Now running for the fifth year, the 2021 AMB Photography Awards are well and truly open. If you're just looking for where to upload your images - go to the Awards microsite right here. 2021 brings four new categories, an increase in prize money, and increase in category prizes, and (fingers crossed) a chance to present the winners in person!

Four new categories

The four new categories are as follows:

- Action
- Travel
- Women in AMB
- Next Generation

Each of these are outlined below, but to win the AMB Photographer of the Year title, you need to have exceptional images in each category. The AMB Photographer of the Year will be decided by our three judges, and this year Kristina Vackova joins the panel along with Tim Bardsley-Smith and me.

The overall winner not only has a 9 page feature in Issue #192 of AMB, but thanks to the ongoing support of Shimano Australia, they will win a full Shimano XTR M9100 12-speed group set and $3000 cash! 

It's worth looking at the full terms and conditions if you're entering the overall.

Category Details

So what are we looking for in each category? Beyond great quality photos, we're looking for images that suit each category. You can enter one, two, three or all four categories. Just make sure you submit your image to the right category, otherwise it won't be approved.

Our judging panel selects a short list for public voting for who wins each category, and who gets second and third.

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.

Pirelli are supporting this category with a year's worth of Pirelli Scorpion tyres, alongside the $500 first prize, $250 for second and $100 for third.

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.

Shingleback are supporting this category, with the winner receiving a Shingleback Vertical Bike Rack plus $500, $250 for second and $100 for third.

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.

Trek Australia are backing this category, and the winner will receive a prize pack valued at $1000, plus $500 cash! Second place wins $250 and third $100.

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.

The winner in this category wins $500, second place gets $250 and third $100.

Best Young Photographer

Just like in 2020, we'll also recognise the Best Young Photographer. This is someone under the age of 20 within the awards period (entries close 22nd August) and this category is automatically entered from any of the four main categories.

The short list is compiled by our judges and then voted by the public - and the winner received a full Shimano Deore XT M8100 12-speed group set, plus the chance to shoot for AMB!

If you've still got some questions, make sure you take a look at our FAQs and terms and conditions on the Awards site.

Otherwise - enter now!