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.
“Winning the 2016 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards is still such a great experience in my photography career so it feels like a great privilege to judge this third edition.
I met Mark in 2012 at the Road World Championchips in Valkenburg. Waiting for the peloton in the field we had a real nice chat about our passion and we kept in touch by social media. The news about his death came as a shock but this photo award contest keeps the memories about Mark alive and helps raise money to help cure cancer!
Not an easy job, because you are judging your colleagues work, but It helped a lot that no names were mentioned when I selected the photos.
Judging photos is always a matter of taste but sorting through the submissions I tried to find pictures which had something extra. A photo which really got my attention and I would like to have on my wall or a photo which surprised me, because the photographer did something different or captured something special. I have tried to imagine how the photographer challenged himself to get the shot.
It was a great pleasure to watch all these amazing cycling photos from all over the world. Once I applied my criteria I was able to make my shortlist.”
Wouter Roosenboom is a Dutch cycling and sports photographer that has captured the world’s highest profile cycling races, and is the author of the artbook SCHERP. He was the winner of the inaugural Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Award, and is honoured to be invited to return as a judge for 2018.
Here’s Wouter’s shortlist from the 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards.