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Anthony Au-Yeung of Photosport, New Zealand, has been announced as the winner of the third annual Wisden – MCC Cricket Photograph of the year competition, in association with Park Cameras.
His arresting image captures Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu in mid-air fielding the ball during an international Twenty20 match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland on February 11 2012.
Au-Yeung’s winning effort was one of over three hundred entries received from around the world – including shortlisted photographs taken in Northern Uganda and Croatia – and wins him a £500 cash prize and a £500 Park Cameras voucher for Canon equipment.
The photograph was taken on a Canon EOS-1D mark IV, EF 600mm F/4L IS USM at F/4, ISO 2000.
Au-Yeung said he was proud and flattered to have been chosen as the award winner.
"It is always gratifying when your work is recognised, especially when the judges are such experienced photographers", he said.
"This is my first ever international win, so I guess the feeling is like winning a Test series! It is such a thrill and means a lot, one I will never forget."
And Au-Yeung also reflected on the events which led to him capturing such an arresting image.
"It was an international Twenty20 and I was positioned at long leg focusing on the batsman," he added.
"Once I saw the ball was hit short and the keeper started racing towards me I knew that he was going after a run out, so I quickly switched my focus onto him.
"Luckily enough I caught him picking up the ball and fielding it in flight, and the fact that he is facing straight at me, in addition to his sharp red outfit, really helps to make the picture."
Runners up in the 2012 competition were amateur photographer Somenath Mukhopadhyay and Robert Cianflone (Getty Images, Australia).
Mukhopadhyay, a higher secondary school teacher in India, beautifully captured children playing cricket on a dusty road during a winter evening after their exams were over and schools were shut for a break.