2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards rules

Competition Information

-The Competition is the 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards by CyclingTips.

-The Competition Organisers and Promoters are CyclingTips and Mark Gunter Photography.

-Information about the Competition can be found at https://cyclingtips.com/2018-mark-gunter-photographer-year-awards/

-The 2018 Competition begins on 30th November, 2018 at 11am AEDT and ends on 3rd January, 2019 at 11.59pm AEDT.

-All dollar amounts hereafter are in AUD currency.

Who May Enter

-Entry is open to any person, from any country.

-Entry is not open to directors and direct employees of CyclingTips and Mark Gunter Photography. Photographers who have contributed to CyclingTips are allowed to enter provided they meet all other requirements.

-Entry into the Enthusiast or Smartphone / Action Cam category is not open to anyone who earns more than AUD$25,000 per year from their photography relating to cycling (i.e. professional photographers with other specialties are allowed).

-Entry into the Professional Cycling Photographer category is permitted to anyone who earns income from his or her cycling photography.

How to Enter

-Entries can be submitted online via the entry link at https://cyclingtips.com/2018-mark-gunter-photographer-year-awards/

-Each photo must have been taken between 1st January 2018 and 3rd January 2019

-There are four categories to enter photos into: 1) Professional Cycling Photographer, 2) Enthusiast, 3) Smartphone / Action Cam, and 4) Proud Cycling Moment.

-All photos entered via the entry form will be judged for the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards.

-All photos entered in the Enthusiast, the Smartphone / Action Cam, and the Proud Cycling Moment categories will also be eligible for the People’s Choice Award.

Entry Fees

-The entry fee is AUD$25 for up to 3 photos.

-All 3 photos must be entered in either; the Professional category, Enthusiast category, the Smartphone / Action Cam, or the Proud Cycling Moment category; they cannot be a combination of categories.

-Entrants can enter multiple times at a cost of AUD$25 per entry.

Photo Submission Rules

-The competition is skills based, and chance does not play a part in determining the winners.

-Each photo must relate to road cycling in some way, including but not limited to, cycling lifestyle, commuter cycling, cyclocross, track, gravel riding, road racing, a community ride, pave, café culture, road art, cycling landscape scenery. As much as we love mountain biking, our audience comes to us for road cycling inspiration and that’s the theme of this competition and all of our content. If this is confusing, think ‘drop bars’.

-By submitting each photo, the entrant affirms that the photo is of original material taken by the entrant, the entrant is the owner of the copyright, and that the photo does not infringe any third party rights.

-By submitting at least one photo, the entrant accepts the Rules and confirms that their entry complies with the Rules.

-The Judges or Competition Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entrant who is suspected of not adhering to the Rules.

-Only photographs will be accepted. Video or video screenshots will not be accepted.

-A caption must be included with each photo submitted (500 characters maximum).

-No watermarks permitted.

-Minor editing is acceptable (burning, dodging, color correction).

-HDR and stitched panoramas are acceptable.

-All digital files must not exceed 5MB.

-For Professional and Enthusiast Category entries, all metadata (EXIF data) must be provided.

-The Enthusiast category is a term generically referring to high-end cameras – for example, Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC), mirrorless, film, compact, DSLR and other cameras are permitted.

-The SmartPhone and 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, etc.

-The Proud Cycling Moment category refers to still photos taken on any device, depicting a proud cycling moment. This category is judged on the moment and story captured, not necessarily on the technical aspects of the photo.

-360 camera stills are accepted if the camera device meets the above criteria, however, 360 degree web functionality will not be accessible for judging.

-Drone photo stills are accepted if the camera device meets the above criteria.

-Competition organisers have the right to accept or reject entries from devices outside of these specific devices.


-Only compliant entries will be eligible for judging.

-Each category will be judged by no fewer than two judges, which will be selected by CyclingTips and Mark Gunter Photography.

-The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

-Winners will be announced on 11th January, 2019.

-Judging consists of two rounds of evaluation. In round one, the Judges will each select up to ten photos per category, from all eligible photos.

-The Judges will consider the following criteria: capturing the emotion of the image, drawing in the viewer’s attention, creativity, quality, composition, and even sometimes breaking the rules of photography in particular for the Proud Cycling Moment category.

-The photos selected in round one will proceed to round two, whereby the Judges will collectively select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for each category.

-In addition to the places above, a People’s Choice Award will be voted on by the viewers, for photos shortlisted into the Enthusiast, the Smartphone / Action Cam, and the Proud Cycling Moment categories.

-Anyone except directors and direct employees of CyclingTips and Mark Gunter Photography, who visit the CyclingTips Facebook gallery, can vote for the People’s Choice Award.

-The photo with the highest number of votes recorded in the Facebook gallery will be awarded the People’s Choice Award prize.

-The People’s Choice Award photo can also have won a prize in either of the Enthusiast, Smartphone / Action Cam, or the Proud Cycling Moment categories.


-Prize winners are responsible for any personal taxes, duties, shipping, and unanticipated costs incurred.

-If the rules of the competition are broken or suspected of being broken, or if the spirit of the competition has been violated, Mark Gunter Photography and CyclingTips.com have the right to refuse the prize being awarded. If this occurs, the next winner in line will move up one place.

Donation Recipients

-The donation recipients and amounts will be announced on www.markgunter.com.au by 15th February, 2019.

-The donations awarded are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

-The donation recipients may change from year to year.

-In 2018, the entry fees will be donated to two recipients: 1) A maximum of $3,000 to Young Cyclist Assistance in $1,000 allotments, and 2) the remainder to Tour de Cure Ltd; Riding to Cure Cancer.

-The award distribution allocations are approximate and may change depending on the amount of money raised, and round-up / round-down methodology applied.

-The selection of up to three Young Cyclists will be at the discretion of CyclingTips and Mark Gunter Photography, and independent judge Marianne Vos, following a request for nominees and an evaluation process.

-Neither CyclingTips, nor Mark Gunter Photography, are liable for any taxes (personal, company or otherwise) resulting from donations to registered charities.

-CyclingTips are liable for company tax resulting from donations to up to three Young Cyclists, and as such, this cost will be funded by the entry fees.

-Any costs associated with the entering the competition (merchant fees and GST), will be funded by the entry fees.

-Some or all of the costs incurred in developing and promoting the competition may be funded by the entry fees.

Usage Rights

-Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer.

-Entrants consent to CyclingTips and Mark Gunter Photography to reproduce, exhibit, publish and communicate their photo(s) for the purpose of marketing and promoting the Competition (including but not limited to, online, social media, print; and without any or additional monetary compensation), in past, present, and future years, unless otherwise agreed upon with the photographer.

-By entering, Entrants consent to be contacted by CyclingTips and Mark Gunter Photography with competition updates.

-Entrants consent to the prize sponsors to publish their photo(s) on their website and social media pages, for any purpose including marketing and promoting the Competition.

-Any photograph used by CyclingTips, Mark Gunter Photography, or the prize sponsors, where practically possible, shall carry the photographer’s credit line or social media recognition.

-Any other commercial usage will be agreed upon with the photographer prior to use.

Contact Us

-You can contact the 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards at photoawards@cyclingtips.com.au anytime.