Red Bull Illume Sneak Peek Offers Glimpse of the World’s Best Action Sport Photography

© Jean Baptiste Liautard / Red Bull Illume
All images used with permission from Red Bull. Lead image by Jean Baptiste Liautard.

Red Bull Illume is one of the world’s top photography contests for the action sports and adventure specialized photographers out there. This is the fourth iteration of this contest, which convenes every three years and started back in 2007, in which thousands of the world’s top action and adventure sports photographers submit their work to the panel of 50 photo editors to be judged. Out of this year’s 34,624 entries from 5,645 photographers located in 120 countries,  11 Category prize winners and 1 Grand Prize winner will be announced.

These images were randomly chosen out of the thousands of contest entries, and if their quality is any indication of the field at this years Red Bull Illume, then I don’t envy those 50 judges who have to decide the 12 winners. Some of this shots are incredible, and these are only the preview!

© Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Illume

© Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Illume

© Tegan Owens / Red Bull Illume

© Tegan Owens / Red Bull Illume

© Vitor Barros / Red Bull Illume

© Vitor Barros / Red Bull Illume

© Ivan De Los Riscos / Red Bull Illume

© Ivan De Los Riscos / Red Bull Illume

© Dasha Nosova / Red Bull Illume

© Dasha Nosova / Red Bull Illume

© Peter Mercell / Red Bull Illume

© Peter Mercell / Red Bull Illume

© Jeff Brockmeyer / Red Bull Illume

© Jeff Brockmeyer / Red Bull Illume

© Ryan Stanson / Red Bull Illume

© Ryan Stanson / Red Bull Illume

© Jean Baptiste Liautard / Red Bull Illume

© Jean Baptiste Liautard / Red Bull Illume

© Michael Kazimierczuk / Red Bull Illume

© Michael Kazimierczuk / Red Bull Illume

© Christian Meier / Red Bull Illume

© Christian Meier / Red Bull Illume

© Jason Colledge / Red Bull Illume

© Jason Colledge / Red Bull Illume

© Phillip Greindl / Red Bull Illume

© Phillip Greindl / Red Bull Illume

© Leo Francis / Red Bull Illume

© Leo Francis / Red Bull Illume

© Corey Rich / Red Bull Illume

© Corey Rich / Red Bull Illume

© Dave Lehl / Red Bull Illume

© Dave Lehl / Red Bull Illume

The Redbull Illume awards ceremony will be taking place later this year on September 28th, 2016 in Chicago,IL. Following the ceremony the 12 image finalists are taken across the world as part of a unique nighttime photo exhibition.

You can learn more about the contest, its history and how to enter future editions by checking out the Redbull Illume website here.

(post featured image credit: © Jean Baptiste Liautard / Red Bull Illume)

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.