Feature image: Philip Stevens | other photography as credited
With only 8 days to left to enter the 2021 edition of the Mark Gunter Photo Awards we have Showcase #3 ready.
Time is running out! If you haven’t entered already, we encourage you all to look through your images and enter your most meaningful images.
Every entry is making a difference….. in more ways than one…. Your images are undoubtedly bringing light and joy and inspiration, and of course your entry fees go towards our two causes — cancer research with Tour de Cure and Young Cyclist Assistance.
The competition closes on January 5th, 2022. That’s Sydney time (AUS), so if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere you’ll need to enter by 4th Jan. Our judges Jojo Harper, James Startt, and Brazo de Hierro have the arduous taks of scouring through the images to deliberate on who’ll win the awards. And of course, thanks to CyclingTips for promoting the Awards again.
A moment in time as the cover Image by Philip Stevens @pippystevens in the Amateur category: “Capturing sunrise on Day One of the Super Spartan Gravel ride; a 600 km 3 day journey of trails, hikeabike and a little road from Fremantle WA to Margaret River. This was the first edition of the gravel event. Fifteen intrepid riders set off from Fremantle on what turned out to be an epic but exhausting adventure taking in some incredible parts of our beautiful South West. This was a moment of peace and reflection on how lucky we are to have the freedom and safety to ride here.”
Entry into the fiercely-contested Professional Cycling Photographer category is permitted to anyone who earns a living from their cycling photography.
“Riders scouting possible routes for Grounded Nebraska (@Grounded.ne) make their way down a narrow dirt road between corn fields looking for the spirit of gravel adventure in the heartland of America. The Grounded Nebraska Gravel Festival will make its debut in 2022 and combine elements of racing, riding, adventuring, and family fun to create an open and welcoming environment for all who ride bikes.” Nathan and Morleigh Schneeberger @snowymountainphotography
“Wout van Aert riding solo at Cyclo-cross World Cup Val di Sole. I like how lonely he looks but at the same time he’s not because he’s surrounded by crowds. Two worlds, he and them that merge together in one place.” Chiara Redaschi @chiara_redaschi
“For the first time in history, women had their own Paris-Roubaix. I took this picture shortly after the finish, Elise had just got off the bus to go to the showers. The expression on her face shows the hardness of the race, to be honest I could make a post-race album of Elise, so much she gives more than 100% to each race and finishes completely exhausted…” Thomas Maheux @thomas_maheux
“Theo Reinhardt, Felix Gross, Leon Rohde and Domenic Weinstein of Team Germany sprint during the Men’s team pursuit qualifying of the Track Cycling on day 10 of the Tokyo Olympics 2021 games at Izu Velodrome on August 02, 2021 in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan.” Justine Setterfield @justinsetters
“Everybody’s new hero! Ethan Hayter tackles the top of the Michaelgate Climb at the British national championships whilst a young fan cheers him on at the top of his lungs. Based on the year that Ethan had, this kid could well be hooked for life on cycling now!” Luis Alcantarilla @eltoromediadotcom
“Tim De Clercq (Belgium) of Deceuninck – Quick-Step is exhausted after Stage 13 of the 108th edition of the 2021 Tour de France cycling race, a stage of 219.9 kms between Nimes and Carcassonne. Tim fell hard early in the race and had to fight the entire day to get to the finish in time. Luckily he did, but he was completely exhausted after crossing the finish line.” Gregory Van Gansen @gregoryvg_photography
““A Shepherd and his flock” – taken during the 2021 Pan Celtic Race. Mike Sheldrake replenishes his energy with breakfast after what has been a tough few days on the bike. With a full stomach Mike begins to offer out the last remaining morsels to the local inhabitants before heading off on the rest of his journey.” Dan King @breakawaydigital
“This year, I had also the privilege to photograph the action during the 2021 Australian National Road Championships in Ballarat – Victoria – Australia with the paracgcling races. These incredible athletes deserve all our attention. They are the best people that I have ever seen, always smiling in their efforts and ride, always looking after each others. It is the race for their own challenge and to reach their own limit. They are really the best riders on this planet.” Jean-Pierre Ronco @imagewriterphotography
For non-professional photographers using high-end cameras, and anyone with a smartphone or drone or action camera — we have the Amateur category.
“The final night of Fifth Street Cross in Emmaus, PA had epic rain and 25* temp shift occurred during the race. The race is at night and I thought I could capture the riders as they pass by the scoring tent. I tried a shutter speed (1/160) that would enhance the raindrops but also capture the riders suffering in the moment.” Gabe Lloyd @thegabelloyd
“This is a shot of Lance Haidet, who races for Legion of Los Angeles, at the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross on Cape Cod. It was the beginning of the golden hour and the low sun lit him perfectly as he came out of a dark corner. I chose to make it black & white to get rid of the noise and focus on the details.” Katie Busick @katiebusickphotography
“The morning I took this photo it was just me and a Mom and young son of maybe 4 years old at Point Judith in Rhode Island, USA. I was facing the opposite direction when the little boy screamed “look what the sky is doing”. Look I did, and inspiration followed. Three people witnessed this and I was one, but only because of my bike…and that boy.” Andy Perrin