Four photographers had four days to shoot and build a slideshow, and when all was said and done it was Simeon Patience who convinced the judges and took home the first prize of $2500. But it doesn’t stop there – you can help your favorite win the fan’s pick prize by heading over to www.crankworx.com and voting in the next 24 hours. Here are the final edits.
Patience’s talents include, but are not limited to: riding up hills and growing a moustache capable of scaring off small children, girls and animals. He loves photography, fly-fishing and biking, mixing them together on a regular basis. And if he had the chance, he would surely live on his bike.
Wood, 23, is originally from the midlands of Great Britain. He ventured over to New Zealand as a wide-eyed pup to ride bikes for six months four and a half years ago and has been living there ever since. He enjoys shooting anything that moves fast – because there is something about the urgency to get it done right quick, he says. His photography style is to showcase the surroundings as much as the riding. Funny fact: he failed photography in college.
This 25-year-old photojournalist hails from a quaint mill town in New Hampshire but is currently in his fourth consecutive summer of chasing the sun across the hemispheres and is, presently, in Queenstown. Faulkner spent the last decade downhill racing and now finds himself behind the lens, shooting for the Descent World website. He is known as MTB Jesus, a title bestowed by fellow World Cup disturber Boris “Maddog” Beyer.
Best known for his energetic images, Lee is an action-sports photographer with several international publications to his name. Equally a mountain biker and a shooter, he was a Red Bull Illume Top-250 finalist in 2013, a Pinkbike Photo of the Year semi-finalist in 2014 and the Pinkbike Photo of the Year Winner in 2015. He is 20 years old and based in Perth, Australia.