Explore the Elements Photo Contest

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This is my entry for Thomas Cook’s Photo Contest. You can see all the details by clicking here. It’s a pretty cool contest, and although I know my chances of winning are pretty slim, it couldn’t hurt submitting my entry 🙂


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

This shot was taken at Sapa Valley, located in the north of Vietnam, during a day trekking trip I took while I was there. The rice fields that cover all the mountain slopes are truly a remarkable sight.



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

This shot was taken in Vang Vieng, Laos. This is actually the very first shot I took that I was really proud of when I saw the final result in Lightroom. I only bought my Sony NEX-7 camera a few days before getting to this spot, and it is the first great photo (in my opinion at least ;)) that I got out of my little Sony.



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

This shot was taken in Tel Aviv, Israel, from a small and broken pier on the beach, a little bit north of Jaffa port. We don’t get too many of these kinds of sunsets in Israel, but when we do, they fill up the sky with amazing colors, and I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time.



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

This shot was taken at the Tel Aviv port. I used an ND filter to get long exposure to make the water silkier and stretch the clouds a little to give the sense of movement to the scene.

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