Explore the Elements Photo Contest

Categories:Giveaways, Photography
Jessica Peterson


Explore the Elements is a contest that invites bloggers and photographer to showcase the images they’ve captured on their travels. There are four categories (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) and the challenge is to submit photos that capture the essence of each of the elements. There is no stipulation on how long you’ve been blogging, so bloggers new and old are welcome to take part.

The Prizes


Prizes will be awarded for an overall winner as well as category winners. Here is what you could win:

  • The overall winner will be awarded a travel fund worth £5,000.
  • Each Element category winner will have their choice of a MacBook Air, a Fujifilm X-T1 camera, or an iPhone 6 with Bose noise cancelling headphones.

How to Enter

1. Publish an Explore the Elements post on your blog with images for all 4 elements. If you don’t have photos for all 4 elements, post images for the elements that you do have images for. Those who don’t have photos for all 4 elements will still be in with a chance of winning the category winner prizes but won’t be in the running for the main £5,000 travel fund prize.

2. Nominate and notify 5 other bloggers to take part in Explore the Elements at the end of your post to spread the word about the contest!

3. Notify Thomas Cook of your entry before the closing date of the 16th March 2015 by either:

Tweeting @thomascookuk including #exploretheelements and a link to your blog post in your tweet or;
Emailing exploretheelements@thomascookonline.com, including a link to your post, your name and your email address.

4. Thomas Cook and the competition judges will share and retweet some of our favourite Explore the Elements posts throughout the contest’s 8 week duration so be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts closely!

5. Every Explore the Elements blog entry will be judged by 3 other judges plus myself, with each judge selecting an element category winner to receive either a Fujifilm camera, an Apple MacBook Air, or an Apple iPhone 6 with Bose noise cancelling headphones depending on their choice. Hint: I’m judging the earth category. The judges will then work together to select the overall winner of the £5,000 travel fund. For further information about the judging and the prizes see the Terms & Conditions by clicking the link below.

6. Terms and Conditions

My Example Post


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



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



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



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


My Nominations

We are 365

The Funnelogy Channel

The Overseas Escape

The Nectar Collective


Competition page links

Explore the Elements official contest page
Explore the Elements Terms and Conditions
Explore the Elements on Pinterest
Explore the Elements on Twitter
Explore the Elements on Facebook
Explore the Elements on Google+

One Comment

  1. Stephanie Rogers
    February 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    This looks like such an amazing contest and I will definitely be entering! My camera follows me everywhere so I hope that I’ve captured each of the elements!


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