2011 was another great year for karting photos. There was plenty of action on and off the track that kept me very busy throughout the entire calendar year, and having the ability to travel the globe, covering Canadian's karters triumph one race at a time was great and a real honour. From Al Ain, to Las Vegas, to Mont-Tremblant, I had a blast providing you guys with photo galleries featuring some of my best photos to date and I can't wait for 2012 to start in just over a week when I hit the track in West Palm Beach, Florida for the opening round of the 2012 Florida Winter Tour.
Narrowing it down from over 100 000 photos to just ten was quite challenging, and it took me a little longer than I had hoped, but in the end, I think I have picked ten shots that you all will enjoy.
| #10.5. Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, Al Ain, UAE|
Alright, it's actually my eleven favourite photos from 2011. But how could any photographer exclude this photo?
| #10. Kyle Herder - Western Canadian Championships, Saskatoon, Sask|
There are certain tracks a photographer travels to that just seem to provide the perfect settings for photos. This shot of Kyle Herder from Saskatoon seemed to just hit everything right.
| #9. Tristan Degrand - US Rotax Grand Nationals, Tooele, UT, USA|
As many of you have noticed, I purchased, and may have slightly over-used my fisheye lens this year. This shot of Tristan Degrand stands out as one of my favourite grid shots of all time.
| #8. ASN Canadian National Karting Championships - Le Circuit Karting Mont-Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, QC|
The atmosphere in Mont-Tremblant is almost too perfect to be true. The 360 degree views from the facility are stunning, and the green that surrounds the area provides some beautiful evening sights for the eyes.
| #7. Jesse Lazare - ASN Canadian National Karting Championships, Mont-Tremblant|
As highlighted in my top-10 stories, Jesse Lazares victory at the Canadian National Karting Championships was one of the most emotional victories I have witnessed. Pure domination showed just how much Lazare was focused on winning the event, and shown here, just how much it meant to him.
| #6. Steven Szigeti & Ben Cooper - Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Mont-Tremblant, QC|
Another track that provided that 'perfect' setting for me as a photographer was Mont-Tremblant. With the dark forest in the background, this shot of Steven Szigeti and Ben Cooper may be the sharpest photo I have ever taken.
| #5. Matthew Di Leo - Pan American Rotax Max Challenge Finals, New Castle, IN, USA|
What can I say about this shot? I love it. The long exposure, the massive amounts of green, the ghosting, all features that made this shot stand out from the 200+ that I attempted to take in New Castle.
| #4. Logan Sergeant - Florida Winter Tour, Orlando, FL, USA|
Pure happiness. Logan Sergeant loves to win, and it never seems to get old for him. The low light in Orlando allowed me to get close, almost too close, but the end result was stunning.
| #3. Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals - Al Ain, UAE|
After missing one of my favourite parts of the RMCGF (the chassis draw), and the incredible sights that come with it, this photo almost makes up for it. The scenic setting that the Al Ain Raceway provided at night had me out late for two nights trying to capture this shot, and I think I got it perfect.
| #2. Daniel Morad - Florida Winter Tour, Orlando, FL, USA|
There isn't too many opportunities to properly shoot a kart race under the lights, but this years Florida Winter Tour event in Orlando allowed me to try some new things under the very low light conditions. Th orange glow was all that was left from the days sunset, and the end result nearly took the top honours.
| 1. Scott Campbell-DD2 Masters - Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, Al Ain, UAE|
As many of you could have predicted, this photo is my number one pick for 2011. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Scott travelling to turn on in Al Ain with his tire in his hand, but when I noticed it on my camera a few moments later, it seemed I was the only one who caught in. Unfortunately for Campbell, it would mean he would not repeat as Rotax DD2 Masters Champion, but I have a good feeling he will be back in Portugal in 2012!