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Tendulkar image is Wisden - MCC Photo of the Year

The winning photograph of Sachin Tendulkar by Atul Kamble
The winning photograph of Sachin Tendulkar by Atul Kamble

A photograph of Sachin Tendulkar in his final Test appearance in Mumbai has been named the 2013 MCC – Wisden Photo of the Year.

The image, taken by Mid-Day Media photographer Atul Kamble, shows Tendulkar about to walk out for his last innings in the second Test match against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in November.

2013 Wisden-MCC Photo of the Year

See below for photograph information

Tendulkar’s final series was hotly anticipated and the winning picture shows fans clamouring to get a glimpse of him before his last innings.

The judging panel, made up of Chris Smith, Patrick Eagar, Nigel Davies, Eileen Langsley and Hugh Routledge chose Kamble’s image from a shortlist of 11 after choosing from nearly 500 entries submitted by both professional and amateur photographers from around the world.

The standard of photographs this year was fantastic

The panel also named two runners up. South African Shaun Roy, a professional photographer, captured the moment Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was hit in the face as he dropped a catch in the Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab.

Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon, an amateur photographer from Bangladesh, was the second runner-up after impressing the judges with his image of children playing cricket under the Shahjalal International Airport flight path in Dhaka.

The winner and two runners up are featured in the colour photo section of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and the eleven shortlisted photos will be displayed at Lord’s this season.

First prize is £1,000, both runners up are awarded £750 each and the other eight shortlisted entrants £150.

How we picked Sachin Tendulkar

Chris Smith, Chief Sports Photographer at The Sunday Times and Chair of the Judging Panel, said: "The standard of photographs this year was very high as usual and it was a pleasure to look through them all with my fellow judges. In the end the sheer sense of occasion that the winning image captured won us over, and I would like to thoroughly congratulate Atul on winning the competition.

"This competition is crucial in encouraging both amateur and professional sports photographers to push themselves to new limits and it’s thanks to MCC, Wisden and 21Six that they are given the chance to showcase their talents in this way."

Rick Ankers, Managing Director of 21Six said: "We are very proud to support such a prestigious competition. We love cricket, and we share a passion for original creativity and outstanding imagery, which is what we have seen in this year’s competition."

Adam Chadwick, MCC Curators of Collection, said: "The MCC – Wisden Photograph of the Year is an extremely coveted award and we are delighted with the standard of images we have seen in the 2013 competition.

"I am looking forward to seeing the shortlisted photos adorning the walls of the Lord’s Museum, and I would encourage anyone with an interest in photography and cricket to look to enter an image this year."

Photograph information


Atul Kamble (India)

Sachin Tendulkar walks out to bat one last time during the second Test match between India and West Indies.  The build up to Sachin Tendulkar’s final series saw a huge outpouring of emotion from the press and fans, some of whom were lucky enough to get vantage points in the stadium for that last picture of the famous cricketer.

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India, November 16th 2013


Shaun Roy (South Africa)

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli is hit in the face as he drops a catch off the batting of David Miller of Kings XI Punjab on his way to a 38 ball century during the Pepsi Indian Premier League.

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, India, May 6th 2013

Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon (Bangladesh)

Children play cricket under the flight path of the Shahjalal International Airport in Baunia, Uttara.

Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 18th 2013


Andrew Boyers (England)

England's Kevin Pietersen takes a photograph of the replica Ashes Urn on his mobile phone with teammates Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell before the presentations to the England team at the end of the fifth Test.

Kia Oval, London, England, August 25th 2013

Robert Cianflone (Australia)

Australia’s Mitchell Johnson celebrates after taking the wicket of England Captain Alastair Cook during day two of the second Test match between Australia and England.

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December 6th 2013

Anthony Devlin (England)

Needing only one wicket to win the match and the series New Zealand's Kane Williamson beats the ground in frustration as England's last batsman, Monty Panesar, is given not out during the penultimate over during day five of the third Test match between New Zealand and England.

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, March 26th 2013

Phil Hillyard (Australia)

Bill Lawry has a quiet moment to himself prior to the New Year’s Test match at the SCG while reflecting on the recent and sudden death of his long‐time friend and fellow commentator Tony Greig, whose trademark wide brimmed sun hat sat on the top of the stumps before play.

Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, January 3rd 2013

Md. Mizanur Rahman (Bangladesh)

The absence of playgrounds due to increasing urbanisation forces children to take the opportunity to play cricket wherever space allows, here between the rail lines.

Khulna, Bangladesh, April 13th 2013

Andrew Cornaga (New Zealand)

England’s James Anderson is caught behind by Ross Taylor off the bowling of Kane Williamson as the New Zealand players celebrate on the fifth day of the third New Zealand v England Test match.

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, March 26th 2013

Clive Rose (England)

Arun Harinath of Surrey collides head first with Jeetan Patel of Warwickshire during day three of the LV County Championship Division One match.  

Guildford Cricket Club, Surrey, England, June 7th 2013

Phil Hillyard (Australia)

Australia's Mitchell Johnson collides with Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal as he attempts to complete a run out while Johnson made his ground during day two of the third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, January 4th 2013

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