Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018!


I can only hope that 2018 will be as successful as 2017 has been for what I do. ’17 was just a fantastic year with lots of events that basically triggered new events and created kind of a chain-reaction for new contacts and event shooting requests. This was a year full of great sailing events and densely lived photo shootings on water with copter flights and all the other tricks and using all this equipment that now is in my bag regularly. Winning the “Mirabaud” finally in November ’17 was a great peak level for 2017 and really has blown me off my socks when I had this telephone call. My first calendar project in November was really short-handed organized but I thought about it for a while now but never had the time to start it. This wasnt much different this year but it was time to get this “first” done now :-).

2018 planning is in full swing but there are some wild-cards at play in ’18 – the usual highlights are on the list and some more.

The 2017 retrospect of the German Classics goes here:



Cover page voiles&voiliers

The French sailing journal Voiles&Voiliers took my Mirabaud Racing Image 2017 as the cover shot for January 2018. Thxs very much! – thats terrific and also looks very cool. As the shot format was “landscape”  they needed to do an upright crop. The final version they did works nicely and fits well with the headlines (www.voilesetvoiliers.com).


Mirabaud 2017 goes to …. ?

This was an incredible experience and wonderful to finish up this sailing season. My int505 time-motion-stack image was selected as the winner image for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Contest  2017!  Thxs to the jury and to Mirabaud/Hublot/MaxComm to make this possible!

I got this magic telephone call already some weeks earlier by the end of October and had to keep it as a secret for a while – not so easy when friends ask you constantly “any news from “Mirabaud”?” ;) .

Have to admit that I had to google the telephone numbers of the MaxComm team (Emily/Sophia and Bernard) to check if that is real or a fake call/email.

The price giving took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Aarhus at the 28th of November as part of the Yacht Racing Forum. We took some days off the weekend before and spend some sunny and cosy days at the seaside in one of these unexplainable ;) expensive (in summer) beach houses close to the beautiful national park area Mols Bjerge NE of Aarhus at Boeslum.  That was pretty relaxing and I was also able to edit some press statements for MaxComm at the weekend and do some running. The rest of the time we did some hiking.

And on a personal note: these photo-shootings mainly at long weekends are only possible when you have a supporting network. So a big THANK-YOU to my family for keeping me free of ties all the time to do what I love to do and shooting assignments and trying to create the images that come up regularly in my pre-visualisation.

In front of the Radisson Blu in Aarhus, than afterwards trying to fit the Hublot watch case into the car … ;-)




Some AT-housing shots came also out nicely – but the water is too cold to do these kind of shots now – nice light for two days before it got very rainy again.




The price-giving took only 15 minutes and was very compressed with a short question and answer session (also online on FB). Tomas Moya won the Forum Award with a very touching shot of two sailors working hand-in-hand to upright a dinghy and Zita Kovacs won the Public Award – the Facebook award.


Overall the smaller boats dominated this year the highly ranked shots slightly and this is especially surprising as we had some big international events in 2017 (f.e. AC and J-Class World Championships).

Thanks to Mirabaud, Hublot and the team of MaxComm to make this possible!

The full press release of MaxComm and some shots from the price giving and Yacht Racing Forum below.













505 time-motion stack makes it into the Mirabaud Top20

My time-motion stack made it into the Top20 of the international Mirabaud Yacht Racing Photo Contest. This is really great since it means that the image will be displayed on some events!  When I planned this shot in winter 2016/17 I never thought that this concept would work so well – although I felt that the potential application of these kind of shots is clearly multi-folded. First tests in April already went very well. Its a very graphical visual but these kind of shot composites also reveal tactical errors or wrong tacking decisions. The flight altitude limitation is basically the main problem for these copter based imaging concepts.


Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2017 Contest

One of my shots made it into this year “Mirabaud Yacht Racing Photo Contest”.  This contest is the only sailing and yacht racing image contest available and to have one image displayed there is a really nice year-end success and directs some attention and awareness  to your work.

Selecting the one shot of a full sailing season for the contest is however a real challenge – I went through my LR library and reviewed all my 4-5star and BestOf selections and finally came up with 10 candidate shots. The int505 stack from the 505 IDM  wasnt my first choice originally but it had this “I have to look closer – whats going on”-effect that only few images generate. Its hard to create shots that remain interesting and complex even after looking at them for a while. Adding time as a component to images is always adding a lot complexity. Its easy to visualize tacking-errors or  positional changes – tactical  aspects of sailing appear visually. This can lead to strong imaging concepts.

In fact the original 505 stack was a wee bit different. I removed the multiple shots of the rib that sits between the lee marks. It creates this one-against-many effect that makes the image more powerful but the contest regulations do not allow removal of objects and the stack is likely also at the border of violating these rules anyway. So I kept the multiple rib objects in the stack in the original submission. The Mirabaud Contest goes here:  http://www.yachtracingimage.com/gallery/contest-2017/soren-hese/


Mirabaud Yacht Racing Photo Contest 2014

As the regatta photo shooting seasons comes to an end – the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Photo Contest is a wonderful way to collect the most inspiring shots of the year. A jury defined preselection is now online and the public vote is now open. The “Hamburg” shot from my German Classics 2014 photo shooting made it into the Top70. The contest is two-fold – a public voting and a jury based selection of the best shots from this top70 is performed. So just move to


and select your favorite shots :)!  Sören