The beauty and the magic of photography is that you never know when you will get a good picture. You can plan everything but the thing that might make a difference is often unexpected. Sometimes the best plan is no plan, just be ready to trigger the camera. Or sometimes you can burn liter and liter of gas oil on a helicopter shooting in a remote location where no one has been, and get good images.
But sometimes, you get a great shot in a normal place in the middle of a crowd. That is what happened in this picture. As one of the two official photographers for the Freeride world Tour, I shot this picture from the piste in the middle of the public area facing the freeride contest in Squaw Valley.
Dozens of photographers were also present but I was the lucky one to be at the right spot with the perfect angle to see that Reine was detached from his slough. An important lesson for a photographer is to always be ready when luck shows up. When I checked my screen I knew I had a very good picture. But by turning it into a black and white image, i knew that would make it special.
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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