Strava Art is an opportunity to explore your neighbourhood in a new way. Create images with where you walk/run/cycle/drive/scoot/move/stroll and upload to your favourite platform. There are daily prompts, stacks of inspiration to get you started and your efforts could nab you a $50 gift certificate - scroll ↓↓↓ to learn how to enter!
The Bunjil Place Strava Art Challenge
Every day this September School Holidays we are asking our community to have fun on their daily exercise outings.
Strava Art can turn your daily outing into a creative mission and motivate you to go further without even realising. Just by moving around your neighbourhood, your Strava app GPS tracker can plot your course and turn the streets into pictures - like this numbat in Perth!
We encourage you to be as creative as you like, so long as you follow current government restrictions. We can’t wait to see what you can come up with, just by exploring your local area. Watch our Facebook and Instagram for daily ideas to help inspire your art and create your own active GPS doodle. Upload your own map-based pictures, share your lockdown journeys with us and tag us for a chance to win.
Ok cool but what is Strava?
Strava is a free GPS fitness tracking app that lets you track your movement with GPS, join challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends.
You can download Strava to your mobile from the Apple and Android Stores. Or visit the Strava website for more information.
Strava Art is made using your GPS to create a picture of your exercise whether it's cycling, running, swimming, walking, hiking ... anything really! Your activity is then synced with strava.com to reveal your artwork.
How to Enter
Create your artwork during the September School Holidays (you have until 11.59 pm on Sunday 4 October 2020) and then email a screenshot of your Strava Art as a JPG attachment to email@example.com with the subject line Strava Art Challenge. Be sure to include your name and contact details in the email body.
Alternatively you can post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #BPStravaArt before the closing date. Don’t forget to tag us too - @BunjilPlace on Facebook or @bunjil_place on Instagram!
All entries agree to T&Cs. Please check before submission.
Artwork will be judged on:
- creativity and originality of the Strava-produced image
- overall clarity of artwork
- completion within Victoria, but with special preference for those completed in the City of Casey
- whether the T&Cs have been followed
The judge for the competition will be the Bunjil Place Arts and Development team.
The prize is a $50 gift certificate. The winner will be contacted between October 5th-9th 2020 and announced on our socials mid-October.
Five easy steps to create Strava Art
- Step One: Download Strava
- Step Two: Open a map of the area and use the roads or a park as your starting point for inspiration. Look at how they curve and decide on your image goal from there.
- Step Three: Use the route builder function to fiddle around with your map and make your design identifiable.
- Step Four: Get moving! Go outside, find your starting point and let Strava record.
- Step Five: Execute the design. This can be done in one of two ways: you can either bring the map with you and follow the map live on Strava, or memorise the route before heading out the door (eg. bring a piece of paper with a few cues on it).
It’s that simple.
Strava Art Inspiration and Tips
The best Strava Artists all have the same number one tip – plan out your picture! Check out the map for your area ahead of time and see how to best complete your image. You don’t necessarily need to complete it all in one go. You can stop and start each day, building on what you have already created.
Start small. You don’t need to be doing a lot of kms to get a picture, something in a park can work. But remember there is no eraser, so it may take a few attempts before you get it right.
We also recommend that what you plan is a reasonable distance for you to complete. You may get tired and distracted, make sure you have a plan B to get home.
Watch out for traffic when you are focused on your Strava app. Be mindful of your surroundings and have fun!
If you plan on sharing your screenshots on social media, we recommend going through Strava's Privacy Settings or walking some distance from your house before you start recording your route. There are some useful articles about privacy on the Strava website.
And if you are still unsure why not check out these pages for some more tips and inspiration:
- Strava Art
- The 5k Runner's article on Strava Art
- GPS Doodles - Sketchbook of a GPS Artist
- Bicycling.com's article - Become a Strava Artist with these GPS Tips
We hope to see your awesome Strava Art soon, Happy Drawing!