Yacht racing photographers from around the globe are invited to enter this year's Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award.

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing.

It was started in 2010 with the aim of allowing professional yacht racing photographers to share their passion for the sport with a wide community.

See the Top 10 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2015 gallery below

In order to fit with the latest trend and carry on improving, the event has announced a new set of rules. These have been established with the support of some of the most prominent yacht racing photographers.

The top 80 photographs submitted will be preselected by a panel of three international and well recognised yacht racing photographers and published on the event’s website.

The top 20 pictures selected by the jury will be displayed during the Yacht Racing Forum, on 28-29 November. The winning photographer will receive the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award and at least € 1,000 prize money. Overall, a minimum of € 2,000 prize money will be distributed to the winners.

Two secondary prizes will also be awarded during the Yacht Racing Forum: The Yacht Racing Forum Award, which is selected by the delegates attending the Yacht Racing Forum, and the Public Award which is selected by the votes from the public on Facebook.

Photographers can submit only one photograph, taken between 1 November 2015 and 13 October 2016.

“The world’s most prominent yacht racing photographers didn’t like the fact that too much importance was given to the votes of the public on Facebook”, says the event organiser, Bernard Schopfer.

“We will still use this social network to promote the event, but the winner will be selected by the jury. Likewise, the top 20 pictures displayed at the Yacht Racing Forum will have been selected by the international jury,” he states.

The 2015 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image uncovered a stunning collection of images sent by 135 professional photographers spanning 29 countries. More than one million people saw their pictures through social networks, whilst 1.5 million page views have been accounted on the event website.