The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award is organised and managed by MaxComm Communication sàrl

  • To enter the contest, photographers must agree to the Rules.
  • The contest is open to professional photographers who can confirm and prove that they have regularly published pictures and been paid for their work.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Photographs may be submitted by photographers from any country in the world. 
  • Photographers can submit only one photograph.
  • The photos submitted must have been taken between October 7, 2020 and October 5, 2021.
  • The photos must be submitted before October 5, 2021 at 23:59 PM (GMT).
  • The votes by the international jury will be based on the following criteria:
    • Emotion (general impression and feeling about each picture)
    • Technical difficulty
    • Originality
  • The photographs must not be embedded. The photographer’s names, websites etc… must not appear on the photo. We recommend that they be included in the photograph’s iptc.
  • The subject of the photograph is boat racing in all its forms, from classic yachts to top-end racers, including multihulls, dinghies, windsurfing and kitesurfing. 
  • The pictures submitted must have been taken during regattas (including the start procedure and the minutes following the arrival line crossing). 
  • Only photos that have not yet been submitted for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award will be accepted.
  • Photos that do not relate with racing will not be accepted.
  • The photographs must be submitted in high resolution, jpg format.
  • Photos may be stacked, digitally or otherwise enhanced but it is forbidden to add / remove elements from the photographs.
  • Photos taken from a helicopter, a drone or selfie stick are accepted.
  • Pictures extracted from a video are not accepted.
  • If doubts occur regarding the authenticity of the image, the original RAW file can be requested for analysis. The final choice is at the sole discretion of the jury.
  • If the subject of a photograph is a minor (under the age of 18), the photographer can be asked to provide a written release from the parent or legal guardian of the minor.
  • The photographers must own all rights on their photograph to enter the contest, or have the authorization from the rights holder to do so.
  • MaxComm and the event’s partners have the right to use the photographs submitted for internal communication as well as on their websites, social and print media in the context of the contest’s promotion. 
  • The photographers accept that their photographs could be used in a book / printed document published by MaxComm or its partners in connection with the contest.
  • The name of the photographers and copyright will always be associated to their photographs. In case of publication in a media, the publishers will always be asked to associate the name of the contest and the name of the photographer to his (her) picture.
  • The photographs can be published copyright free by media reporting about the contest in a size not exceeding 12×18 cm. Any media willing to use the photographs in a larger resolution will be asked to make specific arrangement with the photographers.
  • The photographs can be exhibited by the events partners as well as organisations selected or accepted by MaxComm.
  • Publication of the pictures competing for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award in media other than the official event website and social networks, for example by media or the event partners, will only be allowed after the publication of the results or specific approval by MaxComm.
  • No alteration can be made to the images, and it isn't allowed to include a logo to the pictures.

Preselection :

  • A preselection of the best 80 photographs will be made by a panel of three international yacht racing photographers or picture editors between October 6-12, 2021. The photographers involved in the preselection are not allowed to participate in the contest.

  • Only the top 80 photographs preselected by the panel of international yacht racing photographers will be published on the event’s website, on October 14, 2021.

Main prize: Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award :

  • One main prize will be awarded: The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award.

  • The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image winner will be selected by the independent panel of experts out of the 80 pictures pre-selected by the panel of international yacht racing photographers & picture editors.

Public Award

The Public Award helps promote the contest through the social networks but doesn’t rate as high as the main award. The selection will be based on the public votes on Internet between October 14, 2021 and November 3, 2021.

The photographers have the right to and they are encouraged to promote their pictures through the social networks as this is considered as a global promotion for the contest and all the participants.

Special Award 

  • A Special Award may be awarded to a photographer / an image by the event organisers or the international jury at their discretion, if a photo justifies it or if exceptional circumstances allow or require it. This image does not necessarily need to have been submitted for the competition by its author. It will however only be published with his / her approval.

  • An international and independent Jury comprising five to seven members will be named before the opening of the votes. The jury will comprise at least three professional photographers or picture editors, who will also be in charge of the preselection (Top 80).
  • The names of the members of the Jury will be made public. The details of the votes will remain secret.
  • Vote by the international Jury will take place between October 6 - 12, 2021.
  • All decisions by the Jury are final.

The winners of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2021 will be celebrated on December 9, during a public ceremony. 

The winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2021 will receive € 1’000 prize money while the 2nd placed will receive € 500 prize money.

The winner of the Public Award will be announced and celebrated at the same time. He/she will  receive € 500 prize money.

Yacht Racing Image participants are encouraged to join the Yacht Racing Forum, and contribute to making this an annual celebration of yacht racing photography. The organiser of the Yacht Racing Forum will extend complimentary delegate passes to the photographers who have submitted photos for the contest.

The next edition of the Forum will take place on November 2022.

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These rules are subject to Swiss law and to the exclusive place of jurisdiction in Geneva (with reservation of the right of appeal to the Federal Court in Lausanne).