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 World Yacht Racing Forum.
Yacht Racing photographers from all over the world are once again invited to attend the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award in 2015. The standard has been set with the amazing 2014 competition results and now is time to start selecting, or anticipating the world’s best yacht racing image of 2015!
Started in 2010, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing, celebrating the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and which best represents the essence and excitement of the sport.
“This event has become the reference in yacht racing photography and we are very pleased to contribute to its promotion”, says Antonio Palma, CEO of Mirabaud & Cie SA. “A few dozen photographers were participating at the beginning of the decade whilst there are more than 120 now; the overall level has also gone up and last year’s display was just extraordinary!”
Indeed, the 2014 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image uncovered a stunning collection of images sent by professional photographers spanning twenty-five countries. More than one million people saw their pictures through social networks, whilst the event website saw the visit of more than 150’000 single visitors.
In 2015, the top twenty pictures selected by the public will once again be displayed during the Yacht Racing Forum, on December 7-8. The event will also stage the official award ceremony. The overall winner will receive the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award and a precious watch Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969, whilst the Public Award trophy will be awarded alongside items from event partner Nespresso.
“The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is a fascinating contest, that conveys values that are dear to us, such as authenticity, pleasure and commitment”, says Zenith watches CEO Aldo Magada. “I am impatient to discover the new selection of images, and to see how the world’s best yacht racing photographers manage to discover new ways to portray this beautiful sport !”
Since its debuts, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award has been awarded to five world class photographers: Thierry Martinez, France (2010 and 2011), Kurt Arrigo, Malta (2012), Abner Kingman, USA (2013) and Alfred Farré, Spain (2014).
The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is organised by MaxComm Communication (www.maxcomm.ch) and is open to professional yacht racing photographers from all over the world. Its purpose is to pay tribute to their work, to provide them with a promotional platform and to help promote the sport of sailing to a wider audience.
For more information: www.yachtracingimage.com
Discover the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 tribute video:
The fifth edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image welcomed 120 professional photographers from all over the world and generated an exceptional selection of images. Alfred Farré’s photograph won the main award, whilst the delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum chose Charles Marion’s photograph for the «Public Award».
Barcelona (ESP), December 11, 2014 – 120 professional photographers spanning twenty-five nations submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 and generated an exceptional selection of images that summarize the 2014 yacht racing season better than words. Spanish photographer Alfred Farré won the main award whilst Charles Marion won the prize of public.
Based in Barcelona, Alfred Farré has been a professional nautical photographer since 1984. Official photographer of the Barcelona World Race between 2007 and 2010, he also covered the Palamós International Christmas Race for fifteen years. His picture shows the classic yacht Mariquita, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful classic yachts, pounding into a wave during the VII Puig Vela Classica Barcelona 2014.
« I am very honored by this prize », said an emotional Farré during the prize giving in Barcelona, in front of the 250 delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum. Alfred Farré won the prestigious ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ trophy as well as a stunning watch Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969.
Ken Read, President of North Sails Group, paid tribute to all the photographers involved in the contest: « One of sailings’ enduring qualities is the fact that a single photograph can tell more about our sport than a book of words. The top three photographs are obviously three out of dozens, which I thought were special. Power, grace, modern and old fashioned beauty, athleticism, variety. The beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks to all. »
Winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2013, and a member of the Jury alongside Read, Abner Kingman said that « the caliber of the images in the contest is very high. A number of them could have taken first place for their emotional impact and compositional strength. It is interesting to see what my fellow jurors have rated most highly. Alfred Farré’s image is compelling for the contrast of the geometry in the upper third with the chaos of the breaking wave in the lower portion. The bowman brings a sense of scale, and being able to see his face and grip on the stay adds emotion. Farré’s shot, along with the other exceptional images in the group, offer a stunning overview of the year in yacht racing. »
Charles Marion won the «Public Award», selected by the delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum in Barcelona (Spain), thanks to his aerial view of a Wally yacht and its shade. The delegates were asked to name the best yacht racing photograph of the year out of the twenty pictures preselected by the public on Internet. « This year, we have witnessed the best selection of pictures since we started the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award », said Antonio Palma, Managing Partner and CEO of Mirabaud, the event’s main partner. « It has been extremely difficult to make a choice amongst the best pictures. I have the feeling that the images submitted are more sporty and creative than ever! »
Thanks to the great quality of the pictures submitted, but also the support of Mirabaud, Zenith and Nespresso, as well as the event’s media partners, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 has been very successful. Close to 150’000 people visited the dedicated website in less than a month, viewing more than one million pages, whilst the number of views on the social networks exceeds millions!
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 – the top five finalists: