So, VeloNews has apparently forgotten about their Tour de Georgia photo contest -- it's been posted for 3 weeks with no winner, and the next weekly photo contest has started up (with some Tour de Georgia shots).
Therefore, I'm appointing myself the arbiter of good taste. Here are the best shots from the VeloNews 2006 Tour de Georgia photo contest.
The high point of the race was, of course, the battle on Brasstown, the Stage 5 Showdown, and lots of the submissions were of Landis and Danielson, locked together on the narrow road up Georgia's highest climb.
Best Landis vs. Danielson shot:
Shots I'd love to have about a 50-megapixel version of:
Best “Celebrity on celebrity” action:
Best use of color:
Sprint to the finish Stage 2, by Mike Beavers.
Best shot of Iowa's greatest climber, TdG King of the Mountains Jason McCartney:
McCartney gets KOM on Hogpen Gap, by Dois (I'm thinking “Doris”) Melton.
Best “Shot I'd love to know the backstory for” goes to:
Phonak gives Discovery an earful (post-race Stage 1), by Michelle Carter.
They're in full Jets vs. Sharks mode, there, and I can't think of why -- neither squad factored in the Stage 1 sprint.
Best race face:
A study in contrast:
There were at least two shots submitted that appear to have been taken a small fraction of a second apart: Fred Rodriguez wins Stage 4, by Trish Albert, and Freddie take(s) the win, by Renee Spivy. I get the feeling that Renee's came out of a point-and-shoot, and if that's true, it's wonderful -- I like the axis of the press photographer at lower-left, Rodriguez just across the line, and Dave Towle calling the race at upper right, but there are some blown-out highlights. Trish, on the other hand, gives Rodriguez more weight, better filling the frame, but the shot's a little underexposed.
Comments welcome on your favorites, or your other favorites....
Update: Apparently, VeloNews did pick a TdG photo contest winner, back in May, but it must have scrolled off their site pretty quickly.