providing a welcome splash of colour
An image of Ben Stokes just after he hit the winning runs in the third Specsavers Test between England and Australia at Headingley, taken by Gareth Copley of Getty Images, has won the Wisden–MCC Photograph of the Year competition for 2019.
Stokes led England to one of the most dramatic Test wins ever, and his celebration was captured by Copley, who scoops £2,000.Copley rose to the top from over 650 entries from around the globe, depicting a wide variety of different portrayals of the game. However, in such an unforgettable English summer, there were understandably more images of England all-rounder Stokes submitted than any other individual player in the competition’s 10-year history.
One of the two runners-up also features another arresting image from a memorable year of international cricket.
Tom Jenkins, of The Guardian, captured the moment Jos Buttler ran Martin Guptill out at Lord’s, as England won their first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final.
The other runner-up was Kieran Hanlon, whose dreamy image of Somerset’s County Ground in Taunton, taken early on a misty morning, was perfectly framed via the use of a drone.
The top three entries feature in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and all shortlisted images will be displayed inside and outside the MCC Museum at Lord’s.
Chris Smith, former chief sports photographer of The Sunday Times, chaired the judging panel. Other judges were: acclaimed cricket photographer Patrick Eagar; former art director of The Cricketer Nigel Davies; MCC Chair of Cricket Claire Taylor; and Martin Devereux, head of projects and planning at the Postal Museum.
“I just took the picture. Stokesy did all the hard work”
Gareth Copley said of his award: “I’m delighted to win this year’s Wisden–MCC Photograph of the Year competition, and it is a great honour to be selected.
“I’ve been lucky to work alongside the England men’s team for 15 years, and 2019 was the biggest year I can remember. After photographing the World Cup final at Lord’s, I thought we would never see drama like it again. However, a few weeks later we had Ben Stokes’s heroics at Headingley, which was every bit as tense.
“The victory was maybe a bit sweeter as it was against the old enemy Australia. I probably did just as much shouting and nail biting as the crowd that day.“When Ben hit the winning runs, I was lucky enough that he hit the ball towards me while it was my turn to sit at the Rugby Stand end.
“I just took the picture. Stokesy did all the hard work.”
Lawrence Booth, Editor of Wisden, said: “The Wisden–MCC Photograph of the Year competition feels more important than ever, providing a welcome splash of colour at a time when cricket, like the rest of society, is waiting for the world to return to normal.
“The standard of entries, inspired by a summer to remember, was amazingly high, and we’re grateful as ever to MCC for their help.”
Winner: Gareth Copley (Getty Images)
Ben Stokes of England celebrates hitting the winning runs to win the third Specsavers Test Match between England and Australia at Headingley.
25 August 2019, Leeds, England
Runner-Up: Tom Jenkins (The Guardian)
England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler runs out New Zealand’s Martin Guptill off the last ball of the Super Over to secure victory for England at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final at Lord’s.
14 July 2019, London, England
Kieran Hanlon (Keanu Drone)
A misty sunrise over Somerset County Ground.
30 December 2019, Taunton, England
Kai Schwoerer (Getty Images)
Matt Henry of Canterbury fields the ball off his own bowling during the Plunket Shield match between Canterbury and Northern Districts at Hagley Oval.
24 October 2019, Christchurch, New Zealand
Dan Mullan (Getty Images)
A general view of the action during the Cornwall Cricket League Division 2 East match between Bude CC and Menheniot/Looe CC at Crooklets Cricket Ground.
6 July 2019, Bude, England
Rajib Raihan (Daily Star Bangladesh)
Three youths play a game of cricket in one of the few spots in a field not covered by drying fishing nets at Fishery Ghat.
23 December 2019, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Scott Barbour (Australian Associated Press (AAP))
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson speaks to his team in a huddle on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test Match between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG.
28 December 2019, Melbourne, Australia
Andrew Boyers (Action Images/Reuters)
England players, fans and MCC Members in the Pavilion celebrate England winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final at Lord’s.
14 July 2019, London, England
Rob Cianflone (Getty Images)
A general view of the scoreboard operators during the one-day international between India and Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
2 March 2019, Hyderabad, India
Darren England (Australia Associated Press)
Kurtis Patterson of Australia is seen diving to take a catch to dismiss Dilruwan Perera of Sri Lanka off the bowling of Pat Cummins on Day 3 of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at The Gabba.
26 January 2019, Brisbane, Australia
Derek Payne (Amateur)
A couple enjoy afternoon tea in the graveyard of St Anne’s church while watching cricket on Kew Green, close to the Royal Botanic Gardens.
9 June 2019, London, England