Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019

Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest adventure and action sports imagery contest. It is held biennially and showcases the most creative and captivating images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.

 

The Image Quest 2019 was the fifth edition and has evolved with two exciting new categories; Best of Instagram by SanDisk and the Moving Image category. The Best of Instagram by SanDisk submissions closed on June 14, 2019, and the five monthly winners have already been announced; while entries for the Moving Image category and the other nine categories of the main contest were open until July 31, 2019. Photographers could all submit their best images on redbullillume.com. 

In 2019, a record-breaking 59,551 submissions - a jaw-dropping increase of 73% compared to the previous 2016 edition - were submitted by thousands of photographers from all around the world

A judging panel of 50 photo editors and digital experts have selected the 60 Finalists, 11 Category Winners and 1 Overall Winner, which were unveiled at the Winner Award Ceremony at the LUMEN - Museum of Mountain Photography, Plan de Corones, Italy on November 20, 2019. 

 

In 2020, all finalist images traveled to capitals and cultural hubs on three continents in parallel as part of the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour, providing an unprecedented level of exposure. In addition to the unique nighttime exhibition with 2x2m lightboxes, the 55 finalists were illuminated on digital smart frames in an innovative Indoor Exhibition. The Indoor Exhibit Tour was running in parallel on three continents.

 

The french ocean photographer Ben Thouard was crowned as the overall winner. See all finalists and category winners here!