Big Bash image named MCC-Wisden photo of the year

A picture from the Big Bash of Moises Henriques leaping for a catch at the SCG has been named the Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year.

The photo taken by Phil Hillyard of New Corp was captured on December 27 when Henriques plucked the ball out of the air to remove Melbourne Stars' Nick Larkin.

Hillyard took the top prize of GBP2000 from over 700 entries from professional and amateur photographers.

Hillyard said: "It's such an honour to win the Wisden-MCC Photo of the Year for a sport I am so passionate about and have spent much of my career covering.

"I love the game of cricket, its people and the challenge of photographing it. I feel very privileged that my image will be on display at Lord's, the Home of Cricket.

"A big thank you from me goes to Moises Henriques for taking such a great catch at the wonderful Sydney Cricket Ground."

The competition was judged by a panel chaired by Chris Smith, the former Chief Sports Photographer of The Sunday Times>, and this year he was joined, for the first time, by Diana Keen, Senior Production Manager at Sunset+Vine.

The rest of the panel comprised acclaimed cricket photographers Patrick Eagar and Adrian Murrell, music photographer Kevin Cummins and former art director of The Cricketer, Nigel Davies.