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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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A Day with Jimmy Chin

“Hi, my name is Jimmy Chin and I work as a participatory adventure photographer."

For young photographers wondering what adventure photography is all about, look no further then this video about Jimmy Chin’s lifestyle. The focus on his role as a ‘participatory’ photographer is particularly interesting and his versatility as a top class climber and athlete has undoubtedly helped him become one of the most sought-after expedition photographers in the world. When you can get to places no-one else can, it certainly is an advantage! 

“I discovered photography while I was climbing and I realized it was a way to facilitate the lifestyle that I wanted,” says Jimmy.  

You can visit Jimmy’s website here, or follow him on Facebook here.

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Lights go on in Sweden!

Red Bull Illume kicked off its exhibition tour stop in Gothenburg, Sweden last night. After the sun went down, the open-air exhibition was unveiled on dazzling lightboxes in the heart of Sweden’s second largest city, at Gustaf Adolfs Torg. 

Among the guests at the opening event was photographer Dimitrios Kontizas, who before the event had still not seen his own image of BASE jumpers leaping from a cliff at a Red Bull Illume exhibition: “I was really pumped to be visiting Sweden,” he says. “Having my picture among the Top 50 of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest is something I could not have imagined and I was really excited to see it on display for the first time at such a spectacular exhibition alongside the fantastic work of my colleagues!”

Swedish photographer Elias Kunosson, also a Top 50 finalist, attended the exhibit with the athlete in his shot: “It's a great honor to have my photograph in the Red Bull Illume exhibition next to some of the biggest names in the action and adventure sports photography. And it's really cool to be here with Fredrik “Frog” Berggren, the star of my shot!”

The exhibition in Gothenburg is on every evening, from 5pm to 11pm, until November 23. You can find more info here

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Red Bull Illume to light up Sweden

Action, adventure and art come together from November 14th to 23rd in Gothenburg, Sweden, as the Red Bull Illume exhibition continues its worldwide tour. The seventh stop of the tour will feature an open-air exhibition in the heart of the city, with the top 50 images illuminated each night. 

Swedish photographer Elias Kunosson’s work will be among the Top 50 images displayed: “It feels great to have my photograph in the Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour next to some of the biggest names in the action and adventure sports photography. Many of the finalists have been a great inspiration to me over the past years and some I follow regularly through various magazines, blogs and other social media,“ he says. 

Catch more info about the exhibition here

Photographer: Elias Kunosson, Athlete: Fredrik Berggren, Location: Åre, Sweden

Red Bull Illume exhibition opens in Denmark

In addition to the northern lights, there is currently another visual wonder lighting up the Nordic night-sky – the illuminated night-time Red Bull Illume exhibition, which opened in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen last night. The open-air exhibition was unveiled in front of a large crowd on one of the city’s main squares, Nytorv, where it will be on display until October 18th. 

Scores of photo and sports enthusiasts, including photographers and industry leaders, came to see the exhibit of the world’s top action sports photography. One of Denmark’s leading photographers, Peter Hove Olesen, attended alongside Bugge Holm Hansen, one of several judges from around the world to select the winners. 

Says Hansen, chief editor at Luksus media: “It's great to see the Red Bull Illume exhibition here in Copenhagen and to see so many inspiring and creative images on display. Being a judge in this competition has been a big honor. Red Bull Illume is much more than just a photo competition. It gives something back to all the action sports photographers.”

The life-sized images will be showcased on 2x2m lightboxes every evening from 5pm until 11pm, bringing some of the world’s best photography to the heart of the city. The exhibition is open to the public and free to attend. More information on the event and the venue can be found here. 


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.  

After Cologne, Copenhagen is the second tour stop on European soil. Red Bull Illume will continue traveling the world's capitals and cultural hubs and will next head to Gothenburg, Sweden.  

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Sign up for the 2015 Wings For Life World Run

The Red Bull Illume team has been proud to support Wings for Life with a percentage of proceeds from our Top 250 hardcover photobook. We were even prouder to participate in the 2014 Wings For Life World Run where 40.000 runners of all levels all ran together at exactly the same time at 34 locations on six continents…

The 2015 Wings For Life World Run will be on May 3, 11am UTC with new locations and entirely new countries. Registration is now open to everyone on the website and 100% of the proceeds go to Wings for Life – which funds spinal cord research projects all over the world. Millions of people around the world are living with a spinal cord injury. Every year, at least 250,000 more sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury, following traffic accidents, tragic falls and slips.

This is a cause the action sports and adventure photography community can identify with, so we ask all photographers, athletes and members of our community to join us in signing up!

The Wings For Life World Run has a super cool format: thirty minutes after the athletes start, the catcher car will begin to follow them. 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! Join us and lets run together!

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