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Round 3 Voting Closed: 2020 Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest

Feb 21, 2021
by Pinkbike Staff  

Now we're hitting the mid-point of voting in the 10th annual Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest presented by Jenson USA and it's not getting any easier. With more than 260,000 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, Richard Baybutt, and JB Liautard in the Pinkbike Photo of the Year Hall of Fame.

Match Up 1 - Winner: Jan Cadosch

Riding in front of the Matterhorn just after some snowfall at sunset
Jan Cadosch: 76.6%

Aosta overnight hut adventure with Olly Wilkins and Kathi Kuypers
Nathan Hughes: 23.4%

Match Up 2 - Winner: Jacob Gibbins

From a focus bikes trip to Madeira
Jacob Gibbins: 70.8%

Finding unridden lines deep in a working slate mine in The Lake District.
Tom McNally: 29.2%

Match Up 3 - Winner: Tom Bowell

One of those moments where everything comes together. The location the light and of course the riding The sun broke through the clouds and created these rays perfectly over the hip at the top of the Darkfest line but it only lasted for maybe 5 minutes. Just enough time for Brendog to make his way down and boost the hip with effortless style
Tom Bowell 61.7%

JB Liautard: 38.3%

Match Up 4 - Winner: Ross Bell

Ross Bell: 66.7%

John Entwistle: 33.3%

Match Up 5 - Winner: Christoph Breiner

Christoph Breiner: 62.3%

Nikki Rohan pedaling Strawberry Ridge at sunset in the Gifford Pinchot national forest.
Colin Meagher: 37.7%

Match Up 6 - Winner: Trevor Lyden

POY 2020 entry. Cody Kelley at Mt. Bachelor Oregon with a massive berm explosion while shooting for the release of the Fox Racing 2020 fall apparel line.
Trevor Lyden: 57.9%

Matt Hunter Matty Miles - Kamloops BC - The Perfect Lap - Landmark Trailworks - Specialized Stumpjumper EVO
Harookz: 42.1%

Match Up 7 - Winner: Skye Schillhammer

2020 POY entry. Shot by Skye Schillhammer while on location shooting Jaxson for Transition Bikes.
Skye Schillhammer: 50.2%

Edge of the world flatearthsociety
Luke Jarmey: 49.8%

Match Up 8 - Winner: Mason Mashon

Mason Mashon: 50.6%

Jackson Goldstone in Squamish BC
Sterling Lorence: 49.4%

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.


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  • 57 6
 It’ll be sad when that incredible waterfall shot inevitably loses to the roost shot.
  • 24 0
 Something about that waterfall shot is really intriguing. Glad to see it making it this far.
  • 37 2
 I feel like its a cool photo, but not a great mountain biking photo, if that make sense. For me the best pictures capture the majesty of the location and the marvel of skilled riding all in one. Schillhammer, Lorenc, and Bell are my favorites in that regard.
  • 14 0
 It's my winner regardless. Even irregardless Big Grin
  • 7 11
flag bananowy (Feb 19, 2021 at 1:00) (Below Threshold)
 I'm sure that pic will win some waterfall photo contest one day or maybe even end up in a NatGeo issue about waterfalls. It is superbly executed indeed.

But I thought pics entered into Pinkbike's POY were supposed to have bikes in them?

For the record, the roost shot isn't my favourite of the bunch either. At least it fits the contest's theme though (that theme being mountain biking).
  • 6 2
 @bananowy: Um.... did you see the wee tiny peep on a bike atr the very bottom of the waterfall picture?
  • 12 8
 @rosemarywheel: Yeah of course I did. That's exactly what I was referring to. The tiny rider is an afterthought to an otherwise pleasant waterfall pic. The photo would lose nothing of it's quality without them there.

Quick experiment: show that photo to a non-rider, don't tell them the context and see if they even realise at first glance that this is "mountain biking photography".

As a bonus do it with Luke Jarney's pic. That's an even better example (seriously, the rider might as well be on a sheep instead of a bike and you wouldn't tell) and somehow was still head to head (0.4 percentage point) with Skye's pic that has most ingredients of a great mtb photo.
  • 8 2
 @bananowy: I don’t know if I’d call the rider an afterthought. He’s beautifully framed, and imo transforms the picture from a standard shot of a waterfall to a carefully thought out work of art. Don’t get me wrong, the roost shot is incredible, all of these pictures are, but I think the waterfall shot stands out.
  • 2 1
 @bananowy: MOUNTAIN biking
  • 7 0
 @StefanProductions: exactly. The photo conveys just how small we are compared to the nature in which we ride.
  • 1 0
 It’s a sad day today
  • 35 6
 So glad to see the backlit flash shot not moving on. No offense to JB at all, but it is WAY too similar to last years winner. IMO Ross has the winning shot. Fantastic colors and action.
  • 35 4
 Sorry, but there is a roost photo with a water bottle, a clear winner Wink
  • 14 0
 I agree, i wish they didn’t pick this one !
  • 1 0
 Yeah Ross has such a good shot. Also makes me want to ride.
  • 19 6
 Damn only two photos I like actually made it to round three. Tom Bowell and Ross Bell. I feel that the photos they took actually show what mountain biking is really about. Either massive jumps or wet jungle slosh.
  • 8 1
 And of course they now have to go head to head.
  • 4 0
 @mountainfishy: haha luck of the draw! I’m equally stoked and gutted to go up against Ross in the next round!
Thanks for the kind words though man, I really appreciate it!
  • 14 0
 They should get rid of the locations because i think it adds a little bit of a bias
  • 13 0
 Hard to hide the Matterhorn.
  • 1 0
 @Snowytrail: ????????????
  • 2 1
 @Snowytrail: "Hard to hide the Matterhorn"

That's what she said. Beer
  • 8 0
 I think they should hide the names of photographers for the same reason.
  • 13 1
 Stoked to be moving on and up against some incredible images. Now bring on the hate from everyone who disagrees!
  • 11 1
 As a professional photographer, I always find that my judging criteria may be a little different and I'm always surprised at what gets through over something else. Not throwing shade though. All the shots are killer.
  • 3 1
 what you look more at like composition. Me i judge shots on how hard they are and wether they are more wallpaper-esque. Like I ask myself which picture would I hang in my garage before going mtb to pump myself up
  • 4 5
 I'm just disappointed that somehow your industry doesn't have it's own annual poll & prestige where a panel of photogs votes for the best shots of the year and we the Neanderthal button pushers can read why.

@mikekazimer can we get a legitamite professional peer reviewed contest going?
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: That's a great idea.
  • 1 0
 @Gamertebo: Anything ever published in Dirt mag.
  • 2 0
 @Gamertebo: Exactly. I do tend to look at the composition and consider how hard it may have been to achieve a shot technically and/or how much gear they had to hump up a steep, wet mountain over the "is it a rad move" criteria. Of course, that plays a role too especially when it comes to getting the talent who can pull those moves to work with you and allow you to shoot them.
  • 10 2
 Skye Schillhammer & Ross Bell are both so good
  • 6 0
 The photogs who shot in Portrait mode sure have a disadvantage.... when voting, they show way smaller.
  • 5 0
 Now I'm on the anti-bracket bandwagon. Did not enjoy the Cadosch vs Gibbins vote. I'd have either of those poster-size on my wall anytime.
  • 7 1
 The Mashon one is an absolute ripper, the clouds look evil and that chute is rad AF.
  • 3 0
 How hard it was to shoot didn't make my list of voting criteria. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in this case the eye of the drops of water....not for me and most of the PB fanboys....This was one of the few i was with the majority voting it out.
  • 7 1
 Hoping schillhammer gets it. That’s a gnarly shot!
  • 5 0
 Really really liked John Entwistles picture, sad to see it lost
  • 6 0
 Thanks, buddy - appreciate it. It was an amazing lineup of images this year and the head to head format makes it that much harder, but also that much more exciting Smile

No need to stress, I'll be back next year.
  • 5 2
 Sterling's was my fav for sure. Been drooling over his photos since I was a kid!
  • 2 0
 Agreed, I made it my screen saver on my computer not 5 minutes after I saw it.
  • 3 1
 I’m really happy that Skye Schillhammer has made it this far, as I know him and have ridden with him through mutual friends.
  • 6 2
 Harookz is definitely still one of my favorites this year \m/
  • 1 0
 Totally agree; I can feel the fun in this action.
  • 2 0
 Okay this round was hard...I voted for 7 out of the 8 that were in it!!! And I'm still not feeling good about whittling them down to four!
  • 4 1
 that was a tough choice, apart from the 3rd match, B&W beats a roost shot every time!
  • 3 1
 Not a single comment about that sweet Jacob Gibbins shot? Winner in my book: riders front and center, awesome light, sea of clouds, some dust to give the feeling of speed.
  • 3 0
 Trevor Lyden’s shot is awesome!! The way the bike frame pops out against the darkened rider with all the dust....love it!
  • 2 0
 That was rough, pitting the Mason pic against Sterlings... both were amazing!
  • 5 3
 I swear to Bob pinkbike... I will continue to vote against Trevor. No offense to him but please, no more roosts.
  • 4 1
 It seems more fitting for 2020 POY though right?? I mean, the year was a lot more of a hellish dirt slap in the face than a beautiful landscape feel. Just my two cents haha
  • 2 0
 @trevorlyden: I think it looks rad
  • 2 0
 Have to agree, its a nicely executed shot but its seems to be the same old same old. Ross is the winner IMO
  • 2 0
 Strongly disagree and I’m on the anti roost shot band wagon. This is diff than years past. Complicated lighting, better composition, super sharp focus while in motion... technically strong, IMO
  • 2 0
 Choosing between Tom's shot and Ross's shot has been the hardest choice I've had to make in this competition
  • 3 2
 sterling lorence, surprised to see yours edged out Such a rad shot. Definitely one of my favorites.
  • 2 0
 All of these are great shots! Brutal to eliminate any of them.
  • 1 0
 Well, all of em' are better than anything I could produce.
  • 1 0
 I agree with every result this round. What should I complain about now?
  • 7 8
 Christoph Laue got robbed.
  • 11 0
 Because he was crying on his lens and it ruined the picture....
  • 1 2
 A small handful of photogs could reproduce that shot. The technical complexity is admirable, whether PB fan Bois agree or not

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