Explore the Elements

Travel Photoblogging Challenge

Thomas Cook are looking for bloggers to publish photographs they’ve taken which best represent one of the four elements. All the categories are open to your interpretation, so you can be free to take a picture of anything you feel showcases your chosen element.

Thank you Julia’s Travels for nominating me.

(please click on an image for a larger view)


Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, physicality and gravity


The incredible uplifted, tilted and eroded geological formations in Zion National Park in USA  demonstrate the shifting of layers upon layers of our earth.


Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism


The common harbour seal’s movements were fluid and beautiful to watch, causing the reflections of the boats at Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria, BC Canada to distort and bend into a myriad of patterns.


Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit


Dawn and a fiery sky over the Shropshire countryside. Red sky in the morning = Shepherd’s Warning and true to form later on in the day it rained.


Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom


A skein of geese flying  south at the end of a Canadian summer move with grace. The V formation they often fly in greatly boosts the efficiency and range of flying birds, particularly over long migratory routes.

How to enter:

  • Entrants must follow the online ‘Explore The Elements’ instructions to create their own blog entry.  Those entry instructions form part of these competition terms and conditions.
  • Only one entry per person is permitted. Multiple entries will be invalid.
  • Entries must be received by Thomas Cook by no later than 23.59 on 16 March 2015.
  • To qualify for entry, entrants must also nominate 5 of their fellow bloggers within their blog post.

My five nominations are:

  1. Another Day in Paradise
  2. A Word in Your Ear
  3. Beyond the Brush Photography
  4. Earth Under My Feet
  5. Memories are made of this

Good luck if you decide to join in 🙂
(and you don’t have to be nominated to enter)


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I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

24 thoughts on “Explore the Elements”

  1. All your selections are great Jude. I think that for the theme, the Zion Park shot works well.
    Do you get a TC holiday as a prize? Where would you go?
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. There are some nice prizes for winning the individual category and a £5,000 overall winner prize, but I don’t stand a cat in hell’s chance looking at some of the other entries! Still as they say “you’ve got to be in it to win it” and it is fun to do these competitions 🙂

    1. I didn’t nominate you Sue as I thought you had enough to do with your 4 way challenge, but you don’t have to be nominated to join in so please do if you have the time 🙂

  2. Great selection and well thought out reasons for the choices, good luck, the prizes sound well worth winning. Thank you for the nomination I take it as a lovely vote of confidence, but unfortunately I am in the throes of packing cleaning, preparing garden and all the other stuff that seems to need doing before I leave, so will have to decline.

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