The 2021 AMB Photo Awards presented by Shimano are expanding, thanks to a record amount of entries and interaction in 2020. We've looked over feedback from readers and entrants, and are aiming to keep the competition's scope very broad, while keeping an eye on inclusivity as well.

 

There will be four main categories. Each will have a winner, second and third place as voted by readers on a microsite from a short list put together by a judging panel. There will be an overall winner for the most complete portfolio, selected by a judging panel. To encourage younger photographers we will have a youth category – based on being under 20. This will be a one off image submitted in any of the categories. This winner will also be chosen by public voting from a short list selected by our judges.


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Categories

Action

We are always looking for the big action shots. The photo that grabs attention on Instagram, or lands on a magazine cover, or headlines a major story. This kind of photo is high on action with sharp focus on the rider, with either a setting or position that captures and holds your attention. It's typical that an action photo will have a rider filling a lot of the frame. An action photo is the most common type of photo any of us will take. a winning photo in the Action category will take getting a lot of things just right. From the rider, the lighting, time of day, the trail, the rider's position on the trail or in the air, and of course the final editing by the photographer.

This category is supported by Pirelli

Pirelli

Next Generation

2020 saw a huge increase in young riders getting onto the trails, adding to the growth of mountain biking that has occurred over the recent years. With more younger riders on the trails than ever, this category is about showcasing that. This is really open for you to interpret. We'd love to see parents taking their kids on the trails, or young groms out shredding together and sessioning their local jump line. Or it could be anywhere inbetween. This is still a photo competition, so capturing just the right moment that shows to the joy of mountain biking for the next generation is what we're looking for.

Women in AMB

Mountain biking is diverse and we want to ensure that it continues to be so. Women have been underrepresented in the photography of the AMB Photography Awards, and that doesn't match who we see riding and ripping the trails. This category can cover who is in front of, or who is behind lens, but we want this category to encourage a broader representation of who makes up our sport. Make it fun, make it inspiring, and make it inclusive.

This category is supported by Trek Bikes

Trek Bikes

Travel

We might all be riding a little closer to home over the past year, but 2021 has got to be the year to finally head out on the mountain bike road trip you've always talked about. This category is about capturing the moments that make road trips memorable. Be it post-ride at the trail head, loading bikes and reliving the ride. Or maybe it's loading up and heading off on your dream trip – or even shredding with mates during the golden hour. Your photo needs to remind us how it feels to be on holidays, with your only concern being where to ride next with your mates.

This category is supported by Shingleback Bike Racks

Shingleback Bike Racks

Action

We are always looking for the big action shots. The photo that grabs attention on Instagram, or lands on a magazine cover, or headlines a major story. This kind of photo is high on action with sharp focus on the rider, with either a setting or position that captures and holds your attention. It's typical that an action photo will have a rider filling a lot of the frame. An action photo is the most common type of photo any of us will take. a winning photo in the Action category will take getting a lot of things just right. From the rider, the lighting, time of day, the trail, the rider's position on the trail or in the air, and of course the final editing by the photographer.

This category is supported by Pirelli

Pirelli

Next Generation

2020 saw a huge increase in young riders getting onto the trails, adding to the growth of mountain biking that has occurred over the recent years. With more younger riders on the trails than ever, this category is about showcasing that. This is really open for you to interpret. We'd love to see parents taking their kids on the trails, or young groms out shredding together and sessioning their local jump line. Or it could be anywhere inbetween. This is still a photo competition, so capturing just the right moment that shows to the joy of mountain biking for the next generation is what we're looking for.

Women in AMB

Mountain biking is diverse and we want to ensure that it continues to be so. Women have been underrepresented in the photography of the AMB Photography Awards, and that doesn't match who we see riding and ripping the trails. This category can cover who is in front of, or who is behind lens, but we want this category to encourage a broader representation of who makes up our sport. Make it fun, make it inspiring, and make it inclusive.

This category is supported by Trek Bikes

Trek Bikes

Travel

We might all be riding a little closer to home over the past year, but 2021 has got to be the year to finally head out on the mountain bike road trip you've always talked about. This category is about capturing the moments that make road trips memorable. Be it post-ride at the trail head, loading bikes and reliving the ride. Or maybe it's loading up and heading off on your dream trip – or even shredding with mates during the golden hour. Your photo needs to remind us how it feels to be on holidays, with your only concern being where to ride next with your mates.

This category is supported by Shingleback Bike Racks

Shingleback Bike Racks

Individual Categories Prizes 1st $500, 2nd $250 3rd $100

Photographer of the Year

This is the big one! To win the overall title you need to blow our judges away with your portfolio of four images, one from each category: Action, Next Generation, Women in AMB, and Travel. You can enter more than one portfolio, but we really recommend making sure you have one that is the best of the best!

$3000 + A SHIMANO XTR M9100 GROUP SET

Young Photographer of the Year

For this one, we're looking for your best photo from a photographer who is under 20 during the competition period. It can be from any category: Action, Next Generation, Women in AMB, or Travel. You can enter more than once.

SHIMANO DEORE XT M8100 GROUP SET

Meet the judges

F.A.Q’S

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