRoulette hash-tag on Twitter – the author can accept or ignore any lobby 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.

Entry Guidelines

  • One submission per blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. Photoshopping) is not.
  • 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 (around 800px).
  • 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 Submit Your Photos

To enter in the Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with a link to the image (whether Flickr, Picasa or your own site) so it can be uploaded to this post. Don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so the viewers can get a little background as to what’s happening.

Check back here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in and feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days from today, with the submission dates being May 12th to May 19th. The winner will be announced a few days after the deadline, and they will host round #59.

Past Photo Roulette Winners and Hosts

The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each.  As the game has been running for a few years now, a few of the winners are no longer blogging and the posts have since been removed from the list below.  Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen term/phrase!
  1. Nov 4–10, 2010 – Living the Dream – “Animals”
  2. Nov 17–24, 2010 – Skinny Backpacker – “Road Signs”
  3. Nov 29–Dec 6, 2010 – Dream a Little Dream – “Street Art”
  4. Dec 8–15, 2010 – Flashpacker HQ – “Festival”
  5. Dec 17–24, 2010 – Over Yonderlust – “Landmarks”
  6. Dec 26–Jan 2, 2011 – Don’t Ever Look Back – “Beaches”
  7. Jan 5–12, 2011 – ThePlanetD – “Portraits”
  8. Jan 15–22, 2011 – Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
  9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
  10. Feb 8–15, 2011 – Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
  11. Feb 21–27, 2011 – Travels of Adam – “Friday Night”
  12. Mar 7–13, 2011 – Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”
  13. Mar 19– 25, 2011 – Brendan’s Adventures – “Changing Seasons”
  14. Apr 4–10, 2011 – Shutterfeet – “Storytelling”
  15. Apr 13–21, 2011 – 10 Times One – “Piousness”
  16. Apr 26–May 4, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Learning”
  17. May 21–27, 2011 – Travel Junkies – “Architecture”
  18. Jun 1–7, 2011 – Destination World – “Transportation”
  19. Jun 8–15, 2011 – Living the Dream – “Paradise”
  20. Jun 21-28, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Clothes”
  21. Jul 4-11, 2011 – The Unframed World – “Symmetry”
  22. Jul 16-25, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Home”
  23. Jul 31 – Aug 7, 2011 – BackPackerBanter – “Inspiration”
  24. Aug 14 – 21, 2011 – WanderingTrader – “Darkness”
  25. Aug 28 – Sep 4, 2011 – Finding the Universe – “Tranquillity”
  26. Sep 12 – 19, 2011 – Fearful Adventurer – “Food”
  27. Sep 23 – 30, 2011 – Adventures of a GoodMan – “City”
  28. Oct 06 – 13, 2011 – – “Reflections”
  29. Oct 17 – 24, 2011 – Scene With A Hart – ”Framing”
  30. Nov 9 – 16, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Silhouettes”
  31. Nov 26 – Dec 3, 2011 – Hecktic Travels – “Music”
  32. Dec 11 – Dec 18, 2011 – Globetrotter Girls – “Love”
  33. Dec 25 – Jan 1, 2012– Man on the lam – “Humor”
  34. Jan 8 – Jan 15, 2012 – My Walkabout – “Winter”
  35. Jan 15 – Jan 22, 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue”
  36. Feb 6 – 13, 2012 – Ten times One – “Depth of the Field”
  37. Mar 7 – 14, 2012 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine”
  38. Mar 24 – 31, 2012 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character”
  39. Apr 10 – 16, 2012 – The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene”
  40. Apr 23 –30, 2012 – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country”
  41. May 7 – 14, 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – “Evening”
  42. May 17 – May 24, 2012 – Matt Gibson – “Adventure”
  43. May 30th – June 6, 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime”
  44. July 23rd – July 30, 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal”
  45. Aug 10 – 17, 2012 – 2away – “Smile”
  46. Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2012 – Bridges and Balloons – “Splendour of the Universe”
  47. Sept 8 – 15, 2012 – The GypsyNester – “What the ?!”
  48. Oct 22 – 29, 2012 – Runaway Juno – “Sweet”
  49. Nov 12 – 19, 2012 – GQ Trippin – “Play”
  50. Dec 15-22, 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Face”
  51. Jan 14-21, 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – “Serendipity”
  52. Feb 1-8, 2013 – Travel Transmissions – “Lost in Thought”
  53. Feb 15-22, 2013 – Wanderlusters – “The Natural World”
  54. Mar 17-24, 2013 – Travel Junkies – “Patterns”
  55. April 25-May 3rd, 2013 – Living the Dream – “Your First Time”
  56. May12May 19th, 2013Getting Stamped –  “As The Sun Goes Down”


The following are the entries into this week’s Photo Roulette!  The post will be continually updated over the course of the week to add entries as they are brought in.  Follow along and share on twitter with the hash-tag #PhotoRoulette to help promote the game!

Entry #1 –

“The Poor Knights are the site of a pristine marine reserve off the coast of northern New Zealand and the diving there is superb. It was Ben’s birthday and I’d treated us to a weekend live aboard to explore the volcanic environment and clear waters that surround the islands shores. Just as we came out on the deck to get our kit on the sky lit up in such a vivid display of color. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Ben said it was a birthday present from the heavens!”

sunset poor knights

Entry #2 –

“One of my best sunset photos comes from Koh Lipe, Thailand. Our ferry to get to the island was taking much longer than normal, and as the sun slowly set behind the coast of Koh Lipe I knew it was still going to be quite some time more before we got to the other side. At least the sunset was pretty.”

living the dream sunset

Entry #3 – Two for the Road

Rialto is part of the Olympic National Park on the wild Pacific coast and it’s home to rocky outcrops, huge alpine trees, bald eagles and the most magical sunsets. We spent one amazing evening walking for a couple of miles along the beach, checking out the crazy colours in the rock pools and were then blown away by the sunset. When I took this photo some multi-day hikers were setting up camp for the night on the beach behind us, what a view from your tent!

maddie sunset

Entry #4 – On The Luce

It was taken on the beach in a place called Soulac-sur-Mer, just up the coast from Bordeaux in the Haut Medoc wine region of France, from a bar on the beach along with a cold glass of white wine it was the perfect sunset experience!

lucy sunset

Entry #5 – Gypsy Nesters

Sitting by the peaceful fort of St. Augustine watching the sunset is a beautiful way to spend an evening. I must have sat in the spot for three hours waiting for this silhouette and I have about fifty shots of differing contrasts to prove it!


Entry #6 Tripologist

Last year, I took the Trans-Siberian railroad from Beijing to Moscow. On the first night, I looked out the window and saw one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life. As we rode through Inner Mongolia and the Gobi Desert, I stuck my camera out the window of the moving train and captured one of my favorite sunset pictures I’ve ever taken.

tripologist sunset

Entry #7 –

As pretty as sunsets are, we have very few sunset photos!
We rode our motorcycles up a tiny twisty road in Sorrento, Italy to find a hilltop restaurant and captured this shot during dinner!

Jill sunset

Entry #8 – Turtles Travel Blog

The Mekong River provides a great backdrop for some amazing sunsets. This photo was taken in Cambodia. In the village of Kampi, boats shove off in the late afternoon when the Irrawaddy river dolphin is most active. We were treated to a spectacular sunset at the end of our voyage (we did see dolphins too).

turtles sunset

Entry #9 – Go Travelzing

This was taken on the beach in Jamaica. I was there for a wedding and this was taken after the ceremony.

travelzing sunset

Entry #10 – A passion and a passport

This picture was taken on Jones Beach, Long Island, NY. While not an exotic location, it is one of my absolute favorites (this photo even topped any from the Greek Islands!). My then-boyfriend, now-husband didn’t understand why I had my camera (actually iPhone) out for so long, but I needed to in order to get the perfect shot!

a pasion and a passport sunset


Entry #11 – OTP Travel

While hitchhiking across western Mongolia. We stopped at a nomad camp to see if there was any dinner and chanced upon this scene.

otp travel sunset


Entry #12 – Globe-Trekking

This competition category was a little hard for me to choose, because I have a couple of really good sundown shots that would be great. In the end the Moai of Easter Island during sunset is one of my favorite shots..

globe trekking Easter Island Sunset


Entry #13 – Backpacker Banter

Taken during a sunset surf session at the Pass in Byron Bay – my buddy Nic sat out back on his board watching the sunset into the ocean…

backpacker banter sunset


Entry #14 – fluent in frolicking

One of my best secret Maui budget tips is to buy yourself a beer at the ABC store at 505 Front Street in Lahaina than head out to the beach and watch the sunset. One of the island’s best luau’s is held there and you can watch the whole show from the beach for free. I was doing just that the night of this photo. As a girl born and raised on Maui I have seen my fair share of sunsets yet some still stop me in my tracks. This was one of them!

fif sunset

Entry #15 – The World is our district

Here’s a shot from today’s post. I caught a fellow climber watching the sunset from the Shira Plateau of Mt. Kilimanjaro:

the world is our district sunset


Entry #16 – The Travel Bunny

always a sucker for a great sunset! Difficult to choose as I have quite a lot of sunset shots but I’m going for this one taken in Italy last year. Everyone in Sorrento just seemed to stop what they were doing and quietly enjoy the moments as the sun went down. This deep red sunset was stunning as the gull flew beautifully into shot…

travel bunny sunset

Entry #17 – Breakaway Backpacker

This was a tough one… I have so many beautiful sunset photos, but this is one of my favs. Sunset in Boracay, Philippines.

breakaway sunset


Entry #18 – My Walk About

Last Fall I had a slew of bad things happen in my life, and I left for a couple days to New Mexico to see the Very Large Array. There is something very special about this remote area, and as I sat next to these gigantic machines as the sun set, a connectedness to the universe unlike I’ve experienced before washed over me.

my walk about sunset

Entry #19 – Ferreting Out The Fun

Shanghai at dusk. You can see the Bund, the charming riverside stretch famous for its colonial-era architecture, now dwarfed by sleek modern towers and a sprawling cityscape. The image seems to highlight the vast changes taking place in China, and is lent further realism — and maybe even romance — by the low-lying air pollution resulting from local industry. The fiery sunset is an exclamation point that dares you to wonder what tomorrow holds for China. I took the picture from the 87th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center.

ferreting out the fun sunset


Entry #20 – Fly Icarus Fly

I shot this abandoned lobster shack in Ninh Van Bay, just off the coast of Nha Trang, Vietnam, as the sun was going down creating a hazy, dreamy study in shades of blue – the water, the mountains, the sky…

fly i fly sunset

Entry #21 – Just Chuckin’ It

This photo is from Haiti. A small beach called Belly Beach in the north-eastern region of the country located close by Labadee, a resort owned by Royal Caribbean and fenced off from the rest of Haiti.

I remember sitting on this beach sipping a local beer and watching the crimson and orange set the sky afire. A small canoe paddled through the sparkling reflection on the ocean. It was the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen, and it was even more powerful given the fact that when you hear about Haiti, you are never told of such beauty.

just chuckin it sunset


Entry #22 – 12 Countries

This bad boy was taken in a beach town called Del Mar (famous for the fairgrounds with the same name) down in Southern California. People often come down to the end of the street during sunset to take in the amazing sight; however, I think I got the better view from my vantage point, with the sun just peeking in between the tree’s branches.

sunset in del mar 12countries


Entry #23 – Road Warrior

Our entry comes from a camel trek at sunset in beautiful northern Rajasthan. We took camels over the desolate desert and watched the sun set over the cold sand… Our entry is of one of our camels as we took a break to watch the sun disappear over the horizon.

road warrior sunset


Entry #24 –

On this particular night, the Saturday of the Easter long weekend, I had two friends visiting from the city. We’d piled into our 4 wheel drive and spent the late evening watching the sun disappear over the horizon while my boyfriend was out diving for Paua on the coast only accessible by locals. Once he finished, we completed the ’round the reef tour, by continuing on to Tanutanu beach and were in complete awe of the colours reflecting in the rock pools at low tide. I was more than happy to finally be able to share one of my favourite things about my expat home with friends.

canuck iwi kate sunset


Entry #25 – Trek Snappy

Danielle grabbed this amazing sunset on out first evening in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. We’d only arrived there that afternoon, and after buying some beer and a bottle of tequila from a local store we were treated to this wonderful start to the evening. We’ve seen a few sunsets but this was pretty special (and so is El Nido).

num 25 - El Nido Sunset


Entry #26 – A Backpackers Tale

Sunset over the street markets and vendors of Old Cairo. In old Cairo you will find craftsmen and labors working away at trades that have been passed down for over 300 years.

a backpackers tale sunset


Entry #27 – Life Outside of Texas

We just got back from an amazing trip to Fiji and while we were there we got this shot. I really love how you can see the difference between day and the sunset. This was taken on Taveuni Island, Fiji.

fiji sunset


Entry #28 – Travel Transmissions

Although the tourist culture on the southern tip of Bali is kind of sickening, I liked how everyone clustered on the beaches to enjoy the sunset with a beer every evening. Watching and sometimes joining the surfers on Canggu Beach was one of my favorite things to do there.

travel transmissions sunset


Entry #29 – Jennywise Arcade

Even though I’ve traveled to some beautiful places and seen some incredible sunsets from Hawaii to Positano and Cartagena and Shi Shi Beach in Washington State, this is by far one of the most beautiful caught on camera, right down the road, at Hardings Beach on Cape Cod, Chatham, Massachusetts. I’ve left my photo on my facebook page- Jennywise Arcade. Great photos so far!!!

jennywise sunset


Entry #30 –

Last year, I took a roadtrip with my best mates along the Great Ocean Road, Australia. We timed our arrival at the Twelve Apostles just before sunset, so we could watch the sun go down over them. The colours were mental, a bird flew into shot, and it was just bloody beautiful.

gg sunset


Entry #31 – AfterGlobe

I took this photo in Kihei on the island of Maui our last night there. It was the end to a wonderful 15 day trip where we were married.

afterglobe sunset


Entry #32 –

I took this one at Long Beach near Tofino in Vancouver Island BC (Canada). It was one of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen, the color of the sky was just unreal! The water was a bit too cold for me (even if it was summer!) but there was plenty of people surfing and enjoying the waves.

Surfing at sunset in Tofino BC, Canada


Entry #33 – Globe Trotter Girls

We’ll go with this one which we took on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia last year – the sunsets on this island were just out of this world and I loved how the boat just appeared right in front of the setting sun.

gtg sunset

Entry #34 – Food Travel Bliss

Even though I love to see the sun set and rise – I am still always surprised when I look back through our photos at just HOW MANY photos we have of that time of day, sometimes more than we do of us or anything else!! This is one of my favourites taken on a mountain outside of Kota Kinabalu, overlooking the city out the the South China Sea.

ftb sunset

Entry #35 –

The Belize Barrier Reef allows for calm waters ideally for sailing and if you happen to be on a catamaran as the sun sets, it’s magical

ba sunset

Entry #36 – CalitoKenya

This picture was taken in Huahine, French Polynesia. It is such a peaceful island, you can swim all day in the warm water until it’s time to watch the amazing sunset over the calm lagoon while listening to the locals sing and play their ukeleles.

c2k sunset


Entry #37 – Travel With Kat

Ngala Lodge, The Gambia, West Africa – a romantic setting from where to watch the sun go down

kat sunset


Entry #38 – LaViajera

A bit grainy, as it’s from my point-and-shoot days, but here is an old photo of mine from Santorini, Greece. The sunsets on Santorini are infamous, and there is nothing like ending a day of strolling the hilly island with a souvlaki dinner as the sun sets. A beautiful place, filled with beautiful memories.

Ellen sunset


Entry #39 – Run Away Juno

My submission is from Galle fort, Sri Lanka. Yesterday, the sun created an amazing sunset. As the sun goes down, people starting to take pictures of the sky, and I took pictures of them. A beautiful night.

juno sunset


Entry #40 – Bohemian Traveler

Here’s my last minute submission

bohemian sunset


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