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Photographer: Christoph Schöch, Athlete: Daniel Schiessl, Location: Hintertux, Austria

2013 Red Bull Illume Opens December 1st

The 2013 edition of Red Bull Illume Image Quest, the world's greatest action and adventure sport photography contest, officially opened on Saturday, December 1st. Photographers can enter their images online at www.redbullillume.com. The submissions window closes next year at the end of April.

The overall winner will receive the new Leica S camera, while category winners will each receive a Leica X2. Other prizes will include broncolor's new Move, their portable flash and the latest strap system from Sun-Sniper – so along with worldwide exposure there is plenty of motivation to get that winning shot!

Photographers can submit a maximum of five photographs to each of the 10 categories. To get a better idea of them, make sure you take a look at these category examples.

Before you enter, please take a look at the rules and read through the FAQ page. Oh, and we also recommend not leaving it to the last minute to enter… Good luck and we look forward to seeing your entry!  




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7 reasons to go to photokina

If you’re a photographer, you don’t want to miss photokina. It’s the world’s biggest photo trade show and from 16-21 of September, the who’s who of photography descend upon Cologne. Here are seven reasons why you should be there:

-    Red Bull Illume exhibition – of course we had to include ourselves. Our exhibition is nearby at the Rhinepromenade, so swing by and meet a number of Top 50 finalists! Our limited edition Top 250 photo book will also be on sale at the exhibition. We’ll also be at Nord Boulevard A9/13 in photokina – this is the special ‘action’ area – so if you drop by, this is the zone you’re looking for!

-    Young photographers can look forward to finding out more about broncolor Gen NEXT – a new project where broncolor kits out talented young photographers with the best lighting gear for photography and videography. (broncolor can be found in 4.1)

-    Leica will occupy the whole of Hall 1 – as usual you can expect some interesting releases and an amazing exhibition!

-    Red Bull Photography will be there and for action sports photographers this is your chance to meet & greet and find out what it takes to become a Red Bull shooter!

-    Find out about the latest accessories from SUN-SNIPER & Sunbounce. You can be sure you’ll be able to handle the latest and greatest! (Both teams can also be found in 4.1).

-    Rumour has it there is a new Nikon designed purely for action sports photographers. Why not get a first glimpse?

-    Meet other action sports photographers – it’s a great chance to network and discuss the latest in  photography. There will be a ton of live shoot demonstrations, talks, product releases and fascinating insight into the future of action sports photography!


We hope to see you there!

© Carlo Cruz / Red Bull Content Pool

Yet another good reason to go to photokina…

The Red Bull Illume exhibition will touch down in Cologne, Germany during the week of the photokina photography expo. From September 15 - 21 the Top 50 images will be displayed in a dazzling nighttime exhibition along the Rheinau Harbor. Visitors can stroll through the free public exhibition and take in the life-size, illuminated light boxes from 7pm to 11pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by a music set played by DJ Teams Creme Flash.

If you’re a photography enthusiast and wondering whether or not to go to photokina, you now have no excuse! Find more info about the exhibition here, and join the Facebook event here.

© Keith Ladzinski - "Walking on Clouds" - Outdoor Sports & Activities

Adventure Photography Lights Up Great Outdoors Photo Contest

Recently the winners of PDN magazine’s 2014 Great Outdoors photography competition were revealed, and the finalists included a number of Red Bull Illume photographers. Jimmy Chin, Michael Clark and Keith Ladzinski all landed top spots in the contest under the ‘Outdoor Sports & Activities’ category. 

You can enjoy a selection of stunning action sports and adventure photography from the contest in the accompanying gallery. Click here to see the full gallery of winners on the contest website. 

© Jimmy Chin - "Alex Honnold" - Outdoor Sports & Activities
© Michael Clark - "Ouray Ice" - Outdoor Sports & Activities
© Ryan T. Foley - "Aholehole and Friends" - Beaches Islands & Underwater
© Giordano Cipriani - "Enigma" - Beaches Islands & Underwater

Arctic Surf Photography with Chris Burkard

Red Bull Illume photographer Chris Burkard has featured in an inspiring short film about shooting in some of the harshest conditions in the natural world. The film covers Burkard’s journey with pro surfers Patrick Millin, Brett Barley and Chadd Konig as they brave sub-zero temperatures in the Arctic Circle. For action sports and adventure photographers, these mental and physical challenges are what it’s all about and this film is a beautiful showcase of the risks and rewards. 

Visit Burkard’s website for more inspiring photography. 

DIY Tube Light with Markus Berger

Action sports photographer Markus Berger, the photographer in Red Bull Illume's 'Reinventing Winter Sports Action Photography' video, has starred in the above video, "7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Objects" by COOPH. Interestingly, one of the tips in the video is to use a cheap tube light, which is what Berger used for some of the portraits he shot during the winter action sports shoot. 

"I got a lot of questions about the tube light, so it was cool to demonstrate it again in this video. You can pick up a light like this at most hardware or Walmart style stores, add a plug and a bit of tape and you're good to go!" says Berger.

In the gallery, you can see some of the final shots he has produced with the tube light – as well as see how the DIY tube light was put together – a creative solution to have on hand if you're looking to mix it up in the studio!  

Check out Berger's website & Facebook for more.

@ Markus Berger / Red Bull Content PoolCOOPH
@ Markus Berger / Red Bull Content PoolCOOPH
@ Markus Berger / Red Bull Content PoolCOOPH
@ Markus Berger / Red Bull Content PoolCOOPH
@ Markus BergerCOOPH
@ Markus BergerCOOPH

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