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Explore the Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air

We absolutely LOVE photography. So, the first moment we heard about the Explore the Elements photo-blogging competition we knew we had to enter. We've debated (and debated some more) and finally decided which photos to enter for which categories. This is tricky for photographers as most of our images are direct reflections of something we loved seeing and wanted to capture- so of course we love all of them! We hope that you love them as much as we do!

Here are our entries for the Elements contest:


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

The Earth is this beautiful planet that we are all so very lucky to call home and explore. It however, can be very unforgiving, dangerous and massive. For this image, we have chosen a body from Pompeii. This person was once of the same flesh we are, organic, living and breathing and now has been turned into earth itself after suffering through this planet's fury. When viewing this body, it's absolutely fascinating, terrifying and disturbing, but it very much highlights how stubborn, physical and gravitational this planet can be. It knows no bounds.


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

Water. It is our very own lifeblood. It is what makes life possible here on this beautiful planet. The sound of trickling water, rain drops on tin roofs, and even waves washing up on a beach brings a sort of peace to us that is unexplainable. It as if we naturally know that this water is what we are. For this image, we have chosen an image of Skógafoss in South Iceland. It is a roaring waterfall on what used to be the coastline of Iceland. You can even walk underneath it. It is a perfect example of fluidity, and is massively flowing, as even in the deepest chills of winter it still flows. The waterfall is an example of the planets adaptability as melting snow flows to this very spot to carry it away.


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

When we think of fire, we think of heat, explosion and energy. Some of us may even fear fire, but fire is another thing that makes this planet move. Without fire, we'd have no land. Fire is the earth and the earth is fire. For this image, we chose a capture of the Geysir of Iceland. The geysir explodes every 5 to 10 minutes with hot, heated water from the volcanic earth below. In this image, you will see the awesome force of this as it begins to bubble out of the earth with the intention to release the water. The bright blue is a reflection from the sun shining in the sky and casting a blue tinge on the murky white hot water.


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

With every breath we take on this planet we experience the beauty of our air. One can experience it even more if you are lucky enough to have been to the places in the world where the air flows freely and unpolluted. For this image though, we thought the best representation of air that is growing, expanding and enjoying freedom is that of the elusive northern lights. These were captured in southern Iceland. We only saw the Northern Lights twice on a ten day winter trip to Iceland, and we were very lucky at even that ratio. They are an absolutely stunning thing to see and should be a part of everyone's bucket list.

We know the competition's coming to a close, but here are our five bloggers that we choose to nominate:

If you're looking for how to enter, look no further than here.

Gregory and Laura Brinkmann are travel, lifestyle and wedding photographers based out of Ontario, Canada who adore traveling. Please follow this blog for more tips, ideas, and advice... and sometimes just some silliness.

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