2015 Photo of the Year: $10,000 Cash Prizing - Semi-Finals

Feb 19, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  
We started with 32, you voted them through three rounds and now we've got your favorite 4 photos vying for the $10,000 in CASH from our sponsors: Trek Bikes and SRAM.



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It s coming the 2015 Photo of the year contest.


The 5th annual Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest voting is underway. The winner will join John Wellburn, Toby Cowley, Sterling Lorence and Christoph Laue in the PB Photo of the Year Hall of Fame and they could walk away with $5,000.

How Does it Work?

From thousands of nominated photos, 32 have been selected to pit against each other in a college basketball bracket-like showdown. At this point, it is up to you, the users, to vote on the match-ups. The photos with the most votes will move on to the next round. So 32 photos will narrow down to 16, then 8, 4, 2 until there is a single photo deemed the 2015 Trek Photo of the Year Powered by SRAM.



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Christoph Laue
We shot this picture on our trip to Utah for Red Bull and a German TV show Wild Ones - Junge Helden . Due to the strict time schedule we had only three hours to build this hip in the afternoon and three hours to shoot the picture in the sunrise the next morning. But the sweat and tears were definitely worth it. It was a special experience for us to take the first freeride shot in Monument Valley. -

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Lee Trumpore
Revolution Mag cover Spring 2015. No flashes no gimmicks just ankle deep dust front-lit by a setting sun.

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Sean Lee
Ten seconds after the shutter of my camera closed the sun dipped over the horizon and the last light of the day was gone. As featured in R evolution Magazine March 2015.

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Simon Nieborak
tabletop www.delayedpleasure.com

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What's at stake? $10,000 Cash
Winner will receive a check for $5000
• Runner-up will receive a check for $3000
• Other semi-finalists will each receive $1000

Thanks to Trek Bikes and SRAM.

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It s coming the 2015 Photo of the year contest.


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65 Comments

  • 86 9
 Please not another roost shot
  • 27 6
 WHY DOES IT KEEP WINNING THEYRE SO BORING EVERY FUKING YEAR

*edit- they're really cool, the first 10 times- nothing bad about the photo it's just such a textbook "sick shot" and a POY needs to be super unique
  • 11 2
 Yeah, Koenig's photo was cool, something a bit different (in comparison to Trumpore's) Although the roost shot is probably the best roost shot I've seen, its still a bloody roost shot.
  • 33 4
 Just another roost shot, just another dirt jump shot with scenery, just another Queenstown shot, just another MTB shot. It's like you forgot what website you're looking at Wink
  • 6 3
 I'm not saying it's a bad photo. I just think the whole concept has been done to death and there are other photos more worthy of the POY title...but it seems all you need to do is pull a skid through some dirt and the majority of pinkbikers just go nuts for it. It's as if there's some sort of unspoken competition to see who can be the biggest roost shot fan boy. IT'S A CONSPIRACY I TELLS YOU!!!
  • 10 2
 That's what does if for me actually. For a concept that has been shot so many times (along with jumping against the sunset to be fair) it raises the bar on the rest. It's the roost shot everyone else can try to beat. No such thing as being 'worthy of the POY title,' that's a matter of personal opinion and that's why these 4 rad shots are up for a vote. Losing doesn't make any of them less awesome really. Look at enough photos and you can find similarities with all of these, none is entirely unique as mtb shots go but so what, they're among the best examples.

PS go to the 50 second mark and tell me again that he's just skidding for the camera: www.pinkbike.com/news/ur-team-dust-apocalypse-video-2015.html
  • 6 1
 I understand that "worthy of the POY title" is a matter of a opinion and that is why the sentence starts with "I think..." but the way I see it is this (again just my opinion obviously):

Laue - great lighting, great colours, great backdrop, great composition/framing, great riding (although perhaps marked down for being a bit beyond us mere mortals?), maybe lacks overall action/dynamics

Trumpore - decent lighting, colours look a bit too HDRed (don't know if they actually are, just looks a bit that way), backdrop/setting isn't really applicable, composition I don't really know. Just looks like he's sat at a corner and taken a photo (obviously there's more to it than that but just seems like more thought has gone into this aspect on Laue's pic), great riding, great action.

So basically apart from the action in Trumpore's shot, I just don't see how I could ever say it was better than Laue's...but I guess it just depends on how others weight the different aspects of the pictures.

And the other two just don't do it for me for some reason (relative to these two anyway).
  • 7 2
 Not Suzuki advertising shot!!
  • 6 2
 Honestly it's a great photo, but POY just needs more. I prefer a combo of sick riding and stunning scenery. You just can't get that with a roost shot
  • 4 0
 My thoughts exactly. POY need to be a work of art.
  • 3 0
 1 and 3 for me.... teh susuki add in 4 ruins it for me
  • 63 2
 does anyone else wish there had been a way for simon nieborak to photoshop out the "suzuki"
  • 9 1
 Yes, that gives the picture much less power. It makes it look like a competition report pic where you know all the logistic behind. With such a nice scenery, would be awesome to imagine that the rider is alone doing his thing like on Christoph Laue photo.
  • 5 3
 Yeah, if only there was a way to 'PHOTOSHOP' it out, but alas, no such thing exists :p
  • 22 1
 Yup. Can't vote for it based on that single thing.
  • 18 3
 They should have used this one from the same competition.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/12649608
  • 3 1
 I'd photoshop that suzuki out in 2 minutes and no one would ever know it was there... But people who knew it was there... Rooting for Simon! You are the photo beast!
  • 5 1
 @LittleDominic, That is a much better shot!
  • 5 0
 Without the advertisement, that would be a spectacular photo.

@LittleDominic, you're right. That photo is much better. I think it could have won this competition. There's no way I could vote for an advertisement to be the photo of the year.
  • 48 14
 This is a photography contest, in which the photographers are competing for the prize. Not coolest action shot. I'm pretty bummed for the deserving photographers who got voted out by random "WHOA SICK!" pinkbike users.
  • 54 9
 This is a biking website not a photography website. I'm picking the photo that puts me in that moment and reminds me of why i love riding.
  • 4 2
 It's a very well-taken roost shot, though. I love Christoph's photo. It's amazing but I feel it will probably miss out on the final being up-against Trumpore's. They're all awesome photos so well done to all photographers and riders. It's what makes PB one of my daily visits on the www. Eh, this reply was meant to be to FlowMaster haha.
  • 19 3
 I think sean lee's photo related to me the most. No going huge or at rampage or some gnarly thing, just out riding like the mojority of us would be doing. Got my vote for sure
  • 15 1
 I hope Sean Lees pic wins. This is what mtb looks like!
  • 1 0
 This is what "I've managed to convince my wife to drive me for some after dinner Rude Rock shuttles but the sun is in my eyes right now but after this section it should be mostly sweet, and by the time I get up for the next lap the sun will be behind the hill and this section will be sweet too" looks like!
  • 8 1
 Another round another set of complaints about the selections. That 'roost' shot has about as much in common the highly staged, studio-lit winner of 2013 as it does a ride in the park. It drips with a sense of speed an aggression that attempts at similar shots tend to lack. It doesn't mean you have to like it, but the constant negativity in the comments about so many of these shots if they aren't your particular favorite misses the point of enjoying such a huge selection of rad photos. As for winning 'every year' here's a link to the past 4 winners. Sorry, just not seeing the similarities:
2011: www.pinkbike.com/photo/7311631
2012:http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/8092690/
2013:http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/10165182/
2014:http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/11670282/
  • 4 1
 I think you don't get it. The real thing people are complaining about is that a "dumb good looking ultra staged roost shot" get all the clicks and leads to the elimination of really pretty other pictures
  • 2 2
 I'm usually not too keen on roost shots... But this one is fucking sick so it got my vote
  • 8 0
 My final vote will be for Sean Lee's photo, if he makes it! Great sense of movement and freedom that really captures ripping down a trail
  • 9 1
 Sean Lee for the win! the timing, the lighting, the scenery, its got it all YEOWW
  • 5 0
 Funny, when the contest began, Everton was talking about how great all the shots were, and how tough it would be to pick a winner. Now that it's narrowed down to 4, everyone's complaining about how undeserving these shots are.

My prediction: Sean Lee and Christoph Laue in the finals; Lee for the win.
  • 3 0
 Sorry -- "everyone" not "Everton."
  • 7 0
 SEAN LEE for the win! This photo makes me want to take my bike, go out and enjoy my life!
  • 4 0
 I don't mind another roost, it's probably your winner. Most of these have been done a thousand times anyways. Sean's pic technically speaking sort of irks me, there's heavy cropping, vignetting, and lens flare. It's works , but I just don't like it. The Suzuki add, not. Personally I liked Sam's Whistler shot in the fog.
  • 8 1
 This is harder than being blind and trying to pick out a favorite porno.
  • 4 2
 I really hope Simon's shot wins. It's the one that left an impression on me the first time I saw it. Don't be putting it down just because of a sponsor's logo on the jump lip. That's not something the photographer can control, and without the sponsorship, we wouldn't have riders and events at such a high level, providing us with content like this.
  • 3 1
 For me personally the photo by Harookz was the most original one. I can't exactly explain why I liked it so much but it is nothing like what I've seen before. The rider looks like riding in wonderland full of colors and magic with the rain to top it all off.

That's my personal favorit and I don't care much about the actual winner.

PS: I don't like photos which look too staged and, to be honest, the "roost" one does to me.
  • 3 0
 My wifes an artist, she's not into mtb's, she says #1 is the best scenic, #2 is the best action,
personally i like #3
#4 is an advert
  • 3 0
 We want a loser's bracket. Some really nice shots got eliminated early because they were paired up with a monster and never got the chance to shine.
  • 6 4
 The good pics are allready out :-). I hope "Lee Trompore" wins. There are too many pics with - a bike and sunset/sunrise - out there. I find it very boring.
  • 1 1
 hey guys just put out a couple edits of some of the best clips from recent years.
I don't own any footage and just do this as a hobby, if you could check it out it would be much appreciated.
Whips are Awesome 2016: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gYxeTsaLQA
Bikers are Awesome 2016: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWToJ737zK4

Drop a like if you're feeling friendly. Cheers Guys Smile
  • 4 1
 I will never buy Suzuki!!!
  • 2 0
 You're missing out. The gsxr is a fine machine
  • 1 0
 It's hard to pick just one....but the roost shot makes me realize I don't have any roost shots and I need to get a good roost shot,
  • 5 4
 That roost shot has been my desktop background for a while now. Sorry 'Merica but i'm rooting for France on this one!
  • 2 1
 Same here!
  • 4 1
 4 photos, 4 country !
  • 2 2
 1st ones epic.

2nd one is powerful.

4th one is mountain sweet but blasted with Suzuki sponsorship? Meh.

! or 2, both amazing moments, tough call.
  • 4 3
 if I could be I any of the photos it would definitely be the roost one. and I'd be shouting brraaa
  • 4 3
 This is too hard, all four are winners in my book
  • 5 4
 that is way more than just roost, that shit's deep
  • 2 2
 Damn. It's got to be pretty hard to ride a bike when you're one-armed and headless.
  • 2 1
 @PNW1 - describes the last rider in last years winning photo...
  • 1 0
 I was describing Sean Lee's photo actually. The guy's position on the bike kind of ruins it for me. The lighting is nice but the dude looks like he has no head and just one arm. I think I am liking Christoph Laue's photo best again this year.
  • 1 0
 Yes, I saw that about Sean Lee's photo, but my point was it didn't matter for last year' winner...
  • 1 0
 Yeah I guess you're right. It's just the rider's entire body is completely in frame in Sean Lee's photo so it strikes me as odd. Everything else about the photo is spot on. I'm just nit-picking. All the photos are really good. It's the little things like the headless rider, the suzuki logo, and what appears to be a landmine detonating in the other photos that have me leaning towards Christoph Laue's photo.
  • 2 0
 That headless guy's look, hunched over, intense, un posed but evocative, it's what makes that photo for me. Loved that about last years winner too.
  • 2 0
 Yeh what the hell? Haha
  • 2 1
 go sam and fab...
  • 3 4
 Matchup 2: Neither.
  • 1 4
 When I see, "check for $" I don't like it, it should be cheque. Apparently it's one of those American discrepancies.
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