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 11 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 1 2012.
Photo of the Year shortlist 2012
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.