I just received this press release from my friend and neighbor, Ryan Thibault. He's a graphic artist, builder of websites, writer, and photographer. If you're into Mountain Biking in Vermont and photography, this announcement is definitely for you!

Green Mountain Showdown

MTBVT Launches Green Mountain Showdown, Vermont’s First-Ever Mountain Bike Photo Competition

May 19th, 2011 – Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT) has officially launched Green Mountain Showdown, the first photo competition in the state dedicated to all facets of mountain biking, from singletrack to downhill to jumping.

Brought to you by the Trapp Family Lodge, Vermont Mountain Bike Association and, the Green Mountain Showdown is an opportunity for Northeastern photographers to showcase their talents.

Five lucky photographers will be selected by our judging panel and will have until August 27, 2011, to collect a portfolio of work based on the theme “Bike Culture in the Green Mountains.” Those interested in being selected for the competition must have nominations sent to before May 30th.

“Our goal is to elevate Vermont’s status as the heart of mountain biking in the Eastern United States,” says contest organizer Ryan Thibault. “The Green Mountain Showdown is a chance to showcase the state’s affinity towards recreation and it gives our local talent the opportunity to celebrate their skill. It’s going to make for a fantastic show!”

The final day of the competition will be August 27, 2011, and will involve a group ride during the day and a party at the Trapp Family Lodge that night. The competing photographers will have their images edited into a slideshow format to be presented to the judges who will score them according to artistic quality and technical skill. Prize purse includes over $1,500 cash for 1st place as well as tons of bike and camera gear. Awards will also be presented for 2nd place and “best shot” category of the competition.

The evening gala will begin at 7pm near the Outdoor Center at Trapps and riders of all ages are encouraged to gather for an evening of great pictures, a BBQ, fine ales and live music. Tickets are $18.00 pre-sale, $20.00 at the door, and they include entry to the evening gala and a day ticket to the Trapp’s trail network. Proceeds will support VMBA and the expansion of the Adams Camp trail project.

For more information about Green Mountain Showdown – The MTBVT photo contest, contact Ryan Thibault at or log on to