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After five amazing weeks, entries to the 2017 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards closed today. We’ve been left awestruck by the response – over 1,200 incredible images were submitted, from photographers in 33 countries, and over $10,000 raised for some very worthy causes.
It’s now over to our panel of judges – cycling photography legends Graham Watson, Marcus Enno (aka Beardy McBeard), and Jim Fryer & Iri Greco of BrakeThrough Media – who’ll have the difficult task of narrowing those entries down to a shortlist of 10 images for each category. Keep an eye open for their personal shortlists, which we’ll publish through next week, in the lead up to the grand announcement of the competition winners in a week’s time.
Our sincere thanks go to our generous sponsors – Trek Travel, Specialized, Olympus, Shimano, Silca and Stages – whose prizes will soon be distributed to some very talented recipients.
All entry fees went to support Tour de Cure, Australian Cancer Research Foundation and Young Cyclist Development. Although we’ve now closed entries to the competition, if you’ve enjoyed the weekly posts and would like to make a tax-deductible donation to cancer research as part of the awards, you are warmly encouraged to do so.
With a spike in entries in the last week, our ‘best of’ today is a long one – but somehow we don’t think you’ll mind. Onto the pictures!
What’s caught your eye this week? Give the photographer a shout-out in the comments below. You can also check out our best of week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4 highlight posts from throughout the competition.