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.Three prizes are awarded:

  • The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ (main prize), awarded by a panel of international specialists from the yacht racing and photographic industries.
  • The ‘Yacht Racing Forum Award’, decided by the 700 delegates of World Sailing’s Annual conference as well as by the 300 delegates of the Yacht Racing Forum.
  • The‘public prize’, selected by the number of popular votes on Internet.

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image : public invited to vote!


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 celebrated at the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta on November 29.

October 18, 2016 – Sailing and photography enthusiasts from around the world are invited to vote for this year’s Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image – click here to vote

The competition will be tight again this year, with the highest participation rate ever ! No less than 149 professional photographers from 25 different countries entered. Their best 80 shots were preselected by a panel of three international and well recognized yacht racing photographers, and are now available to view and to be voted for, at the event website.

“We are delighted and very proud to once again link the name Mirabaud with the prestigious Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award”, said Antonio Palma, CEO of Mirabaud & Cie SA. “Mirabaud has been involved in sailing at the highest level for over a decade, supporting projects who reflect high performance, teamwork and technology. Those elements are often reflected in the images submitted by the world’s best yacht racing photographers, and it is always a great pleasure to discover their work.”

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.

Three prizes will be awarded on November 29, at the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta:

The main prize is the ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’, selected by the international jury: Andy Hunt (World Sailing CEO, UK), Keith Taylor (marine writer, editor and marine publicist, NZL), Antonio Palma (CEO, Mirabaud & Cie SA, SUI), Anna-Lena Elled (yachting journalist and picture editor, SWE), and Ian Walker (pro sailor, UK, winner of the Volvo Ocean Race)

The ‘Yacht Racing Forum Award’, decided by the 700 delegates of World Sailing’s Annual conference and the 300 delegates of the Yacht Racing Forum.

The ‘Public Award’ is based on the number of votes on Internet. This is a fun award, aimed at increasing the visibility of both the photographers and the entire contest. Photographers are encouraged to like and share pictures, and to do as much self-promotion as they like. This prizes recognizes the quality of the winning picture as well as the photographers’ network and the support he (she) can generate around him and his (her) photograph.

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.

International financial services Group Mirabaud is the official title sponsor of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award. By communicating and associating itself with initiatives that convey an image of professionalism, ethics and performance, Mirabaud keeps pace with the development and expansion of its brand, both locally and internationally.

Deadline for submitting your pictures: October 13


The deadline for submitting your image for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is October 13, 2016.
The top eighty pictures, selected by a panel of well know international yacht racing photographers (Christian Février, Rick Tomlinson ands Erik Brin) will be published on the event’s website on October 18, allowing the international Jury and the public to vote. Each picture will be linked with a presentation of its authors and a description of each photograph.
The winners will be announced and celebrated during the Yacht Racing Forum, in Malta (November 28-29); an event to which you are kindly invited.

The winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award will receive € 1’000 prize money. The winners of the Public Award and Yacht Racing Forum Award will receive € 500 prize money.