J&K based freelance photographer, Saqib Majeed has won the prestigious 2016 Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year for a stunning image, which shows boys playing cricket in the outskirts of the city. He is a civil engineer by profession.
Saqib’s picture in Kashmir’s autumn setting certainly had all the ingredients to make the cut. It had nature’s own beauty coupled with cricketers playing the game in their own way that typifies the sport. And to top it, the man behind the camera having a feel of the occasion to capture the decisive moment.
.”Saqib’s picture was absolutely breath-taking, and a very worthy winner,” said the chairman of the judging panel, Chris Smith.”A fellow judge rightly observed that the image looked more like one of the paintings in the Pavilion than a digital photograph – which is a testament to the quality of the winning image.”The last few winners of this competition have been action shots, so it was nice to be able to select something from outside the professional game.