Red Bull Illume Highlights of the Year 2011 was another fantastic year for action sports photography. Red Bull Illume looks back at some of the best projects, innovations and shoots from the past year. 12/19/2011 created by Red Bull Illume Red Bull Illume looks back at ten of the best projects, innovations and shoots from the past year. 2011 was a year when the bar in action and extreme photography was raised even higher. It was a year that saw big budget production values come to ski films yet some of the best footage continues to be shot by individuals armed with just a helmet cam or DSLR. It was also a year in which the line between stills and movie is becoming increasingly blurred with the popularity of cinemagraphs and the use of multiple cameras to create movement. Whatever your style, we hope you draw inspiration for 2012. The Art of Flight Raising the bar for extreme sports cinematography. Go Down! What Go Pro does best — a great point-of-view clip that got our pulses racing. Matrix Surfers Innovative surf photography technique using a line of go-pros attached to a rod. 2011 Time lapse This can definitely be classified as extreme footage — a remarkable time-lapse of Earth from space. Don’t miss the lightning storms… 360 degree shoot A complicated circular set-up of 48 cameras, capturing dancers from every angle. Slow-mo Great clip of a slow-motion base jump. World’s largest sports photograph Jeffrey Martin took a 20 gigapixel 360-degree panorama of the 2011 FA Cup Final. About 1,000 photographs were shot on a DSLR and a robotic tripod head, capturing the 90,000 fans in detail. Check out the shot here. Cinemagraphs 2011 saw the re-invention of the GIF in the form of a 'moving photograph' cinemagraph. We're waiting to see who's going to adapt this for actions sports. Chilling Shoot For sheer extreme value, we love these shots by Christian Pondella of Will Gadd and Tim Emmett on the ‘world’s hardest climb’, Helmcken falls, Canada. Perfect Day Winner of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest, Chris Burkard's image of a lone surfer spent 2011 touring the globe in various exhibitions.