Red Bull Illume Image Quest returns for 2016

The 'Oscars' of action sports photography are back, learn more about the submission process.
Red Bull Illume Category 2013: Close Up - Finalist © Jeroen Nieuwhuis / Red Bull Illume
By Geoff Padmore & Charlie Grinnell

Since 2007, the Red Bull Illume photography contest has scoured the globe in search of the most inspiring and mind-blowing images from the world of action sports. From now until March 31, 2016, professional and amateur photographers can submit their most stunning images to the global contest. The image quest, which takes place only every three years, will once again showcase the most outstanding and creative images, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the people that shoot them.

In 2013, Red Bull Illume saw a number of talented Canadian photographers featured in the finals, including Scott Serfas, Jussi Grznar, Dan Carr, Sterling Lorence and more. 

How does it work? Photographers can enter as many as five images in each of the 11 categories, including the all-new Mobile category. There is no limit to the creativity of the shots that can be entered, whether they are action, lifestyle or sequence shots. Head over to and check out the full list of categories.

The images are judged by an international panel of 50 photo editors from prominent international publications whose task is to select the 55 best shots, including the 11 category winners and one overall winner.

The 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 closes on March 31, 2016. Visit to find out more about judges, prizes, rules, categories and entry details.

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