The 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards closed last week, and over its duration, we received hundreds of incredible submissions from around the world – truly some of the best cycling photography of the year. In addition to being a great showcase for the talented entrants, the Awards also have two important purposes – raising a significant amount of money for cancer research through Tour de Cure, and by providing financial support through Young Cyclist Assistance.
Each of the judges have gone through the difficult task of shortlisting their top ten images from each of the four categories. From these shortlists, the judges will deliberate on the top three of each category in the coming days – with final winners to be announced on January 11, 2019.
“Sadly, I never got to meet Mark, but thanks to this amazing competition that has been created in his memory I was able to find out about Mark’s work and his love for cycling photography. It really is an honor to be a judge on this competition and I have loved looking through all the wonderful images that have been submitted from fellow pros, part time photographers and amateurs alike. There are images from literally all over the world which is amazing to see!
There were 4 categories this year and we judges have looked at every submitted image and picked our top 10 from each.
Regardless of the category my process for making my selections remained them same, as I looked through the images I was looking for images that just made me pause on them as I was scrolling through, something about the image needed to grab me and make me want to look deeper at it. It could have been the movement in the image, the light, the emotion a story or just that it made me smile.
I hope you all like my choices. Well done everyone. Russ”
Russ Ellis is a passionate sports photographer from the UK, who has been working full-time in the field since late 2015 covering events including Paris-Roubaix and the Tour de France. With a distinctive style that captures the emotion and intimacy of the sport, Ellis has quickly made a mark in the industry.
Here’s Russ’s shortlist from the 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards.