Spirit of Triathlon Photo Contest

Everyone who spends time around triathlons and triathletes understand there is a special spirit that surrounds the sport. Thousands of triathletes are racing every weekend and tens of thousands of photos are brilliantly shot showing off their amazing efforts.

To honor the Spirit of Triathlon and those who help capture it, we have created the First Annual Spirit of Triathlon Photo Contest.

ENTER HERE and after you enter, tweet your photo with the tag #SpiritOfTri.

Athletes, supporters and bloggers, here is your chance to show off your favorite triathlon photos, have it published and win a great prize! Images may include Professional, Age Group, Youth and Challenged Triathletes, Action Photos, Venues, Human Interest and other images that exemplify the Spirit of Triathlon.

The top 20 selected images will be published approximately March 1, 2013 in a special online gallery on Triathlete.com. In addition, the top three photos will receive prizes courtesy of ThinkTank Photo.

The contest will begin today, January 7, 2013 and conclude on February 19, 2013.

In addition, each week I will review three photos in a blog offering comments that I hope will benefit all triathlon photographers.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CompImagePhoto and check out the updated Competitive Image Website.

ENTER HERE and after you enter, tweet your photo with the tag #SpiritOfTri.

In the spirit of triathlon, a portion of the proceeds from each entry will be contributed to the Blazeman Foundation for ALS and to World Bicycle Relief.

Every event that I shoot I rely on my ThinkTank gear to have my critical equipment close at hand.  In addition to having your image published in an online Triathlete.com gallery, the top photographer will receive an Urban Disguise 35 v2.0 camera bag – great stuff, trust me, you will love it.

TTP-UD35 Second prize will be a Sling-O-Matic 20 camera bag and 3rd prize will be a Digital Holster 10, all from ThinkTank Photo.

Here is the fine print so to speak! The Contest Rules!


The sole contest sponsor is Competitive Image, Inc.  PO Box 19174, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (“Sponsor” or “CI”).

Duration of Contest

The 2013 Competitive Image Spirit of Triathlon Photo Contest begins January 7, 2013 at 9:00:00 a.m. US Central Time and ends February 15, 2013, 11:59:00 p.m. US Central Time (the “Contest”). Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.


Contest is open only to all amateur sports photographers who are 18 or older at the time of entry and is void where prohibited.


Each Entry consists of an entry form, a single image, and an entry fee. The entry fee is US $12 for the first image entered and US $7 for each image thereafter. To enter, complete an ENTRY FORM with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph and fee in accordance with the instructions that follow.

Submitted images may include Professional, Age Group, Youth and Challenged Triathletes, Action Photos, Venues, Human Interest and other images that exemplify the Spirit of Triathlon.

Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be 2 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPG, TIF, PNG or BMP format, and must be sized to 1,280 pixels on the longest side.

Photographs must have been taken within three (3) years before the date of entry and may not previously published.

Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are NOT acceptable.

The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.

The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

The caption must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification.

Watermarks are not acceptable. If Sponsor does not receive a non-watermarked version of the entry within ten (10) days following its request, the entry will be disqualified.


If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation.

The top 20 images will be published in an online gallery on Triathlete.com.  The entrant provides Competitive Image, Inc and Triathlete Magazine / Competitor Group the royalty-free right to publish the images on line and in print.


The First Place winner will receive a ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 Camera Bag. Second Place winner will receive a ThinkTank Photo Sling-O-Matic 20 Camera Bag. The Third Place winner will receive a ThinkTank Photo will receive a Think Tank Photo Digital Holster 10. All prized are provided courtesy of ThinkTank Photo.

15 thoughts on “Spirit of Triathlon Photo Contest

  1. Our good friend Paul Phillips and his company CompetitiveImage is yet again lending his talents by helping others…We all know there are some great pictures out there waiting to be discovered. Send in your photos for the exposure and great prizes…
    The Blazeman would be the first to say “What ever you do, get it on film” and send to Paul!!!!

    1. Hi Ann and congratulations on your first Ironman. I am so pleased it was your best day ever! Right now we are just set up for photos, perhaps next time we will also include videos. Don’t you have photos from that day to enter?


    1. Hi Nicole and thanks for the comment. There are two reasons that we are charging a fee. First of all there is cost to using the Smarter Entry Software that we use to administer the contest, as well as a portion of the proceeds are going to the Blazeman Foundation and World Bicycle Relief.

      The second reason is that I wanted people who seriously believed that they had a photo worth sending in and did not just ‘flood’ the contest with images. This is a way for providing a self-imposed limited.

      We have tried to keep the cost at an affordable level. I hope you send something in!



  2. bit confused now I’ve entered, 20th Feb, Triathlete Europe on the 15th linked to a page saying that we had 6 days to submit, the online entry took my money and entry today thank you, the text above states that the close date is February 15th AND February 19th..so has my entry gone in please, as there are 3 conflicting dates relating to this, thanks, entry is Tortoise and Hare by the way

    1. Hi Paul – sorry about the confusion – I extended the contest for a couple of days to allow for one more blog post review, which I did yesterday. your entry is indeed in the competition. I love the juxtaposition of the range of people participating in Triathlete! Thanks for submitting.



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