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Cricket Photograph of the Year Competition

The Wisden Cricket Photograph of the Year Competition 2020 is now open for entries

• Top three entries in this year’s Wisden Cricket Photograph of the Year will feature in 2021 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

• First prize is £1,000, two runners-up each win £400.

• Gareth Copley won the 2019 competition, with an image of Ben Stokes just after he hit the winning runs in the 2019 Ashes Test at Headingley.

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The 2020 Wisden 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 anywhere in the world.

It remains free to enter. The only stipulations are that images must have a cricketing theme and have been taken during the 2020 calendar year.

The competition aims to promote and sustain cricket in all of its forms in every corner of the globe, from an international match played in front of thousands, to a game between children on the street.

Gareth Copley won the 2019 competition, with an image of Ben Stokes just after he hit the winning runs in the Ashes Test at Headingley. You can see his photograph, along with the two runners-up, here.

The best images in the 2020 competition will appear as the first three colour photographs in the 2021 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. The winner will receive £1,000, and the two runners-up £400 each.

The independent judging panel will be chaired by Chris Smith, former chief sports photographer of The Sunday Times. Also on the panel are the acclaimed cricket photographer Patrick Eagar; cricket filming and photography manager Clare Adams; and Nigel Davies, the former art director of The Wisden Cricketer.

The editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, Lawrence Booth, said: “The cricket stopped for long periods this year, but our popular and prestigious competition goes on, inviting photographers from all round the world to respond to a challenge unlike any other.

“While 2019 threw up one of the most memorable summers in English cricket history, 2020 was unique for different reasons, and it will be fascinating to see what cricket-loving photographers – professional or amateur – have come up with.

“But even in a year beset by a pandemic – and irrespective of whether there were any spectators – the theme of the competition remains simple: we want to see the best cricket images of 2020. We can’t wait for the photos to start coming in.”

Entries, to a maximum of three per person, must be submitted online at:
www.wisden.com/photographoftheyear

There is no fee for entering. The closing date for entries is 23:59 GMT on Friday January 8, 2021. Winners will be announced in April 2021.

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