2017 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year awards

presented by CyclingTips
nearly $20,000 in prizes to be won!

Mark Gunter (June 10, 1974 – November 29, 2015) was a widely respected photographer in the cycling community, and his loss has been felt by many.

In partnership with Mark’s wife, Leeanne Gatien, we wanted to honour Mark and let his name live on through an award that would grow in prestige every year. So in 2016, we launched the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards – a way of commemorating Mark’s contribution to the community and to showcase the best cycling photographs of each year. The inaugural edition was an incredible success, with some amazing submissions. We can’t wait to see what this year has in store!

The funds raised through this competition will be donated towards cancer research through Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Tour de Cure, and financially help promising young cyclists through Young Cyclist Assistance.

Not a photographer but still want to contribute?

You can donate to Australian Cancer Research Foundation to help fund research here.

The Competition

We want to celebrate the best cycling photography of 2017. The only requirement is that the photo has a connection with road cycling (track, cyclocross, gravel grinding, cycling landscape scenery and cycling culture are all permitted – if in doubt, think ‘drop bars’).

Who can enter? Anyone who has taken a remarkable photo between 1st January 2017 and 4th January 2018.


There are three categories to this competition to showcase the best photos of 2017 while taking care to include everyone and disadvantage no one.

1. Professional: We encourage Mark Gunter’s colleagues to enter the competition such that the best professionals and their work is celebrated and acknowledged.

2. Enthusiast: Semi-professionals and enthusiasts alike are encouraged to submit their best work of the year (Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC), mirrorless, film, compact, DSLR and other high end cameras are permitted).

3. Smartphone and Action-Cam: Some of the best photos in the world are now taken on mobile phone cameras and action sports cams, and if you have a great eye or have simply gotten lucky with an outstanding photo, we invite you to showcase it here.

Key Dates:

Entries open: 11am (AEDT) 1st December, 2017
Entries close: 11.59pm (AEDT) 4th January, 2018

Winners of judging and people’s choice awards: January 12, 2018



1st place: Cycling Photographer of the Year trophy and medallion
2nd place: Cycling Photographer of the Year medallion
3rd place: Cycling Photographer of the Year medallion


1st place: Specialized Allez road bike
2nd place: Olympus PEN-F camera kit
3rd place: Silca floor pump

Camera Phone

1st place: Trip to the Spring Classics with Trek Travel
2nd place: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 disc groupset
3rd place: Stages power meter

People’s Choice Award Prize:

Iconic Cadel Evans 2011 Tour de France print, by Mark Gunter, valued at AUD$500


Full rules and terms & conditions


$25AUD per entry (you can enter up to three photos in an entry, and enter multiple times).


This is a prestigious photography award so it follows that some of the most prolific and experienced cycling photographers in the world will be judging the photos of the winners:

Graham Watson is arguably the most well known and experienced cycling photographer on the planet. His iconic images have captured some of cycling’s most significant moments and with 44 years of photography under his belt, he is one of the pioneers of the sporting media.

Graham Watson

Marcus Enno (aka Beardy McBeard) is a cycling photographer that has captured the world’s highest profile cycling races, including the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

He’s also a keen cyclist and carries a camera along to photograph his daily rides, and has a sizeable following on Instagram. His aim is to portray the beauty of cycling from the places it takes you to the people you meet along the way.

Marcus Enno

Iri Greco and Jim Fryer are the founders of US-based BrakeThrough Media. They work across a broad spectrum of editorial and commercial photography, capturing the full spectrum of beauty and suffering in the pro peloton, their editorial work and commercial photography for clients including Specialized Bicycle Components and SRAM.

BrakeThrough Media

Judges will narrow down entries to one round of shortlisting and then deliberate to choose the winner. There will also be a People’s Choice Award for the DSLR and smartphone / action-cam categories.

Funds raised will be donated to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Tour de Cure and a separate fund to support Young Cyclist Development, with recipients to be determined with the assistance of professional rider Koen de Kort.

If you have any questions about the competition or encounter any issues with your entry, please contact us at photoawards@cyclingtips.com.au