Photo Contest Rules

Adventure Cyclist magazine invites photographers to enter its 8th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest. Please read the following rules, terms and conditions before submitting any photos!

The Adventure Cyclist 8th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest is open to ALL photographers at least 18 years of age. The contest is open to all participants so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation, however, Adventure Cycling employees, board members, and photographers currently paid by Adventure Cycling and the immediate families of such individuals, regardless of residence or citizenship, are not eligible.

Your Rights

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable — other than those rights licensed in the next sentence. By entering the contest, you hereby grant to Adventure Cycling Association (i) a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and publicly perform the photographs you submit to Adventure Cycling, and (ii) the right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

What to Enter

We are looking for striking digital images that capture the spirit, wonder, and adventure of bicycle touring and travel. These images can be taken anywhere in the world. Photos that focus on the scenery of an area must include some connection to or indication of bike travel. For some examples, check out the feature (PDF) on last year’s winners.

We are especially interested in images that showcase the wide range of bike-touring experiences: Groups of cyclists, road and dirt riding, rural and urban settings, scenery, people, and emotions. We will not accept any racing or BMX photos.

If you choose to include other people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to Adventure Cycling upon request. Entrants must not submit images that infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single "High Dynamic Range" image are acceptable. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion.

Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include

  • The subject of the image
  • The location in which the image was taken
  • A description of the trip, circumstances, etc, that may be helpful for judges

Please clearly label all photos to assist judges in determining eligibility.

All photographs will be credited with the caption "Photo by Person's Name." Adventure Cycling has final approval of any language that appears on its website with any of the photos and will not promote or endorse third-party products or services.

How to Enter

Each person can enter up to five (5) photos, which must be submitted electronically using Adventure Cycling's Submittable portal.



Eligibility and Judging

To ensure eligibility for the contest, entries must be available in a press quality high-resolution version upon request, no less than 2500 pixels on the long side. Entries that do not meet this requirement cannot be eligible for the contest.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically. Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see "Your Rights" above). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Adventure Cycling upon request.

Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The judges are a panel of Adventure Cycling staff members familiar with photography and responsible for selecting images for various Adventure Cycling printed and online marketing and membership materials.

Adventure Cycling shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.


Deadline for submitting entries is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 30, 2016. Online entries can be uploaded starting 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 1, 2016.

Entrants may be asked to submit a paragraph about the story behind the photo anytime on or after December 1, 2016. The Grand Prize Winner in the general category and winner of the U.S.-focused category, along with up to 10 Honorable Mentions, will be announced in the May 2016 issue of Adventure Cyclist. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.

Winning Photos

The judging panel will select one Grand Prize Winner along with up to 10 other Honorable Mentions.

The chosen images will be printed in the March 2016 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, and will appear on Adventure Cycling’s website and blog. The first place winner in both categories will also receive a two-year membership to Adventure Cycling and a $100 gift certificate to the Cyclosource store. The second and third place winners in the general category will each receive a $50 gift certificate to Cyclosource and a two-year membership.

Legal Conditions

By entering this contest, you agree to certain legal conditions.


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to