7 Super Shots Photo Game

Posted on / by Alex Berger

I recently had the pleasure of contributing a photo to the launch of Hostel Booker’s fun travel photo game which showcased 7 exciting travel photos across 7 categories from 7 different travel bloggers. Now, it’s time for me to dive into my archives and to pull out 7 photos before nominating 5 of my fellow bloggers!  Please enjoy, and let me know which is your personal favorite?

A photo that…takes my breath away


Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Located about halfway between Croatia’s Capital, Zagreb and the coastal town of Split is Plitvice Lakes National Park. I had the opportunity to visit the day before first snowfall and quickly fell in love. A UNESCO world heritage site, the area is easily one of Europe’s most beautiful national parks. While the main waterfall featured above was impressive, the 6-8 hour hike along the river as a whole was filled with incredible beauty.

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile


Penguin Island in the Beagle Channel - Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

I find penguins hilarious.  They’re odd, inquisitive, horribly awkward on land and generally fairly adorable.  Which is why  I can’t help but grin and chuckle every time I see this photo from a small island in the Beagle Channel in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.  Located just a few hundred miles north of Antarctica and in the world’s most southern continental region, Tierra del Fuego is a fascinating land full of amazing wonders and highly entertaining inhabitants.

A photo that…makes me dream


A Dog Resting Atop Sharkstooth

Taken in the summer of 2011 this shot is from the back side of Shark’s Tooth Pass in southwestern Colorado deep within the San Juan Mountain Range. Every time I see this photo i’m reminded to dream of new adventures, of new accomplishments, and to close my eyes and remember the wonderful adventures already experienced.

A photo that…makes me think


Cherry Blossoms & the Tidal Basin - Washington D.C.

The FDR monument in Washington, DC is one of my favorite monuments in the world. It is powerful, compelling and offers amazing quotes based in great wisdom. I snapped this shot of a random woman in front of one of the quotes during a visit in April 2011.  It always causes me to pause and ask myself – what have I done to help those who need it today?

A photo that…makes my mouth water

Outdoor Market in Dublin - Food

Outdoor markets are one of the things I love most about traveling outside of the US. During a recent visit to Dublin I swung by a wonderful little market square located just outside the heart of Temple Bar. Once I stumbled upon this booth I couldn’t help by sample several of the wildly different offerings – each of which had a strong, delightful taste the memory of which makes my mouth water to this day.

A photo that…tells a story

Warehouse Row in the Old Harbor - Bergen, Norway

One of the things I love about travel is the opportunity to stumble upon delightful moments that capture the imagination and tie into our inner self. It can be a reminder of our childhood curiosity, simple delight in every-day things, or a sense of wonder at things we would otherwise be blind to. During a trip to Bergen, Norway I was lucky enough to have my camera out during one of these moments as a young boy wandered away from his parents to boldly march up to a doorway that had piqued his curiosity. For me, this shot embodies my perpetual re-connection with my inner child while on the road.

A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier - Patagonia, Argentina

There’s something about this photo that just moves me. It is of a random photographer in-front of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina after an all-day glacier trek. Despite being snowed and rained upon for most of the trek the clouds lifted and the rains paused long enough for me to capture this special moment. In particular I like how it conveys that sense of wonder that strikes from time to time – causing even the most committed photographer to lower their camera, pause, and take in the wonderful beauty that surrounds them.

Join the Game

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.


I would love to see the fantastic photos the following bloggers come up with, so to each of the following I nominate YOU to post your own 7 Super Shots.

Head on over and see the 7 Super Shots guidelines post which features a number of fantastic photos.

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.


  • Cam
    February 7, 2012

    Great photos Alex! My fav is the penguin 🙂

    • Alex Berger
      February 8, 2012

      Thanks! Agreed that guy was hilarious, just wandering around as curious as could be.

  • Lucian
    February 10, 2012

    My favorite is the dog. Tired and dreaming about a new launch of the stick!

    • Alex Berger
      February 10, 2012

      hehe, that shot makes me smile every time i see it for sure!

  • Dan
    February 12, 2012

    I like the penguins the best in this group. It captures the moment perfectly.

    I’m going to try and post some pictures and do the same thing. I will let you know. 🙂

  • Anwar
    February 15, 2012

    Gorgeous photos! i do especially love the penguin ones.

  • Kathryn
    February 19, 2012

    Gorgeous photos. Hard to pick a favourite but I think it would have to be the shot of the waterfall at Plitvice Lakes. I hope I get to go there sometime!
    Here’s my 7 super shots if you fancy a peek

    • Alex Berger
      February 19, 2012

      Thanks Kathryn! Whew your #5 really did leave me hankering to take a bite!

      • Kathryn
        February 19, 2012

        I really should have bought one as well as photographing them. Next time! 🙂

  • Bob R
    February 28, 2012

    Some great shots – glad you included Plitvice.

  • Hermann
    April 7, 2012

    Great shots Alex !

  • Red Hunt
    April 17, 2012

    While I rarely vote against a penguin….and your penguin picture is awesome, I really really like the Plitvice Lakes National Park shot. Every time I see images from there it makes me want to visit! Great 7 Super Shots post…

  • Denise
    May 22, 2012

    I can see why the last picture moves you. It’s absolutely stunning.

  • Jennifer Avventura
    May 23, 2012

    Stunning photography. Love 2, 3 and 5!

  • Vi
    June 22, 2012

    I love all you pictures.
    I just posted mine too.

  • Jo Bryant
    July 26, 2012

    terrific photos but there is a real emotional pull with the dog shot

    • Alex Berger
      July 27, 2012

      Thank you Jo! I love that shot as well! Just the fun character of it!


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