[Image by Stefan Feldmann from Canada: “Beauty & Danger of Racing”]
In the inaugural Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards, we were lucky to have such talented judges; Graham Watson, Kristof Ramon, and Jered & Ashley Gruber. Between them they have photographed cycling for some 60 plus years.
The judging process was gruelling. They narrowed down a shortlist for each category, from over 1,200 images. Then collectively – although painstakingly – chose the winning images.
We are proud to showcase the winners here, their images, and their thoughts on being part of the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards.
1st Prize Professional category: Wouter Roosenboom (the Netherlands)
“Winning the first Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Award was a great honor for me. Even more special because I met Mark when he visited the World Championships in Valkenburg. I was in shock in 2015 when I heard the bad news that Mark passed away but through this contest he will be in my mind forever.
If you participate in a photocontest you hope to win but you also know it’s all about taste. I was really very happy when I heard that I won the contest.” Wouter Roosenboom
2nd Prize Professional category: Bryn Lennon (UK)
“I was thrilled to take second place in the inaugural Mark Gunther Photo competition as there was such a high quality and broad ranging entry.” Bryn Lennon
3rd Prize Professional category: Jack Chevell (US)
“I was thrilled to take second place in the inaugural Mark Gunther Photo competition as there was such a high quality and broad ranging entry.” Jack Chevell
1st Prize DLSR category: Stefan Feldmann (Canada)
2nd Prize DLSR category: Matthew Bailey (UK)
3rd Prize DLSR category: Eamon Fitzpatrick (Australia)
1st Prize Smartphone / Action Cam category: Stephen Fitzgerald (US)
“Winning the Photographer Of The Year in my category meant quite a bit to me. Combining bikes and photography has been a bit of a personal mission for me for about five years now.
The photo that I submitted was a photo that finally felt successful. It really did look as magical as it felt like being there.” Stephen Fitzgerald
2nd Prize Smartphone / Action Cam category: Szymon Kotowski (Poland)
3rd Prize Smartphone / Action Cam category: Calvin Miller (US)