Attention Shutterbugs: Enter your Pics in the Wheels UP! 2019 Photo Contest

By Lisa Wells, Cure Medical

Is the winning photo for the 2019 Wheels UP! accessible photo contest languishing in your cloud? It could be one of you traveling, playing sports or just enjoying the great outdoors. Enter it right now in this annual photo contest from SPORTS 'N SPOKES, the sports and recreation magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Abilities Expo, and Cure Medical, a leading manufacturer of intermittent catheters. The deadline is Friday, August 16, 2019.

Travel and Sports Photo Contest

Photo Contest Encourages People with Disabilities to Pursue Active Lifestyle

Now in its' ninth year, the 2019 Wheels UP! accessible travel event kicks off with a photo contest and prize giveaways for participants. As part of the event, SPORTS 'N SPOKES, Abilities Expo and Cure Medical social media pages will share daily photos of people who use wheelchairs enjoying accessible vacation spots, outdoors programs, and other activities.

The goal of the whole campaign is to encourage thousands of people with disabilities to explore their world through accessible travel and adaptive sports.

"For SPORTS `N SPOKES, the Wheels UP! event is much more than a simple photo contest. It's a way to bring a community together and encourage people to seek out an active, healthy lifestyle while exploring the world around them. Since 2012, when Lisa Wells and I started Get Out, Enjoy Life, one fundamental value has always held true: to always showcase our readers' limitless spirit of adventure," says Christopher Di Virgilio, Wheels UP! co-founder and SPORTS 'N SPOKES Web Content Manager.

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"We are thrilled to offer the Wheels UP! accessible travel photo contest to more than 100,000 families served by SPORTS 'N SPOKES magazine and Abilities Expos, especially wheelchair users throughout the US and Canada. We hope these deserving families will love Wheels UP! accessible travel resources plus the opportunity to share their own photos as encouragement to others who want to explore their world on wheels," Cure Medical CEO John Anderson shares.

"The Wheels UP! photo contest supports the overall mission of Abilities Expo events in a meaningful, tangible way. The Abilities Expo, whether it is our physical events or community resources online, exists to introduce opportunities that can enrich your life, especially ones that you never knew were out there," Abilities Expo President & CEO David Korse adds.

Wheels UP! Contest Judged by Leaders in Disability Community

View the full program details, rules and contest entry form at:

A team of celebrity judges will choose the winning photos from the Wheels UP! event, lending their unique perspectives and trained eye to the contest. Photo judges include:

  • WCMX and Adaptive Surfing Superstar Christiaan "Otter" Bailey
  • iPush Foundation director and quadriplegic Chris Malcom
  • Ms. Wheelchair California 2005 and Vantage Mobility International (VMI) representative Kristina Rhoades
  • Cure Medical founder and former Reeve Foundation Board Member Bob Yant
  • Spinal Cord USA community founder Clint Cook
  • Abilities Expo host and accessible travel/mobility vehicle expert Julienne Dallara
  • Able Outdoors Magazine founder and quadriplegic Chad Waligura

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Contest participants may submit photos of related sports activities, family vacations, and weekend outings to be considered for one of four Grand Prizes. Residents of the USA and Canada are eligible for prizes. Wheels UP! photo contest winners will receive:

First Place: Winning photo lands the front cover of the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES. Five issues of November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES magazine. $1,000 Southwest Airlines E-Gift Card (See for rules and restrictions)

Second Place: Winning photo will appear in the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES Final Frame. Three issues of the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES magazine. A $1,000 gift card from AMS Vans.

Third Place: Winning photo will appear in the "Someone You Should Know" segment on, Two issues of the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES magazine, $200 gift card from At Home Medical

Honorable Mention Winner: Winning photo will appear on social media pages, One issue of the November 2019 SPORTS `N SPOKES, An EZ-Access portable folding ramp (a $300 value)

The Wheels UP! photo contest begins on August 5, 2019 and ends August 16, 2019.

Follow the SPORTS 'N SPOKES, Abilities Expo and Cure Medical social pages on Facebook and Instagram to join the fun and enter your photo for a chance to win!

Wheels UP! event partners include AMS Vans, At Home Medical, Cure Medical, PVA Publications, Abilities Expo and many other supporters that will be recognized throughout the program.

A free accessible travel guidebook containing updated Wheels UP! destinations by state can be downloaded at

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