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The winner of the inaugural Wisden and MCC Photograph of the Year award, for an image captured in 2010, has been announced.
Scott Barbour’s winning image, of James Anderson and team-mates celebrating the wicket of Brad Haddin in the Adelaide Ashes Test, pipped Gareth Copley to first place.
Copley came close with his image of four South Africa cricketers appealing for a catch against England in Cape Town.
Indian photographer Supriya Biswas finished in third place for his photograph of children playing cricket in Kolkata.
Another eight photographs were shortlisted and all 11 will be displayed at Lord’s during the 2011 season.
The competition, sponsored by Park Cameras, was judged by a panel of five - all of whom offered an independent opinion.
Chris Smith, Chief Sports Photographer at the Sunday Times for over 30 years, chaired the panel.
He admitted choosing the eventual winner had been a difficult process.
"The range of images submitted was very impressive, and it took us far longer than we expected to choose the winner - not least because the standard was so high." he said.
"There was the odd disagreement, but in the end we all agreed on Scott Barbour’s arresting photograph as the overall winner."
Alongside Smith judging the award were England women’s cricketer Claire Taylor, Sports Illustrated photographer Bob Martin, Art Director of The Wisden Cricketer Nigel Davies and Director of Photography at Times Magazine, Graham Wood.