63 Not Out
Sports, third prize singles
November 25, 2014
Members of the New South Wales team assist batsman Phillip Hughes of the opposing South Australia team, after he was struck by a ball during a cricket match.
Balls delivered by fast bowlers in cricket can surpass speeds of 150 kilometers per hour. Hughes was wearing a helmet, but was hit in an unprotected area just behind his left ear. After undergoing surgery in hospital, Hughes was placed in an induced coma. He died on 27 November, having never regained consciousness, three days before his 26th birthday. His death evoked an enormous reaction, internationally as well as nationally. In a symbolic gesture, the official scorecard for his final match was adjusted from ‘retired hurt’—the usual wording for a player who has left the field after injury—to ‘63 not out’, which would indicate that he was still batting when the match ended.
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Mark started his career 15 years ago working in the London office of Allsport photo agency, and has remained working in the photo industry since that day. He is now based in Sydney where he has been a regular freelance photographer for Getty Images over the last five years covering sport, news and entertainment across Australia.