From the Windy City to the Aurora Borealis: Catching up with Emil Sollie Emil Sollie shot into the Top 55 of Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 with his amazing nighttime shot of Mons Røisland in Folgefonna, Norway! Following his week in the Windy City, he flew straight to Norway's Lofoten for an epic photo mission with Mick Fanning, and we caught up with him to see what he's been up to. 05/23/2017 © Emil Sollie What’s been going on with you since the Winner Award Ceremony? There's been a lot going on! I went straight from the Winner Award Ceremony in Chicago to Lofoten, up north in Norway with surfer Mick Fanning and a full-on Red Bull crew. The mission was to shoot Mick surfing under the Aurora Borealis. That turned out pretty well! (Check out the shots below). Otherwise I've been shooting a lot of snowboarding, been exploring Iceland for a week and just work a lot in general. Has anything changed for you since making it to the Top 55? We saw you were in a few TV shows… A lot changed after making it to the Red Bull Illume Top 55. Been working with Red Bull on a lot of bigger projects, as they put budgets to missions I pitch for them! The TV shows were actually because of the mission in Lofoten. That went 'hella' viral. Discovery came to my apartment to make a short documentary about the shoot and I happened to be live at the National Morning show. Pretty stoked about that! Any cool projects you’re working on? There are. First up, there's a shoot with the national team of snowboarding at Folgefonna, one of the most epic locations for snowboarding on this planet! Folgefonna is the glacier where I happened to capture the picture that ended up in the Top 55 in 2016. After that I'm going to follow a skydiving team for a couple of weeks. What do you think the secret is to an image doing well in Red Bull Illume? As I watched Lorenz win almost every category last year, I think it is the «perfect picture» photo contest. Of course, there has to be some kind of action in the frame, but I think composition is the key to doing well. To be honest, I missed some proper action in the 2016 winner pics, but no hate, there were a lot of amazing pictures! Working together with any other Red Bull Illume finalists? Nope, not at the moment! But I am still in contact with a lot of them. I definitely met a lot of talented people over there! And what’s your personal favorite from Red Bull Illume? Overall it might be Burkard's photo from 2010. Really liked Lorenz`s from last year as well. What's one crazy photo assignment you've been on? The mission up north in Norway with Mick Fanning has to be the most crazy photo mission I've been a part of. We planned this photo for so long and there was a lot of elements to happen at the same time to get this photo. But I didn’t do it alone, the picture is both mine and Mats Grimseth's photo. Mats was the guy in the water with the flash! Last question: will we see you again in 2019? Yes, of course! Looking to get inspired? Make sure to follow Red Bull Illume on Instagram!