Lake Garda, Italy, is one of my favourite playgrounds. You can do a lot of sports there: mountain biking, wind surfing, climbing, and skiing. I know nearly every spot there, like the old house in this photo — it’s blocked off by an iron fence with lots of warning signs because it will come crashing down sooner or later. Roman and I wanted a shot of him jumping, with the lake in the background, so we climbed over the fence. Roman went upstairs to the balcony, and I got in on the ground floor. It was very dark — my eyes took some time to adjust from the bright snow and sunshine outside. The floor I was walking on was falling apart — there was a huge hole in the middle of the room. I walked very carefully to a broken window; the shutters were closed and frozen, so I had to kick them open through the sharp edges of the window. When the light came in, I saw the ice on the broken window. It looked like a scene from a horror movie, and I was convinced the floor would crash under my weight while I was taking the photo. Roman’s jump was perfect, and we had the shot on the first try.
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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.
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