How-to: Enter the Bicycle Travel Video Contest

Early last September, Adventure Cycling Association's media director, Winona Bateman, wrote in her News, Networking, and New Media column that over the previous six months she'd been corresponding with Blanche van der Meer (shown above) about the idea of lanching a video contest to celebrate and energize the booming trend in bike-travel documentaries. "Blanche moderates the very successful WorldCycles Video group on Vimeo," Winona wrote, "which has attracted more than 1,600 submissions! She has seen firsthand the growing enthusiasm for bicycle-travel videos."

Their discussions were fruitful, and they've spawned Adventure Cycling's first-ever Bicycle Travel Video Contest, in collaboration with WorldCycle Videos. The contest is up and running on Vimeo, and video submissions will be accepted in the following categories through February 28, 2013:

Best Long Distance Tour Video: Submit your best narrative or experimental video about a long-distance bike tour. Submissions must not exceed 7 minutes in length.

Best Portrait of a Traveling Cyclist: Submit your best narrative or experimental video portrait of a touring cyclist. Self-portraits are acceptable. Submissions must not exceed 5 minutes.

And, last but not least ...

Best Bike Overnight Video: Submit your best narrative or experimental video about a one- to two-night bike tour. Submissions must capture the experience of a one- to two-night tour, not one or two nights of a longer tour, and must not exceed 3 minutes in length.

All videos will be considered for the Bike Travel Spirit Award, which will be awarded by the judges to the video that best captures the spirit of bike travel and touring. All videos will also be eligible for the People's Choice Award, awarded to the video with the most "likes" on Vimeo.

Click on this link to learn in greater detail how to enter, and to become acquainted with our panel of ten volunteer judges. And read these three guest posts by three of those judges for some great advice and ideas: What Makes a Good Bicycle Travel Video, by Blanche van der Meer; Bicycle Travel Videos: The Art of Storytelling, by Tom Allen; and How to Make a Bicycle Touring Video, by Friedel Grant.

Finally, for some live-footage inspiration, view these Bike Overnight videos, one each by our talented pair of "couple" judges:

Portland to Ainsworth State Park, Oregon, by Russ Roca and Laura Crawford of The Path Less Pedaled


Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, by Michelle Cassel and Ryan McAfee of America ByCycle:


We can't wait to see the amazing places and people that you've captured by video. Lights, camera ... bicycle-travel action!

Get more information about bike overnights.


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