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Tue 10 Jan 2023

Oliveira bags Digital Photo of the Year accolade

Portuguese photographer Ricardo Oliveira has won the ERC Digital Photograph of the Year after topping the fan vote on FIAERC.com.

His image of Ricardo Teodósio and José Teixeira powering their Hyundai i20 N Rally2 through a deep watersplash on last year’s Rally Serras de Fafe - Felgueiras - Cabreira e Boticas came out top of our fan poll from a shortlist of 11 fantastic entries submitted by the ERC’s best photographers.

The dramatic image gives a full insight into the conditions competitors faced at last year’s opening round as jets of water fire through both the Hyundai’s bonnet vents.

In second place was Oliveira’s compatriot André Lavadinho, who snapped champion Efrén Llarena negotiating the very same watersplash in his Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo. Flavius Croitoriu’s shot of Adam Březík flying through a tunnel, millimetres away from the wall, at Barum Czech Rally Zlín came third.