Only images that capture the adventure and action sport culture and lifestyle may be submitted. Whether they take place in the air, sea, mountains, cities or on rivers and trails, a broad range of adventure and action sports submissions are accepted. Excluded, however, are traditional team sports and motor sports, such as formula one, stock and sport car racing and MotoGP. The decision to accept and judge will be at the discretion of Red Bull Illume judges. The Red Bull Illume judges' decision is final.
Images shot on film or digitally will be accepted. All film prints and transparencies must be drumscanned at high resolution and delivered digitally. No prints will be accepted.
Official contest judges will base their decisions on a mix of technical superiority, composition, creativity, impact, artistic flair and overall qualities of photographic excellence.
Pre-Selection Judging: Red Bull Illume internal judging panel, consisting of several photography experts.
Rounds 1 and 2: Photo editor judges without Red Bull Illume internal judging panel
In case of a tie (in any round) Red Bull Illume internal judging panel will determine the winner.
A panel of about 50 esteemed photo editors from international top publications will judge the 275 semi-finalists. The list of judges will be announced on redbullillume.com.
Red Bull Illume internal judging panel will choose 25 images from each of the eleven categories to advance to round one.
Official contest judges will receive a book of the 275 images (semi-finalist). No metadata or photographer information is included to maintain impartiality. Each judge will vote for five images in each category to advance to round two. After all judges have voted, the five images of each category with the most votes will advance to round two.
Each judge will vote for one of the five finalist images in each of the eleven categories. The image with the most votes in each category will win first place honors. In case of a tie, the image with the most votes in round one will advance.
In case of a tie (in any round), Red Bull Illume internal judging panel will cast a determining vote and choose a winner.
The decisions of the official judges are final.
Official contest judges will vote from the eleven category winning images for the Red Bull Illume Overall Winner. The image with the greatest amount of votes will win.
Who better to choose the best action and adventure sports image than the athletes themselves? We will invite elite action and adventure sports athletes to give us their opinion. Athletes will vote for one image from the 55 finalists. The image with the most votes will win the Athletes’ Choice Award.
We also ask the public to lend us their eyes. 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. The image with the most votes will win the People's Choice Award, presented at the end of the Image Quest in July 2018.
Overall and category winners will receive a selection of outstanding prizes from reputable photography brands.
The Overall Winner will walk away with a Yodobashi voucher to the value of €40,000, which can be redeemed for any number of the company’s massive selection of consumer goods.
Electronics giant Sony will award the various winners with photography gear worth over €60,000. The prizes will include cameras such as the Sony ILCE-A7RII (Overall Winner) or the Sony DSC-RX1RII, along with a variety of accessories and lenses. The overall winner will also receive a Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS, a Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS and an FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
External storage brand G-Technology will provide the Overall Winner with their top of the line G-Drive ev RaW SSD and All Terrain case. Other winners will receive a G-Drive ev RaW and the Public Choice Winner, which will be announced mid 2018, will walk away with a G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt.
Lighting experts broncolor will provide the various winners with a Siros and the Public Choice Winner with a Para 88, while the Overall Winner will walk away with a complete Siros Kit.
Submitting photographers must own all rights to any photographs entered in this contest. By submitting an image, the photographer represents and warrants that such submission does not infringe any third-party rights or other rights protected by law.
All images submitted for consideration in the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 contest remain the sole property of the photographer. Entrants retain copyright over each of their images.
Entrants grant Red Bull GmbH and its affiliates, subsidiaries and partners the right to use the submitted photos without compensation in the context of Red Bull Illume, the Red Bull Illume contests, the Red Bull Illume Tours or for Red Bull Illume promotions, marketing, advertising, events and exhibitions. Notwithstanding the aforesaid this includes - without a restriction in time - the worldwide use of the submitted photos in any media, in particular any print-media (e.g. magazines, newspapers, books) and electronic/digital offline and online media (e.g. on Red Bull Illume or associated websites or social internet platforms and networks). To protect the copyright of the photographer, the Red Bull GmbH will use the submitted photos only in low resolution whenever this is reasonable and technically possible (e.g. on the internet). Credits will be given according to the customary practice in the media business.
In the event a medium (e.g. book with semi-finalist images) is produced in connection with the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, all profits generated by Red Bull GmbH resulting from the sale of the medium will be donated to the Wings for Life foundation. Only Wings for Life will benefit from these sales. Photographers submitting to Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, accept that their images could be used in such a medium and grant Red Bull a license to use these images for the benefit of Wings for Life.
The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation is a privately funded non-profit organization, which follows the principal aim of promoting research worldwide in order to expedite scientific and clinical progress towards a putative cure for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Paralysis. Esteemed athletes and personalities act as Wings for Life ambassadors, such as Hannes Arch, Tarek Rasouli and Troy Lee.
Red Bull Illume supports this foundation and any donations to Wings for Life from Red Bull Illume will be used solely for the purpose of research and development.
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