During this competition I’ve had lots of requests to use pocket cameras and DSLR’s. The quality of some of the photos would most likely be better if we allowed this, however I felt it would create too much of a barrier for everyone to compete. The camera phone is a great equalizer. Almost everyone has a camera phone these days, there’s lots of apps that turn regular photos into great photos, and it takes the emphasis off of expensive equipment. I’ve received nearly 2000 photos in the past 6 weeks and I’m glad that this competition has inspired some of you to get out there, be creative, and share some of your best moments on a bike. I’m blown away at the quality and composition of many of these photos that were taken on mobile phone cameras. From what I’ve seen the iPhone4 takes some of the best quality photos. Combined with apps such as Hipstamatic, Lomo, or The Best Camera, some real jems have been submitted.
In order to doll out the prizes between Australian and International competitors we’ll have to sort the finalists into two categories. There have been a few PRO submissions as well. Since this is unfair in every regard as they are constantly riding around the best roads on earth I’ll separate them into their own category as well.
Aussie and Kiwi Finalists
Since most of CyclingTips’ sponsors do business in the Australian market it’s easy to understand why many of the prizes are eligible to Australian residence only. We have some great prizes up on offer and I sincerely thank our sponsors for their generosity.
Here are the top photo finalists submitted by Aussie and Kiwi residents. These have been selected based on composition, caption, originality and overall theme. I’ve taken the liberty in creating a title to each of these so they’re identifiable in voting.
Sleeping In | Dave
Even though my wife is mad about cycling too, it’s hard to resist a lie in once in a while… | Dave
Hors Catégorie | Owen Richards
A photo of the Hors categorie climb Luz-Ardiden, France. Taken near the top, looking back down the climb at my friend Mark in a world of pain. Taken with iphone 4 and edited in photoshop | Owen Richards
Construction Zone | Nicholas
Outside Yarra Glen – got a bit lost and ended up in a construction zone | Nicholas Allen
Mt.Wellington | Henry
Winter training on the lower slopes of Mt.Wellington in Hobart. At this time of year normally chilly rides become a little more chilling due to the snow that falls quite low on many of the good climbs around Hobart. It adds a surreal aspect to riding and makes for great photos! This picture taken with an iphone 3G and edited with the Adobe PhotoShop Express App. | Henry
Go Ritchie! | Christian
Taken on iPhone 3G (no modification), at timing station 1km from finish of elite men’s time trial at Worlds. Richie Porte going into warp speed trying to catch Martin | Christian
Early Morning Scarborough | Shaun
Taken from the northern tip of Redcliffe looking out over Deception Bay/Moreton Bay | Shaun
Tenerife | Peter
What you missed this morning.. …. in Tenerife, at 2200m. Sent from my iPhone 4 –Peter Smith
On The Fence | Nicholas
Day 2 (Rathdowney to Casino) of our four day cycling tour of South-East Queensland and Northern NSW. Just past the Mt. Lyndsey climb and we had our first puncture. Whilst waiting for the puncture to be fixed, the bunch instinctively leant their bikes up against the barbed wire fence – and with that backdrop, well a photo opportunity if there ever was one. Taken on an iPhone 3G using Photogene and then additional post-processing done on the phone using Camera Kit. –Nicholas
Magpies | Jeremy
This photo was taken in the Keiwa Valley, this morning and should probably be titled “What you are glad you missed this morning” This is a shot of my mate Kel Boers being dive-bombed by a couple of excited Collingwood supporters. It was taken on my iphone 3GS | Jeremy
Williamstown Cycle Chic | Iain
The morning after after AFL in Willianstown. Taken on iphone3g -Iain
Early Start | Leigh Schilling
Who says 3 year olds cant look forward to their morning ride? Getting off road and dirty. shot with HTC Desire. -Leigh Schilling
Sydney Harbour | Peter
Harbour Bridge Cyclepath – Taken with iphone, 3G |Peter
Waiting For The Stragglers | Jeff
Taken on a Tuesday Morning ride, after a sprint. We all stop at the Raffles Hotel and wait for the rest of the group to catch up. –Jeff
Kangaroo Valley | Marcus
On a cold day three gentlemen rose slowly up out of the fog in the Kangaroo Valley into beautiful sunshine, before swooping down into town for refreshment and tall tales. –Marcus
There are six (6) prizes up for grabs, so you can submit a vote for up to 6 of your favorite photos. The photo with the most votes will win the Grand Prize
I was overwhelmed with many amazing photo submissions from international readers. I wish I had more prizes to give away however I do have one good one – a CyclingTips jersey and knicks made by Capo. Even though the prize pool isn’t as good I want to thank all of you for taking part in the fun. Place your vote below (votes will only be registered once).
Lost | Michael Tabtabai
My two friends checking a map after a road we had planned to ride on was closed for construction. We were in the middle of a 17-day, 2200 mile ride, and I was not excited about adding another 5 miles to a 120+ mile day. The photo was taken with an iPhone 4 in Stryker, Ohio in the early morning.
Swiss Walls | Fabio
Greetings from Switzerland. Picture shot with my Nokia 3120 cell phone on the St. Gotthardpass, Switzerland. -Fabio
La Dole | Terry
Taken from La Dole, Switzerland
Morning Track | Gary
Here is a entry on behalf of a mate of mine Gary Gross. If you use it please credit it as garygross.com.au. -Matthew
Self Portrait | Stefan
Self portrait taken with the iPhone, –Stefan Rohner
Wacky | Terry
Here’s a picture of Eli in front of this crazy house in Malibu, CA. It was the end of a long day and we were all getting a little bit wacky and tired. | Terry
Content | Rado
Snapped this one of my mate Az while we were having a quick stop. Seems to sum up that content feeling we all love while out on a great ride. Chittering Valley, W.A. / Hipstamatic for iPhone. | Rado
Clover Mill Road | Andrew
AM on Clover Mill Road in Chester Springs Pennsylvania, USA. Shot taken on an iphone 3Gs, editing with Best Camera. –Andrew
I’ll just cut to the chase right now and award the PRO winner his prize – my last Shut Up Legs t-shirt.
Cafe Threshold Efforts | Mark Renshaw
Voting will close next week on Wednesday, October 20th at 11:59pm (AEST).
Have a great weekend and enjoy the spring riding. Good luck to all the Melbourne-Warrnambool competitors and Around The Bay riders. I’m doing them both, so I pray for good weather!