Voting for the 2015 World Archery Athlete of the Year awards is now open with a shortlist of 25 archers nominated across five categories.
The deadline for the submission of public votes is midnight on December 31 ahead of the announcement of the winners at the World Archery Gala on January 29, 2016, during the final of the Indoor Archery World Cup in Las Vegas.
Awards will be presented in the categories of recurve men, recurve women, compound men, compound women and Para-archer.
World champion Kim Woojin of South Korea is one of five archers in the running for the recurve men’s title along with Mexico’s Luis Alvarez, Spain’s Miguel Alvarino Garcia, France’s Jean-Charles Valladont and The Netherlands’ Sjef van den Berg.
Kim’s compatriot Ki Bo Bae, also a world champion, is vying for the recurve women’s crown but faces competition from the United States’ Mackenzie Brown, India’s Deepika Kumari, fellow South Korean Choi Misun and Germany’s Karina Winter.
Another world champion, Denmark’s Stephan Hansen, goes up against Turkey’s Demir Elmaagacli, France’s Sebastien Peineau, The Netherlands’ Mike Schloesser and India’s Abhishek Verma for the compound men’s honour.
In the equivalent women’s category, two-time World Cup champion Sara Lopez of Colombia headlines a list that also includes American Crystal Gauvin, Mexico’s Linda Ochoa-Anderson, Russia’s Mariia Vinogradova and South Korea’s Kim Yun Hee.
The Para-archer category features Czech Republic’s David Drahoninsky, who tasted glory in the W1 men's category at this year’s World Para Archery Championships in Germany, as well as American Eric Bennett, China’s Wu Chunyan, Great Britain’s Jo Frith and Italy’s Alberto Simonelli.
The public poll makes up 50 per cent of the vote, with a panel of archery experts also contributing to the final decisions.
"Now in its second year, the World Archery Gala has proved an excellent opportunity to highlight the incredible achievements of some of our elite athletes while celebrating participation in archery at all levels," said Tom Dielen, World Archery’s secretary general.
World Archery is also accepting submissions from the public for its Photograph of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards.
The former celebrates professional and amateur images captured by archery fans, while the latter recognises the time dedicated to the sport by exceptional individuals in communities, regions and countries around the world.
To cast votes, click here.
September 2015: Kim Woojin takes individual gold at Rio 2016 archery test event
September 2015: Choi Misun claims women's recurve gold at Rio 2016 test event
September 2015: World champion Kim Woojin tops men's qualifying at Rio 2016 archery test event
August 2015: Denmark's Hansen claims men's individual compound gold at World Archery Championships in Copenhagen
May 2015: Lopez banishes Shanghai demons with women's compound gold at Archery World Cup