The winning image is entitled “Swimming into the Sunrise” and was submitted by Debbie Faulkner from Nottingham, England. A sunrise start is one of the most inspiring times in triathlon. It is the only time during the race when you have a substantial group of athletes together. Here the group has one lead swimmer, captured between strokes. Adding to the context is an earlier wave swimming back with much greater distance between the swimmers. The slight fog rising from the lake adds to the atmosphere of the morning environment so you can almost feel the chill in the air. The image is visually pleasing and draws the viewer in to have a closer look at the group.
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