The winner of the 2017 Wisden–MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year has today been announced, and the number one image comes from last summer’s women’s World Cup final at Lord’s.
Stu Forster of Getty Images took the iconic picture shortly after England received the trophy, having defeated India in thrilling fashion.
His image of Katherine Brunt taking a selfie with the rest of the England side was deemed by the judges to be the best cricket photograph of 2017, taken on a historic day for the women’s game.
Forster also claimed one of the two runners-up places, capturing another defining moment in women’s cricket: his image of Hannah Rowe in action for New Zealand at Taunton during the World Cup.
A significant increase in the number of entries depicting women’s cricket, not only from the World Cup but at grassroots level, demonstrates what an important year it has been for raising the sport’s global profile.
London-based photographer David Rowe’s runner-up image showed Sam Curran watching his stumps cartwheeling out of the ground in Surrey’s NatWest T20 Blast match against Essex Eagles at The Kia Oval.
Forster is awarded £2,000 for winning, and collects a further £1,000 for his runner-up image, along with Rowe. All three images appear at the beginning of the colour section of the 2018 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Eight further shortlisted entrants are awarded £250 each, while all eleven images will form part of the displays both inside and outside the MCC Museum at Lord’s – making them available for visitors to view all year round.
The eighth year of the competition attracted more than 650 entries from around the world, with photographers of all levels of experience capturing a huge variety of moments.
Entries showed cricket in every setting, from sparkling new stadiums to tea plantations, along the banks of rivers and on the rooftops of office blocks.
The standard this year was higher than ever
The competition was judged by a panel chaired by former chief sports photographer of The Sunday Times, Chris Smith, and including world-renowned cricket photographer Patrick Eagar. The former art director of The Cricketer magazine, Nigel Davies, was also on the panel, along with music photographer Kevin Cummins. Alison Mitchell, the SJA Sports Broadcaster of the Year for 2013, and multi-award-winning cricket photographer Adrian Murrell completed the panel.
Lawrence Booth, Wisden Editor, said: “The standard this year was higher than ever. It’s always intriguing to see the imaginative ways in which cricket photographers manage to convey the sport, and the selection for 2017 was a delight.
“In the year the World Cup took the women’s game to another level, it was lovely to see a big increase in the number of images featuring women and girls – from that memorable day at Lord's to the streets of the subcontinent. We’re grateful to MCC and Lord’s for their continued support.”
Adam Chadwick, MCC’s Curator of Collections, said: “This has been yet another strong year for the Wisden–MCC Photograph of the Year competition, with so many excellent entries being submitted.
“I would like to thank the judges for selecting such fantastic images for the shortlist. It is no mean feat to be able to produce a shortlist from hundreds of fine entries, but they have done a great job.
“Congratulations to all those who have made the shortlist and I hope they enjoy seeing their work displayed at Lord's.”