It is possible to capture essence of cycling in a single photograph. Mark Gunter was a shining star among sports photographers with this ability, an artist with eye for composition, colour and emotion. He could encapsulate a moment which brought competitive cycling closer to cycling fans across the globe.
Mark’s photography appeared in print and online publications across the globe, his friendly nature and talent meant he was highly regarded among his peers and throughout the cycling industry. In November, 2015 Mark sadly passed after battling cancer. The cycling world lost an exceptional advocate, I lost a friend and his family, his wife and young son lost far more.
To celebrate his life and contribution, CyclingTips and Mark’s wife Leeanne initiated the annual Mark Gunter Cycling Photography Awards, the 2017 edition marks the second year for the competition.
The cycling photography competition provides an opportunity for professional photographers and cycling enthusiasts to put their skills to the test during December and ‘snap’ for the chance to win some great prizes, for the (non-professional) DSLR and camera phone categories the top prizes include a Specialized road bike and a trip to the 2018 Tour de France.
The $25 (AUD) entry fee (for up to three images) goes to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Tour de Cure and a development fund to support aspiring young cyclists. For cycling fans who prefer to sit back and enjoy seeing the great photos, you can make a donation directly to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
Judges include the legendary Greame Watson, high profile Australian cycling photography Beardy McBeard (Marcus Enno) and the American duo Iri Greco and Jim Fryer of BrakeThrough Media.
Title Photo © Wouter Roosenboom. The winning photograph in the Professional Category shows depicts team Cannondale-Drapac in a Team Time Trial. Wouter Roosenboom was awarded the 2016 Photographer of the Year.