The 2018 Wisden–MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year competition is now open for entries.
Launched in 2010, the contest is open to all photographers, amateur or professional, from across the world. It remains free to enter, with the only stipulations that entries must have a cricketing theme and must have been taken during the 2018 calendar year.
The competition is part of MCC’s drive to promote and sustain cricket in all of its forms in all corners of the globe, from an international match, played in front of thousands, to a game between children, played on the streets.
Last year’s entries saw a dramatic rise in the number of submissions depicting women's cricket. Stu Forster of Getty Images scooped the 2017 prize for his image of Katherine Brunt taking a selfie with her teammates shortly after England received the trophy for defeating India in the ICC Women’s World Cup Final.
The top three images in the 2018 competition will appear as the first three colour photographs in the 2019 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. The winner will receive £2,000, the two runners-up £1,000 and a further eight shortlisted entries will each receive £250. All eleven shortlisted entries will be put on display at Lord’s, and will be seen by tens of thousands of visitors to the Home of Cricket.
The judging panel will be chaired by Chris Smith, the former Chief Sports Photographer of The Sunday Times, and this year he will be joined, for the first time, by Diana Keen, Senior Production Manager at Sunset+Vine.
The rest of the panel will comprise: acclaimed cricket photographers Patrick Eagar and Adrian Murrell, music photographer Kevin Cummins and the former art director of The Cricketer, Nigel Davies.
Panel Chairman Chris Smith, said: “The competition has seen an annual increase in both the quantity and quality of images submitted. The sheer volume of entries featuring women’s cricket last year showed the increasing popularity of the women’s game at all levels. It will be interesting to see what themes emerge this year, as signs of where the game is going.”Adam Chadwick, MCC’s Curator of Collections, said: “The displays of the winning photos are always popular with visitors on the Lord’s Tour and on match days at the Home of Cricket. In 2018 more than 50,000 people will have seen the eleven top entries in the MCC Museum. Last year’s winning entry from Stu Forster gave visitors a unique view of the England women’s team on one of the most memorable days Lord’s has hosted.”
Photographers can submit up to three images, and there is no fee for entering. The closing date for entries is 23:59 GMT on Friday 4th January 2019, and photographers may enter the competition online below. Winners will be announced in April 2019.