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Locals in International Photo Contest

The banking group Mirabaud is once again sponsoring this year’s Yacht Racing Image Contest, and it looks like some local shutterbugs are up for the grand prize. 

San Francisco’s Abner Kingman has long been a star on the local sailing photography scene, and this year had the opportunity to work for the America’s Cup Event Authority, where he took one of the most iconic shots to come out of the event (you might recognize it as the cover to the October issue of Latitude).

Abner Kingman captured this stunning shot of Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsizing in the 19th race of the America’s Cup. Click the photo to vote for it.

© 2013 Abner Kingman

Ellen Hoke, who has shot and reported for Latitude in the past, is a San Francisco photog but she travels around the world shooting sailing events. She also donated her mad skills to last month’s Leukemia Cup Regatta as the event’s official photographer.

Ellen Hoke covered several of the World Series events for Latitude. Click the photo to vote for it.

© 2013 Ellen Hoke

Sausalito’s Jan Pehrson has also had photos featured in Latitude, as well as other national and international sailing magazines. An accomplished racer, she’s also a youth sailing instructor and USCG-licensed captain. 

Jan Pehrson snapped this shot of Emirates Team New Zealand with Larry Ellison’s yacht in the background. Click the photo to vote for it.

© 2013 Jan Pehrson

Jen Edney‘s bio says she hails from Nebraska, but Jen has spent a fair amount of time in California. She really came into her own while covering Zac Sunderland’s circumnavigation attempt, but has since also had photos of Ronnie Simpson’s wounded vet sailing clinic published in Latitude.

Jen Edney caught Michele Sighel during an early morning watch on the VOR 70 Maserati. Click the photo to vote for it.

© 2013 Jen Edney

Of course such luminaries as Onne van der Wal, Christophe Favreau and Yvan Zedda are among 70 contestants, but we sure would love to see one of our local stars take home the ‘Public Prize’, which is decided by popular vote on the contest’s website (you must have Facebook to vote; click the photos above to vote for them). Winners will be announced at the World Yacht Racing Forum on December 11 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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