This shot was taken in Ruka, Finland, on December 16th 2009. Ruka is located close to the Polar Circle, and at that time of the year the sun shines for just three hours during the whole day before it sets around lunchtime. The temperature on the day was around -28°C, and everybody was really happy to get back to our apartment to warm up after a full day of shooting.
Marco Smolla still had some energy left to hit a kicker right outside of our apartment window. I shot this picture from inside our apartment. I didn’t do this because I was cold from the weather outside; I wanted to show the lifestyle that goes on during a trip in the cold North - a lot of Facebook, sleeping and relaxing happens, as well as a lot of snowboarding.
To frame Marco’s frontside 360 perfectly in the window took some time, but I was really happy that we finally managed to capture the photo the way I imagined it.
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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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