By Erin Greene on 11/01/13 at 12:57 pm
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.