Wow! This years’ Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards have been inspiring! Our sixth year and it definitely has not disappointed!!!
We’ve received an incredibly diverse range of photos from all over the world, from passionate enthusiasts and pro photographers. The 2021 entries have come from over 33 countries across all continents — including from Spain, the USA, Australia, India, Norway, Colombia — just to name a few. It is truely an international competition.
What makes me so happy and proud is that the Awards help showcase the work of talented photographers and inspire others in the community. And they also support our important causes — raising money for cancer research via Tour de Cure and Young Cyclists Assistance grants of $1,000 — which we’ll announce a little later.
We are proud to showcase the winners here, their images, and the story behind their image — and everyone who made the top 10 in both categories.
Thanks to Wahoo Fitness for the prizes in the Amateur category. It’s the icing on the “bike” for our top 3 in the Amateur category.
Thanks to Punchbuggy for doing work behind the scenes to keep these awards going — year after year.
Thanks to Cyclingtips for making the 2021 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards happen again, it’s very special for me to able to keep Mark’s legacy alive for our son Lucas, who’s now 7, who for has successfully chosen his third edition of Lucas’s List.
The wait is over…. here are the winners and your top ten in each category! Congratulations to you all.
1st Prize Professional category: Sean Hardy (United Kingdom)
“The photo was taken in the bath and it is meant to represent Lotta just keeping her head above water. I had heard about the mental health stories in her life and how coming back to the world of cycling was a big deal for her. It was taken at the Ceratizit training camp. I had heard Lotta @lottahenttala had joined the team and asked if we can capture some styled portraits.” Sean Hardy @hardyccphotos
2nd Prize Professional category: Matt Grayson (UK)
“Abu Sheik Sesay recovering in a barbershop after finishing second on the stage at the Tour de Lunsar. Escaping the crowds and the heat for a brief moment of respite. The Tour de Lunsar is Sierra Leone’s inaugural multi-stage bike race. There is no blueprint for cycling in Sierra Leone. The race is creating a platform for young riders to showcase their talents and are seen as local heroes.” Matt Grayson @mattgrayson_photo
4th Place Professional category
““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
5th Place Professional category
“Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert are fighting in the waves of the North See during the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Oostende, Belgium on 31st January 2021.” Michal Cerveny @michalcervenyphoto
6th Place Professional category
“This was taken at the wonderful Rocacorba Cycling. We were getting ready to shoot Ashleigh Moolman Pasio in her new Zwift E-Champ kit, then this gorgeous light hit.” Sean Hardy @hardyccphotos
7th Place Professional category
“After the start of the Zilvermeercross it started to snow. As a result, the snow only stayed next to the racing line. What caused a beautiful leading line towards the leader of the race, Wout van Aert.” Mats Palinckx @matspalinckx
10th Place Professional category
“Shot recently for Rouleur Magazine. Anna had recently retired from racing so we wanted to portray her as a woman moving into her new life after cycling. It was important to make an image that felt classical and showed a sense of movement.” Michael Blann @michaelblann
2nd Prize Amateur category: Gabe Lloyd (USA)
“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
3rd Prize Amateur category: Filip Funk (Canada)
“This was the second and final crit race at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition. The race was dubbed The Roller Coaster Crit, so I wanted to try and capture that with the parks rides in the background as the rider came through the corner.” Filip Funk @filipfunk
4th Place Amateur category
“As a surf photographer with a passion for cycling and cx racing, who often shoots the surfers in Oostende close to the World Championships CX venue I could not hold myself to enter the freezing North Sea waters and try to get some images from an angle no one else could get. The idea came up when seeing the ladies race on Saturday. I knew it was a bit dodgy with all Covid measures yet I never expected this to get the (media) attention it got…” Maarten Van de Velds @mvv_photography
5th Place Amateur category
“This was a small adventure to the Jurassic coast, on the Chain link ferry from Bournemouth. It was bleak and windy, and we have the boat to ourself. I have a fascination with this ferry. I think it is beautiful and simple, and I love taking my bike on a boat.” Saskia Martin @saskiacmartin
6th Place Amateur category
“This is a shot from inside the hut on the start/finish line at Hillingdon, West London. I wanted to highlight the role of the volunteers who work to keep grass roots cycling alive and see the riders from their perspective.” Ian Wrightson @ianwrightsonphotography
7th Place Amateur category
“Chris Simpson traverses the infamous boardwalks of Llandegla Moors in North Wales during this years GBDuro. The boards are notoriously difficult to ride with ruts pulling wheels left and right making for a twitchy crossing, and paired with treacherous conditions and low lying cloud it was as tough as ever. Currently being replaced by large stone slabs this tricky crossing of the moors would be one of the last for the challenging race” Toby Willis @tobychillis
8th Place Amateur category
“While waiting to cross the race course during the USA CX Nationals Single Speed race I decided to crouch down and grab a few frames just as this rider came flying up Mt. Abus shaking what appears to be a recently acquired can of beer. Just as he crested the hill a spectator in front of me began to ring a bell that read “ring for beer,” which was just the icing on the party that is CX Single Speed Nationals.” Mitchell Vincent @mitchtigram
9th Place Amateur category
“The west bank has always been in the center of political disputes and still is, many of which escalated to violent conflicts. As a result, over the years many infrastructure projects initiated by both sides were left to decay before completion. Many of which are paved roads, most in the middle of nowhere and unconnected to any road system, requiring some unconventional paths to reach. One of the few times I was more than happy to have a puncture with a view like this.” Ronen Chernyak @ronenchernyak
10th Place Amateur category
“Color film photo. I like to think of this as the essence of summer as the rider completes a wall ride on a clown bike over a can of beer. Good times had by all.” Carl Sechrist @csechrist1
1st Prize Graham’s Choice Amateur Category: Reid Neureiter (USA )
“During the summer, there are regular amateur races at the Colorado State Patrol test track in Golden, Colorado. The races start in the evening (around 5:00 pm) leading to some wonderful images as the sun sets through the clouds and over the mountains to the west. This was mid race, when the pack had come together. June 2021.” Reid Neureiter @reidnewphoto
2nd Prize Graham’s Choice Amateur Category: Warren Davies (UK)
“Uniquely Quirky – Hill climbing is a uniquely British type of cycling event with a unique type of support. this was shot at the UK National hill climb championships held on one of the country’s iconic climbs, Winnats Pass, under Biblical conditions on Halloween. The quirkiness of the individual background characters, including the tiny dog sheltering from the rain, to the look of “What the hell am I doing here” on the rider’s face are what I love about this shot.” Warren Davies @traxphotos1
Lucas Gunter, Mark’s son (7 years old, Australia)
“I know it’s a commercial shot, but I chose to enter with a shot within this series because it was such a fun and creative thing to do and I love the whole series. It also defines the person on the picture (Remco Evenepoel).” Wout Beel @woutbeel