BENDIGO Advertiser photographer Jim Aldersey has won a Cricket Victoria media award for his daring underwater photograph.
The intrepid photographer dived into the water at Brennan Park in Flora Hill for a shot of White Hills team-mates Rhys Irwin and Gareth Davies.
The shot - featured on page one of January 31's edition - was taken to depict Bendigo District Cricket Association's decision to call the day's play off due to extreme heat forecast.
Aldersey said he was shocked to win the award.
"Taking the photo presented a few challenges because we didn't have any diving equipment and I couldn't see," he said.
"I had to use my knowledge, a bit of instinct and some planning."