The AMB Photography Awards presented by Shimano are back! We had such a strong response last year, with about one thousand entries submitted. Your photos showed off the sport of mountain biking and each image had its own character. With support from Shimano Australia, we are running the competition again in 2018, but with four all-new categories.

 

Shoot to inspire, shoot to capture passion, shoot to fuel the stoke.

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Categories

Light

Playing with light to cast shadows, catch dust trails, or shooting in the 'golden hour' is a hugely popular technique, with lots of variations. Some photographers use a flash to illuminate the rider, others prefer to capture the absence of light deep in the forest. But the use of light is strong and changes how we focus on an image. For this category, we want you to submit a photo that shows how you are using light to create and enhance your mountain biking image.

Movement

Static shots can capture our attention, but photos that show the speed and commitment really grab us and inspire us to get out and ride. Mountain biking is an active sport. Even when we're moving slow on a climb, or in tight, technical terrain there are small movements, adjustments to our position, that keeps us moving forward. A photo can capture movement through how the rider looks, or how we perceive the terrain beyond the rider. Pan shots are a classic example, but your submission might show the speed a rider is carrying, or even the progress they have made, shown by a dust trail or the wake of the front wheel in a river crossing.

Close Up

Details count, and seeing the finer points of a rider's technique, bike setup or focus draw us in. A good quality close up photo illustrates their emotion, determination or action on the bike or rider. Close up shots relay the focus and precision that some elements of our sport. For a submission to this category, you need to submit a close up photo that captures the emotions of a rider or the action of their bike. Show us what the human element is that we will engage with or the fine line that we ride on.

Composition

Hero shots will often focus just on the rider and the feat they are mastering - but a great photo needs to have the right composition. From the rider's location on the trail, the angle of their body and bike, how they are working with their bike or against it, and how the photographer has captured the setting it all takes place in, yet still keeping the focus on the rider - these are all essential for a photo that shows quality composition. For this category, you need to plan your image and think about how you want to capture the rider, their environment, and keep us engaged and inspired.

Light

Playing with light to cast shadows, catch dust trails, or shooting in the 'golden hour' is a hugely popular technique, with lots of variations. Some photographers use a flash to illuminate the rider, others prefer to capture the absence of light deep in the forest. But the use of light is strong and changes how we focus on an image. For this category, we want you to submit a photo that shows how you are using light to create and enhance your mountain biking image.

Movement

Static shots can capture our attention, but photos that show the speed and commitment really grab us and inspire us to get out and ride. Mountain biking is an active sport. Even when we're moving slow on a climb, or in tight, technical terrain there are small movements, adjustments to our position, that keeps us moving forward. A photo can capture movement through how the rider looks, or how we perceive the terrain beyond the rider. Pan shots are a classic example, but your submission might show the speed a rider is carrying, or even the progress they have made, shown by a dust trail or the wake of the front wheel in a river crossing.

Close Up

Details count, and seeing the finer points of a rider's technique, bike setup or focus draw us in. A good quality close up photo illustrates their emotion, determination or action on the bike or rider. Close up shots relay the focus and precision that some elements of our sport. For a submission to this category, you need to submit a close up photo that captures the emotions of a rider or the action of their bike. Show us what the human element is that we will engage with or the fine line that we ride on.

Composition

Hero shots will often focus just on the rider and the feat they are mastering - but a great photo needs to have the right composition. From the rider's location on the trail, the angle of their body and bike, how they are working with their bike or against it, and how the photographer has captured the setting it all takes place in, yet still keeping the focus on the rider - these are all essential for a photo that shows quality composition. For this category, you need to plan your image and think about how you want to capture the rider, their environment, and keep us engaged and inspired.

Individual Categories Prizes 1st$300 + Shimano Pedals 2nd$125 3rd$75

Photographer of the Year

There can only be one overall winner who earns the title of AMB Photographer of the Year. To be in contention you need to submit an image for each category. This category will be judged by our panel of judges.

The AMB Photographer of the Year will have their images featured in Issue #171 of AMB (the Photo Issue) and will win….

$3000 + A SHIMANO GROUP SET

Meet the judges

F.A.Q’S

A FEW ENTRIES