Have a peek at the 10 category winning photos that were selected and awarded last night at Dublin’s Trinity College for the Red Bull Illume photography competition.
Chris Burkard’s overall winning shot also won the Illumination category. You can read more about it here.
Nathan Smith was chosen best photographer in the Close-Up category and also won the Athlete’s Choice award. Nathan: “I'm happy with the way the picture turned out – I'm sure it will always be one of my favourites. Surf photography is all about moments like this one and that’s what I'm addicted to.” The rider is Andrew Mooney, an Australian central coast free surfer and friend of Nathan’s.
Eric Berger was winner of the New Creativity category. Eric about the shot: “This image was captured in a snowmobile access a backcountry area just South of Whistler [British Columbia]. On his first try, skier Dan Treadway sent too much snow down with him and I never saw him pass – I only saw a wall of snow pouring over the opening. The scene resembles a closing wave shot from within. Ice is just frozen water, so it’s ironic in a way.”
Vincent Peraud depicted an intense moment of mountain bike culture and won the Culture category. Vincent: “This photo was taken in Estonia at the Simpel Session after a long day of qualifiers. Everyone was tired and was looking forward to getting back to the hotel because of the climate; it was -10°C. The riders started cramming into a bus that wasn’t leaving. My friend Alex Baret has his face between the spokes of a wheel. He always has a very rock ’n’ roll attitude and he kept the group entertained!”
Tasmanian-born surfer and photographer Stuart Gibson, Energy category winner, shot this image of a gargantuan breaker on his home island: “It was borderline un-surfable that day, the tide dropped and the steps in the wave were just going totally mutant! Ryan Hipwood’s wave wasn’t the biggest of the day, but it was by far the heaviest. Without Ryan’s bravery, the shot would never have happened. To me, this photo is one of the heaviest situations I’ve ever seen a surfer in!
Daniel Grund had one very good reason to win the Experimental category with this 3D shot of the Red Bull Air Race in Monument Valley, USA: “Alex Maclean and Nicolas Ivanoff were able to perfectly execute the idea, and they switched their smoke on at precisely the right moment – it all happened so quickly. You're standing outside the helicopter on the skid and the airplanes are racing towards you at about 350 kph. The picture was ideally suited to enhance with a 3D depiction because in this case the technology works for the picture and not vice-versa.” The image is also a fitting tribute to Maclean, who was tragically killed in a plane crash last month.
The Playground category award went to Tim Korbmacher. It shows South Tyrolean biker Stefan Lantschner. Tim: “Stefan entered into the pipe and had fun. He rode it intensively for a while, so I had the chance to test various techniques. But it took me a while to realise how massive this pipe actually was when looked at from the outside, thinking that this was only a piece of what was destined to become part of an even bigger industrial pipeline system. We were all stoked about it afterwards.”
Mexican Miguel Angel Lopez Virgen shot the best SanDisk Sequence of this curious shadow: “I was a little worried because I didn’t have any pictures to enter into the Red Bull Illume contest and there were only a few days left. So, I decided to take pictures of my friend Alfredo Salcido’s shadows while he skated at night. I wanted to make the sequence different so I only used the image of when he first jumps in the air with his skateboard – and then used his shadows to create the rest of the sequence.”
Polish outdoor photographer Adam Kokot’s Spirit category-winning shot of Slovakian climber Micha Krøl. Says Adam: “The main problem was to talk the climbers into going there, as the region is known for its very dangerous and unsafe routes. The idea for the photo came into my mind only on the spot, during the climb of Micha, who was resting before the difficult final section of the route. The use of a wide-angle lens created an amazing effect.”
Marcel Lämmerhirt: Best Photographer in the Wings category – Red Bull Cliff Diver José Eber Pava Ordoñez jumps into Hamburg’s harbour from Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse complex in the world, built on oak pile foundations. Marcel: “For a safe dive the organisers needed to dig out a bit of the canal bed to get the 4m of water the divers needed for the high dives. We had just one hour of high tide to get as many shots as possible. The photo was taken at 4pm against the sun. I decided to shoot in HDR to get more information in the picture. In order to avoid the typical HDR look, I manually put the five single exposures together.”