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Jean-Marie Liot took first place for his spectacular shot of the IMOCA 60 Safran yacht in mid-race at the 2016 Mirabaud Yacht Racing event. The seventh edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image competition saw 149 photographers from 25 countries around the world participating producing an extraordinary range of photographs. The exceptional collection of images presented the essence of the excitement of yacht racing season better than what words could hope to achieve.
Capturing Savage Beauty
The raw power of the ocean cannot be disputed. Especially when faced with the winning image of a powerfully engineered yacht completely submerged while carving its way through the waves at high speed. The winning French photographer said that when he took the shot he immediately knew that it would be the one that he would submit to the competition. Liot is immensely proud of his achievement in a fiercely competitive field.
About the Winning Photographer
Jean-Marie Liot has been working as a professional yacht racing photographer for over two decades. Although he calls La Trinité-sur-Mer, in Brittany, France home, Liot’s assignments take him all over the world. He works at several races every year with some of the top skippers and sponsors in the world and in collaboration with the greatest yacht racing magazines.
Selecting a Single Shot in a Sea of Great Shots
Judging yacht racing photographs is notoriously difficult. Because every shot has an adrenalin-fuelled and wonderful story to tell, this is a competition where there are no real losers. Liot’s photograph was selected because it stood out from the other photographs for speaking volumes about sailing skill, performance – and a fantastic amount of personal courage. It is also a rare shot of a fully immersed racing yacht, a scary and striking image for anybody, whether they are yachting enthusiasts or not.