Can you better the Sachin Tendulkar image and win MCC photo competition?

Amateur and professional photographers from around the world are being given the chance to have their photographs appear as the first three colour images in the 2015 edition of the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack by entering the 2014 Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year competition.

Last year’s winning entry

Atul Kamble of Mid-Day Media, India, won first prize in 2013 for his image of India fans clamouring for a photograph of Sachin Tendulkar before his final innings at the Wankhede Stadium.

This year the top eleven images will go on display at Lord’s where they will be seen by thousands of spectators and visitors to the Home of Cricket. The first prize value has doubled to £2,000 while two runners-up each win £1,000 and the eight shortlisted entries £250 each.

Photographers can submit up to three images with the only stipulation being that each photograph must have a cricket related theme and have been taken in 2014. The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 4th January 2015 via the Lord’s website at

One of last year’s runner up entries: Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon’s photo

The shortlist, runners up and eventual winner will be chosen by a judging panel chaired by former Chief Sports Photographer of The Sunday Times, Chris Smith and including world-renowned cricket photographer Patrick Eagar. Award-winning sports photographer Bob Thomas is also new to the panel for 2014.

Chris Smith, Chairman of Judges, said: “This competition has gone from strength to strength over the years and I’m looking forward to seeing the entries again this year. As many previous shortlisted entries have proved, you do not have to have access to a major match or an expensive camera to be in with a chance of winning. The judges are looking for a broad range of eye catching images that illustrate cricket at its best in all forms.”

Adam Chadwick, MCC Museum Curator, said: “We’ve seen some fantastic images entered into this competition in recent years and I’m sure this year will be no different. I’m looking forward to seeing the shortlisted entries displayed around Lord’s next year.”

All the shortlisted images from the 2013 competition can be seen at

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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