2017 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards – the best of week 2

by Iain Treloar

It’s been a fortnight since the 2017 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards opened, and there have been some absolutely incredible photos entered, capturing the beauty of cycling in many facets – from road to gravel, on the CX course and on the boards. We’ve already showcased the best of week one, and – as you’ll see from this week’s highlights gallery – the competition is heating up.

The awards were established in memory of Mark Gunter, a much loved Australian cycling photographer, and seek to showcase the best in cycling photography. But it’s not just about the pictures – all entry fees go to a worthy cause, supporting Tour de Cure, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and Young Cyclist Development. If you don’t have a picture to enter but would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to fight against cancer, you can donate here.

After the competition wraps up on January 4th, 2018, our panel of cycling photography legends – Graham Watson, Marcus Enno (aka Beardy McBeard), and Jim Fryer & Iri Greco of BrakeThrough Media – will whittle their shortlists down to determine the winners of each of the categories.

Want to share your shot with the world? Enter now.

This year, thanks to our generous sponsors, there are some great prizes on offer:

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:

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

Professional category

Enthusiast category

An Ha – Light and Dust
Toshiki Sato – Light creates shadows
Tom Hosking – Giving it some beans at the 2017 Urban Hill Climb on Swain’s Lane, London
Simba Sagwete – Men’s Kierin Heat 1 at the London Six Day, 25 October 2017
Rhode van Elsen – Speeding brOthers in a typical flemish scenery. Belgian Champion Oliver Naesen and Lawrence Naesen togheter in a breakaway group during the 102nd Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen 2017
Reid Neureiter – Amateur Denver Colorado cyclist Chris Skinner was dropped from a training ride on the plains east of Denver, Colorado after a flat tire. I was following the ride on my motorcycle with my teenage daughter on the back, looking for interesting images to shoot. We motor-paced Chris back to the group and my daughter, Darcy Neureiter, took this image from the back of the moto.
Randall Fransen – Just a random Thursday morning going over Hawk Hill. Our local friend said in 10 years of living in SF, he’d seen nothing like this sunrise.
Owen Lewis – Dusty speed on an unseasonable day in Belgium! An early start to get a good spot and we were rewarded with incredible racing. The crowd, the atmosphere, the sand – couldn’t have asked for more, and this shot was icing on the cake.
Max Burgess – A late evening ride as autumn sets in with the golden colours that comes with it.
Matt Lazzarotto – “Wide open spaces” Panning shot; the riders are lost in the wide open spaces offered by the Aldergrove Lake cyclocross race. Langley, British Columbia, CANADA.
Massimo Piacca Bacci – Gianni Moscon at the end of the Strade Bianche 2017 in Siena , it was a tough race.
Martijn Pols – Strade Bianche, Siena… Tough race for the women due to cold and wet conditions, heads down for the last girls, one corner before the finish…
Lian van Leeuwen – Rider Jonas Goy contemplating riding 4000 km in 9 days:21h across the European continent after finishing the 2017 Transcontinental race in third place
Keir Plaice – Ten minutes from home, we had to stop by the side of the road and do jumping jacks to get some blood back in our fingers. When we got in the door, I curled up in a little ball and shivered. I nearly cried in the shower. Limburg is beautiful in the snow though. It was a ride we’ll often remember.
Joao Whitaker – This is at Velodrom D’horta in Barcelona, during the Red Hook Crit trackday. I came all the way from Brasil to the race and the trackday is a great way to do the leg openers to the race. After doing it, the endorphine kicked in and I realised how beautifull is a open sky wooden track! I went out the bike and started shooting my film camera, a Pentax ES with a kodak portra iso400, looking for the best light. The Pentax’s photometer is broken so I have to use a Iphone app…
Hung Mai – Splash. Cross on the Rock – Days of Thunder Langford, BC.
Daniela Tommasi – The Beverley Road Race in Western Australia. A panning shot of riders through the forest on a country side road.
Craig Huffman – Rain Is Coming – This solo category 2 racer decides to attack during the Chico Stage Race- Stage 1 Thunderhill Raceway Circuit Race in Willows, California, USA on February 24, 2017.
Carlo Beretta – Forever with us
Brady Lawrence – Bird’s Eye View – The peloton rides through the rural Massif Central region of France.
Blake Parry – Round 3 of the WA Cyclocross series – this spot turned into a quagmire after heavy rain, even the elite riders couldnt hop it so it meant everyone getting dirty
Becky Griffiths – The Tour Down Under in Adelaide is like no other bike race on Earth. It is one very special event and I can not wait to go back to watch and ride the Adelaide hills again next year.

Smartphone / action cam category

Neil Phillips – Porte de Lunada cast in it’s summer low cloud
Michael Roberts – I spent a week cycling solo through the dolomites this autumn. I snapped this on the ascent of Passo Valparola, the sunshine quickly turned to cloud and then hail which made the descent into Cortina equal parts painful, surreal & fun.
John Tolkamp – Sprint qualifiers at Cali Colombia World Cup.
Ewan Hillsdon – At 4:25am on a wednesday morning, my alarm rang out and I lept out of bed, afraid I would miss the start of the ride I had put together. The weather report of the night before was more than perfect and the reality that morning was more than we could have hoped for. A 70km loop out to the west and back through town treated us to an eastbound sunrise. Moments like this are what keep us riding.
Eric Newberg – Climbing the extremely steep backside of Col du Galibier with Bikes to watch TDF after Road was closed by Police.
Eric Karver – Ricotta & butter, fuel for your Gavia descent
Conor – In the back arse of nowhere on a seven day tour with the boys. Small moments of silence are beautiful
Alf Newman – This was after final stage of Paris Nice 2017 Julian Alaphilippe contemplating on what might have been.
What’s your favourite shot this week? Leave a comment to let us know. 

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