The idea for the image came about after I looked through the fisheye lens. i wanted a picture that covered all the angles to give a full picture of the event and the shape of the arena. I’d been shooting FMX in bull fighting rings for years, including the Plaza de Toros in Mexico where this picture was taken, but I had never quite shown this place in the right light. The arena is incredible, seating 45,000 spectators – but my pictures never quite conveyed my feelings for the location until this shot.
I set up radio-remote flashlights to freeze the action in the best way possible, taking pictures from every possible angle. The final image is a combination of raw files out of my full-frame digital camera. The image for me represents all the emotions I feel when I’m down in the ring at red Bull X-Fighters.
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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