Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer, young content creator, social media enthusiast or a videographer – there is a category for you! Categories are influential in the judges selection – so choosing the right one is essential!

Below you see the categories that photographers in the Image Quest 2019 could submit to. The 2021 categories are yet to be announced, so stay tuned!

Best of Instagram by SanDisk New for 2019

Photographer: Corey Wilson Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athlete: Mick Fanning Location: O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

Images submitted on Instagram – photographer’s most gram-worthy moments of show-stopping adventure and action sports. Stuff so cool you have to stop scrolling.

Creative by Skylum

Photographer: Markus Berger Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Enhance Athlete: Viki Gomez Location: Luxembourg

Images that have been enhanced digitally or in the darkroom through alterations made in the production or digital editing process. This is an open category so anything goes! 

Emerging by Red Bull Photography New for 2019

Photographer: Olaf Pignataro Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Athletes: Anthony Perrin, Simone Barraco and Courage Adams Location: Rjukan, Norway

A fresh approach offers new angles. The up-and-coming category is for rising talents to compete on similar footing – submissions accepted only from photographers 25 years old or less. No video, no image manipulation. Show us your greatest capture!



Images that demonstrate the force that powers an action and show the energy, speed and strength required for an athlete to perform.

Innovation by Sony


Images that reveal a unique angle, a visual idea, a different format, light and flash effects... something never seen before! It's the purely creative image.



Images that visually capture the creativity of the lifestyle, music and culture that surrounds action and freesports, or represents what happens before, between, and after the action.

Masterpiece by EyeEm


Images that illuminate your artistic skill, your personal best, your unique style - give us your best shot!

Moving Image New for 2019


Images are no longer standing still. The Moving Image category is an open playing field for video sequences between 5 and 30 seconds. Ready… set… action!



Images that showcase the landscapes, locations, platforms and environments in which athletes play.

RAW New for 2019

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) and Aaron Durogati (ITA1) Perform during preparations for the Red Bull X-Alps in Bolzano, Italy on August 2, 2016

Shots that are straight out of the camera showcasing the real image. Composition, exposure, lighting done in front of the lens and in the scene, not behind a screen. That’s the RAW category: un-cropped, un-touched, no filter.



Images that capture the point in a performance in which the athlete jumps, catches air, free falls, soars.