The search for the iconic cricket photograph of 2012 is nearing a conclusion, as Wisden and MCC in association with Park Cameras have joined forces for a third consecutive year in a bid to find the best cricket-themed image taken during the past twelve months.
Entries to the competition have closed and the winner will be announced in Spring 2013.
Last year hundreds of entries were received from across the world for the annual Wisden – MCC competition, with the Times of India’s Shanth Kumar emerging as the eventual winner. His stunning image depicted children playing cricket on Marina Beach in Chennai as a storm gathers behind them.
All eleven of the shortlisted entries encapsulated different elements of the game, but each captured the drama, essence or spirit of cricket. From the professional arena, where Andrew Boyers perfectly photographed Ravi Bopara desperately diving to make his ground during the England v India ODI at Lord’s, to amateur photographer Helen Keech’s photo taken on the Millfield School playing fields.
In 2012 the winning images will be selected by a panel of independent expert judges appointed by Wisden and MCC, headed by former Chief Sports Photographer for The Sunday Times, Chris Smith.
Joining Smith on the panel for the first time will be Essex cricketer and keen amateur photographer, Graham Napier. A shortlist of eleven entries will initially be chosen, from which a winner and two runners-up will be announced.
The top three photographs will feature in the 2013 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and all of the shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Lord’s throughout next year.
Editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, Lawrence Booth, spoke of his excitement ahead of the 2012 competition: “If last year's batch of entries – the best of which can now be admired on a wall at the back of the Lord's Pavilion – is anything to go by, we're in for another treat.
"The Wisden – MCC Photo of the Year competition has become one of the must-wins for cricket photographers all over the world."
- The prize for the winning photograph is £500 cash, plus a £500 Park Cameras voucher for Canon equipment
- Two runners-up will each receive £250 cash, plus a £400 Park Cameras voucher for Canon equipment
- Eight other shortlisted entries will each receive £50 cash, plus a £150 Park Cameras voucher for Canon equipment
The competition was first launched in 2010, and with plans to run the competition in perpetuity, all entrants can take pleasure from knowing that their efforts will contribute to an ever-growing archive which, when reviewed in the long term, will document the changing face of cricket.