The 2020 edition of the Mark Gunter Photo Awards opened just over a week ago, and already, we’ve seen some amazing shots come through.
We’ll be showcasing these in galleries every week or two, highlighting a selection of the year’s entries. We hope you’ll enjoy them.
This year the theme is hope – and it’s as much about the image as it is about the story behind the images. At their best, the captions and the images can bring us a little closer to the photographer sharing one of the stories of their 2020.
In more ways than one, every entry is making a difference. Firstly, these images bring some light and joy into what has been a very strange and difficult year for almost everyone on the planet. Secondly, just as in every year previously, the awards act as a fundraiser for cancer research. Although payment of the entry fee is not mandatory this year, if you are in a position to pay, your entry fees will go towards the great cause of cancer research through Tour de Cure.
The competition closes on January 5th, 2021, at which point our judges – Kristof Ramon, Tim Bardsley-Smith, and Ashley & Jered Gruber – will deliberate on who’ll take out the honours and prizes on offer from Wahoo and The Sufferfest. Winners will be announced on January 11, 2021.
The feature image comes from Marco Loman @lomanmarco in the amateur category, and is captioned: “Training for a race that didn’t come. For more than 6 weeks he trained every Sunday morning on his own, on the local cycling course, round after round, just to hear at the last moment, that the National Time Trial was to be cancelled.” (Elmar Reinders of Riwal Cycling Team is training for the Dutch National Timetrial)
The professional category is open to all photographers that make a living from their work.
They are competing for the prestige and honour, along with the perpetual trophy and medallions.
This year the Enthusiast category and the Smartphone / Action Cam category have been combined to make the Amateur category, open to non-professional photographers using high-end cameras, and anyone with a smartphone or drone or action camera.
First prize in this category wins a Wahoo Elemnt Roam GPS computer; second prize wins a Wahoo Elemnt Rival; and third prize wins a Wahoo Tickr. All three prize-winners also score a year’s subscription to The Sufferfest.