The Dakar Rally, an annual 2-week off-roading adventure, kicked off this year in Lima, Peru and made it way through Bolivia and Argentina. It’s a test of endurance for its participants… and a passionate event to follow for its supporters. Since 2011, the best rally photo receives the Emilie Poucan Prize (Poucan is a press attaché who died in an unrelated plane crash in 2010), and this year’s recipient is Eric Vargiolu, whose exceptional shot captures the first cars setting off at sunrise across magnificent sand dunes.

Revisit the winning photos of the past years below.

© ASO Dakar 2018 Credit photo Eric VARGIOLU

© ASO Dakar 2017 Credit photo AFP Franck FIFE

© ASO Dakar 2016 Credit photo ASO @World Andre LAVADINHO

© ASO Dakar 2015 Credit photo Frederic Le Floch – DPPI

© ASO Dakar 2014 Credit photo Marc Van Der Aa Shakedown Team

© ASO Dakar 2013 Credit photo Frederic Le Floch – DPPI

© ASO Dakar 2012 Credit photo Cezaro De Luca Agencia EFE

© ASO Dakar 2012 Credit photo DPPI_Francois FLAMAND