We're almost ready to launch the competition to find your amazing mtb photos for our 2013 fund-raising calendar. All the photos need to include at least one mountain bike and rider (except one, see below) and you're going to have to name the rider(s) when you enter the photo. All the photos must be taken within the Wakatipu area (for the Riding Area themes the photo must be taken within the chosen riding area) and the actual location is the second thing you'll have to name when you enter a photo. It doesn't matter when the photo was taken so long as you took it yourself and you know the name of the rider(s) and where it was taken.
This may all seem really complex but we'll have an online entry and upload page on the website that makes it all easy.
We've chosen 12 themes to ensure that you can express your creative flair and show everyone what it's really like to be lucky enough to mtb in the Wakatipu.
We want to ensure that the riding areas managed by the club are showcased so our first 4 themes are:
7 Mile - Any mtb and rider(s) photo taken at 7 Mile
Wynyard Area (incl. Big & Mini Dream) - Any mtb and rider(s) photo taken in the Wynyard Area
Gorge Road Jump Park - Any mtb and rider(s) photo taken at Gorge Road Jump Park
Jardine Park - Any mtb and rider(s) photo taken at Jardine Park
Then of course we can't ignore the fact that we live in the home of the Southern hemisphere's only lift accessed mtb area (we never get tired of saying or hearing that!!) so we've also chosen:
Queenstown Bike Park - Any mtb and rider(s) photo taken at the Queenstown Bike Park
For those who prefer to get away from it all we've included:
Wakatipu Backcountry - Any mtb and rider(s) photo taken in backcountry in the Wakatipu Basin area.
And for those who can't bear to put their bikes away for the winter we've got:
Cyclocross - Any mtb and rider(s) photo taken during a cyclocross race, taken in the Wakatipu area
Snow - the first of our broader themes - any mtb and rider(s) photo in/on/with snow, taken in the Wakatipu area
That's balanced by:
Sun - Any mtb and rider(s) photo where you can feel the glare and the heat beating out of the picture, taken in the Wakatipu area
And an opportunity to show how much fun can be had with a mountain bike:
Playtime - Any mtb and rider(s) photo doing stuff other than plain old riding, taken in the Wakatipu area
And for those into still life and capturing the beauty of our amazing machines:
The Mountain Bike - the only photo theme that doesn't require a rider as well as a bike but still taken in the Wakatipu area
Last but not least we felt the need to include those smaller folk that might have trouble getting their mitts on a digital SLR so we've created a special open theme for younger photographers -
Under 12's - (the photographer's age)- Any mtb and rider(s) photo taken in the Wakatipu area