For 2019 we ran the AMB Photography Awards presented by Shimano for the third time, and like in previous years we were blown away by the quality of the entries.

This year we had four new categories: Between the Tape, Joy of MTB, Adventure by MTB and Women in AMB. We had very, very few entries from women in the past so the final category could be a photo of woenm riders - or taken by women. Thankfully forcing photograpghers hands did create a little more of a gender balance in the awards.

We have interviews with the overall winner, local shooter and category winners in our new issue out next week - but here's a look at the images that won.

Photographer of the Year - Mark Mackay

Mark Mackay has won the overall prize, which is $AUD3000 and a Shimano XTR M9100 12-speed group set.

Between the Tape

Adventure by MTB

Women in AMB

Joy of MTB

There's a lot more to say about all of these photos, so make sure you get our new issue next week to see how they came about, how Mark shot them - and where they are.

Local Shooter - Katrina Vackova

In 2017 Simon McLaine won the Photographer of the Year, as an Aussie living in Canada. In 2018 Nathan Hughes won as an American living in France.

So in response to global photographers winning - we created a Local Shooter category. Basically you had to submit your portfolio of four images, and just tick that you're an Australian resident (don't worry, we checked!)

It was pretty tight with some great entries, but only one photographer nailed it across all four - and that was Katrina Vackova. Katrina has won a full Shimano Deore XT M8100 12-speed group set thanks to Shimano Australia, and she will be photographing something for us in the near future.

Between the Tape

Adventure by MTB

Women in AMB

Joy of MTB

Hear more from Vanessa and about her photos in our new issue, it is on sale in late October.

Category winners and place getters

While amongst the judges we chose the last two winners, when it comes down to categories we choose a short list of 12, and then let you all vote for your favourite. Here's who came out on top.

Between the Tape

Cam Mackenzie from New Zealand was voted the winner with this banger!

 Second place went to Eerik Sandstrom.

And in third was Petr Drabek.

 

Find out the where, why, how and who in our next issue! The winners and place getters each get a cash prize and a set of Shimano pedals.

Adventure by MTB

The winner of this category is Dane Cronin.

Second place went to Daniel Brooks.

 

Third place went to Eerik Sandstrom!

 
Find out more about each photo in our issue out in late October.

Women in AMB

This category was won by Jake Young.

Second place went to 2018 AMB Photographer of the Year Nathan Hughes.

 

And in 3rd place it was Queensland local Sam Routledge.

 
Find the details from behind the scenes in our issue coming out in late October.

Joy of MTB

Mountain biking is fun! And that's what we wanted photographers to capture. Jake Young won his second category with this photo.

 
Second place went to Nathan Hughes.
 
And third went to Jason Beacham from across the pond in New Zealand.
 
Thank you to all the photographers who entered, and everyone who voted. And a big thank you to Shimano Australia who have supported the photo awards - it's a huge investment from them to help showcase our sport, hobby, past time and passion.
 
Don't miss the details and interviews in Issue #178, on sale in late October.