During the 2016 World Sailing Annual Conference in Barcelona in early November, 20 winners were presented, nominated for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award for Best Yacht Photography 2016. On November 29, during the International Yacht Racing Forum 2016 in Malta, the official award ceremony was held.
149 photographers from 25 countries took part, presenting their work to the jury. At the first stage of selection, 80 best pictures were selected by a group of international professional yacht photographers, which allowed an international jury to choose from 80 participants - 20 best. Online voting is still open, and is not limited to the top twenty pictures selected by the jury.
The best yacht photos of 2016
This year's winner is a Frenchman Jean-Marie Lyot (Jean-marie liot) who has been an official photographer for 20 years Tour de France a la Voile.
1. Winner Jean-Marie LIOT - IMOCA Safran training before Vendee Globe
2. Benoit Stichelbaut
3. Mark Lloyd - Alex Thomson Racing
4. Guy Nowell - Rolex China Sea Race
5. Richard Gladwell
6. Claire Matches
7.Nico Martinez winner of the Yacht Racing Forum Award
8. Eugenia Bakunova
9. Alex Irwin
10. Tim Thomas
Leading countries among the 20 winners:
Great Britain (7 photos), France (4 photos), Spain (3 photos), Argentina, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, the Netherlands and Germany (1 photo).
List of Top 20 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)
First launched in 2010, Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award is the world's first sailing photography competition. The photographs are incredible at capturing the essence and excitement of the sport. The photos presented this year were seen by more than one million people. This opens up an opportunity for all representatives of the yachting industry to show their work and share their passion with a wide audience.
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