Richard was the unanimous choice of a selection panel which included
the leading cricket photographer Graham Morris, who will act as
Richards professional mentor during the coming season.
Under this unique scheme, Richard will also benefit from financial
support (worth up to 7,500), a season-long pass to
Lords and the opportunity to photograph numerous MCC
out-matches and, potentially, one of the Club's overseas tours.
Graham Morris said: We chose Richard from a very
strong field of candidates, as he submitted an extremely impressive
portfolio. His love of sport, coupled with a great talent for still
life and architectural photography, will give him a good grounding in
what will be a very busy season at Lords.
Richard said: I am thrilled to have been chosen for
this scholarship and relish the prospect of photographing cricket at
the highest level - especially at Lords. I have always been
a cricket fan, and this post will give me invaluable experience and the
opportunity to pursue my ambition of becoming a full-time sports
Richard will begin his season as MCC's Young Cricket Photographer on
Friday, when MCC will face the Champion County (Nottinghamshire) at the
start of a four-day fixture at Lord's.
Richard has a BA (Hons) in Photography from the University of
Staffordshire. He was the overall winner of the Telegraph &
Argus/Jessops Architecture Photography Competition (black &
white category) in September 2002. In October 2004, the British Journal
of Photography Magazine published his photographic project documenting
life at the Thorn Park School for Hearing Impaired Children in
Bradford; Richard, who is himself slightly hearing impaired, undertook
this project to show that such special schools are just like any other.
The Young Cricket Photographer scheme is one of several MCC initiatives
to foster young cricket-related talent. Others include the MCC Young
Cricketers scheme (which has helped to develop players including New
Zealand's Hamish Marshall and England's Rikki Clarke) and the MCC
School of Merit (which has helped the development of cricketers
including Ashley Giles and Ian Blackwell).