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

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