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Photographer: Mike Killion, Athlete: Brad Tunis, Location: Hammond, IN, USA

Happy Holidays

Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, frohe Weihnachten, joyeux Noël! Wherever you are, have a great holiday. Red Bull Illume is signing off for the next week but we'll be back in the New Year.
2013 promises to be an exciting year as the world's greatest action and adventure sports photography contest kicks off. Already the applications have flooded in and some fantastic images have been submitted. Photographers have until the end of April to enter their best images so there's still plenty of time to get that winning shot. In the meantime, happy holidays and see you in 2013!
   

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© Roberto Alegria

Taking a stylish skate tour on a cruise liner

Red Bull Illume photographer Roberto Alegria was recently part of a lucky crew that got to travel around the Mediterranean Sea on a big cruise ship, stopping and skating some of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean in some unexpectedly good spots. We chatted to Roberto to find out more…

Can you tell us a bit more about the project? 
The idea behind this project came from photographer and friend Gaston Francisco. It’s the first skateboarding tour on a boat so it was kind of crazy! In a normal skate tour you have to spend time driving from city to city and finding places to eat or sleep. The cruise tour was like a luxury tour – five star dinner, jacuzzi, sauna and all the time to enjoy it.

How has it been so far?
Better that we expected. To be honest it was one of the best tours that we ever had. The only bad thing was that we didn't have too much time to skate in each city. We had less than 6 hours so it was a bit stressful but on the other hand we had all the facilities offered by the cruise.

What's been the highlight so far?
The highlight was the unselfish help from the guides in different cities, you realize how the skateboarding scene can connect people that they have never met before and all just for the love of skateboarding! I would like to say thank you to everyone who make this trip possible!

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© Roberto Alegria
© Roberto Alegria
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© Roberto Alegria
© Roberto Alegria
© Roberto Alegria
© Roberto Alegria
© Roberto Alegria
© Roberto Alegria
© Roberto Alegria
© Roberto Alegria
© Claudio Casanova

A Mind-bending Shoot with Claudio Casanova

Red Bull Illume photographer Claudio Casanova recently completed a mind-bending shoot inspired by the Olympic Games and the subject of ‘rings’. The final concept is in an illusion – with Casanova seemingly hurling a ring in the air and a rider jumping through, but it is clever trickery. We caught up with the Swiss photographer to find out how he did it…

“For this project I needed a crew of riders that harmonized well, so it was only right to get the creative head and multi-talented Mike Knobel, the always motivated and positive thinker Deniz Cinek as well as perfectionist and style wizard Roger Schuler. These guys are familiar with each other and have already proven to work well as a team,”
says Casanova.

“We headed to one of NBCs sacred grounds, where countless classic NBC Shots such as my top 50 Red Bull Illume Photo have been taken. During the summertime this spot is a soccer pitch, so it is perfectly flat and has a great inrun and a landing attached to it as well as a fence surrounding it.”

“We borrowed both soccer goals which we flipped on their sides to achieve the height of the whole construction so we wouldn't have to remove any undesired objects in the framing in photoshop. We then hauled a gigantic tree trunk on top of the goals so we had a big frame where we could hang the ring from.

“We were really sceptical as it wouldn't have been unlikely to see one of the riders get caught in the ring and tear down the whole thing and injuring himself. The ring was solely held up by some silk strings, so they wouldn't be to visible in the shot.”

“The challenge here was to get the timing right as i could not see the rider as I was shooting because I had to look like I was throwing up the ring and looking after it (basically staring into the blank white sky). The camera was placed on top of the drop-in, equipped with a tele-lens and a pocket wizard receiver, where Deniz was giving me the countdown when to shoot. Luckily I didn't need a flash so I could just shoot in sequences. After a couple of tries we got the hang of it and started having fun with trying different tricks and positions such as also holding the ring in my hand to get a more compact framing.

“In the second part of the shoot, we had set up this gigantic construction and were having fun riding it (how many times do you get to jump through a ring on a snowboard) and so it was only right to try to get some single shots with flashes from another angle to achieve a totally different look. This session was more of a ‘bonus’ because we just had some leftover energy and the evening was still young. So shot into the night until my flashes gave up!”


Visit Casanova’s website here and visit him on Facebook.

© Claudio Casanova
© Claudio Casanova
© Claudio Casanova
© Claudio Casanova
© Claudio Casanova
© Claudio Casanova
© Claudio Casanova
© Marcelo Maragni for Wings for Life World Run

Last chance to sign up for 2015 Wings For Life World Run

It’s your last chance to sign up for the 2015 Wings For Life World Run on May 3! It’s a worthy cause that the action sports and adventure photography community can identify with and 100% of the proceeds go to Wings for Life, funding spinal cord research projects all over the world. We ask all photographers, athletes and members of our community to join the Red Bull Illume team in signing up!

The Wings For Life World Run has an exciting and unique race format: thirty minutes after the athletes start, a catcher car will begin to follow. Driving slowly first but increasing its speed at given periods in time, the catcher car is the moving finish line. Equipped with electronic sensors, the catcher car will pass the athletes, registering their digital chips on its way to the leaders. The last athlete to be caught worldwide will be the global champion! 

Online registration closes on April 28 at 11 am UTC. NOTE: In some countries you can pay to enter the race on the day. Registrations will be available until two hours before the race starts, so visit the website to see if your nearest location still has available tickets.

The Red Bull Illume team is proud to support Wings for Life with a percentage of proceeds from our Top 250 hardcover photobooks, and now we ask you to join us and lets run together! 

© Adam Kokot

Hanging Out with Adam Kokot

Red Bull Illume photographer Adam Kokot recently got back from a great shoot in Reguchillo, Spain and took the accompanying gallery of spectacular shots. Adam spent few days shooting in Reguchillo with Polish climber Adam Karpierz and his friends, Neftali de Miguel and Jose Martin.

Adam explains how it all went down:
“The idea came to me as soon as I saw the Reguchillo rocks. The terrain beneath the wall allowed me to take photos from the ground, which made the whole thing much easier for me. All we needed to do was to find a perfect route to create the shot where the climber would be silhouetted against the sky.

However the sun caused trouble as it was shining really brightly the whole day and then just went down behind the nearby mountain, leaving the valley darkened in a few minutes. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to seize the perfect moment the fist time, so we came back the next day to catch the last sunbeams of the setting sun!”

Adam Kokot is supported by Phottix and a member of Phottix Pro team. Be sure to visit his website and find him on Facebook.

© Adam Kokot
© Adam Kokot
© Adam Kokot
© Adam Kokot
© Adam Kokot
© Adam Kokot
© Alexandre Buisse

Alex Buisse nails prestigious HIPA award

Red Bull Illume photographer Alex Buisse recently won a prestigious HIPA award. Buisse won 4th place in the Night Photography category for his shot of athletes Jen Olson and Aurélien Vaissière climbing a frozen waterfall on Lau Bij.

Flown business class to Dubai and put up in a five-star hotel, no expense was spared for the winning photographers: “The prizegiving was incredible and I received the award in person from the Crown Prince of Dubai,” says Buisse.

However Buisse had trouble persuading guests at the prize-giving that it was in fact a frozen waterwall: “It was funny how all the locals had trouble comprehending the very idea of a frozen waterfall and kept insisting it must have been taken in a cave!”

Visit HIPA’s website here and be sure to keep an eye out for future contests.

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