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Photographer: Dean Treml, Athlete: Steve Black, Location: Hamburg, Germany

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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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.

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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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Get in on an action sports photography workshop!

Looking to join an actions sport photography workshop with a pro? There are plenty of workshops happening around the globe so we’ve done a little round-up…

Markus Berger Leica Akademie Masterclass (Austria)
Interested in attending an action sports photography workshop in Austria?
Join Markus Berger at the Leica Camera Akademie Action Sports Master Class presented by COOPH. You can book your place here

Michael Clark Seminar (Boston, USA)
Michael Clark will be in Boston on March 22 giving a seminar for the National Geographic Traveler Photography Seminars on Outdoor Adventure Photography.
If you are interested in Adventure Photography this half-day seminar will cover a lot of ground and be quite entertaining as well. You can register here

Ray Demski Workshop (Munich, Germany)
Ray Demski will host a photography workflow and storage end on March 27 at 13:30 at the MacConsult Munich. 

Chris Burkard workshop (Portland, USA)
Chris Burkard is hosting a photography workshop at The Clymb's HQ in Portland, OR on March 28 - 29. There’s a Facebook contest for a free place, check it out here

Last chance for young photographers to enter broncolor Gen NEXT!

Are you a photographer under 30 looking for your big career break? Well, look no further – broncolor Gen NEXT is a contest searching for young photographers with exceptional talent and creative vision to become broncolor Gen NEXT ambassadors. You’ll need to enter this weekend though… the contest closes on Monday, March 2nd! 

To be enter the contest, photographers simply need to upload three of their most inspiring images to the official contest website. The contest is open to submissions from photographers worldwide who are under the age of 30. Entries close on March 2nd, 2015 and winners will be announced by April 21st. Prizes include $24,000 worth of cutting-edge broncolor gear, which is a total game-changer so good luck! 

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Looking for Action on Valentines Day?

For those in Salzburg looking for some action on Valentines Day, we’ve you covered.  The Red Bull Illume exhibition will be lighting up Hangar-7 until Sunday, February 15 – so it’s your final chance to get in on the action. Getting lost amongst lightboxes whilst feasting your eyes on the finest action sports photography in the world will be the perfect date… Thank us later! 

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