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 will be awarded in 2014:

  • The 'Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014', 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.

Click here to see the 2013 top 20 public selection.

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Sailing enthusiasts from all over the world are invited to vote for their favourite yacht racing image at http://www.mirabaudyachtracingimage.com
No less than one-hundred-and-twenty of the world’s best yacht racing photographers, representing twenty-five nations, submitted their best picture. The international jury then selected the top 70 pictures, who are now available for viewing – and voting – on the event’s website.
« We are absolutely thrilled to be once again involved as a title partner for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award », said Antonio Palma, Partner and CEO of Mirabaud. « The collection of images submitted by the 120 photographers is very interesting and it has been a real challenge to vote. Each picture has its merit and it is fascinating to see how different photographers perceive and interpret the yacht racing environment through their art. »
The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award is open to professional photographers from all over the world. Its goal 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.
Two prizes will be awarded on December 11, in Barcelona, during the World Yacht Racing Forum:
The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image (main prize), attributed by an international and independent jury consisting of Carlo Croce (ISAF President, ITA), Ken Read (North Sails Group President, USA), Karin Bäcklund (Volvo Ocean Race Commercial Director / Volvo Cars Sponsorship Director, SWE), Antonio Palma (Partner and CEO of Mirabaud, SUI) and Abner Kingman (Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award winner 2013, USA),
The Prize of the public, awarded following votes from the public on Internet (until December 1) and delegates of the World Yacht Racing Forum.
The winner of the Yacht Racing Award will receive a stunning watch El Primero Chronomaster 1969. « We look forward to discovering the winning picture », said Aldo Magada, CEO, Zenith. « This extraordinary collection of images is the visual expression of what happened in the world of yacht racing this year, all over the planet. It shows a mixture of authenticity, pleasure, and tenacity and proves that the yacht racing world is very dynamic, diverse and beautiful; those are values that are dear to us! »
The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2014 welcomes photographers from twenty-five countries, including new entries from nations such as India, Ukraine, Chili, Czech Republic, Poland or Russia. A wide spread that is perfectly in line with the event’s ambition – shared with the World Yacht Racing Forum – to grow the base of the sport, welcome newcomers and broaden the appeal of sailing.


Abner Kingman, winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013, shares his views on yacht racing photography:

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.