Nomination Period Closed: Voting Coming Soon in the 2018 Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest

Feb 19, 2019
by Pinkbike Staff  
There is $10,000 USD in cash on the line in the 2018 Photo of the Year Powered by Jenson USA, so get ready to nominate your favourite pictures.

What's at stake? $10,000 USD Cash

The 8th annual Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest is coming fast. The winner will join Steve Shannon, John Wellburn, Toby Cowley, Sterling Lorence, Christoph Laue, Sean Lee, and Robb Thompson in the PB Photo of the Year Hall of Fame and they could walk away with some serious cash.

Think you have a banger? This is your chance to see how you stack up against the best mountain bike photographers in the world. Any images uploaded during 2018, or up until Friday, February 22nd, 2019, can be nominated. You can nominate up to three photos of your own, or from other photographers, for entry into the competition. Last year over 375,000 votes were cast until ultimately one image came out on top.

You have until Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 9am PST to nominate your favourite shots.

How Does it Work?

All photos taken and uploaded to Pinkbike during 2018 and before Friday, February 22nd, 2019 that are nominated by users are eligible. 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 basketball bracket-like showdown. At this point, 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 2018 Pinkbike Photo of the Year.

The winner that is chosen by you, the readers, will receive a cheque thanks to Jenson USA, as well as the title of 2018 Pinkbike Photo of the Year.

Photos can be nominated by any user by clicking the 'Nominate this Photo' link. All nominated photos will then be viewed by the panel of judges and narrowed down to 32.


• 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 then have uploaded it onto your personal Pinkbike account to be eligible
Nominations close, Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 9am PST.


• Winner will receive $5,000
• Runner Up will receive $3,000
• Semi Finalists will each receive $1,000

Full rules and regulations can be found here.

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  • 215 12
 Dammit, for the love of all things good and bikey, can we *PLEASE NOT* vote a berm explosion into the finals this year?
  • 48 1
 I'd support a berm with an explosion.
  • 24 4
 The majority of teens on this website disagree with you.
  • 11 3
 I very much prefer a berm explosion over a picture of a guy sitting on a chairlift during a foggy day, man... talk about edgy
  • 5 4
 @Narro2: yeah or some guy pedaling up a mountain with a nice background, which is the majority of pod pics for the past week or so...
  • 13 2
 @Georgecookie: there's nothing wrong with pedaling up a mountain...
  • 4 2
 Yep! Been over that fad for a long time now. Anxiously awaiting it to disappear for good.
  • 2 0
 @dreamlink87: Explosions are cool....
  • 18 0
 The prerequisite for a berm explosion pic should be both feet on pedals.
  • 3 0
 @kbonesddeuce: The prerequisite for a berm explosion pic should be an actual explosion.
  • 1 0
 hahah, yeah kinda
  • 80 1
 Don't you fret guys! I'll submit that photo of the egg.
  • 39 0
 One will win, many will be robbed.
  • 4 0
 And only the people who voted for the winner will agree.
  • 35 4
 time to re-nominate that racing photo from last yrs contest of gwin sideways scrubbin' that jump with his 'looking 2 miles down the track' death eyes...
  • 5 1
 Has been the wallpaper on my laptop and work computer since it was posted! Unbelievable photo!
  • 18 3
 One of the best MTB photos ever taken IMO.
  • 6 1
 @brianpark: See I dunno - I get the determination in the eyes, speed, colours, it's Gwin & he won that world champs but personally I find it way too cluttered - especially the nasty orange fence pegs. I guess that's why it's a mass vote Smile . Anyway I'm basically playing the hindsight game and wishing I entered my shots last year too haha
  • 1 0

Mine too...Smile
  • 1 0
 @boardnz: f*cking awesome!
  • 5 0
 wow that is actually amazing
  • 3 0
 @thedriftisreal: cheers dude, better than my grammar at least haha
  • 1 0
 done, and well deserved
  • 1 0
 @ismasan: haha cheers man!
  • 1 0
 Amazing pic!!
  • 1 0
 That one is definitely worthy......nominated and kudos on the excellent shot!
  • 15 1
 i took some rad pix w/ my motorola razor, anybody wanna see 'em?
  • 3 0
 I do like 8 bit stuff....
  • 11 0
 Pinkbike, can you arrange so that we can get prints/posters of all the entries this year?
  • 6 1
 Contact the photographer and buy a print.
  • 7 0
 Is there a prize for the voters again? Big Grin
  • 5 1
 That time of the year to make the roaster and then get kicked out by a roast or silhouette shot in the first round. Yeaaah Smile
  • 2 0
 I know the rules are already set as stated in the article, but I would've loved a system different to the "tournament"-style.. E.g. everybody sorts the 32 photos from most to least liked and then each round the bottom half gets cut off.
Of course ist not as "exciting", but the last years it hurt so much having to vote from one of two photos which the eyes of many both could have won.. just to have the everlasting bermroost appearing in the final decision.
  • 5 0
 Yeaaaaahhh! Been waiting for this!
  • 5 1
 Time to start browsing through @meagerdude 's photos
  • 4 3
 I'm a photographer but I never shoot mountain bikes. If anyone in the BC area wants photos taken DM me, I'd love to expand my skill set. All the top 32 shots in these are fantastic!
  • 5 2
 let the skidding shots begin
  • 4 0
 Prizing . i'm loving it
  • 5 3
 Oh, that's why all those kids and hippsters making their photo-sessions on trails while others are just riding.. Damn it..
  • 1 1
 no one of my friends have a pinkbike account haha, can someone nominate my shot? :- D
took with a GoPro on a gimbal an "long" exposure... i swear there are no berms in it
  • 2 0
 Good luck to all entrants! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 When they're announced, can you give us a downloadable of all the nominees? Need my fix of fresh desktop backgrounds!
  • 1 0
 To me, the best photo last year was the photo of Sam Hill racing at the EWS La Thuile with the helicopter in the background.
  • 3 2
 This seems sooooooooooooo last year..
  • 4 3
 More roost shots. Oh joy. Shoot me now.
  • 1 0
 Might as well try I guess.....
  • 2 2
 How do photos even get noticed? I've taken some bangers and they never get any views? So confused with pinkbike
  • 1 1
 Do we just upload it to anywhere on our profile??? Is there a specific catagory we can upload to?
  • 1 0
 Any idea how to nominate a photo on mobile without PB app?
  • 1 0
 would be cool to see on the gurushots and see there the votes go.
  • 2 1
 "prizing" WTF?
  • 6 5
 Do roadie pics qualify?
  • 5 1
 Only if backflipping on the side of a road, on race day!
  • 2 1
 I'd say ya, but you'd have to have a damn good roadie pick to contest with any mtb pic
  • 2 3
 Damn, can't you at least wait until Colorado's high country opens up? Frown There's still snow in the mountains!
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