MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year 2019 now open for entries

The 2019 Wisden–MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year competition is now open for entries. Launched in 2010, the contest is open to all photographers, amateur or professional, from across the world.

It remains free to enter, with the only stipulation that entries must have a cricketing theme and have been taken during the 2019 calendar year.

The competition is part of MCC’s drive to promote and sustain cricket in all of its forms in all corners of the globe, from an international match played in front of thousands, to a game between children played on the streets.

Phil Hillyard won the 2018 competition, with his image of Sydney Sixers’ Moises Henriques holding on to an outstanding catch to dismiss Melbourne Stars’ Nick Larkin at the Sydney Cricket Ground from a Big Bash League match.

The top three images in the 2019 competition will appear as the first three colour photographs in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. The winner will receive £2,000, the two runners-up £1,000 and a further eight shortlisted entries will each receive £250.

All eleven shortlisted entries will be put on display at Lord’s, and will be seen by tens of thousands of visitors to the Home of Cricket.

The judging panel will be chaired by Chris Smith, the former Chief Sports Photographer of The Sunday Times, The rest of the panel will comprise: acclaimed cricket photographer Patrick Eagar; former art director of The Cricketer Nigel Davies; MCC Chairman of Cricket Claire Taylor; and Martin Devereux, Head of Head of Projects and Planning at the Postal Museum.

Panel Chairman Chris Smith, said: “It’s been a very exciting year for cricket, with a thrilling World Cup Final and some gripping Tests.

“We will soon see how the year’s action has turned into images, be they from the great Test venues or the humblest of backgrounds – wherever the game is played around the globe. The game of cricket is the theme. Open to all, it is a unique competition to see the best images of the year.”

MCC Curator of Collections Neil Robinson said: “This competition embodies the global spirit of MCC, with many different entries from all over the world. The standard of entry has previously been excellent and we look forward to receiving another selection of outstanding images.

“The beauty of the contest is that any photo with a cricketing theme is eligible, so there is plenty of scope for amateurs to succeed in the competition as well as professionals.”

Photographers can submit up to three images, and there is no fee for entering. The closing date for entries is 1700 GMT on Monday 6th January 2020, and photographers may enter the competition online at Winners will be announced in April 2020.

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