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THE ISS DESIGN AND LEADERSHIP AWARDS

The Event

The prestigious International Superyacht Society’s Design and Leadership Awards were created in 1990 to call attention to the outstanding achievements in the design and construction of large yachts.

Finalists for the Awards are selected from a comprehensive listing of all eligible vessels that were completed and delivered in the previous calendar year.

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RULES AND CATEGORIES

The Awards

ISS Yacht Design, Leadership and Awards of Distinction

Yachts to be nominated by Yacht Builders, Designers & Refit Yards only.

Eligible sailing vessels must be custom built and 24 meters (79ft+) and up.
Eligible motor vessels must be custom built and 24 meters (79ft+) and up.
Completed, launched and delivered between January of the previous calendar through December.
For questions regarding yacht nominations, please contact info@superyachtsociety.org.

  • Power 24m-40m
  • Power 40m-65m
  • Power 65m+
  • Sail 24m-40m
  • Sail 40m+
  • Best Interior – Power or Sail
  • Best Refit – Power or Sail

Artisan Award

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Nominations by the yachting industry; selection is made by a panel of judges.

Artisans are found in all aspects of yacht construction: holding a welding torch or a chisel, working with needle and thread or precious materials. Their work may be permanently on display in the finished vessel, or out of sight, reliably delivering the high performance we have all come to expect.

Business Person of the Year

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Nominations by the yachting industry; selection is made by a panel of judges.

The ISS Business (Person) of the Year is awarded to those demonstrating excellence in their area of superyacht expertise within the previous year.

Distinguished Crew Award

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Nominations by the yachting industry; selection is made by a panel of judges.

Recognizes yacht crew whose distinguished acts of service best exemplify the standards to which professional yacht crew aspire within the previous year.

Fabien Cousteau Blue Award

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Celebrating Active Stewardship of Marine Ecosystems—Nominations by owners and yachting industry; selection by panel of judges.

The ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award celebrates stewardship of marine ecosystems. Environmental leadership, global oceanic conservation and resource preservation are prerequisites for nomination. The integration of environmental technologies and resource management with the goal of setting achievable standards and models for wide adaptation in the design, engineering and building of large yachts—and the use of the Earth’s waterways—are essential criteria.

Leadership Award

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Nominations by the ISS Board of Directors and the Previous Leadership Awards Winners Committee

This Award honors an individual (or company) whose distinctive work and commitment to the industry has contributed to the growth of the superyacht community worldwide over the years. The Leadership Award is chosen by the Previous Award Recipients to honor a new award recipient to this distinctive group of Esteemed Industry Individuals.

Technology Award

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Nominations by the yachting industry; selection is made by a panel of judges.

Open to every aspect of technological innovation in our Industry—the Excellence in Technology award is given to an individual or business that has demonstrated advancement in their technological endeavors within the previous year.

ISS requests that nominations for “Awards of Distinction” be made prior to July 1, 2022.

Those nominating are requested to complete and submit the form below. Once received, the nomination will be forwarded to the appropriate committee and ISS Board of Directors to review.