Lauri Hänninen's shot captures the Helsinki lighthouse in the Baltic Sea during Finland's biggest off-shore sailing race. "[The lighthouse] was under renovation and looked strangely sci-fi in the middle of light Nordic summer night," says Lauri.
During the Volvo Ocean Race, Eloi Stichelbaut photographed the Dongfeng Race Team near Lisbon, just after their boat had been hit by a massive wave in 30 knots of wind.
Bernardí Bibiloni captured Marigan 1898, a traditional sailboat, during the XXIV Regatta Illes Balears Clàssics off the coast of Mallorca, Spain.
During the Taiwan Regatta on Penghu Island, Lien Shou Lin photographed sails and their reflections, as the boats gathered at the starting line.
Off the shore of Egypt, Ivan Bugarev snapped a windsurfer mid-jump, during the Winderland Windsurf Challenge.
Peter La Fontaine took this shot of a Volvo Ocean 65 passing through Port Phillip Bay Heads, Australia, while competing in the around-the-world yacht race. "This photo reveals the immense power in these incredible racing yachts," says La Fontaine.
Alfred Farre's chosen photograph shows the Mercury's crew near Barcelona during the XI Puig Vela Clàssica.
Loris von Siebenthal pictured the Monofoil Gonet flying over Uri Lake, Switzerland.
Martina Orsini photographed Franziska Maege as she flew above the water during the Moth European Championship in Sweden. "[Maege] is a true role model, always smiling as she competes and showing her love for foiling," says Orsini.
Ingrid Abery captures the texture of a billowing sail in this arty shot taken during Cowes Week in the UK.
Christophe Favreau took this shot at the Australian 505 nationals in Wangi Wangi. "This picture is showing the joy of sailing at the edge," he says. "You're not sure if it is going to end with a crash or if the situation is going to be saved."
Polish photographer Szymon Sikora captured sailor Piotr Kula training before the Volvo Gydnia Sailing Days in Gdańsk.
Les Voiles de Cassis is a regatta for old sailing ships in Cassis, France. Gérald Coulon took a classic shot of Irene VIII and her crew on a cloudy day.
This quirky drone shot taken in Algarrobo, Spain by Benjamín Sans, shows two athletes on the center board after flipping their boat.
In the creeks of Marseille at sunset, Piérik Jeannoutot captured a boat and her crew during the SNIM regatta.
French photographer Yvan Zedda captured sailor Armel Le Cleac'h in Brittany, a week before the trimaran capsized off the coast of Morocco. "I chose this photo for the strength that emerges in these monsters skippered by a single man," he says.
Christian Beeck captured the race between a boat and a seagull during the German Classics regatta in Kiel-Friedrichsort.
Bertrand Duquenne took this long shot of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta in Bora-Bora from an airplane. "When you see these kind of pictures from the window of your day office, you think you're lucky," he says.
British photographer Claire Matches captured superyacht Rebecca in Antigua. "I have been photographing her for many years and it is always a real pleasure to see her," says Matches.
Andy Green photographed a young sailor racing at the Optimist Nationals in Pwllheli, Wales. "I love this image as it shows the concentration of the child's face," he says.
Sören Hese captured a traditional-style boat soaring through the Baltic Sea during the German Classics regatta.
This black-and-white shot was taken by Australian photographer Beau Outteridge in Thorpe Bay, UK. "I love the contrast of the silhouette of the foiling Moth," he says.
Sander Van der Borch photographed the silhouetted crew of Xenia preparing to turn the boat around the mark during the Hague Offshore Worlds race.
Ugo Fonolllá pictured two boats alongside one another as the crew prepare the mainsail with help of a support boat during the Volvo Ocean Race. "The challenge with this picture was to get some symmetry with the masts of both boats," he says.
Andras Kollmann captured a bird running across flat water towards sailing boats competing in the Kékszalag regatta on Lake Balaton, Hungary. "Birds and sailors operate in the same way," says Kollman. "They both trim lightweight streamlined structures to create lift."
Russian photographer Eugenia Bakunova took a dynamic shot of two boats during the Volvo Ocean Race in Lisbon.