HostelBookers 7 Super Shots

Fri, Jan 27, 2012

. Posted by: Sophie

Filed under: travel inspiration

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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.

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115 Comments For This Post

  1. Cam @ Traveling Canucks Says:

    Thanks for including our photo!
    Here is are our 7 Super Shots –

  2. Cathy Sweeney Says:

    Just finished my 7 Super Shots post. Here’s the link: — Thanks!

  3. Alex Berger Says:

    You can see mine here:

  4. A Cook Not Mad Says:

    Our 7 Super Shots

  5. Tom Bartel Says:

    Here you go:

  6. Nate @yomadic Says:

    I’m in!

    7 Super Photo Shots from Yomadic

    PS, great idea, this is spreading fast! Everyone I asked had already been asked, but I think I got some pretty good folks to pass the baton to.


  7. Jeremy (The Travel Apprentice) Says:

    My seven super shots:

  8. Bama Says:

    I’m also in!

  9. Matthew Karsten Says:

    Awesome idea! Just posted mine:

  10. Christy & Scott Says:

    Our 7 shots have been up for a couple of weeks, but I forgot to post it here

    Fun game!

  11. Kathryn Says:

    Great idea. I enjoyed selecting my 7 Super Shots and seeing other peoples posts too. Seen some wonderful photos.

  12. Jessica Rawlins Says:

    This was fun! Thank you for coming up with such a cool idea so we can recap on all the fun travel we’ve had.

  13. Jenn Says:

    I’ve been enjoying viewing everyone’s super shots. Lots of great photos!

    Here is the link for my photos:

  14. Laurence Says:

    Here are mine! I nominated some folks who’ve probably already been nominated multiple times.. but what the heck 😉

  15. Mike Says:

    This was so much fun. Thanks for inviting us! Here is our post:

  16. Lucy Says:

    What a great idea! Here are mine…

  17. Bob R Says:

    Terrific idea, and a very fun exercise.. Joined in as well:

  18. Greg Vaughn Says:

    Thanks for a great idea. My 7 are at

  19. Kristin Says:

    I had a lot of fun going through my photos trying to find just the right ones…and I’ve had even more fun looking at everyone else’s. Thanks for posting such a great meme.

    My 7 super shots are at:

  20. Nancy Todd, Regina Winkle Bryan Says:

    Here are 7 Super Shots from The Spain Scoop.

  21. Wendy Feltham Says:

    Here are my seven photos from my trip in February through Vietnam:,_Birds,_and_Beaches/My_Albums/Pages/Seven_Photos.html
    Thanks for inspiring all of us!

  22. Erik Says:

    Great idea- Thanks so much! Here are my seven-

  23. Marcellinho Says:

    Hi there !

    Thanks for creating this blogpost, I’ve enjoyed viewing everyone’s 7 super shots.

    Here is the link for my photos:

  24. wandering educators Says:

    here’s ours – thanks!

  25. AliAdventures7 Says:

    Great game! Here’s my 7 Super Shots post:

  26. Angie Away Says:

    Late to the party, but here we go!

  27. Sarah V. Says:

    Thank you so much for starting this! Here are my seven shots:

  28. Olga Says:

    When looking for pictures for all the categories, I found some photos I wouldn’t typically post on my blog – and now I had. Really nice exercise – thanks for coming up with this great meme!

    My 7 shots are in the blog post “I love Tel Aviv… because it’s picture-perfect” –

    Greetings from Tel Aviv :)

  29. Bonbon travel tips Says:

    Love it!
    Here’s my 7 Super Shots post:

    Would love to see your comments..

  30. Kate Convissor Says:

    Thanks, Hostelkeepers. Thanks, Erik. I played.

  31. Limelicious Says:

    Loved everyone photos.

    My 7 shots.

  32. Lauren Says:

    I plan to take part as well but is there another way to notify Hostel Bookers, I took part, without twitter?

  33. Victoria Philpott Says:

    Hey Lauren, yeah sure! You can let us know in the comments section here.

  34. Lauren Says:

    Thanks Victoria,
    Here are my 7 super shots!

  35. Simon Says:

    It took me a while to choose but… Here I am with my 7 Super Shots!


  36. Jeremy Branham Says:

    It took me a while but here are my 7 Super Shots

  37. Sam Says:

    I forgot to add mine LOL

  38. Mici Says:

    Just saw and have to say they are beautiful. thank you for sponsoring this!

  39. Traci Lehman Says:

    Okay, after being nominated twice I had to bite the bullet.

  40. Julie Dawn Fox Says:

    Here are my 7 Super Shots of Portugal:

  41. Kim Says:

    We did it. You can find our 7 Super Shots here

  42. Fitz Says:

    Nice idea! I’m in:

  43. Mary @ The World Is A Book Says:

    Sharing my 7 Super Shots! Thanks for this idea!

  44. Megan Says:

    im a little late to the party, but here are my Super 7 Shots

  45. Julia Says:

    Here is my submission! What a fun Meme and really made me think. I had a hard time choosing.

  46. Katie Says:

    Here are my 7 Super Shots from Argentina!

  47. Rob and Lizzie Says:

    Not sure why we didn’t put our link up here until now, too busy exploring I expect.

  48. Lisa Says:

    Here are my 7 Super Shots – had a lot of fun participating!!

  49. Liz Says:

    My contribution

  50. Kelly @eclecticmommy Says:

    7 Super AZ outing shots!

  51. Filip Demuinck Says:

    My contribution


  52. Kit Whelan Says:

    Just finished my 7 Super Shots! This was really fun & now I’m hungry from looking at too many photos to make my mouth water :)

  53. Linda ~ Journey Jottings Says:

    Here are my 7 Aussie Super Shots… to Dream, Drool and… Dump

  54. Tweepwife Says:

    Here’s my 7 Super Shots post

  55. NickiLynnM Says:

    Here’s my 7 Super Shots Post!

  56. Matt Says:

    My 7 Super Shots are in. Fun times!

  57. Michael D. Barton Says:

    My 7 Super Shots post:

  58. Christina Says:

    My 7 Super Shots from New Zealand, Japan and China:

  59. Liz McLennan Says:

    This was so much fun! Here’ the link to my blog:

  60. Ryan Says:

    My 7 SUPER Shots are up!!! Loved this game, more please?!

    Photos from Hawaii and New Zealand. Oh, AND a giant Marilyn Monroe Statue =)

  61. KC Says:

    Thanks for the idea and the opportunity to review some old images!

  62. fotoeins | Henry Says:

    Thanks to Christina Hegele’s kind nomination, below is the link to my corresponding “7 Super Shots” post which I hope you’ll enjoy.

  63. Becki | @BackpackerBecki Says:

    It was a tough choice going through years of photos, but what a fab idea! Here’s mine:

  64. Aleah | Says:

    What a fun meme to do! Here’s my super 7 shots!

  65. Emiel Says:

    Here is my contribution:

  66. Anis Says:

    This is a little late but here it is anyway!

  67. Christina M Says:

    A little tardy to the party, but here they are!

  68. Bonzenti | Con Tour Blog Says:

    I personally thank Aleah Phils of Solitary Wanderer in tagging of this super 7 shots. here’s my contribution.

  69. Dylan Says:

    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:

  70. fie Says:

    Here’s my 7 super shots!

  71. Mark B. Says:

    7 Super Shots from Tasmania, Australia…

  72. biqque Says:

    someone tagged me, so i joined :) here’s mine

  73. jardness Says:

    Have joined in the fun also. hehe.

  74. Lily Riani Says:

    Thanks for organizing this, it was fun reminiscing my old trips and pictures, walking down the memory lane was enlightning :)

  75. rayyan haries Says:

    Hola! Here’s my take on 7 Super Shots! Check it out! 😀

  76. adam Says:

    and here’s mine =)

  77. maszuber Says:

    it was FUN!!! Thanks for creating this!

  78. TammyOnTheMove Says:

    Done! It was real fun!

  79. arlidaabdullah Says:

    I might not follow the rules, but here is my post :)

  80. Nisha Says:

    And here are my 7 super travel shots! Come, see & comment if you like the photos. :)

  81. Denise Says:

    Here are my seven

  82. Backpacking Claire Says:

    Here are my Supr 7 Shots! please comment if you like the photos – or don’t!

  83. Backpacking Claire Says:

    Wooops sorry wrong link: check out my Super 7 Here – please comment!

  84. Jennifer Avventura Says:

    Here’s my 7 Super Shots. Thanks HostelBookers for a great and fun challenge! There’s some awesome photo’s which have been submitted. Hope mine can live up to the hype! 😉

  85. Chawanna Says:

    Here’s my 7 super shots 😉

  86. Tony Johor Kaki Says:

    Here my 7 Super Shots ;D Taken in Johor, Malaysia.

  87. Lonifoundherself Says:


  88. Simon Wilkinson Says:

    Here are my 7 Super Shots, I haven’t stuck strictly to the rules but hey?!!

  89. Ms. Aruba Says:

    super nice..when is the deadline??would love to participate..

  90. Amber Says:
    I played, thanks to a recommendation by a fellow blogger. Fun! Thank you!

  91. Vi Says:

    Here are mine shots:

  92. The Pinoy Explorer Says:

    Hi! Here are my 7 SuperShots! Cheers! Wonderful meme!

  93. Steve @ Back-Packer Says:

    I guess the party goes on, right? Because you should never say never i joined in and provided my 7 super shots, too!

  94. T-spotter Says:

    Cool stuff – here is my “7 Super Shots”:

  95. T-spotter Says:

    Four years of traveling, check my 7 Super Shots here:

    Have a great summer,

    T-spottet (Denmark)

  96. Pinay Thrillseeker Says:

    A thrill-seeker’s best friend is a sturdy and an equally adventurous camera, and so far it has never failed me. Sharing a thrill-seeker’s 7 Super Shots:

    Fun game! Cheers! :)

  97. Riz Says:

    I may be a little late for this game but here goes my 7 super shots.

  98. Andrea Says:

    Here’s my little contribution to the 7 Super Shots game!

  99. lucid gypsy Says:

    Another late comer but I really enjoyed having a go at this, here are my shots.

  100. Francine Gassette Says:

    Here is my selections to the 7 Super Shots game.

  101. canoe communications blog Says:

    I’m late too and my seven selections takes you on a trip across the US and a diversity of photography and travel experiences:

  102. Marie Says:

    Quite late…I had fun! thanks for organizing!

  103. Ashley at No Onions Extra Pickles Says:

    Better late than never 😉 Here are my 7 Japanese Super Shots:

  104. Sylvia Shaw Says:

    Here are my 7 Super Shots. Thanks for the fun challenge.

  105. Rob Ainslie Says:

    Here are my 7 super shots, a challenge that made me think…

  106. Cathy Dutchak Says:

    Hi there, here are my 7 Super Shots!

    Thanks for the challenge!

  107. Jo Bryant Says:

    Here is mine:

  108. Amy Says:

    Here are my 7 best:

    Thank you for the challenge! Very cool theme!

  109. kULAPITOT Says:

  110. Meredith Maisonneuve Says:

    Eight months later, here I am!

  111. Nick - Goats On The Road Says:

    Great Pics. I have a few of my own!

  112. Allan Smorra Says:

    Here is my entry for this challenge:

  113. Vicky Simpson Says:

    I don’t know if this is still happening but here is my entry:

  114. Allan Wilson Says:

    Are we still playing??? 😀

  115. Daniel Says:

    So cute! It is wonderfull. This photo makes me smile :))))

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