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The 2019 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards are more than halfway through, and the competition is as hot as it has ever been, filled with stunning and inspiring shots from photographers around the world. As you’re riding over the holidays, remember to take some photos to enter – there are categories for every type of photographer and equipment, and all entry fees go to a great cause.
This week’s feature image is from Stephen Fitzgerald @velosteef in the Enthusiast category. The caption: “Everything I heard about Sea Otter Classic suggested that it was more or less an adrenaline fueled mountain bike festival. I was completely amazed to find that within a mile of the mayhem of the show was an endless network of singletrack trails and gravel roads flowing through verdant, foggy hills. Each day we were able to escape the chaos of the expo for a few hours of meditative paradise.”
The competition runs until 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, along with prizes from our generous sponsors:
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, with the winner taking home $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.