Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2012

March 18, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions | Comment |

The Red Bull Illume Image Quest, billed as the world’s greatest photography contest for action and adventure sports, is open for entries. Photographers can submit images to 10 categories: lifestyle, playground, energy, spirit, close up, wings, sequence, new creativity, experimental and illumination. Submissions are accepted through 30th April.

Press Release

Red Bull Illume Returns

2013 Image Quest to showcase the best action sport photography in the world Red Bull Illume, the world’s greatest action and adventure sport photography contest, is back for its third edition. It officially opened for submissions on December 1st, 2012 and photographers have until the end of April 2013 to send in their shots for a chance to win the highly coveted overall winner’s award. The Red Bull Illume Image Quest attracts the top names in action and adventure sport photography as well as great new talent. By the time entries close on April 30th, tens of thousands of photographs will have been submitted from all over the world.

What makes the competition unique is how it showcases not only jaw-dropping action shots but also looks at the lifestyle behind the sports. It also shines the spotlight on action sport photographers who often go to just as extreme lengths to get a shot as the athletes they are shooting.

“Red Bull Illume is one of the best photo competitions in the world. The standard of photography and talent is amazing, the imagination of the photographers is incredible. I find looking at the images breathtaking.”

Paul Sanders, former picture editor of The Times, and Red Bull Illume judge 2007 & 2010.

The contest consists of 10 categories: lifestyle, playground, energy, spirit, close up, wings, sequence, new creativity, experimental and illumination. From a shortlist of 250 images, a team of judges — photo editors from prominent international publications — will select 50 finalist images, including 10 category winners and an overall winner. These 50 images then travel around the world’s capitals and cultural hubs as a unique and stand-alone night-time photo exhibition. The host cities will be announced on

Chris Burkard’s ‘Perfect Day’ shot of surfer Peter Mendia riding the waves off Chile’s west coast was the overall winner in 2010.

“Red Bull Illume put my work on the map,” he says.

The line-up of confirmed judges for 2013 includes Manfred Zollner, director of photography at Foto Magazin, Jym Wilson, senior photo editor at USA Today, Steve Fine, photography director at Sports Illustrated and James Mullinger, photo director of GQ (UK). A total of 50 top photo editors will sit on the judging panel. They will look for overall photographic excellence and in particular at technical superiority, creativity, artistic flair and as one judge put it: “the wow factor”.

Find out how to impress the judges by reading their profiles on “Red Bull Illume is a fantastic project and gives photographers the chance to show their talent to the entire world!

2013 judge Angélique De Weerd, Menzo magazine (Belgium).

The overall winner will receive the new Leica S camera, while category winners will each receive a Leica X2. Other prizes will include broncolor’s new Move, their portable flash, and the latest strap system from Sun-Sniper. Photographers can enter their images online at Submissions close on April 30th, 2013.

About our Partners:
Leica is the official partner of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest for the second time, following on from the successful 2010 edition. New partners for 2013 are leading flash brand broncolor, and Sun-Sniper, who make innovative camera strap systems.

About Red Bull Illume:
Red Bull Illume is the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to action and adventure sports. Its purpose is to showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet as art to the wider public. The Image Quest 2013 will be the third edition of the competition after 2007 and 2010.

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