Lights, Camera, Wakeboarding

©Patrick Rochon

The lengths to which photographers and athletes go to nail a shot is often extreme — especially with sights on an entry into Red Bull Illume in mind.

Just a few miles down the road from the lights and magic of Disney World and Universal studios was the setting for this light-painting photo shoot at Orlando, Florida’s OWC Cable Park. Onsite were Red Bull wake riders Adam Errington, Dallas Friday and Mike Dowdy.

After the park closed to the public, photographer Patrick Rochon shot the Red Bull Riders as they attacked the sliders and kickers on boards tricked out with intricate LED lighting. Play the video above for a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot, which took place over three nights in late March.

?The shoot – which was done in conjunction with a local Red Bull-supported photography event called Snap! Orlando – included many challenges in preparation. It’s hard enough to shoot high-speed action in the dark – add in the tasks of outfitting the boards with the waterproof LCD light systems to staging the cameras, lighting and athletes in proper position to secure the shot, and you have yourself a serious photographic mission.

Some of the most inspired by the project were the athletes themselves. “It really is my movements painting this picture and helping this photo come to life!” says Errington, the 24-year-old wakeboarder at the top of his game.

For Rochon, the set-up and planning were extensive, but the motivation while shooting was simple: “Focus on the art, the creativity, and the beauty,” said Rochon, mid-shoot. Fortunately for him, he knew he could rely on the riders to offer performances worthy of the occasion. “I’m really impressed by the athletes,” he added. “They are so fluid in the water, and they understand naturally what we are trying to do here.”

Will the effort pay off? The best images have been held back to enter into Red Bull Illume. It will now be up to the judges to decide...

How hard would you work to get a shot into Red Bull Illume Image Quest? Don’t delay – show us your stuff. The submission period ends at the end of April! Enter here. 

Snap! is a 4-day photography celebration showcasing the work of renowned photographers from May 2nd-5th. snaporlando.com

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Salty snaps from 3,600m above sea level

Daniel Dhers builds and rides the world’s first BMX salt park 3,600m above sea level. Red Bull photographer Camilo Rozo was there to capture the crazy.

© Camilo Roso / Red Bull Content Pool

Bicycle motocross rider Daniel Dhers knows a thing or two about high altitude jumps, but this is something different. He recently built ramps out of salt at the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia – a high altitude desert known as the largest salt pans on the planet.

The “Salar de Uyuni” stand 3,600m above sea level. At this height, the atmospheric pressure decreases and results in a blood oxygen shortage.

 “I would make a line in the Salt Park and would stop for five minutes to catch my breath again,” explains Dhers, a five-time X-Games BMX Park gold medalist. “Plus it was really hot during the day and when the sun was covered by a cloud I was freezing.”



The ramps were designed by John Saxton and built with the help of locals from the Bolivian town of Colchani. “We built the ramp’s structure out of salt bricks, and had to create a secret mix to smooth them out,” says Dhers. “This is the roughest project I’ve done in my life, it’s a beautiful scenery but riding at this height is crazy.”

The flat horizon, hostile weather and high altitude all played a part – meaning Dhers had to push his limits to perform his tricks in a short production time. Luckily, Red Bull photographer Camilo Rozo was on hand to capture every salty jump.

Find out more about Camilo on his website and check out Daniel on Instagram.

While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.

Follow these 5 action sport photographers on Instagram

Scrolling our Instagram feed should be a daily source of inspiration. Following these five photographers – handpicked by Red Bull Illume – will guarantee to keep you amped for the action-adventure lifestyle.

Red Bull Illume 2013: Fred Mortagne, Playground category top 25

© Fred Mortagne / Red Bull Illume

Jimmy Chin
Pro climber, photographer and director Jimmy Chin lives for big mountains. Not only epic mountain shots, but powder, travel, cityscape and other images will keep you locked to his feed.

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Jody MacDonald 

In the sky, under the sea or on the wall – explorer and adventure photographer Jody MacDonald captures a variety of action sports.  Check her unreal images of paragliders flying above the desert dunes of Mozambique.



Fred Mortagne
Director and photographer “French Fred” is the master of black and white skateboarding images. His use of lines and geometric shapes has given him a captivating signature style.

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Lorenz Holder
Snowboarder, photographer and Overall Winner of Red Bull Illume 2013, Lorenz Holder’s use of space, light and energy make his images something to scroll for on our morning Instagram scan.



Stuart Gibson
No Instagram following list is complete without at least one surf-photography master in it. Let that one be Tazmanian Stu Gibson – cruising through his wave images will leave you burning to hit the ocean. 

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While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume on Instagram too for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.

Catching up with Jussi Grznar

Whether on snow, in the water or on concrete, Jussi Grznar is a master of arresting stillness in moments that are hectic by design. We caught up with the action sports photographer and talked about the process of putting together a slideshow of his best work.

© Jussi Grznar

What kind of images did you feel you were missing from your body of work coming into this winter?
“I was definitely good on the snowboard side of things. I had done a few surfing trips and one or two BASE jumping trips previously, and I wanted to have these sports included in the show, but I didn’t have enough. I pretty much decided just to shoot portraits, landscapes, surfing – I needed some big wave surfing photos – and a lot of BASE jumping.”

How difficult was it paring all that work into an eight minute slideshow? 
“I had a lot of photos to choose from, but at the same time, you want to just use your best work. The photos needed to be the right fit with the order, other photos, with the music, the motion and the mood of the final piece. I just created a bunch of folders on my phone and on my iPad, I created a playlist and I just played those songs over and over looking at the photos. I would constantly change the order and constantly change the photos that were in it. I did that for so long that everything just fell into place.”

Is there a set of photos or a photo in that slideshow that you’re most proud of? 
“That’s something that I had to deal with myself when I was editing the piece. You’re emotionally attached to certain photos because you know the amount of time and money and the crazy acts behind the scenes and the stories that happened, but you don’t even know if the photo is that good. You really want to have that photo in it because it took so much effort to get it, but at the same time you don’t really know if it’s that good.

There are certain photos that I’m really proud of. I flew to Bulgaria for one photograph: Vancouver to Montreal, from Montreal to Paris, from Paris to Munich, from Munich to Sofia. I flew there for 48 hours and ended up getting the shot and an extra photo the next day. And pretty much after 48 hours, I flew back the exact same way.”

Which locations is photography going to take you next? 
“There are lots of places that I’d like to return to. Whistler backcountry has a special place in my heart. Tahiti and Alaska. But it just doesn’t stop. I went to Nepal to shoot one portrait photo and when I was flying out of there and I saw the Himalayas from the airplane, it just broke my heart. I was like, “I need to come back here.” I was in China and I didn’t get the chance to go to Tibet, so I really want to go there. I want to travel pretty much for the rest of my life.”

View Jussi’s slideshow here. For more of the man’s work, visit his website or Instagram.

While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.

Join the Global Photo Walk and win a trip to Chicago!

Red Bull Illume is pleased to report that Red Bull Photography and 500px have joined forces to organize an amazing social photography event with an opportunity to win a very special prize – the 500px Red Bull Photography Global Photo Walk.

© Craig Kolesky

The Global Photo Walk is a one-day event held on September 17 where photographers from every corner of the globe gather to celebrate a love of photography with their local communities. Led by the most passionate members of the 500px community, this event brings together photography enthusiasts of all skill levels to meet up, share tips and tricks, make new friends – and of course, to shoot some of the world’s most inspiring photography.

The 2015 Global Photo Walk was the largest in the world. 30,000 photography enthusiasts signed up to explore over 200 cities on all 7 continents before uploading over 10,000 incredible, never-before-seen images on 500px.

The theme for this year’s Global Photo Walk is Action and Adventure. Hosts and participants are encouraged to shoot thrilling images both in their everyday surroundings, and sports environments like climbing walls, skate parks, windsurfing spots and rivers.

Those who participate will also have an opportunity to enter a truly amazing contest and win a trip to the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony in Chicago on September 28! The prize includes round-trip economy class flights, two nights accommodation, transfers to/from the airport and transfer to/from the ceremony.

A panel of four judges will select the winner with the most ‘adventurous’ shot. From a technical standpoint, they’ll also be judging entries based on composition, creativity, and the artistic perspective captured by the photographer. Only photos taken on a mobile device on the day of the walk will be eligible for the contest.

Here’s how to enter:

Step 1: Join a Global Photo Walk near you.
Step 2: Register to access your image submission page.
Step 3: Check your email and activate your account.
Step 4: Upload up to 5 of your best Global Photo Walk images.

Registration for the Global Photo Walk is open now! For more information or to register, head here. Once you’ve registered visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and browse through hundreds of top-notch action and adventure images for inspiration!

Behind the scenes at the Pannonian Challenge

Shooting action sports can be overwhelming and strenuous if you lack the proper knowledge before going out to shoot. So we went on assignment with photographer Stephan Bednaic to get his take on how to handle a big action sports event – like the Pannonian Challenge in Osijek, Croatia.

© Stephan Bednaic

What goes into planning a day of shooting at such an event?
“First of all take notes about the schedule – where do you need to be at a given moment? When do you have time to go to the media tent and transfer/backup images? When to do live social media posts? If the event is in the open, have the weather forecast in mind – where will the sun be and can you use the golden hour/blue hour during the contest? It’s good to have some kind of plan prepared and work around it.“

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far while shooting big events?
“Be fast and move often! You can cover and document so much more if you move around. Be at two places at once. Even during runs, don’t be afraid to change your location. Yes, you’ll miss a trick or two but the new angle and different perspective can be rewarding. Riders often have two runs, so use that to your advantage. I usually try to photograph one run on the safe-side and then experiment on the other run. Have variety in the pictures.”

How do you decide what gear to bring?
“Since I had full access to the event and freedom to move where I want, I could minimize the gear I had on me – a Canon 1D4 with a 70-200 on one shoulder and a Canon 5D3 with a 16-35 on the other. As far as lenses – all I had on my belt was a 50mm, 45mm tilt-shift and a 15mm fisheye. Depending on the situation I would switch between them, usually while changing locations keeping in mind what I want to use next.”

What’s the biggest challenge of shooting a BMX comp?
“Definitely the unpredictability. You don't know what lines and tricks a rider will perform. You could be waiting on one side of the park while the rider will be using the other side and you’ll be missing shots. My tip would be to look at the first run and learn to predict the rider. It can help you set up creative photos because you’ll be at the right place in the right moment.”

What’s your favorite event to shoot?
“The Pannonian Challenge without a doubt. It’s been going for 17 years, and it’s just growing and growing. I have so many friends and colleagues working on it – it feels like home there. It was especially big this year since it was one of five FISE World Series stops, and the crew did a great job around it. You should definitely check it out and mark your calendars for next year!”

What’s the one item every photographer should have in his or her bag while shooting?

“This might sound generic but trust me on this one – food and water. There’s nothing worse than working hungry or dehydrated. I always have a water bottle on my belt and protein bars/gels in my bag just in case. Make snacks or sandwiches if you know you’ll be working for a long period. I was at the park from 11am to 10pm capturing the event and doing side projects, running from one location to another. A delicious snack when you’re exhausted is a great energy booster. Other than that, I would recommend putting deodorant and sun protection into your bag.”

Any tips for newbie photographers?
“Get in touch with the event organizers and try to get a press pass. It will help you get to locations you wouldn’t be allowed otherwise. If you get rejected don’t stop there. Go as a visitor and capture the perspective from the crowd, move to the fences to get a little closer and tell your story. Don’t limit yourself and try to socialize with people in the industry. The point where you are now and the goal where you want to be is closer than you think.”

For more of Stephan’s work, visit his website or Instagram.

While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.

So you’ve snapped the photo, now what?

Ask any photographer, and they’ll tell you about the importance of a good workflow, a system to keep yourself in check while you’re working. How do you go from shoot to final product? We caught up with a few G-Technology ambassadors to talk about their workflow and the importance of external storage solutions.

Taking a photo is only one part of a long process that every professional photographer goes through. There’s the concept, the preparation, the shoot, the selection, the retouching and countless other steps between actually snapping away and publishing the photo.  

Going from picture selection to publishing is an entire process by itself. If you shoot digital, images are saved on removable storage, which you then take out of your camera and transfer to your computer. This first computer or workstation might not be your editing station, but just an intermediate stop. If you’re on the road and don’t have time to edit, you’ll likely choose to put all of the photos on an external hard drive and then work on them when you get back to your studio, office, bedroom, you name it.

“You will probably shoot more than you think and the last thing you want to be doing as the light gets perfect is to delete images,” says Red Bull Illume photographer Lucas Gilman. “Also, plan on backing up your images onto multiple drives. The G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC with ThunderboltTM is my go-to in the field because it’s water tight and shockproof.”

For professional photographers, lost data means only one thing; lost opportunities.

“The reason I backup in the field is you never know when your gear will get nabbed, so keeping backup copies geographically separated is key. For instance, I’ll have one of the athletes on the expedition hold on to a drive in case my gear is stolen. There is no second chance to make a Red Bull Illume winning image. You’d hate to lose it," says Gilman.

As you might have guessed, storage is key for photographers. “Fast, dependable storage is essential throughout my workflow. Really, storage is the unsung hero in production. It’s just as valuable as having a great camera. Particularly in my case, solutions with high speed, large capacity, easy operation, reliability, and mobility are essential,” says surf photographer and filmmaker Aaron Lieber, adding that he’s “just a solo business guy trying to build something awesome with modest resources, and G-Technology comes closer than anyone to hitting every point on my Storage Solution Dream List.”

Adventure and outdoor photographer Kamil Tamiola is currently working on “The Sixth Sense,” in which he combines thermal imagery with medium-format photos to showcase the energy of the athlete in his natural environment. “When you’re working with thermographic imagery and RAW files that can easily go up to 5-6GB when you’re post-processing, a high-quality and fast storage system is a must, not only because you need it to be able to work, but because you sometimes need to work really fast and don’t want to waste time on backups and file transferring.”

There you have it, some tips from the pros on how to deal with the enormous amounts of data you create as a photographer.

To learn more about external storage and backup solutions, head over to G-Technology’s website.

While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.

Justin Jung: What's in the bag?

Southern California-based photographer and cinematographer Justin Jung says his work takes him all over the globe. For the past three years he's been capturing breathtaking imagery every step of the way. Let’s take a look at what he carries with him.

© Justin Jung

Firstly, tell us about that Game of Thrones DVD?
“Haha, well personally I think it's one of the best shows on TV right now - maybe ever? I have the digital copy of it on my laptop for those long layovers and flights. It just never gets old.”

Talk us through your gear - what are your go-to items?
“I typically do a lot of video work so my go-to is the Sony FS7, which shoots 4k at 60 fps. It’s perfect for when I can't be shooting photos, but I can still pull a high-quality screen-grab if needed. My go-to camera for photos, and all-around walk around camera is the Sony a7r ii with the 35 1.4. It’s such a fun lens to use, very sharp, nice bokeh and great for lifestyle and portraits. I just purchased the new Sony 24-70 2.8 (not shown in this photo) and this has been my new go-to lens for most stuff, because it's just so versatile and is tack sharp throughout.”

How long have you been using the drone? A lot of photographers have one nowadays.
“I started out using the Inspire 1 drone probably a year and half ago, but downsized to the Phantom 3 Pro for when traveling. There was no quality loss in video or photo when moving down to the Phantom 3, just smaller motors and an easier to travel with kit. It fits perfectly in the DJI backpack case. On my international trips I'll typically pack that with the SPL water housing, and a large 75mm tripod. It all fits perfectly in the im2975 Pelican Case and is still under 50 pounds. I hate paying those overweight fees!”

Tell us about those underwater housings.
“The yellow housing is an SPL that fits my FS7. It is pretty heavy compared to the other one I use for the Sony a6300, but the quality that comes out of the FS7 for 4k is incredible. Being able to film at 4k 60fps and pull stills from this is still a huge bonus. Filming in 1080 I can slow it down to about 180fps for some really nice shots. I'll typically use my Sony a6300 if I need to travel light for the day, or just need a few quick pickup shots for video. For photos, it’s incredibly fast and accurate with the autofocus system. It really blows me away when considering how small the camera is. I used the FS7 in this video with Tia Blanco.

Any items you wish you could add to your bag?
“Honestly, I'm pretty happy with my setup right now. I would probably like to add the new soon-to-be-released Sony 50mm 1.4, and swap out the Sony70-200 f4 for the new 2.8. Oh, and maybe Season 6 of Game of Thrones when it releases, haha!”

Check out a selection of Justin’s shots below and find out more by visiting his website or Instagram.

While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.

In A Flash: Jumping out of planes to take photos

Photographer Wolfgang Lienbacher is no stranger to jumping out of planes which, mind you, still fly and work fine. As a photographer for the Red Bull Skydive Team, he spends more time outside of the plane and soaring through the sky then in one. Check out just how he makes his photos...

Making epic photographs while flying through the air isn't the easiest of tasks. Now image doing this while your camera is mounted on your helmet and you can't actually see the shots you're taking. In those conditions, to get the type of shots that Wolfie snaps on a daily basis, takes some serious skill. 

Check out the video to see just how Wolfgang makes those spectacular shots and then check out the gallery for a taste of a day in the life of Wolfie. 

Ray Demski kicks up the heat

Ray Demski drops his latest personal project, 'Fireball', combining freestyle football, parkour and beat boxing. Check out the fiery shoot below.

© Ray Demski

No stranger to pushing the limits to get the shots he wants, Ray Demski went one step further for his latest passion project entitled ‘Fireball’. The short action film features athletes Lucas Wilson and Christian Kerschdorfer combine parkour and freestyle football in a fiery high-speed battle of acrobatic skill with a burning ball.

The battle is set off by beatboxer Madox, who keeps the beat rolling using only his voice right to the last fiery kick.

The flames in the video are completely real, leading to a few burnt hairs during the making of the film. “Why not a fireball, you know? How can we bring it up to the next level and just kick up the heat a little?,” said Demski during the shoot.

Check out the fiery images and behind-the-scenes video in the gallery below. For more on Ray and his work, head to his website, Facebook or Instagram.

While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.

Lucas Gilman: What's in the bag?

Red Bull Illume’s exploration into the bags of action and adventure sports photographers continue, as we take a look at what Lucas Gilman has stashed away. Turns out, there's a lot.

© Lucas Gilman

Impressive collection you have there! How long has it taken to build it up?

“I’ve been shooting professionally for almost 18 years. My first camera was a Nikon FM2 with a NIKKOR 50mm lens back in the film days and I’ve continued with Nikon through my journey as a photographer and now filmmaker. There’s something about being comfortable with your gear. It becomes an extension of you. When that happens you can really focus on being creative and not on the technology. There’s a camera and lens for every job. I use the Nikon D5, D500, D810 & D4s along with a grocery list of NIKKOR lenses. The Nikon D5 is so fast. It seems like you can never fill the buffer. The only bummer is I come back with like 16,000 images from an afternoon of shooting at 12 frames-per-second.”

What’s your go-to body and lens combo?

“My go-to camera and lens has to be the Nikon D810 and the Nikkor 24-70mm VR f/2.8 lens. I’m always looking to squeeze as much quality out of each frame as possible and the 36+ MP and super fast 24-70mm allows me to do that. If I’m going to take one lens the 24-70mm is it. It’s wide enough to shoot landscapes and at 70mm it’s a great short telephoto. Recently I’ve been using the Nikon D500 more for shooting surfing as it shoots 10 fps and the autofocus points cover almost the entire frame. Plus the D500 is a crop sensor so I get an apparent 1.5 crop from my full-frame lenses. So my 300mm f/2.8 becomes a 450mm f/2.8, which is rad.”

What’s up with the machete?

“I’ve been shooting kayaking for years in some of the deepest darkest jungles in the world. It pays to have a solid machete when bushwhacking your way through snakes, spiders and God knows what.”

Got anything else no one else has?

“A Gerber tactical pen. It could help you out of a sticky situation if you get cornered by a mugger/kidnapper or break a car window if you are trapped inside. I’ve almost been kidnapped by Zapatista’s in Mexico and held up by knifepoint in the past. I also carry a first aid kit decked out like it could be in a war zone. You can never be too prepared.”

Any items you wish you could add to your bag? 

“The kitchen sink! Jokes aside, I travel with a lot of gear. This gear list doesn’t even take into account the video production gear. The last thing I want to have happen is to get to a location and be like, “Man if I only had X, Y and Z.” My dream piece of gear would be a 100+ MP camera with a global shutter that would sync at any flash speed. That would be epic. Oh and it would shoot 6K, 8K, 10K or whatever the video K is on the horizon.”

What keeps you excited and fresh?

“When you shoot professionally it’s easy to get into a creative rut. I like to do things that I don’t get paid for and try out new techniques and technology. Recently I’ve started shooting motion control time lapses with the Kessler Second Shooter Plus and the Elysia Visuals RamperPro. I’ve been working on the Holy Grail: day-to-night and night-to-day time lapses. The RamperPro allows for auto bulb ramping, which is a huge advancement. On the stills side, I’m working on using more battery powered portable strobes in the field like the Profoto B1’s or now the new broncolor Siros L’s to make my images more dynamic and visually impactful. I like to try out new techniques and then implement them into the paid gigs once I’ve got them down.”

Any tips for aspiring photographers?
"Yeah for sure. I do as much research as possible on the location I'm heading to. The important things to me are:

What time is sunrise/sunset and where does the sun rise and set (I use an iPhone app called Sun Surveyor on location for this as well)

Create a daily shoot plan to maximize your shooting and focus on being at the prime locations at the golden hours.

What's the projected weather - You want to be warm and dry and also keep your gear safe. So you can focus on being creative.

Are there any interesting landmarks I should put on my shoot list? Google Earth has millions of images geotagged with different locations use it to your advantage.

Figure out how much memory you’ll need for the project. I shoot with the D810 which is 36+ megapixels so I bring plenty of SanDisk CF & SD cards. Remember, you will probably shoot more than you think and the last thing you want to be doing as the light is getting perfect is deleting images. Also, plan on backing up your images onto multiple drives. The G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC is my go-to in the field because it’s waterproof and shockproof. The reason I backup in the field is you never know when your gear will get nabbed so keeping backup copies geographically separated is key. For instance I’ll have one of the athletes on the expedition hold on to a drive in case my gear is stolen. There is no second chance to make a Red Bull Illume winning image. You’d hate to lose it."

 

The Full Gear List:

Top Left Tile:Nikon D5Nikon D4sNikon D810Nikon D500Nikon 1 AW1 + NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 AWAF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2 VRAF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8AF-S NIKKOR 800-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VRAF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 VRIIAF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4 PF VRAF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 VRAF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 Micro VRMF NIKKOR 500mm Reflex f/8 (mirror)AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4 VRAF NIKKOR 105mm F/2 DCAF-S NIKKOR 60mm f2.8 Micro AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4AF NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8 FisheyeNikon R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight SystemTC-14e III TeleconverterTC-20e III TeleconverterNikon Extension Bellow PB-6eNikon SB5000 SpeedlightsFenix 1000 Lumen FlashlightGiottos Rocket Air BlasterWR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter MINDSHIFT Hive Mini Filter Case x 2Formatt-Hitech 3 Stops Firecrest ND or ProStop IRNDFormatt-Hitech 6 Stops Firecrest ND or ProStop IRNDFormatt-Hitech 10 Stops Firecrest ND or ProStop IRNDFirecrest ND 1.8Formatt-Hitech ND Soft Edge Grad 0.6Formatt-Hitech  ND Reverse Grad 0.6Formatt-Hitech  Aluminum Filter Holder Pelican CF Card WalletPelican SD Card WalletSanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB & 256GB CF CardsSanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB SD CardsHonl Photo Black/White Speed GoboHonl Photo Black/Zebra Speed GoboHonl Photo 1/8 Speed GridEneloop Rechargeable Batteries

Top Right Tile:

Pelican 1535 Air Case + TrekPak inserts
TetherTools USB3 Tether Cable + TetherTools Jerkstopper
TetherTools USB3 TetherBoost
Profoto standard Reflector
Profoto Zoom2 Reflector
Profoto Magnum Reflector
Profoto TeleZoom Reflector
Profoto RFi 1,3x2 Softbox
Leatherman Skeletal CX Multitool
Benchmade Griptilian Drop-point AXIS Knife
Profoto Air Remote
Profoto Air TTL Remote N
Profoto B1 500W/s AirTTL Battery Powered Flash x 3
Avenger Turtle Base C-Stand Grip Arm Kit
Quick-Grip 58300 Spring Clamps 

Middle Left Tile:

Fiber Optic Light Painting Brush + Coast HP7 Flashlight
F-Stop Gear Tilopa Backpack
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm Sleeping Pad
Orca Tactical MOLLE Rip-Away EMT Medical First Aid Kit
FUGOO Tough Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Nikon Aculon 10 x 50 Binoculars
Climbing Harness + Petzl Slings + Petzl Locking Carabiners
Black Diamond ATC
Petzl Climbing Helmet
Gerber Gator Machete
Supernova Halo 180 Extreme Rechargeable LED Lamp
Arc’teryx Theta Gore-Tex Jacket
Persol Di Siena Wayfarer Sunglasses Polarised Lenses
Arc’teryx ACRUX² FL Approach Shoes
Light My Fire Original BPA-Free Tritan Spork
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Sterling Ultraline Water Rescue Rope
Manfrotto Mini Tripod
Snake Bite Kit
Sea To Summit Talus TS I 23 degree Sleeping Bag
Lucas Gilman Productions Custom Team Hat
Nemo OBI LS 2 Person Tent
GOALZERO VENTURE 30 Recharger
GOALZERO NOMAD 20 Solar Panel
Sterling 200FT SuperStatic2 Rope
Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Platypus Softbottle Water Bottle

Middle Right Tile:

Avenger Turtle Base C-Stand Grip Arm Kit
Pelican 1535 Air Case + TrekPak inserts
G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt + 1TB SSD
G-Technology  G-DRIVE ev RaW 1TB SSD
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
SPL A-SERIES D810 Waterhousing + Port
Churchill Makapuu Swimfins

Bottom Left Tile: 

Elysia Visuals Ramper Pro v3 Kit
Kessler Crane Stealth Pro Slider
Kessler Crane Second Shooter Plus
Petzl TIKKINA Headlamp
Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly Motor Mount
Kessler Crane DC0 Camera Cable Nikon
Kessler Crane Kwik SHORT Camera Plate
Manfrotto Midi-36 Hybrid LED Panel
ROR Optical Lens Cleaning Solution
Kessler Crane MagPak Battery x 3
Write in the Rain Field Notebook
Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
Nikon Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth
Kessler Crane DC0 Camera Cable Nikon
Kessler Crane Pocket Jib Traveler
Kessler Crane Kwik Release Receiver x 3
Kessler Crane Kwik MINI Plate
Gitzo Series 2 6X Systematic Tripod
GOALZERO Sherpa 100 Power Pack Battery
Kessler Crane Stealth Crank Handle
Motorola Waterproof Walkabout Radios
Gitzo Series 5 6X TRAVELER MONOPOD
Apple iPad Mini + TetherTools Wallee Mountable Case
Sandisk iXpand 128BG Lightning/USB Flash Drive
Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Laptop
SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD 480GB 

Bottom Right Tile:

Manfrotto Spectra 1 x 1' Bi-Color LED Light (Flood) x2
Really Right Stuff Fluid Gimbal
Arca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared Head
Really Right Stuff Macro Focusing Rail
Avenger Triple Header Bar
Light and Motion Stella Pro Video Light
Gitzo Systematic Ball Head Series 5
Gitzo Series 2 6X Systematic 4S Tripod
Gitzo Series 5 6X Systematic 4S Tripod
Gitzo Series 2 6X Systematic 4S G-L Tripod
Manfrotto NanoPole Light Stand x 3
Manfrotto Super Clamp X 3


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While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. These randomly selected shots showcase just-how impressive the 2016 Red Bull Illume submissions really were.