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2017 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards – the best of week 1

by Iain Treloar

In 2016, the inaugural Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards saw over 1,200 stunning images from photographers in 34 countries vying for top honours, and our panel of judges had their work cut out for them selecting the winners. It was a fitting way to commemorate the life and work of the esteemed Australian cycling photographer, Mark Gunter, who lost his life to oesophageal cancer in late 2015. The awards, conducted in partnership with Mark’s wife Leanne Gatien, didn’t just honour a great photographer and man – they also made a tangible difference. 100% of entry fees went to cancer research, the development of young cyclists, and an education fund for Mark and Leanne’s son, Lucas.

This year, the awards are back, with entries to the 2017 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards opening last Friday. Already, we’ve seen some amazing shots come through, which we’ll be showcasing in weekly galleries rounding up our highlights. And again, entry fees will go to a great cause, supporting Tour de Cure, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and Young Cyclist Development.

The competition closes on January 4th, 2018, at which point our judges – Graeme Watson, Marcus Enno (aka Beardy McBeard), and Jim Fryer & Iri Greco of BrakeThrough Media – will deliberate on who’ll take out the honours and amazing prizes on offer.

This year, thanks to our generous sponsors, competition entrants are vying for the following:

Professional category:

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


Smartphone/Action Cam:


Think you’ve got a winning shot? Enter now. Want to contribute to the fight against cancer? Donate here. Want to check out some of the best cycling photography of the year? Just keep scrolling…

Professional category

Entry into the fiercely-contested Professional Cycling Photographer category is permitted to anyone who earns a living from his or her cycling photography.


For non-professional photographers using high-end cameras, we have the Enthusiast category. It’s a loose description including entries taken on high-end cameras including Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC), mirrorless, film, compact, DSLR and other cameras. 

Smartphone/Action Cam

With constant advances in technology, it’s possible for some absolutely amazing photos to be taken with mobile phones and action cams. Sometimes it’s just a lucky shot, sometimes there’s a bit more art to it. Either way, the results can be memorable. For the purposes of this competition, the SmartPhone and Action Cam category refers to still photos taken on devices such as iPhones, Android, Windows Mobile, etc, as well as still photos from devices such as GoPro, Shimano Sports Cam, Garmin VIRB, etc.  


What’s your favourite shot so far? Let us know in the comments. 

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