Round 3 Voting Closed: 2019 Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest

Feb 6, 2020
by Pinkbike Staff  

Now we're hitting the mid-point of voting in the 9th annual Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest presented by Jenson USA and it's not getting any easier. With more than 247,000 votes cast, we are down to 8 photos that are in the running for $10,000 in CASH.

Below are the Round 2 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: Sterling Lorence

Brett Rheeder during filming of Oahu segment of Anthill s Return to Earth Hawaii
Sterling Lorence: 50.3%

Kyleigh Stewart. Sunrise at Sun Peaks bike park.
Reuben Krabbe: 49.7%

Match Up 2 - Winner: Ross Bell

Ross Bell: 59.6%

Exploring World on two wheels
Bartek Pawlikowski: 40.4%

Match Up 3 - Winner: Toby Cowley

Toby Cowley: 50.6%

Boris Beyer: 49.4%

Match Up 4 - Winner: Vlad Bakumenko

Alexey Molotov Shabanov
Vlad Bakumenko: 59.6%

Kirt Voreis taking it a step above.
Matt Collins: 40.4%

Match Up 5 - 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: 53.1%

Nathan Hughes: 46.9%

Match Up 6 - Winner: Steve Shannon

Steve Shannon: 76.9%

Back flip tail whip off the drop for Rheeder.
Chris Pilling: 23.1%

Match Up 7 - Winner: Andy Lloyd

08.04.19. Scotty Laughland at Glyncorrwg for Mountain Biking UK. PIC Andy Lloyd
Andy Lloyd: 59.4%

Greg and Kyle catching some last minute light overlooking east county San Diego on some private jumps.
Luca Commeti: 40.6%

Match Up 8 - Winner: Manuel Sulzer

Shooting for 720 Protections new Awake helmet in the Dolomites with Cadini di Misurina mountain group in the background.
Manuel Sulzer 63.7%

Scrubs down the woods.
Sam Needham: 36.3%

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.


  • 89 10
 Nooooo! #BrendogWasRobbed
  • 5 1
 yeah I'm done voting now
  • 3 1
 seriously! That was the best one of them all.
  • 1 0
 I was clicking through voting and then realized his photo did not make it to round 3. WTF
  • 35 5
 How are these winning? Luca, Borris and Nathan were robbed
  • 21 0
 Bummed for Krabbe. My favorite from the start.
  • 5 0
 Me too brother, me too. My absolute favourite one.
  • 16 0
 @Boyan1984: awe shucks. thanks all for the ride. always a fun time.
  • 2 0
 @ReubenKrabbe: Definitely should have won out of the two. Love the colors. So close.
  • 13 2
 Bruh who robbed that footplant photo, that one is sick! All my favorite photos have been taken out already Frown
  • 13 3
 That pic from Russia is so sick.
  • 7 0
 I just realized I have no idea where he's landing, unless..."in Russia 30 foot drop to flat concrete is just Tuesday".
  • 8 0
 @noapathy: lol, I figured he was just hitting it like a half pipe but good call. In Soviet Russia landing use you.
  • 1 0
 @noapathy: photog says its an oppo 180 so i guess what we used to call an alley-oop and he’s travelling backwards
  • 1 0
 @MikeyMT: in Soviet Russia we are landing even no landing there Wink
  • 8 0
 well... there goes all my favs... except that Russian one. That is a really cool image.
  • 2 1
 If Vlad will win, i'll ask him for short story about this pick for Pinkbike
  • 2 0
 Yeah but it looks weird though, almost like it's photo shopped. I'm not saying he did that, I'm just saying it has that look to it. idk.
  • 1 0
 @mybaben: He hid a flash in the tube and I think that's it. I very much doubt it's photoshopped. Likely just used lightroom to colour it.
  • 2 0
 @Lone-Wolf-Productions: No I believe it's real, i'm just saying it has a funny look to it, as if it was CG or something.
  • 6 0
 DARN, i really liked Sam Needham's photo. the way the rider is framed by the GREENEST grass and tree with the mist in the background..
  • 1 1
 It's pretty for sure, but its competitor pic is just epic!!
  • 1 0
 totally agree, and that tree too
  • 4 0
 Quite a fee photos were almost 50/50 in the votes.

Yeah too bad the Brendog and Voreis photos are out.... And a few others.

Loving the natural light shots. Not much of a flash photography fan here.
  • 5 2
 The Nathan Hughes photo was my favourite from the start. But they are all great.. Now I am backing the Ross Bell photo.. It reminds me of every second ride last summer in rainy BC
  • 1 0
 Nathan got robbed, hard. Very disappointed, easily my favourite this year.
  • 6 0
 can't blame the public choices, but most of my favourites are out...
  • 2 1
 Absolutely, some strange public choices this year.
  • 1 0
 Lorence’s is one of my favs and glad to see it still in the running. The green variations and colours are pleasing (soft yet contrasting), the framing and composition are top drawer, great trick with the “where the heck is he gonna land” factor and the uniqueness of the two dudes watching from under the tree makes the vibe more of a session than a photo shoot. Ticks all the boxes for me, love to see it go through to finals.
  • 3 1
 If there is one thing I have learned about this contest, it is that the people have poor taste in what should be considered the POY. That also goes for the people that selected these photos in the first place.
  • 3 0
 matchup 5, really? that nathan hughes photo was one of my favs from the whole bunch
  • 2 4
 Pretty picture, but you can't see the rider (barely). Same with the Shannon photo. Nice pic, but rider is hidden. Composition is KEY, not just "a cool rider shot". Smile
  • 2 1
 @mybaben: I agree, I think Hughes' would have done better if it was cropped to be the half the size in the top left corner, and make the rider more the focus of the shot even if it cocks up the rule of 3rds composition. As it is, it's framed as a beautiful landscape shot "oh and there's a rider there too"
  • 2 0
 @ROOTminus1: Agreed. What did you think about #4? I have mixed feelings. I think I prefer the one legged move on the rock... The guy in the pipe is a little small and also it almost looks like a photo shopped pic. I'm not saying it is, it just looks like it is...
  • 3 0
 I really liked Sam Needham's pic. Just a green tree, but with the mood and all, great.
  • 4 0
 Gotta say that steve shannon photo has got my vote
  • 2 0
 It's pretty, but the rider is too small and sort of camouflaged...
  • 1 0
 @mybaben: you're thinking of the nathan's Hughes one above steve shannon
  • 3 0
 @ridelife6: I meant the Shannon one. I know what you're saying though. The Hughes one is SUPER small and hidden. But I still think the Shannon one has the rider a little too blended into the rock/hillside. If he was just a little more to the left and maybe had the bike more sideways, which would make it larger, it would work well... Just my take.
  • 2 0
 Yah his photo is so good
  • 2 0
 Hope Ross Bell who takes it. At least from a Northern European point of view, that shot captures everything that's fun about winter riding.
  • 2 0
 Aw man, I totally disagree with #6 & #7!! Oh well. Smile
The shot from Sulzer is my fav!
  • 5 2
 #1 and #7 what the heck how did the worse photos win?
  • 1 0
 Yeah I pretty surprised about #7!
  • 3 0
 How can one not vote for a Backflip over the Canyon Gap?
  • 1 0
 Two of my favourites facing eachother in the first quarter. Fav for finals is the moody backlit from the Amaury Pierron shoot.
  • 3 0
 RIP Luca
  • 11 10
 Alot of great photos eliminated??? 1 or 2 photos I agreed with, but the rest?!

I'm out! Lost interest.
  • 34 5
  • 2 1
 I was really surprised about #7! Frown
  • 2 0
 Welcome to Kindergarten.
  • 1 0

You respond with all capital's, to insinuate that I was yelling, not the case.

I obviously have a different opinion than the majority, and I'm simply not interested in voting further. I can't help it if the majority have poor taste????
  • 2 0
 And just like that... I'm done voting
  • 2 0
 #1, #3 and #5 were too close. Lets call a re-vote haha.
  • 2 0
 Anywhere we can get the images in full quality? I need a wallpaper
  • 1 0
 First thing I thought, who tf voted against that pic
  • 1 0
 Nathan Hughes was probably my one followed by Reuben Krabbe...ah well.
  • 1 0
 I went 2/8 on this round of voting....

25% is sorta a little good right?
  • 1 0
 Green wheelie Vs B&W down table in the final an I hope B&W wins
  • 1 0
 this would have been a good fantasy contest
  • 2 1
 Rooster v rooster final
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