Explore the Elements Photo Contest!

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While I was catching up on twitter, I came across a tweet from The Planet D about the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements Photo Contest. For anyone who wants to see some amazing photos, I highly suggest checking out all the submissions.


Explore the Elements challenges bloggers and photographers to submit photos they have taken that best represent the 4 elements (earth, air, fire, water). There are no stipulations on how long you have been blogging (lucky for me), so newbies and seasoned bloggers are all encouraged to participate.


I’ve spent the last couple weeks going through my entire photo library. The 4 photos I chose are some of my favorites from my travels in Africa and Australia.




Represents the hard, solid shapes of the earth

Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, physicality, and gravity



Every time I would think about the element earth, my mind would go back to Africa. The continent exudes strength, and I chose this photo because I feel like the giraffe represents that strength. It is a harsh and unforgiving environment, and you have to be strong to survive there.




Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement

Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom

golden orb spider-2


Spotting the brightly colored Garden Orb Spider is a common occurrence when walking through the bush in South Africa. She will spend hours spiraling out her web across a large open area and then wait to capture her prey. This technique takes time, and she has to protect her hard work which is why she adds in that distinct white zig zag.


Now the web is visible for all the larger animals to avoid but yet still invisible to the smaller insects she is so patiently waiting for.




Represents energetic, forceful, moving things in the world

Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit



When first looking at this picture, you probably aren’t thinking anything about fire, but I wanted to think outside the box for this one.


I chose this picture because of the fire that burns within an elephant herd. It keeps them moving always on the search for food and water. It’s the unconditional love they feel towards each other and most importantly that little one standing in the middle. They will protect each other and comfort each other in a time of loss.


I’ve had the privilege of working with elephants a few times, and I’ve seen the fire burning deep within them. It’s pretty incredible.




Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world

Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism



This photo was taken at the Blue Mountains National Park in Australia. This particular area is called Witches Leap due to the face that appears in the rocks.


I chose this photo for water not only because of the fluidity of the waterfall, but also because it shows how the formless element can give shape to the earth.


My Nominations:


  1. Melissa Jean Wilbraham- Melissa Jean Photography
  2. Angie Goody- Angie’s Conservation Diary
  3. Shannon O’Donnell- A Little Adrift
  4. Jan Robinson- Budget Travel Talk
  5. Susan Shain- Travel Junkette


If you are interested in joining the competition, here’s what you need to do:


1. Publish a blog post for Explore the Elements Photo Contest showcasing the photos you have chosen for each element. You do not have to publish a photo for each element to participate. If you do not have 4 photos, you will still have a chance to win a category prize but will not be eligible for the grand prize.


2. Nominate 5 other bloggers or photographers to join in the competition and notify them.


3. Notify Thomas Cook of your entry by March 16, 2015 by either:

  •     tweeting @thomascookuk with the hashtag #exploretheelements and a link to your post or
  •     emailing exploretheelements@thomascookonline.com with the link to your post and your email


4. Be sure to check out the contest’s Facebook and Twitter to see other entries


There will be a winner for each category that can choose between 3 gadgets that are great for travel, and one grand prize winner who will be awarded a travel fund of £5000.


You can visit Explore the Elements official competition page for more info.


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