August 18, 2011

It's time for the Green Mountain Showdown, the first photo competition in Vermont dedicated to all facets of mountain biking. And, it culminates in Stowe.

The showdown, organized by Mountain Bike Vermont, is an opportunity for Northeastern photographers to showcase their talents.

Five professional photographers have been selected by a judging panel and have until Saturday, Aug. 27, the final day of the competition, to collect a portfolio of work based on the theme “Bike Culture in the Green Mountains.”

Contest organizer Ryan Thibault says the goal is to elevate Vermont's status as the heart of mountain biking in the East.

The final day of the competition, Aug. 27, will involve group rides during the day and a party at Trapp Family Lodge that night. The competing photographers will have their images edited into a slideshow for the judges, who will score them according to artistic quality and technical skill.

Top prize is more than $1,500 cash, plus bike and camera gear. Awards will also be presented for second place and “best shot” in the competition.

The competition culminates Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. near the outdoor center at Trapp Family Lodge. Riders of all ages are welcome at an evening of great pictures, a barbecue, and live music. Tickets are $25 for the event or $40 for the event plus the meal, and include entry to the evening gala and a day ticket to the Trapp Family Lodge trail network. Proceeds will support the Vermont Mountain Bike Association and expansion of the Adams Camp trail area in Stowe.

Information: Ryan Thibault,, 585-5495,

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