We are sad to report the death of Australian photographer and AIJC colleague Mark Gunter who passed away on Monday 30 November at the age of 41, after a short but valiant battle with cancer.
Mark was born in the New South Wales country town of Cooma at the foot of the Snowy Mountains but he soon spread his wings by combining his love of cycling with his talent behind the camera lens.
Mark joined the cycling media peloton more than a decade ago to pursue his passion and over the years was a welcome sight at track, road, mountain bike and BMX events both in Australia and internationally. His work for AFP from the Tour Down Under appeared in publications world wide and he was also a regular contributor to a range of magazines and websites.
Cycling Australia presented Mark with the Photo of the Year Award four times during his career.
In April this year Mark, his wife Leanne and their toddler son Lucas, embarked on a life adventure when they moved to New York to pursue their dreams. But months later Mark was diagnosed with Stage IV oesophageal cancer and the family returned to Australia in August so he could undergo treatment.
Despite the best efforts of his medical team, strong support from family and friends and Mark’s own determination to beat the disease, it proved to be a fight he could not win.
We will miss the talent, the offbeat humour and the generosity of spirit that made Mark Gunter a cherished and respected member of the cycling family.
We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Leeanne, son Lucas and his family and friends.
Rest in Peace Mark.