Last Day to Vote! 2016 Photo of the Year: $10,000 Cash Prizing - Rnd 1

Feb 4, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
The nominees have now been narrowed down to 32 and we are ready to get started. Without further adieu, here are the photos vying for the $10,000 in CASH from our sponsors: SRAM.



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Photo of the Year 2016 Powered by SRAM


The 6th annual Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest voting is underway. The winner will join John Wellburn, Toby Cowley, Sterling Lorence, Christoph Laue and Sean Lee 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 2016 Photo of the Year Powered by SRAM.



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Toby Cowley
Images for Brandon Semenuk - Lapse

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Ale Di Lullo
Aaron Chase shredding over a cab windshield in Brooklyn NY. I had this Idea while I was driving along europe and forcing myself to think to new ideas and new point of view turned out winning the 2016 Red Bull Illume in the New creativity category.

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Valery Bekishev
No Hand
Inspired by Philips Darklight project shot by sterl.

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Duncan Philpott
Brendan Fairclough - Deathgrip Movie
Published in Bike Mag September 2016

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Ewia Production
 everyweekisawesome

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Bartek Wolinski
that moment when you realize you re too close but it s worth it... Rider Nicola Pescetto www.wolisphoto.com

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Dave Trumpore
Bas Van Steenburgen through a sliver of light off the run in jump.

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Nick Tingren
Brett Rheeder

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Julien Grimard
On saturday march 19th Matt Macduff sustained a terrible fall attempting to make his way around the Loop Of Doom. After over 3 year of research determination and hard work Matt managed to find everything he needed to make his project happen. Built in a month at the Garden Route Trail Park in South Africa the gigantic structure rises up to 40 ft. in the sky. The crash left him with 10 fractures in his right wrist and 3 fractures in his right ankle. The story behind his stunt is as impactful as the structure itself. A real story of determination.

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Martin Zielinski
Hooked up with Mr Div Devlin to scope locations and grab a few test snaps. Not only did it turn out to be the greyest day ever but it started to piss down the moment we set up the first shot. Div sent it regardless couple of flawless runs were followed by a brutal face-plant bleeding from the nose and mouth Div insisted we capture some lifestyle shit before the light faded. m We ve got some exciting projects in the pipeline
Simon Nieborak
Riding in thick fog.
Robb Thompson
Natural fires are a huge influence on the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Inspired by a particularly bad wildfire season Harrison Mendel and I had been on the hunt to create a unique burn photo but we were after something real rather than a staged fire photo. Several clearcut burn piles left to smoulder high above Kelowna gave us a perfect opportunity. Hidden pockets of soldering embers and toxic smoke made this a hazardous location but when Harrison slashed into a pile of ash and this wave of molten embers erupted we knew it was well worth the risk despite a deep burn on Harrison s ankle. Huge thanks to Ben Schleith and Harrison for helping to make this photo happen.
Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic

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Christoph Laue
About the photo The picture is called Icarus 2.0. Our inspiration for this shot was the Greek myth of Icarus. The symbol of the first flying man beating the laws of nature and gravity. According to the myth Icarus got wings form his father Daedalus to escape a maze on the island where they were imprisoned. The wings were made of wax so Daedalus told his son not too fly too close to the sun because the heat would melt the wings. He also told him to keep some distance from the sea because the water would make his wings too heavy. Their plan seemed to work out They managed to escape the maze and the island. On the way to freedom Icarus became a little bit too reckless. He flew too high and got too close to the sun - his wings melted and he fell into the sea. Our athlete Max Mey is flying - just like Icarus - over the water and very close to the sun. The difference between the two flying men is that Max lands safely. His skills and his experience let him know what risks he can take and when he should stop. And of course his bike is not made out of wax which is the advantage of the times we re living in today.
Shot for Diamond Back Bikes

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Reuben Krabbe
Reg Mullett riding Mount 7 from the summit to valley bottom. There was beer at the bottom so we rode fast.

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Michal Cerveny
Karla Stepanova climbing a hill in the super moon light.

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Benoît Jeannet
Semifinalist at Red Bull Illume 2016 in enhance category. The family team teamed up for this shot. Rider Malik Jeannet malikjeannet Photographer Benoit Jeannet benoitjeannet . The photographer himself upload this photo into that account that we are both using.

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Sterling Lorence
Casey Brown in Madeira Portugal

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Robin Oneill
Kurt Sorge

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Steve Shannon
Jungle magic on La Palma.

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Satchel Cronk
Self Portrait Marin County November 2016 I m always pushing myself to find beautiful locations and exciting conditions to shoot but on this one my heart was beating particularly quickly as I ran back and forth between takes. I d been past this spot many times and thought about shooting there sometime but on this particular morning it was as if West Marin knew I was coming and put on a special effects show.
High up in the French Maritime gold. Jan 2016.

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Emrik Jansson
Midnight biking in re Sweden.
KC Deane and Geoff Gulevich in rsm rk Iceland underneath a spectactular Northern Lights show. The town of Reykjavik even demanded all lights be shut off in the city during this night due to the intensity of the showing here. Our crew went to Iceland with a vision to riding under the Northern Lights and we continually got shut down by weather. We photographed this the last night we were there on a 10 day trip and only saw the lights for two nights at the end of our trip departing our journey beneath a river of green in the skies.
Matt Hunter Matty Miles gettin irie.

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Nathan Hughes
Front flipping the lake jump before the big freeze.

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Tommy Wilkinson
Kenta Gallagher
Robin Wallner at sunset on the slopes of Vulcan Villarica.

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Camilla Rutherford
Photo Camilla Rutherford

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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 SRAM.

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101 Comments

  • + 54
 Pinkbike, you did it again with those rolling photos! Why can't you make them smaller so they fit the screen?
On a seperate note, the selection of photos for this year's contest is on another level compared to past years. It will be a hard choice!
  • + 3
 Had the same thought. Then I realized I could click on the photo if I wanted to see the whole thing. But yah, had the same thought.
  • + 5
 They fit my screen great. Although I'm not on a tablet or phone, since I'm old.
  • + 1
 @oldmanjoe: Same here I am on a 27' and its perfect.

Amazing pictures too. Impossible to choose.
  • + 16
 Such fantastic content. But, where's this beauty by JB Liautard and Thirion? www.pinkbike.com/photo/14166624
  • + 3
 @NRogers27: I was looking for that one.
  • + 4
 Hard to chose! In a perfect world, we would be judging rad riding VS rad riding and great pictures (on a artistic point of view) VS great pictures. It is hard to compare the loop of doom and a perfect scenery!
  • + 1
 @cbj2012: On a 15” they sit just outside the margins.
  • + 1
 @NRogers27: Definitely a worthy inclusion.
  • + 1
 On Mobile version photos fits perfect Wink
  • + 1
 Get imagezoom for chrome. You can click drag with middle mouse button and resize any image.
  • + 1
 on my tv it doesn't fit. Happens with every photo on pb...
  • + 1
 @scoot34: He probably had to choose just one to include and I guess he made a good choice.
  • + 43
 Yeww so stoked and honored to be included among such illustrious and inspirational company, thanks Pinkbike! Literally a dream come true. Good luck all!
  • + 11
 You deserve it man! Awesome photos all year.
  • + 6
 Stoked for you Satchel! Keep the good stuff coming.
  • + 5
 @scottsecco: Thanks a ton man... Your support really is greatly appreciated. All my best to you.
  • + 3
 @AJBarlas: Thanks so much AJ!! I'll certainly try...and same to you! Cheers man.
  • + 25
 holy crap why do we get so much amazing content! so many amazing photos any one of these could be a winner!
  • + 2
 So many great photos will go out in round one - but some just 'spoke' to me
  • + 1
 It's too difficult to vote... so many excellent photos. This will take me a day or two to choose.
  • + 17
 Choosing a fave would be like going to a party at the Playboy mansion and having to choose one woman to be with the rest of your like. ALL THE BUNNIES!!!
  • + 15
 My favorite is the one with the bike.
  • + 5
 There is one that doesn't actually have a bike in it!
  • - 1
 Pinkbike?
  • + 13
 Thanks for picking some super creative shots this year. I am glad the number of roost shots has been kept to a minimum.
  • + 2
 yeah I agree, but that one with Nicola Pescetto is just sick
  • - 1
 Kind of ironic that in many places people are concerned about trail access being shut down for environmental reasons (real or perceived), then they rip the trails up by roosting all over the place.
  • + 10
 Beyond stocked be apart of that 32 shots. Dream came true, many thank's PB!
  • + 7
 i think JB Liautard's has to be my favourite, the framing on it is some of the best if not the best i've seen in a mtb photo and the colours are just perfect too. but the rest are incredibly good too was such a hard choice this year!
  • + 10
 Dude from California draw a tough card with the loop of death....
  • + 6
 Really surprised to not see the commencal meta v4.2 remi photo. I thought for sure that one would at least make it this far. Super excited to see two of my other nominations made it through.
  • + 6
 Thank you Pinkbike!! It's such an honour to see my image amongst the work of some of the best action sports Photogs that I look upto.
  • + 5
 No, thank you, Utkarsh! Keep up the good work.
  • + 4
 By no means am I saying that the others lost in 2016 in the biking world do not deserve any mention, and I get this is a contest, all of these photographers are amazing and the shots are fantastic, but Stevie crossing the line in a wheelie in Cairns is my vote for the photo of the year.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13476537
  • + 3
 Featured among my idols in an international contest... I'm stoked beyond words to be on of the 32 and a huge thanks goes to Pinkbike for making this happen! No matter the outcome this is the biggest thing that has happened to me. THANK YOU!

/E
  • + 5
 So many bangers! I'm really drawn to the @harookz and @davetrumpore photos; shutter drag and perspective versus drama and amazing use of negative space. All great shots!
  • + 3
 Harookz photo messed with my mind, it almost felt like the photo was moving.
  • + 6
 Thank you @pinkbike. It’s a honour to be a contender.
  • + 5
 Hey, thanks Pinkbike for the awesome and free content you always deliver on
  • + 6
 woah! stoked to be a contender among some big names!
  • + 5
 Amazing photos this year! Tough choices!
Stoked to see two Williams Lake (Farewell Canyon) photos in the top 32.
  • + 2
 So last year's winning photo was the sun shining out of some guy's butt? Good to know that we humans make great decisions when we decide as a group. Reminds me of another vote we had in 2016.
  • + 1
 I vote for Martin Z. ANYTIME you can get an action photo of mountain biking in Norfolk, you deserve a medal!! Lots of great riding in the woods (Bacton-sshhh!) but not many actual mountains. Besides, its a lovely photo with the colours balancing nicely and the rider just suspended with no sign of a jump or trail or....anything.
  • + 2
 In previous years there's always been one or two that have clearly stood out from the others for me. This year it's much more difficult to choose. Although the illume ones don't really do it for me.
  • + 5
 So many people upside down.
  • + 2
 Robin Oneill and Harookz my favorite. One captures such great color contrast and the epicness of the landscape so well, the other captures the feeling of bombing a trail so well.
  • + 2
 There is an essence of freeride in most of the photos and sunny mist silhouettes in basically all the others. Great set of photos and it's very hard to choose between many of them.
  • + 3
 Nice shots and all, but JB Liautard (6th from the top) might as well come and get his money for the winning shot. Magnificent.
  • + 5
 Where's the giraffe chasing the guy riding?
  • + 1
 yes !
  • + 4
 Why are there never any links to where we can buy prints?
  • + 3
 I sell prints on my website.
  • + 2
 @tims5377 Some day your prints will come. Just like Cinderella.
  • + 4
 That superman seatgrab through the mist though.
  • + 4
 It's gotta be Christoph Laue...
  • + 4
 Lots n lots of good stuff.
  • + 2
 Not gonna lie, I think the photos of riders doing backflips but you can't see the jump or the landing just look awkward.
  • + 1
 You meant awesome right?
  • + 3
 The flip in the field was done in dodgey tractor tire tracks on a 1ft tall plastic ramp.. looks way better without it =)
  • + 3
 Steve shannon all the way
  • + 0
 This is the first time I am actually disappointed about Pinkbike's POY contest, only 2-3 pics that weren't mehSmile Way tooooo much nature and too little bicycling action.
But thats my own personal tragedySmile
  • + 3
 Steve Shannon's number 1 for me.. really stood out from the rest
  • + 2
 Some tough calls here. I think we’re spoiled by amazing photos year-round.
  • + 1
 So boys, was switching Duncan Philpotts shot in the voting section to being in Abby, shot by Mr Maine just a sneaky way to try to create a severance package?
  • + 3
 The effort behind some of these shots... unreal. great mix of photos
  • + 3
 Robins watermark is so big, it disrupts the shot!
  • + 2
 It is time for a hard copy Pinkbike Photo annual.
  • + 2
 Pair one was so hard to choose, those two were both my favorites Frown .
  • + 0
 Damn, apparently there are alot of bad-ass Polak photographers. Simon Nieborak, Martin Zielinski, Bartek Wolinski. Good work boys!
  • + 1
 just voted and sat here cursing out the pinkbike because they were so hard to choose between.

oh you f*cks.... hahah
  • + 1
 Sooo stoked to be in one of these pics!!!!!!!! All of them are glorious!!!!! Id pay you all 10grand if I could!!!
  • + 1
 My money's on;
3. Bermsplosion
2. Grumpy taxi
1. Death loop ( it will get the bro vote. Grumpy taxi is the best photo IMO)
  • + 1
 Pls not :/
  • + 1
 Personally think the photo of Macduff with the loop is just crazy. Such a good shot for pure badass reasons.
  • + 2
 All killer shots but please no snaps with riders without a helmet on.
  • + 1
 yay super awesome its going down!!! also all of my nominees got in it so yeah super stoked
  • + 2
 Last Photo of Kelly McGarry is by Camilla Rutherford not Danielle Baker
  • + 2
 too many amazing pics to choose from. this is impossible.
  • + 2
 so difficult this year....fuhhh
  • + 1
 what about those photos with the erupting volcano in the background?? i think it was kurt sorge´s
  • + 1
 Top 3: Bamboo land, Taxi, Dirt plow.

Honorable mention: Orange leaves

All the photos are amazing though!!!!
  • + 1
 Calling it right now: berm slash powder explosion top 3
  • + 1
 MindblowedAF! Incredible stuff!!
  • + 1
 Been waiting all year for this! So many awesome photos.
  • + 1
 awesome pict, they are the winner.
  • + 1
 so many people upside down...
  • + 0
 I'm surprised a picture can win when the rider isn't wearing a helmet? (photo 2)
  • + 1
 IMO there is nothing in that photo that deserves it a place in the finals.

Some dude riding in (on) traffic with no helmet, skuffing up a working mans bonnet.
  • + 15
 @darkmuncan: Because it's completely original and far more creative than a lot of other shots (not meaning any in this selection of photos, just generally). Also, a difficult shot to take..timing, lighting, composition..all have to be spot on otherwise it would just look rubbish. It's worth noting that this shot was planned and set up, so I'm pretty sure the driver knew about it.
The only downside to the shot is as mentioned, the no helmet.
  • + 5
 @TombPhoto: This is the beauty of art/photography, what one man see's as creative and original, another sees as neither.
  • + 7
 I think it suits the shot, pure urban anarchy
  • + 1
 So many bangers this year
  • + 1
 mash up 13 was a difficult pick:/
  • + 1
 I can't decide.
  • + 1
 Yayyyy finallyyyyyy
  • + 1
 I vote Bernie Sanders
  • + 1
 Keep your 'Murican politics off of this site. No one in the rest of the world cares. Please and Thank you.
  • + 1
 that loop though
  • + 1
 Damn you match up 15!
  • + 1
 WOW!

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