In the second annual Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards of 2017, there were so many epic images entered – in all three categories. The final week was a last minute rush with hundred of images flooding in.
The judging process was gruelling. They narrowed down a shortlist for each category, from over 1,200 images. Then collectively – and painstakingly – they chose the winning images.
We are proud to showcase the winners here, their images, and the story behind their image.
Thanks to Cyclingtips for making the 2017 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards happen again.
The wait is over…. here are the winners! Congratulations to you all.
3rd Prize Professional category: Eloise Mavian (Italy)
‘Laurens De Plus climbing the Muro di Sormano in first position during Il Lombardia. He was in the breakaway of the day but minutest after this beautiful moment he crashed badly on the descent. Luckily he is recovering well.’ Image by Eloise Mavian.
3rd Prize Enthusiast category: Craig Huffman (United States)
“Breakaway” – There’s nothing like racing under the lights as Chris Riekert of Team Mike’s Bikes followed by Cameron Piper of Team Illuminate work the defining move, a two man breakaway, during the Toyota San Rafael Sunset Criterium Pro/1/2 race in San Rafael, California, USA on July 29, 2017.’ Image by Craig Huffman.
1st Prize Smartphone / Action Camera category: Seetoh Lang (Austria)
‘Riding solo is riding with and against one’s self. It allows your subconscious mind to unknot, accompanied by the steady sounds of the whir of your drivetrain and the beating of your own heart. Whether fast or slow, no matter the weather, I enjoy these times so much. There is no better feeling than watching the ground and your worries disappear underneath you as you race against nothing but your own thoughts.’ Image by Seetoh Lang.
2nd Prize Smartphone / Action Camera category: Jon Turner (United Kingdom)
‘A beautiful day on the Col du L’Iseran in the French Alps. Officially closed but we managed to ride to 2400 m in perfect conditions and beautiful light with the mountain completely to ourselves. Descending in summer kit in May – a truly magical day. Possibly a once in a lifetime.’ Image by Jon Turner.
People’s Choice Award: Angelica Dixon (United States)
‘Riders in the dust cloud.’ Image by Angelica Dixon.
And a special mention to Chiara Redashci who came a very close 2nd place in the People’s Choice Award (Italy)
‘A rider and his girlfriend after the crash. He broke his shoulder.’ Image by Chiara Redaschi.