2016’s top Adventure photos will make you go WOW!

We sifted through the Adventure photo portfolio to bring you our favourite pics from 2016.
By Corinna Halloran & Lukas Pilz

We’ve had a lot of phenomenal images come across our desks over the last 365 days – so many we couldn’t even count to give you a grand total. So when it came down to choosing out top shots, it proved to not be an easy task; there was quite a bit of humming and hawing, especially since the photo contest to end all photo contests was on in 2016: Red Bull Illume. But after many hours pacing back and forth, nearly wearing a hole in the floor, we finally made our decision. So without further adieu, we present, the best Adventure images from 2016…

Ryan Sandes running the ridgeline in Chamonix

Ryan Sandes runs with dramatic mountais behind him.
Ryan Sandes runs in the mountains of Chamonix © Kelvin Trautman/Red Bull Content Pool

Why it's our favourite: If this image doesn't make you want to throw on your running shoes and get lost running in the wild like Ryan, well maybe you should just stare at this image for a few minutes. Everything about this moment, from the leap to the mountains it is just perfection.

Jason Paul’s grand entrance into a jet plane

 

Forerunner Jason Paul makes a huge leap into an airliner at Munich Airport, Germany whilst filming his movie Last Call For Mr Paul
Jason Paul leaps into a plane © Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

Why it's our favourite: Pretty sure if we tried to leap into a plane we'd end up looking like a little bug splattered on the window. Jason on the other hand, makes it look easy. And Jaanus Ree's photo of this moment is pretty neat too.

Swing high, swing low

Marco Fuerst rides the Red Bull Megaswing over the fields of Austria.
Marco Fuerst rides the Red Bull Megaswing © Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool

Why it's our favourite: Where do you even start about MegaSwing? For starters it was an incredible project. But then once you start thinking about it, it's pretty crazy that this image could even be possible – but hey, it's 2016 and anything is possible these days.

Don’t look down...

 

Looking down on a city and a man's white sneakers
Vadim Makhorov looks down on a city from a crane © KEO FILMS / Red Bull Content Pool

Why it's our favourite: From Red Bull TV's hit show, Urbex, this killer POV is a jaw-dropper... and a heart stopper. One look at this incredible shot and you'll be gripping your seat without even realising it.

Adam Stern and a sand waterfall

Adam Stern dives with sandfall at Dean's Blue Hole
Adam Stern swims up with the sandfall © Daan Verhoeven

Why it's our favourite: Stern is an incredible diver, and the beauty of the underwater sandfall takes the cake. “I’ve never seen this anywhere else in the world,” underwater filmmaker (and photographer) Daan Verhoeven said.

Flying into the sun with his mates

The Flying Bulls score a sunrise sesh
Sunset or sunrise? © Dan Vojtěch

Why it's our favourite: Dan Vojtěch's stunning image of the Red Bull Flying Bulls will stop you in your tracks. Not only is it a head turner but it is probably one of the coolest flight photo you'll ever see.

This chick rocks

Sasha DiGiulian climbs a challenging 5.12c over water in Thailand.
Sasha DiGiulian climbing Lord of the Thais a 5.12c © Cameron Maier/Red Bull Content Pool

Sasha DiGiulian had quite the year. She graduated from university (Columbia) and she put herself into unreal locations, including this one in Thailand. And if this photo doesn't make you want to start climbing yourself, it will at least give you some incredible vertigo.

It’s all about that wave

 

Jason Polakow goes down the line at Jaws
The view from inside the wave © Pierre Bouras

Why it's our favourite: We know Jaws gets big, but this wave, with that little, itty-bitty windsurfer (holding on for dear life), is shockingly enormous. What sets this image above the rest is that you can pretty much hear the deafening noise of the freight train steaming behind the windsurfer.

Stefan Glowacz just keeps going... and going...

Two men pull sleds across ice
Stefan Glowacz pulls his sled across the ice © Klaus Fengler

Why it's our favourite: Stephen Glowacz's adventure to Baffin Island was not just about the destination, it was also about the adventure to get there. Carrying over 100kg on sleds across melting and shifting sea ice on Baffin Island, it took Glowacz and his crew 28 days to complete their journey.

High fives whilst watching lava

The team watches lava explode on Benbow Volcano
The team watches lava explode on Benbow Volcano © Ulla Lohmann

Why it's our favourite: There's nothing more awesome than watching something epic with your closest mates especially after a serious exploration into a volcano. And, there's nothing more awesome than feeling really tiny on Earth. Combine the two and you've got the perfect recipe for success.

Standing on the edge of the world

Hansjörg Auer and Alex Blümel climb one of the Himalayas unsolved puzzles: Annapurna III
POV shot from the insane Annapurna III attempt © David Lama/Red Bull Content Pool

Why it's our favourite: David Lama is pretty well known for pushing the limits and offering the world insane POV views of his alpine ascents, but his latest climb, together with Hansjörg Auer and Alex Blümel, and this shot from it, is one for the books.

Just a casual kite with several of your closest friends

The 333 competitors at this year's Red Bull Ragnarok were ready for the snowkite battle of their life.
The Ragnarok Mayhem © Daniel Tengs/Red Bull Content Pool

Why it's our favourite: 333 riders battled it out to be #1 in this year's Ragnarok over Norway's snowy hills. With a combination of crazy winds, a wicked long course and a top secret location, you saw some pretty cool images come through the wire. Like this one from Daniel Tengs. We love it even more because it shows the sheer insanity of the race.

‘The Kid’ knows a thing or two about slacking

 

A man walks across a slackline in the mountains
Pablo ‘The Kid’ Signoret hits record-breaking form © Pierre Chauffour

Why it's our favourite: There's nothing like a good slackline world record, but slacklining at altitude showed us all that a record like this would mean beautiful images too. The image really puts this whole record into perspective and therefore it's made our top pics.

We all love a good storm

MacCormac dives into the clouds © Craig O'Brien / Red Bull Content Pool

Why it's our favourite: An image like this doesn't come across your desk often – actually, ever. That's because jump zones usually shut down with the threat of a storm. But Sean MacCormac clearly loves to live on the edge a bit (and a good lightening storm) and decided to charge it anyways.

3...2...1... 2017!

Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsizes in Chicago, IL during practice for the ACWS.
Sailors get launched off Emirates Team New Zealand © Ricardo Pinto/Americas Cup/Red Bull Content Pool

Why it's our favourite: There's no better way to start 2017 than with a bang... or a boat that also doubles as a rocket ship. More so, there's nothing like being launched off the back of said rocketship boat at mach-speed and Ricardo Pinto has captured that beautiful moment perfectly.

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