There are a few weeks left until March 31, the day submissions close for the world’s greatest action and adventure sports photography contest: Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016. This year, the contest takes an exciting turn with the inclusion of a Mobile category and the addition of awesome new prizes, judges, partners, and even more mind-blowing images.
Red Bull Illume can also reveal that the various winners will be announced and exhibited in Chicago later this year on September 28. Wrigley Square in Millennium Park will host the outdoor exhibit from September 28-October 9, open after sundown. A full schedule will be revealed later this summer. With its iconic skyline and flourishing cultural scene, ‘the windy city’ offers the perfect backdrop for the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony 2016 as well as a perfect starting point for the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour. Starting in Chicago, the Top 55 images will travel around the world’s capitals and cultural hubs as a unique nighttime photo exhibition.
The unique approach of Red Bull Illume means the competition not only showcases jaw-dropping images but also looks at the lifestyle behind the people that shoot them – the photographers who often go to extreme lengths for the perfect shot.
The first selection of judges has also been released, with Eva Maria Tomé, Photo Editor from El Pais and Kathrin Kosaca, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Art Director of Stern View signing up to join the judging panel of 50 renowned photo editors for Red Bull Illume 2016.
Since the first edition in 2007, Red Bull Illume has attracted some of the top names from the photography scene as well as previously unknown talent. By the time entries close on March 31, 2016 thousands of breathtaking images will have been submitted on redbullillume.com.
The contest consists of 11 categories: Close Up, Energy, Enhance, Lifestyle, Masterpiece by Yodobashi, New Creativity, Playground, Sequence by Sony, Spirit, Wings and the new addition – Mobile. A team of 50 judges – photo editors from prominent international publications – will select 55 finalist images, including 11 Category Winners and the Overall Winner.
In 2016 the photographers efforts will certainly not go unrewarded – the Overall Winner will walk away with a Yodobashi voucher to the value of €40,000, which can be redeemed for any number of the company’s massive selection of consumer goods. Electronics giant Sony, who recently joined as an official Red Bull Illume partner, will also award the various winners with photography gear worth over €60,000. The prizes will include cameras such as the Sony ILCE-A7RII or the Sony DSC-RX1RII along with a variety of accessories and lenses.
The full list of prizes, including those from Red Bull Illume’s other esteemed partners, will be announced on redbullillume.com shortly.
Finalist images will be unveiled at the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony in the autumn of 2016 before traveling to capitals and cultural hubs across the world as part of a unique nighttime photo exhibition.
The submission phase of the contest opened on December 1, 2015 and closes on March 31, 2016. Visitredbullillume.com to find out more about rules, categories and entry details.
About Red Bull Illume:
Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest international photography contest dedicated to action and adventure sports. It showcases the most creative and captivating photography on the planet as art and aims to bring the public closer to the world of action sports. Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 will be the fourth edition of the contest after 2007, 2010 and 2013. New for 2016 is the addition of a mobile category. A judging panel of 50 photo editors goes through thousands of entries and eventually selects 11 Category Winners and one Overall Winner, unveiled at the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony in the autumn of 2016. All finalist images then travel across the world as part of a unique nighttime photo exhibition. Official partners for 2016 include Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony, online retailer Yodobashi, external storage brand G-Technology, photo bag manufacturer tamrac and lighting expertsbroncolor.