This November marks two years since the cycling community felt the loss of Mark Gunter. He was not only one of Australia’s leading cycling photographers – of epic quality I might add – he was more importantly a great man. He was known for his kindness, his big eyes, his crazy hair, and his never ending smile. He was my husband, and he was a great father to Lucas.

Mark captured the attention of his peers and cycling fans everywhere. His beautiful images shone with emotion and insight. He simply loved the sport, and was incredibly passionate about his work.

It’s our second year, and we’re proud to be working with CyclingTips again for the 2017 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards. I was always proud to be Mark’s wife, and I truly hope with the support from the cycling community, we will be inundated with some incredible images. Being part of the Awards is honouring Mark – and for that I am grateful.

And the best news is, all the money raised is being donated to help cure cancer and to our Young Cyclist Assistance program. So entering is not just a chance to win some great prizes, and have your images seen by thousands, but it’s also a way to give back to our community.

See all the highlights here; week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4 as selected by CyclingTips – and there are some cracking images to check out now – and hopefully they’ll inspire you to enter.

Good luck to you and thank you for being part of something special.



Here’s another way to be part of the Awards and help cancer sufferers and survivors everywhere




Simply choose up to 3 of your own photos that have a connection to road cycling, submit, pay your AUD$25 entry fee, and you could share in up to AUD$20,000 in prizes.



Entries open at 11am December 1st, 2017 and close on 1159pm January 4th, 2018 AEDT. Winners are announced January 12th, 2018.

There are 3 categories to enter your photos in:


Professional Photographer
We encourage Mark Gunter’s colleagues and professionals everywhere, to enter to celebrate and acknowledge the best photographs of the year.


Semi-professionals and enthusiasts alike are encouraged to submit their best work, using high end camera’s including DSLR’s, mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras, film, and compact.


Smartphone / Action Cam
Some of the best photos are taken on the readily accessible smartphone and action cameras. All you need is an artistic eye and to be in the right place at the right time.

Anyone can enter (well almost anyone).  See the detailed rules here.

Professional Category Prizes

1st Place:   The winner of the Professional Cycling Photographer of the Year will be awarded the prestige and honour, in the shape of the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Award trophy plus 1st Prize Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year medallion

2nd Place:  2nd Prize Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year medallion

3rd Place:   3rd Prize Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year medallion

DSLR Category Prizes

1st Place:   Specialized Allez road bike

2nd Place: Olympus PEN-F camera kit

3rd Place:   Silca floor pump

Smartphone / Action Cam Category Prizes

1st Place:   Trip to the 2018 Spring Classics with Trek Travel

2nd Place:  Shimano Dura Ace Di2 disc groupset

3rd Place:   Stages power meter

We are thrilled to welcome this year’s judges to the 2017 Awards, all of whom are renowned professional cycling photographers.

Each has a wealth of photography experience, and combined they have over 60 years as cycling photographers in the pro peloton. See more about Judges here soon.

Mark wanted to give back to the cycling community.  And even now that he’s gone, these awards help enable this vision of his.

In the spirit of giving back, this year’s entry fees will be donated to:

This year you can help cure cancer by donating to the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year donation page, with all money raised going directly to Australian Cancer Research Foundation.


Mark was so passionate about seeing Young Cyclists develop and progress through their career. And he loved to capture their progress from behind the lens.  He mostly saw Australian cyclists “grow up”; but he was lucky enough to capture even some of the World Tour Pros through their early years.

The Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards are so proud to continue to offer Young Cyclist Assistance by providing financial assistance of AUD$1,000 each for up to three young cyclists. 

Go on – nominate yourself, or a bidding young cyclist you know who could do with a helping hand to help achieve their goals.