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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 Littermag.com'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!
http://blog.flipper.co.za/2012/03/19/nothing-endures-but-change/

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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sspomer sspomer 3/19/2012 9:09 AM

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Gary, enjoy the next chapter in your life. The press room (and stairwells, and doorsteps, and carparks) won't be the same without you.

So who's going to keep Sven under control now?

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Gary, thank you so much for all the great photos. I'm so thankful that you won't have to put up with Seven anymore. The guy is crazy. I mean, who really wants to put cheese on french toast? Phuk man.

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Man, what a bummer for those of us who LOVE the Vital slideshows. Gary- you've been a source of pure joy, entertainment and inspiration for many of us. Good luck with your future endeavors. We're going to be counting on Sven and Co. to come up with more great content.

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Good for you, Gary. Good. For. You.

Thank you for bringing out the beauty of this sometimes brutish sport. You have touched us all.

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Gary - wish you all the success and joy of being able to enjoy time with your family. You were the jelly to Svens peanut butter, and allowed us desk jockeys the chance to escape reality and feel like we were at each world cup every week. You will be missed by all and I hope you never shave another day in your life.

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Thanks Gary
I've developed a slight addiction for the DH slideshows, and your panning shots will be missed.
See you on the trails more often!

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But not really. I'm infinitely more excited that you will be able to ride with your kid and am looking forward to what you do with SC.
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thanks for bringing the WC to those of us sitting at home, stellar work week after week that's definitely impacted my own shooting style! enjoy your new freedom!

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You will be missed but your photography will remain permanently imprinted on the top level of my cornea.

Thanks for delivering some of the best slideshows/reports I've ever had the pleasure to witness.
Best of luck (although I know you don't need any luck since you have the skills and determination to succeed) with whatever you take on next.

cheers!

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A ton of respect for your work Gary, and a ton of respect for this decision. As a family man who travels a lot for work, I can totally relate. Best of luck, and thanks for the stoke!

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Thanks for everything Gary, if the UCI had any common sense they'd be paying you guys for the excellent coverage you've provided over the years. Cheers

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your photos are truly an art form flipper, best of luck on your new journey, and thanks for making my mountain biking experience that much better!

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Thanks Gary for your time and energy to climb, run, fall and all that other crazy activity that you did to get us the great work that was produced for our enjoyment here on VitalMTB and in the MTB community. Enjoy life, good luck in your new adventures and remember that you put thousands of smiles on our faces.

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No offense to all the other guys, and not saying this because he is going to move into something else full time, but...Gary is the greatest MTB photographer the sport has ever seen. Cheers on the moving on, excellent choice to spend more time with family, I made the same move (to get off the road) when my daughter was born, never looked back.. Congrats

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