Jean-Luc Gatellier’s Tour de France: The Golden Age 1940s-1970s and Dictionnaire Amoureux du Rugby by Daniel Herrero were the two winners of the Sports Book Competition at a star-studded SPORTEL Awards ceremony here.
Gatellier’s pictorial guide to the world’s most famous cycling race was presented by the Monaco Sports Olympic Committee while Herrero, a former French rugby international, was put forward by the French National Olympic and Sports Committee.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Danka Bartekova, a shooting bronze medallist for Slovakia at London 2012, awarded the IOC Grand Prize to Jean-Philippe Hunault for his video about the Paris Marathon, while Marion Poizeau claimed the inaugural Peace and Sport Documentary prize for her film “Into the Sea”.
The video details the journey of three surfers and their attempt to bring the sport to Iran and the Frenchwoman was presented with her award by 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Dan Luger of England, a Peace and Sport champion.
The Golden Podium Jury, led by four-times heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, chose a number of prizes which were given out at the glittering ceremony for the best sporting videos of 2015, including the Best Sport Sequence of the Year, won by Jean-Jacques Amsellem for French broadcaster Canal+.
His film showed Genzebe Dibaba’s incredible women’s 1500 metres world record of 3mins 50.08sec, set at the Monaco Diamond League meeting in July, which beat Yunxia Qu's previous mark of 3:50.46, which had stood since 1993.
L’Equipe 21’s Public Prize went to “Best of FISE World Montpellier 2015”, by Vincent Biraud and Max Larsson’s “Colours of Winter” scooped the Best Slow Motion award.
Jean-Baptiste Sourel’s “Le Briefing”, a teaser for Canal +'s Rugby World Cup coverage where a seven-year-old girl is shown giving a teamtalk to the French national team, won the Best Trailer Prize, while the Discovery Prize was awarded to Guillaume Nery and Julie Gautier’s Ocean Gravity.
Felix Marggraf, Koen Van Mourik and Ursula Romero took home the Innovation Prize for their use of small cameras during International Sports Broadcasting’s coverage of the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan in June, and Kronenbourg’s advert, featuring former France and Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona, was named Best International Advertising Film of the Year.
A number of sporting stars attended the ceremony as part of the SPORTEL conference including 2013 world judo champion Loïc Pietri, current France international rugby player Yoann Huget and Beijing 2008 Olympic high jump champion Tia Hellebaut of Belgium.
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