WISDEN – MCC CRICKET PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2015
1. How to enter
Anyone may enter, but entries must be digital images and submitted via the online entry form here Each file must not exceed 9MB. Up to three images may be submitted, but these must be entered individually.
2. Eligible images
All photographs entered must have been taken in the calendar year 2015 and should demonstrate the skill and artistry of the photographer. Images can be from anywhere in the world, and there is no restriction on subject matter as long as it has a cricket theme. Action shots, landscapes, portraits, images of dramatic or aesthetic appeal - all are equally welcome. All photographs entered must be free of any third party restrictions regarding use.
3. Labelling images
Files should be submitted as SURNAME and 1, 2 or 3. Full caption details must be supplied via the online form and include the location and date on which the picture was taken. Please ensure that included in the EXIF file information are the technical details such camera used, lens, exposure, shutter speed etc.
Each entrant may submit up to three different pictures taken between January 1 and December 31 2015.
5. Closing date
The closing date for entries is Sunday 3 January 2016 (23.59 GMT).
• The prize for the winning photograph is £2000 and a copy of Wisden 2016
• Two runners-up will each receive £1000 and a copy of Wisden 2016
• Eight other shortlisted entries will each receive £250 .
• The top three winning photographs will be reproduced as the first three images in the colour section of the 2016 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and each of the eleven shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Lord’s during the 2016 season.
7. Submission guidelines
Format: Images must have been taken at a sufficiently high resolution and should be submitted as JPEGs at 300dpi with no interpolation applied. No tiffs, bitmap or raw images will be accepted.
• Calibration and colour: Images must be colour profiled/corrected before submission.
Allowances will NOT be made for poor colour profiling/correction. Please ensure
your images are not over saturated and faithfully represent the subject matter.
• Adjusting your image: The faithful representation of what was captured at the time of
the shot being taken must be maintained. Digital adjustments are only acceptable if
limited to minor cleaning work (removing dust spots), levels, curves, colour,
saturation and contrast work. Sharpening and minimal cropping is allowed. Compositing, sandwich shots and double exposures are not permitted. Adding or removing distractions, items, people etc into/from the image is not allowed. Pictures that have been digitally manipulated in breach of these rules are not eligible.
MCC and Wisden have appointed the following independent panel of judges:
- Chris Smith (Chairman of Judging Panel)
- Nigel Davies
- Patrick Eagar
- Kevin Cummins
- Bob Thomas
9. Judges’ decisions
The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning their decisions or the competition’s organisation. Should the quality of entries fall below the standard required, MCC and Wisden reserve the right not to award prizes.
The winning entrants will be notified at least one week prior to the announcement of the winning images in April 2016. Winners will be asked to keep this information confidential until the results are announced in April 2016.
By entering your images into the competition, you confirm that the images you submit are free of any third party restrictions regarding use, and you grant a nonexclusive licence to MCC and Wisden to reproduce the three winning images in connection with the competition for the following purposes:
o publication in Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2016 and on www.wisden.com
o publication on www.lords.org and in MCC’s not-for-profit printed and electronic publications (eg members’ newsletters)
In addition, you grant MCC a non-exclusive licence to exhibit the eleven shortlisted images at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Media will be allowed to publish the winning image free of charge subject to it being in
connection with the competition and clearly captioned as the Wisden/MCC Cricket
Photograph of the Year 2015 and credited to the winning photographer.
Entrants must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all images entered and will retain full copyright in their images at all times and any use of a submitted image beyond the uses set out in point 11 above must be by separate agreement with the copyright owner.
Wisden and MCC hope that opportunities may arise for winning photographers to benefit from the commercial use of their image in connection with the competition, but if any such opportunities do arise they will be exploited only with the copyright owner’s permission.
All entries are sent at the photographer’s risk. MCC and Wisden regret that they cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any images entered in the competition (howsoever caused) nor for any other loss or damage resulting there from. All non-winning digital images which are entered into the competition will be deleted after the winners are announced in April 2016.