Hi, I’m Balint Hamvas and I’m the chap behind cyclephotos.co.uk. If you follow 'cross you might have bumped into my photography, you might have visited my site or heard about my cyclocross photo albums. Or you might have seen me at a race, wearing my outrageously yellow waterproof trousers. I’m a freelance cycling photographer, but my main love is cyclocross. Originally, I'm from Hungary and up until 2008, I had no idea what 'cross was about. I visited a World Cup race that Autumn and it was love at first sight. Since then, I have photographed close to 150 world-class races and I have produced six photo annuals, including the previous one about the 2015/2016 season.
The 16/17 edition of my book will guide you through the season in 240 pages of high quality photos, including my best shots from all the major European races as well as great articles written by well connected journalists in the sport.
Producing these books is a labour of love. It can be hard work pulling everything together, but at the same time, it’s always really rewarding and great fun.
Thanks to all the support last year, I was able to reach my target and publish the 15/16 edition which gave me the confidence to try again this year. So, once again, I’m asking for your help to make it happen! Here is the deal: you pledge money for the book and hopefully, if enough people do the same I’ll hit my target, the project will go ahead and the books will be ready by July. **For those of you who supported me last year: it really WILL be on schedule this time :) Read below for details.
Of course, as with all Kickstarter campaigns, if I don’t reach my target, you won’t get charged and unfortunately, the book won’t happen.
I’m so grateful for all your support throughout the years. I know this album will be a great edition and I really hope, that with your help, we can make it happen! Thank you!
Risks and challenges
While all my previous books have been finished and shipped by July, last year's book was severely delayed, due to a number of factors that were outside of my control: my computer was stolen, one of the contributor's had family emergencies and finally, the new printers delayed the printing by six weeks due to a machine malfunction.
Clearly I don't want to risk this happening again. So, one thing I've decided to do is to go back to the good old, dependable printing company I have used in the past. Also, I've started working on some of the chapters already so I am confident that I will be able to keep to the deadline this time around.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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