2016 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: Top entries from week 5

by Wade Wallace


We’ve now closed off entries to the 2016 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year awards and what a run it’s been! Nearly 500 entries from 34 countries from some of the best professional and amateur cycling photographers in the world has given us the pleasure to showcase some of their outstanding work and raise money for some worthy causes.

This competition has set out to to honour Mark Gunter and let his name live on through an award that will grow more prestigious each year. The inaugural edition of this competition has exceeded all of our expectations and we thank each and every one of you for your support and entries.

We’ve already published galleries showcasing some of the best photos from week 1 and week 2 and week 3 and week 4 of the competition. You can see below for some of the best entries from week 5, the final week of the competition.

Now what? From here we head straight to the judging process. The first round will have our esteemed judging panel, Graham Watson, Kristof Ramon, and Jered & Ashley Gruber, consider each and every photo and agree on a shortlist for you to see the best of the competition. After that, we will announce the top winners from each category on Monday, January 16. We will also begin the voting for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ where you’ll get to choose the winner.

Prizes

Thanks to BikeStyle Tours, Specialized, Shimano, Bont and Bolle who generously supported this competition with some amazing prizes, the following will be awarded to the winners of each category (more detailed prize info here):

Professional:

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

DSLR

1st place: Specialized Allez DSW road bike
2nd place: New Shimano Di2 groupset
3rd place: Bont Vaypor+ fully custom shoes (custom fitting, colour and name stitching).

Smartphone / Action Cam

1st place: Trip to the 2017 Tour de France courtesy of BikeStyle Tours
2nd place: $500 voucher for the CyclingTips Emporium
3rd place: Bolle prize pack consisting of sunglasses (one set of sport and one casual) and helmet from their new range

People’s Choice Award Prize:

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

Money Raised

100% of the money raised through this competition will be donated towards oesophageal cancer research (thanks to Tour de Cure, our donation recipient), young athlete assistance, and into an education trust for Mark and Leeanne’s son Lucas who is two years old.

We will be announcing the donation to the Young Cyclist Assistance on January 31.

Thank you to all for your support and entries, and stay tuned for the judges shortlist and the voting for the People’s Choice Award this week. It’s not over yet!

Not a photographer but still want to contribute to the causes? You can donate to the Tour of Cure to help fund oesophageal cancer research here and donate to Lucas Gunter’s education fund here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support and prize donations:

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