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Red Bull Illume Image Quest Returns

Red Bull Illume Image Quest Returns

Photo: Scott Dickerson / Red Bull Illume

Red Bull Illume Image Quest is back! Now in its 4th edition, Red Bull Illume is the Oscars of action and adventure sports photography. It’s a contest that showcases the most outstanding and creative images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.

The aim of Red Bull Illume is to bring the public closer to the world of action sports. The 2016 Image Quest will be the fourth edition of the contest and new for 2016 is the mobile category. A judging panel of 50 photo editors goes through thousands of entries and eventually selects the winners that are unveiled at the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony in Autumn 2016. All finalist images then travel across the world as part of a unique nighttime photo exhibition.

Photographers submit thousands of jaw-dropping images to 11 categories: Close Up, Energy, Enhance, Lifestyle, Masterpiece, New Creativity, Playground, Sequence, Spirit, Wings and the new addition – Mobile.

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Photos – Left: Rafel Meszka, Top Right: Jody MacDonald, Bottom Right: Ryan Taylor / Red Bull Illume

“With mobile phones in our pockets, action and adventure sports photography is more accessible than ever before. The addition of the Mobile category allows us to explore the quick moments that would otherwise be lost and celebrate the creative freedom that mobile phone photography allows,” said Ulrich Grill, Red Bull Illume founder and photographer.

Red Bull Illume 2016 promises to showcase an even wider range of breathtaking images than in 2013, when a whopping 28,257 images were submitted by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries. After much deliberation, Lorenz Holder’s remarkable shot of snowboarder Xaver Hoffmann next to a giant satellite dish claimed first prize. Entries this year will continue to feature dramatic adventure images as well as behind-the-scenes shots of the lifestyle around surfing, skating and other action sports.

Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume

Photo – Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume

The submission phase of the contest opens on December 1, 2015 and closes on March 31, 2016. Visit to view past contest galleries, and to find out more about rules, categories and entry details.