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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Welcome home! Red Bull Illume opens in Austria
Last night marked the opening of the Red Bull Illume exhibition in Red Bull's legendary Hangar-7 in Salzburg. A great turnout included a number of action sports photographers, athletes, Dr Andreas Kaufmann, the chairman of Leica and Ulrich Grill, founder of Red Bull Illume.
Hangar-7 is next to the Salzburg airport and the exhibition runs from December 11th to February 15th (excluding December 23rd to January 2nd). Hangar-7 is home to the historical Flying Bulls aircraft fleet and a collection of Formula 1 race cars.
“Hangar-7 is so cool,” joked Red Bull Illume winner Lorenz Holder, “I think I will bring my three-year-old twin boys here – but I think they will be more interested in the airplanes!”
Salzburg is the eighth tour-stop of the exhibition since it was first unveiled in Hong Kong in 2013 and will be its longest, so it's an opportunity not to be missed.
Get your 2015 Red Bull Illume Calendar now!
Need to get ahead of the Christmas game? The 2015 Red Bull Illume wall calendar makes a great gift with its breathtaking selection of action and adventure sports images. Certain to become a monthly highlight, the large format wall calendar is 58cm x 39cm, and features 12 spectacular photos that beautifully reflect the spirit of Red Bull Illume.
What’s more, it’s for a good cause – all proceeds from the calendar go to Wings For Life, the spinal cord research charity foundation. Grab your calendar at the Red Bull shop now.
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.
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.
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.