Capture The Color Photo Contest

Last week, fellow travel photographer and blogger friend Laura Cook of With A Hope – whose photography I also love – nominated me to join in the Capture the Color photo blogging contest out of the UK.

The challenge is to post five photos that capture the colors red, green, blue, white and yellow.


It’s no secret that I love to show color in my shots — particularly when it comes to landscape and cultures in the Caribbean and Central America, where I’ve traveled the most the past three years.

But this time, I’m leaving out the landscape.

I chose to focus on the color of islands beyond the seas and the mountains or rainforests: the one that’s reflected in the people, who are full of energy and spunk, proud of their roots, living life to the fullest with what they have and without whom that pretty Caribbean landscape wouldn’t be as fun of a place to visit.

Let me know what you think! And please retweet it if you love it, there are some yummy prizes to be had (wink)!


It's Carriacou Carnival!

RED reminds me of Carnival in Carriacou, Grenada's tiny sister island. I got up at six o'clock in the morning on Friday to photograph the painting, dancing, and complete mayhem that is J'ouvert, all the way up to evelen. This reveler's red-painted body and costume caught my eye and she turned to face me while dancing. Her mood was infectious, a moment that still makes me smile when I look at this photograph.

The one thing I love about Belize is its passion for music, and at Belize's summer festivals are serious business! When I went north to Orange Walk to attend the annual summer fiesta, I had no idea what the plan was or when the festivities would start. Then I heard drums in the distance right after checking in at my hotel - the one sound I never, ever miss from miles away. I grabbed my lens and ran outside my room. In the distance were up to four marching bands coming my way. This one was my favorite - something about that BLUE in their costumes that must have made them beat those drums harder than anyone else.

The sparkles in this GREEN costume remind me how fascinating culture is. Belize celebrates two full-blown Carnivals, and both are in September, the month of Independence. The one above was from the Orange Walk Carnival, in the north "Mestizo" part of the country.


Cricket win - St. George's, Grenada (c) Lebawit Girma

While in Grenada. shooting images for the Grenada Tourism Board, the driver and I went all over the island to get the specific shots needed- except, we couldn't find a cricket match anywhere. A couple of days later, I mentioned this to one of my local friends and he knew exactly where to take me. It would've been next to impossible for me to sweet talk my way into getting a group of cricket players to let me on the field while they played! But with my friend, all it took was a couple of words in patois and I was in. At the end of one game, I looked up in time to catch this moment among the winning team members. I was struck by how WHITE their outfits were after all those hours on the field.

I love the color YELLOW - it reminds me of a lot of course, from the sun to fruits and all things island. But this photo of Vincent, the combination of smile, the thumbs up and his yellow swim trunks, somehow reminds me of what I love about Jamaica: its friendly people.



And now, I get to nominate five bloggers to join this Capture the Colour challenge, so here we go ladies,  you’ve been tagged: Christy of Ordinary Traveler, Katherine of Kapcha The WorldLola Akinmade of Geotraveler Niche, Diana O’Gilvie of Love2TravelFilmWrite and  April of Absolute Travel Addict.

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos—a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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  1. Laura Cook 18 July, 2012 at 5:25 AM #

    Gorgeous photos with a real sense of fun as well as lots of colour! Wonderful stuff – that is why I nominated you 🙂 I especially love red; she is a real character!

  2. Leah Travels 18 July, 2012 at 8:43 AM #

    These photos are magnificent! Each one makes me happier than the next. Green is my favorite. She’s just stunning.

  3. Lebawit Lily Girma 18 July, 2012 at 9:48 AM #

    Thanks much Laura, I loved your post as well! 🙂 That girl cracks me up every time I look at her, she definitely is special.

    Leah, thanks! So happy to hear that! There were so many amazing costumes up north, even more than at the Belize City Carnival!

  4. Michel 30 August, 2012 at 9:24 AM #

    Fun pics!

  5. Lebawit Lily Girma 30 August, 2012 at 9:48 AM #

    Thanks, Michel! 🙂

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