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London By Bike: Snaps From The Saddle

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Posted by AIL Staff on Tuesday 1st of May 2012


Over 450 entries to date and one week left to enter


Londoners with an eye for a great shot have been snapping away across the capital, capturing ‘London By Bike’ for a chance to be shortlisted in a high profile photography competition. Now with over 450 entries the competition is hotting up and budding photographers still have one week left to enter.

From stylised black and white photos of the city, iconic backdrops such as the London Eye, to weird and wonderful shots of people on their bikes, the entries to date have shown how passionate we are as a cycling city.

‘London by Bike’, supported by Barclays, is looking to find professional and amateur snappers that can capture the adventure, inspiration and beauty of cycling in the city. The winning entries will receive a deluxe London cycling weekend prize including £1,500 of cycling equipment, sumptuous 5* hotel stay and a visit to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. In addition the two top snappers will get the chance for their iconic shots to be viewed by thousands this summer across 300 Barclays branches in the city and South East.

The competition will be judged by an expert panel, including innovative photographer Nick Turpin who spearheaded the street photography movement in the UK. Creating a series of exclusive inspirational shots available to view on the “Barclays Bikes” Facebook page, Nick Turpin said: “I think cycling opens up the city in such a beautiful way, you get to see little pockets of undiscovered London. Barclays ‘London by Bike’ is all about finding a picture that is more than a shot of a bike on the street that will be immortalised as postcards available across London. Entrants should use their camera to really elevate everyday cycling in London into something special.”

Ashok Vaswani, CEO Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking, said: “As official sponsors of Barclays Cycle Hire and Barclays Cycle Superhighways we are committed to improving how people get around London. With London fast becoming a cycling city, the ‘London by Bike’ photography competition is the perfect way to celebrate our continued support for cycling in the capital.”

Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or simply a cycling enthusiast with an eye for a good shot, anyone can enter. As long as your image reflects cycling in London, whether its commuters on the journey to work or capturing London’s landmarks through the spokes of a wheel, you can enter easily by visiting the “Barclays Bikes” Facebook page. Make sure you select whether you are entering the professional or amateur photography category to be in with the best chance of winning. Don’t forget you can also vote for your favorite on the Facebook page too, so get choosing!

With the most fascinating city on earth beneath your wheels, why not get snapping for the chance to make your shot of London by Bike iconic.

To enter, head to www.facebook.com/BarclaysBikes. Complete the form and simply upload your best photograph.


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