Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of 2014

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014

Spanish photographer Alfred Farré wins

The fifth edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image welcomed 120 professional photographers from all over the world and generated an exceptional selection of images.

Alfred Farré’s photograph won the main award, whilst the delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum chose Charles Marion’s photograph for the «Public Award». The top 70 pictures can be viewed at www.yachtracingimage.com

Based in Barcelona, Alfred Farré has been a professional nautical photographer since 1984. Official photographer of the Barcelona World Race between 2007 and 2010, he also covered the Palamós International Christmas Race for fifteen years. His picture shows the classic yacht Mariquita, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful classic yachts, pounding into a wave during the VII Puig Vela Classica Barcelona 2014.

“I am very honoured by this prize”, said an emotional Farré during the prize giving in Barcelona, in front of the 250 delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum. Alfred Farré won the prestigious ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ trophy as well as a stunning watch Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969.

Ken Read, President of North Sails Group, paid tribute to all the photographers involved in the contest: “One of sailings’ enduring qualities is the fact that a single photograph can tell more about our sport than a book of words. The top three photographs are obviously three out of dozens, which I thought were special. Power, grace, modern and old fashioned beauty, athleticism, variety. The beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks to all.”

Charles Marion won the ‘Public Award’, selected by the delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum in Barcelona (Spain), thanks to his aerial view of a Wally yacht and its shade. The delegates were asked to name the best yacht racing photograph of the year out of the twenty pictures preselected by the public on Internet.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 – the top five finalists:
1. Alfred Farré (ESP)
2. Charles Marion (FRA)
3. Nico Martinez (ESP)
4. Bertrand Duquenne (FRA)
5. Pedro Martinez (ESP)

Public award – the five finalists:
1. Charles Marion (FRA)
2. Mark Lloyd (GBR)
3. Alfred Farré (ESP)
4. Bertrand Duquenne (FRA)
5. Patrick Legalloudec (FRA)

See the Jury top 5 images here:

See the Public Vote top 5 images here: