Jean-Marie Liot wins Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2016

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149 photographers spanning 25 countries participated in the seventh edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image. Jean-Marie Liot, from France, won the main award, whilst the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum and World Sailing’s annual conference chose Nico Martinez’s photograph for the Yacht Racing Forum award. Christophe Huchet won the public award, based on the votes on Facebook. The top 80 pictures can be viewed on the website.

Malta, November 29, 2016 – No less than 149 professional photographers spanning twenty-five nations submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016 and generated an exceptional selection of images that summarize the yacht racing season better than words.

French photographer Jean-Marie Liot won the main award thanks to an extraordinary picture of Morgan Lagravière training ahead of the Vendée Globe onboard his IMOCA  Safran, entirely submerged by a wave at high speed.

” When I took this picture, I immediately knew I would send it to the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award “, says Jean-Marie. ” The conditions were perfect and Morgan was pushing hard. I am very happy to win this contest, because it reassembles the best yacht racing photographers and the jury is made of professionals from within the yacht racing industry. It’s a real achievement. “

Based in Vannes, in Brittany, Jean-Marie Liot has been working as a professional yacht racing photographer since 1994. His assignments allow him to travel around the world, working for many skippers, sponsors and races and collaborating with the greatest yacht racing magazines.

” I never realised how hard judging a competition like this would be “, said Ian Walker, winner of the Volvo Ocean Race and a member of the Jury. ” There are so many wonderful shots, each with their own beautiful story to tell. If ever there was a competition that didn’t deserve to have winners and losers then this was it! It was a privilege to be able to study these wonderful photos from so many talented photographers.”

” The savage beauty of Jean-Marie’s stunning white welter of water was a stand-out choice in an exceptional field of entries. It speaks volumes about personal courage, vast technological growth, sailing skill and performance”, said yachting journalist and writer Keith Taylor. Also a member of the jury, Christian Février said: ” Jean-Marie Liot’s picture of a fully immersed racing boat is rare.  Despite the help offered by the chopper – stability, angle of the shot, context, situation… – this image is very impressive. “

” Most people don´t think about all the hard work that lays behind each photography. I do. I have so much respect for all the contributors in this years competition. As much as I enjoyed looking at the photographies It was a difficult task to make a judgement but I´m very pleased with the result in the end “, added Anna-Lena Elled, picture editor at Searchmagasine.

Nico Martinez won the Yacht Racing Forum award, chosen by the delegates from both World Sailing’s annual conference in Barcelona in November and the Yacht Racing Forum. Christophe Huchet (FRA) won the public award, selected by the number of votes on Internet. No less than 34’680 votes have been taken into account, whilst 1,8 million pages have been viewed on the event’s website.

” We are thrilled with the success of the event “, said Antonio Palma, managing partner of Mirabaud. “ Mirabaud has been involved in sailing at the highest level for over a decade, supporting projects who reflect high performance, teamwork and technology. The world’s best yacht racing photographers often try to reflect those values through their images, and it is always a great pleasure to discover their work. ”

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016 – Top ten:

1. Jean-Marie Liot (FRA)
2. Benoît Stichelbaut (FRA)
3. Mark Lloyd (UK)
4. Guy Nowell (UK)
5. Richard Gladwell (NZL)
6. Claire Matches (UK)
7. Nico Martinez (ESP)
8. Eugenia Bakunova (RUS)
9. Alex Irwin (UK)
10. Tim Thomas (UK)

Yacht Racing Forum award top 5:

1. Nico Martinez (SPA)
2. Mark Lloyd (UK)
3. Luis Fernandez (SPA)
4. Pedro Martinez (ESP)
5. Jean-Marie Liot (FRA)

Public award top 5:

1. Christophe Huchet (FRA)
2. Ricardo Pinto (POR)
3. Matias Capizzano (ARG)
4. Andras Kollmann (HUN)
5. Joka Gemesi (HUN)

The Jury of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016:

Andy Hunt (World Sailing CEO, UK)
Keith Taylor (marine writer, editor and marine publicist, NZL)
Antonio Palma (Managing Partner of Mirabaud, SUI)
Anna-Lena Elled (yachting journalist and picture editor, SWE)
Ian Walker (pro sailor, winner of the Volvo Ocean Race, UK)

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

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016: Top 20 disclosed!

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The top twenty pictures from the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award will be exhibited firsthand during World Sailing’s Annual Conference in Barcelona (November 5 – 13). Today, we disclose the photographers selected.

No less than 149 professional photographers spanning 25 countries have submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2016. The top eighty pictures have been selected by a panel of international yacht racing photographers, allowing the international jury to vote.

Today, we are pleased to disclose the top 20 pictures selected by the international jury. The winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award – who will be announced and celebrated during the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta on November 29 – is one of them!

Top twenty photographers (in alphabetical order):

  • Eugenia Bakunova (RUS)
  • Christian Beeck (GER)
  • Matias Capizzano (ARG)
  • Rachel Fallon-Langdon (IRE)
  • Luis Fernandez (SPA)
  • Richard Gladwell (NZL)
  • Alex Irwin (UK)
  • Pierrick Jeannoutot (FRA)
  • Jean-Marie Liot (FRA)
  • Mark Lloyd (UK)
  • Gilles Martin-Raget (FRA)
  • Nico Martinez (SPA)
  • Pedro Martinez (SPA)
  • Claire Matches (UK)
  • Mauro Melandri (ITA)
  • Guy Nowell (UK)
  • Benoit Stichelbaut (FRA)
  • Tim Thomas (UK)
  • James Tomlinson (UK)
  • Jasper Van-Staveren (NED)

The leading countries are: United Kingdom (7 pictures), France (4 pictures), Spain (3 pictures), Argentina, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, The Netherlands and Germany (1 picture).

The votes by the public on Internet are still open, and not restricted to the top 20 images selected by the Jury.

The partnership between World Sailing and the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image will provide great visibility to the world’s best photographers, and showcase their work to their current and potential future clients.

The delegates from World Sailing’s annual conference will be asked to vote for their favorite picture. Their votes will be added to the voices from the delegates of the Yacht Racing Forum (Malta, November 28-29), and will contribute to the election of the winner of the Yacht Racing Forum award.

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. Open to professional photographers, it provides an opportunity for yacht racing specialists to display their work and share their passion with a wide audience. More than one million people saw the pictures submitted for the last edition of the contest.

International financial services Group Mirabaud is the official title sponsor of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image teaser: Click here

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image : public invited to vote!

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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

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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.

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Message to Yacht Racing Photographers

Yacht Racing Image 2016

  • New, fairer rules
  • € 2’000 prize-money
  • Deadline for submitting your pictures: October 13.

Ladies & gentlemen, dear yacht racing photographers,

We kindly remind you that the deadline for submitting your image for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is October 13, 2016.

We have made significant changes in order to improve the quality and fairness of the contest.

  • There will be one official winner, selected by the international jury.
  • The preselection of the top 80 pictures will be made by a panel of international yacht racing photographers: Christian Février, Rick Tomlinson and Erik Brin.
  • The top 20 pictures chosen by the international Jury will be exhibited at both World Sailing’s annual conference and the Yacht Racing Forum.Three prizes will be awarded:
  • The main prize is the ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’, selected by the international jury
  • 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.

The top eighty pictures will be published on the event’s website on October 18, allowing 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.

The Yacht Racing Forum is the leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing.

Composed of separate conference streams, this annual event will deliver important ideas and concepts in three key areas that affect everyone in the yacht racing industry: Business and Marketing, Design and Technology and Risk Management and Safety.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016 to be exhibited firsthand at World Sailing annual conference in Barcelona

The top twenty pictures from the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award will be exhibited firsthand during World Sailing’s annual conference in Barcelona (November 5 – 13).

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award keeps growing and improving its structures. Having implemented new and fairer rules in 2016, the contest today announces that the top twenty pictures, selected by the international Jury, will be exhibited for the first time during World Sailing’s annual conference in Barcelona (November 5 – 13).

World Sailing’s annual conference reassembles World Sailing member national authorities, Committees, Sub-committees, Commissions, Class Associations, sailors, event organizers, boat manufacturers and observers. Up to 700 delegates are expected in Barcelona this year.

” We are delighted to host the world’s best yacht racing images during our Annual Conference in Barcelona “, said World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt. ” The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image features all aspects of our sport, from dinghy and Olympic sailing to professional events across the world. It illustrates the formidable variety and complexity of our favorite sport. “

The partnership between World Sailing and the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image will provide great visibility to the world’s best photographers, and showcase their work to their current and potential future clients.

The delegates from World Sailing’s annual conference will be asked to vote for their favorite picture. Their votes will be added to the voices from the delegates of the Yacht Racing Forum (Malta, November 28-29), and will contribute to the election of the winner of the Yacht Racing Forum award.

Submissions for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award are currently open, until October 13. Three world class sailing photographers will pre-select the top eighty pictures that will allow the international Jury to vote : Rick Tomlinson, Christian Février and Eric Brin.

The International Jury, consisting of 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) will then select the world’s best yacht racing photograph of the year.
The winning photographer will receive the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award and € 1’000 prize money.

Two secondary prizes will be awarded : The Yacht Racing Forum Award (selected by the delegates attending the World Sailing annual conference and the Yacht Racing Forum) and the Public Award (selected by the votes from the public on Facebook). The winners will each receive € 500 prize money.

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. Open to professional photographers, it provides an opportunity for yacht racing specialists to display their work and share their passion with a wide audience. More than one million people saw the pictures submitted for the last edition of the contest.

International financial services Group Mirabaud is the official title sponsor of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLqM7VFQe8U

Follow the contest on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YachtRacingImage

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016 officially launched

Professional sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to join the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2016. Submission of the pictures open until October 13. Prize giving during the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta on November 29. (more…)

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image announces international jury 2016

Professional yacht racing photographers Rick Tomlinson, Christian Février and Eric Brin have been assigned the duty of preselecting the top 80 pictures. The international jury, made of Ian Walker, Andy Hunt, Antonio Palma, Keith Taylor and Anna-Lena Elled will select the best picture taken in 2016. (more…)

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award announces new rules

The world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing improves thanks to the feedback of some of the world’s best yacht racing photographers.

March 9, 2016 – The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing. Started in 2010, the event announces a new set of rules established with the support of some of the most prominent yacht racing photographers.

The main changes are the following: 

  • There will be one official winner, selected by the international juryamongst the top 80 pictures.
  • The preselection of the top 80 pictures submitted (and therefore photographers admitted) will be made by a panel of three recognized international yacht racing photographers, who will change over the years and whose identity will be made public. The selected pictures will then be published on the event website and social networks.
  • The top 20 pictures chosen by the international Jury will be printed and displayed at the Yacht Racing Forum, on Internet and promoted on the social networks. A special emphasis will be put on this selection (instead of the public selection as was the case previously).
  • Two secondary prizes will be awarded during the Yacht Racing Forum:
  1. The Yacht Racing Forum Award (selected by the delegates attending the Yacht Racing Forum)
  2. The Public Award (selected by the votes from the public on Facebook). This award  rewards the quality of the pictures as well as the photographers network. It needs to be taken with a lighthearted spirit. It is however important for the promotion of the contest and its participants thanks to the power of the social networks. Photographers are therefore encouraged to contribute to the promotion of their (and their colleagues) images.

The new rules have been established after consultation with approximately twenty of the world’s most prominent yacht racing photographers.

Other updates on points of details, not included in the event rules, have also been made in order to improve the global quality of the contest.

The new rules are available on the event website: http://www.yachtracingimage.com/contest/rules/

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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)

Pictures:
© Nikos Zagas
© Rick Tomlinson

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

TIME 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 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.

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image to unveil unprecedented set of images

The most prestigious award in sailing photography once again gathers some of the world’s best yacht racing photographers. Now rewarding the best talent through prize money, the competition also summarizes the current state of the sport.

The world’s best yacht racing photographers have until Monday, October 26 to submit their photograph at the following address: http://www.yachtracingimage.com

The top eighty pictures selected by the international jury will be published on the event’s website on November 1, allowing the public to vote.

Dawn Riley (USA), a veteran America’s Cup and Whitbread Round the World Race skipper and member of the jury, reminds us of the importance of yacht racing photography: “Photography was one of the first medium to bring sailing to the remote viewer and even though there have been many advances in technology photography still remains the most powerful”, she says.

Winner of the last award in 2014, Alfred Farré (ESP) adds: “Yacht Racing Images allow us to measure the evolution of the sport. Seeing a very good image of a racing yacht generates very strong emotions.”

The winners of the contest will be announced and celebrated during the Yacht Racing Forum, in Geneva (December 7-8). A prize money of € 2’000 will be awarded to the winners, alongside a precious Zenith Watch El Primero Chronomaster 1969 and limited edition NESPRESSO Coffee Machines.

“This contest It is the most prestigious award in sailing photography, showing all aspects of the sport”, says Richard Gladwell, Editor of Sail-World.com and a member of the Jury.

Antonio Palma, Managing Partner and CEO of Mirabaud & Cie, concludes: “The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the visual expression of our passion for human relations, technology and high performance; three themes that in our opinion are completely in line with the industry of banking and finance. It is a privilege to support this event and I look forward to viewing the new entries”.

Started in 2010, 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 Yacht Racing Forum in Geneva, on December 8, 2015.

Follow the contest on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YachtRacingImage

©Photo: The past winners of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award: Abner Kingman (USA, 2013), Alfred Farré (ESP, 2014), Kurt Arrigo (MAL, 2012), Thierry Martinez (FRA, 2010 and 2011).

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2015 officially launched!

Professional sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to join the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2015.

Started in 2010, 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 Yacht Racing Forum in Geneva, on December 8, 2015.

Submission of the pictures open today! In order to participate, photographers need to register and submit their best yacht racing image taken in 2015 before October 26, at the following address: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f1nV7VN0G7tZn4PGAKn44B2SvPVgME3HXZkGQq0HyHw/viewform

The contest is open to professional photographers. The detailed rules are available at: 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 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 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!

One hundred and twenty photographers participated in last year’s event. More than one million people saw their photographs online (http://www.yachtracingimage.com/gallery/contest-2014/)

Photo: Copyright Charles Marion, winner of the Public Award 2014

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image announces international jury 2015

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image announces a world class lineup of personalities for its international jury 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) and Alfred Farré (Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award winner 2014, ESP), will be selecting the world’s best yacht racing photograph of the year.

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award has been held since 2010 to recognize the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, which best represents the essence and excitement of the sport. Open to professional photographers, it provides an opportunity for yacht racing specialists to display their work and to share their passion with a wide audience. More than one million people saw the pictures submitted for the last edition of the contest.

The international jury will be asked to pre-select the top seventy photographs out of all the pictures submitted. The selection will then be published on the event website on November 1, allowing the public to vote for their favorite photograph.

Two prizes will once again be awarded: The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’, chosen by the international jury and the ‘public prize’, which will be awarded by the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum (Geneva, December 7 – 8), based on a preselection of the top twenty photographs chosen by the public votes on Internet.

The contest will be run according to the ethical principles of the ‘Concours Equitable’ label. Only low resolution photographs will be published, and the name of the photographers will automatically be associated with each photograph.

“The last edition of the event uncovered a stunning collection of images and I look forward to discovering this years’ best sailing pictures”, says Antonio Palma, CEO, Mirabaud & Cie SA, the event’s main partner. “The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award tells the story of the greatest moments experienced in the current sailing season, through the  artistic and expert eye of the world’s best yacht racing photographers. It symbolises our passion for  sailing, but also teamwork, technology and high performance – three themes that are particularly dear to us.”

Richard Gladwell, editor of the reference sailing website sailworld.com, considers that the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is “the most prestigious award in sailing photography, showing all aspects of the sport.”

According to “ title holder ” Alfred Farré, “ the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award helps measure the evolution of the sport. It is the Pulitzer Yacht Racing Image award.”

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The world’s best sailing photographers will be celebrated for the sixth consecutive time in 2015

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

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Discover the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 tribute video:

 

Spanish photographer Alfred Farre wins Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014

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:

1. Alfred Farré (ESP)

2. Charles Marion (FRA)

3. Nico Martinez (ESP)

4. Bertrand Duquenne (FRA)

5. Pedro Martinez (ESP)

Public award – the five finalists:

1. Charles Marion (FRA)

2. Mark Lloyd (GBR)

3. Alfred Farré (ESP)

4. Bertrand Duquenne (FRA)

5. Patrick Legalloudec (FRA)

The international Jury and the public have made their choice !

No less than one hundred and twenty yacht racing photographers from all over the world have submitted the photograph of their choice for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2014.

The top 70 pictures have been presented on the event website for one month, allowing the public to vote. No less than 140’000 people have visited the website, viewing more than one million pages. The number of views on the social networks is counted in millions!

The votes are now closed and the top twenty pictures – chosen by the public – are being printed in order to be exhibited at the World Yacht Racing Forum.

Another ranking has been established by the event’s international Jury, for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image main award.

The winners of both rankings will be announced – and celebrated – during the World Yacht Racing Forum, on December 11, in Barcelona. The winners of both categories will be awarded a prestigious ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ trophy , whilst the winner of the main award will receive a stunning watch Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969. Other prizes will be offered by Nespresso.

PUBLIC INVITED TO VOTE FOR MIRABAUD YACHT RACING IMAGE 2014

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.

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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.

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 officially launched!

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

Delta Lloyd Regatta 2013 © Sander van der Borch

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image announces international jury 2014

Ken Read, Carlo Croce, Karin Bäcklund, Antonio Palma and Abner Kingman have been selected as members of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image international jury. 

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image announces a world class lineup of personalities for its international jury 2014. 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 (Managing Partner and CEO of Mirabaud, SUI) and Abner Kingman (Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award winner 2013, USA), will be selecting the world’s best yacht racing photograph of the year.

Presented for the first time in 2010, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is open to professional yacht racing photographers from all over the world. It seeks to recognise the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, which best represents the essence and excitement of the sport.

The international jury will be asked to pre-select the top fifty photographs out of all the pictures submitted. The chosen pictures will then be published on the event website on November 1, allowing the public to vote for their favorite photograph.

Two prizes will once again be awarded: The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’, chosen by the international jury and the ‘public prize’, decided by the number of popular votes on the website.

In order to respect the photographers’ rights, the contest will be run according to the ethical principles of the ‘Concours Equitable’ label. Only low resolution photographs will be published, and the name of the photographers will automatically be associated with each photograph.

“The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is a great conclusion of the yacht racing season”, says Antonio Palma, Managing Partner and CEO of Mirabaud, the event’s main partner. “It reminds us of the year’s greatest achievements, through the expert and artistic eye of the world’s best yacht racing photographers. This event symbolises our passion for teamwork, technology and high performance – three themes that are particularly dear to us. We look forward to discovering this year’s best yacht racing photographs.”

Other key personalities of the international yacht racing industry might join the jury before the start of the votes, scheduled on November 1.

Photo: Copyright Sander Van der Borch / This beautiful picture by Sander Van der Borch was the runner up of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2013

 

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image announces partnership with Zenith Watches

The Swiss watchmaker Zenith joins Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image as a co-sponsor. Zenith will amongst others provide the winner with a beautiful and prestigious watch.

Now in its sixth year, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award welcomes Swiss watchmaker Zenith as a co-sponsor.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the yearly worldwide photographic contest that seeks to recognise the very best sailboat race image taken during the year by professional yacht racing photographers from all over the world.

“We are very pleased to associate our name with the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award”, says Juliette North, marketing and communication Director, Zenith. “We have a lot of respect for yacht racing photographers: they work in difficult conditions and often face a hostile environment, yet they manage to create beauty and emotion through their vision. Like watchmaking, photography is all about perfect timing, measure and vision! We look forward to discovering this year’s photographs, and we are proud to associate our brand with the world’s most beautiful yacht racing pictures.”

Zenith will provide the winner of the contest with a stunning watch El Primero Chronomaster 1969. The selection will be made in November / December by the public as well as by an independent jury consisting of top level international personalities from the yacht racing industry.

Photo: The winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 will be presented with a stunning watch El Primero Chronomaster 1969.

Fifth edition of Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image

The world’s best sailing photographers will be celebrated for the fifth consecutive time in 2014.

Yacht Racing photographers from all over the world will once again be invited to attend the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award in 2014.

Started in 2009, this event 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.

The 2013 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image uncovered a new, stunning collection of images sent by 82 professional photographers spanning nineteen countries. More than one million people saw their photographs through social networks, whilst the event website saw the visit of more than 120’000 single visitors.

The overall winner, Abner Kingman, received the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award and a TAG Heuer regatta chronogaph, whilst UK yacht racing photographer Rick Tomlinson received the Public Award trophy as well as items from event partner Nespresso.

Since its debuts, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award has been awarded to four world class photographers: Thierry Martinez (2010 and 2011), Kurt Arrigo (2012) and Abner Kingman (2013).

In order to guarantee and increase the global quality of the contest, the rules have been upgraded, thanks to advice from some of the world’s most prominent yacht racing photographers, with amongst others the introduction of a preselection of the fifty best pictures decided by the contest’s international and independent jury. Superb prizes will once again be distributed to the best photographers.

The event 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.

Discover the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image promotional video: http://vimeo.com/88631582

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US photographer Abner Kingman wins Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013

A jury composed of specialists from the yacht racing and photographic industries chose Abner Kingman’s photograph taken during the 34th America’s Cup for the  Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2013. The delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum chose Rick Tomlinson’s photograph for the «Public Award». The fourth edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image welcomed 82 professional photographers from all over the world ; the pictures can be viewed at www.yachtracingimage.com

Gothenburg (SWE), December 11, 2013 – 82 professional photographers spanning nineteen countries took part in the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013. US photographer Abner Kingman, based in San Francisco, won the main award further to a selection made by an international jury consisting of nine specialists from the yacht racing and photographic industries (see list below). Rick Tomlinson (UK) won the prize of public.

Aged 44 and the father of two children, Abner Kingman, has been awarded for his photograph of Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA, taken during race 8 of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco (USA). The shot captures the precise moment when Oracle Team USA took over the lead on Emirates Team New Zealand whilst ETNZ almost capsized; the turning point in the last America’s Cup. «As Emirates tried to tack on top of Oracle, their wing articulation hydraulics failed and they couldn’t trim properly», explains winner Abner Kingman. «I was shooting from the aft deck of the television catamaran when they started to capsize, it seemed to unfold in slow motion. Finally, their starboard hull came down with a splash. It took a moment for ETNZ to get sorted out and start sailing again, while Oracle went on to win the race, and then nine more of the next 11 races.»

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Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, voted for Kingman’s photograph: «The image tells the strongest story of all the pictures. It is really capturing a historic moment, you can read a lot into it.»

Didier Ravon Editor in Chief of Voiles & Voiliers (France), said: «The level of this contest is very high and it has helped me to discover new names and new talents in yacht racing photography. When I saw the pictures presented for the contest, I thought: I would have loved to have taken at least half of the pictures presented!»

UK photographer Rick Tomlinson wins the «Public Award», selected by the delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum in Gothenburg (Sweden). 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. Tomlinson’s photograph was taken during trials of the new Volvo Ocean 65 SCA.

A selection of the photographs got sold during a silent auction on Tuesday night, in favour of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, raising over 4’500 Euros.

Thanks to the support of Mirabaud, TAG Heuer and Nespresso, as well as the event’s media partners, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013 has been very successful: the dedicated website has been visited by more than 100’000 individual visitors in just one month, and there have been close to 600’000 page views.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013 – the five finalists:

1. Abner Kingman, (USA), winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013
2. Sander van der Borch, (NED)
3. Christophe Favreau, (FRA)
4. Nico Martinez, (ESP)
5. Pedro Martinez, (ESP)

Public award – the five finalists:

1. Rick Tomlinson (UK)
2. Patrick Le Galloudec (FRA)
3. Jen Edney (USA)
4. Sander van der Borch (NED)
5. Ainhoa Sanchez (ESP)

The Jury of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013:

Knut Frostad – CEO, Volvo Ocean Race – NOR
Gary Jobson – President, US Sailing – USA
Carlo Borlenghi – Photographer – ITA
Thierry Martinez – Photographer – FRA
Andrew Hurst – Editor in Chief, Seahorse – UK
Antonio Palma – CEO, Mirabaud – SUI
Brice Lechevalier – Editor in Chief, SkippersTV – SUI
Didier Ravon – Editor in Chief, Voiles & Voiliers – FRA
Dona Bertarelli – owner / skipper, Spindrift Racing – SUI

Photo: © Abner Kingman / www.kingmanphotography.com

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013 reveals new talents!

The world’s twenty best yacht racing photographs of the year 2013 have been selected by both the international Jury and the public. The winners of the two categories will be announced and celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, on December 11 in Gothenburg.

No less than eighty-two professional yacht racing photographers representing nineteen nations have submitted the photograph of their choice for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2013 award.

One month after the launch of the contest, the votes from the public are over whilst the international Jury has made its selection. The dedicated website has been visited by 100’000 individual visitors, and there have been  close to 600’000 page views. No less than 31’809 people voted for what they consider as the years’ best yacht racing image.

«This edition of the contest is the most successful to date in terms of participation and public interest», observes Bernard  Schopfer, from MaxComm, the organiser of the contest. «It has given the oportunity to a wide public from all over the world to discover the work of the best yacht racing photographers, who often work in very difficult conditions. It has also revealed some talents from unexpected countries such as Greece and India, who obviously benefit from a great network of supporters.»

Commenting the quality of the photographs submitted, Volvo Ocean Race CEO and member of the jury Knut Frostad said that «they are all good and I really like the fact that there are many new names among them. The road to become a photographer is much shorter today as the digital world allows anyone to publish their work. There is a lot of great talent out there and this contest opens up an opportunity for new names to come up.»

Gary Jobson, long time America’s Cup TV commentator and vice-President of ISAF, added that «this contest is great because it helps to build appreciation for the sport of sailing».

Two trophies will be awarded on December 11, in Gothenburg, during the World Yacht Racing Forum, with prizes offered by TAG Heuer and Nespresso.

  • The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013 (main prize) will be selected by an international and independent jury consisting of nine members.
  • The Public Award will be selected by the delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum, who will be asked to name the best yacht racing photograph of the year out of the twenty pictures selected by the public on Internet.

The following photographers’ pictures will be displayed at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Gothenburg:

  • Nikos Zagas,
  • Charles Marion,
  • Juerg Kaufmann,
  • Andy Green,
  • Guillaume Grange,
  • Jen Edney,
  • Alan Dop,
  • Suheim Skeikh,
  • Maria Muina,
  • Ainhoa Sanchez Vidales,
  • Jesus Renedo,
  • Ricardo Pinto,
  • Michael Mac Sweeney,
  • Sander van der Borch,
  • Max Ranchi,
  • Rick Tomlinson,
  • Patrick Le Galloudec,
  • Andrea Francolini,
  • Onne van der Wal,
  • Josep Sanchez

 

Launch of ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of 2013’ contest is a great success

The annual marine photography competition brings together over 80 photographers from 19 different countries. Since the official competition launch on 7 November, the event website has received over 50,000 visits, viewing 320,000 pages!

The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of 2013’ competition is proving more popular than ever. In just under a week since the launch, 50,000 people have visited the event website and viewed 320,000 pages. More than 15,000 people have already voted for their favourite photograph of the year here: www.yachtracingimage.com

The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ competition is in its fourth year and is organised by MaxComm and sponsored by Mirabaud. The contest is reserved for professional marine photographers and this year has received submissions from 82 specialists, seventy-four men and eight women. The competition aims to pay tribute to their work, to provide them with a promotional platform and to promote the sport of sailing to a wider audience.

The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of 2013’ award ceremony will take place at the World Yacht Racing Forum, held this year in Gothenburg, Sweden, on the 10th and 11th of December.

There will be two prizes:

  • The Award for the ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013’, judged by an international jury that includes Antonio Palma, partner and CEO of Mirabaud & Cie, as well as leading figures from the world of sailing and marine photography
  • The Mirabaud Public Award, judged by the participants of the World Yacht Racing Forum and the public who can submit their vote online.

The winners of both categories will be awarded a prestigious ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ trophy and prizes offered by TAG Heuer and Nespresso.

In 2012, the event received an incredible 200,000 visits to the competition website, viewing nearly two million pages. Big numbers which are set to grow in 2013!

Public invited to vote for Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013

Seventy of the world’s best yacht racing photographers, representing seventeen nations, have submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award 2013. The public is now invited to vote online. The best yacht racing picture of the year will be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Gothenburg, on December 10-11.

Sailing enthusiasts from all over the world are invited to vote for their favourite yacht racing image at www.yachtracingimage.com/gallery/contest-2013/

No less than seventy of the world’s best yacht racing photographers, representing seventeen nations, have submitted a picture.

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 Gothenburg, during the World Yacht Racing Forum.

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013 (main prize) will be selected by an international and independent jury consisting of the following people:

  • Carlo Borlenghi – Photographer – ITA
  • Thierry Martinez – Photographer – FRA
  • Knut Frostad – CEO, Volvo Ocean Race – DEN
  • Gary Jobson – President, US Sailing – USA
  • Dona Bertarelli, Owner and Co-skipper, Spindrift – SUI
  • Andrew Hurst – Editor in Chief, Seahorse – UK
  • Antonio Palma – CEO, Mirabaud – SUI
  • Brice Lechevalier – Editor in Chief, SkippersTV – SUI
  • Didier Ravon, Editor in Chief, Voiles & Voiliers – FRA

The Prize of the public will be awarded following votes from the public on Internet (until November 30) and delegates of the World Yacht Racing Forum.

The winners will be announced and celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, on December 11, and will receive trophies presented by Mirabaud, TAG Heuer and Nespresso.

World Yacht Racing Forum to host ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ 2013 Awards

The world’s best yacht racing photographs of 2013 will once again be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Gothenburg, from 10th to 11th December.

The prize for the ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ was first awarded in 2009. The award 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. More than 200,000 people visited last year’s online exhibition, and generated more than two million hits.

The exhibition and award are sponsored by Mirabaud & Cie, one of Switzerland’s oldest private banks, who is enthusiastic about developing the notoriety of the contest in the future. The competition is organised by MaxComm Communication, who will develop a new website and help promote the event.

“We are very pleased to have been associated with the world’s best yacht racing photographs since 2009,” said Antonio Palma, Partner and CEO of Mirabaud. “The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ is a visual expression of our passion for teamwork, technology and high performance – three themes that are particularly dear to us. We look forward to discovering this year’s best yacht racing photographs.”

The contest is open to professional yacht racing 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.

All the photographs submitted will be published on a website, where the public will be able to vote for their favourite, while a jury of professionals from the yacht racing and photographic industries will vote in parallel.

www.yachtracingimageoftheyear.com

Two prizes will be awarded:

  • The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013’, 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.

In order to respect the photographers’ rights, the contest will be run according to the ethical principles of the ‘Concours Equitable’ label. Only low resolution photographs will be published, and the name of the photographers will automatically be associated with each photograph.

Thierry Martinez, winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2010 and 2011, will act as advisor for the organisation of the contest, guarantee its fairness and be a member of the jury.

Kurt Arrigo - Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2012 Winner

Kurt Arrigo wins Yacht Racing Image of the Year Award, presented by Mirabaud, Private Bankers

The photographer Kurt Arrigo, from Malta is awarded for his photography taken during the Volcano Race, featuring the yacht Nilaya and the reflection of the island of Capri on her hull. Forty-six photographers from all over the world participated in the contest.

Gothenburg, December 12, 2012 – Forty-six yacht racing photographers from all over the world submitted the photograph of their choice for the Yacht Racing Image of the Year, presented by Mirabaud & Cie, Private Bankers.

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“This picture has been taken during the Volcano Race 2012”, said photographer Kurt Arrigo soon after being awarded. “The weather had been bad all day, but the sun suddenly came out for a short while. We were leaving the area but I asked the pilot of the helicopter to fly back briefly over the leading boat; that’s when I took this photograph. I am absolutely thrilled to receive such a prestigious award. It is a great honour for me.”

The final choice was made by five members of the Jury. Shirley Robertson,double Olympic Gold medallist, said that “the quality of this years’ finalists really is extraordinarily high; each photograph tells a story of an exceptional year in our sport. I loved them all”.

According to Christian Février, a legend of yacht racing photography, “the reflection at twilights in the hull was interesting. But the importance of the crew creates a second point of interest. It’s a great shot, that would have been impossible to do twenty years ago with the films of very low speed we used then.”

Will Morris, CEO, Informa, said that “the competition was inspiring; as much to the readers as hopefully to all of the professional and amateur yacht racing photographers seeking out that unique, one of a kind shot. The quality of the photographs selected was quite amazing, and each photograph suggests the story of struggle and competition, and also gives the reader a thought provoking image of what it must have taken for the photographer to position himself to get that shot.”

Antonio Palma, CEO, Mirabaud, chose to vote for Kurt Arrigo’s photo because “the colours are absolutely superb and it shows the sort of magical moments any sailor can experience on board a sailing boat, either as sailor or guest. The beauty of the sunset is suggested; it must have been wonderful.”

Finally, Ben Ainslie, quadruple Olympic Gold medallist, said that “the five photographs shortlisted are exceptional. They pay a great tribute to the variety and richness of the sport of sailing.”