Revel in the amaz­ing cre­ativ­ity and stun­ning tech­ni­cal skill of all the winners in our cov­eted photo com­pe­ti­tion – and get the sto­ries be­hind the very best im­ages.

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BLOWN AWAY! That’s what we’ve been after view­ing all your en­tries for the ‘AMB Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards – pre­sented by Shi­mano’. Hundreds and hundreds of amaz­ing im­ages were sub­mit­ted cel­e­brat­ing life on and off the bike and cap­tur­ing our sport per­fectly in a sin­gle frame. Thou­sands of you then voted on­line for your favourite photo in each of the four in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gories – Skill, Speed, Ad­ven­ture and Life­style. But it was our three judges - AMB edi­tor Mike Ble­witt, in-house de­signer and pho­tog­ra­pher Rob Conroy and global MTB snap­per Tim BardlseySmith – who had by far the hard­est job in choos­ing the over­all win­ner of the pres­ti­gious ti­tle of AMB Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. In the end, Tas­ma­nia’s Si­mon McLaine took out the top prize of $3,000 plus a Shi­mano M 9050 XTR Di2 groupset for his awesome port­fo­lio of pho­to­graphs which were all taken in the breath­tak­ing land­scape of Bri­tish Columbia in Canada - where he has re­cently been liv­ing out the back of a van. Trail­builder McLaine, just 22, beat a host of es­tab­lished pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers thanks to his cre­ativ­ity and tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence with the cam­era out on lo­ca­tion. Lead judge Mike Ble­witt said: “Be­ing able to win the AMB Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year ti­tle was never go­ing to be an easy feat - Robert, Tim and I are pretty de­mand­ing of the photos we want to see that cap­ture the four key com­po­nents of moun­tain bik­ing. “We had so many en­tries that had great im­ages, but didn’t quite have a col­lec­tion of four that re­ally worked. Si­mon’s shots are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. They show that he is happy to get out and work hard for the photos, cap­tur­ing them at var­i­ous points of the day, and in some re­mote places. “More than that, he is cap­tur­ing a range of rid­ing in his shots, us­ing light, us­ing the land­scape, the rider’s abil­ity, and his skills with the cam­era to draw you into the shot, and put you in the photo. “In the end, amongst all the fan­tas­tic en­tries, Si­mon was the clear win­ner as his work was the most complete.” Con­grat­u­la­tions to our over­all win­ner – and also to Ian Cair­ney (Skill), Matt Wood (Speed), Nathan Chilcott (Ad­ven­ture) and Petr Drabek (Life­style) who got the most votes in the in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gories to land a $500 prize each. Over the fol­low­ing pages, you can en­joy their win­ning photos, plus see Si­mon McLaine’s full ‘AMB Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year’ port­fo­lio and read the sto­ries be­hind the im­ages. Huge shout out to Shi­mano for help­ing to bring these awards to life. With­out their gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion, none of this would have been pos­si­ble.

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