Category Winner, Playground: Lorenz Holder!

It’s that man again! Lorenz Holder wins his second category of the Image Quest 2019, and this time it’s in Playground!

Category Winner, Playground © Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume

The Playground category showcases not only the athlete, but the landscapes, locations, platforms and environments in which they play. The reputation of Lorenz Holder as one of the greatest ever location scouts continues with this unique image taken at the Ouse Valley Viaduct, that would look equally as good hung in a gallery as it would on the cover of a skateboard magazine!

“The Ouse Valley Viaduct is pretty cool old railway bridge in the South of England. When you approach it from the side, you can‘t really see the secret this bridge has to offer, but once you get underneath of one of the arches you can‘t believe your eyes. You are caught in a place that could easily be in the movie Inception. The arches create a very surreal visual effect – when you are taking a picture, you don‘t understand if you are looking down into something or at least you get very confused about what you‘re actually seeing. I was blown away by this fact, but also blown away that this looked like a pretty good spot for skateboarding.

“When I showed Vladic an image of the viaduct, he was on fire to try it out. To be honest it was super hard to ride and Vladic‘s quote that got stuck in my mind was: “This is so hard, when my brain is going down in the transition, my body is already going up again – this will be difficult to get something done here.“ A couple of hours later, when his brain and body came together, he landed this kickflip while the sun was just at the perfect angle as well.”

Lorenz beat other finalists Chris Tedesco, Kamil Sustiak, Geoff Coombs, Matt Georges and Andrius Aleksandravičius to win his second category of the night!

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Category Winner, Moving Image: Rupert Walker!

For the first time in Red Bull Illume history, images are no longer standing still. The winner of this brand-new category is Rupert Walker!

Category Winner, Moving Image © Rupert Walker / Red Bull Illume

Congratulations to Rupert Walker and the team at Revel co., who mastered the challenge set by the Moving Image category and in one take created a winning sequence that is dynamic and action packed. Well worthy of being the first ever champion of this brand-new category!

Here’s the story behind the video:

“This shot features Brandon Semenuk and Ryan Howard riding down a custom-built slalom line built and designed by Revel Co. The idea for the shot was to have Brandon Semenuk start out solo in the shot, and have Ryan Howard appear in frame and then exit, doing this a couple times during the shot.

“It was particularly challenging because it required extreme precision from the FPV drone pilot, Jonny Durst, and during this shoot we experienced very heavy rains, which caused the track to be nearly unrideable. From the moisture the track was riding much slower than anticipated and caused the athletes to struggle at performing their best. The dig crew was all hands-on deck with tiger torches and shovels to dry up any wet spots and dig out any soft spots. With hard work from all, a solid shot plan, and great coordination between the drone pilot and the athletes, the shot was accomplished.”

Huge congrats also to the other four finalists; Ben Thouard, Stu Gibson, Maxime Moulin and Joey Schusler!

As we’re on the subject of vide, the Winner Award Ceremony is being stream live right now – check it out!

Category Winner, Masterpiece by EyeEm: Lorenz Holder!

Followers of Red Bull Illume will instantly recognize the photographer, and fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognize the location! The Masterpiece by EyeEm winner is Lorenz Holder!

Category Winner, Masterpiece by EyeEm © Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume

If you go down into the woods today you’ll never believe your eyes. That’s right, it’s two-time overall winner of Red Bull Illume Lorenz Holder teaming up with Senad Grosic again to make another incredible image!

Lorenz goes back-to-back adding the Masterpiece by EyeEm category crown in 2019 to his victory in the Masterpiece category back in 2016! Here’s how the image was made:

“The first time I saw this location was when I was watching Game of Thrones and I was blown away by the pure magic this road generated in me. First, I thought that it‘s of course a CGI composition, but after a little research I found out that this place is actually real and located in Northern Ireland. A year later I was actually standing there with Senad Grosic and trying to get a bunny-hop-tailwhip on camera.

“It was early in the morning with the first sun rays hitting the road and we managed to get a pretty cool shot, but somehow I knew that there was pure potential in the spot. So, we decided to stay a couple days longer and waited for some kind of rain, fog or other particles in the air, so I could use one flash from behind and create a white background to make Senad stand out a bit more and get the focus a bit more on the action. The rain came on our last day and I still remember the goose-bumps I had when I saw the image appearing on the screen of the camera. That‘s when I felt the same magical feeling I got when I watched Game of Thrones for the first time.”

Big shout-out to the other finalists: Kevin Molano, Morgan Maassen, Daniel Rönnbäck, Robin Pearson and Jeffrey Kiefer!

Find out if Lorenz will be the overall winner again! Follow the Winner Award Ceremony live!

Category Winner, Lifestyle: Alexander Wick!

The category for those who always have their camera on hand ready to capture the moments before, after and in-between the action. The winner is Alexander Wick!

Category Winner, Lifestyle © Alexander Wick / Red Bull Illume

When you think of a great photograph, it’s often one that allows you to reflect on a memory, a location or a certain feeling. The Lifestyle category takes us behind the scenes, away from the action and lets us, as viewers in on these moments.

The winner of the category is Alexander Wick and here his story behind the shot!

“Together with my boys Phil and Chris I went on a US West-Coast climbing trip. Obviously Yosemite is a must and so we tested our very humble European crack climbing skills right away on El Capitan‘s Salathé Wall. A climb I‘ve been dreaming of for quite a while.

“The first Ascent of this line was a master piece way ahead of its time. Climber and photographer Tom Frost was part of the three-man team back then. His photography of the same climb is just breathtaking. The picture of Royal Robbins napping on a rock atop El Cap Spire with loads of exposure is one of my favorites, so of course I planned on getting a tribute shot to the old masters once we reached the spot. As we got stuck behind another climbing party just up on El Cap spire I used the moment, aided my way up the next pitch and took the shot as the boys and our new friend Luke actually took a nap.

“No old hemp ropes and linen haul bags like in 1961 but modern nylon and Dyneema this time. No uncharted terrain but a well-known and established route. Having a rest amidst a sea of granite: probably almost as amazing as back in the days.”

In this insightful category, Alexander beat out fellow finalists Tyrone Bradley, Nicolás Pina Calvin, Denis Klero, Andrew Miller and Kohei Ueno to take the crown.

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Category Winner, Innovation by Sony: Laurence Crossman-Emms!

In a category that called for a unique angle, Laurence Crossman-Emms showed us one that we had never seen before!

Category Winner, Innovation by Sony © Laurence Crossman-Emms / Red Bull Illume

Sony is one of the foremost innovators in the world of cameras and photography equipment, so it was only natural that they became the title partner of the ‘Innovation by Sony’ category. To win this category, photographers had to show us something new – whether it was the angle, lighting, format or a visual idea.

Laurence Crossman-Emms did exactly that, and here’s how he got this unique follow-cam angle:

“Blaenau Ffestiniog was once described as the wettest place in Wales, this is no lie. Even when the sun shines, the puddles are plentiful. I’ve always been attracted to their animations when struck by a bicycle at full steep. The tyres of Katy Winton making the perfect parting of this muddy sea. The combination of dynamic action and the silk-like curtains made me try each time more determined. There are always challenges when shooting bikes and water close up … don’t get run over and don’t get wet.

“This concept had always been in the back of my mind but finding the perfect location and it aligning with both the weather and sufficient puddle depth was tough. This breathless day at Antur Stiniog with Katy proved ideal. You can never guess how water reacts when you hit it with force, sometimes the results exceed your expectations … this was one of those times.”

Huge congratulations also to the other four finalists: Emil Sollie, Daniel Bernstål, Lorenz Holder and Enric Gener! Who all made the Top 60 out of a whopping 59,551 submissions.

See the rest of the winners announced live at the Winner Award Ceremony now! (link)

Category Winner, Energy: Ben Thouard!

The winning image in the Energy category will leave you breathless! Congratulations to Ben Thouard for this underwater epic!

© Ben Thouard :

Category Winner, Energy © Ben Thouard / Red Bull Illume

Ben Thouard is the winner of the Energy category with this phenomenal image that perfectly demonstrates the energy, speed and strength required for the athlete to perform.

How did Ben capture this incredible piece of action? Here is the story in his own words:

“I‘ve dedicated the last few years to shooting underwater, looking for new angles and a new way to shoot surfing and waves. Shooting surfing from underwater is a whole new world and I love it!

“Tahiti has some of the clearest water in the world so it was easy for me to take advantage of it and explore it as much as I could.

“This photo was shot during a free surf session right before the WCT event in Teahupo‘o. This is Ace Buchan kicking out from the barrel through the wave, a technique to escape a close-out wave.

“Luckily, I was right below, breathless with my water housing waiting for this moment and I was able to capture the whole sequence of it; this frame from the beginning of the sequence is the most powerful one because of the water around his face and body.”

Ben beat out strong competition from Jay French, Matt Wood, Robin O’Neill and Mahallia Budds. As category winner, Ben picks up this incredible set of prizes!

Once you’ve caught your breath, dive back into the Winner Award Ceremony live on our Facebook page!

Category Winner, Emerging by Red Bull Photography: JB Liautard!

The next generation is here! The winner of the new category for photographers 25 years old or less is JB Liautard!

Category Winner, Emerging by Red Bull Photography © JB Liautard / Red Bull Illume

We teamed up with Red Bull Photography to create a brand-new category that offered a fresh approach and new angles. This category was for the up-and-coming, open only to those under-25 years of age.

The winner of the Emerging by Red Bull Photography category is JB Liautard!

JB picks up this incredible set of prizes, and in addition Red Bull Photography will provide him with a spot at the Red Bull Rising Talent photography workshop in 2020. This includes travel, accommodation, and board expenses.

Here’s how the winning image was made:

“Two things that I love when it comes to photography are silhouettes and reflections and I wanted to use both in a single frame for a long time. After a lot of drawings, I knew what I wanted but it took me six months to get the perfect conditions and final ideas.

”Jeremy‘s trail is a piece of art and this jump is definitely a highlight. I knew I wanted to shoot it from the side and get that reflection but it was really dry at this time of the year and of course there was no water around.

“When I saw a wheelbarrow hanging around by the jumps, I had the idea to fill it up with water to create a mirror. We didn‘t have any water hose that day, so I had to do round trips with water cans to a little ditch by the road. After spending a lot of time adjusting the wheelbarrow and cleaning the water in the afternoon, my mirror was finally ready for the evening shoot.

“We were lucky enough to have a few friends helping us with the fire that night and adjusting the smoke just as we needed. The hardest job was Jeremy‘s as he had to ride the trail almost blind. Riding bikes at night is so scary and I can‘t thank the athletes enough when they are in these kinds of conditions. After a few attempts, we got this one, just as I imagined it at the very beginning, and it was a great feeling to finally see the image I had in my head for months, displayed on the back of my camera.”

The other finalists in this category are Austin Jackson, Nick Green and Justin Coomber. Check out their images below, and remember their names! They’re sure to be lighting up smartphone screens with their creativity for years to come.

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Category Winner, Creative by Skylum: Denis Klero!

Celebrating the most inventive, extraordinary and surreal image edits in the adventure and action sports photography world! The Creative by Skylum category winner is Denis Klero!

Category Winner, Creative by Skylum © Denis Klero / Red Bull Illume

In Skylum we found the perfect partner for the category in which there are no rules! Well, almost – unlike all other categories creative image manipulation is allowed and in the editing process anything goes!

The winner of the Creative by Skylum category, ‘From Russia, with love’, is Denis Klero!

In addition to the category winner prizes, Denis will also be welcomed as part of the Global Skylum Ambassador Team!

Here’s the story behind the image:

“Last year‘s trend reports have shown that as soon as the first snow starts falling the social media community bursts in excitement and instantly shares videos and photos showing the first flakes of the year. I didn‘t want to miss out on the trend and started working on a concept to show the change of seasons.

“To attract the attention of the social media world it had to be something that would make one stop and stare. Consequently, I developed an idea of a series of three main pictures with some supporting detail shots, which had to be visually strong and inherent to the world of Red Bull. This picture with Pavel is one of those.”

Denis picks up this great bundle of prizes from Sony, SanDisk, Skylum and COOPH and still has a chance of being the overall winner!

Check out the other amazing Creative by Skylum category finalists Marc Daviet, Lorenz Holder, Philip Platzer, Robert Garo and Matt Horspool below!

Watch the Winner Award Ceremony to see the rest of the winners announced live!

Category Winner, Best of Instagram by SanDisk: Baptiste Fauchille!

Over 12,000 images were submitted, but there could only be one winner of the Best of Instagram by SanDisk category, and that crown goes to Baptiste Fauchille!

UNICORN WE ARE LEGENDS / Photo by Baptiste Fauchille

Category Winner, Best of Instagram by SanDisk © Baptiste Fauchille / Red Bull Illume

The entirely new Best of Instagram by SanDisk category was full of firsts for the Image Quest 2019. For the first time, photographers could submit their images directly on Instagram and also for the first time, the public would decide the five finalists via a monthly community vote!

The category started back in February and provided us with the first five finalists of the Image Quest 2019! They were, in order of monthly category winner; Dasha Nosova, Baptiste Fauchille, Fabien Maierhofer, Jeremy Bernard and Hamish Frost.

The judges voted, and the winner of the category is: Baptiste Fauchille!

Here’s what he had to say about the shot:

“We were a team of riders, photographers, and videographers, leaving for the very first trip of the new BMX clothing brand linked to the BMX: ‘Unicorn, we are legends.’ We travelled for 5 days in the middle of summer, through different spots in different cities; it was a buddies trip with a business goal.

“This photo was taken at the bowl of Fillinges. I remember the heat was insane like it rarely had been in the Alps. When I arrived on the spot the first thought I had in mind was to make a top-shot video with the drone: a fixed plan with a rider who makes his line with the intention of creating a loop. Then I realized that the bowl was really clean: no tags, no dust. I was able to have the rider and his shadow to come out well. I asked Alex Bibollet — one of the riders — to do what he did best, and I immortalized this moment!”

As a category winner, Red Bull Illume Partners Sony, SanDisk, Skylum and COOPH will award Baptiste with these incredible prizes!

To see if he can become the Overall Winner of the Image Quest 2019, follow the Winner Award Ceremony live

Relive the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony 2019 at LUMEN!

A memorable three-day program including workshops and photo shoots for the finalists culminated in the Winner Award Ceremony, at which the winners were revealed.

The world’s greatest action and adventure photographers from every side of the world gathered at 2,275m / 7.464 ft. high in the LUMEN – Museum of Mountain Photography in Italy on November, 20 to celebrate the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019. The Overall Winner, 11 Category Winners, and Top 60 finalist images were unveiled at the Winner Award Ceremony by the host Zoran Filicic.

This incredible show, in phenomenal surroundings of Plan de Corones, South Tyrol, Italy, would not have been possible with just us alone, that's why we want to say a huge thank you to our partners Sony, SanDisk, Skylum, COOPH, Salewa, Petzl and Sunnybag for a memorable event and an amazing Image Quest!

Get a taste of the action from the ceremony with our gallery below!