Round 2 Voting Closed: 2019 Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest

Feb 4, 2020
by Pinkbike Staff  

Voting is now well underway in the 9th annual Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest presented by Jenson USA Below are the Round 1 matchups and who won each after the votes were cast. Once you see whether your favorites made it through, head on over to the voting page and cast your votes for the next round!

The winner will join John Wellburn, Toby Cowley, Sterling Lorence, Christoph Laue, Sean Lee, Steve Shannon, Robb Thompson and Richard Baybutt in the Pinkbike Photo of the Year Hall of Fame.







Match Up 1 - Winner: Reuben Krabbe


Kyleigh Stewart. Sunrise at Sun Peaks bike park.
Reuben Krabbe: 55.2%

X
Oliver Parish: 44.8%



Match Up 2 - Winner: Sterling Lorence


Brett Rheeder during filming of Oahu segment of Anthill s Return to Earth Hawaii
Sterling Lorence: 59.4%

Logan Peat - Coast Gravity Park Sechelt BC - Ride or Die Shoot
X
Harookz: 40.6%


Match Up 3 - Winner: Ross Bell


Ross Bell: 68.7%

Rider - Dylan Forbes Location - Whistler BC markmackayphoto gmail.com
X
Mark Mackay: 31.3%


Match Up 4 - Winner: Bartek Pawlikowski


Exploring World on two wheels
Bartek Pawlikowski 52.5%

First tracks on a fresh line
X
Kelsey Toevs 47.5%


Match Up 5 - Winner: Boris Beyer


Boris Beyer: 87.4%

X
Samantha Saskia Dugon: 12.6%



Match Up 6 - Winner: Toby Cowley


Toby Cowley: 89.4%

Carson Storch in Pacific City OR
X
Paris Gore: 10.6%


Match Up 7 - Winner: Vlad Bakumenko


Alexey Molotov Shabanov
Vlad Bakumenko: 82.6%

Conor MacFarlane and Nico Vink chasing reflections at Loosefest 2019.
X
Trevor Lyden: 17.4%


Match Up 8 - Winner: Matt Collins


Kirt Voreis taking it a step above.
Matt Collins: 65.5%

It s not always raining here in Seattle in fact late fall has been almost dusty.
X
Matt DeLorme: 34.5%


Match Up 9 - Winner: Nathan Hughes


Nathan Hughes: 68.4%

Deep Summer 2019
X
Lear Miller: 31.6%


Match Up 10 - Winner: JB Liautard


Ironic weather on the Canadian sunshine coast. The atmosphere is so special in those forests especially when the fog comes in and stays in the woods for the whole day.
JB Liautard 83.9%

X
Jay French 16.1%



Match Up 11 - Winner: Chris Pilling


Back flip tail whip off the drop for Rheeder.
Chris Pilling: 66.4%

From Parallel
X
Ian Collins: 33.6%



Match Up 12 - Winner: Steve Shannon


Steve Shannon: 75.8%

imagine the endless terrain where everything s rideable without touching a shovel
X
Bartek Wolinski: 24.2%


Match Up 13 - Winner: Andy Lloyd


08.04.19. Scotty Laughland at Glyncorrwg for Mountain Biking UK. PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography
Andy Lloyd: 62.2%

X
Dylan Sherrard: 37.8%



Match Up 14 - Winner: Luca Commeti


Greg and Kyle catching some last minute light overlooking east county San Diego on some private jumps.
Luca Cometti: 73.7%

Kaos Seagrave figured the best way to see the the track was from a birds eye view from high above
X
Dave Trumpore: 26.3%


Match Up 15 - Winner: Manuel Sulzer


Shooting for 720 Protections new Awake helmet in the Dolomites with Cadini di Misurina mountain group in the background. www.manuelsulzer.de
Manuel Sulzer: 75.1%

When ya can stretch those lethargic legs in the backyard n drink in virtuously valiant views like this... well life ain t bad sonny Jim life ain t bad.
X
Luke Jarmey: 24.9%


Match Up 16 - Winner: Sam Needham


Scrubs down the woods.
Sam Needham 71.9%

X
Matt Wood 28.1%


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

In addition, this year we also have user prizing for voters courtesy of Jenson USA. Five lucky Pinkbike readers that vote for the Photo of the Year will win $200 Jenson USA gift cards.

Thank you Jenson USA.


How can I enter for a chance to win one of five $200 Jenson USA gift cards?

By simply voting as we progress to the eventual Photo of the Year winner, you will be entered for a chance to win. One entry per user per round goes into a random draw for the prize.









70 Comments

  • 25 1
 It gets harder every year to vote. Amazing pictures all the way through! My favourites are the ones that can give me the"i wanna go out now and ride" with an "amazing camera angle and creativity" Feeling! Great work all the way through though!
  • 4 8
flag chyu (Feb 3, 2020 at 19:25) (Below Threshold)
 I'm sorry @DoctorWatson . Imma let you finish. You guys may outvote the roost photo. But water roost is still a roost!
  • 16 1
 For me, Vlad Bakumenko's photo brings back so much nostalgia of getting Transworld BMX, and BMX Plus magazine's in the mail monthly. Love the tone of the photo
  • 4 2
 It just feels far too staged to me. Obviously all of these would have been, but it just feels like most of the others are actually something you would do when out riding your mountain bike (skill level dependent obviously). That one just feels completely un-mountain biking-y
  • 1 0
 @el-nombre @stucoulson: It's pretty cool that my internal thoughts in looking at that picture were exactly what both of you have said. It's a great classic staged magazine photo that makes you say "WTF crazy", but it also feels like there's a professional crew of eight stage hands holding lights and props and hiding at strategic spots in the background (regardless of whether there are or not, it just feels like it)--all style, no emotion. And like you say it really has nothing to do with anything I've ever done on a mountain bike.

Unfortunately I could take or leave the Joshua Tree photo, so went with Mother Russia. That spotlight is a bit over the top, but it does have a great colour palette....
  • 11 0
 Gutted for Kelsey Toevs and Lear Miller. Someone has to lose in this format, but they were two great shots that made me feel something close to what I'm always looking for when I jump on my bike.
  • 19 10
 To all the people that voted out the photo by Kelsey Toevs in Match Up 4..Are you on glue?...Do you even ride??.. WTF?
Pull yourselves together!!
  • 2 0
 that line is awesome, any idea where is it?
  • 2 0
 that was my favorite one, now i'm hoping Steve Shannon wins it
  • 1 0
 @ismasan: I think I saw a video on here when he scratched in the line , but I cant remember where it is
  • 3 0
 @resinrider: Appreciate the support guys! Kelsey and I will try again next year. Heres the link to the line. www.pinkbike.com/video/502694
  • 3 0
 Thanks so much! Kelsey was really stoked to make it to the 32!
  • 6 0
 Thanks so much for the support! This just fires Steve and I up for something great next year!
  • 12 0
 Desire to ride a line and aesthetics of a photo are two totally separate things. Shot of Brendog upside down at Rampage grabs both my eye and my gut but has nothing to do with my riding. That's not a strike against the image: it got my vote as the most striking photograph in that matchup. We're voting for photo of the year, not trick or trail of the year.
  • 4 0
 @Toevs @stevev88 @mjo - if PB let us vote on which photo makes us most want to be the rider in the frame, I'd be hard pressed to chose between Toev's shot & Steve Shannon's. Would be incredible to ride a line like that and have those photos to show for it!
  • 2 1
 @Veloscente: Totally agree with your comment on the Brendog photo.
Regarding Match Up 4, i would argue that the Kelsey Toevs shot is even more impressive and has even more aesthetic merit. However, it takes a few seconds to sink in and to appreciate the sense of scale that is present in the picture. The picture by Bartek is more striking at first glance but has less of a lasting effect.
  • 2 0
 @Toevs @stevev88 This was by far my favorite photo, your eye is drawn top to bottom, the colours are perfect and it immediately makes me want to jump on a bike! Gutted this is out of the running but if there is a print available anywhere count me in.
  • 2 0
 @MWoods3: I can arrange a print for you if you want one just message me and we’ll sort something out!
  • 1 0
 Tried the glue.... still like Kelsey's photo......
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: agreed. Toev's photo seems more unique, the colors draw you in and the actual line excites you.
  • 8 0
 My god, Brendog. That canyon gap is nuts.
  • 1 1
 but now it's put against the Cowley pic. Gimme a break.
  • 8 0
 Ross Bell FTW - Scotland in summer.
  • 6 0
 Go Luca!!! Hope you win my dude
  • 2 0
 Cheers!
  • 6 0
 Wow cool! I agree with just about every winner. All great photos though!
  • 3 0
 The only 3 that I voted the other way on were the closest 3 matchups :'D
  • 3 0
 @ROOTminus1: Haha, the only 3 that went the other way for me, were the furthest 3 matchups.
  • 4 0
 Hey.PB, any chance we could buy a full resolution set of the 32 photos? I could use some new screensavers and wouldn't mind paying a bit for them!
  • 3 1
 I hope a shot that enframes biking wins, something like brendogs canyon gap. Ridiculous riding plus ridiculous setting. I’m not too hopeful though I’m sure a giant landscape shot with a tiny rider will pull through...
  • 3 0
 I came to vote for the roost again, but all you haters ruined it for me. That's OK. I'm voting for the new roost -- rider in a sunbeam.
  • 1 0
 I think "Photo of the Year" means something else to each of us and in my opinion it should not only be the poster you want to stick on your wall but also reflect the mtb world in 2019. For that reason in my books it's between Brendog at Rampage and Rheeder at Crankworx. Might as well be a photo of Loic and Amaury crying and hugging or whatnot though. Quite unfortunate no UCI DH World Cup photos made it in at all. Talkin' bout glue, eh!
  • 3 0
 Matchups 1 and 5 were the tough ones for me this round in that I loved both photos and was forced to choose between them.
  • 5 2
 I think a lot of people did not see the reflections in Trevor Lyden's photo, true skill! I appricated those details.
  • 3 0
 Same but he went up against an absolutely gorgeous photo
  • 2 0
 What I like about this photo is how it seems to be opportunistic... sometimes a great photo takes immense planning and coordination to make it happen, sometimes you just happen to see an angle and snap, gold.
  • 4 0
 I did, and i agree that the skill required to take the shot is very impressive. However, the picture itself doesn't "work" all that well. It is visually cluttered and the foreground distracts from the subject of the shot. The reflections are a secondary subject but without a clear visual connection to the primary one and therefore easy to miss.
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: I agree, the rock isn't steep enough.
  • 3 0
 I just want to know where Kelsey Toevs' and Manuel Sulzer's photos were taken
  • 4 0
 My shot was taken in the Dolomites. The mountain group in the background is called Cadini di Misurina. So the riding is between there and Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
  • 1 0
 @manuelsulzer: Stunning shot!
  • 3 1
 Trevor had a really tough match up. Great photo to go down in the first round.
  • 4 2
 First year didn’t vote round 1. Good luck to all, but not really into this years submissions.
  • 3 0
 I'm very concerned that there is not a roost shot!
  • 10 0
 The wet roost is the new roost.
  • 2 0
 that was some of the most difficult choices i have ever made. all the photogs and riders did an incredible job.
  • 2 0
 Tough choices indeed. I need some of these in my man-cave. I need a man-cave.
  • 2 0
 Cowleys shot is the one that captures the essence for me...id love to see that on my wall everyday
  • 2 0
 Can we get a calendar of all of round 2 or something? These are all too good to waste...
  • 2 0
 People are getting robbed
  • 1 0
 One of my favorite PB features - getting to vote on these pix in a head to head format.
  • 1 0
 When can I get Bartek Pawlikowski's blown up and framed??? I really love the background and trail contrast.
  • 1 0
 Contact him
  • 2 1
 Those Alps scenery shots are going to be hard to beat.
  • 1 1
 Luca vs Trumpmore

There's a heavy hitting matchup

why you gotta put the title fight at the beginning?
  • 5 0
 Not a fair fight. Trumpore took dozens of photos that were way better than what was selected for him.
  • 1 0
 Match#5 was a pretty tough choice they were both really good
  • 1 0
 That's not Golden Colorado in matchup 8. It's PNW. Not that it matters.
  • 2 1
 I picked all those. What do I win?
  • 2 0
 All foto awesome)
  • 1 0
 i disagree with like 50 percent of these ngl
  • 1 0
 @JbLiautard lord of the silhouette!
  • 1 0
 LOL... I went 0-16 in picking winners in the first round.
  • 1 0
 Where’s the Grim Donut follow up?
  • 1 1
 Match #9; beautiful shot....where's the biker?
  • 1 1
 #Brendogdidntgetrobbed
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