This year, entries into the 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards opened just over a week ago. Already, we’ve seen some amazing shots come through, which we’ll be showcasing in weekly galleries. The showcase is a representation of this years images – we hope you’ll enjoy them.

This year, as in previous years, entry fees will go to a great cause, supporting Tour de Cure, and Young Cyclist Assistance. It’s a great competition to get involved in and make a difference.

The competition closes on January 3rd, 2019, at which point our judges – Graham Watson, Russ Ellis, and Wouter Roosenboom – will deliberate on who’ll take out the honours and amazing prizes on offer. And of course, thanks to CyclingTips for promoting the Awards again.

See images posted @cyclingtips and #markgunterphotoawards2018

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

Entry into the fiercely-contested Professional Cycling Photographer category is permitted to anyone who earns a living from his or her cycling photography.

Jojo Harper @jojoharperphotos: Eddy Merckx checking his watch backstage at this years Rouleur Classic bike show.

Chiara Redaschi @chiara_redaschi: When you gave everything. Dylan Teuns after Milano Torino.

Brazo de Hierro @brazodehierro: Riding in the golden hour at the top of your favorite climb.

Simon Gill @simongillphoto: 2018 Tour De France Stage 12 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d’Huez. Chris Froome in pursuit of Geraint Thomas around Dutch Corner.

Jean-Pierre Ronco @imagewriterphotography: Caleb Ewan trying to cool down at the 3rd TDU stage finish at Victor Harbor in South Australia. By temperature rising over the 40c mark, all the riders felt the heat of the sprint finish in the street of Victor Harbor. Finishing 3rd on the line, Caleb Ewan succeeded to keep the leader jersey for one more day.

ENTHUSIAST CATEGORY

For non-professional photographers using high-end cameras, we have the Enthusiast category. It’s a loose description including entries taken on high-end cameras including Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC), mirrorless, film, compact, DSLR and other cameras.

Mats Palinckx @matspalinckx: The changing rooms of the ladies during Omloop Het Nieuwsblad were 3 kilometers away from the busses. Ladies of the Wiggle Honda team were preparing for the race next to the pressroom. In this moment all the journalists are passing by and they don’t give a f*ck.. For me it’s like the other races, barely press attention in women’s cycling.

Rasmus Pellizotti @traedekongen: Scandinavia is cold but beauytiful in November.

Chris Kendall @chriskendallphotography:Harrison Jones, Feeling rubbish. After a hard day in the saddle, at the end of stage 4, in Leeds, at the Tour de Yorkshire 2018.

Trevor Mould @mouldypix: Champ… Connor Swift at British National Championships on the way to collect his jersey.

Sam Fritz @if_the_shoe_fritz: This was supposed to be a relaxed afternoon ride but as I increasingly lean towards gravel my sense of adventure is growing. I saw the river and thought ‘bugger it, lets try a new way home’.

SMARTPHONE / ACTION CAM CATEGORY

The SmartPhone / Action Cam category refers to still photos taken on devices such as iPhones, Android, Windows Mobile, etc, as well as still photos from devices such as GoPro, Shimano Sports Cam, Garmin VIRB, and drones.

Kalvis Eisaks @cycling.calvin: Never ending roads.

Michael Thompson @thommo_mj: I live for early morning rides like these.

Jon Turner @Jondturner: Heading into winter and on my home lanes – Staffordshire has a labyrinthine of these lanes to explore and I love where I live. Grabbed this shot as these two rarely let up the pace!

Wilco Dragt @wilcodragtphotography: In the shadow of the Mont Ventoux.

Toby Willis @tobychillis: #Lightbro. I raced hard in order to get to the forest as the sun rapidly rose. I knew there was going to be a perfect window for a great photo opportunity. Jackpot.

PROUD CYCLING MOMENT CATEGORY

If you’re lucky enough to have your camera ready when one of those ‘proud moments’ in cycling happen in front of you, then this is the category for you. Images can be taken from any device and by any photographer.

Not many have been entered this week, so just one image for this first showcase. Enter yours for a chance to be featured next week!

George Turner @jorgeterner: Leonard Turner racing in the U13 South Australian MTB championships.

George Turner @jorgeterner: Leonard Turner racing in the U13 South Australian MTB championships.

For more information on the #markgunterphotoawards2018 check out CyclingTips and Mark Gunter Photography.