City of Sydney

Sydney Rides photo competition

Subject matter, curatorial theme

As part of the Sydney Rides photo exhibition, the City of Sydney is exhibiting 30 images that showcase the scenes and stories from the people who ride in Sydney.

We’re inviting artists to submit an image that will engage and intrigue the audience, invoke new perspectives and thoughts about riding a bike.

30 finalists will be selected with their image exhibited at Paddington Reservoir Gardens during the Sydney Rides Festival (6 October to 27 October 2018).

The judges are looking for images that incorporate the photographer’s skill, individual concept and style to reveal a unique observation.

You may portray any aspect of riding a bike. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • showcasing the people who ride in Sydney
  • physical feelings invoked by riding
  • social connections that riding bike brings
  • views and angles of Sydney seen by bike
  • bikes as a transport mode.

The image must show a reference to a bike, bike rider or other feature, for example, bike lane or bicycle symbol. References can be subtle or in a more obvious manner.

We welcome images in a variety of styles including documentary, portraiture and contemporary art.

Submission materials: specifications, format and reproduction

You must not submit more than 2 images.

Images may be produced from film or a digital source.

Images may be colour or black and white.

Images can be either landscape or portrait format.

For judging purposes, you may submit jpeg files that are no greater than 5 MB, and can be clearly viewed on a screen. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be required to submit a higher resolution image.

For reproduction purposes, you may submit a print, or a transparency if selected as an exhibition finalist.

The image must be of sufficiently high quality (for example, sharp, clear, good contrast, well-exposed images) for the reproduction and printing process.

Digital files should be set at 75dpi RGB .tif file or grayscale for black and white.

Any editing of the image should maintain the integrity of the original images’ content and context.

Images should be resized to 2,400 pixels on the widest side (72dpi).

Images should be saved in Adobe RGB 1998 colour space.

Images should be saved in JPEG format compression level 8.

Selected finalists will be required to provide a file at the highest resolution produced by the camera (without up-sizing) and saved as JPG level 10 (or 80% quality if using Lightroom).

Images will be reproduced at a size of 594mm x 841mm (A1). Your submitted image must conform to this ratio and size.

Images will not be cropped if they fulfil the ratio and size of 594mm x 841mm. If your image does require cropping, then you must clearly supply the layout and cropping details with your submission.

The City will fund the reproduction of images, the installation and exhibition system.

Images will be printed digitally and displayed at Paddington Reservoir Gardens during the Sydney Rides Festival (6 October to 27 October 2018).

The judges, selection process and criteria

Images will be selected in line with the following criteria:

  • the image must be submitted in line with the requirements as set out above
  • the image must address the subject matter: curatorial brief and themes outlined above
  • the image must be taken in Sydney
  • the image must be able to be adapted to the large format
  • the image will be judged by a panel made up of 3 City of Sydney staff members.
  • your agreement with the terms and conditions of the exhibition and submission of the completed entry form and checklist.

Terms and conditions

All information on how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.

This competition is run by the Council of the City of Sydney ABN: 22 636 550 790 of 456 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

The City reserves the right at any time to disqualify any individual who the City reasonably believes has breached any of the terms and conditions or engaged in any unlawful or other improper conduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the competition.

  1. Artist prize

1.1 The exhibition is a free not-for-profit event. Each photographer featured will receive $150 and the overall winner will receive $750 to spend at a local bike shop of their choice. Participating bike shops will be listed on the competition webpage.

1.2 If the winner does not redeem the prize at the time stipulated by the City then the prize will be forfeited by the winner.

  1. Terms and conditions of the Sydney Rides photo competition

2.1 You must submit your entry to the City no later than 11.59pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

2.2 Your entry must:

2.2.1 meet the specifications and format as set out on this webpage

2.2.2 include a completed online artist entry form and checklist.

2.3 The City will exhibit the selected images at Paddington Reservoir Gardens from 6 October to 27 October 2018.

2.4 Inclusion of any image in the exhibition is subject to selection by the judging panel. The decision of the panel is final and no correspondence in respect of the decision will be entered into.

2.5 Winners will be notified by phone and email by a representative of the City of Sydney.

  1. Copyright and moral rights

3.1 You grant the City the right to:

3.1.1 maintain a digital copy of the image

3.1.2 enlarge and adapt the image in order to fit the large scale format of the exhibition

3.1.3 exhibit the reproduced image at Paddington Reservoir Gardens from 6 October to 27 October as part of the exhibition.

3.2 You warrant that you are the owner of all intellectual property rights in the image or have obtained all necessary approvals to permit the use of the image in the exhibition. Any image that infringes intellectual property rights will be immediately removed from the exhibition. You agree to indemnify the City against any costs that the City may incur as a result of any intellectual property rights infringement.

3.3 The City and any sponsor or partner of the exhibition may reproduce the image (or any part of it) in any media format, including but not limited to advertisements, postcards, brochures, posters, television/print media, website and annual reports, only for the purposes of:

3.3.1 publicity and promotion of the exhibition

3.3.2 the catalogue of the exhibition

3.3.3 creating a non-commercial archive of the exhibition.

3.4 The City will acknowledge you in all publicity in relation to the exhibition as the creator of the image.

3.5 While the City will take care to ensure the integrity and quality of the reproduced image, you acknowledge that enlargements and slight variations to the image may result from adapting the original image to the large-scale format or the printing process.

3.6 While the City will take care to protect and maintain the original image, you acknowledge and agree that you will not be entitled to claim compensation for any damage to the original image while in the care of the City or the exhibition production team and contractors.

3.7 Depending on the subject matter, you may be asked to provide a model release as a condition for inclusion of your image in the exhibition. Failure to provide this release may result in your image not being included in the exhibition.

  1. Large format reproduced images

4.1 Large format reproduced images will remain the property of the City until 30 November 2018.

4.2 The City will refer all sale enquiries about the large format reproduced images to the artist or exhibition representative.

4.3 Following the Sydney Rides photo competition the City will donate your large format reproduced image to you. You must organise and fund the collection of the large format reproduced image from a location to be specified by the City. The City will not donate the large format reproduced work to you if sold in accordance with condition 4.2 above, or if lost or destroyed before 30 November 2018.

  1. Sponsor exhibition

5.1 If a sponsor or partner wishes to host a small scale exhibition of selected works, the artist agrees to their work being exhibited free of any charge or fee.

5.2 The sponsor will fund the reproduction of images.

5.3 The images will be reproduced by the same printers and production team as the Sydney Rides photo competition, ensuring quality.

5.4 All artists will be acknowledged with their name, title of works and contact details listed on signs.

5.5 If images are available for sale, all enquiries will be referred directly to the artist for negotiation. All sale income goes direct to the artist and is negotiated between buyer and artist. The artist will set the sale amount.

5.6 Images not sold will be donated directly to the artist.

5.7 You acknowledge and agree that a sponsor or partner may reproduce the image for the purpose of promoting the Sydney Rides Festival. All reproduced images will acknowledge the artist and be subject to approval by the artist.

  1. General

6.1 You may submit either 1 or 2 entries to the exhibition.

6.2 Employees of the City of Sydney and their immediate families are ineligible to enter the exhibition.

6.3 You must complete the online artist entry form and checklist, and confirm your agreement with these terms and conditions.

6.4 The City may cancel or vary the exhibition at any time. The City will not be responsible for any loss or costs incurred by you in relation to such cancellation or variation.

6.5 By entering the competition, you release the City from, and indemnify the City against all liability, loss, damage or injury arising from or in connection with this competition or prize.