Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pic of Sachin Tendulkar has been named the 2013 MCC – Wisden Photo of the Year.

A photograph of Sachin Tendulkar in his final Test appearance in Mumbai has been named the 2013 MCC – Wisden Photo of the Year.

Atul Kamble (India)

Sachin Tendulkar walks out to bat one last time during the second Test match between India and West Indies.  The build up to Sachin Tendulkar’s final series saw a huge outpouring of emotion from the press and fans, some of whom were lucky enough to get vantage points in the stadium for that last picture of the famous cricketer.

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India, November 16th 2013
The image, taken by Mid-Day Media photographer Atul Kamble, shows Tendulkar about to walk out for his last innings in the second Test match against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in November.

Tendulkar’s final series was hotly anticipated and the winning picture shows fans clamouring to get a glimpse of him before his last innings.
The judging panel, made up of Chris Smith, Patrick Eagar, Nigel Davies, Eileen Langsley and Hugh Routledge chose Kamble’s image from a shortlist of 11 after choosing from nearly 500 entries submitted by both professional and amateur photographers from around the world.

The standard of photographs this year was fantastic

The panel also named two runners up. South African Shaun Roy, a professional photographer, captured the moment Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was hit in the face as he dropped a catch in the Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab.
Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon, an amateur photographer from Bangladesh, was the second runner-up after impressing the judges with his image of children playing cricket under the Shahjalal International Airport flight path in Dhaka.
The winner and two runners up are featured in the colour photo section of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and the eleven shortlisted photos will be displayed at Lord’s this season.
First prize is £1,000, both runners up are awarded £750 each and the other eight shortlisted entrants £150.