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Images that show extreme detail of one or more aspects of an athletic feat: a tight shot of the action, the equipment, the body, the face, etc.



Images that demonstrate the force that powers an action and show the energy, speed and strength required for an athlete to perform.


Red Bull Illume 2013: Lorenz Holder, Experimental category winner

Images that have been enhanced digitally or in the darkroom through alterations made in the production or digital editing process. This is an open category so anything goes!


Red Bull Illume 2013: Morgan Maassen, Lifestyle category winner

Images that visually capture the creativity of the lifestyle, music and culture that surrounds action and freesports, or represents what happens before, between, and after the action.

masterpiece by Yodobashi


Images that illuminate your artistic skill, your personal best, your unique style - give us your best shot!

mobile New for 2016


Images captured using a mobile phone or tablet. Show us the best snaps stored on your camera roll.

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Red Bull Illume 2013: Daniel Vojtech, New Creativity category winner

Images that reveal a unique angle, a visual idea, a different format, light and flash effects... something never seen before! It's the purely creative image without digital alterations.



Images that showcase the landscapes, locations, platforms, and environments in which athletes play.

sequence by Sony

Red Bull Illume 2013: Zakary Noyle, Sequence category winner

Images that tell the whole story in a single frame and capture the progression of an action at every stage.



Images that portray the spirit or personality that athletic performances produce, as well as the pain, emotion and struggles that go along with trying to achieve one's goals, whether due to injury, failure or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.



Images that capture the point in a performance in which the athlete jumps, catches air, free falls, soars.