Welcome to the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2013

Red Bull Illume is the world's premier action and adventure sports photography competition. The 2013 Image Quest uncovered a new, stunning collection of images.

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The free 2013 Red Bull Illume Tablet App is available in the App Store now. Includes the top 250 images, bios, details about the shot and audio commentaries from the photographers.

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The limited edition 2013 Red Bull Illume Photobook is available now! High-quality hardback and individually numbered, it contains the top 250 images as well as photographer bios and stories on the top 50 shots.

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News & Stories

A Day with Jimmy Chin

“Hi, my name is Jimmy Chin and I work as a participatory adventure photographer."

For young photographers wondering what adventure photography is all about, look no further then this video about Jimmy Chin’s lifestyle. The focus on his role as a ‘participatory’ photographer is particularly interesting and his versatility as a top class climber and athlete has undoubtedly helped him become one of the most sought-after expedition photographers in the world. When you can get to places no-one else can, it certainly is an advantage! 

“I discovered photography while I was climbing and I realized it was a way to facilitate the lifestyle that I wanted,” says Jimmy.  

You can visit Jimmy’s website here, or follow him on Facebook here.


Making of: Infrared photography

Watch Danish photographer Esben Zøllner Olesen discuss his basic workflow when shooting infrared images with an IR-converted DSLR camera. Infrared photography may seem quite daunting, but Esben Zøllner Olesen delivers insight and tips for every stage of the process, right from gear setup to post-processing to create a nice overview of the technique which can capture some stunning results.  

Photo credits: Esben Zøllner Olesen


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