Bicycle Travel Photo Contest

Adventure Cyclist invites you to enter your most stunning photos — highlighting the beauty, adventure, and inspiration of bicycle travel — in our 15th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.

Five Categories
En Route
En Route
Whatever the route, wherever the location, we want to see your shots documenting active bicycle travel.
People Portraits
Portraits (including self-portraits!) of bicycle travelers experiencing all the life-changing joys and struggles that come along with adventure.
Around Camp
Around Camp
All the down time of bicycle travel — typically at a campsite, but also in hotel rooms, at Warmshowers stays, or wherever you call "camp."
Maiden Voyage
Maiden Voyage
New in 2023 — whether you went on your first tour two months ago or 20 years ago, show us your best photos from it!
Cover Shot
Cover Shot
The winning photo will be published on the cover of the July/August 2024 issue of Adventure Cyclist.

The winner of each category will receive $300 cash. Winners and honorable mentions will receive free one-year memberships with Adventure Cycling. Chosen images will be printed in the July/August 2024 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine — reaching over 54,000 people worldwide.

How to Enter

Your original images in digital format, capturing all aspects of bike travel, are eligible for the competition. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.

Enter up to five (5) images per category, upload your submission(s) to Adventure Cycling before December 31, 2023, at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.

Photos must have been taken between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023, with the exception of the Maiden Voyage category.

Submissions must include:

  • A print-quality, high-resolution jpeg image file no less than 4000 pixels on the long side, no smaller than 8 MB

  • An image title

  • The location in which the image was taken

  • A description of the trip, circumstances, etc. to be used as an image caption if your photo is chosen


The 15th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest is open to ALL photographers at least 18 years of age.

Entrants must not submit images that infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

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.

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"). You must disclose when and where the image appeared previously to Adventure Cycling.

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.

Adventure Cyclist will offer photographer compensation commensurate with our standard rates for any editorial use in Adventure Cyclist magazine beyond the publication of winning images in the July/August 2024 issue (use in an Adventure Cycling house advertisement does not qualify).

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

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to