Feature image: Robbie Allen | other photography as credited
And just like that – the five weeks of the 2019 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards are over. In the end if flew past with a flurry of entries in the last week. The photos entered this week have been amazing – and it’s made a very difficult selection for Showcase 5.
With some devastating fires here in Australia, many Australian’s were naturally focussed on more important things – like family, core to what we’re doing here. Our hearts are with those many hundreds of families without homes today.
So now the judging commences…… Pauline Ballet, Simon Wilkinson, and Chris Auld are in the process of selecting their Shortlists, which we’ll publish later this week.
Thank you as always to CyclingTips for promoting the Awards and helping to make a difference to curing cancer and young cyclists worldwide. Every bit we do together is helping someone else – and that always feels good.
A poignant cover Image by Robbie Allen @robbiedustyallen Smartphone / Action Cam category: ‘Over the Xmas holidays I took the bike into the mountains behind Ulladulla just near Pidgeon House and ….. far out😢. Not sure if it was the smoke stinging my eyes, the loss of wildlife or just acknowledging the legendary effort of our firies👨🏻🚒👩🏼🚒 but this ride was gut-wrenchingly real. Stating this country needs rain fast… is surely the understatement of 2019.’
Entry into the fiercely-contested Professional Cycling Photographer category is permitted to anyone who earns a living from his or her cycling photography.
Craig Huffman @craigsclicks: ‘“Peter, The Dad” – Let’s just say, bowling is not his strong suit. But when he arrived at lane three, where a young fan was bowling, the dad side of Peter Sagan took over. After more than 20 minutes of having fun, helping her bowl and seeing the genuine joy they both shared as she succeeded, I captured this tender moment of eye contact during a VIP event before the Sagan Fondo: Gran Roadie-Oh – San Diego in North San Diego County, California on Saturday, November 09, 2019.’
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.
Jakab Rokob @jakipajti: ‘This shot was made in Hungary in a cyclocross near the northern border. Cyclocross just got really popular in Hungary in the last few years, but we had races as old as 20 years. This event was reminded me to old days of cross in my country, with few athletes, and nice scenic courses. It was a really small event, so I was able to move around the course pretty freely, trying out unusual angles.’
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.