Cycling Tips announced the winners of its Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards today. The competition was launched in memory of Mark Gunter, a professional photographer who sadly died after a brave fight with cancer last year. Proceeds from the competition go towards oesophageal cancer research and setting up an educational trust fund for Mark’s young son.
1200 photos were entered for the competition which were judged by professionals Graham Watson, Kristof Ramon and Jered & Ashley Gruber. There were three categories: Smartphone/Actioncam, DSLR and Professional. Prizes included a Specialized road bike, Shimano groupset and some Bont Vaypor custom shoes as well as vouchers to spend in the Cycling Tips Emporium.
Going through the judges’ shortlists, it was clear that there were no easy decisions to make in any of the different categories.
Kristof Ramon described a “tinder-like process” of sifting through hundreds of pics but kept to his criteria of “light, composition, moment, relevance, post-production and maybe most of all: a certain timelessness!”
Jered and Ashley Gruber said that, “If a picture makes me go: ‘I wish I was there’. I want to be IN that picture. That’s usually a great sign.”
Meanwhile Graham Watson said he was “astounded by the quality of the entire entry across all categories” and that he has “actually gained some new ideas and inspiration for my own photography.”
Congratulations to Stephen Fitzgerald from the US for his overhead shot from an action cam on a drone (Smartphone/Action cam category).
Stefan Feldmann from Canada won the DSLR category for his shot of a crash in the women’s 2015 Gastown Grandprix
Wouter Roosenboom of the Netherlands won the professional category for his shot of the Cannondale-Drapac team time trial on the Eneco Tour.