Anthony Au-Yeung of Photosport, New Zealand, has been announced as the winner of the third annual Wisden – MCC Cricket Photograph of the year competition, in association with Park Cameras. His arresting image captures Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu in mid-air fielding the ball during an international Twenty20 match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland on February 11 2012.
Au-Yeung’s winning effort was one of over three hundred entries received from around the world – including shortlisted photographs taken in Northern Uganda and Croatia – and wins him a £500 cash prize and a £500 Park Cameras voucher for Canon equipment. The photograph was taken on a Canon EOS-1D mark IV, EF 600mm F/4L IS USM at F/4, ISO 2000.
Reacting to news of the award, Anthony Au-Yeung said:
“It is a huge honour in winning this competition, I was really flattered when I first heard the news, and it is always gratifying when your work is recognised, especially when the judges are such experienced photographers. This is my first ever international win, so I guess the feeling is like winning a Test series! It is such a thrill and means a lot, one I will never forget.”
Describing the photograph he said:
“It was an international Twenty20 and I was positioned at long leg focusing on the batsman. Once I saw the ball was hit short and the keeper started racing towards me I knew that he was going after a run out, so I quickly switched my focus onto him. Luckily enough I caught him picking up the ball and fielding it in flight, and the fact that he is facing straight at me, in addition to his sharp red outfit, really helps to make the picture.”
Commenting on the winning image, chairman of the judging panel, Chris Smith, said:
“Any photographer would be delighted to have this wonderful picture in their portfolio. Action on the pitch can move at high speed, so for Anthony to spot what was happening and switch his attention from the batsman to focus on the wicketkeeper shows great understanding and expertise. His reward is a picture that truly merits the title Wisden – MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year.”
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 focuses on the international cricket arena, and has masterfully depicted South Africa’s Hashim Amla surviving a run out attempt on day two of the third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on December 1 2012.
The pair each receive a £250 cash prize, plus a £400 Park Cameras voucher for Canon equipment.
Speaking about the competition as a whole, Editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, Lawrence Booth, said:
“Wisden is delighted to be able to continue its association with MCC, and the quality of entries was as high as ever. We're thrilled that so many outstanding photographers see this as a competition they want to win.”
The top three photographs will feature in the colour section of the 2013 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and all of the shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Anthony Au-Yeung’s winning image will also be reproduced in the MCC Museum as part of the Wisden 150th Anniversary exhibition.
The other eight outstanding images selected on the shortlist of entries are:
Lee Booth – Amateur photographer, UK: 10.7.12, Gulu, Northern Uganda: A girl bats in front of a “stop war” mural as part of a Uganda Cricket Association, Cricket Without Boundaries, and ICC project to take cricket to Northern Uganda
Philip Brown – Reuters, UK: 6.9.12, New Road Cricket Ground, UK: LV County Championship, Worcestershire CCC v Warwickshire CCC: Warwickshire’s Chris Wright bowls Worcestershire’s Alan Richardson to help Warwickshire seal victory and at the same time claim the County Championship Division One title
Matt Bright – Freelance photographer, UK: 17.9.12, Lord’s Cricket Ground, UK: MCC v Incogniti CC: Ashley Leat of Incogniti CC shows his frustration and attempts to send an oblique message to the umpire that a run given as a leg-bye was off the toe end of his bat
Stu Forster – Getty Images, UK: 12.9.12, Edgbaston, UK: Natwest Series, England v South Africa: England batsman Craig Kieswetter survives a stumping appeal from South Africa’s AB de Villiers
Mark Kolbe – Getty Images, Australia: 22.11.12, Adelaide Oval, Australia: Day 1 of the 2nd Test Match, Australia v South Africa: Ricky Ponting batting for Australia is bowled by South Africa’s Jacques Kallis
Tom Shaw – Getty Images, UK: 5.4.12, P Sara Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Day 3 of the 2nd Test Match, Sri Lanka v England: Kevin Pietersen, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann and Andrew Strauss appeal in the slips
Richard Stokes – Amateur photographer, UK: 30.9.12, Vis, Croatia: Sir William Hoste CC v Follies Farm Old Spots CC: A local boy watches the cricket from the roof of the “pavilion” – a disused van
Sarah Williams – Freelance photographer, UK: 13.6.12, Lord’s Cricket Ground, UK: Tour match, Middlesex CCC v West Indians: MCC and Middlesex Members on the Pavilion concourse at Lord’s take evasive action to avoid an approaching ball
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Notes to editors:
Further details of the competition are available at www.lords.org/photooftheyear. To access copies of the winning and shortlisted entries please contact Clare Skinner, MCC Filming and Photography Manger, details below.
The 2012 Wisden – MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year competition, in association with Park Cameras, was open to all photographers – amateur and professional – from across the world. The only stipulations were that entries must have been taken during 2012 and in some respect have a cricket theme.
Chris Smith (Chairman of the Judging Panel) has been Chief Sports Photographer for various newspapers, including, for over 30 years, The Sunday Times. During this time he has covered every major event in the sporting calendar, in a diverse range of sports such as rugby, football, horse-racing, cricket, athletics, sailing and boxing. Chris has been British Sports Photographer of the Year four times, and winner of the Sports Picture of the Year award twice.
Nigel Davies has been Art Director on The Cricketer magazine (formerly The Wisden Cricketer) since its first issue in October 2003.
Patrick Eagar is widely recognised as the doyen of cricket photography. After over forty years of covering the sport, he announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2011 season. During his professional career he photographed 325 Test matches all around the world and has published thirteen books.
Eileen Langsley became the UK’s first full time female sports photographer in 1980, and has since covered twelve Olympic Games, specialising in gymnastics. She is a past winner of the Sports Picture of the Year award, and has also won the prestigious AIPS / Adidas International Sports Photo competition.
Graham Napier is a professional cricketer who plays for Essex CCC, and is best known for his world-record breaking 152 against Sussex in a Twenty20 match in 2008. Aside from his cricketing credentials he is a keen amateur photographer, and has supplied images taken during his playing tours and travels to several sporting publications.
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