Feature image: Marco Loman | other photography as credited
The 2020 edition of the Mark Gunter Photo Awards opened just seven days 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 the theme is hope – and it’s as much about the image as it about the story behind the images. Through reading the captions, I felt a little bit closer to each person who shared their 2020 story.
Every entry is making a difference….. in more ways than one…. Your images are undoubtedly bringing light and joy in what has otherwise been a very strange year to almost everyone on the planet. And if you can pay – your entry fees will go towards the great cause of cancer research through Tour de Cure.
The competition closes on January 5th, 2021, at which point our judges – Kristof Ramon, Tim Bardsley-Smith, and Ashley & Jered Gruber – 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.
A dramatic cover Image by Marco Loman @lomanmarco Amateur category: “Training for a race that didn’t come. For more than 6 weeks he trained every Sunday morning on his own, on the local cycling course, round after round, just to hear at the last moment, that the National Time Trial was to be cancelled.” (Elmar Reinders of Riwal Cycling Team is training for the Dutch National Timetrial)
Entry into the fiercely-contested Professional Cycling Photographer category is permitted to anyone who earns a living from his or her cycling photography.
“I took this photo of Julian after his victory on the Tour de France 2020. The emotion was massive for the rider, he stay seat here for a long time to realize what he’d achieved. It was not easy to shoot this one — due to Covid restriction this year on every race — but with a bit audacity (and a nice security guy).” Thomas Maheux @thomas_maheux
“LOCKDOWN. That moment of 2020 when everyone had to stop. With this photo, I’m sure many cyclists will be reflected by their days of being confined at home and where they spent hours and hours on their trainers. I portrait some cyclists, without moving from home, via video call, to tell them how to configure their cameras, to take the picture that I had in mind. All the photos had a common thread between them by the light that came from their screens and that illuminated their “pain cave”.” Albert Gallego @brazodehierro
“I think that what I missed the most during the different lockdown due to the Coronavirus crisis is to see the crowd interact with the our riding heroes. I love to see the passion of young people for this incredible sport. Here a young fan of Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe team watching the peloton coming over the hill during the last stage of the Herald Sun Tour 2020 in Melbourne streets. Maybe he will be tomorrow riding star, giving us goose bumps, and making dreams come true.” Jean-Pierre Ronco @imagewriterphotography
“Mathieu van der Poel lifting up his bike and screams of joy, after he won the Ronde van Vlaanderen. This shows how somebody can hope for a big moment in his career to happen! Was very special to witness this. Also his dad won this race.” Anton Vos @anton_vos
“This was the first race in Estonia post Covid-lockdown and also incidentally probably the hottest day of the year. For Tanel, an experienced and long time member of the pro peloton, the relief of the cold water at the end of the race is matched only by the relief of being back racing finally after the lockdown.” (Tanel Kangert, EF Pro Cycling, taken at the end of June this year at the Valgete Teede Rattaralli, Estonia.) Adam Illingworth @aphotobyadam
“This one is of the mens RR at the Worlds in Italy. It gives a sense of what it is like in the main peloton while climbing. Marc Hirschi, Jai Hindley, Todej Pogacar and Luke Rowe all in the shot. Riders who all had a big part in the Grand Tours this year.” Gary Main @garymainphotographer
For non-professional photographers using high-end cameras, and anyone with a smartphone or drone or action camera — we have the Amateur category. This year the Enthusiast category and the Smartphone / Action Cam category have been combined to make the Amateur category.
“I love the riding out of the darkness and into the light aspect….feels like what’s happened for us at the end of this year. 2020 has been a bit of continuing period of major life events for us. In the last 2 years we lost 3 of our 4 parents. We have sold out small business and moved from Boulder to Philly for my new job. That move was us being on the offensive for the first time in a long time. This pic was taken with some friends showing me a great route in my new town.” Brett Richard @brettjrichard