The best athletes of the year, to be announced on January 31, have been chosen through a selection process which looks at the points collected at the most important FINA events and according to the athletes' respective ranking. In swimming, World Records points also count.
FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione declared: "As the athletes are at the core of our activities, it is our great pleasure and honour to reward the greatest aquatic champions of 2015. The Gala Dinner and the Award ceremony is a way to pay tribute to their constant efforts and outstanding performances throughout the year. I look forward to a busy end of the month in Budapest!"
The "Soirée des Etoiles" was first held in Doha, Qatar, in December 2014, following the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and the FINA World Aquatics Convention.