Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image


The 'Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image' is a yearly photographic contest and exhibition. It seeks to recognise the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and that which best represents the essence and excitement of yacht racing as a sport.

The contest is open to professional yacht racing photographers from all over the world. Two prizes are awarded every year:

  • The 'Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image', chosen by a panel of specialists from the yacht racing and photographic industries.
  • The 'public prize' decided by the number of popular votes on the website and the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum.

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The world’s greatest marine and yacht racing photographers have entered this year’s international Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image contest and voting is open to the public! The winning image and its photographer will be feted at the Yacht Racing Forum in Geneva on 8 December. 

Sailing and photography enthusiasts from around the world are invited to vote for this year’s Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image – click here to vote: http://www.yachtracingimage.com

The competition will be tight again this year, with no less than 135 professional photographers from 29 different countries entered. Their best shots of 2015 are now available to view and to be voted for, at the event website.

“We are delighted to be involved with the contest for Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image as title sponsor for a fifth consecutive year,” said Antonio Palma, Associate and CEO of Mirabaud. “The images that are submitted are very interesting and reflect an intense year of sailing.

“Each photo has merit and it is fascinating to see how the different photographers perceive and interpret the racing environment through their art.”

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is open to professional photographers from all over the world. The contest aims to pay tribute to the work of these artists, to provide them with a promotional platform and to help promote the sport of sailing to a wider audience.

Two prizes will be awarded on 8 December in Geneva at the Yacht Racing Forum:

  • The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image (main prize), awarded by an independent international jury that includes, Dawn Riley (America’s Cup and Whitbread Round the World Race veteran, from America), Antonio Palma (CEO, Mirabaud & Cie SA, from Switzerland), Richard Gladwell (journalist, Sail-World.com, from New Zealand), Vincent Steinmann (Director of Marketing and Communication, Zenith Watches, from Switzerland) and Alfred Farré (winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014, from Spain)
  • The Audience Prize, awarded based on the online public vote (voting open until 1 December) and the delegates of the Yacht Racing Forum

The winners will share a purse of 2,000 Euros. The winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image will also receive a Zenith Chronomaster El Primero 1969 watch.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image has a very wide audience, in line with the objectives of the event and those of the Yacht Racing Forum that aims to help broaden the fan base of the sport, welcome newcomers and increase the attraction of sailing as a competitive sport.

Hall of fame

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image to unveil unprecedented set of images

The most prestigious award in sailing photography once again gathers some of the world’s best yacht racing photographers. Now rewarding the best talent through prize money, the competition also summarizes the current state of the sport.

The world’s best yacht racing photographers have until Monday, October 26 to submit their photograph at the following address: http://www.yachtracingimage.com

The top eighty pictures selected by the international jury will be published on the event’s website on November 1, allowing the public to vote.

Dawn Riley (USA), a veteran America’s Cup and Whitbread Round the World Race skipper and member of the jury, reminds us of the importance of yacht racing photography: “Photography was one of the first medium to bring sailing to the remote viewer and even though there have been many advances in technology photography still remains the most powerful”, she says.

Winner of the last award in 2014, Alfred Farré (ESP) adds: “Yacht Racing Images allow us to measure the evolution of the sport. Seeing a very good image of a racing yacht generates very strong emotions.”

The winners of the contest will be announced and celebrated during the Yacht Racing Forum, in Geneva (December 7-8). A prize money of € 2’000 will be awarded to the winners, alongside a precious Zenith Watch El Primero Chronomaster 1969 and limited edition NESPRESSO Coffee Machines.

“This contest It is the most prestigious award in sailing photography, showing all aspects of the sport”, says Richard Gladwell, Editor of Sail-World.com and a member of the Jury.

Antonio Palma, Managing Partner and CEO of Mirabaud & Cie, concludes: “The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the visual expression of our passion for human relations, technology and high performance; three themes that in our opinion are completely in line with the industry of banking and finance. It is a privilege to support this event and I look forward to viewing the new entries”.

Started in 2010, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing. The prestigious trophy will be awarded during the Yacht Racing Forum in Geneva, on December 8, 2015.

Follow the contest on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YachtRacingImage

©Photo: The past winners of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award: Abner Kingman (USA, 2013), Alfred Farré (ESP, 2014), Kurt Arrigo (MAL, 2012), Thierry Martinez (FRA, 2010 and 2011).