I took this picture in Guadalajara, which is very well known for its skateboarding culture and locations. I was a little worried because I didn’t have any pictures to enter into the Red Bull Illume contest and there were only a few days left. So, I decided to take pictures of my friends’ shadows while they skated at night.
I talked with a good friend of mine who is a skateboarder and I asked him if he could help me take the sequence. It was hard because I only used a Sunpak flash and my radio slave pointing at the wall of a very overcrowded place. When I got the sequence, I quickly went to my office and edited the pictures together. But something came to my mind and I didn’t want to do a usual sequence that has been done many times before.
I wanted to make the sequence different so I only used the image of when Alfredo first jumps in the air with his skateboard – and then used his shadows to create the rest of the sequence. From the moment it begins, all his movements can be seen right through to their completion. To give the image a title or describe the concept, I would name it “The Climax” because you see the best moment in the trick's execution.
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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