Spirit: The B&W category Spirit: The B&W category 08/22/2012 Created by Red Bull IllumeFinding the unique angle in climbing photography is a real challenge of the genre, photographers being limited by where they can position themselves. Moving left or right a bit on a rock wall can be quite a delicate challenge in itself! Which is why Adam Kokot's shot of Michal Król resting during a climb has such a unique quality to it. It's not just the composition, but the fact Król is doing something you don't often see climbers doing — facing out to the world, with his back to the rock, seemingly without a care in the world. "The idea for the photo came into my mind only on the spot during the climb, when Michal Król was resting before the difficult final section of the route," recalls Kokot. "I asked him to lean against the wall and enjoy the views."It's a reminder once again that some of the best shots are spontaneous. Winning has had a definite impact on Kokot who only bought his first proper camera in 2007. "It has definitely influenced my career," he says. "And I’ve become more motivated to take better photos. Thanks to the prize I was also able to buy more professional equipment."Kokot has ambitions to take part again when submissions open in December. "This year I've taken some good climbing photos, but I’m also looking for some inspiration among other extreme sports. For the last few weeks I’ve been working with one of the best Polish trial bike riders Dawid Pietrzak, and we ended up with a lot of interesting material.I have also signed a contract with Directalpine – a company making outdoor clothes, and I’m already thinking of shoots for them.""Winning the Spirit category was a real honor," he adds.Interestingly, almost 70 per cent of the Spirit category finalists were black and white images. The category aims to portray the spirit or personality that athletic performances produce, as well as the pain, emotion and struggles that go along with trying to achieve one's goals, whether due to injury, failure or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. For more inspiration on the other images that were shortlisted, check out our gallery and keep thinking of that winning shot. Submissions open in December.