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About Red Bull Illume

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

Photographer as artist, that’s the thinking for Red Bull Illume. As these incredible adventure and action sports athletes earned their place on the world’s stage, so should the people who tell their stories – the photographers who go to the most extreme lengths possible to create images that grab your eye and capture your imagination.

The Image Quest 2021

The Image Quest 2021 is the sixth edition bringing together the amazing work of photographers and content creators from around the world. Submissions for the contest have taken place from March 01 to August 01, 2021 and could be entered on redbullillume.com

judging panel of 50 photo editors and digital experts will select the finalists, category winners and 1 overall winner, to be unveiled at the Winner Award Ceremony at the end of this year.

This year the total value of prizes on offer to winners is more than €200,000. But the real prize is priceless –that’s the exposure and prestige associated with being a Red Bull Illume!

Red Bull Illume Jackson Hole for Natural Selection. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Wyoming, Jackson Hole
 SAI5290
Japan, Tokyo
Red Bull Illume Jackson Hole for Natural Selection. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Wyoming, Jackson Hole
 SAI5290
Japan, Tokyo

Unprecedented Level of Exposure

In 2019, a record-breaking 59,551 images were submitted by thousands of photographers from countries all around the world, with Ben Thouard taking the name as 2019’s Overall Winner.

"Not only was it an incredible journey, it has brought to me a lot of opportunities!"

After the unveiling at LUMEN - Museum of Mountain Photography, Plan de Corones, Italy on November 20, 2019, all finalist images traveled to capitals and cultural hubs on the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour – an unprecedented level of exposure.
The images went on display in breathtaking outdoor venues such as Miami and Jackson Hole in the USA but also traveled through Europe. Want to find out who decides which images get illuminated on the incredible 2x2m lightboxes? Click here to meet the judges.

Meet

Ben Thouard

Nationality:
France

Participation:
2019

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Be part of Red Bull Illume

The Image Quest 2021 is the sixth edition bringing together the amazing work of photographers and content creators from around the world. Submissions for the contest have taken place from March 01 to August 01, 2021 and could be entered on redbullillume.com.

The submissions phase has closed! Check out the incredible prizes that the winners could take home.

Red Bull Illume 2021 Photobook - Limited Edition

This limited-edition photobook features the top 256 images of the Image Quest 2021, handpicked by the Red Bull Illume jury who reviewed a total of 41,447 submissions.
Be the first to see those inspiring images printed and order your exclusive copy now! 

Red Bull Illume 2021 Photobook - Limited Edition

This limited-edition photobook features the top 256 images of the Image Quest 2021, handpicked by the Red Bull Illume jury who reviewed a total of 41,447 submissions.
Be the first to see those inspiring images printed and order your exclusive copy now! 

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