To the Mark Gunter Photo Awards — 2023. We’re in our 8th year.

It feels like yesterday that 2023 began, and now it’s almost over. It’s been another year of incredible cycling moments — experienced, watched, and photographed — by millions around the world.

This years’ awards celebrates everything and anything cycling — the sport, the racing, the fan culture,

We want to see and feel the emotion of the moments you’ve captured — and bring to life the moment so the viewer feels like they were there.

Your images can span any aspect of cycling — from racing, to fans, cycling culture, and we’re open to more disciplines than ever before. The 2023 awards is a platform for photographers from all around the world, in the amateur and professional categories.

So go on, grab your camera, your phone, your archives from this year, and find the moments that matter and capture the heart.

May your photos inspire others to get on their bike, or to grab their camera, and to live well.

Leeanne Gatien
Mark Gunter Photography


Cover Image by Bram Berkien
Winner 2022 @bramberkien
Mark Gunter Photo Awards



To remember Mark — and the impact he had on the Australian cycling community — whose images he took for over 20 years.

To give back — both to cancer research and to young cyclists worldwide.

To create a platform for photographers to present their work — especially those trying to launch onto the scene.

To give Lucas something special — a way to share in his Dad’s love of cycling and photography.

The harder we work as a community, the more we can make our purpose come true.


Calling cyclists with a camera or phone to enter and share your love of cycling.

Simply upload up to 3 of your own images here.

Categories are Professional and Amateur.

Entries open 10am Fri 8th Dec 2023 and close 1159pm Sunday 7th Jan 2024 AEDT.

Winners are announced 27th Jan 2024.

Your AUD$25 entry fee goes towards cancer research and Young Cyclist Assistance.



It’s a part of the Awards we’re really proud of. And it was close to Mark’s heart.

We give up to two young cyclists the chance to be awarded AUD$1,000 to help them in their cycling career.

So far we’ve supported cyclists from as far as Chile, Spain, New Zealand, & Sierre Leonne.

Helping others is what we do because Mark loved the cycling community.

Find out more about Young Cyclist Assistance soon and nominate yourself or someone you know!


This years images can be entered into one of two categories:  Professional    |     Amateur

We’ll continue to recognise the work of the Professional category by awarding the perpetual trophy and medallions.

And we thrilled to announce Wahoo is once again supporting us in 2023 as the sponsor for the Amateur category.

We hope you’re keen to enter and be part of bringing hope to the global cycling community.


The winners honour list;

2022    Bram Berkien (Netherlands)
2021    Sean Hardy (United Kingdom)
2020   Chris Auld (United Kingdom)
2019    Alex Broadway (United Kingdom)
2018    Dario Belingheri (Italy)
2017    Tim Bardsley-Smith (Australia)
2016    Wouter Roosenboom (Netherlands)


2023 has thrilled us with some intense racing and we’re looking forward to entries from our Professional photographers.

This year judging of the Professional category includes two heralded sports photographers — Rupert Hartley & Jeff Curtes — bringing a broader and balanced view to join three world tour cycling photographers.

Entry into the Professional Cycling Photographer category is for any professional photographer, who earns income from his or her cycling photography.


We celebrate and recognise Professional photographers with the Mark Gunter perpetual trophy and medallion. 

1st Place  The Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Award perpetual trophy + gold medallion

2nd Place The Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Award silver medallion

3rd Place  The Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Award bronze medallion

Every year the trophy gets passed onto the Winner, and your name will forever be a part of the Awards.



Anyone and everyone — whether you’re an enthusiast, semi-professional photographer, or an avid cyclist using your phone. We want you to enter your best work — and be part of something special.

Images from high end camera’s including DSLR’s, to mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras, film, and compact, smartphones, and drones can be entered into the Amateur category.


The Amateur category prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are

1st Place  — Wahoo KICKR MOVE and KICKR CLIMB

The MOVE is the bike trainer allows your bike to move naturally for a more comfortable and realistic riding experience than ever before. The CLIMB which physically adjusts bike position to mimic real roads and mountain climbs up to 20%.

The bundle valued at $3,499. Thank you Wahoo for this huge prize!

2nd Place — Speedplay POWRLINK ZERO Pedals

Built on the iconic Speedplay Pedal System, POWRLINK ZERO power pedal delivers reliably accurate power and cadence data in convenient pedal system.

3rd Place  — ELEMNT ROAM

The new ELEMNT ROAM, Wahoo’s best GPS cycling computer that is packed with features that turn any ride into an adventure. With a 64 color display and a long lasting battery make it easier than ever to stay on course longer and explore further.



When we started the Mark Gunter Photo Awards back in 2016 Lucas was just 2 years old! It’s 2023 and Lucas is now 9 years old.

2023 was a special year for us — we went back to France for the first time since 2016. Our main reason to travel was to visit the place where we’d scattered Mark’s ashes some 8 before, when Lucas was just one.

We were unbelievably lucky to also to be at the Tour de France too!!!! Lucas experienced the magic of the Tour, see all his favourite riders and his favourite team, Team Jumbo Visma, live the atmosphere, and be part of what was his Dad’s life. It was incredible.

Check out the photos from the Col de Galibier stage.


The cycling continues!

We’re only weekend warriors on the bike, it’s the freedom and the joy of riding a bike that’s the best!

There weren’t as many hundreds of kilometres ridden this year, but the time spent feeling the wind on our faces, and racing each other was just as worth it.

He’s moved up to the next size bike now and ready to take on the world!


Lucas is ready and waiting to start selecting his top 10 in each category.

Just like the judges, Lucas trawls through all the image, starts with a long list, then it gets whittled down to his final shortlist.

The accolade for being chosen by Lucas, is just that.

Hopefully he’ll add a little hope and light to your life if he’s chooses one of your photos.

Russ Ellis


Russ Ellis is among the top world tour cycling photographers, and his images are another level. He is well known by cyclists, and fans alike.

Russ two hobbies are cycling and photography, so combining them are a dream come true for Russ (his own words!). He’s from the UK but is as international as cycling, and goes where the races go.

Russ first judged the Mark Gunter Photo Awards back in 2018, and we welcome him back agian this year.

Russ Ellis  @cyclingimages

Alex Broadway


Alex Broadway is an awarded sports photographer, heralding from London, and a citizen of the globe. Alex can be seen at the side of the road of every cycling event, camera in hand of course.

Alex was recently awarded the Winner of the Specialist Portfolio in the British Sports Journalism Awards and the winner of the L’Equipe Prix Richard Martin award in 2022.

In 2019 Alex won the Mark Gunter Photo Awards and we welcome him to the judging panel in 2023.

Alex Broadway   @_alex_broadway_

Bram Berkien


Bram was last year’s competition winner in the professional category with this magnificent photo.

Bram is not exclusively a cycling photographer — although he does photograph the Team Jumbo-Visma alot —he’s better described as an active lifestyle photographer, covering many sports. Some of his clients include PSV EindhovenINGadidas, and other brands as well as features for sports magazines.

Bram Berkien  @bramberkien

Gem Atkinson


Gem is a current Photo Editor for Bloomberg, previously worked for Getty Images. Gem will have poured over literally millions of photos throughout her career.

Gem is also a keen cyclist, was one of Rapha’s original ambassadors, and it’s wonderful to reconnect with her in this competition.

Gem is a fabulous addition to our judging panel and we welcome her in 2023.

Gem Atkinson



Jeff was at at the forefront of the snowboarding industry’s imagery since his first published images back in 1992.

He is one of the most prolific and talented photographers of the extreme sport of snowboarding and he was Burton Snowboards Principal Photographer until 2012,

Jeff is also a keen cyclist and we welcome Jeff to the team and look forward to his perspective.


Rupert Hartley


Rupert’s photography has featured on the front of every major print news outlet in the UK and many around the world, from the New York Times to Newsweek. He has been recognised and exhibited by the UK Picture Editors Guild, and had his work requested by the late Queen of England for a private family collection.

These days he is the cofounder the British cycling brand Albion where much of his photographic work can be found.

Rupert Hartley  @ruperthartley

Graham Watson


Graham has been with the Awards since it’s inaugural year in 2016. He was the most well known cycling photographer of his generation and someone anyone who was an avid cyclist and follower of the Tour de France knew of. Graham’s iconic images captured many of cycling’s most moments over his 44 years of photography.

He and Mark knew each other well and we are thrilled that Graham is yet again part of the Awards as our ambassador. Thank you Graham for your ongoing support over the years.

In years gone by, Graham has selected his top 10 as ‘Graham’s Choice’. We’ll have to wait and see again this year.  Graham Watson    @grahamwatson10


Get a glimpse of last years Professional and Amateur images from the #markgunterphotoawards2022


Check out the full Rules of the Awards here.

Some key dates and information below;

– Awards open 10am 8th December 2022 and close 1159pm 7th January 2024 (AEDT)

– Categories: Professional and Amateur

– Each photo must have been taken between 1st January 2023 and 8th January 2024

– Each photo must relate to cycling 

– Each photo must be original material by the photographer entrant



Our charity partner Tour de Cure Australia — a cycling based cancer charity in Australia, dedicated to raising money from within the cycling community.

They have contributed to over 100 major cancer breakthroughs and raised millions of dollars every year.

We’re proud to be supporting them again in 2023 in our 8th year. 



We’re back to our Australian roots and we’re teaming up with Escape Collective.

Escape Collective is created by passionate cyclists for cyclists — it’s made up of a international team of experienced and loved cycling media personalities.

They believe in telling stores and creating good content that will be interesting to their cycling community members.

Check out their honest, and action packed stories today.