The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the yearly worldwide photographic contest recognising the best in sailboat race images

Entries for this

year’s Mirabaud Yacht Racing Imaging contest are due to close next month before

the two winners are announced later in the year.

Started in 2009, the event

is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of

sailing and celebrates the very best yacht racing images taken during the year.

There are two awards

up for grabs, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014, chosen by a panel of

specialists, and the public prize, decided by the number of popular votes on

the website and delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum.

The winner of the

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image contest will be awarded with a stunning El Primero

Chronomaster 1969 watch provided by Swiss watchmaker Zenith, while the winner

of the public award will be presented with items from the event partner

Nespresso. 

Entrants to the

competition, which closes on 26 October, must be a professional photographer

who can prove they regularly have images published and their photograph must

have been taken between 1 December 2013 and 25 October 2014.

Following the closing

date, the international jury will announce the shortlist of the 50 best

pictures on 1 November, with the winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014

being decided on 10 November.

While for the public

award, the top 50 images will be available online and open to votes until 1

December, with the 20 most voted for images being published on 15 December.

Delegates from the

World Yacht Racing Forum will then select a winner from the top 20.

The winners of both

awards will be announced before 20 December, during the World Yacht Racing

Forum if possible. 

Zenith marketing and communication director

Juliette North, said: “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.”

US Photographer Abner Kingman was awarded

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2013 last year for his photograph taken during the

34th America’s Cup.

While British photographer Rick Tomlinson’s

photograph taken during trials of the new Volvo Ocean 65 SCA won him the public

award.