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“A picture paints a thousand words”: worldwide search for the cricket photo of 2013 gets under way Published: 02 December 2013

Amateur and professional photographers from around the world are being encouraged to submit their best cricket-themed images taken during 2013, as Wisden and MCC have teamed-up to run the renowned global photographic competition for a fourth successive year.

For the first time since the Wisden–MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year competition was launched in 2010, all eleven shortlisted entries will receive a cash prize, courtesy of a new sponsorship deal with digital marketing agency, 21six.  First prize will be awarded £1,000, two runners-up will each receive £750, and the eight other shortlisted entries will get £150 each.

The competition generated over 300 entries in 2012, with Anthony Au-Yeung of Photosport, New Zealand, ultimately emerging victorious for his arresting image of Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu fielding the ball in mid-air during a Twenty20 international between New Zealand and Zimbabwe at Eden Park on February 11th 2012.

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.  Cianflone meanwhile focused on the international cricket arena, masterfully depicting South Africa’s Hashim Amla surviving a run-out attempt on day two of the third Test between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 1st 2012. 

All the shortlisted images from last year’s competition can be seen at www.lords.org/photooftheyear

The winning images in 2013 will once again be selected by a panel of independent expert judges appointed by Wisden and MCC, and headed by former Chief Sports Photographer of The Sunday Times, Chris Smith.

A shortlist of eleven entries will initially be chosen, from which a winner and two runners-up will be announced.  In addition to the cash prizes provided by 21six, the top three photographs will feature in the 2014 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and all of the shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Lord’s throughout next year. 

Plans to run the competition in perpetuity mean that each short list of eleven photographs will form part of a growing archive that documents the changing face of cricket.

Commenting about the new sponsorship deal, Managing Director of 21six, Rick Ankers, said: 

“21six are very proud to support the prestigious 2013 Wisden–MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year competition.

“21six has evolved to serve the digital, marketing, publishing and print needs of today’s fast-moving business community; equipped with the right people, the right resources and the right experience to rise to your challenges.  We share a passion for original creativity and outstanding imagery, and are delighted to sponsor this award.  We also love cricket.”

The 2013 Wisden–MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year competition, in association with 21six, is open to all photographers – amateur and professional – from across the world.  The only stipulations are that entries must have been taken during 2013 and in some respect have a cricket theme.

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Notes to editors:

For further details, including a full outline of competition rules and technical specifications, please visit: www.lords.org/photooftheyear

How to enter:

  • Each entrant may submit up to three different photographs taken between January 1st and December 31st  2013 via the online entry form at: www.lords.org/photoentry
  • If an entrant’s three images combined exceed 10MB, then each photograph should be submitted separately.
  • Full caption details must also be supplied for each photograph, including the location and date on which it was taken.
  • The competition is open for entries from December 2nd 2013 and the closing date is January 13th 2014 (23.59 GMT).
  • Please visit: www.lords.org/photoentry for full terms and conditions. 

Prizes:

  • The prize for the winning photograph is £1,000, and two runners-up will each receive £750.
  • Eight other shortlisted entries will each receive £150.
  • The top three winning photographs will be reproduced as the first three images in the colour section of the 2014 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and each of the eleven shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Lord’s during the 2014 season. 

Judging Panel:

  • Chris Smith (Chairman of the Judging Panel) has been Chief Sports Photographer for various newspapers, including, for over 30 years, The Sunday Times.  During this time he has covered every major event in the sporting calendar, in a diverse range of sports such as rugby, football, horse-racing, cricket, athletics, sailing and boxing.  Chris has been British Sports Photographer of the Year four times, and winner of the Sports Picture of the Year award twice.
  • Nigel Davies has been Art Director of The Cricketer magazine (formerly The Wisden Cricketer and Wisden Cricket Monthly) since 1997.
  • Patrick Eagar is widely recognised as the doyen of cricket photography.  After over 40 years of covering the sport, he announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2011 season.  During his professional career he photographed 325 Test matches all around the world, and has published 13 books.
  • Eileen Langsley became the UK’s first full time female sports photographer in 1980, and has since covered twelve Olympic Games, specialising in gymnastics.  She is a past winner of the Sports Picture of the Year award, and has also won the prestigious AIPS/Adidas International Sports Photo competition.  

About 21six:

21six has evolved to serve the digital, marketing, publishing and print needs of today’s fast moving business community; From digital marketing, web design and engineering to TV, press and poster advertising, our services can work separately or together to make an impact. Whatever you have to sell, whatever you have to tell, 21six has the expertise, the resources, the talent and the experience to help you achieve your goals.

For further information on this story please contact:

Clare Skinner

MCC Filming and Photography Manager

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 020 7616 8522

Mobile: 07960 869826

Email: clare.skinner@mcc.org.uk


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