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This is my boy, Josh. He loves bikes, which is a distinct advantage in the Reid household. The pic was taken on a family bike tour a couple of years ago. I’ve entered it into a US bike advocacy competition, run by the Alliance of Biking and Walking. If you like the pic, please consider voting for it.
There are plenty of other pix on the competition site, including another three of mine, one of which is here. To vote requires no site registration. Underneath the main pic here, locate the five gold stars. Click on them and you’ve voted.
The winning photographs will go into a photo library of bicycle - and walking - advocacy images.
The competition will be judged on the following criteria (I think I have the ’smiling’ bit nailed):
1. Useful to biking and walking advocacy: Does the photo show positive images of biking and walking that connect with a general audience? Can this photo be used by biking and walking advocates to convey their message?
2. Shows the people and faces of biking and walking: We want photos with people in them. We’re looking for photos that show the smiling faces of biking and walking.
3. Represents the «everyday» cyclist or walker: (e.g. people walking to work, friends biking in the park, a family crossing the street). We are not very interested in photos showing bike racing and photos exclusively showing people biking in spandex.
4. Shows Diversity: We are looking for photos that show the diversity of people that bike and walk. We are looking for diversity of age and ethnicity. We also include pictures showing people with disabilities and geographic diversity (urban and rural settings).
5. Has aesthetic quality: Does the photo have a good composition? Are images in focus? Is the photo illustrative (i.e. does it tell a story)?
6. Are generic/universal images: Does the photo appear to be from Anytown? We are looking for photos that could be used by individuals and organizations throughout North America, that have no major distinguishing landmarks or individuals (eg. a photo of a family safely crossing the street via a crosswalk – the crosswalk could be from any town/city; a photo taken from the back of a crowd, where the individuals are anonymous).
7. Are creative! While we are looking for classic shots, close ups of faces, etc., we are also interested in unique and rare subject matters. Does the photo have a creative perspectives/angles (eg. photos taken from behind or from the side, as opposed to straight-on)? Is their blank space/room for text or ads, such as for a magazine cover or organization pamphlet?