What are the key qualities of a good yacht racing image ?
Abner Kingman: The best yacht racing images both evoke emotion and provoke thought. They affect the viewer on a gut level first, and then, on second look, intellectually. They feel true and honest, not contrived, cliched, syrupy, or sentimental.
What do you think about the job of « yacht racing photographer » ?
AK: Sounds glamorous doesn’t it? I suppose a lot of people think it does and that is why there are so many photographers at every yacht race. Very few of them are in it for the long haul, though. Aside from any artistic talent, it takes a relentless doggedness to succeed.
What yacht racing image would you like to see; what hasn’t been done yet ?
AK: I don’t suppose there are many images that haven’t been tried before. What is very difficult to capture is an image that is worth looking at again and again, because each time you see something new.
What is your relation with yacht racing photography?
AK: I work as a marine photographer and that includes a fair bit of yacht racing. When I was younger and racing, but not yet shooting I always relished looking at the shots that could make me feel the way I did when I was on the water.
Professional sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to join the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2014.
Started in 2009, 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 World Yacht Racing Forum in Barcelona, on December 11, 2014.
Submission of the pictures open today! In order to participate, photographers need to register and submit their best yacht racing image taken in 2014 before October 26, at the following address: http://www.maxcomm.ch/yri2014
The contest is open to professional photographers. The detailed rules are available on the event’s website: http://www.yachtracingimage.com/contest/rules/
Two prizes will once again be awarded: The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’, chosen by the international jury, and the ‘Public Award’, decided by the number of popular votes on the website and the participants of the World Yacht Racing Forum.
The photographs will be displayed on the event’s website (www.yachtracingimage.com ) on November 1, allowing the public to vote. The top 20 pictures will then be printed and exhibited at the World Yacht Racing Forum, where delegates will select the winner of the « Public Award ».
The great winner will receive the coveted trophy as well as a stunning Zenith Watch El Primero Chronomaster 1969, whilst runner-ups will receive special edition Nespresso coffee machines!
Eighty-two photographers participated in last year’s event. More than one million people saw their photographs online (http://www.yachtracingimage.com/gallery/contest-2013/)
Photo: Copyright Nico Martinez – This picture made it to the top five in the 2013 edition of the contest