Top 10 photos of 2015: honorable mentions

Another racing season comes to a close. Last week we shared our picks for the top 10 photos of 2015. This week, we present our master working list of sorts: the honorable mentions. Enjoy!

Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10

Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
1/24

Sparks are the quickest way into our editors' hearts.

Photo by: XPB Images

Aleix Espargaro, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Aleix Espargaro, Team Suzuki MotoGP
2/24

A different angle, from above, always makes things more interesting. And the effort taken to get a higher view is often rewarded with impressive images.

Photo by: Suzuki MotoGP

Race action with a Delta MD-90 touching down at Daytona International Airport

Race action with a Delta MD-90 touching down at Daytona International Airport
3/24

Excellent timing!

Photo by: James Holland

#520 Kamaz: Dmitry Sotnikov, Igor Devyatkin, Andrey Aferin

#520 Kamaz: Dmitry Sotnikov, Igor Devyatkin, Andrey Aferin
4/24

The mighty Kamaz on display.

#26 KTM: Toby Price

#26 KTM: Toby Price
5/24

We love this low angle and silhouette image. Note the cracked/scorched mud. This is Dakar at its best.

Photo by: A.S.O.

#5 Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3: Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman, Jaap van Lagen

#5 Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3: Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman, Jaap van Lagen
6/24

We often talk about how magical the Nürburgring is and that it is so scenic that a photographer could shoot there for a month straight and never take the same picture twice. It's one of the last epic places to photograph racing.

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11

Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
7/24

In your face action from Monaco. Bonus points for none of the safety workers paying attention to oncoming traffic. Tsk tsk.

Photo by: XPB Images

Chris Forsberg on fire

Chris Forsberg on fire
8/24

Fire-breathing drift action!

Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
9/24

We all giggled at this fun image.

Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
10/24

It's not always easy to create a "mood" in sports/racing photography but this is pretty close to being perfect.

Photo by: NASCAR Media

Race winner Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

Race winner Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
11/24

Great emotion from the great Vale.

Photo by: Yamaha MotoGP

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
12/24

We love unique angles and this drone (maybe?) shot is spectacular.

Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
13/24

Fighter jet, helicopter, Polo. Only in rallying.

Night lights at Le Mans

Night lights at Le Mans
14/24

No lights are more famous than those from La Sarthe.

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Pitlane ambiance

Pitlane ambiance
15/24

Le Mans pitlane is magical, and just as thrilling as track action to photograph. You have to keep your head on a swivel to both keep a look out for interesting subjects and especially to avoid being on TV, for all the wrong reasons.

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Sunrise at Dunlop bridge with clouds

Sunrise at Dunlop bridge with clouds
16/24

Another iconic shot from Le Mans.

Photo by: James Holland

Winner Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Winner Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
17/24

The NASCAR legend made headlines when he won at Martinsville to make it into the Chase.

Photo by: NASCAR Media

Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet crashes

Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet crashes
18/24

This very nearly got into the top 10 photos of the year. The exact moment of impact for Charlie Kimball as he pulls his hands into his chest to brace for the shock.

Photo by: IndyCar Series

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11 with flo-vis paint on his helmet

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11 with flo-vis paint on his helmet
19/24

Flo-vis makes for interesting images. Especially when it's on the driver's helmet and visor (can you see us Daniel?)

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
20/24

Grown men on tiny bikes. Winning combination, especially when some of them are multi-GP winners and champions.

Photo by: Repsol Media

Fans watch podium festivities

Fans watch podium festivities
21/24

V8 Supercars is THE premiere racing series in Australia and when you win, the atmosphere can be electric.

Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team hits a seagull

Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team hits a seagull
22/24

Talk about great (or terrible) timing!

Photo by: Repsol Media

Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
23/24

Rally photography affords so many possibilities and allows photographers to get so very close to the action. It's a nice change of pace from the huge distances of a circuit.

Stéphane Lefebvre and Stéphane Prévot, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team

Stéphane Lefebvre and Stéphane Prévot, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
24/24

Perfectly composed and lit photo. The effort that goes into lighting rallying can't be understated. Perfect execution. This is one we'd like to have hanging on the wall.

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