Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz announce Trail Vision Awards

The awards mark the first trail photo and video contest in Santa Cruz

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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC), local nonprofit trail building organization, recently announced the Trail Vision Awards, a video and photo contest set on Santa Cruz County’s trails. Contestants can submit content featuring legal Santa Cruz County trails, showcasing any trail use, such as running, volunteering at a trail maintenance day, horseback riding, mountain biking, or merely highlighting the beauty of nature. Anything goes as long as the content features a legal Santa Cruz County trail. A jury consisting of local outdoor recreation industry’s creative and marketing teams will choose the Best Overall Photo and Video, and the audience will select the People’s Choice Award through a live-streamed vote. The contest includes a non-bike category to engage other trail users.


“While mountain biking in Bellingham, Washington, I noticed a poster for a similar event being hosted there, and I immediately knew we needed to do this in Santa Cruz,” said Emma Ussat, MBOSC Community Outreach Manager. “It will be especially exciting because our of Santa Cruz County’s 250 miles of the official trail, less than 40 are open to mountain bikes. This will provide increased competition for those who wish to film or photograph mountain biking, as contestants will be vying to prove who can best showcase these trails. Perhaps we’ll see our favorite trails in a way we never have before!”

The Trail Vision Awards are open to the public, from amateur iPhone photographers to professional photographers. This means viewers may watch a homemade GoPro edit back-to-back with a professionally filmed edit, and then vote on their favorite to win.


The awards will take place at 6:00 pm at the Rio Theatre on Soquel Avenue on Friday, November 1. Attendees will have an hour to look carefully at all of the submitted photos on display in the lobby before filing into the theatre to watch a reel of submitted films. In the end, viewers will vote on their favorites, and the jury will select their winners. There will be food trucks and free bike valet available at Bicycle Trip on Soquel Avenue starting at 5:00 pm. An afterparty at The Crepe Place will follow.


It’s no secret Santa Cruz is a world-renowned outdoor recreation destination. For the same reason outdoor enthusiasts flock to Santa Cruz, so do photographers and videographers. Or perhaps it’s the trails that inspire recreation and photography. Either way, both will be united at this unique event to celebrate the outdoors.


Submissions are accepted through October 18, and tickets to the public screening are available now.

For more information and tickets: www.trailvisionawards.com



About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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