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Legendary photographer, Gary Perkin, has formally announced his departure from the World Cup media scene in order to spend more time with his family, as he focuses on a new chapter of his career. Vital MTB would like to thank Gary for his passion, labor and dedication to World Cup photography over the years. A "Flipper" photograph has an undeniable style built on experience, expression and creativity. Gary Perkin's style is unmatched in our industry.

Gary and fellow South African, Sven Martin, were an integral part of's first MTB race slideshows in 2006. These slideshows caught the eye of the fans and industry because of images like Gary's. Littermag eventually became Vital MTB. Without Gary's intimate story-telling ability and eye for the overlooked, I shudder to think about the gaping hole that would have been left in World Cup race coverage online.

Thank you Gary. Your World Cup images will be missed, but your family will reap the benefits of your presence at home. Vital MTB is proud of your decision, and we could not be more honored to have had you in the trenches for us all these years. We look forward to the work you create with your new assignment...BOOSH! -gordo

Read Gary's personal statement of World Cup departure on his blog and shout him your thanks in the comments!

Big Beard Gary was my favorite Gary. ARGHH! - Photo by Luisa Freudenberg, 2011 World Champs
Then Danny Hart won World Champs and won the right to turn Gary into Mr. Clean LOL. - Photo by Sven Martin

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