HostelBookers 7 Super Shots

Do you have a few cracking shots gathering dust in the belly of your computer? Nowadays, everyone is a photographer and we want to give you the chance to share some of your fabulous photos and give them the light of day that they always deserved!

So, we have come up with a fun game for all you happy snappers. We want you to select 7 photos that fit with the below categories, such as an image that you secretly think deserves a spot in National Geographic magazine! Post your choice selection on your blog, tell us about it, then nominate any other blogger friends you have.

Play with us in 5 easy steps

1. Choose 7 of your own photos, one for each of the following categories:

  • A photo that…takes my breath away
  • A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
  • A photo that…makes me dream
  • A photo that…makes me think
  • A photo that…makes my mouth water
  • A photo that…tells a story
  • A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

2. Write a short description for each image.
3. Write somewhere in your blog post: I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots.
4. Tell us you have participated and tweet the hashtag #7SuperShots
5. Nominate 5 other bloggers by including a link to their blog in your post.

We will be retweeting and sharing the best posts from participating bloggers.

And before you start wagging the ‘ol finger at us, we have done our homework already! Take a look at HostelBookers own list of 7 photos that…

1. Takes my breath away

From Bethany of Beersandbeans.com | Facebook.com/BeersandBeans

Walking toward the station, we passed this street. Photographically, the couple couldn’t have been more ideally placed. They were bathed in the light perfectly. It was drizzling with rain, just enough to create steam on the cobblestones and creating the perfect conditions for sprouting love. His enchantment and nervous tension was unmistakable even from down the street. You could tell they were probably at the very beginning of what would no doubt blossom into a steamy love affair, the kind you only get a couple times in life, maybe only once. The streets of Florence are so old and full of life. I wonder how many people have stood in this spot with the same twinkle in their eye. Nothing in the world can compare to the blushing skin and golden glow of a love affair about to burst into wild flames.

2. Makes me laugh/smile

From Anthony of TheTravelTart.com | Facebook.com/TheTravelTartBlog

When I went to Malawi in 2008, I visited a local hospital and spotted this funny health worker sign. I find signs fascinating and the reason for their production can range from the useful to the downright bizarre. The ‘Be Nice To Health Worker’s’ sign was located in Livingstonia Hospital, and I think this is related to a patient’s bedside manner, not the doctors!

3. Makes me dream

From Cameron of Travelingcanucks.com | Facebook.com/travelingcanucks

We had always dreamed of one day sitting in the presence of the mysterious Moai statues of Easter Island. We captured this fiery sunset and collection of Moai statues just outside the town of Hanga Roa. To this day, we still get a slight chill down our spines when we look back at the photos. It still feels like a dream, but it came true.

4. Makes me think

From Dave and Deb of Theplanetd.com | Facebook.com/ThePlanetD

After a long day of driving our car through the horrific roads of central Kazakhstan we finally pulled over in a field for the night. As we were putting up our tents we spotted a lone figure in the distance on horseback. Who was it? Did he own this land? Would he kick us off? All these questions raced through our minds as he disappeared in the distance. Moments later, this mysterious rider appeared on the horizon and came galloping towards us. We stopped what we were doing so we could greet him. He was a stoic young man with a fresh rabbit kill and his trusty dog came bounding up behind him. He just stared. I wondered what was going through his mind. Who are these people? What are these small shelters they are using? We tried to communicate with hand signals. After an hour of him watching us he waved goodbye and galloped off into the sunset. I couldn’t help thinking to myself; what would be the topic of his conversation over dinner that night?

5. Makes my mouth water

From Matt of Landlopers.com | Facebook.com/LandLopers

I found myself in the middle of the tourist zone in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico desperately wanting to escape. The city was lovely, but the souvenir hawkers were getting on my nerves. I wandered down a few side streets closer to the malecon, the town’s new boardwalk. Gulls soared overhead and the sound of the sea crashing captivated my senses. But instead of salt spray I could smell the unmistakable aroma of grilled meats wafting by. It was lunchtime. I was hungry and I followed the scent until I stumbled upon Maria.

Maria owns a small taqueria not far from the tourist zone, but distant enough to lure locales along with curious tourists. She was preparing for the lunch rush hour when I plopped down on one of the stools facing the street and, through a somewhat confusing mix of Spanglish and effusive pointing, managed to assemble the perfect taco. The carne asada was grilled before my eyes, combined with a sharp Mexican cheese and all placed expertly onto a fresh tortilla and served up with great flourish. The meat was succulent and I struggled to make sure not a drop of the juicy goodness escaped the tortilla. The delectable treat didn’t last long, but I walked away happy and content, not just for the taco but for my luck at finding Maria and a little bit of real Mexico amidst all the tourist chaos.

6. Tells a story

From Daniel of Canvas-of-Light.com | Facebook.com/Canvasoflight

This photo was taken during one of my trips in Vientiane, Laos. I was riding behind a tuk-tuk, heading back to my guesthouse, when I saw this old lady walking down the street carrying a ridiculously huge bag on her back. I had just enough time to point my camera and take a few photos before she was out of shooting range. I often wonder what her story was. I was impressed by the determination on her face and her strength to carry on while younger couples were lazily driving around on scooters in the dusty streets of Vientiane.

7. I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

From Alex of VirtualwayFarer.com | Facebook.com/VirtualWayfarer

This parrot serves as on-site supervisor at a small cafe right next to the main bus stop in Flores, Guatemala. I snapped this photo while grabbing a quick breakfast before catching the bus to the ruins at Tikal. It’s worth noting that shortly after I took this photo the jerry-rigged power line which ran right over my table snapped, sparked and popped as the transformer threw off sparks and sizzled loudly. I jumped up and back under the protection of the open-faced cafe expecting one of the cables to come down while the owner ran around shutting down all of the electronics. Eventually it stopped smoking, breakfast resumed, and this little guy seemed utterly unconcerned.

Thanks to Shermeee for the banner image. Please note, this image was suitable for use at the time of publication according to the Creative Commons license.

115 Responses to “HostelBookers 7 Super Shots”

  1. I’m NO expert in photography. I don’t even have a DSLR camera right now. What I have is the determination in learning the art of photography… a newbie with only a digital camera to practice… and this overwhelming passion to tell stories through my photos.

    I was challenged by my good friend Drew, a fellow travel blogger. And with the limited number of photos I can share, I’ve decided to give it a try.

    Here I am taking part in “HostelBooker’s 7 Super Shots” and these are my photos: http://wanderingdylan.com/2012/05/17/hostelbookers-7-super-shots-challenge/

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