Feature image: Nassos Triantafyllou | other photography as credited
The 2020 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards closed a few days ago.
This year the theme was hope — and we have seen and read hundreds of stories of what life in 2020 was like — how cycling helped, how we managed isolation, and how so much time apart from our loved ones gave us clarity about what — and who — is important to us.
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.
Now that entries are closed, it’s over to our panel of judges —Tim Bardsley-Smith, Kristof Ramon, and Jered Gruber & Ashley Gruber — to decide who’s going to be awarded the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards. Plus Graham Watson returns as our honorary judge to select his top ten in the Amateur category.
Each of the judges have gone through the difficult task of shortlisting their top ten images from each of the 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 12, 2021.
“I was really impressed with all the images from this years Awards. After personally taking a bit of a year off and enjoying a much needed break and not shooting a whole lot, it’s really motivated me to get back out and start making photographs again.
It was an extremely difficult task to pick a winner for me, there was a lot of quality images in both categories.
Considering the year that was, it was nice to see so many people making the most of their surroundings and situations no matter the limitations.”
Tim Bardsley-Smith is an experienced cycling photographer, based in Australia, focusing on road and mountain bike racing.
Tim was the winner of the 2017 Photographer of the Year — Professional category — with his stunning image of switchbacks in Tibet. We welcome him to the Judging panel this year.