Competition: Become SRAM’s Pro Photographer For A Weekend!

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Win a photo assignment as SRAM’s pro photographer for a weekend and get kitted out with Lowepro camera bags.

SRAM XX: The Power Of Four

Do you want to be the next Sterling Lorence or Dan Barham? Are you the one asking your mates to ride something ‘one more time’ for the camera?

If so, pay attention.

Singletrack has teamed up with SRAM and Lowepro to offer you this unique chance to go from amateur snapper to photo pro. We want to find a UK based photographer who wants to step up their game and become a regular contributor to the magazine and develop their skills and experience.

The Prizes:

SRAM has very generously agreed to provide the winner with a chance to shoot for them at the Dalby Forest round of the XC World Cup on April the 24-25th. You’ll be given VIP access to their athletes to get behind the scenes shots and your work will appear in SRAM promotional material all over the world. SRAM will pay for your accommodation for two nights (Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday, depeneding on travel schedule), travel expenses (up to £200), meals and of course load you up with a heap of SRAM swag and hospitality at the big red SRAM truck. They’ll even tweak your gears if you ask nicely enough. SRAM are also offering a set of Avid Elixir 5 brakes as the second prize and a Truvativ bar/stem/seatpost combo as third prize.

Lowepro is the camera bag brand of choice for pro photographers with a reputation for dependable kit that can withstand the hard life of being dragged up mountains and down race courses as you search for the perfect shot. Lowepro will kit the winner out with an exclusive limited edition pro-only bag. The second prize winner will receive a Vertex 100 bag, and third prize a Slingshot 202.

The winner and two runners up will have their photos printed in Singletrack, the winner will be given the opportunity to help out on other assignments for the magazine; this could be anything from shooting a route guide in Wales or a feature in the Alps and we’ll also outfit you in a range of Singletrack goodies. Second and third prize winners will get a big box of Singletrack gear each.

The Brief:

  • ‘The Power of Four’
  • To celebrate the launch of the lightest groupset on the market, SRAM XX, the brief for the competition is ‘The Power Of Four’, in tribute to the four brands that make XX possible, SRAM, Avid, Truvativ and RockShox.
  • Singletrack is all about telling stories: stories of adventure, stupidity, fun, suffering and everything in-between. We want to see four of your photos that tell the viewer about a ride or an experience or some aspect of mountain bike lifestyle, it’s up to you! Surprise us!
  • Along with your photos we’d like you to write a short paragraph about your submission, 100 words max.


  • One entry per person. Each entry should be submitted as four seperate JPEG files no bigger than 500k each. (Don’t send the originals just yet. We’ll ask short listed people to send them in due course). All four images should be contained in one email.
  • Please, please, please include your name in the file name along with the sequence number of the image so we know what order to look at them in. So for example (S_Mainey_01, S_Mainey_02, etc)
  • If at all possible also include name and contact details in the EXIF, it’ll help make sure we can track you down if you win!
  • This competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Entries should be sent to: with the subject title ‘Power Of Four’.
  • Closing date for entries is March 29th. The winner will be notified by the 5th of April.

Hints and Tips.

  • Think about the kind of photos Singletrack features and tailor your submission to suit, but at the same time don’t imitate. Innovate.
  • Think quality. Each image has to work stand up on its own as a great image, but also needs to work as part of a narrative to tell a story.
  • Don’t just pull something you’ve already done out of your photo collection and piece it together, go out and shoot with the brief in mind. It’ll be more fun and original and have a better chance of working as a story.
  • This is a photography competition not a Photoshop competition, we’re much more interested in seeing what you can do with a camera than a computer.
  • We’d recommend at least a six megapixel camera so that the quality of the winning shots is printable in Singletrack Magazine.
  • Your photos don’t have to include SRAM components in them, it’s all about the image not the bike.

Small Print:

  • This competition is for amateur photographers only. If your main income is from photography or you have been commissioned by a cycling title previously you’re excluded from this comp. Sorry. But maybe you want to get in touch anyway about working with us.
  • All submissions remain the property of the photographer however by entering you agree to let us use your entry in the magazine and in our digital editions on a single use basis.
  • All photos taken by the winner at Dalby will have to be submitted to SRAM who will have exclusive rights of usage.