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Pictures Of The Year, by David Lord

David Lord, as chosen by Regis Lefebure

In contemporary motorsport there are no circuits left to compare with the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. Lordy has done a good job in capturing a sense of the circuit’s immensity with this elevated view of the long Döttinger Höhe straight, eighty-something cars, and the dense Eifel forest that devours light. The graffiti in the foreground includes a map of the circuit. This adds a very nice finishing touch to the image.

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The warm colours and the closely cropped framing does it for me in this image. That and the eye, of a man who has driven stunning stints at Le Mans.

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It always rains at Le Mans. When it does, you can count on Dave to capture the raw beauty of wet weather.

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In pit lane I always look for layers, emotions, reflections, colors, patterns. This image has it all, topped with Nicolas Lapierre’s pensive, nail-biting pose. His mood is further masked from the viewer by the watery reflections off the plastic sheeting.

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If a railroad train was in this image, the photo might send an anorak into multiple orgasms. The simplicity of this shot is countered by the power on display from the big Mercedes about to brake for a hairpin turn at Donington and the jet rocketing into the sky upon takeoff.