Bicycle travel photo contest opens

Bicycle Tours offers a bicycle travel photo contest open to all camera and cycle


The grand prize for
the best photo that captures the spirit of cycling is a free ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tour (maximum
value $3,650) to be enjoyed before Dec. 31, 2012.  Professional photographers
Gregg Bleakney and Jeff Bartlett along with members of the ExperiencePlus! team
will select the winner.

Three Category Prize
winners will also be awarded an ExperiencePlus! gift package including a
specially designed anniversary jersey, water bottle, cycling socks and rear
rack pack. The three categories are:

 Food & Local Culture: Photos of locals,
outdoor markets, indoor markets, fabulous meals, grapes on vines, beautiful
monuments and such

Panoramas & Vistas: Sights and places
that inspire awe and amazement

Cyclists: Travel buddies, self-portraits or
locals who share the love of bicycling

Each category winner will
be awarded a prize and all photos submitted will be entered into a special
People’s Choice Contest with the lucky winner receiving a new iPad.

Voting for the
People’s Choice is done via SmugMug, a community photo sharing site. Visitors
to the special 40th
Anniversary Album
will be able to give favorite photos a Green Thumbs-up
and the more votes a photo gets the higher it is ranked in the gallery in terms
of popularity. Number of views also affects popularity in this gallery, so photographers
are encouraged to send as many friends as possible to view the gallery.

There are three ways
to enter a photo (a maximum of three images for each category allowed):

By Email – send digital photo submissions

Through Facebook – post photos (make sure
to tell the story behind each) on the ExperiencePlus! wall at

By Twitter – mention @explusbicycling and
hash-tag the contest (#XPlusphoto), the challenge is telling the story in less
than 140 characters

Upon submission, all
photos will be uploaded to the SmugMug album and entered in the Grand Prize,
Category and People’s Choice contests.  Historic hard copy photos may be
scanned and submitted digitally.

Although no
submission deadline date has been set, the contest is expected to end in early
2012 with the winners being announced shortly thereafter. For more information,


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