Mark Gunter Photo Awards: Week three showcase

Last chance to enter! Competition closes this Saturday

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by wade wallace 01.01.2024 Photography by
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This is the final week to enter your best photo of 2023 for the Mark Gunter Photo Awards (MGPA)!

Entries close on midnight, this Saturday, January 6th (ADST).

Every single entry is making a difference. Not only do we get to shine a light on some of the best cycling photography that you may not have ever seen before, but the entry fees go towards two fantastic causes — cancer research with Tour de Cure and Young Cyclist Assistance Award for up to two young aspiring cyclists.

This year’s competition will be judged by an extended group of talented art professionals and cycling photographers – Russ Ellis, Alex Broadway, Bram Berkien, Gem Atkinson, Jeff Curtes, and Rupert Hartley – who you can read more about the here. Our largest judging panel ever will deliberate on who’ll take out the honours and amazing prizes on offer.

Thank you to Wahoo who are once again generously supporting the awards by providing these fantastic prizes for the amateur category placegetters:

1st place: KICKR MOVE and KICKR CLIMB. The MOVE is the bike trainer allows your bike to move naturally for a more comfortable and realistic riding experience than ever before. The CLIMB which physically adjusts bike position to mimic real roads and mountain climbs up to 20%.
2nd place: Speedplay POWRLINK Pedals. Built on the iconic Speedplay Pedal System, POWRLINK ZERO power pedal delivers reliably accurate power and cadence data in convenient pedal system.
3rd place: ELEMNT ROAM. The new ELEMNT ROAM, Wahoo’s best GPS cycling computer that is packed with features that turn any ride into an adventure. With a 64 color display and a long lasting battery make it easier than ever to stay on course longer and explore further.
Photographers in the professional category vie for the chance to win the perpetual trophy and medallions for the first three placegetters

We hope you enjoy this small selection of the hundreds of images entered in the MGPA competition below!

In September I was lucky enough to shoot the Masters National Road Race Championships. It was held in the small town of Dookie during peak canola season, I scrambled around all day trying to find the best angles of the riders amongst the fields. Climbing trees, fences and road signs I had a super fun day capturing the event!
Matt Rousu: @matt_rousu_photography
Night moves: Riley Sheehan takes a flier off the front of the Littleton Criterium in Littleton, Colorado. This six-corner night race is notorious for brightly lit corners and pitch-black straightaways.
Nathan and Morleigh Schneeberger: @snowymountainphotography
Through the drinking glass: The final race of the Intelligentsia Cup (A series of criteriums in and around Chicago, IL) is the William Blair Grand Prix. This four-corner criterium races through the Fulton Market neighborhood of downtown Chicago and passes several craft breweries.
Nathan and Morleigh Schneeberger: @snowymountainphotography
From Trinidad to Roubaix“ She was the first black woman to take part in the women’s Tour de France. Teniel Campbell from Trinidad & Tobago is a role model for female cyclists all over the world. After Paris-Roubaix this year, I had the opportunity to photograph Teniel in the showers of the velodrome. After all the sacrifice of the day, and the one on the road to a professional cycling career.
Carla Nagel: @carla.nagel
This was stage 3 in Lunsar. Most stages begin in the morning and we race in the midday sun, however, the President came to visit that morning and we were herded into a playing field by big lads with guns. It was 12 pm and 40+ degrees. Save for a little corrugated iron sheet, there was no cover from the sun whatsoever and it went on for ages. The race was then in golden hour much later in the day so I was able to capture this photo of Preye John Dede and Innocent Emmanuel capturing victory.
Oskar Scarsbrook: @oskarito1997
Keeping an Eye on the Competition Lotte Kopecky preparing to compete in the women’s elite omnium in the UCI World Championships. The other half of the field is reflected in her visor as she waits for the race to begin.
Jude Bytheway: @cyclingbytheway
Stage 1 of the Giro this year was one of the few opportunities I got to do a recon of the course for photo locations before the stage got underway. It all paid off after finding a sequence of massive murals next to the course that framed the riders perfectly as they flew past. I managed to get Remco Evenepoel on his way to a commanding stage win with this amazing mural behind him, it was a great way to start a huge three weeks.
Zac Williams: @z_w_photography
Canola fields in full bloom are a sight to behold. Riders of Backroads Gravel event in Western Australia cross wide expanses of those fields of gold.
Daniela Tommasi: @daniela_tommasi_photography
Even in mid-summer, the Friday night racing lasts deep into the dark evening at the outdoor Jerry Baker Velodrome, with the track lights casting unusual spotlights. Racers line up along the rail to start the next event. In this moment, the track lights appear to glow from the head and the heart of this racer, as they put both into use as soon as the racing begins. Tory Hernandez: @evrgrnphoto
MVDP cheering up the crowd as he enters the last meters before winning Paris-Roubaix.
Wout Beel: @woutbeel
Shot at the back of Falls Creek on a epic few days out on the gravel
Paul Spurling: @spurlo_style
 Glasgow, 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, after a crash Mathieu Van der Poel resumes his triumphant quest and tears off part of the binding from his damaged shoes before winning the race.
Pauline Ballet: @paulineballet
In February, Daniel Oss came for altitude training in Colombia. We were in Guatape, a small town near Medellin, where chivas are used by locals for transportation. As soon as he saw one, he hopped in and said, “I’m like the Fresh Prince of Guatape.”
Felipe Cano: @pipecano_photo
Photo Finish … at 1/25 SEC with the X100V, as I stood in the stands at this year’s Athen’s Twilight Criterium.
Dan Brock: @dpmbrock
Between the elite men’s and women’s road race. We bike packed the North Coast 500. (800km/10,000 vert) in a week. This was day one where we were welcomed with sideways rain in 8 degrees on Bealach na Bà the third highest road in Scotland and an epic climb.
Sam Fritz: @if_the_shoe_fritz
Five time World 24HR MTB Champion Cory Wallace is a true Nomad of the cycling world. For the past 15 years he has unconventionally followed the warmer weather and high altitude countries of Nepal and Guatemala during the North American Winters. As many of his competition choose cycling hubs to base out of in the colder months, he ventures off grid in search of adventures over creature comforts.
Stirl and Rae Media Haus: @stirlandraemediahaus
The Athens Twilight Criterium is electric! Every year the racing is fantastic and draws-in fans of the sport and those simply looking for a good time. It’s the marquee event.
Dan Brock: @dpmbrock
The ride to the ride. Checking the early morning break just outside Valencia, February 2023. I was on a bike heading in the other direction. Always so good to see bikes of all shapes and sizes being used as an alternative to other kinds of transport.
Matt Fee: @mattfee
Queen of the castle: A young girl plays in a bouncy house while watching the Professional Women’s race at the Giro d’Grafton, the third stop on the Tour of America’s Dairyland. “ToAD” is a 10-day series of amateur and professional criterium races across the southern part of Wisconsin.
Nathan and Morleigh Schneeberger: @snowymountainphotography

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