Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Alliance Launches People Powered Movement Photo Contest

Washington, DC - September 1, 2009 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking is inviting photographers from across North America to turn their best biking and walking photos into a chance to win a 10-day all-expense-paid bike tour of Tuscany. The inaugural People Powered Movement Photo Contest, which runs from September 1st - December 11th, is seeking high quality and creative photos of biking and walking.

In addition to the VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Tuscany by bike adventure, which includes airfare, meals, and bicycle, the grand prize winner will also receive a year's supply of CLIF BARs and their local biking or walking advocacy organization will receive a $1,000 Communications Grant.

Two runners-up will win a brand new commuter bike - a Breezer Uptown 8 or a Dahon folding commuter. First, second, and third place winners in each of the seven categories will also receive prizes including Rickshaw bags, Planet Bike gear, and CLIF BARs. The winning photos will be published in the 2010 March/April issue of Momentum Magazine.

Individuals can submit up to 20 photo entries via the contest website until December 11th, 2009. On November 1st, the public will be invited to vote on all photos submitted to the contest. Public voting will close on December 31st, 2009 when the top 10 photos from each category will go to a panel of expert judges in biking and walking advocacy and communications. These judges will vote on the finalists to determine the contest winners. Because the public voting period is critical to determining the finalists, participants are encouraged to submit their photos early.

Photos submitted via this contest will benefit the Alliance's new Biking and Walking Advocacy Photo Library, a valuable resource that will provide free high quality images for grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. This resource is much anticipated, as images are essential for advocates to effectively communicate with the public.

The People Powered Movement Photo Contest is made possible by 42BELOW, Momentum Magazine, CLIF BAR, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Planet Bike, Rickshaw Bagworks, Bicycle Times, Breezer, Dahon, Cycle California! Magazine, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Funes Design, and JPG Magazine.

For more information, including judging criteria, contest rules, and to enter, visit the Alliance's contest website at www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org/PhotoContest

About the Alliance:
Alliance for Biking & Walking is the North American coalition of 140 grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations. The Alliance works to strengthen state and local organizations through grants, training, sharing best practices and resources. More information about their work or to find a local organization you can work with, check out www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org.

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