Pinkbike Photo of the Year - Winner Announced Tomorrow!

Dec 5, 2011 at 18:27
by Ian Hylands  
The Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest has finally come down to the last two images, and it's quite a surprise. When we first selected 32 images out of the almost 6000 that were nominated, we had no real idea on how things would end up. We chose images that we personally liked and found interesting, exciting, inspirational, or just plain beautiful. And it took a while. The initial judges were Fraser Britton, Harookz, Sterling Lorence, Colin Meagher, Margus Riga and myself, and we all chose a variety of different images that we liked. Then we sat down to dinner one night and went over them, bashing each others decisions, and cutting images left and right until we had 32 that we were happy with and agreed on and then we handed it over to you, the people of Pinkbike, to make the final decisions.

Claw airs into a classic China sunset glow...

VS


There will be some detractors who think there is a lack of action, but really I think we need to look at this objectively and learn something from it. Many people will be thinking "how could this happen?", because they preferred an action shot, either Sam Davies tuck no handed flip shot, or Christophe Laue's water roost shot. But lets take a closer look at this. To start with I think we need to look at the average Pinkbike user. With the average user coming in at 29.3 years old, I think there is a preference for more moody and inspirational shots than something action packed photos that some younger users might prefer. Either way, the final of the Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest has come down to two images that are quite similar in many ways. They both inspire us emotionally, they both have an analogous color scheme, and neither of them are really about the rider themselves. They're not close-up action images of a specific rider, even Berrecloth would be mostly anonymous if not for his name in the caption, instead they're images that are inspirational and appeal to many different people. When you think about it that way, it's really no big surprise at all. Head over to the main POY Page and vote for your favorite of the final two.

The winner of this round wins a 2012 Specialized Demo and ANY F-stop bag with 2 ICU's plus a Dakota accessory kit.

Vote Final Round Here

What's at stake? $20,000+ in prizes!
Round of 32 - All 32 receive a pair of SPY Sunglasses (MSRP $120 each)
Round of 16 - All 16 receive two pairs of Tioga Psycho Genius tires (MSRP $200 for two pairs)
Round of 8 - All 8 receive a set of Black Race Face Atlas cranks (MSRP $339.99 each)
Round of 4 - All 4 receive a Marzocchi 66RC3 Evo Ti (MSRP $1199.00 each) and an F-stop Guru bag with ICU (MSRP $245 each)
Winner - Receives a Complete 2012 Specialized Demo (MSRP $6600) and ANY F-stop bag plus 2 ICU's plus a Dakota accessory kit (MSRP $500)

Thanks to Specialized, Marzocchi, Race Face, Tioga, F-Stop Gear and Spy




363 Comments

  • + 103
 #1's got my vote. I never really liked #2.
  • + 12
 same here, don't really dig #2 it not epic, unlike #1 its epic as all F**K
  • + 16
 goddam this is a hard decision...
  • + 111
 I understand where you're coming from... but #2 has so much soul. Get's my vote (again)! Both steller photos!
  • + 4
 Both photos are just EPIC, but my vote goes to #1
It's bloody hard do set up something like that... waiting for the perfect time/light;
looking for the perfect angle...

#2 is just ok... great atmosphere, but something easy to capture...
just being at the right place at the right time...
  • - 62
flag yeahbro (Dec 6, 2011 at 8:07) (Below Threshold)
 I'm gonna be pissed if number 2 wins its a biking website at least have a picture of some riding in it, If you wanna take and look at cool artsy photos go to I love photography.com or something.
  • + 6
 Number 1, wanted it to win every since I first saw it and set it as my background.
  • + 36
 #2 is still the dream day for me every day i go biking, it still makes me tingle and get all excited to go ride my bike!
  • + 46
 backed #2 all the away, so i'll be sticking to my guns!
  • + 14
 They're both incredible shots but for those of you wondering why a non action shot has gotten this far here is why I like it at least. It reminds me of early morning riding sessions with my buddies, and just looks like the peaceful calm that comes before they start tearing down the mountain. It's serene and makes me think of the epic days of riding that are ahead, and about tearing it up at bike parks!
  • + 13
 I'm sorry to everyone I voted for. Apparently I bear a curse.
  • + 1
 #1 got my vote because it has some one riding in it.
  • - 1
 I actually don't know what one to vote for!
  • + 2
 #1 has my vote ..captures mtb spirit
  • - 37
flag dylanvicente (Dec 6, 2011 at 14:02) (Below Threshold)
 does no one notice pic number 2 the guys isnt even riding
  • + 5
 Number 1 is Bearclaw though. While hes awesome, it would be going to some famous photographer already, and that doesn't seem to me to be what the contest is about. Otherwise, Larocke should be getting huge cash awards every time he makes a video too.
  • + 4
 If only I had taken the winning shot...
  • + 7
 Are they serious these are the two best shots of the year? wtf...
  • - 8
flag poozank (Dec 6, 2011 at 16:54) (Below Threshold)
 how the hell is this hard? its clearly number 1!
  • + 2
 both are incredibly epic. 1 is an awesome visual... but 2 gives me this surreal mood whenever i see it...
  • + 22
 neg prop me if you want but i honestly dont like either shots.
  • - 14
flag connor-rix (Dec 6, 2011 at 20:32) (Below Threshold)
 ok ill neg prob you
  • - 9
flag adamlaycock (Dec 6, 2011 at 20:33) (Below Threshold)
 Well if you insist Ollie...
  • + 5
 #2 looks like a cover for a mtb video. Like em both but #2 has a certain mystique and commitment with colors and capturing the spirit of the ride to promised land.
  • + 2
 What does second place get as a prize? Is there a round of 2 prize as well or does second place get shafted back to round of 4 prizes?
  • + 1
 they are both sick photos but we are voting for photo of the year on a mountain biking web site. I think the best photo taken and posted on this world wide site should at least have a guy riding a mountain bike not just some guys riding a chairlift with bikes in the frame.
  • + 0
 #2 is so epic but doesnt realy show what mountainbiking is... #1 represents mtb as it is
  • + 2
 If that were the case I'd have like to have seen the mud slinging tire shot win. Agread a good action shot is nice but the ride up depicts the ride and the surounding excitement of whats aboit to ensue. Wether its dh, fr am or some guy catching a lift to the top to xc down we all have a certain feel and excitement on the lift and its generalized not isolated to 1. Pods are good for that but for a site or cover this reaches a broader spectrum and lets imagination of what's coming play a role.
  • + 2
 Well looks like im pulling an all nighter to see this Razz
  • + 2
 Ive always loved 2. dunno why i think its an amazing picture, maybe its because of the lack of ski lifts in england Razz
Both amazing, equally deserve to win in my eyes.
  • + 1
 Agreed. Reminds me of Whistler's Crankwerx this year. Super symbolic.
  • + 1
 As good as these photos are, for me they're all arty and not enough straight up awesomeness. The A-line chestcam picture was my favorite. It was just bags and bags of awesome.
  • + 4
 Number one is everyone's dream. You know when you take those road trips and see the outline of mountains and picture yourself jumping over that.
  • + 1
 Those two pics are not worthy at all.there are better ones than that.they are gonna chose whateverthey want anyway.
But this pic is better that all the others ones

www.pinkbike.com/photo/6219822
  • + 1
 ^Yea i agree stillmrg
  • + 4
 @TwoWheelKing
#2's got my vote. I never really liked #1.
number 2 for the win! Salute
  • + 1
 1 has my vote, but I really dug the ian morrison scrub shot pitted against number two in the last round. That had my vote for the win and I'm sad it didn't make it to the finals.
  • - 3
 If it still life (Photo #2) we're looking for. This one is much better-> www.pinkbike.com/photo/3172382
  • + 5
 that photo you posted has NOTHING on photo 2! if it did have, maybe that would have been in the final surely ?
  • + 5
 Why are all the chairlift shots from Wisła so sick? www.pinkbike.com/photo/3757020
  • + 6
 why hasn't it been posted??
  • + 5
 yeah... where is the winner photo??
  • + 1
 Wasnt the winner meant to be posted yesterday?
  • + 8
 They're still waiting for the highest bribe, be patient.
  • + 1
 its funny that everyone hates people who like the first pic better
  • + 1
 Haha i know, I quite like the first one. Its the better of the two. The one I wanted to win got knocked out last round
  • - 2
 Pinkbike should pick #2 just to see everyone freak out, haha that would be epic. (#1 has my vote)
  • + 1
 So how much longer till we know I'm curious to see the winner.
  • + 1
 good question...
  • + 5
 alright, seriously, this is pissing me off...
  • + 10
 so who the fuck won............ there's nothing on the homepage
  • + 3
 I used to announce competition winners, but then I took an arrow to the knee...

Seriously, it can't be that hard to stay on the schedule, can it?
  • + 1
 Aww mate dont start that arrow the knee shite on here too! Youtube is already taking the piss with that shite Razz
  • + 1
 Haha, I'm a bit surprised it hasn't taken off here yet Big Grin
  • + 1
 they might be on their way to post the results, but then they took an arrow to the LCD.... hahahaha
  • + 34
 That chairlift sat as my desktop on 3 computers from the day it was POD, and it tooks months for me to change it to something new. At BC cup finals @ Hemlock it was in my mind every time I got on the chair. It also reminds me of the cold ride up to the Garbo race at Crankwerx. Lift POY, ALL THE WAY!
  • - 2
 I was thinking the exact same thing! The first weekend of Kokanee Crankworx summed up in one photo.
  • + 6
 The lift photo itself is great and I like it more than the one with Berrecloth, but I'm not sure if pinkbike's POY may actually be a photo without riding...? The first one is more about freeride, more about mountainbiking itself rather than anticipating to braaap down the hill
  • + 0
 if i was to have either as a poster on my wall it would have to be #1
  • + 1
 I would really expect a pic with some more action...
  • + 3
 Chairlift picture is the definition of Freeride Mountain Biking. Love the fog and mist rolling in. Been up at Silver star a few times like that. It goes to show POY doesn't have to be a gnarly ball dropping shot of some teenager doing a steezy trick!! Love #2!!
  • + 7
 technique aside, i just can relate to the feel of the lift shot more. the "anticpation" it creates makes it my choice because alot of us have been there. the feeling of being amped up cuz you're in line for a crazy fun amusement park ride! i feel like anyone of us is part of that shot whereas the ride shot makes me feel more of a spectator. it's all good cuz its pretty tricky when you fav a pic everyday on this site!
  • + 5
 if you could do a late entry i'd pick something from those Shore pics from yesterday!
  • + 2
 as
  • + 2
 I'm surprised the one to with the camera strapped to the guys chest going off the jump in whistler didnt be in the final two.... i think it was pic #1 that got more votes then it
  • + 1
 To hard to choose. Why cant it just be "Photos of the year" and have them both? They are both soooooo sick!!
  • + 1
 Don´t say something wrong now Big Grin

EDIT: Sorry, wrong place ^^
  • + 1
 I've done that before.....
  • + 28
 I voted for number 2 for one simple reason. It could be any of us in that picture. It captures an awesome moment in something we have all done, riding up the lift, looking forward to another run, nothing else in the world matters at that moment. The first shot is sweet, but I'll probably never be able to relate to that picture, since it's massive air at some far away location. To me, that has some weight.
  • + 2
 Something "you" have done maybe, but on our side of the world we cant really relate. Never seen any chairlift ever in my life unless you count the chair-lift-like rides on some theme parks.
  • + 25
 really thx for all votes!
  • + 4
 gratulacje!!!!
  • + 2
 Gratulacje, trzymamy kciuki i głosujemy Smile
  • + 2
 I ja gratuluje, cudowne zdjecie
  • + 2
 Dokładnie trzymamy kciuki, obys wygrał. Big Grin
  • + 21
 If I may quote a wise Winnie the Pooh: "As good as honey is, there is a moment just before eating it that is even better." The lift shot obviously speaks to something in us of the anticipation of the next great shred!
  • + 17
 second WIN !! Big Grin
  • + 11
 agree!!!
  • + 12
 agreeSmile
  • + 12
 Agree!
  • + 11
 agree !!
  • + 10
 agree Big Grin
  • + 10
 agree !
  • + 9
 a tree!!
  • + 9
 Number 2 is awesome because it was taken in Poland and Poland is awesome Big Grin
  • + 6
 agree! it's just the best! Smile
  • + 3
 Don´t say something wrong now Big Grin
  • + 13
 The chairlift pic is a deserved winner. It encapsulates what riding is about and is a beautifully shot photo.
  • + 3
 riding is about sitting on a chairlift?! to me riding is more about putting in the time pushing/ riding up in order to get to the best natural/secret trails and earning the descent, rather than being a bike park lazy shit! remember before you get aggro - just my personal opinion!!
  • + 2
 amen.
  • + 10
 “ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy
-I'm all in for the chair lift photo!
  • + 8
 Both are stunning Photos. Both stir my emotions in different ways. As a landscape photographer I love number one, however number 2 displays the human emotion more. I'm drawn to number one initially bc of the warm colors and seeing the siloutte of the bike fly over the mountains is awesome.

How do I choose one? Lol

After much thought as much as I love number one my gut tells me number 2 because I feel more connected to it.
  • + 12
 As hard as it is, my vote is for the bottom pic!
  • + 9
 These two sum up riding for me, escaping the city and getting out into nature. It's a hard choice!
  • + 2
 Your comment was spot on for me and many others i reckon, very difficult to decide. Both pics are a winner, can we have a joint first????.
  • + 2
 @david... yes but then who gets the Demo and who gets the bag? Think there might be a FIIIIGGHHHHTTT!!
  • + 10
 WHO THE HELL WON. its the 10th already!!!!!
  • + 1
 no shit eh? just say who won already. its been a few days
  • + 5
 I think matching up photos one vs another is unfair, except for the final round of course. There were a lot of photos, I feel, should have gone much further in this competition, but where unfairly judged against another great picture. Maybe next time allow voting for all and the top 16 move on, another time period of voting and the top 8 move on, then another period of voting and so on. that's jut my opinion. but now BACK to these 2 finalists and i think either one is a worthy POY!
  • + 3
 You're partly right, but I would find it extremely difficult to choose 8 out of 16 great photos... For me it's easier to decide which photo is better if I've got to choose only one out of two, this may be a bit unfair but I believe it was the best way. The pairs should be less dilemmatic, though.
  • + 1
 I think if Pinkbike does this again the voting system needs to be changed somehow I thought it was a bit of a cluster f*ck
  • + 10
 photo 1 all the wayyy!
  • + 5
 I gotta go with #2! The second I saw it in the running I knew it was going to get my vote each round. I have had that picture as the background to my computer at work for months. Every time I look at it I wish I was out riding.
  • + 8
 way too hard to choose....
  • + 8
 I wanted that whistler one with the sick scrub and mud flying everywhere!!!!!! noooooooooo
  • + 14
 I hope number one wins so that a picture of someone riding a demo gets the photographer a demo lol
  • + 6
 I agree but for diff reasons , I like both the pics but I'm very surprised they got this far , not in my view better then half the others they beaten.
  • + 5
 So the two pics were posted on Dec 8th.
Here it's Dec 10th already...
I thought the title says "tomorrow"?!
So which photo is the winner?!
Can't wait to know it!
  • + 3
 Here's why I voted for number 1...

Let's say that I was in both photos. If at my funeral they have to blow up a photo of me, I don't want for my friends and loved ones sitting in the church saying "There's Chris - he's the one in the middle on the chairlift." No way.

Instead, I want them to say "Wow, that's such an awesome photo of Chris doing what he loved best... I sure hope they find his body one day."
  • + 8
 Cant go wrong with fog!
  • + 10
 Unless you're flying, in which case fog is a bitch. On the other hand, along with my different fingers, I do prefer the foggy shot, yes.
  • + 5
 The Gobi Desert one has been my favorite, but the other awesome too. Being in So-Cal, the mist and damp weather is a full dream come true for me.
  • + 2
 Even though #1 is absolutely amazing in itself. Its #2 for me! there is a certain anticipation when sitting on a chair lift with your bike. especially when the weather is calling. Its somewhat of an "I cant think of anywhere else I'd rather be" feeling, and knowing you got multiple full runs ahead of you. #2 takes me back to fond memories. the ability for a photo to do so adds an extra punch that for me cannot be matched by other means.
  • + 6
 Tomorrow, the day that never comes...
  • + 2
 whaaaaaat how could this happen what happenned to the one of Ian Morrison sorry but the first is cool and so is the second but they dont make me want to ride the first makes me think its time for bed and the second gets me stoked on riding a chairlift not a bike
  • + 2
 Waiting is ok, be patient, there is a lot of counting and double checking of votes going on right now. Just making sure everything is totally legit before any announcement is made. To be totally honest at this point I still don't actually know who has won yet...
  • + 2
 Can we start betting yet?
  • + 1
 Double-checking? I think they must be just waking up from the PB Christmas party or something, heh.
  • + 2
 I find vote couinting in a era of such technological advance when people vote by pressing the button on the computer...mysteriously strange aaand it could smell of some manipulation.
  • + 2
 While these were the two that stood out to me from the start my favorite was an easy choice, #1. While I dig the fog and moodiness of #2 the riding chairlift up shot seems like it's been done 10 ways til Sunday and can easily be done by anyone with a P&S on any given day. Shot #1 required a bit more upfront planning and stars in alignment to nail, plus I prefer the composition - the yellow and black almost perfectly separate the photo across the diagonal, whereas #2 feels too heavy on the left for me.

Either way they both are kickass photos though!
  • + 3
 One is majestic and mysterious at the same time while the other portrays an amazing scenery and silhouette against one hell of a sunset.... Damn this one's tough.... but I personally always liked it mysterious.
  • + 2
 I'm stoked! John made it into the final....

One week prior to the POY contest I've set his amazing photo as my desktop background.... and now he's gonna win the contest. Right on!

www.pinkbike.com/photo/7473034

There were a number of great pics in the contest. Inspiring photos, epic photos and just plain sweet riding shots. No other photo in a long time makes me want to travel with my bike, explore places and ride into the sunset.... sounds cheese, I know, but I can't help it!
  • + 1
 What day will the winner be announced?
  • + 2
 I voted for #1 but it was a really tough choice. Both pics are great and I wished both of them could win. Either way this competition was a nice oportunity to see some awesome pics and get to appreciate photography even more.
  • + 5
 i still cant believe that the 1st photo is not photoshopped. that is so perfectly well done.
  • + 5
 It's tomorrow now, who won?
  • + 4
 i really hope the Gobi Desert wins, i mean the photo of the year should have some bike RIDING in it right?
  • + 1
 Mountain biking to me, is about the riding, speed, decending thru cactus or aspen, feeling the rush, the stoke, and being one with the crash. So I vote for number one. Number two is beautiful, dawn patrol, vultures looking for fresh meat, eagles about to soar, friendship, peaceful silence of the lift and someone just out of sight hooting at his echo.
  • + 1
 The second picture is rad. They are both really good photos. I voted #1 though. I think the second one would have taken my vote if it was a lone rider. To show how alone you can be on the mountain. And how in this sport it is all on you.
  • + 1
 #1 gets my vote. Not because #2 is bad. Its just that the #2 pic shows the atmosphere in a bike park.
You see not all places in the world have a bike park,let alone a chairlift.My country India included. But oh yeah we have the most meanest, baddest mountains to ride on.#1 is all bout the ride and conquering that mountain .. lift or no lift!
  • + 1
 Yeah, I agree. I can imagine what a ski lift must mean to a lot of riders, but a ski lift doesn't mean mountain biking to me personally since we don't have any in SA. Dust, dirt, sun & riders is MTB to me... will be interesting to see what wins.
  • + 4
 Picture of the Year to be announced tomorrow. That was on the 8th it is now the 11th....
  • + 4
 NR 2 All the way! This is how you would dream about biking. Soulful Epicness! NR 2 BIGup!
  • + 4
 Probs my two favorite photos in the while competition, but it has to be the charlift photo for me.
  • + 5
 tomorrow was yesterday. who won?
  • + 5
 If that chair lift photo wins I will be so dissapointed
  • + 8
 Same here. Both are technically great pictures, but if I had a friend who doesn't know anything about mountain biking and sent him to the world's largest mountain bike website only to find that the representative image of our sport is a chairlift picture, I'd be embarrassed.
  • + 1
 so true
  • + 2
 Photo nr 2 makes me ponder. It's a flick with a story. There is past, present, and future there. Pic nr 1 is not that ugly, the thing is that after looking at it for 3 seconds I scroll down to nr 2....
  • + 1
 To everyone saying that number 2 shouldn't be here because its not got anyone riding: It's a photo contest... not a riding contest, and number 2 looks great, it has greate emotions to it and is quite good, but before you say im being biased, I voted for number 1.
  • + 1
 #1 has my vote as it actually shows you what mountain biking is about,
#2 doesnt really appeal as much as its just guys going up a lift with a bike, the only mystery behind this photo is wondering what mad shit they done once they got off the lift
  • + 1
 both amazing pictures, but me personally the second one got my vote because its reminds me of when i go snowboarding,, however the second one i love because the warm feeling you get when you look at it, if i could vote for both i would
  • + 1
 this is pinkbike, not pinksnowboard..... why would you pick that one if it reminds you of another sport?
  • + 1
 Combines the two sports I love Smile
  • + 2
 chairlift for sure for the win. i would put that in the family room.

i actually wonder if we could find a way to purchase a print?

hey tyler, can we purchase a print of the chairlift shot?
  • + 3
 Pinkbike Photo of the Year - Winner Announced Tomorrow!
Dec 8, 2011 ......... Today is Dec 11,2011... where is the results ??
  • + 2
 are we the only ones who missed the reveal or something?
  • + 1
 I think yes ....
  • + 3
 Photo 1 has that WOW factor for me, shows the freedom that you get from mountain biking and it gives you that cheeky little smile.... which is why we all do it right?
  • + 1
 Today's POD must get into next year's POY... It's pretty stunning.
I love both of the shots for this year.
#1 is a big move, great scene. warm vibe.
#2 is great in that you can anticipate the run coming up. and it shows that even in adverse conditions, the next run is totally worth the cold-ass lift ride..

both epic shots. good luck to you both!
  • + 1
 number 2 for me...only a few guys going to ride like pic 1 but number2 ..most of us have been there on the chair lift,scoping the trail under you,anticipating the jumps,bearms and drops backside making buttons,talking to your mate about the run...get to the top and the fun begins...................
  • + 0
 had to go with the sunset seen.. Just had to. I liked the chair lift pic, However, for some reason I felt it was conformity... Maybe I aught to quit think'n, put ma front teeth back in n go rid'n... Etha way, gunna get that pic, put it on ma wall......
  • + 5
 lol waiting...
  • + 5
 Only #2 !
  • + 2
 Picture #1 is an epic shot no doubt, but I can relate to picture #2....that could be any one of us in that chair. Both shots are winners!
  • + 4
 The final two... tough one!!! Either way it'll be a worthy POY Wink
  • + 1
 I feel like I've seen the first one over and over again. Then again I'm not a big fan of the second one either. I'm disappointed, there were some great photos in previous rounds.
  • + 3
 Just closed my eyes and wiggled the mouse around the screen for 30 seconds then clicked. It's the only way to decide!
  • + 4
 first one is my desktop.. gets my vote
  • + 3
 NOOOOOOO...the picture where the guy pinned the cam on the chest on A-line was my favourite Frown
  • + 3
 I'd rather have the PHOTO OF THE YEAR! as someone riding, fare play 2 is a good photo but I look at 1 again its just ace!
  • + 4
 Its been 2 days... im starting to get impatient >Frown
  • + 4
 Has the winner been announced yet?
  • + 5
 #2
  • + 4
 There never said the winner?
  • + 4
 still hasnt been announced what the fucks going on
  • - 1
 chill
  • + 4
 where are the fucking results!
  • + 3
 Both were beautifully shot. Aesthetic wise, no contest so im gona go with something with more action.
  • + 3
 both with different story, but im glad i voted for them from the very start... congrats!
  • + 1
 THIS IS f*ckIN SHIT THAT OF ALL THOSE GREAT PICTURES THESE TWO (which admitedly are both really good dont get me wrong) GOT TOP TWO. DISGRACEFULL
  • + 1
 I absolutely LOVE #1... but #2 is sweet too... but not as ABSOLUTELY FREAKING HUGE AND SICK AND GREAT AND ALL THIS as #1... so I guess you know my bet...
  • + 1
 I like how people are saying they don't like either of the photos. Well, pinkbike users decided it, so someone on here has to like it!
  • + 1
 #1 is awesome, but it is #2 which is my fav, it is the time when you get to sit and b/s with your friends about that time you did #1.
  • + 2
 #2 for sure Smile In contest like this I prefer pictures taken by riders more then perfect shots from the photo pros.
  • + 1
 Number 1 is what mountain biking should be. Being in the middle of nowhere and biking. And photo of the year should definately have riding in it.
  • + 1
 what went behind getting this shot was alot of work..... and it is an "action" shot..... and it is on the other side of the planet !!
  • + 3
 ...and tommorow means "never"...just give the solid date.
  • + 1
 I really hope that a riding photo will win... it would be sad that a picture without a riding scene will win a contest like this...
  • + 1
 agree
  • + 2
 Epicness must prevail. It will be the second.
  • + 0
 riding on cable chair is also part of mountainbiking..
  • + 1
 cable chairs are only a small part of mtb. riding is in every kind of biking. so must be the first one. second one is epic and i also faved it, but i would be sad too if the second wins...
  • - 1
 Number 1 all the way. Wellburn, the Claw, the Gobi desert and a sunset. You kiddin me? Number 2 never was my fave, i liked the mud spraying in my face waaay more. That being said, 2 is a solid shot, just not epic. John's shot was my screensaver long before it was in this contest. Kudos to all the great photos, now lets get this over with and give the man his bike!!
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 "... give the man his bike!!"
Yeah!!!
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 a boring chairlift Picture vs. epic sunset Pic.... really?...... #1 win!!!!
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 #2 its awesome Big Grin
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 gobi photoshop ;/ second WIN!
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 I pray to all gods and pray again that I might some what have a chance at winning. I just want BIG BIKE......please bike gods help me.....PLEASE
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 # 2of course !
If u wanna ride in Wisła u can .
If u wanna ride on the desert Gobi u .. cant.
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 I've voted for 2nd picture not only because the author is my compatriot but mainly because it has magic in it...i can nearly smell the scent of morning fog..amazing.
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 Jako patriota #2. Gratuluje Wink
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 Number 2 My VOTE !!! I never like number 1 Sh*t
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 #2 rocks my world!
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 Photo 2 has my vote.
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 both of those photos are ninja-like. the first one has gotta be the kick to the face move, then the seconds the punch to the nuts move.
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 "Oscar goes to .................. " ???????????
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 What?!! Justin Olsen should have been in the final 2!!! Everyones seen the stereotypical chairlift picture! Guess Im voting for the claw...
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 2 but these aint the best 2 that were in the competition
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 2 !! Poland forever Big Grin Big Grin
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 WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA!

Wait the average PB user is 29.3 years old?

they must be letting their KIDS do their posting in the comments and forums though......
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 nah, it's just that you mostly see kids posting. A lot of adults aren't into getting into comment battles with kids...
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 # 2 FOR THE WIN!!!!
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 I can't believe that Ian Morrisons scrub in Whistler got put out by a photo of 3 guys sitting on a chairlift!!!!
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 I cant either that was insane! best pic ive ever seen
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 No. 2. Just epicness. However, I don't think these were the best two pics :L
  • + 1
 Was dead set on number 1 but now slipped over to number 2. Number 1 is epic but idk something about it is boring me every time I look at it. Well number 2 it is!
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 vote for #2
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 #2 is the better one
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 #1!!!
Mountain biking is about the freedom and fun to ride where you want, and to ride how you want.
#1 emphasizes this, with some added balls!
Bike parks..not so free.
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 The one of the guys/girls sat down doesnt get my vote as their not actually riding, which is what pink bike is all about? :/ should definately be the riding one! Big Grin
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 I believe theirs more riders that don't use chairlifts. However, Im not so sure on this site if that is true. I would like pic 1# It wont be. It will be pic 2# Because that is the balance and reality of life on earth. One takes what they want in their mind and subtracts 50% to accommodate reality. I would say 60% for pic 1. 40% for pic 2, with in my imagination. Subtract 50% of the ( My choice pic) to accommodate reality and I end up with Pic #1 at a much reduced % rate. Therefore according to that logic. Pic # 2 will be the winner...

"F" the above. Ive changed....

Vote #1 because its Dope... Yaaaaeeeaaaaa......
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 top one deffo beacuse its got to be so have to get the timing ring to take he pit and the back ground
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 my opinion is, there both shocking for PHOTO OF THE YEAR !
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 #1 for me. I feel a real freeride atmosphere on it Smile but there are a little bit to much photoshop effects, no?
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 #1 it accually has someone riding
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 you could take a pic like #2 at any bike park but tell me how many shots u could take like #1
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 where the fucks the winner... its been a while now...
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 number 2 !
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 So Pinkbike cyber lords.......who has won the new goodies ? please tell
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 what means for you "tomorrow"?
Three days passed and the winner is still unknown.
  • + 2
 What the hell with scores ?
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 Oh, where are the results? Big Grin
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 i'm planning on going up that chair a few more times before i ride off into the sunset. #2 got my vote.
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 So whose the winner???
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 number 2# is awesome
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 I've got to be honest. This "Photo of the Year" competition is a joke.
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 WHERES THE RESULTS!?!?!?!
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 I think that the pov shot with the chest mount camera shoulda been in there not the desert one
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 wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow, i'm not even going to vote .
  • + 1
 SO MUCH SUSPENSE!!! I think I might implode, like really, I already have stomach pains
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 maybe a day has 124 hours in canada. kidding, when does the results will show ?
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 #2 Weve all been there. cold foggy mornings and still there just for the ride.
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 #2
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 so? The winner is ...?
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 what's going on with it?? "announced tomorrow" was three days ago...
  • + 2
 Wtf tomorrow has passed already who won wtf...
  • + 1
 #1 pinkbike pic of the yea should go to the pic thats actually riding not sitting on a ski lift
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 Are You counting votes or what? Big Grin
  • + 2
 No announcement? OCCUPY PINKBIKE!

Wait, what?
  • + 2
 Go John Williams lake boys kick ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 number 2 of course !
  • + 1
 congratulation for both! especially for the winner picture! and my choice from the begining
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 1 .... i've been looking at them for 45 min ... *1
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 Both are great. #2 get my vote. It would've been even better if there was a lone rider on the chair. Smile
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 1's been my screensaver since i 1st saw it! tup
  • + 3
 vote for #2!
  • + 2
 picture from gopro is best,... for me is winner Smile
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 mumber 2
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 funny, i don't see a round of 2 prize :/ pinkbikes getting shaaffttttyyyyy
  • + 1
 I just noticed that too. Seems a bit strange.
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 I prefer #1, it could be used in one of those "inspirational", or "motivational" posters, and sold in mass production. I would probably buy.
  • + 1
 #1 has my vote! I think it captures the feeling of why we all choose to saddle up, no matter the style we choose to ride.
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 Fingers crossed for #2... even though #1 is brilliant too Smile
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 2# !!!
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 Pure freeride vs. bikepark riding. Guess what is my choice.
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 Out of all the photos, neither of these are the best. All the good ones have been knocked out in the process which is a shame. Understandably they are good quality photos but they are both about the environment and too much is focused on the atmosphere and the conditions. When I go out and DH its about speed, drifting, being sketchy and just getting loose. These............just dont do anything for me. Neither of them make me want to grab my bike. In my opinion anyway. I know people like how the photo is laid out and composition and blah blah which is cool if you are into that, but in doing that, there is no action in these photos and nothing that stands out
  • + 2
 #1 is spirit of Mountain biking
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 ide say #1 out of the two of them but there was alot of better ones in the 32 there was.
  • + 1
 If you compare the percentages they won by in earlier stages, the second has it, but both are amazing!
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 Number 1 for sure! 2 is awesome but just isn't on the same level.
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 That first pic is a clear winner being the only riding pic of the two. That second is something I have seen thousands of times and way too common for an award like pic of the year. Anyone who has been at a chairlift mt has seen that. The first is different and has the depth of field and a rider going big so that wins.
  • + 1
 aww. i cant use either of these as my desktop Frown

if only they were in 5760 x 1080 ...
  • + 3
 I see what you did there........
  • + 1
 i have a eyefinity set up at home.

dl.dropbox.com/u/27758218/IMG_20111110_191043.jpg

it requires silly resolutioned wall papers
  • + 2
 mindcraft noob
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 2#
  • + 1
 i voted for the top one as it makes biking look more free and inspiring. whereas the bottom one makes it look sad and gloomy
  • - 1
 There were much better photos! I doubt any of you had one of these two as a favorite pic! Never mind, we must choose between these two photos ( which are really nice too )!
#1 of course
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 Its the first for me. Its still my wallpaper all these while
  • + 3
 the lift!!!!
  • + 2
 When is The VOY (video of the Year) competition
  • + 0
 Numer one has been my desktop background ever since before the start of the competition..... I'm sure the epic action will prevail in the end...
  • + 1
 They Both give you different moods, But i would have to say #1 with the Epic sun in da background it is sweet.
  • + 2
 Nic genovese should have won forshure,
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 i vote for number 2 !!
  • + 1
 NOOOOOOO 1 is the only way its got heart and something truly special about #1 for sure
  • + 1
 However number 2 has a great story and I do really like the pic. I am going with number two.
  • + 1
 I'm a sucker for mountain landscapes.. damn!
  • + 1
 NUMBER 2. Not my fav out of all the 32 but it is still a cool shot!
  • + 1
 Is this chairlift from Winterberg, Germany?
  • + 0
 Szczyrk,Poland?
  • + 11
 Wisla, Stożek, Poland
  • + 1
 LOL POLITICS don't mix with BIKING!!
  • + 1
 haha i've had both of these shots as desktop backgrounds Razz
  • + 2
 numer 2 wygrywa !!!
  • + 2
 #2, unreal pic
  • + 1
 why isnt it been announced yet wtf
  • + 2
 Ok seriously hurry up
  • + 1
 Who won? Tomorrow was quite a while ago..
  • + 1
 to be honest i didnt think either of those would win
  • + 1
 2# it isSmile from these two.thanks,good night.
  • + 0
 Who is voting for number 2 ? It's wank !!

And them 2 dudes on the chair lift are blatantly holding hands
  • + 2
 Second photo !!!!!!
  • + 1
 Winner Announced Tomorrow!
uhm tommorow is over? x)
  • + 1
 Up for battle, that's all about epicness!!
  • + 1
 Who is doing the counting, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris?
  • + 1
 Voted for #1 but i like #2 after some coffee and a morning yawning
  • + 1
 when will the winner be announced..?
  • + 1
 when is the winner announced?! #1 for sure!!! xx
  • + 1
 #1 has mine! its awesome!
  • + 1
 #2 anyone? Maybe... yeah... yes? Good deal.
  • + 1
 I seriously though the R-dog shot would have won
  • + 2
 #2
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 # 1 , it just got that something....
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 Under NO circumstances i would vote the second pic. The first pic wins. Sorry but Pic 2 is unspectacular and i just can say one thing: FAIL
  • + 1
 Why fail? It has it's own style , it's unike just like the first one.Just different.
  • + 0
 well. Everyone can shoot such a picture? You can even use auto focus for this shit.... you just dont know anything about photography
  • + 1
 What are you talking about ?
  • + 1
 number 2 is winning go number 2, 1 just looks weird
  • + 0
 pic 1 guy on bike . pic 2 2 guys not on bikes hmmmmmmm lets really think about this
  • + 1
 tomorrow was like 5 days ago? who won!?
  • + 1
 This is getting ridiculous...when are we going to find out??
  • + 1
 Will33 it's right .. the words he used are the perfect coment ^^
  • + 1
 #1 is killer!
  • + 0
 #2 it just gets me!! i love it!
  • + 0
 Number one all the way, I'm such a sucker for the desert sun.
  • + 1
 I vote #1!!!!!
  • + 0
 2 is going to win. since the beginning.
  • + 1
 my vote goes to #2
  • + 0
 Number.1 Because its tooken in action.
  • + 0
 #1 is a beauty, but #2 makes me wanna go shred! Congrats to both!
  • + 1
 defo number two !
  • + 0
 you really gonna make us choose?
  • + 1
 #1 has my vote!!!!
  • + 1
 #1
  • + 1
 the top one defo
  • + 1
 #1
  • + 0
 Am i the only one that hasn't got a clue which one to pick?!
  • + 1
 2 all the way
  • + 0
 can somebody help me out here?
  • + 0
 both are worth considering.
  • + 1
 eh..
  • + 0
 What picture won?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
  • - 1
 Gotta be number 2, incredible emotion
  • - 2
 Really like #1.
  • - 2
 #1 won. no doubt
  • - 2
 #1 FTW
  • - 2
 #1 ftw
  • - 2
 number #1
  • - 2
 number 1
  • - 2
 number 2
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 1# of course
  • - 1
 my vote picture number 2
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 its not hard, its number 2
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 number 1!
  • - 1
 #1, it has riding in it.
  • - 1
 Hard choice maybe #2
  • - 1
 2 all the way
  • - 1
 uno
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 #2 for sure way better
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