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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Making of: Red Bull winter athlete shoot
Red Bull Illume joins photographer Markus Berger on this studio shoot with Red Bull's winter athletes. The concept of the shoot, supported by Red Bull Creative, was to create a set of unique action shots and portraits with a continuous theme that revealed the athletes as individuals but also part of a team. Each athlete was shot 'in action', sometimes using climbing ropes to hold them in place. The shoot also included a light-hearted and experimental aspect to showcase the athlete's individual character.
Scott Markewitz’s b-boy action shoot
At the Red Bull Illume exhibition opening in Scottsdale, world-class sports photographer Scott Markewitz hosted a one-hour live-action photo shoot. Markewitz shot the Super Cr3w b-boys using the new broncolor Move power packs and lighting equipment to illuminate the breakdance crew, Markewitz was able to share some of his lighting techniques and demonstrate how to creatively capture the perfect action shots.
Markewitz loved seeing the Red Bull Illume exhibition on display: “To be a winner, or even a finalist in the Red Bull Illume is really the ultimate prize for any action sports photographer. The images that make the final cut are technically perfect and beautifully artistic, and to see them all on display on the waterfront in Scottsdale was really incredible.”
Markewitz enjoyed the shoot: “Having the opportunity to do a live action shoot with the Super Cr3w as part of the opening event was one of the funnest experiences I've had with a camera. The b-boys were amazing to work with and the crowd loved watching the action and seeing the images in real time on the monitor. Broncolor has always made great lighting equipment, and the Move pack is by far the best battery operated strobe system I've ever worked with. There's no other system that gives you the power, speed, consistency and control of the Move pack.”
Extreme shoot on the Alps
In a recent broncolor shoot, photographer Tim Lüdin shot an album cover for Swiss artist Seven’s new album. However, the shoot was no less extreme than what we’ve come to expect from other projects in Lüdin’s portfolio.
Taking place on the “Grimsel Pass” on the Swiss Alps at over 2100m above sea level, a real piano was brought up to the mountainous location. The promo video also provides interesting insight into how the gear helped the team work in extreme conditions, a topic that will interest all action sports photographers.
Interview with Fred Mortagne
Fred Mortagne was in the spotlight recently with his jaw-dropping ‘Hybridation’ skateboarding film. The title stemmed from Mortagne’s remarkable approach of filming skateboarding the way he photographs it. Red Bull Illume caught up with the French photographer to discuss…
Is it tough to choose between film and camera?
I have shot video for much longer. I love both and cannot make a choice between the two mediums. They are both unique, showing different things. Photo freezes the instant, and on some occasions, it's completely out of context, depending on what you want to show. In a skateboard picture you see the guy, the spot, the trick, but you miss the speed, the run up, the landing. Yet you can get a notion of the speed and style, but you can only imagine it. Video shows you all that stuff, but on the other hand, the clips are usually short, and you don't have so much time to enjoy the scene.
Tell us a bit about Hybridation...
Both mediums are perfect for different occasions, and sometimes not at all. That's why I do both, and try to mix them together when I can. Hybridation emerged from those frustrations. The idea was to make a video, sort of shot like photographs, resulting in a kind of photographs with motion. Not all the shots are static, but I limited myself very much when it came to camera motion.
This was also a way to do the exact opposite in what you see these days in videos. With HD cameras came all sorts of affordable equipment allowing people to take dolly, crane, and even drone shots, with so much motion...but they all do it the same and most videos look very similar. So this was a way to come up with something different. I'm really happy with Hybridation, yet I don't have photographs of any of the skate tricks, so that makes me sad at the same time!
What are you currently working on?
Thanks to Red Bull Illume, Leica lent me their amazing digital M Monochrom camera, and I've been shooting a lot with it, but not just skateboarding pictures... We will present a selection of the images on Leica's site/blog in a near future!
Coming out in December is a special skateboarding film shot on 16mm, Cuatro Suenos Pequenos, directed by Thomas Campbell. It has been an epic project to work on, and the result is totally unique. I also did a short video for Nokia this year, shot with their Lumia phone, and we might make some more.
I have a cool project that is already finished, but it will only come out in 2014. It's called "Skateboarding Sucks". It's a funny video parody of it. Excited to share it!
Right now I'm preparing a video shoot involving skateboarding in a museum in Paris!
Making of: Morphing Sequence
Red Bull Illume joins photographer Max Riché on a rooftop in Frankfurt as he turns his sequencing vision of trial biker Petr Kraus ‘morphing’ from amateur to professional into a reality.
Equipment and settings:
Camera: Nikon D800 shooting tethered into Capture One
Lens: 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, and 50mm f/1.8
Lights: 3 broncolor Scoro 3200 S set on optimal flash speed, softboxes (for ambient and fill-in), a beauty dish for the key light and a pair of magnum reflectors, 1 kobold 800W HMI (creating the trail)
Athletes: Petr Kraus
Credits: Photographer: Maxime Riché / Red Bull Content Pool