2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year awards

presented by CyclingTips


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, and the 2017 edition built on that legacy. 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 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 Tour de Cure to help fund research here.

The Competition

We want to celebrate the best cycling photography of 2018. 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 2018 and 3rd January 2019.


There are four categories to this competition to showcase the best photos of 2018 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.

4. Proud cycling moment: If you’re lucky enough to have your camera ready when one of those ‘proud moments’ in cycling happen in front of you, then this is the category for you. It could be watching your child’s first ride, riding a charity ride, making it up that epic climb you’ve dreamed of for years, achieving a personal goal, etc. Photos can be submitted from any device. This category is judged on the moment and story captured (be sure to enter a caption!), not necessarily on the technical aspects of the photo.

Key Dates:

Entries open: 11am (AEDT) 30th November, 2018
Entries close: 11.59pm (AEDT) 3rd January, 2019

Winners of judging and people’s choice awards: January 11, 2019


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

Wouter Roosenboom is a Dutch cycling and sports photographer that has captured the world’s highest profile cycling races, and is the author of the artbook SCHERP. He was the winner of the inaugural Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Award, and is honoured to be invited to return as a judge for 2018.

Wouter Roosenboom

Russ Ellis is a passionate sports photographer from the UK, who has been working full-time in the field since late 2015 covering events including Paris-Roubaix and the Tour de France. With a distinctive style that captures the emotion and intimacy of the sport, Ellis has quickly made a mark in the industry.

Russ Ellis

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 from the Enthusiast, Smartphone/Action-cam and Proud Cycling Moment categories.



Cycling Photographer of the Year trophy

People’s Choice Award Prize:

Autographed canvas of Chris Froome.

Exciting prizes for Enthusiast, Camera Phone and Proud Cycling Moment categories will be announced shortly. 

Funds raised will be donated to Tour de Cure, and a separate fund to support Young Cyclist Development, with recipients to be determined with the assistance of multiple-time World Champion, Marianne Vos.

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