“Why I Ride” Photo Contest Readers’ Choice Award

Why I Ride Photo Contest

Here are the judges’ top 20 picks out of the field of 277 photos entered in the EcoVelo “Why I Ride” Photo Contest. This group has qualified to compete for the Readers’ Choice Award. Congratulations to the finalists! Click on the links below to see their entries.

To participate in selecting the Readers’ Choice, place your vote in the poll below. Please feel free to forward the direct link to this page to anyone you think might like to participate. The poll will be open until Friday, 11/26/10 at 11:59 pm.

Choose your favorite entry!

  • Entry #274 - Mary Bernsen (15%, 205 Votes)
  • Entry #127 - Danette Rivera (12%, 158 Votes)
  • Entry #184 - Boban James (11%, 146 Votes)
  • Entry #95 - Roger Bombardier Jr. (9%, 126 Votes)
  • Entry #50 - Glenn Budak (9%, 118 Votes)
  • Entry #65 - Mitchell Connell (8%, 107 Votes)
  • Entry #36 - Cecily Walker (6%, 81 Votes)
  • Entry #240 - Jake Dean (5%, 74 Votes)
  • Entry #223 - Richard Wezensky (4%, 54 Votes)
  • Entry #25 - Will Millhiser (4%, 49 Votes)
  • Entry #216 - Philip Lengden (4%, 48 Votes)
  • Entry #18 - Patrick McKay (3%, 42 Votes)
  • Entry #128 - Kim Schmidt (3%, 42 Votes)
  • Entry #177 - Sally Hinchcliffe (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Entry #138 - Nelson Ralls (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Entry #212 - Stuart Gimber (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Entry #104 - Matt Chia (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Entry #175 - Steven Starfas (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Entry #186 - Martin Wong (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry #39 - Tucker Teague (0%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,371

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The Readers’ Choice Award winner will receive the “Rickshaw Performance Tweed Collection” including a Zero Messenger Bag, iPad/Computer Sleeve, Moleskine Folio, and Top Tube Sleeve, all courtesy of Rickshaw Bags.

[Note: The winners of the prizes in the main competition are among this group. We’ll announce the final results next weekend, so keep an eye out! —ed.]

22 Responses to ““Why I Ride” Photo Contest Readers’ Choice Award”

  • J W Lane says:

    Based on composition, exposure and location, many ‘better’ photographs were not represented in this top twenty. I guess there were other considerations. I particularly liked James Allen’s entry 244. From our western deserts to the Alps, I enjoyed the images that conveyed a sense of adventure.

  • Alan says:

    @JW Lane

    It just shows that judging art is a subjective process. I grew up around art shows, with my Mother acting as show chairperson and “celebrity” judge on countless shows over her 40+ year career. The judging was second-guessed at practically every show that I can recall; it’s a normal reaction.

    Regarding our particular contest, it’s important to remember that at least some of the judges took into account the essays that accompanied the photos. We left it up to the judges to decide for themselves to what degree the essays weighed on their decisions; I get the impression that in some cases they held nearly equal importance to the photos.

    Certainly there were many wonderful photographs that didn’t make the top 20, but the entries included in the list undoubtedly deserve to be there. I just wish we had prizes to award to a much larger percentage of the entrants!


  • Aaron says:

    With the volume and quality of entries, I’m sure judging was an incredibly difficult and long process (and yes, as with any art, subjectivity will come into play). Thanks for hosting such a fun contest, I’ll definitely be entering next year again. And congratulations to the winners and RC nominees! Great work.


  • Alan says:


    Thanks for participating, Aaron. I enjoyed your photo!

  • Cecily Walker says:

    I’m flattered to have made it into such a great group of photographers!

  • Fergie348 says:

    Alan, here’s your chance to set up ranked choice voting for your polls! Just like the Oakland mayor’s race, we could rank our top 3 and the voting gets rerun automatically according to this logic until a winner is found:


    That way, we get to pick our top 3 and people’s 2nd and 3rd choice votes are also valued to the eventual winner. It’s the future of polling with a selection set as large as you’ve got..

  • velojoy says:

    I second Aaron’s comment. Especially having read your post on “workflow” [http://www.ecovelo.info/2010/08/08/workflow/] a while back, I can imagine how time-intensive it was to administer this contest. So enjoyed viewing the great breadth of photo entries and reading riders’ essays. Thanks!

  • townmouse says:

    ooh – wow! I suppose it would be very wrong of me to vote for myself now…

  • Lee Trampleasure says:

    Alan, can you put the top 20 photos together in a rotating slideshow of some type? This would make it easier to compare all of them. I started opening them in new tabs and realized this was not a very effective way to look at all of them.

  • Alan says:


    “Alan, can you put the top 20 photos together in a rotating slideshow of some type?”

    I considered doing that, but since the essays seem to be such an important component of many of the entries, I thought it best to direct folks to the original posts.

  • Billi says:

    Some great photos here, and a few favorites that didn’t make the top twenty. A lot of the ones I liked were not just the photo but what the person wrote about it. But the one I voted for had me before I even read the caption, It captured a feeling, a moment in emotion, not just beautiful scenery. Thanks to the photographer, and thanks to Alan for the great contest. I’ve enjoyed seeing everyones entries.

  • Lee Trampleasure says:

    Alan, sounds like a good decision. Any way you’d be willing to add in a “Next top 20″ link below each photo and essay?

    Thanks for all your work on this, even if you don’t take my suggestion :-)

  • matt chia says:

    This comes as a total surprise, to be among the top 20. There are just too many great photographers in this competition. My Fav. is still Mitchell Connell’s. You get my vote.

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  • Mary B says:

    I am honored to be in the top 20 along with other wonderful photographers! Thank you Alan, Michael, and the various sponsors for having this contest. I enjoyed all 277 entries.

  • Matt Simpson says:

    I voted!

    Great contest and thanks again for putting it together.

  • hector says:

    Love these photos taken. Great job! Love your passion in photography. They are all winners to me.

  • bryan says:

    love this one!

  • Buck says:

    My write-in vote goes to Levgeniia Falaleeva. Something about that shot reminds me why I really ride, whereas none of the vote-able options really seem to do that. Sorry.

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  • donald stewart says:

    I found the whole process of seeing and reading the entries inspiring and humbling. I really wish I had got back to it in time to vote for Tucker Teague’s entry but other duties pulled. I have it on the wall of my room both photo and picture enlarged. Thank you all especially Alan of course. I am moved that people put such love and effort into such a passing event. “It gives me breath” which is sort of like “it takes my breath away” but sounds so much nicer.

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