Red Bull Illume lights up Hangar-7 in Salzburg

Red Bull Illume lights up Hangar-7 in Salzburg

During the Salzburg Festival in August, the stage lights are normally expected to shine on the worlds best opera singers and actors performing masterpieces of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Verdi. On July 29, the lights were on something a little different as the worlds best action and adventure photos illuminated the night around Hangar-7 for the first time.

Red Bull Illume stands for the collision of art, action sports and photography and puts the focus on people who normally work behind the lens. An appreciative crowd turned out to see the world’s best action and adventure sports photography and pay their dues to the photographers present.

Standing out against the backdrop of the Austrian Alps and dark, overcast skies, the 2x2m lightboxes made a stunning impact. Surrounded by the Hangar-7 airfield, the top 50 photographs could be seen close beside classic airplanes from the 1920s and 1930s and Formula 1 cars in Hangar-7. Jet and fighter planes also flew occasionally overhead, with the roar from the engines giving the whole evening a unique atmosphere.

Guests included Red Bull Illume photographers such as Marcel Lämmerhirt, Christoph Schöch, Flo Hagena and Lorenz Holder as well as several athletes including B.A.S.E jumper Marco Waltenspiel and Red Bull Airforce team member Othar Lawrence (USA).

Red Bull Illume will continue to illuminate the night sky of Hangar-7 until the end of August. Entry is free to the public. Fans can also buy copies of the Red Bull Illume photobook and Red Bull Illume Leica camera in the reception while stocks last.

Salzburg is the only tour stop in Austria. At the end of August, the Red Bull Illume Tour will move on into Europe.

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The Winner's Circle: Jody MacDonald

With her shot of a surfer riding a freight train in the Mauritanian desert Jody MacDonald won the Lifestyle category. She tells us what it was like at the Winner Award Ceremony and which images get her vote.

© Jody MacDonald / Red Bull Illume

How does it feel to have won the Lifestyle category? 

It’s really such an honor. When you see the caliber of photography that was submitted and how many images that the judges had to go through, it really is special. I'm incredibly stoked! It's both humbling and very motivating!

How was Chicago? 

The Winner Award Ceremony was great. Red Bull Illume really pulled out all the stops to make the evening a memorable one. All three days were exceptional from the hotel, to the events. We were made to feel special. 

What was it like to see your own image? 

The displays and venue were so impressive. It’s always great to see one of your own images in a large print format but the backlit displays at the event were really incredible. It really makes you want to stop and look closely at each image because they all look incredible when they are displayed like that. 

Was it good to hang with the other photographers? 

Yes! Definitely – I think for many of us that was the best part. Being a photographer can be such a solitary profession and getting to meet and potentially collaborate with other photographers in the industry is particularly special. Many of us have so much in common so it’s great to be around other creatives for feedback and inspiration. There is really no other event that would bring us all together quite like this one.

What did you think of the other images? 

All the images are so impressive. It’s great because it really makes you want to push your own photography to new levels. That is so important for our own creativity and for adventure sports as a whole. 

What was your favourite shot? 

That is a tough question. I actually have two. I love Alexandre Voyer’s shot of his girlfriend’s encounter with the blue shark. I’ve spent a decade living at sea and I know how rare these incredible moments are and to be able to capture them on camera makes it even more rare, so that photo is impressive.

The other is Victor Sukhorukov’s image of the BASE jumper jumping off the lighthouse. It’s hauntingly beautiful and again the effort and timing that went into making that photograph was extraordinary. 

Any interesting upcoming trips? 

I’m getting ready to work on some projects in India and Asia that I can’t really talk about but I’m looking forward to getting back on the road. See more of Jody’s work on her website.

Joe Morahan: What's in the Bag?

Whether it's the Arctic, the jungle or the Sahara, Joe Morahan knows how to handle himself and what to pack when your on assignment is extreme conditions. Find out what he carries on some of his missions and why.

© Joe Morahan

Talk us through your gear - what are your go-to items?

When grabbing gear for a shoot, I have about 4 different setups depending on the shoot.  One would be a full-scale production, which I always have everything I need all in a grip truck or whatever.  Second would be a studio shoot, and again that can have all the gear I could ever imagine and I don’t have to worry about it at all.  The third and fourth types of shoots are smaller scale shoots, and those two types of productions take a lot of careful thought on what to bring and what not to. 

When heading to the backcountry to shoot, I do my best to travel light and grab only the gear I need.  Sometimes hiking miles and miles to my locations, I can’t afford to bring too much camera gear and not enough supplies for myself, like water, food, and whatever else I may need.  This also pertains to camping shoots, where I hike and spend the night out there in the backcountry.

My two favorite lenses to bring to the backcountry for simple shoots are the canon 70-200 f/2.8 and the Canon 24-70 f/2.8. Those two lenses are really all I need to capture the action out in the middle of nowhere.

Do you carry anything that no one else has? 

I carry items I can depend on, that will always work for me each and every time.  I can't afford to have gear issues, I already deal with weather, talent, scenes, and other elements that I cannot control, and the last thing I have time for is fiddling with gear or having issues.

I'd also like to mention that in winter, when it's super cold, you don’t want to be having problems with gear. Sometimes I'm in waist deep snow, and that's not the time to be switching a lens or wondering why my offshoot brand gear is not working. It has to be perfect every time, or else you might miss the moment.

A few items I have that most other don’t carry would be my Hoodman Loupe to view images on the LCD screen on back of camera.  It's kinda like loupe for viewing slides, it blocks out ambient light so you can see the image perfectly.  I always carry my Garmin with me.  Not only do I use it so I don’t get lost, but I mark locations coordinates so that I always know exactly where they are and how to get to them.

Does your gear sometimes take a pounding to get the shots you do?

Yes, my gear takes a beating to say the least. One thing I have learned over the years is, you can't care.  I'm not saying when I get back home I throw my gear on the floor, but when you’re on location, you can't worry about every little thing possibly getting scratched.  A wise man once told me that every new camera should come with a dent and a scratch. That way you're not worried about your first dent or scratch. It's true, when we buy a new camera or lens you are so concerned about keeping it in mint condition, but after years of love, the camera or lens shows signs of wear and tear. It always happens, no matter what, so it's okay for it to get banged or whatever. It's literally impossible for me to say that my gear is always protected. 

When going to crazy locations, or dealing with crazy weather you have to come to grips with the fact you might ruin gear, but that's what insurance is for.  The main thing is you can't have the gear fail while shooting so there is a line you don’t want to cross but they do take a beating. 

I don’t think we’ve seen a color chart in these stories before...Tell us about it.

The color check chart is something that is always in my bags.  I have a small little fold up one, that's the size of a passport, and weighs next to nothing, so it's always with me.  When shooting big productions, I am very limited with how crazy I can get with lighting.

I know the rules, I know how to be a super technical shooter, but to me; that's plain Jane.  I love being different, and that involves breaking some of the rules.  That Color Check Chart helps keep me in line while allowing me to push the limits.  In post production, is where I feel like I change my pictures into pieces of art.  They take on new life, and things change quickly, and the color checker chart gives me true base that I can see where the numbers are.

You got some serious lenses there! Do you have fun travelling with them?

It would be hard for me to say I love traveling with my lenses; my back is currently in a lot of pain from carrying them.  So it's kinda a funny thing, yes I love my lenses, yes I love having options on location shoots, but I hate traveling with them. They can be super heavy, and when you’re hiking long distances you can feel that extra weight. Even traveling on planes can get to me, having TSA pulling out lenses and all that, it's hard to get gear from one place to another.

Once you’re at your location and you have the lenses you need, it’s a great feeling.  Its exciting to have the gear you need, when you need it, and where you need it. The back pain goes away after a bit of time, the images last forever.

Here's Joe's Backcountry kit: 

• Canon 1DS Mark III

• Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

• Hoodman loupe

• Think Tank Pocket Rocket card holder

• Pelican case

• Lens tissue

• Garmin GPSMAP 64st, whistle, trash bags, plenty of snacks

And here's his Production kit: 

• Canon 1DS Mark III & Canon 5D Mark II

• Hoodman loupe

• Sekonic Light Meter

• Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 and the Canon 300mm f/2.8

• Zeiss Planar 85mm f/1.4 fixed, Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 fixed, Zeiss Planar 28mm f/2 fixed

• 1.4 Teleconverter, 2X Teleconverter

• PocketWizards

• Hoodman Video Mount

• Manfrotto Super Clamps

• 2 Small Black Flags, 2 Reflectors

• Profoto B2 Kit, Profoto 2 heads, Profoto 2 Batteries, Profoto 2 Light shaping Reflectors

• Profoto Extra long cord to move light further away (great for rim light!)

• Lowepro Photo Trekker AWII, Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

Behind the Shot: Catching up with Renan Faccini

Renan Faccini is the bodyboarder with his arms aloft in Luke Shadbolt’s Energy category winning shot. He talks to us about that wave and why the sport couldn’t exist without photographers.

© Luke Shadbolt / Red Bull Illume

What’s going on in the photo? 

Some guys from Le Boogie magazine came over to do a video and they got in contact after seeing I was surfing different kinds of waves, which they don’t have in Australia; waves that hit rocks to make a kind of side wave. These waves form a pyramid in the middle of the beach and break so close to the sand. When we got to this place I was just like ‘woh!’ I’d surfed this spot lots of times and never seen it like this. The lip of the wave was hitting the rock just perfectly. The waves weren’t really that big, but it was making a huge explosion of water. It was so loud – it sounded like a grenade! 

Looks like you’re stoked to have survived a bad wave!

I wasn’t aware Luke was taking the photo. I got as close as I could to the side wave and there was this huge explosion. The sound was so loud! I just threw my hands up. I wasn’t hurt or anything – I was just stoked for the wave that was coming next! 

How did you feel when you first saw the photo? 

Luke didn’t even show me the photo! The guys said it was going to be the cover of the DVD and I was like "woh"! It’s incredible, I was just stoked when I did see it. It’s a perfect shot – normally this area is crowded and there was no one around. It wouldn’t be so awesome if I wasn’t alone with my arms in the air.

How important is photography to body boarding? 

Very, even if I don’t do competitions anymore. We actually need photographers to be able to do what we want to do, especially now. The magazines may have gone because of the internet and all that. But there’s a huge market for surf imagery right now for major companies. As athletes, we need to be out shooting. Photographers are as important as the athletes. 

What’s the most important skill for photographers to have?

You can’t just go and buy some equipment, shoot and get shots like Luke. You have to spend time around the athletes. You have to understand what’s going on. Maybe if it was another photographer who didn’t understand the sport, he wouldn’t have seen that moment. You have to understand how the guys are riding the waves to do different shots. 

Follow Renan’s bodyboarding adventures on Instagram @renanfaccini and if you want to see more of Luke Shadbolt's work, head over to his website

The Best from the Deep Blue: Part 1

The Deep Blue is as mysterious as it is beautiful and as dangerous as it is mesmerizing. Some of our favorite shots from Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 showcase this natural force in a unique perspective. Scroll down to see the first part of Best from the Deep Blue.

© John Barton / Red Bull Illume

The story behind John Barton's (above) shot: 

"This wave sits at the bottom of the hill just below where I live in the Mentawai Islands. Understandably, it’s one of my most heavily photographed waves. After shooting almost every angle, both from land and water, I really wanted to find a way to show this wave in a new light. 

After a long lull and with only minutes of light left, the sun came from behind the clouds, surfer and swimmer linked up and with one frame I managed to capture what remains to this day, my favorite flash photograph."

Jaanus Ree


"About 20km from my home there is an abandoned prison and mine that has been flooded with clear water. The story goes that one day a digger hit an underground river and the place was flooded within a few hours. You can actually still see the machine at the bottom of the lake.As the location has underwater houses it is one of the favorite places for local photographers."

Tom Hawkins


"Sometimes the journey to the waves is more fun than surfing itself. One morning after waking up before sunrise and striking out at a nearby surf spot, we decided to drive down the empty beach to see if there was anything worthwhile over the next headland."

Klaus Thymann


"Guillaume Nery, a champion freediver would dive to 30 meters deep whilst I was 50 meters inside the cave with my camera. We did a lot of research ahead of the shoot and customized gear to get the flash equipment to work there. It looks like sunlight, but the sun very rarely hits the water, it is nearly always completely dark."

Roman Neimann


"We had been skiing in mountains that were only accessible by hiking around a lake for a week. One morning during breakfast we started talking about how to take a shortcut, and skip an hour of hiking in the woods. I remembered Deyvid bought inflatable SUPs and I asked him to bring them out so we could try to make it to the other side."

Corey Wilson


"This was the final day of the Pipeline Masters on the north shore of Oahu. Mick was in first place in the rankings, wearing the yellow jersey and was going for the world title. Early that morning Mick got the terrible news that his brother had passed away. This is the last thing I had ever expected because Mick had already had the worst year ever – shark attack, divorce and now this."

"After a very sad morning on the north shore when he got the news he still wanted to surf the rest of the event and go for the world title. That is what his brother would have wanted. This photo was in his first heat of the morning against Kelly Slater and John John Florence, the two hardest opponents to surf against at Pipeline. Mick ended up winning the heat with this wave. He came out of the barrel and looked in the sky to his brother. When I got out of the water and looked at my images I had tears in my eyes after seeing this photo."

Claudia Ziegler


"Spending a few days with the Deep Canyoning Team is a special experience in itself. This team has so many different characters and they are certainly never boring. The tie that binds this team together is their love of canyoning. But not in the traditional manner; they combine canyoning with cliff diving. Where other people would abseil, they jump with acrobatic grace. The waterfalls in this image were at one of the last locations we visited. By now I'd already seen some really unbelievable jumps. Yet, standing on top of this jump I could just not imagine how this could be possible. How can someone hit that little hole, especially whilst doing a backflip?"

Luke Shadbolt


"It is rare you get the opportunity to shoot from a cliff directly above a surf break, es-pecially from a height of around 200 meters. This is looking back towards the town of Nazare, an area which is more well known for the gigantic peaks on the other side of the headland that are frequently in contention for the biggest wave of the year awards.Shooting from above gives a unique perspective of being able to see the distance covered when performing these aerial maneuvers. From when Pierre Louis-Costes hits the lip, to where he is eyeing off his landing spot, you can see he has covered a lot of ground."

Did you spot a favorite? Make sure to head over to and vote for your favorite in our Public Choice! 

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Chicago in Hyperlapse

The Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony is in the books and we've got this sweet hyperlapse to relive the experiences.

© Mislav Mironovic

The Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony in Chicago is something you want to relive over and over again. Thanks to stop motion and hyperlapse expert Mislav Mironovic this is now possible. 

The video above takes you through our entire Chicago experience in less than 90 seconds, from flights to the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour unveiling and exploring the streets (and river) of Chicago. 

For the people that were there, here's your chance to relive all the action and excitement. For everyone else, check out the adventure that is a Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony Week! 

Want to own a piece of Red Bull Illume history? Make sure to visit and order your copy of the limited edition Red Bull Illume Coffee Table Book, including a numbered and signed print of the Overall Winner. 

Shooting in the land of water, fire and ice

Mobile category finalist Kelvin Trautman recently returned from an expedition exploring the western fjords of Iceland by foot and sea with The North Face runner Rob Krar. He tells us why being able to keep up is as important as the photography.

© Kelvin Trautman

What was the trip concept?

To join a week long sailing and running adventure in Iceland with an athlete. We were invited by Thule Trails, who specialize in guided running tours and were based on a 60ft ketch during the trip, which we used as a roving mountain hut –we would sail deep in to a fjord, anchor, spend the night, then early in the morning Siggi, our salty old sea dog captain would drop us off and we would then spend the best part of the day running to the next fjord where he would meet us with his yacht. 

Sounds tough!

We were running between 20km and 40km over hugely mixed terrain. We’d go from sandy beaches to glacier within 300m of elevation! A lot of it was exploratory running; we seldom had a trail to run on. The northwest tip of Iceland is the remotest part of the country. The area has been uninhabited for more than 60 years and has allowed the wilderness to flourish. With no roads, this area is only accessible by sea. 

But you like the physical part?

Yeah, I particularly like those shoots that demand physical and camera skills in equal measure. I come from a competitive sport background, adventure racing, kayaking, running, biking and swimming. Getting to keep up with an athlete satisfies my competitive instincts. In South Africa for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse project, I ran the entire 180km route during the recce. 

What was the most challenging part this time? 

Trying to put the camera down. In mid July it doesn’t get dark. The light is good almost every hour of the day. One of the standout things about this part of Iceland is the variety of photographic locations. Around every corner was something different to capture, towering cliffs with millions of nesting seabirds, waterfalls that plunge straight into the sea, glaciers, lush valleys, and of course the running. It was non-stop. 

Any highlights? 

We saw a number of Arctic fox along the way including on one morning, an adult fox carrying a dead seagull back to its den. We followed the fox and were rewarded by getting to see her three young cubs. It’s very special encountering wildlife on foot – a sensory overload of sorts, being confronted by smells, sounds, sights you don't get in any other way. 

Who was the story for?

It was a joint project for Thule Trails and Nathan Sports. These days, with trail running, I often get asked to capture less race and performance focused stories and more lifestyle orientated stories. This was all about selling the running lifestyle and Iceland’s a great place for that. 

What’s next? 

Photographing a 600 nautical mile yacht race around the Mediterranean for the Red Bulletin. I’ll be on board a 70 foot trimaran documenting the race. Should be wet and wild. 

Check out more of Kelvin Trautman's work by heading over to his website and following him on Instagram.

Make sure to check out Kelvin's finalist entry in the Gallery as well as the work of all of the other Red Bull Illume photographers and vote for your favorite photograph for the Public Choice Award, which will be handed out mid-2018. 

Jason Halayko: What's in the bag?

Born in Canada, but calling Japan his home for over a decade, Red Bull Illume semifinalist Jason Halayko shoots action sports all over the globe. Let's take a look at what he packs when he hits the road.

© Jason Halayko

Firstly, tell us about your katana? I imagine this is something that gets you in trouble at airports.

Hahaha. I have been studying a Japanese martial art both here and in Canada for about 15 years now. By studying the martial arts, I am able to keep both my body and mind in balance and it helps me keep centered during stressful photo jobs. Also, by knowing how to fall and roll properly I have actually been able to save my gear after tripping up on one thing or another on a shoot. The sword is one I had made to my body size, so it is a little bigger and heavier than ones made for Japanese people, but unfortunately, as you mention, I would get in way too much trouble at the airport if I took it with me. But it is always in my heart.

Tell us about the Dark Forest book. Do you always takes books with you? 

During shoots and traveling there is lots of down/waiting time and I really don't want to be looking at my phone's screen the whole time, so I like to try and always have a book to read. These days I have been enjoying various science fiction books. This book, "The Dark Forest" is by a Chinese author and is about how the world reacts to an alien civilisation coming to the earth. Not much to do with photography, but I like how these kinds of books really get me thinking in different ways, which hopefully helps with my creativity. 

What about the gloves? Looks like you ride MTB...

I don't actually ride MTB very much. However, I shoot a lot of FMX, and many times when shooting the guys let me ride their 50cc pit bikes or even a larger bike, and these gloves are perfect for that. Also, then shooting in the winter (and its not too super cold) I like to use these gloves as well. Taking big gloves on and off a lot can be a pain, so I would rather have thin gloves like these that keep my hands a little warm but allow me to operate the camera with them on. 

Take us through your gear. What are some of your go-to items that you always carry? 

I like to use a variety of lenses while shooting, so I will always take all my lenses on any job I do. I don't have a lot of lenses, just 5 Nikon and 4 FujiFilm, but they each have their own use and special attributes that I utilise depending on the situation. Like my Nikon 1.4mm lens is perfect for DJ events, where I love using my Nikon 24-70mm lens for Red Bull BCONE and other events that are held on a large dance floor.  

My main workhorse camera is the Nikon D5, but I also make sure to always have a backup camera body, which is the Nikon D4s at the moment, on me at every job. If I break a lens I can still work, but if I break my camera and don't have a back up I would be forced to finish the job using my iPhone, hahaha.

I also like to keep a smaller mirrorless camera with me when I can. At the moment I'm using the FujiFilm X-Pro2 and love it with the prime lenses I have for it. Compact, yet it has a great sensor so I really enjoy using it for site checking and street photography, and even use it as a second camera for bigger jobs like the Red Bull Air Race in Japan that I shot this year. 

What’s been your biggest challenge choosing gear for different projects? 

I would say the only problem I come by is weather I should take all my flash gear or not on shoots. I like using my Elinchrom quadra when I can, but there are many times I will drag the extra bag of flash gear and flash stands with me on the train/plane (I don't drive a car here) and not even open it once. It is always good to have on site, but when you don't have your own vehicle it can be a bit troublesome to drag everything around with you and not use it. 

Any items you wish you could add to your bag? 

I think I would love to get a macro lens and try to do some photos of all the different insects I come across here in Japan. Lots of freaky little buggers, haha. I have also had my eye on a tilt-shift lens for a long time but that is more of a "hey I have more money than I know what to do with so lets buy a tilt-shift lens!" kind of lens, haha. Also, drones seem to be all the rage at the moment, so getting into that would be pretty cool. Always been a fan of remote controlled cars/helicopters so it would be super cool to get into that and get some different angles and shots that I have not gotten in the past. 

To see more of Jason's work, check out his Facebook and make sure to follow him on Instagram

Make sure to check out Jason Halayko's semifinalist image in the Gallery as well as the entire Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 Top 275 and vote for your favorite image as part of the Public Choice Award, which will be announced at the end of the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour! 

Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony Photo Recap

The Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 Winner Award Ceremony is in the books and it was quite a spectacle. We've compiled the coolest photos for you, so go ahead and check them out.

© trashhand

The Art Institute of Chicago was the place to be on September 28th as the world's best action and adventure sports photographers gathered for the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony during which, after months of waiting, the 55 best action and adventure photographs in the world were unveiled to the world. 

An event-filled ceremony night, hosted by Louie Vito and Tina Dixon and including a performance by Chicago footwork performers The Era, preceded the unveiling of the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour which will travel the world for the next three years. 

Want to relive the event? Check out the event images shot by photographers Lucas Gilman and trashhand below 



Own a piece of Red Bull Illume history

To celebrate the amazing talent of the photographers that submitted to Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, we're proud to present the limited Edition Coffee Table Book to you.

Showcasing the finalists of the 2016 Red Bull Illume competition, there are only 5,000 copies of this limited edition collectable book, each individually numbered. It displays all 275 semi-finalist images, highlighting the top 55 images by including photographer biographies, their stories about their shot and the technical details. 

Each Red Bull Illume Coffee Table book has it's own unique number and comes with a high quality print of Lorenz Holder's Overall winning image. 

Make sure to get your copy and order now through

And the winners are...

The Art Institute of Chicago was the place to be on September 28th as the world's best action and adventure sports photographers gathered for the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony during which, after months of waiting, the 55 best action and adventure photographs in the world were unveiled to the world, including the 11 Category Winners and the Overall Winner.

© Lucas Gilman

From 34,624 submissions, 53 judges chose the following 11 images as the best action and adventure sports photographs the world has seen. 



Close Up


Close Up: Denis Klero, Russia with his black and white shot of climber Rustam Gelmanov showing his chalk-covered hands in Fontainebleu, France.



Energy: Luke Shadbolt, Australia for his black and white image showing the power of nature. Surfer Renan Faccini is set against a huge swell in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.



Enhance: Dean Treml, New Zealand and his image of cliff diver Jonathan Paredes jumping from the 28 meter platform on the roof of the Copenhagen Opera House during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, 2013.



Lifestyle: Jody MacDonald, Canada with her mesmerizing image of her brother Ken MacDonald sitting atop a train during their adventure through the Sahara Desert.

Masterpiece by Yodobashi


Masterpiece by Yodobashi: Lorenz Holder, Germany showing BMX rider Senad Grosic ride his bike over a bridge in an autumnal Gablenz, Germany.

This image was awarded highest Red Bull Illume honors as this image was chosen as the Overall Winner of Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, as well as being the favorite image amongst the athlete community, also winning the Athlete's Choice Award. 

New Creativity


New Creativity: Ale Di Lullo, Italy for his fun shot of Aaron Chase riding his mountain bike on the windshield of a NYC cab.



Playground: Lorenz Holder, Germany showing BMX rider Senad Grosic ride down a rusted viewing platform in Senftenberg, Germany.

Sequence by Sony


Sequence by Sony: Daniel Vojtêch, Czech Republic with his shot of Flying Bulls pilots Miroslav Krejci, Jan Rudzinskyi, Stanislav Cejka and Jan Tvrdic in Jaromêř, Czech Republic.



Spirit: Dean Treml, New Zealand for his image showing kayaker Josh Neilson being supported by fellow paddlers Barnaby Prees, Sam Sutton, Tim Pickering, Ben Brown, Jamie Sutton and Jaren Seiler after a bad landing off Matze’s Drop, Storulfossen, Norway.



Wings: Micky Wiswedel, South Africa with his shot of climber Jamie Smith mid-fall as he attempts a new route on Table Mountain, Cape Town.



New for 2016 was the Mobile Category. It was won by Vegard Aasen, Norway for his black and white mountaineering image taken in Hakuba, Japan.

Make sure to head over to our Gallery if you want to see the entire Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 Top 275 and keep an eye on for the stories behind the shots.