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As the year draws to a close, we’ve been thrilled to see so many meaningful, reflective, and powerful stories in the entries to the 2020 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards.
The theme this year is hope – and it’s as much about the story behind the image as it is about the picture itself. We implore you to read the captions and understand the meaning the image had for each photographer.
Every entry is making a difference — and if you choose to pay, your entry fee goes towards the worthy cause of cancer research through Tour de Cure.
Entrants in the Professional Category are competing for the prestigious title of Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year, the perpetual trophy and a medallion.
In the Amateur category, Wahoo is generously providing prizes for the top three. 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.
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. So, whilst you’re out riding over the holiday break, it’s the perfect time to get creative.
This week’s showcase is a representation of this year’s images — and we hope you’ll enjoy them.
The feature image is by Anthony Leutenegger @anthonyleutenegger in the Amateur category, and is captioned: “Hope! What better story for hope this year than Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado winning the Cyclocross World Championship. The first cyclist of colour in history to do so. In this image she had just won the sprint and was screaming as her bike crashed into the gate separating the fans and photographers from the riders. She embraced her mother as they both cried tears of sheer joy. A truly special moment.”
The professional category is open to all photographers that make a living from their work.