The 2012 season not only produced some of the most prolific racing triathlon has ever seen, it also provided the backdrop for some of the sport’s most iconic photos. Shot in eight different settings across four continents and eight countries, ITU photographers truly outdid themselves this year.
Though we found it painstakingly difficult to choose the top shot, the people spoke and their voices were heard. Championed by a host of fans, the most popular photo of the year goes to Janos Schmidt’s image of Charlotte McShane (AUS) bringing it home in the final ITU World Triathlon Series event of the year. Her commanding body position and focused stare won over the public with 27.57% of the votes.
It was a tough battled for the runner-up position, but in the end it was again Schmidt’s photo of Fabienne St. Louis (MRI) that took second with 15.24% of the votes. A stark contrast from that of McShane in the thick of the race, the picture of St. Louis is the calm before the storm. Her peaceful posture and upturned chin produces an uplifting feeling in the midst of a nerve wracking scenario.
You told us what your favourite picture was from each of the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series. Now it's time to elect the best of the best.
After a long season that included the London Olympics, athletes dug deep to finish the year strong at the Grand Final in Auckland, producing some epic battles. Vote for your favourite image now.
As the penultimate stop on the ITU World Triathlon Series, Yokohama was the site of gut wrenching efforts to clench critical world championship points. Check out photos from the race and pick the best.
In Stockholm's debut appearance as an ITU World Triathlon Series event, an Olympic star studded line up turned out for the sprint race in the hunt for critical WTS points. Vote for your favourite race day photo.
As the last race before the Olympics, Hamburg featured a sprint distance. The shorter race saw fiery battles to the finish line, which produced some beautiful shots. Vote on your favourite now.
Nestled in the Alpine mountains, Kitzbühel provided a technically and physically demanding bike course, perfect for some of the best photos of the season. Vote now for your favourite.
In the third week of the Photo of the Year competition, we head over to Europe for the ITU World Triathlon Madrid. Vote for your favourite now.
In our second instalment of the photo competition, we head to the U.S. where the second ITU World Triathlon Series took place beachside in San Diego.
As the 2012 ITU season closes the curtain on one of its most exciting years of competition to date, we take a look back at the images captured during the ITU World Triathlon Series. Choose the 2012 ITU Photo of the Year.