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They are by nature on the other side of the lens and fans rarely even know their names, yet they are some of the sport’s unsung heroes. Indeed, most large sailing projects, events or teams wouldn’t exist without them…

Now Mirabaud extends its prestigious yacht racing photography awards to moving pictures. The newly created Mirabaud Sailing Video Award will recognise professional TV, film and video producers, editors and filmmakers, who will be celebrated in their own right. The award will honour the best sailing videos each year, and recognise high achievement in sailing imagery, filming, editing and storytelling.

A myriad different ways to compete for the new Mirabaud sailing Video Award, from heli footage (main picture) to onboard footage (below). What is worth noting is that even though the last few round the world races have featured extensive use of remote onboard cameras, the best video and still images have almost without fail still been recorded by human hand

‘We decided to launch this award because we have great respect for those who produce racing videos and work so hard at helping us to share our passion for sailing,’ says Bernard Schopfer, the organiser of the contest.

‘Our objective is to pay tribute to the quality of work we too often take for granted. I often observe cameramen at work at regattas. It seems a dream job, but the truth is they often work in tough conditions, using heavy and fragile equipment in an unforgiving environment. They deserve recognition for their work and this is what we want to offer.

The winners of the 2017 Mirabaud Sailing Video will be celebrated during the Yacht Racing Forum in Aarhus, Denmark, from 27 to 28 November 2017, in front of the sport’s leading personalities, clubs and sponsors.

The Mirabaud Sailing Video contest is organised by MaxComm, a Geneva communication and event management agency. Founded in 2006, the agency benefits from 20 years of experience in media, sponsorship and event management, and organises and owns the successful Yacht Racing Forum and Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award, recognising the best yacht racing image taken each year.

The Mirabaud Video Award recognises two categories: TV producers, cameramen and filmmakers, and professional sailors who often generate extraordinary footage.

The main prize – the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award – will be determined by an international jury. The Public Prize will be awarded by online voting. A Special Jury Award celebrates those sailors who produce the best onboard video at sea.

‘The participants will retain full rights over their work; the purpose of the contest is to share the best videos with a wide audience, beyond sailing, employing social networks and strong marketing. Besides the recognition of each year’s best videos, the intention is also to create an enjoyable event.’

The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award website is where the best yacht racing videos are compiled and where the public can cast their vote. It also serves as an archive for TV producers and filmmakers, as well as for sailing enthusiasts and others. A search engine helps viewers identify videos, using key words such as the name of the boat, the skipper or just the date.

Video subject: sailing, the sport
Duration: 30-90 seconds
Subtitles: when appropriate
Soundtracks: free of rights
Author: a video is associated with its author (cameraman, filmmaker or editor). Authors can submit one video per year. TV production companies can submit videos by different authors
The Special Jury Award: for onboard video
Dates: videos must be filmed and submitted between 1 Nov 2016 and 30 Oct 2017
Framework: videos to represent the essence and excitement of sailing and can feature any boat type including multihulls, dinghies and kiteboards

The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award website will be launched very soon, and be available at »

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