San Francisco bicycle photo contest

Long time bike guy Gary Boulanger is writing Where to Bike San Francisco, a new bicycling resource guidebook to be published in late 2011, and he needs your photos. He’s even offering cash prizes of up to $300 for those willing to submit photos for publication in the book.

View from Mount Tamalpais

Photo locations for Where to Bike San Francisco

Adults – San Francisco
Golden Gate Park
The Presidio
Golden Gate Bridge
Mission District
Ocean Beach – San Francisco Zoo

Adults – Marin County
Fairfax/Point Reyes Station
Sausalito/Mill Valley
Mt Tamalpais
Chileno Valley

Adults – East Bay
Skyline Blvd/Oakland Hills
Redwood Regional Park
Mount Diablo (Walnut Creek)
Moraga Trail (Lafayette)
Alameda Creek Trail

Adults – Peninsula
Portola Valley Big Loop
Old La Honda/Skyline/Page Mill Road
Canada Road
Stanford University
Shoreline Park
Pescadero – Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Eichler Neighborhoods Tour: Palo Alto

Golden Gate Park – Playground (San Francisco)
Crissy Field (San Francisco)
Embarcadero – Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco)
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco)
Angel Island (Tiburon)
Corte Madera Creek Path (Larkspur/Kentfield)
Blackie’s Pasture (Tiburon
Tilden Park (Berkeley)
Iron Horse Regional Trail (Walnut Creek)
Cuesta Park (Mountain View)
Shoreline Park (Mountain View)
Nature Center Baylands (Palo Alto)
Herbert Hoover Park (Palo Alto)
Sawyer Camp Trail (San Mateo)

He and his publisher would like photos of adults and children at a number of locations in San Francisco, Marin County, the East Bay and on the Peninsula in this far reaching guide. Photographs should exemplify the joy of bicycling in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. They must depict at least one person with a bicycle. Subjects riding a bike must be wearing a helmet. Subjects sitting on a bike, walking a bike, or standing or sitting next to a bike should not be wearing a helmet so their faces are more visible.

Each entry must be a sharp, crisp, high-quality digital jpg image at least 300 dpi at 4 x 6 inches, or larger. Email
images to: Each individual may enter up to four images. Photographers must provide
their name, address, phone number and the location the photograph was taken. Deadline for entry is May 1, 2011. This isn’t in the rules (yet), but I imagine a model release will also be needed for publication, so think ahead and get it.

A panel of judges will evaluate each photo for composition, clarity, technical merit, artistic expression, how well it
reflects the joy of bicycling and how well it depicts the character of the particular path or trail photographed. The
judges’ decisions shall be final.

Photographs remain the property of the photographer. By submitting an image, the entrant warrants that the photo is
an original work and that he or she took the photo and has the right to enter the photo in this contest. He or she also
grants Where to Bike San Francisco and its publisher, Bicycling Australia, unlimited, nonexclusive usage rights,
including the right to publish, display, reproduce and/or sell the photo in print or electronic form. The publisher
plans, for example, to create a traveling photo exhibit with the winners for display in galleries, bike shops, libraries,
bike shows and other venues or events.

Gary says “A significant portion of the profit from the sales of each copy of Where to Bike San Francisco will be donated to
World Bicycle Relief.” This not-for-profit founded by Chicago-based SRAM provides independence and livelihood through “The Power of Bicycles”.

More about Where to Bike San Francisco at the website.

About Gary

Market Street cyclist getting the squeeze

Gary Boulanger started writing for bike trade publications while wrenching in Wisconsin. He managed production for Richard Schwinn’s Waterford brand for a while, then fell in love with California after he did the same thing for Rivendell. After a brief fling selling his own “Gaansari” brand of steel bikes (claim to fame: his “Skidstrong” urban fixed gear bikes won the attention of the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 2005), friends told him and his family “Californy’s the place you ought to be.” So they loaded up the truck and moved to Mountain View. Swimmin’ pools, venture capital stars.

Shortly after his move to California, Gary started Project Rwanda with his friend Tom Ritchey. Project Rwanda is committed to furthering the economic development of Rwanda through initiatives based on the bicycle as a tool and symbol of hope.

When he’s not out saving the world, riding his bike, or promoting high school mountain biking, Gary writes for a variety of cycling publications.

Photos by Richard Masoner: View from Mt Tamalpais and Market Street Cyclist.


  1. Sounds like the majority of photos that he publishes in his book will be unpaid. Is this a for-profit book or will all proceeds go to charity?

  2. Sounds like the majority of photos that he publishes in his book will be unpaid. Is this a for-profit book or will all proceeds go to charity?

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