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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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!
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.
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.
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.