Round 4: 2017 Photo of the Year - Voting Now Closed

Feb 11, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  
Pinkbike Photo of the Year Round 4

Here we go, the semi-finals of the 7th annual Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest powered by SRAM are kicking into gear. With more than 335,000 votes cast we are down to the top 4, in the running for their piece of $10,000 in CASH.

Below are the Round 3 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 and Steve Shannon in the Pinkbike Photo of the Year Hall of Fame.







Match Up 1 - Winner: Satchel Cronk


A moment right out of my photographic dreams as the sun began to set on the final day of Deep Summer and just another casual lap for 15-year-old Elliot Smith.
Satchel Cronk: 50.3%

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Isac Paddock: 49.7%


Match Up 2 - Winner: Dave Trumpore


Some riders just do it with more style. Iago Garay is one of those riders.
Dave Trumpore: 60.5%

Munsiyari Mountain Bike Survey FOR INTERNAL USE BY UTTARAKHAND FOREST DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ONLY. PIC Andy Lloyd www.andylloyd.photography
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Andy Lloyd: 39.5%


Match Up 3 - Robb Thompson


When the weather does amazing things it s all about finding a way to make the most of it. Even though we got completely soaked and I couldn t see through my viewfinder it s moments like these that we all live for.
Robb Thompson: 53.7%

Olly wilkins bouncing down ridges in Spain
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Rupert Fowler: 46.3%


Match Up 4 - Filip Zuan


Riding the last light above the Engadin valley.
Filip Zuan 63.2%

Brendog detonating like a boss during filming for Deathgrip. Follow me on insta ewaldsadie
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Ewald Sadie 36.8%


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 SRAM. One lucky Pinkbike reader that votes for the Photo of the Year will win a set of Code RSC Brakes with Centerline rotors and a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain.

Thank you SRAM.




How can I enter for a chance to win the SRAM Code RSC Brakes with Centerline rotors and a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain?
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.






Photo of the Year

Mentions: @SramMedia


122 Comments

  • + 170
 the roost is dead!
  • + 16
 RIP roost
  • + 28
 I was only voting to help kill the roost picture!
  • + 10
 Thanks everyone Beer
  • - 11
flag iantmcg (Feb 8, 2018 at 12:34) (Below Threshold)
 Fake news!
  • + 4
 I loved that pic...
  • - 6
flag scott-townes (Feb 8, 2018 at 18:16) (Below Threshold)
 THANK FUCKING GOD
  • + 27
 Now the remaining photos are all Discovery Channel material.
  • + 13
 @steelpolish: ROOST IN PEACE?
  • - 2
 Adrenna@ yep it went the road if 26", dead!
  • + 4
 @enger: #26aintdead
  • + 0
 I literally fistpumped at my computer screen, so there's a first!
  • + 6
 I think it's a fallacy to say a photo is a bad photo just because it's a... Eh, screw it. The mob has spoken.
  • + 1
 @TheR: Ding dong, the roost is dead...
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: the roost will never die it just falls out of favor from time to time
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: Damn shame, too. I do like the photo it lost to. It would make a great tourism photo for Switzerland. What do you suppose those two little dots are up to along that ridge?
  • + 1
 @TheR: Lol. The roost was quite a dynamic photo. It's just a little weird... I vote for something, and then I wait, and the available options change, and I have to pick new ones, which I often wouldn't have picked. Then I have to vote for one of two, neither of which I like more than some other photo that lost. Oh well, such is the layout.
  • + 109
 I still love that shot of Gwin from Isac Paddock. Perfectly timed, perfect body positioning, steely determination. Would have that on my workshop wall for sure. I mean I'd have all these on my workshop wall but yeah, just sick.
  • + 52
 i had kind of assumed that was the shot that would win. really amazing photo
  • + 4
 I'd be surprised if he wouldn't sell you a copy for your wall.
  • + 5
 This was my favorite and then the andy Pollock one.
  • + 2
 isac moatman paddock
  • + 2
 yeah man. thats the difference. this is a mass public photo contest. is what it is. the eyes in that photo alone are enough to win the damn thing...it's all about the eyes!
  • + 4
 @ccolagio: Also from the photo technical point of view the eyes are super important. Now imagine Gwin going in your exact direction in warp speed and manage to focus pecisely on his eyes. I'd love to zoom in that stunning picture in full resolution.
  • + 2
 Seriously cool pic right there
  • + 4
 @juicebanger Would've been my picture for the win as well.

The shot of Gwin is a 1 in a million shot, whereas you could set up the other shot as many times as you liked until you got it perfect.
  • + 63
 How did Rupert Fowler's photo on match 3 not win that? More unique terrain and you can actually see the bike
  • + 0
 I was thinking the opposite, how did it win in the last round against that sea bridge shot? I think it is such a boring photo, yeah they went to a cool place but rider is doing something fairly generic and the light is doing nothing special, it is a good photo but not compared to the sea bridge shot if you want to talk about unique terrain and the timing to get that sunset shot is just as amazing I think.
  • + 8
 @anyexcusetoride: You could say the same thing about the bridge. Show up, heft bike up, wait for good light, ride across.
  • + 11
 It's my favourite shot of the bunch. Every time I see it, I just want to go sailing down that snaking path.
  • + 18
 Never underestimate a picture that reminds you of just riding with your mates. A great photo relatable for the everyday rider.
  • + 7
 @Poulsbojohnny: that's the exact reason I didn't like the bridge shot. zero purpose beyond a cool photo. Fowler's shot looks like a killer line and a lot of fun... basically the opposite.
  • - 1
 Because shiny and bling.
  • + 0
 Here's different between a photo appealing to most most people, and objectively the best photo. Turner, Monet, and Whistler also won't do well in this... I vote impressionist rooooooooooost
  • + 1
 @Mojo348: actually an impressionist painting of a roost shot would be pretty fantastic.
  • + 1
 @anyexcusetoride: yeah, I was bummed they went up against each other so early
  • - 1
 Especially when the photo it lost to shows the rider with their right foot down. Look closely, and it definitely looks staged...
  • + 0
 @anyexcusetoride: The seabridge shot is epic!
  • + 25
 I feel like we are whittling the photos away to the lowest common denominator. The best photos have already lost. No more head to head photo contests. Should be choose your favorite photo from a pool.
  • + 17
 I'm not ever a fan of contest for this reason. The starting selection is more a showcase of talent than it is a contest, and by the time it gets down to the end it loses that big impression. Look at the final winning photos in a contest like Red Bull Illume and compare it back to the original short list and it's the same result, even when the voters are photo editors and not website members. But since it's a contest there's no way around it, and someone has to be the "winner"
  • + 2
 bottom line is I’ll be rocking your pic as my iPad wall for awhile. By far my fav of the 32.
  • + 4
 @davetrumpore: At least with illume the starting selection is not forgotten. Even get a great coffee table book out of it.
  • + 0
 @davetrumpore: I agree and feel great sympathy with your view; but even the original 32 were a subset. We all only have attention for just so much and no more. As I write this though I get the feeling that the ONE misses the diversity of this sport/game/adrenalin rush/meditation that we all love so much.
  • + 2
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/15541982

was my fav and went out early. I think it's a stunning photo that really captures what most of us actually do.

I'm not a fan of this head to head voting. Put them all in a pot and the winner is the one with the most votes.
  • + 1
 Amen. Looking at Round 4, I'm guessing the final will be Satchel Cronk vs Robb Thompson, with Satch eventually crowned POTY. Are the photos cool? Yes. Do I think the results should be different? Sure. But that's opinion... hence the contest. Honestly, pretty much all were awesome. But the contest format could change...
  • + 23
 Gutted Andy Lloyd hasn’t got through. He’s the winner in my eyes. That shot is perfection. Blue skies, perfect backdrop, reflection, green grass, bikes... I can even smell the Stien full of Pils at the bottom it’s that ruddy clear. Well done chap, you’re my winner...
  • + 6
 Maybe the rider size related to the background probably is why it isn't getting picked, just a bit bigger would have made this one awesome. The other nature ones just don't do it like this one. The reflection is sick!
  • + 0
 true, it takes such a good eye o take that picture
  • + 4
 I guess people on their mobile have a hard time finding the rider...
  • + 4
 #andylloydgotrobbed
  • + 4
 100% agree. His photo stands out from the rest. But if the USA has taught us anything, its that voting doesn't work Wink
  • + 2
 @twntysx: Yeah, we're doing just fine. Thank you.
  • + 2
 @k2rider1964: Trump isn't fine
  • + 2
 Let's be honest it's pretty clear Trumpore rigged that contest to make himself win...
  • + 4
 @mollow: careful now, you just got allowed back... You don't want to get your account suspended for trolling again so soon do you ?
  • + 1
 @mollow: You got me, was it collusion?
  • + 18
 totally unexcited by these final match ups. all my favorites are already eliminated including the deathgrip shot
  • + 16
 The Gwin pic is one of the most iconic shots i've ever seen and it's a shame it won't win Frown
  • + 17
 Am I missing the appeal of Dave Trumpores pic?
  • + 10
 I was wondering the same thing. He snaps some real gems, but I'm not feeling this one.
  • + 2
 Me too - didn't even vote for it in round 1. It feels cramped to me.
  • + 5
 It's been my favourite from the start. I love pictures that make me wonder where the rider is coming from or going. especially when it looks like thier at a good clip. plus to make that scene look good the photographer needed some talent and effort.. that my take on it
  • + 7
 You're not the only one. One one hand it's beautiful, but on the other I'm seriously confused by the rider. I have no idea what they're doing and it feels uncomfortable.
  • + 2
 I personally like it and it is one of my favorites from the start. I hope it wins
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I'm sure you do.
  • + 0
 @fatduke: yes I fricking do. Love Daves pictures in general and Madeira is amazing.
  • + 1
 It's been my laptop background since the madeira round of the EWS. I think the Santa Cruz paintjob is part of it
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I hate not knowing when you're being sarcastic.
  • + 0
 @fatduke: funny enough, I’d love to photoshop roost into that picture
  • + 9
 My favorite was by Andy Lloyd. The one with the guy jumping and mirror reflection in the water below, very blue sky mountains in the background.
  • + 7
 Top respect to the best bike photographer i've ever seen (loveyourjobdave), but Trumpore's photo wasn't ''better'' than the Indian guy. That craziness has something more, it is not easy even to take a shot with reflex also snowed mountains. Think on it guys! Maybe next year take the creator name out...
  • + 8
 Stunning upset for Roosty McRoostface!
  • + 8
 Enduro has officially taken over.
  • + 7
 Done voting. Format is crap and the best photos imo are already out.
  • + 3
 Looks like Dave's Madeira shot is a favorite to win. We should be so appreciative of the photographers heading out chasing race after race to take these amazing action shots for us. It's difficult to capture a live, non-staged action race shot of such quality. Poor guy was probably covered in leeches as he snapped that shot haha.
  • + 6
 just call me non-plussed about these quarterfinals. I think some of the best shots went out way too early.
  • + 6
 I wish you could choose neither on the second match up this round... I want to see mountain biking not landscapes!!!
  • + 6
 "Mountain biking". The clue's in the name.
  • + 3
 Some of those photo are amazing scenery with optional biker. Pinkbike photo of the year should be bike first ,mix of bike skills and photo skills (timing and aperture), scenery in second.
  • + 6
 Well, that was unexpected. Did not think the Gwin pic would get the boot.
  • + 5
 If you look up "SPEED" in the picture dictionary, Isac Paddock's Gwin is there.
  • + 5
 is it opposite day today?
  • + 4
 Andy Lloyd picture is my new wallpaper, and will be for a long time
  • + 5
 LAME
  • - 9
flag RedBurn (Feb 8, 2018 at 12:16) (Below Threshold)
 oh look a roost fanboy
  • + 3
 @RedBurn: better roost than (another) boost standard
  • - 5
flag RedBurn (Feb 8, 2018 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 @Connerv6: not sure. I personnaly dont care about new standarts since I'm not an industry victim! all my bikes are from 2012 or before , with 135mm rear spacing Wink cheers Beer
  • + 3
 Jeez, i think all my votes last round lost!
  • + 1
 Bottomline: I picked the loser in 95% of times.

Please send me your contribution via paypal for me NOT voting your favorite.
  • + 2
 you can tell that pb audience got old just by results of this contest hahah
  • + 2
 Match up photo contest is lame...put all photos in for voting not two against each other
  • + 3
 If that was minnaar, I wonder if it would have won?
  • + 3
 pics of Minnaar can't be contained-he snaps frames in half.
  • + 3
 Well alright Dave!!!! Showin the VT luv \m/ \m/
  • + 3
 Thomson or Zuan, I can't choose!!
  • + 0
 Z U A N
  • + 3
 #Gwinwasrobbed
  • + 2
 Robb Thompson or Filip Zuan, too hard!
  • + 2
 I demand a recount! Gwin is only out cause of illegals!
  • + 2
 Illegal what’s mate
  • + 2
 Gwin pic is out. I don't want to vote anymore. The world is broken!
  • + 0
 Man, when your tiebreaker has to be home team...not sure we ended up with the best set here.
  • + 1
 Now time for a new hashtag #roostisnotdead
  • + 1
 BC boys always on podium from photos to South Korea
  • + 1
 @daweil.... #roostisnotdead
  • + 0
 Does anybody knows where i can find the photo of the year contest all photos in full hd?
  • + 1
 i thought this for photo of the year
  • + 1
 Andy Lloyd´s... :/
  • + 1
 Cronk FTW - That shot!
  • + 1
 Bro thanks I’m the rider in that shot it’s so cool to see it in the finals!
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