Last year we held our first annual Photo of the Year
contest and after 275,329 votes were tallied, John Wellburn took home a brand spanking new Specialized Demo. This contest exploded beyond all expectations reaching several major photography websites and main stream news magazines. So with that success we wanted to take things a step further. As the old adage goes for photographers, "I can't eat bike parts". So we worked hard with our sponsors this year to get a major cash prize for this year's contest, $10,000! (Yeah we might even have one of those big checks).
Photography has played an integral role on Pinkbike, with almost 9 million photos uploaded to the site for users to look through and get stoked on. Photographers bust their asses in the trenches to make this sport what it is and we wanted to recognize that. So what's the best photo on Pinkbike this year? There will be 10 more days for users to upload photos and nominate shots after which our judges will go through the nominated shots and select the top 32 for you to judge. How Does it Work?
All Photos taken and uploaded this year that are nominated by users are eligible. So upload your photos
now to enter. Each Pinkbike user can nominate up to 3 different photos into the contest (see how to nominate below). The judges will then spend several sleepless nights narrowing the nominated photos down to 32 after which we will open things up to the public. We will pit each photo randomly against another photo in a College Baskeball Bracket-like showdown. At this point the users will vote on the match ups and the photo with the most votes will move onto the next round. So 32 photos will narrow down to 16, then 8, 4, 2 until there is a single photo deemed the 2012 Rocky Mountain Photo of the Year Powered by SRAM. Deadline for nominations is November 3rd.
$10,000 Cash and $25,000+ in Prizing
• Winner will receive a 2013 Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL complete with the newest SRAM XX1 components and a check for $7500
• Runner-up will receive $2500
• Top 4 receive a complete SRAM XX1 groupo
• Top 8 receive a RockShox fork (to be announced)
• More prizing to be announced next week!Judging
Photography heavyweights Ian Hylands, Sterling Lorence, Harookz, Margus Riga, Colin Meagher, Fraser Britton and Dan Barham will be the judges and select the initial 32 photos for the contest. We will look to cycle through judges for next year so these guys can participate.Rules
• Everyone is eligible except for judges
• Only one photo can be selected from each photographer into the final 32
• You must be the photographer who took the photo and have it uploaded on your personal Pinkbike account to be eligible Nominations
You can see all photos currently nominated here