Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2013: Winners unveiled (5 pictures)

The Red Bull Illume Image Quest sought out to find the best captured images of active sports and lifestyle in the world. Their submissions we’re some of the best photographs sport has ever seen. The final ceremony was in Hong Kong where judges were blown back at the sheer talent that they were presented with.

“There are talented photographers and then there are gifted photographers,” said Jym Wilson, senior photo editor at USA Today and one of 50 Red Bull Illume judges. “I saw a lot of talent, but also saw some truly gifted photographers. These are not just action photographers, but people with great technical and artistic skills.”

For the entire archive of winners check out Red Bull Illume


Playground – Overall Winner

A huge satellite dish in Raisting, Germany, gave Lorenz Holder an idea – and the overall winning entry in Red Bull Illume 2013. “I used two big Elinchrom strobes in the background to light up the snowflakes and create a ‘white wall’ where I could capture Xaver Hoffmann’s silhouette as he jumped.”



Photographer Jeroen Nieuwhuis and Erik Journée grabbed their boards and went out into the street to capture the winning entry in the Close-up category. “The position of the sun was just right and I grabbed my camera. After almost smashing it on the concrete, I gave it one last try.”



Daniel Vojtěch suspended 4X rider Tomas Slavik and the belief of the viewer with this creative shot. “We were in a studio because we wanted to create a backstage feeling, and also because we could suspend the bike from the ceiling. We had one rope for Tomas and two smaller ones for the bike.”



Former semi-pro snowboarder Lorenz Holder, the overall winner for 2013, also won the Experimental category. ”I wanted to create a totally different world. I mirrored parts of the building to get a really big building. Jordan Mendenhall in the front is the only element that is not symmetrical.”



Scott Serfas’ time in Alaska for the making of the Art of FLIGHT film was nearly at an end when he grabbed this shot of Travis Rice. “I really wanted to shoot a photo from the helicopter and this photo turned out to be the last photo I took during what was the best snowboarding trip of my life!”


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