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The 2020 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards closed and …. Graham Watson has made his choice in the Amateur category.
We received hundreds of incredible submissions from around the world – from 35 countries over 6 continents! This truely is an international competition following an international sport. The language of cycling and hope — especially this year — is the same everywhere.
The Awards are a way for talented photographers to showcase their artistry, but they have another other important purpose – raising money for cancer research via Tour de Cure.
Once again Graham Watson has returned to support the awards with his wisdom and his insight – by selecting his top ten in the Amateur category — and importantly recognising each photographer.
You’ll have to wait until a few more days until the judges deliberate on the top three of each category in the coming days – with final winners to be announced on January 12, 2021.
Congratulations everyone selected here — being chosen by Graham Watson is an epic achievement.
“It’s always an honour to be involved with the Mark Gunter Photo Awards.
The level of quality in the entries continues to grow, in fact the entries act as an annual gauge of how amateur photographers have increased their skills and love of photography.
A lack of racing around the world in 2020 and restricted access to fans at the major European races has seen a slightly more landscape-orientated entry in this year’s awards, and I’ve pondered long and hard over a dearth of great scenic shots.
So many locked-down cyclists have shown themselves out alone on inspirational rides, or if not actually alone then restricted to a close friend or relative.
My top ten selection emerged primarily from amongst the worlds’ forests, gravel roads, iconic passes, and deserted country lanes. As well as a few stunning race shots for those lucky enough to be there.
I’m pleased to say it was a near perfect sunset shot that attracted me the most for it represented a very challenging year.”
Graham has been with the Awards since it’s inaugural year in 2016. He is arguably the most well known cycling photographer and his iconic images captured many of cycling’s most moments over his 44 years of photography.
As one of the pioneers of the cycling media, Graham brings an immense volume of knowledge and expertise in cycling photography. He and Mark knew each other well and we are thrilled that Graham is yet again part of the Awards.
Thank you Graham Watson for your insightful choices.