The main thing we're looking for are sets of 3 images, one for each sport in a triathlon (swim, bike, run). These images will be used as buttons, badges and icons on the site, and we'd also like to use them as a set for the main logo of the site (although we're open to commissioning further logo enhancements).
The style is button-based. Attached is a sample set of 3 stock images that shows a popular style used by other sites. We'd like to take the spirit of these buttons and build upon them in a more creative style. The dimensions should be square-ish, so we can use them as buttons, badges and icons, although the absolute size should be bigger for quality and re-usage purposes.
The creative design is open. The current sample images use stick figures on a color background performing each sport. We'd like to see something that really takes the spirit of these buttons and fleshes them out in a more creative, dynamic and engaging fashion. Our ideal design would be a character/creature performing or embodying the 3 sports. Think something like a mascot, either engaged in the 3 activities or geared up to perform the 3 activities (goggles, bike & helmet, running shoes & bib, etc).
We would love to see a couple sample sets to show how the designer can build upon the design created for future usage. We plan on commissioning further design enhancements after the initial contest.