Red Bull Illume Image Quest

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 

In 2019, a record-breaking 59,551 images were submitted by thousands of photographers with entries 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 will travel 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 will be illuminated on digital smart frames in an innovative Indoor Exhibition. The Indoor Exhibit Tour will run in parallel on three continents. 

Official partners for the 2019 Image Quest include Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony, storage specialists SanDisk, software developer Skylum, makers of the artificial-intelligence powered Luminar 3 photo editing suite and COOPH, photography apparel and accessories.


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, with Ben Thouard crowned as the overall winner. See all winners here!

The next Red Bull Illume Image Quest is set for 2021 with a submission phase in the early months of the year. Stay tuned for an announcement of detailed timings in fall 2020 and, if you're thinking about a submission, better start shooting sooner than later!