Images of the world’s greatest cyclists tackling the Yorkshire landscape will be well worth savouring, and we want you to get your cameras out and make the most of it.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with Sky in Leeds to launch an amateur photography competition aimed at gathering your best snaps of riders tackling the two Yorkshire stages on July 5 and 6.
With days to go until riders set off from Leeds’ Headrow startline for the start of stage one on Saturday, we’re offering top prizes including signed Team Sky cycling jerseys, top of the range camera equipment and canvas prints for your Tour de France photographs.
We’re urging spectators along both the Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield stage routes to get snap happy this weekend and send us entries for the Best Landmark Shot, Best Cycling Team Shot and Best Team Sky Picture categories before Tuesday July 8 at 5pm.
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, said: “The images to come from the Yorkshire Grand Depart will both showcase the natural beauty of our region, and the fact that we have such wonderful cycling roads.
“Whether you have a long lens camera, a smartphone or an iPad to take your pictures with, why not show us how you capture this momentous occasion and be in with a chance of winning three fantastic prizes?”
An expert panel will whittle the entries down before a shortlist for each category is announced the week following Le Tour’s visit, and the winners are announced soon after.
Tricia Thompson, director of Sky Cycling, said: “This competition provides a great opportunity for cycling fans of all ages to embrace the Grand Depart by taking a prize-winning shot and I can’t wait to take a look at the pictures that come in – I’m sure there’ll be some amazing entries.”
Sky has three offices in Leeds employing around 1,250 people in jobs ranging from IT and marketing to customer service and journalism. The firm supports cycling nationally from its Team Sky icons such as Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins to its mass participation traffic-free Sky Rides.
Richard Flint, managing director at Sky in Leeds, said: “Whether they capture a fantastic action shot of a cyclist taking part in the race, a photograph one of the region’s most famous landmarks along the Tour de France route or a specific picture of a Team Sky member, we want YEP readers to use their best camera skills to capture the most iconic moments from the Grand Depart.”
Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org before July 8 at 5pm.