The 2019 Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest is Here With $10,000 in Prizing

Jan 15, 2020
by Pinkbike Staff  
There is $10,000 USD in cash on the line in the 2019 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 9th 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, Robb Thompson and Richard Baybutt 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 2019, or up until Friday, January 24, 2020, 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 300,000 votes were cast until ultimately one image came out on top.

You have until Friday, January 24, 2020 at 9am PST to nominate your favourite shots.

How Does it Work?

All photos taken and uploaded to Pinkbike during 2019 and before Friday, January 24, 2020 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 2019 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 2019 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.

Rules

• 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, January 24, 2020 at 9am PST.

Prizing

• 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.







64 Comments

  • 291 1
 Keep the photographers' and riders' names hidden to keep the selection process truly based on photography.
  • 19 1
 YES !!!
  • 3 0
 Roost it is.
  • 1 0
 Agreed But shredding the future Grim Donut ain't much of a chance for the rest
  • 84 4
 There should be a similar contest for "Most Mediocre Photo of the Year." Give us regular guy's a chance to flaunt our Insta pics.
  • 22 2
 Or camera requirement must cost less than 300.
  • 48 1
 @chyu: Damn, my iPhone wouldn't even qualify for that requirement.
  • 3 1
 So Polaroids for the win!!!
  • 5 2
 How about a cell phone only contest? That allows all of us a chance!
  • 2 2
 @chyu: Well, that rules out nearly all smartphones.
  • 5 2
 @taythecoug: never underestimate a pro with an iphone lol.
  • 5 1
 @chyu: never underestimate a pro, definitely no need for an iphone
  • 2 0
 @chyu: gopro photo is underestimated! Cheap too... it's not the kit that counts remember Wink
  • 2 1
 That's sick
  • 4 2
 7/10 too much water
  • 8 0
 6/9
  • 2 1
 so you know in advance, you'll get robbed. Nah seriously, really good one
  • 22 2
 Yo if I upload a normal selfie who wants to vote for me lolol
Gotta pay for college somehow Smile
  • 13 0
 Better yet, a picture of a good doggo
  • 1 0
 @SpaghettiShredder: I tried to vote but the photo has to be in the riding section.
  • 1 0
 @slundy99: riding position?
  • 3 0
 Just take out massively crippling loans like the rest of us!!
  • 2 0
 Clothed?
  • 3 0
 in the mirror with flash on and you get my vote
  • 8 0
 @SpaghettiShredder: a doggo with roost...
  • 3 1
 @Dropthedebt: holy shiit thats good idea, just a muddy dog shredding up a berm
  • 1 0
 Photo needs to be in riding category (I just tried to nominate your dog photo) please nominate my girl in action
  • 21 0
 here is a roost nomination
www.pinkbike.com/photo/17231465
  • 7 0
 cant unsee that
  • 8 0
 Will there be categories of cliche? Dust explosion, panoramic vista with tiny bike in foreground, euro table etc?
  • 3 0
 Hopefully not a whole bunch of photos that could just as easily be taken by suspending a mannequin on a bike in front of the camera, track stands in some semi-angular gnarly attitude trying to simulate actual performance, or any more dirt jumps shots that appear posed and probably took 200 takes (hence could have been done better with a suspended mannequin)
  • 5 0
 I'm leaning my road bike over for a killer still life right now...
  • 8 4
 $5000+$3000+$1000=$10000
  • 1 0
 Good eye Loose-Goose!
  • 8 1
 "Semi Finalists" (plural)
  • 2 0
 Levy got bills to pay y'all know.
  • 2 0
 @Rhojax: Ahhhh, doh
  • 2 1
 What will they do about the boys/ dead accounts?
Hell, they could just vote for themselves...
  • 1 1
 ** bots, not boys**
  • 19 0
 @SpaghettiShredder: dead boys accounts are the worst
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I know a guy who can make those things go away...
  • 2 2
 Hello guys!
What do ya think about that sweet bunch of photos from last year?

m.pinkbike.com/u/mgaction/album/POTY-2019--Photo-of-the-year
  • 1 0
 Nose wheelie on a cliff... Contender for nomination? m.pinkbike.com/photo/18105768
  • 1 0
 Where is the list of judges? I don't want to waste my vote by nominating their photos.
  • 1 0
 Imagine having friends, let alone friends to take pictures of you riding your bike.
  • 1 1
 I’m not a photographer and I’m not nominated for the winners, but you can check my profile with galleries of my custom cheap bikes)
  • 2 1
 Hoping that a tandem mtn bike will finally make it to the win this year.
  • 1 0
 Seem to recall a 24hr race that a couple do on a tandem - naked
  • 2 0
 @skiwenric: Would be cool to see them in the tops but pb is pretty conservative and I can't recall seeing any naked mtn bikers get voted up in the photo of the year contest
  • 2 0
 @hbar314: I bet they would feature some naked mtn bikers if the pixelated bits were Kashima coated
  • 1 0
 “nominations close Friday January 24th 2019”
  • 1 0
 it'd be great if the winning shot is of an actual trail this year!
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to get smashed by all of the on-assignment industry mainstays!
  • 1 0
 Yay!
  • 1 1
 Can someone vote for check and vote my photos?
  • 1 0
 How do you vote?
  • 1 1
 here is a dog nomination
www.pinkbike.com/photo/18181592
  • 1 1
 another nomination
www.pinkbike.com/photo/17977867
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