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.
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.