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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Nikos Zagas and Rick Tomlinson win Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2015 

The sixth edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image welcomed 135 professional photographers spanning 29 countries and generated an exceptional selection of images. Nikos Zagas (GRE) won the main award, whilst the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum chose Rick Tomlinson’s photograph for the «Public Award». A special mention was awarded to Brian Carlin (IRL).

135 professional photographers spanning twenty-nine nations submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2015 and generated an exceptional selection of images that summarize the 2015 yacht racing season better than words. Greek photographer Nikos Zagas (GRE) won the main award whilst Rick Tomlinson  (UK) won the prize of  the public. A special mention was awarded to Brian Carlin (IRL). The top 80 pictures can be viewed at www.yachtracingimage.com

No less than 38’555 votes have been taken into account whilst more than 1,4 million pages have been viewed on the event’s website. The viral spread of the images on Facebook is spectacular, and can be estimated in millions.

Based in Piraeus, next to Athens, Nikos Zagas has always had an interest in sports and especially water sports. He opened his own photography studio in 1992 and began sailing in 1996. He is now the official photographer of the biggest and most important regattas in Greece.

« I am very honored to win this prize, above all with so many professionals and experienced photographers in this contest », said Zagas. « I feel fantastic, this prize is a big recognition for my work. The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the most important sailing photography contest, thanks to the support of Mirabaud and the organization of MaxComm ! » Nikos Zagas won the prestigious Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award, a stunning watch Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 and €1’000 prize money.

Rick Tomlinson won the «Public Award», awarded by the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum in Geneva out of the twenty pictures preselected by the public on Internet, thanks to his picture of Team Brunel sailing past Cape Horn. « This picture wasn’t taken by chance, it was a big work thanks to the Volvo Ocean Race team, my colleagues that came with me to the Cape Horn and Team SCA », says Rick with a lot of emotion. He also received a €1’000 prize money and a Nespresso Coffee Machine.

A special mention was awarded to Brian Carlin for his extraordinary picture of Team Vestas   Wind grounded on a coral reef during the Volvo Ocean Race. Richard Gladwell, Editor at SailWorld.com, said that « looking at the totality of what he did in terms of onboard media – video, commentary and still photography – it was an amazing effort and he achieved the rare distinction of having sailing video crack through into the mainstream news stories. It was a superlative effort and deserves special recognition in the wider context of sailing media. »

« The winning pictures illustrate in their own way, through angles or specific situations, the tight link that unites the sailors to the power of the sea. The quality of the images submitted, their originality, and the emotions they generated made it very difficult to make a choice amongst the 135 photographers », said Antonio Palma, CEO of Mirabaud & Cie, the event’s main partner.

Richard Gladwell, editor at SailWorld.com, commented: « Overall the improvement in the technology available to the photographer makes many new angles and effects possible, and most of the images submitted had embraced that change and opportunity. In years to come some of the images submitted for this contest will be regarded as being amongst the iconic images of sailing. »

America’s Cup and Whitbread race veteran Dawn Riley, also a member of the Jury, paid tribute to all the photographers involved in the contest: « It was hugely difficult to make the choice between the photos with their quality and diversity. »

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2015 – Jury Award – Top ten:

Nikos Zagas (GRE)
Christophe Breschi (FRA)
Gilles Martin-Raget (FRA)
Rick Tomlinson (GBR)
Brian Carlin (IRL)
Ingrid Abery (GBR)
Robert Hajduk
Laurens Morel
Nico Martinez
Marek Wilczek

Public award – top ten:

Rick Tomlinson
Brian Carlin
Stephan Coppers
Martina Orsini
Jesus Renedo
Marcos Méndez
Jacques Vapillon
Gilles Martin-Raget
Nikos Zagas
Laurens Morel

Special mention: Brian Carlin (IRL)

The Jury of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2015: 

Dawn Riley (Executive Director, Oakcliff Sailing Center and former America’s Cup and Whitbread race skipper, USA)
Antonio Palma (CEO, Mirabaud & Cie SA, SUI)
Richard Gladwell (NZ and America’s Cup Editor, Sail-World.com, NZL)
Vincent Steinmann (Marketing and communication Director, Zenith Watches, SUI)
Alfred Farré (Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award winner 2014, ESP)

© Nikos Zagas
© Rick Tomlinson

Copyright free photos can be downloaded by media at the following address: www.maxcomm-media.com


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.