Can I use the login from the last Red Bull Illume Image Quest?

No. You are not able to use your previous login due to a system, rules and t&c change.

Do I have to be a Red Bull Photographer to be able to submit my images?

No. Every professional or amateur photographer can submit his or her images to Red Bull Illume Image Quest.

Does the photograph need to be Red Bull branded?

No. It does not have to be Red Bull branded. Any action and adventure sports image, as explained in the rules, can be submitted.

What is an inappropriate submission?

Images of a political nature, pornographic images, full frontal nudity and sexually explicit images of any kind.

What is a Mobile Device?

Any portable computing device such as a smartphone or tablet computer. Action cameras are not considered as a mobile device in this competition.

How many megapixels should my image have?

At least 8 megapixels. To determine the megapixels of your image, simply multiply the vertical and horizontal number of pixels and divide by one million, e.g. 12.2 mega pixels (2848 pixels x 4288 pixels = 12,212,224). You can also check your megapixel file size in Photoshop by opening the image and pressing Apple+Alt+I (Apple) or Ctrl+Alt+I (PC).

What is the difference between file size and picture size?

The image size of a graphic file is given in pixels (see above example calculating megapixels). File size measures the weight of a computer file.
The file size can be reduced by compressing data using lossy compression encoding methods like JPG: For submitting your images, you need to save your image with a reduced file size (less than 10 Mega Bytes) without reducing your megapixel count. We ask you to submit your images in JPG compression, so you can reduce the file size to about a tenth of its original data volume and still retain good picture quality. (Please be aware that you must keep your original RAW file and Final processed image in TIFF or JPEG).

I used a 8 megapixels or higher camera, but the resolution is still too small. Why?

  •  If the resolution of your image is not sufficient, please check your camera settings: Even if you are using a 8+ megapixel camera you must also ensure that you are shooting at the highest possible resolution (e.g. JPG high, TIFF, RAW).
  • Also be aware that photo cropping in post-production may alter the size of your image and result in a final picture size of fewer than 8 megapixels.
  • Submitted images that fail to comply with the requested picture size will be disqualified.

Can I submit RAW files?


No. RAW files (and other formats) must be converted to JPG and meet all other submission criteria. All images must be available for re-submission in their original size. All semi-finalists will be required to re-submit the originals in RAW or tiff format at 300dpi. For mobile category the image will be requested in its original format with no adaptions.

How can I convert a RAW file into a JPG?

You can convert your file by using you default camera software or similar RAW conversion software such as Adobe Photoshop. Take the following steps: Open your RAW file(s) and select:

  • Color Space: Adobe RGB
  • Bit-depth: 8bit
  • Size: choose a size between 8-24.5MP, e.g. 2731 x 4096 (11.2MP)
  • Save your file as JPG with the maximum file size of 10MB (factor 8-12)

Can I submit analogue images?

No. All film prints and transparencies need to be drum scanned at high resolution and delivered digitally. Scan your images at 300dpi and check their actual megapixel sizes before uploading. Please note that your images must have more than 8 megapixels to be acceptable. No prints will be accepted.

My images aren't 8 megapixels. Can I submit them anyway? Can I increase the megapixels in Photoshop in order to meet the requirements?

No. Images with less than 8 megapixels will be disqualified. It is true that Photoshop allows you to add pixels to your images by using rendering intents. Unfortunately, this procedure does not raise image quality to the required level and is therefore unacceptable.

Why am I unable to upload my images?

If you can't upload your images please check the format and file size of your image.

  • You can only upload JPGs. JPG is a compression format that reduces file size. You cannot submit TIFFs, RAWs or similar.
  • Please make sure not to exceed the maximum file size of 10 Megabytes (MB). If you still can't submit, the file might be damaged. Try to open it on your computer and see if any errors occur.

I have already submitted five images to a category, but would like to add another one. Can I exchange images?

No. Once a photograph has been submitted, it is final and may not be replaced by another photograph or moved to a different category.

Is image editing allowed?

Basic image editing and color corrections are allowed, i.e. brightness, contrast, sharpening, mood and white balance. If any other alternations have been made, the image must be submitted to the 'Enhance' category.

If I make color corrections, can I only submit my image to the 'Enhance' category?

If only basic image editing or color corrections have been made and the image is not manipulated, you can submit to the other categories too.

Can I edit my image when submitting to the Mobile category?

Only basic image editing or color corrections are allowed. The decision to accept your image will be at the discretion of Red Bull Illume judges. The Red Bull Illume judges' decision is final.

If I convert my image to black and white, does it mean that I must submit my image to the 'Enhance' category?

No. This is basic color correction. B&W images can be submitted to any category.

How can I submit images to the 'Sequence' category with original metadata when they are made up of multiple original files?

Submit the sequence image as you have composed it, but keep all the original files with the correct metadata. At some point we may request to see all original files and check the metadata.

Can I submit images under more than one account?

No. It is against the rules and will lead to disqualification.

If one of my images gets disqualified, will I be able to submit a replacement?

No. You may submit five images per category and these cannot be replaced after submission. Please choose your images carefully and consider rules and requirements for submission.

If I submit images to the wrong category, will these images be disqualified?

No. It is up to you to decide if an image meets the requirements of a category or not. Please consider that images that do not fit into a particular category might not be judged well.

If I submit images with the wrong sport discipline, will these images be disqualified?

The decision to accept and judge the images will be at the discretion of Red Bull Illume judges. The Red Bull Illume judges' decision is final. 

 Please always keep the requirements for submission in mind!




Will my images be used for Red Bull advertising?

No. The submitted images can only be used in relation to the Red Bull Illume contest. In this context it might be used for public relations or event advertising without compensation, which is standard procedure for all other credible photo contests.

Can I still sell my image?

Yes. The copyrights of submitted images remain with you, however when you give away rights to third parties be sure not to collide with the rules you agree upon when entering the Red Bull Illume competition.
Generally all submitting photographers must own all rights to any photographs entered in this contest.

What is a model release and why do I have to provide one?

A model release is a short agreement with your model that proves that he/she grants you the permission to publish the photograph of him/her in one form or another. Upon request you must be able to prove that the images you have submitted meet all legal requirements for the participation in the Red Bull Illume Image Quest, which includes the proof that no rights of any third party are infringed. If you cannot provide such an agreement with your model, this may result in disqualification.

If the subject of the photograph is a minor (under the age of 18), the photographer must submit a written release form unrequested, signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor.

What is a location release and why do I have to provide one?

A location release is a short agreement with the location that you have the permission to use the property for the purpose of photographing. Upon request you must be able to prove that the images you have submitted meet all legal requirements for participation in the Red Bull Illume Image Quest, which includes the proof that no rights of any third party are infringed. If you cannot provide such an agreement with the location, this may result in disqualification.

Can I submit images I submitted to other contests in the past? Can I submit an image I won another contest with?

Yes you can, but make sure that you still have all rights for the image. Submitting photographers must own all rights to any photographs entered in this contest.
Please note that all images must have been taken after 30.04.2013.

Judging and winners

How can you be sure that judges aren’t partial or unfair?

In order to maintain impartiality all images will be made anonymous before the judges receive them.

What happens in case of a tie in any round? What if two images have the exact same amount of votes?

In this case the Red Bull Illume judges will cast a determining vote.
If there is a tie in round two, the previous results will be considered and the image with the most votes in round one will advance.

Will I know how many votes my image received?

No. The number of votes will not be made public.

Will I get notified when my image makes it into the next round?

All 275 semi-finalists will be informed about their progress into the next round. The 55 finalists will be announced in public and invited to the unveiling event where the eleven category winners and the overall winner will be honored.

How does the public voting work?

As soon as the 55 finalists are announced, members of the general public will have the opportunity to vote for his or her favorite image on the Red Bull Illume website. The image with the most votes will win the Peoples’ Choice Award in July 2018.