Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021 Judges

The international judging panel consists of 50 renowned photo editors and photo experts who will base their decisions on a mix of composition, technical superiority, creativity, impact, artistic flair, and the overall qualities of photographic excellence within that image’s category. Voting takes place in three rounds; first the finalists are chosen, then the Category Winners, and finally, the Overall Winner is selected.

They include Russ O’Connell, picture editor at the UK’s prestigious Sunday Times Magazine. We will also have 2010 Overall Winner, Chris Burkard, confirmed as a judge as well as the legendary, Fred Mortagne, the first ever Overall Winner of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest. 

"For me, this contest changed my life and career, just being celebrated as a photographer was mind-blowing. As a judge, I'm looking for images that depict how the human experience blends with these wild natural environments we get to play in. I'm also hyped to see creativity pushed to its limits and can't wait to see what people bring to the table!" Chris Burkard says. 

Joining them in selecting the world’s greatest adventure and action sports imagery on the 2021 judging panel is Laura Stanley from Pexels (Canada), Sean Doherty from Surfing World Magazine (Australia), Angelika Hala from Stern (Germany), editor-in-chief at 30° Degrés Magazine Christian Bugnon (Switzerland), Theo Acworth from Method Mag (UK), Calle Rosenqvist from Kamera & Bild (Sweden) and Andrea Estevam, content director for Rocky Mountain Sports Content (Brazil). 

“What I love most and what I think truly makes great adventure and action sports imagery is something that gives you pause, or that instant roller coaster stomach drop feeling. Seeing a human go up against the world's most unpredictable elements shows us how strong we really are.” Laura Stanley explains. 

Keep an eye out, more judges for the 2021 edition will be announced soon!