Choosing the Right Category
With only a couple of weeks until submissions open, we take a closer look at the different categories to help photographers decide where to submit their images. Below, we describe each one, and also provide a gallery with prime examples from the 10 categories.
Images that visually capture the creativity of the lifestyle, music and culture that surrounds action and freesports, or represents what happens before, between, and after the action.
Images that showcase the landscapes, locations, platforms, and environments in which athletes play.
Images that demonstrate the force that powers an action and show the energy, speed and strength required for an athlete to perform.
Images that 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.
Images that show extreme detail of one or more aspects of an athletic feat: a tight shot of the action, the equipment, the body, the face, etc.
Images that capture the point in a performance in which the athlete jumps, catches air, free falls, soars.
Images that tell the whole story in a single frame and capture the progression of an action at every stage.
Images that reveal a unique angle, a visual idea, a different format, light and flash effects... something never seen before! It's the purely creative image without digital alterations.
Images that have been enhanced digitally or in the darkroom through alterations made in the production or digital editing process.
Images that illuminate your artistic skill, your personal best, your unique style; this is an open category so anything goes - give us your best shot!
Check out the gallery below for some examples from each category...
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Sunbounce workshop with Tim Mantoani in Oberstdorf
Sunbounce is proud to present an outdoor workshop by star American photographer Tim Mantoani on Monday 20 May in Oberstdorf, Germany. The workshop is entitled: "Lifestyle — portraits and stories with athletes" and will cover action shots as well as Alpine lifestyle. Tim Mantoani will also reveal how he puts athletes in the right light and how he earns a living from sports photography.
The meeting point for the workshop will be at the Oberstdorf Haus and attendees will be taken to various outdoor locations for practical experience. Fans of Tim’s work can also see his exhibition “Behind photographs” which is being displayed at the Oberstdorf Haus from the 19th to 25th of May.
Date: 20 May, 2013,
Time: 10am to 4pm
Meeting point: 09:45 in the Oberstdorf Haus foyer
Venue: Various outdoor locations
Cost: €129, includes meals
Participation is only possible with prior arrangement, so if you’d like to join please send an email to: info(at)fotogipfel-oberstdorf.de.
Please bring your own camera equipment.
Ray Demski's icy night shoot
Red Bull Illume recently caught up with Ray Demski, finalist from the 2010 Image Quest, to discuss his latest night ice shoot...
What was the idea behind the shoot?
I wanted to bring a different look to ice climbing, lighting an entire ice fall with high quality light to bring out the magic of the ice to create some stunning images! The whole idea started to form last Autumn while shooting bouldering in the Himalaya with Bernd Zangerl and Alex Luger. We did a night highball shot with flashes that got me thinking... that would be amazing to do with Ice!
Were you hanging from a rope to get the shots?
All of the images from above were shot while hanging from a rope anchored from the cliff above the icefall. The other shots were done from the bridge.
How was that?
We had very solid anchors and a backup, so pretty much daily business.
Are you a climber?
Yes, more than anything else I love to get outside and go climbing!
How cold was it?
Probably bottomed out around -18°c, cold enough to keep you awake!
What equipment did you use?
Along with all the climbing and rope access gear, I used the Phase One iq180, 80 mp back on the 645DF camera with Schneider Kreuznach and Phase One lenses all packed into an F-stop Kenti for easy access. Lighting was entirely Broncolor, with three of the new Move 1200L battery units. We used two with the new Para 88 reflectors and one alternately with a standard reflector or bare bulb. We also had a few of the Broncolor Kobold units for working light and the video crew.
How was it shooting with the Move?
This was my first time working with the Move, with a full 1200 w/s in such a small and light package it´s a dream for location work. First time I picked it up it felt so light I had to check if the battery was really in! The new heads are also very small and light, making it all very portable without technical compromise.
Towards the end of the shoot, we used just one unit for the action portraits with 2 Para 88 reflectors, trying out the full asymmetrical capability of the unit, just amazing flexibility! The blazingly fast flash durations completely froze the water and snow as it flew through the air, like no other battery flash I´ve ever used.
Were you happy with the shots?
Very much so!
What's next for you?
After this shoot I had 3 weeks straight of shooting in the mountains for commercial clients. I have some exciting plans for expeditions this year and am also looking forward to doing further episodes of the Ice nights project!
Have you entered Red Bull Illume?
I´m putting together my selection to enter Red Bull Illume at this moment!
See the full results of Ray's cool shoot over on his website.
The featured behind the scenes video was produced by LM-Media.
Lights, Camera, Wakeboarding
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
Making of series: Using a sun bouncer
Red Bull Illume joins skateboarder Philipp Josephu and photographer Leo Rosas for a guide to using a sun bouncer. Rosas demonstrates its uses in a variety of settings, showing how it can be used as an effective way to fill-in shadows on an action shoot.
Run and Gun with broncolor shooter Tim Lüdin
Red Bull Illume recently caught up with photographer Tim Lüdin to discuss his recent lifestyle shoot with sports driver Rahel Frey and the Audi DTM team. Tim needed to move fast, have mobile gear and shoot quickly due to time limitations.
Tell us a bit about the shoot…
It was a training day for the drivers, so the cars were always on the track or in the pit for maintenance. We were there for a whole day and we were on a constant hold. ‘Run and gun’ was the motto for the whole shoot! Sometimes we had 30 minutes on a certain location, sometimes only 10. Space in the pit lane is very limited. You can't just walk around and put your lights where you want them. There are rules for everything and you have to watch out for cables that no car or person will run or trip over. It was very loud there and you have to work very fast.
Did you prepare much for the shoot?
Not much. I just loaded my car till it almost burst and off I went.
I knew that it would be more like a run and gun day so I just brought enough stuff with me that in case anything broke I could swap stuff!
Any tips on how to manage shoots like this?
I was very lucky to be the first beta tester of broncolor’s new light generator, the Move. This new power pack rocks, period. It helped me a lot during this shoot and is perfect for this kind of environment. It's very light, totally asymmetrical. It has lots of power (1200J) and it's very fast. It's almost as you would shoot with a real studio pack but right outside.
Of course I also brought my other big guns but in the end I only used the Move because I could work much faster than with the studio packs. In this kind of location you have to be able to move around very quickly so using a plug is not the best option speed and security wise.The Move gives you that speed and freedom to go wherever you want within a second.
What equipment did you use (camera and lighting)?
I used my Canon 1Ds3 with Canon L glass – the new Canon 24-70mm Mark 2: it’s an unbelievable lens. Also, I had the broncolor Move 1200 L with the new MobiLED lamps, a broncolor beauty-dish and a normal reflector.
Do you have any tips on how to help athletes relax?
If you stay relaxed, the athlete or the model will too. This girl is really easy to work with. She is used to driving a sports car that goes almost 300kmh. So a photographer won't bother her much! Just talk to her, tell her what you are about to do. Make her part of the process. Ask if she has a cool idea, etc.
What was she like to work with?
Very easy as she was focused. She saw some of my Formula 1 pictures that I took for the Sauber Team. So she knew that she could trust me – that helped a lot.
Do you have any tips for young photographers heading out on lifestyle shoots?
Just know your stuff inside out. You gotta be able to work under pressure. Your equipment must be rock solid. Keep an open mind. You won't always get the picture you planned or hoped for. If you can plan everything in advance and if you have control over the shoot then yeah, only go for the best, but otherwise like in this case here, just go with the flow and be relaxed.