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MELBOURNE – A Kashmiri photographer has won the prestigious Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year Competition Award 2016, the Marylebone Cricket Club announced on Wednesday.

Saqib Majeed’s winning shot captures Kashmiri boys playing cricket in the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar, during the freelance photographer’s visit to Nishat Bagh last year.

“Saqib’s picture was absolutely breath-taking and a very worthy winner,” Chris Smith, the chairman of the judging panel, was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying.

Here are the top pictures from different photographers from all over the world.

Winner

Saqib Majeed (freelance)

Kashmiri boys play cricket under autumn shades in Nishat Bagh gardens on the outskirts of Srinagar in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Runners-up

Asanka Brendon Ratnayake (freelance)

Virat Kohli warms his hands as he walks past the flames at the MCG during the second Australia v India T20 in January 2016.

Philip Brown (freelance)

Shakib Al Hasan bats on the second day of the first Test between Bangladesh and England in Chittagong in October, 2016.

Shortlisted

Matthew Lewis (Getty)

West Indies captain Darren Sammy celebrates his team’s victory over England in the World T20 Final in Kolkata.

Paul Miller (AAP)

Sydney Thunder’s Pat Cummins fails to hold on to a catch to dismiss Moises Henriques during BBL|05 at Spotless Stadium.

Ash Allen, Ash Allen photography

Lendl Simmons of St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots loses his bat during the 2016 Caribbean Premier League season.

AM Ahad (freelance)

Children play cricket on a road in Sirajganj, Bangladesh.

Hemant Padalkar (DNA India)

Boys playing cricket on the terrace of a building as traffic passes below in India.

Matthew Childs (Action Images) 

Jos Buttler and Joe Root dive for a catch during the 5th ODI between England and Sri Lanka in Cardiff in July 2016.

Md Rafayat Haque Khan (amateur)

Children play cricket among drying rice on a cold winter morning in central Bangladesh.

Kuntal Roy (amateur)

A young girl in a remote West Bengal village keeps the ball bouncing on her bat after challenged by her friends.

Photo Courtesy: cricket.com.au