Red Bull Illume Opens in 10 days
Just 10 days remain until submissions open for the 2013 edition of Red Bull Illume Image Quest, the world's greatest action and adventure sport photography contest. From December 1st, photographers will be able to enter their images online at www.redbullillume.com in a bid to compete for the honor of winning the prestigious competition.
Already the first judges have been confirmed. These include Kim Scott-Clark, former picture editor of the London Daily Telegraph and now a picture editor at the Daily Mail – one of the world's most popular online newspapers. Other judges include Jym Wilson, senior photo editor at USA Today and Richard Brooks, deputy photo director for Asia-Pacific with AFP.
A number of editors from top sports publications will also sit on the judging panel. These include Steve Fine, photography director at Sports Illustrated, Hannah McCaughey, Creative Director at Outside magazine, Simon Caney, editor-in-chief of Sport (UK) and Naima Mancini, photo editor of Italy's Sportweek.
And because Red Bull Illume also looks at the culture and lifestyle behind action sports, a number of judges come from the world's coolest urban and lifestyle magazines. These include Gina Batlle, photo editor of Complex, Sebastien Zanella, editor of France's Desillusion and James Mullinger, photo director of GQ (UK).
In all, 50 judges will be selected from around the world. They will have the difficult task of selecting the 50 best images in 10 categories and an overall winner.
For a list of the confirmed judges, please visit this link.
Dimitris Karathanos is typical of the judges who have come on board. The senior editor of SOUL magazine says he's looking forward to the competition. "I love sports photography for its charisma to portray humanity during extreme conditions. I love the effort, courage and determination in those pictures. It's a great honor to be a Red Bull Illume judge."
With Leica, broncolor and Sun-Sniper Red Bull Illume has found the perfect partners. 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.
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Shooting the FWT with David Carlier
The pressure and challenges of covering an entire event series can be super tough. From his experience of shooting at every Freeride World Tour event in the season, Red Bull Illume finalist David Carlier offers some insight and tips about what is expected of event photographers:
How do you prepare?
In order to be ready for the series, I train a lot... biking, ski touring, langlauf skating, etc. I also do a lot of mountaineering, meaning I can reach shooting locations where other photographers can’t go easily or without a mountain guide. This gives me a lot of flexibility in my job and the chance to find great shooting angles.
Tell us about a typical day…
Up very early with the first riders, I climb to the start gate with them to capture those unique moments at sunrise to then position myself in the face at a strategic location.
Then it’s 4-5 hours of intense shooting until the comp is over. After that I rush to the edit room to download photos and work on the post prod in order to extract a 30 best of photos selection in 60 minutes to dispatch to media around the world.
How do you keep a fresh eye?
People are now used to those freeriding photos with huge cliff drops and flying powder. So it’s a real challenge to always find new angles and original framing. In a regular photoshoot we normally have a full day or more to come up with a series of images.
With an event like FWT, we do not have this luxury. The riders choose their lines and most of the time I don't even know where they will come from! So I need to move fast, be able to react to any situation and keep a "fresh eye" on what is happening in order to capture that one shot that will make it in the media the next day!
How do you gear up?
Mastering my gear is obviously a very important part of the job. I shoot 90% of my images with the Nikon D800. To my eyes, the censor of that camera is by far the best out there in terms of dynamic range, color accuracy and sharpness, even if the motor is slower than on other cameras (5 frame/sec.) which doesn't bother me at all!
Check out David’s website here & visit the FWT site to see more of his epic images!
Lighting up Atlanta
The Red Bull Illume exhibition tourstop in Atlanta is in full swing – and you only have a few more days to see the bright lights in Piedmont Park as the exhibition closes on March 30.
The opening night dazzled more than 3,000 guests who strolled through Piedmont Park and took in the sights of 25 life-sized, illuminated lightboxes featuring 50 of the best action and adventure sports photographs in the world.
To mark the opening, the Red Bull Air Force skydived into the park and the lightboxes were unveiled as they landed. Attendees were also treated to performances from Red Bull athletes and live broncolor photo demonstrations by professional photographers. Among the attending Red Bull Illume photographers were Zak Noyle, Dave Lehl, Ryan Taylor, Jimmy Wilson and Theodore Van Orman. Scores of pro photographers, editors, athletes and members of the public also watched the unveiling.
“The best part about being at the Red Bull Illume exhibit in Atlanta for me is getting to enjoy the adventure portrayed in the photo from the outside and sharing the experience with other people,” said Rafa Ortiz, a kayaking athlete featured in a wining photo displayed in the exhibit.
Be sure to get down to Piedmont Park before March 30! More info here.
Are you ready for Red Bull Illume, Atlanta?
The Red Bull Illume exhibition returns to US soil and will touch down in Atlanta, Georgia from March 20th-30th, 2014. It will light up the city’s picturesque Piedmont Park, where the top 50 finalists will be displayed on dazzling life-sized lightboxes.
Atlanta will be the fourth tourstop after successful exhibitions in Hong Kong, Scottsdale and Vancouver – and promises to be every bit as bright!
It will be a fitting tribute to the world’s finest action sports photographers – so be sure to join the ever-growing event list on Facebook and invite your friends to come along to enjoy the best action sports photography!
Join the Wings For Life World Run on May 4
The Wings for Life World Run will be a truly global adventure and encompasses 35 run locations in 33 countries. Everyone will run at the exact same time all over the world and it's the first race where a chase car acts as the finish line... So the world will be competing to keep ahead of the finish line coming up behind! It's not only going to be lots of fun, but 100% of the proceeds from the event will go to the Wings for Life foundation.
Red Bull Illume has been supporting Wings for Life with a percentage of the proceeds from the Red Bull Illume photobooks and calendars, and now we appeal to our friends to also get involved and join us in running for those who can’t! Let's do this together!
Sign up today: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com
Red Bull Illume opens in Vancouver
The Red Bull Illume exhibition opened in Vancouver on Friday 31st January and was a fantastic success. Hundreds of leading photographers, editors, athletes and members of the public watched as the unique 2 x 2m (6 x 6ft) lightboxes were unveiled on Jack Poole Plaza.
Canada’s most talented photographers received accolades at the international photography contest, including Vancouver’s own Scott Serfas who won first place in the Illumination category. Other local finalists included Jussi Grznar, Sterling Lorence and Dan Carr.
“I'm lucky to call Vancouver my home so it's fantastic to have Red Bull Illume come to the city. The display is epic,” says Sterling Lorence, attendee and Red Bull Illume finalist. ”Photography is at an incredible place these days and action sports is blossoming across the world so it's great to see Red Bull Illume showcase such progressive accomplishments in the photographic arts. It leaves me constantly inspired.”
The life-size lightboxes showcasing the elite Red Bull Illume images are on display until February 8. The exhibition will come to life after sunset each night from 5:30pm onwards. More information on the event can be found here.
The Vancouver tour stop is the third one after Hong Kong and Scottsdale, USA. The exhibition will continue traveling around the world's capitals and cultural hubs for the next two years as a unique night-time exhibition.
The 2013 Red Bull Illume photobook, a beautiful hardcover featuring a glossy collection of the Top 250 images from the contest, as well as behind-the-scenes stories on how the photographers went the extra mile to get their shots, is available for purchase on-site. For those who can’t make the exhibition there is also a free Tablet App available for download.