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The 2019 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards opened just seven days ago and already, we’ve seen some amazing shots come through. We’ll be showcasing a selection of each week’s entries in weekly galleries; this showcase is the first, and we hope you enjoy it.
The Awards are an annual event held in honour of Mark Gunter (June 10, 1974 – November 29, 2015), a widely respected and popular photographer in the cycling community who tragically died of oesophageal cancer. Every entry is making a difference, with entry fees contributing towards two great causes: supporting cancer research through Tour de Cure, and providing financial assistance for young riders through Young Cyclist Assistance fund.
The competition closes on January 5, 2020, at which point our panel of professional photographer judges – Pauline Ballet, Simon Wilkinson, and Chris Auld – will deliberate on who’ll take out the honours and amazing prizes on offer.
This week’s feature image is from Zac Williams @z_w_photography, who writes: “This image is from Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France. It shows Julian Alaphilippe descending the Col du Galibier, solo, after being dropped by the GC favourites on the climb. Alaphilippe flew past me into the blind corner behind where I was stood, truly laying everything on the line to secure another day in yellow.”
Entry into the fiercely-contested Professional category is permitted for anyone who earns a living from his or her cycling photography. Entrants this year will be competing for the coveted title of Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year, and $2,500 AUD in cash.
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.
The SmartPhone / 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, and drones.