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Travel Photography Roulette Round 6: Beaches

Travel Photography Roulette Round 6: Beaches

Congratulations to Dave & Deb of The Planet D!

This round of Travel Photography Roulette ended up with a record 28 entries and boy, did you make our jobs of selecting a winner extremely difficult! Any one of these photos would have been a worthy winner and it was incredibly tough separating them – so tough that we needed our friend Jenny of Where Is Jenny to provide an independent set of eyes as the two of us could not come to a unanimous decision!

With that said, this gorgeous photo made it into all of our top three selections. As Dave & Deb described it, “it is one of the most perfect beaches we have ever been on” and they’ve done a magnificent job of capturing that. This photo could easily be our desktop wallpaper or mounted on our living room wall as inspiration and as a result of this picture we’ve added Ko Lipe to our list of possible destinations on our round-the-world trip!

Thanks so much to everyone that entered this round! Dave & Deb will be hosting the next Travel Photography Roulette at http://www.theplanetd.com/. Make sure you check in to see what theme they choose!

Ko Lipe beach in Southern Thailand

This beach is on the small island of Ko Lipe in southern Thailand. We were here back in 2004 and not sure what it looks like now. It was a pretty “deserted” island then. In our opinion it is one of the most perfect beaches we have ever been on.

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We were lucky enough to win Round 5 of Travel Photography Roulette at Over Yonderlust and as a result, we’re hosting the next round of this awesome series. #PhotoRoulette was started by Jeremy at Living The Dream and has so far been a great way for travelers to share their photos and experiences with the rest of the community.

Theme

Being Australian, we’re surrounded by water and some of the world’s best beaches. A lot of our travel plans have involved spending time at beautiful beaches around the world (it’s one of the best things to do in Bali) so it wasn’t that difficult for us to come up with a theme! So share with us anything to do with the beach – white sands, turquoise waters, palm trees, boats, fish, cliffs, people or anything else that was taken in and around the ocean.

Rules

The rules of the game are simple.  The hosting blogger is the chosen winner of the previous week’s (7 days) game.  The new host chooses a generic keyword or phrase that other bloggers submit photos to during the course of the week.  Phrases can be as generic as ‘signs’ all the way to abstract thoughts like ‘religion’ and everything in between.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo that fits the chosen phrase and moves it to the top of the post as the winning entry with direction to the new host’s site 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.

The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each. This list also doubles as a winner’s table as each topic host won the preceding round! Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen term/phrase!

RoundDateHostTerm/Phrase
1Nov 4-10, 2010Living the DreamAnimals
2Nov 17-24, 2010Skinny BackpackerRoad Signs
3Nov 29-Dec 6, 2010Dream a Little DreamStreet Art
4Dec 8-Dec 15, 2010Flashpacker HQFestival
5Dec 17-Dec 24, 2010Over YonderlustLandmarks
6Dec 26, 2010-Jan 2, 2011Don’t Ever Look BackBeaches

For Round 6, we have chosen the term: beaches, and our photo submission is below. Those interested in playing please provide a hyperlink to a photo you’d like to submit and it will get hosted on this page.  When submitting an image, please provide a brief description and location of where it was taken for captioning.  On 3 January 2011 we will pick a winner and that blogger can start the next round.

Bohol Beach Club

White sand and palm trees at Bohol Beach Club, Philippines

So, who is ready to show off their photography skills?  The best beach photo wins the week and bragging rights.

Extra Criteria to Keep in Mind When Submitting a Photo:

1) One submission per Blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).

2) No photoshopping allowed unless specifically called for!  Cropping and correction for red-eye or camera flaws are ok, however.

3) 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!

4) 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 ok to say focused things such as “monuments at night” in which most of us have pictures of.

6) Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand.  No “Kafka-esque”, but “Overlooking Creation” is able to be interpreted by all.

7) No obscene pictures or phrases allowed.  Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.

8) After a sufficient period of time, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.  Keep the ideas and photos fresh!

9) 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.

10) Most importantly, ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.

Entries for the 6th round are the following:

Erica – Over Yonderlust

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Pacific Coast Highway, California – This picture was taken during the most recent road trip we took of the Southwest/West Coast US. While it may not be white, sandy beaches, this rugged beauty can hold it’s own.

Lynda – live. travel. blog.

Nassau, The Bahamas

Overlooking Nassau, The Bahamas, as viewed from Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas. In all my travels, I had never seen such beautiful waters in my life so you could image the shock I had when I woke up this one particular morning after sailing over night and saw this out the window… I wanted to cry, but maintained my composure… I had friends around haha. Also love that you can see Atlantis in the background!

Magda – Destination World

Toruga Beach on Galapagos’ Santa Cruz Island

Toruga Beach on Galapagos’ Santa Cruz Island. This is the most amazing beach I have ever seen. The sand is incredibly white, the water is incredibly blue and the iguanas are everywhere.

Sabina – Solo Female Traveler

Persian Gulf in Sharjah, UAE

This is the sunset over the Persian Gulf in Sharjah, UAE, which I took a few evenings ago. It’s very representational of this area of the world. The gas wells in the background always remind me of where I am, as if I could forget.

Bruce – 40 Plus Traveler

Soft Drink Vendor on Kuta beach, searching for his next customer.

Amanda – A Dangerous Business

New Zealand Beach

My submission comes from New Zealand. A friend and I went hiking along the coast at Island Bay (just outside of Wellington on New Zealand’s North Island) on a gorgeously clear August afternoon, where we saw this fisherman trying to catch something in the surf. If you look closely, you can see the snow-covered peaks of the Southern Alps all the way across the Cook Strait.

Andrew – Grounded Traveler

Monterosso in the Cinque Terre, Italy

It is from Monterosso in the Cinque Terre, Italy. The Italian Riviera region of Liguria is known for sun and fashionable tourists. In March, though it is a bit stormy. I love the hills fading into the background under the clouds.

James – Great Vacation Retreats

The Tropical Paradise of Kauai, Hawaii

The Tropical Paradise of Kauai, Hawaii

Jaime – Breakaway Backpacker

Waimea Bay

During my stay in Oahu’ Hawaii I spent hours at Waimea Bay. It was my favorite beach on the island. It was crystal clear, white sand & clam waters. I also loved the cliff and jump off it about 10 times or more. It wasn’t until we made a detour on our way to the hotel that I got this shot. The entire beach, now you see its beauty.

Harrison – The Endless Terrain

Ecola State Park

My photo was taken on a lunch trip out in Ecola State Park, looking south towards Cannon Beach along the beautiful Oregon Coast. Great hiking trails and good surf for those brave enough to venture the freezing, cold water.

Lindsay – Traveller World Guide

MARGARITA ISLAND, VENEZUELA

Margarita Island, Venezuela. Buha!

Jeremy – Living the Dream

Overlooking a tiny island near Ko Tao, Thailand from a high viewpoint, the beach is nothing more than a sandbar that slowly appears as the day progresses and the tide pulls away.

Kirsty – No Place To Be

Fresh fruit whilst were relaxing on Nha Trang’s beach = heaven!

Fresh fruit whilst were relaxing on Nha Trang’s beach = heaven!

Dee – dreamalittledream.ca

A bad case of the illusive hungry bum syndrome

It always great fun to people watch on the beach. Especially when you get to spot a bad case of the illusive hungry bum syndrome! I spotted this particular case on a beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Om nom nom…

Connie – Connvoyage

Ko Phi Phi in Thailand

This photo was taken in Ko Phi Phi in Thailand. It was a “secret” cove that I got a peek at while hiking up to the viewpoint. GORGEOUS! I love how the foliage creates a frame for the ocean.

Globetrottergirls

Tulum Beach at the Riviera Maya in Mexico

Tulum Beach at the Riviera Maya in Mexico. It’s a tiny beach, but surrounded by ancient Maya ruins and with this turquoise water and the white sand it feels magical!!

Dina – Vagabond Quest

Perfect reflection on a Fijian lagoon. Sigatoka, Fiji.

Perfect reflection on a Fijian lagoon. Sigatoka, Fiji.

Rebecca – Travels at 88mph

12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road on the way from Melbourne to Adelaide, Australia.

12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road on the way from Melbourne to Adelaide, Australia.

Stephen – Bohemian Traveler

Beach in Tayrona National Park in Colombia.

Here is a beach in Tayrona National Park in Colombia.

Dave and Deb – The Planet D

Ko Lipe beach in Southern Thailand

This beach is on the small island of Ko Lipe in southern Thailand. We were here back in 2004 and not sure what it looks like now. It was a pretty “deserted” island then. In our opinion it is one of the most perfect beaches we have ever been on.

my. Traveling Lens

White sand beach & turquoise water in Cancun!

Ummm, does this photo need a comment? Y'all know you're jealous! :) Relaxing on a white sand beach & turquoise water in Cancun!

Lisa – Chicky Bus

Sunset in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Solitude & Reflection. I took it during an amazing sunset in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. It was a one-of-a-kind moment that I’ll never forget!

Nick – STRETCHD

Blowhole beaches on the Cayman Islands

This photo came from the blowhole beaches on the Cayman Islands. It’s quite an epic experience that’s very challenging to capture in a photo. By the way, I’m not the dude in the middle of it.

Aaron – Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures

Sunset on Don Det at Laos’ Si Phan Don.

Sunset on Don Det at Laos’ Si Phan Don.

Erin – Our Tasty Travels

Bora Bora beach

This was taken from the beach on a private motu looking back at the main island of Bora Bora. This was just days after the big cyclone hit the area in February 2010 and destroyed a number of the otw huts. During our 2 1/2 weeks, there were a total of 4 cyclones that completely altered our cruise itinerary. After arriving in Bora Bora, the storms dissipated and we were treated to one of the most beautiful blue days I’ve ever experienced.

Val Bromann

Coney Island’s beach and boardwalk

This is a photo of Coney Island’s beach and boardwalk on a July morning.

Dayle – Backpack of Dreams

Split Apple Rock whilst sea-kayaking in the Abel Tasman, NZ

Stopping for a quick tea break at Split Apple Rock whilst sea-kayaking in the Abel Tasman, NZ

Iain – Mallory On Travel

Gorgeous early autumnal sunset at Cleveleys, North-West England.

Gorgeous early autumnal sunset at Cleveleys, North-West England. I have plenty of pictures of great beaches, but chose as I wanted to show lovely photos do not have to be exotic.

83 Comments

  1. Posted December 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Lets get this ball rolling!

    Pacific Coast Highway, California – This picture was taken during the most recent road trip we took of the Southwest/West Coast US. While it may not be white, sandy beaches, this rugged beauty can hold it’s own.
    Erica recently posted..Travel Vaccines – The More You Know

    • Posted December 26, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for submitting the first photo for this round Erica. The Pacific Coast Highway definitely is spectacular! Where abouts along Highway 1 was this photo taken?

    • Posted December 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

      Honestly I couldn’t tell you. I was taking a million pictures and didn’t even keep track of where we were!
      Erica recently posted..Travel Vaccines – The More You Know

    • Posted December 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I have so many great shots along that coast line, but really have no idea where abouts they were taken – got too camera happy snapping away as we drove making random last second swerves to the side to pull over!
      Lynda recently posted..I’ll Be Home For Christmas

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink

      Silly question I guess – nearly 450 miles and so much of which is picturesque! Might just have to take another journey along it next year.

  2. Posted December 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink
  3. Posted December 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    It was a tough call, but I think I’ll go with this one…

    http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/1802/beachbahamas.jpg

    Overlooking Nassau, The Bahamas, as viewed from Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas. In all my travels, I had never seen such beautiful waters in my life so you could image the shock I had when I woke up this one particular morning after sailing over night and saw this out the window… I wanted to cry, but maintained my composure… I had friends around haha. Also love that you can see Atlantis in the background!
    Lynda recently posted..I’ll Be Home For Christmas

    • Posted December 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Lovely photo Lynda – the color of the water is so pretty and this shot is so well composed! Nice work!

    • Posted December 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks guys :-) Can’t wait to see the other entries! Would love to host this, will continue to enter from here on out!
      Lynda recently posted..I’ll Be Home For Christmas

  4. Posted December 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi
    Here is my entry: Toruga Beach on Galapagos’ Santa Cruz Island. This is the most amazing beach I have ever seen. The sand is incredibly white, the water is incredibly blue and the iguanas are everywhere.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/magdabis/4002737297/sizes/z/in/set-72157622504186327/

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink

      Looks like a lovely beach. Not too sure about the iguanas being everywhere though, reptiles aren’t our favorite creatures in the world!

  5. Posted December 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad I noticed this game on Twitter! Here’s my entry http://solofemaletraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Life-in-Sharjah-059.jpg

    This is the sunset over the Persian Gulf in Sharjah, UAE, which I took a few evenings ago. I’m living about a kilometer from here. I know it’s not a pretty photo, but it’s very representational of this area of the world . The gas wells in the background always remind me of where I am, as if I could forget.

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 12:29 am | Permalink

      Thanks for entering Sabina, nice shot! Sunsets are always pretty (don’t know why you’re doubting it!) and the skyline certainly adds another element to this photo. :)

  6. Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Hey guys
    here’s my photo. Not exactly a beach photo, but it is on beach!!

    http://www.40plustraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/KutaBeach.jpg

    “Soft Drink Vendor on Kuta beach, searching for his next customer”

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      It’s not often you see a solitary vendor on Kuta Beach! Nice photo!

  7. Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Hey guys! I had a tough time choosing a picture to share here… I love beaches, so I have so many photos of them from all over the world! Since you guys are from Australia, I decided to leave those beaches out of the running (although you’re right — you guys have some amazing beaches there!).

    My submission comes from New Zealand. A friend and I went hiking along the coast at Island Bay (just outside of Wellington on New Zealand’s North Island) on a gorgeously clear August afternoon, where we saw this fisherman trying to catch something in the surf. If you look closely, you can see the snow-covered peaks of the Southern Alps all the way across the Cook Strait.

    http://www.dangerous-business.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/fisherman.jpg
    Amanda recently posted..Christmas Memories From Around the World

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for entering Amanda!

      I think a lot of people are having trouble choosing just one photo to submit. Just about every traveler would have a big collection of beach photos.. us included!

  8. Posted December 27, 2010 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Neat game, like Sabina, I am glad I heard about it.

    Here is my submission. It is from Monterosso in the Cinque Terre, Italy. The Italian Riviera region of Liguria is known for sun and fashionable tourists. In March, though it is a bit stormy. I love the hills fading into the background under the clouds.
    http://www.groundedtraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Monteroso.jpg
    Andrew recently posted..Elephants Need Trees

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for submitting your photo Andrew… the storm clouds really does add something special to this beach setting!

  9. Posted December 27, 2010 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Yay I can participate, I have an awesome beach picture.

    During my stay in Oahu’ Hawaii I spent hours at Waimea Bay. It was my favorite beach on the island. It was crystal clear, white sand & clam waters. I also loved the cliff and jump off it about 10 times or more. It wasn’t until we made a detour on our way to the hotel that I got this shot. The entire beach, now you see its beauty.

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_44tOU1hH4CY/TKOM6tPvwmI/AAAAAAAAAPU/HPzpWF3AL8c/s640/Hawaii%20218.JPG
    Jaime recently posted..STATE OF MY BREAKAWAY

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Waimea Bay looks like a great beach Jaime… not sure about jumping off the cliff though!

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      Oh jumping of the cliff was so much fun!!!!! It was scar at st but it was fun!!!
      Jaime recently posted..STATE OF MY BREAKAWAY

  10. Posted December 27, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Hi, great photosharing method!

    My photo was taken on a lunch trip out in Ecola State Park, looking south towards Cannon Beach along the beautiful Oregon Coast. Great hiking trails and good surf for those brave enough to venture the freezing, cold water.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Y_2UNwac2TA/TO8zC14MxUI/AAAAAAAAAC0/wwbE2IRgsqI/s1600/DSCN4167.jpg
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    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      We didn’t know about the beautiful Oregon Coast! May just have to take a detour away from Portland on our RTW next year to check out the Ecola State Park. Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. Posted December 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi Amy and Kieron! We are definitely going to participate this round (just wait for our pic). I love the Iguana in Galapagos picture (by Magda), amazing! I wish we had something like that in our collection. Btw, congrats to win the last round :)
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    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      Hey Dina! Thanks for the comment and looking forward to seeing your entry! :)

  12. Posted December 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh goodness you guys are going to have an interesting time picking this week’s winner!
    Erica recently posted..Travel Vaccines – The More You Know

    • Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

      It’s going to be VERY tough! So many spectacular photos already and we’re less than 24 hours into the competition!

  13. Posted December 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
    • Posted December 28, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink

      Had to do a quick Google search to find out more about Isla Margarita – 50 unique and magnificent beaches sounds pretty awesome to us!

  14. Posted December 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Great topic choice for roulette! I have so many beach photos. I think I know the one I want to submit, but I’m torn. I have three or four to debate between. Submitting later!
    Jeremy recently posted..Where You Should Be! – Tenerife- Canary Islands

  15. Posted December 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I hope I’m not shooting myself in the foot using this photo now instead of a later round, but it does have a tiny beach in it.

    Caption: “Overlooking a tiny island near Ko Tao, Thailand from a high viewpoint, the beach is nothing more than a sandbar that slowly appears as the day progresses and the tide pulls away.”

    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1222.snc4/155456_630384851760_21902759_36743992_4338323_n.jpg
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  16. Posted December 28, 2010 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Here’s our entry
    http://www.noplacetobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/getting-some-fruit-on-nha-trang-beach.jpg

    Fresh fruit whilst were relaxing on Nha Trang’s beach = heaven!
    Kirsty recently posted..Our favourite Photographs from China

  17. Posted December 28, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3521/3268155643_876bc01a11.jpg

    Gotta throw a curve ball in here to all the picture perfect paradises to choose from!

    It always great fun to people watch on the beach. Especially when you get to spot a bad case of the illusive hungry bum syndrome! I spotted this particular case on a beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Om nom nom…
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  18. Posted December 29, 2010 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    Here’s my submission:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Kz9-GLuKQyY/TAxWtQqTwdI/AAAAAAAAIMQ/yVdlpIgyyaw/s1600/DSCF1122.JPG

    This photo was taken in Ko Phi Phi in Thailand. It was a “secret” cove that I got a peek at while hiking up to the viewpoint. GORGEOUS! I love how the foliage creates a frame for the ocean.

    • Posted December 29, 2010 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Ko Phi Phi is a gorgeous place, we’re hoping to spend a bit more time among the islands such as this one when we reach Thailand again. Hiking around here sounds fantastic and that photo just proves it! Thanks for entering Connie!

  19. Globetrottergirls
    Posted December 29, 2010 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Here is our entry:

    Tulum Beach at the Riviera Maya in Mexico:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/globetrottergirls/5090205329/in/set-72157625059700843/

    It’s a tiny beach, but surrounded by ancient Maya ruins and with this turquoise water and the white sand it feels magical!!

    • Posted December 29, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      That looks great and the three tones of blue (shallows, deep water and sky) really makes this photo! Small beaches are often the best, especially if they’re isolated… impossible for this one would be isolated though, it’s way too pretty!

  20. Posted December 29, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Hi Amzkiz (I like to call you guys by your twitter name :) ),
    Here is our submission:

    http://www.vagabondquest.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Perfect-reflection-on-a-Fijian-lagoon-Sigatoka.jpg

    Perfect reflection on a Fijian lagoon. Sigatoka, Fiji.

    Cheers :)
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  21. Posted December 30, 2010 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    (Kiss a little butt with this picture:-))

    http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp82/purplekat99/GOR.jpg

    12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road on the way from Melbourne to Adelaide, Australia.
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    • Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Haha big brownie points for a Victorian beach photo!

      Great photo too… thanks for entering! :)

  22. Posted December 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    http://bohemiantraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/boulders-tayrona.jpg

    Here is a beach in Tayrona National Park in Colombia.

    • Posted December 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Stephen, absolutely love the way the rocks appear in this photo.

  23. Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    http://theplanetd.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/kolipeprint1.jpg

    This beach is on the small island of Ko Lipe in southern Thailand. We were here back in 2004 and not sure what it looks like now. It was a pretty “deserted” island then. In our opinion it is one of the most perfect beaches we have ever been on.

    Cheers!
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    • Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      We always love the photos you share on The Planet D and this one is no exception! It looks amazing – and adds another possible destination on our RTW!

      Thanks for entering! :)

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:22 am | Permalink

      I was just on Ko Lipe a few weeks ago. Lots of buildings and two main walking streets of shops. Someone complained once that it was over crowded (and growing) but I still think it is a little slice of heaven.

  24. Posted December 31, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on your win last week! You two are so cute and great name for a travel blog. :)

    Here’s my entry:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/michelleyam/5044999457/in/set-72157624815389689/

    Ummm, does this photo need a comment? Y’all know you’re jealous! :) Relaxing on a white sand beach & turquoise water in Cancun!
    my. recently posted..NEW YORK CITY — A SEASON OF LIGHTS

    • Posted December 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Michelle! :)

      And yep, we’re definitely jealous. Looks wonderful!

  25. Posted January 2, 2011 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Hi…here’s mine: Solitude & Reflection. I took it during an amazing sunset in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. It was a one-of-a-kind moment that I’ll never forget!

    http://www.chickybus.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Solitude-L-Egle.jpg

    Hope you can access it OK; if not, let me know and I’ll e-mail it.

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Awesome photo Lisa – love the colors and the silhouette effect that the lighting gives this photo.

  26. Iain Mallory
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous early autumnal sunset at Cleveleys, North-West England. I have plenty of pictures of great beaches, but chose as I wanted to show lovely photos do not have to be exotic. :)

    http://www.malloryontravel.com/Daily-Pic.html

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi Iain, thanks for entering – we’re having a bit of trouble adding your photo here. Can you please send us the direct image URL?

      Definitely wouldn’t associate a photo like this with England. Very nice!

    • Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

      Sent the link, best I can do, also contacted my web host to see what they suggest, good luck with the judging anyway, gonna be a tough decision!

  27. Posted January 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Wow, you guys have a tough decision to make. All these photographs are awesome, I really need to step up my game now. I’m gonna go ahead and throw one into the mix anyway.

    http://www.locationless.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/DSC01852.jpg

    This photo came from the blowhole beaches on the Cayman Islands. It’s quite an epic experience that’s very challenging to capture in a photo. By the way, I’m not the dude in the middle of it.
    Nick Laborde recently posted..Must not see TV and kicking off 2011 with a bang

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      You’re right there Nick – it’s gonna be incredibly tough to pick a winner! Might just have to draw a random number with the quality of these pics.

      Thanks for entering, it does look like quite the experience!

  28. Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh! I just realized I had a nice photo of a beach!

    http://www.valbromann.com/photography/albums/2009-summer-vacation-day-10/2009-vacation-day-10-012.jpg

    This is a photo of Coney Island’s beach and boardwalk on a July morning.

  29. Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Does it count if the beach is on a river rather an ocean? If so, then I’d like to submit this one…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronswwadventures/5203304979/in/set-72157625458352970/

    Sunset on Don Det at Laos’ Si Phan Don.
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    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      Ocean or river, they all connect somewhere so it definitely counts – especially with such a good photo! Thanks for entering! :)

  30. Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    This is our first submission! We’ve traveled to a number of great beaches – so hard to choose! Decided to go with my favorite trip of 2010 – French Polynesia. Here’s our submission:

    http://ourtastytravels.com/wp-content/uploads/BoraBora.jpg

    This was taken from the beach on a private motu looking back at the main island of Bora Bora. This was just days after the big cyclone hit the area in February 2010 and destroyed a number of the otw huts. During our 2 1/2 weeks, there were a total of 4 cyclones that completely altered our cruise itinerary. After arriving in Bora Bora, the storms dissipated and we were treated to one of the most beautiful blue days I’ve ever experienced.
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  31. Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow. There are some really great photos there. You will have a hard job choosing the winner.
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    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

      We’re amazed at the quality of photos that we’ve seen here… it’s going to be near impossible choosing a standout!

  32. Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Last minute entry from me, I like to cut deadlines fine! I’m glad I managed to catch it on twitter before it was too late :)

    http://www.backpackofdreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/DSCN1233.jpg

    Stopping for a quick tea break at Split Apple Rock whilst sea-kayaking in the Abel Tasman, NZ

  33. Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Holy wow! Nice shots everyone!!!! Best of luck to everyone and especially to Amy & Kieron who have the hard job of picking the winner! What a great round!
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  34. Posted January 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Some great pics this round! You’ve got your hands full trying to select a winner. Sorry to have missed it this round, will have to enter next round! Cheers
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  35. Posted January 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Great photos- I’m just now discovering this and it’s awesome! Can’t wait to participate in next weeks!
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  36. Posted January 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    WOW can totally see why this was incredibly tough! some amazing photos here that definitely add to my list of must-sees. absolutely LOVE deb & dave’s pic! that water! that sand! OMG must go! great job guys. what a great community-building exercise too! have learned about more great peeps here :)
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  37. Posted January 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey, great pic of the winner, even though it must have been so tough to choose only one :D
    Now I need to check The Planet D blog :)
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  38. Posted January 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again to everyone who entered and commented this post! It was extremely tough to select only one but the eventually winner was a deserving one.

    We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again over at The Planet D’s blog for Round 7 soon! :)

  39. Posted January 5, 2011 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Great photos!
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  40. Posted November 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    i like the hawaii one
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  41. Posted November 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    That picture of Koh Lipe looks divine. I never seem to be in Thailand in the right season for the West Coast, but Koh Lipe and that group of islands will definitely be where I’m heading when I eventually am!
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  42. Posted April 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea! I’m in love with the Roulette idea and many of the entries above are just STUNNING photographs. I’ve even found a few more bloggers and photographers to follow. I’m impressed!

    How can we get this roulette going again?
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