Speedhunters Awards 2012 :<br/>photo Of The Year Round One

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…

Dino Dalle Carbonare

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.

Rod Chong

Our fearless leader who predates time itself. His legendary art pants maybe gone, but they will live on in our memories. And nightmares.

Speedhunters Swag.

JAAS Performance BMW E21.

Monza Banking.

Speedhunters WRT Audi R8 LMS.

Walker Wilkerson.

Larry Chen

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.

Eau Rouge.

25 Hours of Thunderhill.

Audi at Sebring.

Mad Mike Whiddett at Gatebil.

Mike Garrett

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.

Tsukuba Circuit.

Brand X Mustang Funny Car.

Datsun 240ZG.

Sean Klingelhoefer

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.

Speedhunters Awards 2012

Please remember to vote once per Speedhunter. 


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43 comments
Hage
Hage

The BMW Z4 as Desktop?

Micke_J
Micke_J

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?

TRDAE86
TRDAE86

Sean or Larry on this one! 

rebounder
rebounder

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?

andrewhake
andrewhake

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. 

CrisCiunganu
CrisCiunganu

Sean, stahp. Sean, waht are you doing. I'm torn between all of them.

Bathsalt Barry
Bathsalt Barry

Sean has some great talent. That picture the Z4 GT3 is truly a work of art.

JDMized
JDMized

None :) I am into cars, not photographers :)

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

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!

Jamesflathers15
Jamesflathers15

Larry Chens photo of Mad Mike at Gatebil is just truley awesome

Corey K
Corey K

I gotta say, Larry Chen's photos were the most difficult to pick a winner. So incredible!

markyi
markyi

Where is Paddy's Images?????His images are epic, you cant run the competition without his images!

shortgrauzis
shortgrauzis

toughest choice was from Sean Klingelhoefer's photos. rly great job man. 

AlvaroBarru
AlvaroBarru

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!!

Diddy
Diddy

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.

777
777

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

Slight
Slight

Hot Damn I love you guys

weasel
weasel

larry chen might as well just have his eyes replaced with the internals of a camera.

Dimitri A
Dimitri A

the madmike pic is so good.  i still use it as a desktop.

koko san
koko san

Sean, you could try "Vita4One BMW Z4 GT3" in Black&White.

 

Curlytop
Curlytop

Sean's was the hardest decision by far. But excellent photos all round !

Frozzy
Frozzy

Is there a desktop of Sean's photo *Vita4One BMW Z4 GT3? 

thacko
thacko

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!

ComJive
ComJive

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. 

 

KonradSkura
KonradSkura

@Micke_J notice it looks like the lens is wet from rain

sean klingelhoefer
sean klingelhoefer moderator

@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.

Paddy McGrath
Paddy McGrath moderator

@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.

greenroadster
greenroadster

Te rog sa postezi in engleza si sa aiba sens. Bafta!

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

@markyi these are only the first five snappers mate (in order of surname) so Paddy (M). Will be in the next set of votes :)

RodChong
RodChong moderator

@thacko glad you like it! It seems like the Monza shot is more popular though

RodChong
RodChong moderator

@thacko glad you like it!

flyingfridge
flyingfridge

 @ComJive

 not only the composition, but the degree of difficulty is off the charts....

micke_j
micke_j

 @sean klingelhoefer  @Micke_J 

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 (mikael@superiorimports.se)?

 

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.

 

RodChong
RodChong moderator

@Robo_No1 correct. They are coming soon.

weasel
weasel

 @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.

thacko
thacko

 @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

RodChong
RodChong moderator

@flyingfridge @ComJive it certainly is memorable

captain
captain

 @RodChong  @Robo_No1 Cool!  Where was Linhbergh's shots or has he departed. Cant remember seeing much of his awesome work in recent months but Paddy and Sean are always great


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