When sport, art and photography are fused to create the world’s best sports images, the result is Red Bull Illume. Presented on 2x2m lightboxes, the Top 50 images of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2010 were on display in Bern, Switzerland at the Waisenhausplatz every night from October 14 to 23. Five Swiss photographers were also featured in the exhibition.
4,773 photographers from 112 countries submitted approximately 23,000 action and adventure sports images to the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2010. The Top 50 images were finally selected in August 2010 — true artworks that capture a special moment in time and reflect the emotions, happiness, pain and speed of the world of sports. The winning images are currently traveling the world and the six previous stops in the USA, Germany and Ireland have attracted more than 100,000 visitors. Bern was the only Swiss city to host the exhibition before it continues its journey in 2012 across Europe and Asia.
Behind the lens
Red Bull Illume turns the spotlight on the people behind the lens, to the artists who capture the most extraordinary sporting moments to share with the rest of the world. This job requires more than just an eye for good images – it requires the tireless work of keeping up with athletes and often involves the photographers placing themselves in precarious positions in order to capture the moment of magic. In this breathtaking exhibition, Red Bull Illume seeks to honor the photographers’ amazing work.
Also featured in the Top 50 images are five Swiss photographers: Sébastien Anex (Vevey/VD), Dominic Zimmermann (Zurich), Thomas Stöckli (Zurich/2 images), Silvano Zeiter (Fieschertal/VS) and Christophe Margot (Choex/VS). The Red Bull Illume Exhibition is sure to brighten the dreary October nights when the lightboxes are switched on at Bern’s Waisenhausplatz every day from 19:00.