And The Winners Are... And The Winners Are... 08/31/2010 created by Red Bull Illume Enlightenment arrived at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland tonight August 31, as Chris Burkard was named Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2010 winner at an emotional unveiling ceremony packed with photographers, competition judges, athletes and special guests.The 24-year-old professional photographer’s image of surfer Peter Mendria riding waves on Chile’s West Coast in golden sunlight was named Overall Winner of the world’s biggest action and adventure sports photography competition out of 22,764 photos submitted to the contest by nearly 5000 photographers.“I’m overjoyed, it’s hard to put into words being able to be nominated and to win this award in front of all your piers and people I respect, I’m truly blessed.” Said Burkard.As the sun set, the Image Quest’s top 50 images – the five best from ten categories – were revealed for the first time ever and illuminated on 2m high lightboxes. The energetic ceremony, which focussed on putting the photographers in the spotlight, was held in the magnificent and historic Trinity College dining hall used in the Harry Potter movies. American windsurfer Robby Naish and Red Bull Cliff Diving World Champion Orlando Duque (COL) were among the guests and Irish TV star Sile Seoige hosted the ceremony while Red Bull Illume Judge Eileen Ryan of USA Today presented Burkard with the Winner’s trophy.Fifty-three judges from respected picture desks around the globe voted over three rounds to determine ten category winners as well as the Overall Winner. The outstanding quality of the photography made voting a tough job for the judges.“I thought the pictures were fantastic, everyone of them was a difficult choice: it was hard to make a decision between the ones that won and the ones that didn’t,” said Red Bull Illume judge Alan Sparrow (UK). “The defining line between them was really close.”Burkard was presented with a €30,000 of Leica equipment including a S2 camera and lenses plus 20 SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro flash memory cards and Lowepro ProRunner x450 AW camera bag. The ten category winners, who receive SanDisk flash memory cards and a Lowpro camera bag are:Experimental - Daniel Grund (GER)New Creativity – Eric Berger (CAN)SanDisk Sequence - Miguel Lopez-Virgen (MEX)Energy - Stuart Gibson (AUS)Illumination – Chris Burkhard (USA)Playground – Tim Korbmacher (GER)Culture – Vincent Perraud (FRA)Spirit – Adam Kokot (POL)Wings – Marcel Lämmerhirt (GER)Close up – Nathan Smith (AUS)Nathan Smith was also named Athletes’ Choice winner.The top 50 images will continue to be displayed on the lightboxes free to the public at Trinity College until September 11, 2010 before embarking on a world tour.Check out the top 50 finalist images on the gallery, and images from the Unveiling in Dublin are on the Exhibit page. Like what you see? Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.