Good storytelling doesn’t just make you visualize; it transports you. From leathery elephant skin to wavy sand dunes, share your photos and videos of #PPTextures that do just that for this week’s Instagram challenge!

Guest judges @georgetheexplorer@gsantosphoto can’t wait to see/feel what you have in store! To enter, follow the guidelines below to join in:


  1. Post or re-post photos/videos according to your interpretation of the theme between Tuesday, June 12th and 11:59am EST on Sunday, June 17th*.
  2. Tag @passionpassport and #PPTextures in your caption (if in the comments, we may miss it).
  3. Take us into the moment with you in your caption by sharing 3-4 sentences about the experience…background, what happened next, and/or any thoughts going through your mind.
  4. Check the sample below, get creative, and get going!

*NOTE: Entries must be posted or re-posted (i.e. you cannot simply ‘tag’ an older photo/video) from a public account during the challenge period. Those posted from private accounts and/or posted outside of the challenge period will NOT be considered eligible for feature.

We’ll announce the winner and honorable mentions Monday, June 18th on our Instagram feed based on Quality of ImageQuality of Caption, and Creativity/Interpretation of the Theme.


Elephant Eye and Skin in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Photo by:@_malterasmussen Chiang Mai, Thailand

For @passionpassport‘s #PPTextures challenge // My girlfriend and I had been traveling through Southeast Asia for almost three months and had yet to see any elephants. Because we’d heard stories about how these animals are often mistreated for tourism, we wanted to find an elephant camp where they were treated well and actually cared for. When we finally found such a place, we were elated. While there, one of the most surprising things I learned about these creatures was that despite being one of the largest land animals, they move quietly. In fact, this female elephant snuck right up behind me! Although I was startled by her size at first, once I looked into her eyes, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by what memories she was carrying. After all, it is said that elephants never forget.

Photo and words by: @_malterasmussen Chiang Mai, Thailand


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Top photo by: @gsantosphoto Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

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