Mark Gunter Photography Award: Winners Announced

Lee Basford's submission reached Ashley & Jered Gruber's shortlist

Lee Basford's submission reached Ashley & Jered Gruber's shortlist

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.

Andrew Laity's photo of Swain's Lane impressed

Andrew Laity's photo of Swain's Lane impressed

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.

Great action shot from Darrell Parks

Great action shot from Darrell Parks

Going through the judges’ shortlists, it was clear that there were no easy decisions to make in any of the different categories. 

Jack Chevell captured Froome and supporters at the Tour's Time Trial

Jack Chevell captured Froome and supporters at the Tour's Time Trial

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!”

Wonderful landscape from Dean Warren

Wonderful landscape from Dean Warren

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.”

 Valentin Baat's shot was shortlisted by Kristof Ramon

 Valentin Baat's shot was shortlisted by Kristof Ramon

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.”

Xisco Fuster Borreguero caught this atmospheric moment

Xisco Fuster Borreguero caught this atmospheric moment

Congratulations to Stephen Fitzgerald from the US for his overhead shot from an action cam on a drone (Smartphone/Action cam category).

“Don’t stay home. I almost stayed home. I didn’t even know that it had snowed up high but as I approached the hills I could see the perfect snow line halfway up the mountain. Eventually everything turned white around me. My hands were freezing because of the shade of the mountain. I didn’t want to stop but the road, the trees, the incredible whiteness. I really just wanted to share what I was seeing and the feeling that I was experiencing. It was worth stopping. I’m glad I didn’t stay home.” Stephen Fitzgerald

“Don’t stay home. I almost stayed home. I didn’t even know that it had snowed up high but as I approached the hills I could see the perfect snow line halfway up the mountain. Eventually everything turned white around me. My hands were freezing because of the shade of the mountain. I didn’t want to stop but the road, the trees, the incredible whiteness. I really just wanted to share what I was seeing and the feeling that I was experiencing. It was worth stopping. I’m glad I didn’t stay home.” Stephen Fitzgerald

Stefan Feldmann from Canada won the DSLR category for his shot of a crash in the women’s 2015 Gastown Grandprix

“Beauty & Danger of Racing – Unfortunate crash during the Women's 2015 Gastown Grandprix. Lindsay Bayer crashed on the hairpin corner but walked away from it and ended up finishing the race.” Stefan Feldmann

“Beauty & Danger of Racing – Unfortunate crash during the Women's 2015 Gastown Grandprix. Lindsay Bayer crashed on the hairpin corner but walked away from it and ended up finishing the race.” Stefan Feldmann

Wouter Roosenboom of the Netherlands won the professional category for his shot of the Cannondale-Drapac team time trial on the Eneco Tour.

“Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team pictured during stage 5 in the Eneco Tour, a 20.9 kilometres team time trial." Wouter Roosenboom

“Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team pictured during stage 5 in the Eneco Tour, a 20.9 kilometres team time trial." Wouter Roosenboom