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“The difficulty with color is to go beyond the fact that it’s color – to have it be not just a colorful picture but really be a picture about something. It’s difficult. So often color gets caught up in color, and it becomes merly decorative. Some photographers use [ it ] brilliantly to make visual statements combining color and content; otherwise it is empty.” -Mary Ellen Mark

Capture the Colour is a competition that was started by Travel Supermarket. Thanks to Matt of The Expert Vagabond for getting me involved!

Typically, each blogger is nominated by another blogger, who then shares 5 photos (one blue, green, yellow, white and red photo). That blogger then nominates another 5 bloggers. You get the idea! But, considering there’s less than 24 hours left, it looks as though the contest has reached the end with me!

It was difficult limiting this post to only 5 photos, but here are some of my favorite photos that I feel capture each specific color and, more importantly, tell the stories of my travels. Enjoy!

Blue: Peace on Earth

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium

I was recently in Ghent when I literally stumbled upon an anti-nuclear war protest. Unlike how I would imagine a protest going (somewhere along the lines of angry crowds causing a huge scene) this was the exact opposite. In silence, paper lanterns were lit along the canal while a small gondola slowly went by waving a big “PEACE” flag. It sent such a powerful message while demonstrating the beauty of peace on earth.

Green: Nature is Sexy

Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park, Croatia

Without a doubt, this is one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve ever been to. At the base of a travertine waterfall people can come and swim in the cool water of the Krka National Park. When you are surrounded by green you become captivated by the presence of life and natural wonder.

Yellow: Sunshine in the Rain

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I have always loved this photo. There’s something about the yellow umbrella in contrast with the green shack and the barefoot monks that makes me smile. The yellow umbrella in the rain has symbolism to me… reminding me to see the bright side of things even on the darkest days. After visiting the Temples of Angkor Wat, I snapped this shot from the back of a motorcycle while I was on my way to Kampot, Cambodia.

White: The World’s Deadliest Road

La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia

*UPDATE* This photo won the white category contest!!!

The roads, rivers and clouds of white dramatize the view from high above. I had just reached the starting point of one of the most anticipated moments in my life. I had a 64km bike ride down the “World’s Deadliest Road” and I was scared beyond words. I hate heights and had no idea what I was in store for. Needless to say, I survived, but I’ll never forget this moment or the fear that the misty landscape sent through my body.

Red: Sangria Soaked Streets

San Fermin Festival, Pamplona, Spain

San Fermin Festival, Pamplona, Spain

The opening ceremony of the San Fermín Festival was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Thousands of people from all over the world come to celebrate the commencement of the week long celebration in Pamplona. Traditionally, everyone will soak each other in mustard, flour, water and tons of sangria! I watched as the masses formed a giant sea of sangria soaked red! The following day begins with the first day of The Running of the Bulls! ¡Viva San Fermín!

Which is your favorite photo? Comment below!

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Kiersten Rich

Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad. She began traveling the world after leaving her career in corporate finance to explore local culture, try new foods, experience international festivals and volunteer in developing countries.
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