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February 24, 2015

Sony World Photography Awards 2015 — Shortlists Announced

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: “Military Walk by a Caravan of Camels carving their Way in the Desert”. Category “Split Second”, Youth Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Tarek Touma, Lebanon.

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Photo: “Shepherd surprised by Snow Storm”. Category “People”, Open Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Saeed Barikani, Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Photo: Category “Lifestyle”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Fan Li, China.

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Photo: Category “Current Affairs”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Herman Verwey, South Africa.

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Photo: Category “Lifestyle”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Yoko Naito, Japan.

London, 24 February: The 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, today announced the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories.

About 200 images have been shortlisted in the Professional Competition, about 100 in the Open Competition, and about 20 in the Youth Competition.

Recognising and rewarding the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year, the 2015 competition received the highest number of entries in its eight year history - 173,444 images from 171 countries.

The judging, which is done anonymously by a panel of experts from the World Photographic Academy, has uncovered inspiring, arresting and thought-provoking work by a wide range of professional photographers and enthusiasts from around the world.

Speaking about the shortlisted images, Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and organiser of the awards said: “The sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry. Once again, the shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today’s established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers. The record number of entries gave our expert panel of judges a monumental task but we are incredibly proud to present to you a shortlist which truly showcases some of the world’s best photography.”

The shortlisted photographers include: Peter Franck (Germany); Donald Webber (Canada); Amit Madheshiya (India); Brent Stirton (South Africa); Simon Norfolk (UK), Fan Li (China) and Massimo Siragusa (Italy). New names include Julia Fullerton-Batten (UK) and Sebastian Gil Miranda (France).

2015 Honorary Jury

  • Sasha Erwitt, Photography Editor and Researcher, US
  • Xingxin Guo, Vice Director of New Media, Xinhua News Agency, China
  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Photographer, VII Photo, UK
  • Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor, VICE Magazine, US
  • Joanna Milter, Deputy Photo Editor, New York Times Magazine, US
  • Maria Pieri, Editorial Director, National Geographic Traveller, UK
  • Oliver Schmitt, Deputy Director of Photography, Spiegel Online, Germany
  • Sue Steward: writer and photography curator, UK
  • Enrica Vigano, Curator and Writer, Italy

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February 23, 2015

Oscars 2015: "Birdman" — Best Picture, Eddie Redmayne — Best Actor, Julianne Moore — Best Actress

Oscars 2015

Oscars 2015

Photo: Alejandro G. Inarritu poses backstage with the Oscar for Achievement in directing, for work on “Birdman” during the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Photographer: Todd Wawrychuk. Image provided by and copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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Photo: Eddie Redmayne, Oscar Winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role for work on “The Theory of Everything” and Julianne Moore, Oscar Winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role for work on “Still Alice” pose backstage during the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Photographer: Todd Wawrychuk. Image provided by and copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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Photo: America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Photographer: Matt Petit. Image provided by and copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA — Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 were presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, were also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Here are the Nominees (with Winners in bold):

Best Motion Picture

  • “American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
  • “Birdman” Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers — WINNER
  • “Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
  • “The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
  • “Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
  • “The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
  • “Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Best Director

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu “Birdman” — WINNER
  • Richard Linklater “Boyhood”
  • Bennett Miller “Foxcatcher”
  • Wes Anderson “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Morten Tyldum “The Imitation Game”

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
  • Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
  • Michael Keaton in “Birdman”
  • Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything” — WINNER

Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton in “Birdman”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash” — WINNER

Best Actress

  • Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
  • Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore in “Still Alice” —  WINNER
  • Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood” — WINNER
  • Laura Dern in “Wild”
  • Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone in “Birdman”
  • Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Best Animated Feature Film

  • “Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli — WINNER
  • “The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • “Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
  • “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Cinematography

  • “Birdman” Emmanuel Lubezki — WINNER
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
  • “Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
  • “Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
  • “Unbroken” Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero — WINNER
  • “Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
  • “Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
  • “Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
  • “Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

Best Documentary Feature

  • “CitizenFour” — WINNER
  • “Finding Vivian Maier”
  • “Last Days in Vietnam”
  • “The Salt of the Earth”
  • “Virunga”

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”— WINNER
  • “Joanna”
  • “Our Curse”
  • “The Reaper (La Parka)”
  • “White Earth”

Best Film Editing

  • “American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
  • “Boyhood” Sandra Adair
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
  • “The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
  • “Whiplash” Tom Cross — WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film

  • “Ida” Poland — WINNER
  • “Leviathan” Russia
  • “Tangerines” Estonia
  • “Timbuktu” Mauritania
  • “Wild Tales” Argentina

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • “Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier — WINNER
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Best Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat — WINNER
  • “The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
  • “Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
  • “The Theory of Everything” Johann Johannsson

Best Original Song

  • “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
  • “Glory” from “Selma” — WINNER
  • “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
  • “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”

Best Production Design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — WINNER
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Into the Woods”
  • “Mr. Turner”

Best Animated Short Film

  • “The Bigger Picture”
  • “The Dam Keeper”
  • “Feast” — WINNER
  • “Me and My Moulton”
  • “A Single Life”

Best Live Action Short Film

  • “Aya”
  • “Boogaloo and Graham”
  • “Butter Lamp”
  • “Parvaneh”
  • “The Phone Call” — WINNER

Best Sound Editing

  • “American Sniper” — WINNER
  • “Birdman”
  • “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Unbroken”

Best Sound Mixing

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Birdman”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Unbroken”
  • “Whiplash” — WINNER

Best Visual Effects

  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
  • “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • “Interstellar” — WINNER
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • “American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
  • “The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore — WINNER
  • “Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • “The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
  • “Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay

  • “Birdman” Written by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo — WINNER
  • “Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
  • “Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
  • “Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

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February 21, 2015

Ferrari 488 GTB

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Photos: Ferrari 488 GTB. Images provided by and copyright © Ferrari S.p.A.

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February 9, 2015

Orchids Jewelry from Carrera y Carrera

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Photos: Orchids designs from Carrera y Carrera, Madrid, Spain. Orquideas (Orchids) Earrings - Yellow gold, diamonds, and wild rubies. Orquideas (Orchids) Ring - Yellow gold, diamonds, and wild rubies. Images provided by and copyright © Carrera y Carrera.

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January 29, 2015

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 Ends

World Economic Forum, Global Giants

Photo: A participant checks her smartphone during the opening day at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Valeriano DiDomenico.

World Economic Forum, Global Giants

Photo: Pedro Sander, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, captured during the session “Merging Virtual and Physical Worlds” in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum, Global Giants

Photo: Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Construction Company, India, captured during the session “Forum Debate The Bottom Line” in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum, Global Giants

Photo: Asher Hasan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Naya Jeevan, Pakistan; Social Entrepreneur, captured during the session “Designing Out Poverty” in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von Loebell.

World Economic Forum, Global Giants

Photo: Kurt Tidd, Vice-Admiral, Departement of Defence, USA, makes a statement during the session “The Future of the Military” at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Valeriano DiDomenico.

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Photo: Julia Novy-Hildesley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Resilience in Action, USA, captured during the session “Thinking Ahead with the New Champions” in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von Loebell.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has ended with a debate on the Global Agenda 2015. The session closed a week-long meeting on the world’s most pressing issues and long-term challenges, including inequality and climate change.

The meeting created momentum for the Forum’s regional agendas, thanks to strong representation from governments and business leaders from emerging markets, including Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey and South Africa, in addition to those from Brazil, Russia, India and China.

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January 26, 2015

Colombia's Paulina Vega crowned Miss Universe

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Photo: Paulina Vega, Miss Universe Colombia 2014, is crowned the winner at the conclusion of The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant broadcast live from Doral-Miami, Florida, on January 25, 2015. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Frank L. Szelwach.

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January 24, 2015

TAG Heuer, Cara Delevingne, and a Lion

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Photo: Model Cara Delevingne poses with a baby lion as she joins Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer as Brand Ambassador to launch the new 2015 campaign at Palais des Beaux-Arts on January 23, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for TAG Heuer. © 2015 Getty Images).

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January 6, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 - Start of Leg 3 - Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China

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Photo: “By the time the sun rose, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had lost her lead, ducking behind our stern as we sailed to the Northern tip of Oman during Leg 3 between Abu Dhabi, UAE and Sanya, China.” - Dongfeng Race Team. (Photo by Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: Team Alvimedica arrive in Abu Dhabi during the finish of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on December 14, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: The crew of Team Vestas Wind head back to the boat to retrieve everything they can; including ropes, diesel, Inmarsat dome and sails, following the grounding of the boat on a reef on December 03, 2014 in Mauritius. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014. Team SCA finishes at dawn off Cowes to beat the all female round Britain record. Photo Credit: Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA.

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Photo: January 3 2015. Team SCA, Foggy conditions at the start of Leg 3, Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China. Photo Credit: Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) bade farewell to their home port for the hazardous Leg 3 on Saturday by leading the fleet out towards their eventual destination of China from under a blanket of fog.

Light winds are forecast for the first few days of a stage which is expected to take about three weeks before the six boats arrive in Sanya, China.

Few had reckoned on a thick fog for the leg departure from Abu Dhabi (1000 UTC) where the boats had spent Christmas and New Year.

The third leg promises to be intriguing all the way but particularly during the Malacca Strait which separates the Indonesian island of Sumatra and Malaysia.

At some stages, it narrows to 1.5nm and is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

“It’s the most challenging part of the whole race,” Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) navigator Will Oxley (AUS) said on the eve of the leg.

“I’m pretty happy dealing with big waves and strong winds, but the complexity of dealing with a narrow channel, and a very large amount of shipping is what causes the problems.

“Some 300ft of steel coming at you at 20 knots is always concerning, particularly if you haven’t got much control over your speed if there’s not much wind.

“Then you have squalls, very violent squalls in the night, and there’s lots of fishermen who are not showing navigation lights and have long nets. You can get tangled in the nets, or worse still, run someone over. So it’s very stressful.”

Here are the Latest Overall standings in the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series:

  1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
  2. Team Brunel
  3. Team SCA
  4. Team Alvimedica
  5. Dongfeng Race Team
  6. MAPFRE
  7. Team Vestas Wind

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January 5, 2015

Preparing to Compete at the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant

Miss Universe, Global Giants

Photo (Added Jan. 18): Noyonita Lodh, Miss Universe India 2014, poses during rehearsals on Friday, January 16th for the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Trump National Doral Miami. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo (Added Jan. 18): Noyonita Lodh, Miss Universe India 2014, presents her national gift during the National Gift Auction at the InterContinental at Doral Miami on Wednesday, January 14th. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Joseph Mainhart.

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Photo (Added Jan. 15): Perfect Golf Shot. Chanel Beckenlehner, Miss Universe Canada 2014, tees off at the newly renovated Red Tiger golf course at the Trump National Doral Miami on January 12, 2015. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo (Added Jan. 14): Anissa Blondin, Miss Universe Belgium 2014, poses in her Yamamay swimwear for photographs at Crandon Park Beach in Key Biscayne on Tuesday, January 13th. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo (Added Jan. 7): Yasmin Verheijen, Miss Universe Netherlands 2014, and Josefin Donat, Miss Universe Germany 2014, pose for photographs at the Trump National Doral Miami on January 6, 2015. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo: Miss Universe Mexico 2014, Josselyn Garciglia, reviews her photos with photographer Matt Petit at the Trump National Doral Miami on January 5th, 2015. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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December 20, 2014

28 Cities Join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Photo: Graz, Austria - UNESCO City of Design. A balloon flying in the city. Photo Credit: ciscommunity.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Photo: Bradford, England - UNESCO City of Film. Photo Credit: Vassilena Valchanova.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Photo: Bologna, Italy - UNESCO City of Music. A concert in progress. Photo Credit: Revol Web/Carlotta Piccinini.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Photo: Curitiba, Brazil - UNESCO City of Design. Oscar Niemeyer Museum. Photo Credit: whl.travel.

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Photo: Lyon, France - UNESCO City of Media Arts. The banks of the Rhone - Back home. Photo Credit: Dominique Chanut.

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, designated 28 cities from 19 countries, as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The network aims to foster international cooperation between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and enhanced influence of culture in the world.

The following cities are new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network:

  • Bilbao (Spain) - Design
  • Busan (Republic of Korea) - Film
  • Curitiba (Brazil) - Design
  • Dakar (Senegal) - Media Arts
  • Dundee (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Design
  • Dunedin (New Zealand) - Literature
  • Florianopolis (Brazil) - Gastronomy
  • Galway (Ireland) - Film
  • Granada (Spain) - Literature
  • Gwangju (Republic of Korea) - Media Arts
  • Hamamatsu (Japan) - Music
  • Hanover (Germany) - Music
  • Heidelberg (Germany) - Literature
  • Helsinki (Finland) - Design
  • Jacmel (Haiti) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Jingdezhen (China) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Linz (Austria) - Media Arts
  • Mannheim (Germany) - Music
  • Nassau (Bahamas) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Pekalongan (Indonesia) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Prague (Czech Republic) - Literature
  • Shunde (China) - Gastronomy
  • Sofia (Bulgaria) - Film
  • Suzhou (China) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel) - Media Arts
  • Tsuruoka (Japan) - Gastronomy
  • Turin (Italy) - Design
  • York (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Media Arts

“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a tremendous tool for cooperation, it reflects our commitment to support an amazing creative and innovative potential to broaden the avenues of sustainable development,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova.

By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development plans.

The Network covers seven thematic areas: Craft and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. It aims to promote international cooperation and encourage the sharing of experiences and resources in order to promote local development through culture and creativity.

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December 7, 2014

Washington DC National Press Club to Host Experts Address on Advances, Value and Benefits of Data Innovation

National Press Club Washington DC

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Photo: IBM Debuts Analytics for Everyone. At an event at the Westin Hotel in New York City, IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service that is powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology. Watson Analytics allows non-technical professionals in marketing, sales, finance and human resources roles to make more informed business decisions by analyzing huge volumes of data using familiar business terms instead of technical jargon. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM).

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Infographic: Cities Made Smart with Data. Palava, India’s next major planned city will incorporate IBM’s smarter cities technology using advanced analytics and data driven systems to integrate information from all city operations. Strategically located at the junction of Navi Mumbai and Dombivali, Palava City is envisioned to become the largest ever private completely planned development in urban India and one of the top 50 places to live in the world by 2020. (Credit: IBM).

The Newsmakers Committee of The National Press Club, Washington DC, will host government and industry software experts to address data advances and innovation at a Newsmaker forum in the Club’s Zenger Room at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 10th in the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

The group will hold an expert discussion about how data really works, the promise of continued innovation and the need to foster a policy environment that ensures society captures the maximum possible benefit. Innovative new software, vast computing power and connected devices have taken us to a new era of data innovation, changing the way the world identifies and solves problems. The benefits of this innovation extend to nearly every aspect of business, the economy and modern society, but the increasing abundance of data also has raised questions for many people, and it has fed misperceptions.

Newsmaker speakers at this event will include Victoria Espinel, former Bush Administration Intellectual Property Czar; Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Commerce; John Nesi, VP Market Development at Rockwell Automation; and Dr. Jane Snowdon, Chief Innovation Officer at IBM.

This newsmakers event is open to credentialed media and press club members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.

(The Editor/Publisher of this website is a Member of The National Press Club, Washington, DC.)

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November 27, 2014

What Makes a Great Student City? Discover the Top Cities for Students with QS Best Student Cities 2015 Announced Today

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Photo: London, United Kingdom. “Where am I?”. Photo Credit: Photographer © Daniele Zanni.

Paris tops for the third consecutive year the QS Best Student Cities, a ranking of the world’s top cities for students, released today.

Melbourne (2nd) gains three places while London drops to the third position.

The ranking, compiled by the team behind the QS World University Rankings, is based on five key pillars, which are then broken down into individual criteria:

  • University Rankings
  • Student Mix
  • Quality of Living
  • Employer Activity
  • Affordability

To be included in the ranking, each city must have a population of over 2,50,000, and must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. 116 cities in the world qualify on this basis, and 50 have been ranked.

This year, the number of criteria has increased from 14 to 18, adding in metrics on Safety and Pollution as well as the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index and the Social Progress Index.

29 countries are represented with the most cities in the US (8), followed by Australia (6), UK (4) and by Canada and Japan with 3 apiece.

Europe boasts 20 cities, North America 12, Asia 9, Oceania 7 and South America 2.

QS Best Student Cities 2015

  1. Paris, France
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. London, United Kingdom
  4. Sydney, Australia
  5. Hong Kong, Asia
  6. Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  7. Tokyo, Japan
  8. Montreal, Canada
  9. Toronto, Canada
  10. Seoul, South Korea
  11. Zurich, Switzerland
  12. Vancouver, Canada
  13. San Francisco, California, United States
  14. Munich, Germany
  15. Singapore, Asia
  16. Berlin, Germany
  17. New York, United States
  18. Chicago, Illinois, United States
  19. Barcelona, Spain
  20. Vienna, Austria
  21. Canberra, Australia
  22. Auckland, New Zealand
  23. Brisbane, Australia
  24. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  25. Taipei, Taiwan
  26. Beijing, China
  27. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  28. Copenhagen, Denmark
  29. Adelaide, Australia
  30. Manchester, United Kingdom
  31. Los Angeles, United States
  32. Dublin, Ireland
  33. Shanghai, China
  34. Kyoto, Japan
  35. Stockholm, Sweden
  36. Milan, Italy
  37. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  38. Perth, Australia
  39. Helsinki, Finland
  40. Madrid, Spain
  41. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  42. Washington DC, United States
  43. Moscow, Russia
  44. Santiago, Chile
  45. Coventry, United Kingdom
  46. Pittsburgh, United States
  47. Brussels, Belgium
  48. Osaka, Japan
  49. Prague, Czech Republic
  50. Mexico City, Mexico

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November 23, 2014

Make Sure Your University is Signed Up and Ready for the Latest Data Collection by Times Higher Education for its World University Rankings 2015-2016

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Times Higher Education (THE) has announced a series of important changes to its flagship THE World University Rankings and its suite of global university performance analyses, following a strategic review by THE parent company TES Global.

According to THE, the methodology of the global rankings will be broadly preserved and the rankings will continue to use the most comprehensive and balanced performance indicators to evaluate universities across all of their core missions, including research, knowledge transfer, international outlook and - uniquely - the teaching environment. But a series of structural changes will ensure that the THE rankings continue to lead the field for rigour, responsiveness and transparency and provide an ever richer picture of the global higher education and research landscape.

The key change is that all institutional data collection, previously outsourced to Thomson Reuters, will be expanded and will now be brought in-house, carried out by a new, dedicated team of data analysts at THE. The team, in partnership with universities, intends to build the largest and most comprehensive database of university data in the world.

Data, including key information such as an institution’s resources and staff and student profiles, at both the institutional and subject level, will be collected from many hundreds of institutions across the world. The data will be used to underpin the overall THE World University Rankings, as well as supplementary rankings, including the THE 100 Under 50, the THE Asia University Rankings and the THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings. It will also be used to develop new analyses, in response to sector demand and consultation, including new rankings and analytical services.

So, to ensure that your university is included in the THE World University Rankings 2015-2016, make sure that it is signed up and ready for the latest data collection by Times Higher Education.

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Meanwhile, tens of thousands of senior academics around the world are being invited to shape the results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 and to contribute to the most comprehensive picture yet produced of global teaching and research.

THE, in partnership with world-leading provider of scientific and technical information Elsevier, today launched the 2015 THE Academic Reputation Survey, with a number of key improvements.

According to THE, leading scholars from across the world and across all academic disciplines - those best placed to understand excellence in teaching and research in our universities - have been selected, based on their publication record, to represent their country and their academic field in the exercise, which is the world’s largest invitation-only survey of its kind.

THE does not allow institutions to nominate participants in the survey and does not allow anyone to sign up for the research without an invitation, so those selected to take part will be representing thousands of their peers.

THE advises that leading academics should look out for an email from it headed: “Your invitation to influence the outcome of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings”, and, if invited, take part to represent their peers in their respective country and in their respective field.

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November 20, 2014

Spanish Jewelry firm Carrera y Carrera launches new Advertising Visuals

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Spanish jewelry firm Carrera y Carrera is launching new visuals to reinforce its international advertising campaign and the brand’s image.

According to Carrera y Carrera, its current advertising is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Spain, where the passionate Spanish woman is the star, and the star of this new campaign is international model Alejandra Alonso, a Spanish face of singular beauty.

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November 16, 2014

G20 Summit Concludes in Brisbane, Australia

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Photo: The official G20 Leaders’ Summit group photograph signed by G20 leaders. Photograph by Andrew Taylor. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.

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Photo: General view of the G20 Leaders’ Summit opening session in Brisbane. Photograph by Ray Cash. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.

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Photo: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane. Photograph by Ray Cash. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.

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Photo: G20 Summit Leaders’ reception. Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and United States’ President Barack Obama. Photograph by Rob Maccoll. © Copyright All rights reserved by G20 Australia.

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November 15, 2014

Miss International Beauty Pageant 2014, Tokyo, Japan

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Photo: Miss India, Jhataleka Malhotra, competes during The 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant 2014 at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa on November 11, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for ICA. © 2014 Getty Images).

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Photo: Miss Korea, Seobin Lee, competes during The 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant 2014 at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa on November 11, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for ICA. © 2014 Getty Images).

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November 10, 2014

UN Assembly and Security Council Elect Four Judges to World Court

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Photo: Conference officers hold up empty ballot boxes for inspection by designated teller delegates, in advance of collecting member states’ ballots in the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly and the Security Council continued their balloting from the previous day to elect a judge for the fifth remaining vacancy on the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 07 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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Photo: A wide view of the General Assembly Hall during the Assembly’s balloting session. The United Nations General Assembly, meeting independently from but concurrently with the Security Council, elected four judges from an initial pool of eight candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for terms of nine years beginning 6 February 2015. 06 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

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Photo: Delegates conferring at the Assembly’s balloting session. The United Nations General Assembly, meeting independently from but concurrently with the Security Council, elected four judges from an initial pool of eight candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for terms of nine years beginning 6 February 2015. 06 November 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council have elected four judges to seats on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN.

After simultaneous rounds of voting in the Assembly and the Council - which met concurrently with but independent of each other - Mr. Mohamed Bennouna of Morocco, Mr. James Richard Crawford of Australia, Ms. Joan E. Donoghue of the United States, and Mr. Kirill Gevorgian of the Russian Federation were elected to nine-year terms on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year.

The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected by an absolute majority in both the General Assembly (97 votes) and Security Council (8 votes). The timing of elections is staggered so that the General Assembly elects a third of the Court once every three years.

According to the Court’s Statute, its judges must be chosen by coordinated actions of both the Council and the General Assembly, with the date of elections determined by the Council.

Judges are chosen on the basis of their qualifications, not their nationality, but no two judges can be from the same country. Effort is also taken to ensure that the principal legal systems of the world are reflected in the composition of the court.

Established in 1945, and based in The Hague in the Netherlands, the ICJ - which is also known as the World Court - settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorized UN organs.

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October 28, 2014

U.S. News Releases Inaugural Best Global Universities Rankings

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U.S. News & World Report, a leading U.S.-based publisher of education analysis and rankings, today unveiled the inaugural Best Global Universities rankings.

The U.S. prevails as the global leader among research universities, with many U.S. universities dominating the list of top schools. Harvard University claims the No. 1 spot overall, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3. Of the 500 institutions ranked, 134 are in the U.S. Germany follows with 42 schools, and the United Kingdom with 38 schools. China makes a strong showing, with 27 schools in the top 500.

The publisher said that the 2015 Best Global Universities rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide as well as by region and country. The overall rankings include 500 universities spread out across 49 countries. There are four regional rankings of the top universities in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe and Latin America, as well as country-specific rankings highlighting the top schools in 11 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany and Italy. The rankings also feature the top 100 global universities in 21 subject areas, including fields such as economics and business, engineering, computer science and clinical medicine.

According to U.S. News, it developed the Best Global Universities rankings to help students accurately compare schools worldwide. “Increasingly, students are enrolling in universities outside of their own countries,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer. “As higher education becomes more global, our new rankings will set standards and allow students to better evaluate all of their options.”

The Best Global Universities rankings - which are based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions - focus on institutions’ research overall. The methodology weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates.

The 2015 rankings are U.S. News’ first evaluation of higher education institutions worldwide. For 30 years, U.S. News has produced the Best Colleges rankings, which help prospective students identify the best schools for them in the U.S.

2015 U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings

Overall Best Global Universities

  1. Harvard University (U.S.)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  3. University of California—Berkeley (U.S.)
  4. Stanford University (U.S.)
  5. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  6. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  7. California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  8. University of California—Los Angeles (U.S.)
  9. University of Chicago (U.S.)
  10. Columbia University (U.S.)

Best Global Universities in Asia

  1. University of Tokyo (Japan)
  2. Peking University (China)
  3. University of Hong Kong
  4. National University of Singapore
  5. Kyoto University (Japan)

Best Global Universities in Australia/New Zealand

  1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
  2. University of Sydney
  3. University of Queensland Australia
  4. Australian National University
  5. Monash University (Australia)

Best Global Universities in Europe

  1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  3. Imperial College London (U.K.)
  4. University College London (U.K.)
  5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Best Global Universities in Latin America

  1. Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  2. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  3. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
  4. University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  5. National Autonomous University of Mexico

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October 25, 2014

Japan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

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Photo: JAPAN, Tokyo : A Model displays creation for the SANSAI SAITO / JOTARO SAITO designed by Sansai Saito and Jotaro Saito during the Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek TOKYO, on Oct 16, 2014 in Tokyo. © AFPBB News / JFWO / MBFWT.

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Photo: JAPAN, Tokyo : A Model displays creation for the SANSAI SAITO / JOTARO SAITO designed by Sansai Saito and Jotaro Saito during the Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO, on Oct 16, 2014 in Tokyo. © AFPBB News / JFWO / MBFWT.

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Photo: JAPAN, Tokyo : A Model displays creation for the SANSAI SAITO / JOTARO SAITO designed by Sansai Saito and Jotaro Saito during the Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO, on Oct 16, 2014 in Tokyo. © AFPBB News / JFWO / MBFWT.

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Photo: JAPAN, Tokyo : A Model displays creation for the YUKI TORII INTERNATIONAL designed by Yuki Torii during the Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek TOKYO, on Oct 16, 2014 in Tokyo. © AFPBB News / JFWO / MBFWT.

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October 11, 2014

12th VOLVO OCEAN RACE Started Today

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Photo: October 3, 2014. Team Vestas Wind during the practice Race in Alicante. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images/Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: October 3, 2014. Team Alvimedica and Team SCA during the practice Race in Alicante. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: October 11, 2014. Team Brunel and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing leave Alicante during the Start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race.

The seven-strong fleet of the 12th Volvo Ocean Race raced out of Alicante, Spain, on Saturday October 11, for the punishing first leg to Cape Town, South Africa, with rains and strong winds forecast to greet them in the opening eight hours.

Team Brunel took the honours after the fleet bade farewell to a memorable Alicante nine-day stopover before heading out to the Mediterranean, through the Straits of Gibraltar and then into the Atlantic Ocean during the first week of a nine-month, 38,739-mile marathon.

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest ocean race. Grand Prix sailing by the world’s best sailors, racing day and night for 39,000 miles around the world in nine leg stages.

There are seven teams, 66 sailors and 18 nationalities setting off in identical one design Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines. The first leg will take the fleet out into the North Atlantic, south across the Equator and into the South Atlantic, on into Cape Town 6,500 miles away. It will take them more than three weeks.

Start: Saturday 11th October, 2014; Alicante, Spain.

Leg 1 - Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa: 6,487 miles.

Leg Duration: 23 days approx.

The Teams:

  • Team Alvimedica [USA/TUR]: skipper Charlie Enright [USA], crew from United States of America, Australia, France, Italia, New Zealand.
  • Team SCA [SWE]: person in charge Samantha Davies [UK], 100% female crew from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia and The Netherlands.
  • Dongfeng Race team [CHN]: skipper Charles Caudrelier [FRA], crew from China, France and Sweden.
  • Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing [UAE]: skipper Ian Walker [UK], crew from New Zealand, Ireland, UAE, Australia, Spain.
  • Team Vestas Wind [DEN]: skipper Chris Nicholson [AUS], crew from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Argentina, the Netherlands.
  • Team Brunel [NED]: skipper Bouwe Bekking [NED], crew from the Netherlands, Lithuania, France, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Denmark.
  • MAPFRE [ESP]: skipper Iker Martinez [ESP], crew from Spain, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom.

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