The contest was launched in 2010, and is open to all photographers, amateur or professional, from across the world. It remains free to enter, with the only stipulations that entries must have been taken during the year of the competition, and have a cricketing theme.
The competition mirrors MCC’s desire to promote cricket at all levels, and last year there were around 450 entries. These ranged from images of top international players to games of cricket in the back alleys of Bangladesh and India.
Shortlist & Prizes:
A shortlist of eleven entries will initially be chosen, from which a winner and two runners-up will be announced. First prize will be awarded £2000, two runners-up will each receive £1000, and the eight other shortlisted entries will get £250 each.
In addition to the cash prizes, the top three photographs will feature in the 2018 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and all of the shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Lord’s throughout next year. The top three will also receive their own copy of the Wisden Almanack.
How to enter:
- Each entrant may submit up to three different photographs taken between January 1 and December 31, 2017, via the online entry form here. There is no fee for entering.
- Each image must be submitted individually and the file named with your family name and numbered 1, 2 or 3 – e.g. YOURNAME_1, YOURNAME_2, YOURNAME_3.
- Each image must be a minimum of 1MB is limited to 9MB.
- Full caption details must also be supplied for each photograph, including the location and date on which it was taken.
- The competition is open for entries from Friday 6th October 2017 and the closing date is 23:59 GMT on Friday 5th January 2018
The winning images for 2017 will be selected by a panel of independent expert judges appointed by Wisden and MCC, and headed by former Chief Sports Photographer for The Sunday Times, Chris Smith.
- Format: Images must have been taken at a sufficiently high resolution and should be submitted as JPEGs at 300dpi with no interpolation applied. No tiffs, bitmap or raw images will be accepted.
- Calibration and colour: Images must be colour profiled/corrected before submission. Allowances will NOT be made for poor colour profiling/correction. Please ensure your images are not over saturated and faithfully represent the subject matter.
- Adjusting your image: The faithful representation of what was captured at the time of the shot being taken must be maintained. Digital adjustments are only acceptable if limited to minor cleaning work (removing dust spots), levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work. Sharpening and minimal cropping are allowed. Compositing, sandwich shots and double exposures are not permitted. Adding or removing distractions, items, people etc into/from the image is not allowed. Pictures that have been digitally manipulated in breach of these rules are not eligible.
Jan 5, 2018.
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