For all the photography connoisseur out there, this is the one you have been waiting for – the inaugural Speedhunters Photo of the Year award. This award is for the photographs taken by the Speedhunters for Speedhunters. This is quite a vast category so we need your help to narrow down the selection until we arrive at our ten final photographs.
We’ve kept this as straightforward as possible where each Speedhunter has submitted five of his favourite images of 2012. It’s up to you to choose your favourite image by each photographer, so you will be voting more than once. Remember that you’re voting on the photography, rather than the subject. The Speedhunters themselves will be presented in alphabetical (by surname) order, with the first five in this post and the last five in round two. Let’s get this under way shall we…
Our resident Italian in Japan, spare a thought for Dino as he heads into a winter of top notch motorsport action.
(Above) Lamborghini Aventador.
Supermade JZS161 Aristo.
Liberty Walk Ferrari F40.
Bee Dragon Q45.
Rocket Bunny FR-S.
Our fearless leader who predates time itself. His legendary art pants maybe gone, but they will live on in our memories. And nightmares.
JAAS Performance BMW E21.
Speedhunters WRT Audi R8 LMS.
The ex-paparazzi turned full time Speedhunter. Some say that if he’s more than ten feet from a camera, he will spontaneously combust.
Petronas Mercedes SLS GT3.
25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Audi at Sebring.
Mad Mike Whiddett at Gatebil.
The original Auto Otaku, although we fear he is getting soft in his old age. He drives a VOLKSWAGEN now.
Chevy Cruisin’ Nationals.
The Wrecker from Hell.
Brand X Mustang Funny Car.
One of the latest arrivals to the Speedhunters team. You may not know this, but his photography skills are directly related to the length of his beard.
Ferrari 458 Italia.
Falken Porsche GT3 RSR.
Lamborghini LP-570/4 Super Trofeo Stradale.
Singer Porsche 911.
Vita4One BMW Z4 GT3.
Please remember to vote once per Speedhunter.
Seans photo of the Z4 looks inhuman. Would like to know how much work it has in post compared to the others.
Sorry, no matter how good the other photographies are, and being a fan of each guy in these polls- it makes them all look silly. W O W ! Is this guy Speedhunters exclusive?
wow. 2 polls for photo of the year vs none last year. I think your "of the year polls" are getting a little out of hand. I keep checking back for car polls but race, festival, photo 1, photo 2. wtf?
So many great shots!
Sean the Vita4One BMW Z4 GT3 photo is just magical.
Dino, my favorite shots of yours weren't here so I just voted for the only touge shot. :) You do a great job capturing cars in motion! I am always peeping your metadata to check your shutter speeds on those shots.
whoa!! can you imagine if we had to pick just one picture at once?! daymn!
but all of these pictures of worthy of having the title!
Very difficult to choose here! Love the VitaOne Z4 GT3...looking at it you can feel that racing pressure, that adrenaline when you're racing, you don't care about the elements, you just concentrate on racing, on your passion. Great pics all of them!!
Wow. You guys made this really difficult. I think Larry's Madmike shot will win and I'm on the edge of my seat to see the rest.
Also, if you had done this last year, I think Larry's Eau Rouge long exposure would have won. What a photo. Thanks for being awesome inspiration guys.
i'm honestly a bit disappointed in the selection for dino's pics, some of his drifting pans are spectacular and i think are in a whole other league to things like the liberty walk shot, which imo is nothing special
I wanted to vote for that picture of the "Hogie Shine" rod that Mr Garrett posted on the facebook feed... a bit like this one http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/04/viva-las-vegas-2012night-call/night21-2/ but with a cool casino sign in the background... awesome shot!
The walker Wilkinson picture is fully MEGA!! i know how hard a shot like that can be to get (ive been trying all season!) Absolutley stunning!
that shot of madmike's car is probably one of the best out of all of these, and i don't even like drifting (or that car tbh). the composition is fantastic, excellent job larry.
@Micke_J thank you for the compliment! This photo has minimal retouching, just slight color correction and some pulled back highlights. Thank you all for voting! I'll be sure to get a desktop version up in the final round.
@rebounder If you read the opening paragraph more carefully, you'll see this is how the final Photos of the Year nominations are being decided. There have been plenty of car polls, which you can access through the 'Speedhunters Awards 2012' link at the bottom of this post.
@markyi these are only the first five snappers mate (in order of surname) so Paddy (M). Will be in the next set of votes :)
@weasel How do you know they are not already?
not only the composition, but the degree of difficulty is off the charts....
Well in that case all I can say is that you must have had the god particle graze your camera that day, too much going on to just call it a lucky bastard shot...
I dont have knowledge enough to start debating how in the hell you captured this instant moment and still I guess had the right settings to get rain streams etc along- but Iam blessed to see a lot of good photos and my gut tells me this is a gosh darn keeper.
Can I ask for a price for the hi-res so I can make a canvas painting for my office (firstname.lastname@example.org)?
This will be the pic of the year if you want to judge by how Automotive photography can be depicted as a platform for true art.
It will be tough to beat fanboys etc with some of the other motives in this contest but... should be in a category of its own.
@Larry Chen because you cant have machine gun hands, laser tits and shutter eyes at the same time. thats like a superhero penned by Marvel, DC AND Capcom.
@RodChong @thacko They are all great shots but for me the shot i voted for is the most technically hard to achieve. For it to be so sharp and precise, just a perfect shot imo. The monza shot is good but could be easily replicated again. The Walker pic however would be very hard!
This is the type of shot that inspires me when i shoot trackside at events and something i want to produce
Im definitely out to achieve a similar picture next year! haha