The MGPA awards for 2023 are done and dusted the entries this year arguably made for the strongest competition in the eight editions it’s been running.
The judges convened for nearly three hours deliberating on the winning photos from the hundreds that were entered.
Scoring is based on a points system with each of the judges organising their top 10 finalists with points assigned to each (10 down to 1) and then underwent a deliberation process after they had been narrowed down.
In the Professional Category, for the first time ever the judges couldn’t pick a clear winner and agreed to settle on two images for equal first prize. Those two stunning photos were taken by Pauline Ballet (a former judge of this competition) and Harry Talbot.
The Amateur Category has progressed remarkably over the years and it’s getting tough to differentiate the smartphones from the DSLR’s. The quality and depth of photography now being submitted by amateurs is outstanding. Perhaps the best thing about the Amateur Category is the different types of photos we see submitted with such variety.
We raised nearly $10,000 from the entries which will be split toward the Tour de Cure for cancer research and also $1000 cash grants to our Young Cyclist Assistance fund that will help aspiring youngsters however they need. If you know of someone in need, ***please submit your application here***. Nominations extended to January 31st, 2024.
Thank you to everyone who entered this year and made this annual competition so special. It’s truely one of my favourite actives we’ll be doing going forward and I look forward to many more.
Professional Category Winners
Here is what some of the judges had to say about the winning photos in the Professional Category:
Rupert Hartley: “Trying to pick the winner was an incredibly difficult purpose. Which is why we ended up with a joint winner. Two beautiful images, two different images. A total split in the judges votes show the joy and subjectivity of the artform.”
Jeff Curtes: “The winning professional photo had gorgeous light and a beautiful pulled back alternative perspective. This felt like an editorial shot rather than a typical finish line win. Bravo for thinking different on this one.
Alex Broadway: “In the pro category there were two really standout images, the two winners, which had been both stood out from the start and both selected highly by most (all?) the judges. Impossible to split them as two very different pictures, with different merits. Pog and Jonas such unique moment, the normally smiling Pogacar looking very subdued, love the expression and light on his face. Strade picture, although not as unique a moment as the other frame, it’s a great angle on an iconic finish line. it’s executed perfectly – the composition and with nice light and the iconic Piazzo del campo is instantly recognisable. 3rd place loved it as it was a bit different – really eye catching, making you look twice and technically very well executed. “
Equal First Place: Pauline Ballet
Equal First Place: Harry Talbot
Third Place: Gaëtan Flamme
Honorable mentions: 4th – 10th
The photos that didn’t make it into the top 3 are just as worthy of a mention . Throughout the past eight editions of this competition that I’ve been part of, many of my personal favourites are usually found in this selection:
Amateur Category Winners
Here is what some of the judges had to say about the winning photos in the Amateur Category:
Rupert Hartley: The amateur category was very strong and impressive. The gorgeous colours of the first image; the almost timeless landscape of the second which could have been shot on film in another era. I was personally very drawn to the third image. He almost looks like a coal miner emerging from a long shift. Perhaps a good analogy for the TransContinental Race.”
Jeff Curtes: “The winning amateur shot feels so dynamic…the slight tilt of the rider, the dust and energy in the air, and the colors just made me want to be there chasing. Gorgeous.
The second place amateur shot was quiet, considered, and big. It was the perfect B&W moment.”
Alex Broadway: “The amateur category was a really high standard this year and a lot of variety of cycling disciplines making it hard narrowing down to the top 10 images. The winner really stood out – the beautiful light, nice framing, and the perfect line of silhouetted riders leading your eye into the frame. 2nd – Love the scale of the image, with the tiny rider and the towering mountain in the background. Great choice to convert to black and white with the shades of light and dark across the frame.”
First Place: Carlo Anzolin
Second Place: Emanuele Baracco
Third Place: Saskia Martin
Thank you to Wahoo for generously supporting the competition with prizes again this year.
Honorable mentions 4th – 10th
This is from Il Lombardia 2023, the last race of Thibaut Pinot before retiring. As for the Tour the France the Collectif Ultras Pinot arranged the ‘Virage Pinot’ on the last climb of the race, a place full of ‘tifosi’. With my dear friend Francesco we thought it was the most interesting spot and we stayed there for a long time. These photos are some of the results of that beautiful day. Suffice to say that Pinot had to stop there as the ultras were uncontainable.
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Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane is a great-looking venue. Alessia heads for start line in the Elite Women Team Sprint at the Australian National Track Championships.
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Martin Vidaurre during MTB World Cup in Leogang Austria (Short track)
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Esta foto fue tomada en una carrera local de la población de Oñati en Guipúzcoa en la categoría sub23 El corredor de la imagen es de Oñati y ademas se despedia ee la competicion en esa carrera y seve la emocion que tiene y como lo celebra junto a sus amigos
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High Flyer A Glasgwegian seagull somewhat taken by surprise to come across Declan Brooks executing a backflip tuck no hander. This was just one of the incredible performances by BMX riders competing at the UCI World Championships. The rain held off just about long enough for the birds and bikes to get out and do their thing.
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British Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships 2023 held at the Westmorland Showground Cumbria. Heavy rain had turned the lower section of the course into a mudfest, some riders could not ride the water earlier in the weekend due to the depth. The final race of the weekend was the men’s national championships and the section became just rideable.
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Seeing Rainbows Pauline Ferrand-Prevot being cheered on by two young fans while dominantly riding away for her third straight XC Mountain Bike World Championship.
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