RAW by Leica is the category for images straight out of the camera – un-cropped, untouched and with no filter. It’s all about nailing the shot the first time. This year’s category winner goes to Canadian photographer Bruno Long for a shot of a mountain bike rider perfectly silhouetted in a beam of forest light.
He says: “Playing with dust and light has always been one of my favorite ways to shoot mountain biking. It's such a random process, with the dust and light different in every situation. This particular section of trail was super steep and local rider, Dylan Siggers, was in his element. This was his second or third time through this section and by this try, I had figured out exactly where he would be in the frame and captured the moment as he emerged from the dust perfectly.”
The RAW by Leica category really appeals to his style. He adds: “Capturing real moments is my ethos and I spend a fair amount of my time exploring the far reaches of the world or my backyard to find them.”
The other category finalists were Roman Neimann for his shot of skaters inside an old milk factory, Denis Klero for his shot of freerider Pavel Alekhin seeming to hang from a clothes peg, Andrew Chad for an image of skier at night and Dean Treml for his shot of a cliff diver.
If you missed this announcement and want to see Bruno’s reaction then you can rewatch it on our Instagram channel.
The overall winner will be announced on Saturday, December 4 during the Red Bull Illume Exhibition in Aspen Snowmass, USA. Stay tuned to our channels for the latest updates.