Another photographer and I were shooting with Andy and Bruce irons in Tahiti. The waves were really bad at the usual Teahupoo break so we searched up and down the coast and came across a wave three times bigger than anywhere else. The other photographer shot above the surface and I reluctantly decided to shoot below. You could be giving up on a lot of really good photos if you choose to go under the wave and sometimes it is not the right call. That day I really felt like I blew it because the other photographer got some insane shots.
Andy took off on a big wave. I swam underwater as close to the breaking wave as possible and waited to see Andy's image going by. Instead, the wave closed out and Andy's body came exploding through it as he attempted to keep from getting sucked over on to the reef. For a while after I felt like I had made the wrong choice, but the photos I got that day ended up being run in all different magazines and helped separate me from the rest of the pack as having helped to create a new progressive look – that can't be bad.
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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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