In the 1980s, I passed close by this tower which stands on the west ridge of the Eiger in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. I was in a helicopter and saw the Pilz (“mushroom”) tower from the heli window. With me was a friend of mine, Xavier Bongard, a climber and BASE jumper. We discussed what we saw and decided to go take a closer look at this tower; Xavier wanted to know whether it was possible to jump down from it. A few years later, I was on the Pilz to take this shot of Ueli Gegenschatz and Hannes Arch BASE jumping from the strange tower. The pictures I took were seen around the world, and in a very short time, the Pilz became famous within the small but well-informed global BASE jump community as one of the most attractive BASE jump locations.
Think carefully about which photos should go where; categories influence the judges’ selection, so choose wisely! Find the right category for your best image here.
Red Bull Illume judges are carefully chosen from a global selection of the world’s best to form an international judging panel of renowned photo editors and photo experts. Choosing or commissioning great images is literally their life’s work – and there’s no one better to judge this epic global photo contest. Judges will base their decisions on a mix of technical superiority, composition, creativity, artistic flair and overall qualities of photographic excellence.
Best of Instagram by Lenovo
The submissions for Best of Instagram by Lenovo will be judged every month, first by an internal Red Bull Illume jury who will select the top 5 still and 5 moving images, which will be official Red Bull Illume Semi-finalists. These will be put to a community vote on redbullillume.com, resulting in 1 monthly winner for still and 1 for moving image. The monthly winners will automatically become official Red Bull Illume Finalists. In total there will be 5 still and 5 moving image finalists - out of these, the public will decide who is crowned as the Best of Instagram by Lenovo Category Winners. This category is especially for content that’s so cool you have to stop scrolling and check it out.
The Category Winners and Overall Winner will receive their beautiful trophies and incredible prize packages from our partners worth more than € 100,000. Some of the prizes include the latest products from global computing leader Lenovo, to empower even more creative self-expression; storage solutions from SanDisk to ensure you never lose a shot; as well as high-quality cameras from Leica and stylish photography apparel and accessories from COOPH.
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