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International Superyacht Society seeks award nominations

The International Superyacht Society opened nominations for its annual Awards of Distinction.

Nominations come from international yachting enthusiasts and the superyacht industry.

Although many are familiar with the organization’s design awards, which celebrate achievement in superyacht engineering and style, the ISS equally celebrates personal triumph, from crew to the corporate office, and ocean stewardship.

The 2014 Awards of Distinction will be presented during the ISS’s International Awards for Design & Leadership Gala at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the fall.

Nominations are open for the following awards:

ISS Business (Person) of the Year: The award is given to those who demonstrate excellence in their area of superyacht expertise in the previous year; nominations come from the industry and the ISS board, with the board making finalist selections.

ISS Distinguished Crew Award: Nominations for this award are made by the industry; selection is made by a panel of judges. The honor is designed to “recognize yacht crew whose distinguished acts of service best exemplify the standards to which professional yacht crew aspire."

ISS Excellence in Innovation Award: Open to every aspect of the industry, from crew training to technological advances, the award is given to an individual or business that has demonstrated innovation in its endeavors. Nominations come from the industry; ISS board members vote to determine the finalists.

ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award: This award celebrates the 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. Nominations are made by owners and the yachting industry; selection is by a panel of judges that includes Cousteau.

ISS Leadership Award: The only ISS award nominated in-house, the Leadership Award recognizes an individual or business whose distinctive work and commitment to the industry has contributed over a substantial period of time to the sustainable growth of the superyacht community worldwide. Nominations are sought from ISS board members; the judging panel consists of previous recipients.

Nominations are due before Aug. 29. The nomination form is available on the ISS website.

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