Photos: Red Bull Illume's best adventure shots

The most stunning, inspiring, awe-inducing adventure shots of Red Bull Illume 2013.
By Josh Sampiero

These are the shots that say it all. Out of nearly 30,000 images submitted, the Red Bull Illume judges have shortlisted 250 – and the Adventure channel picked out our favourites before the winners are unveiled on August 29th. Here are our absolute favourite 'adventure' shots. Want to see some more? These are amazing (we like the other-worldly scuba diver) and these are must-see-shots, too.

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Surfing the Sierras
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Jody MacDonald
Surfing the Sierras Jody MacDonald catches Gavin McClurg in her sites during a vol-bivvy trip in the Sierras. © Jody MacDonald/Red Bull Illume
Storm sailing
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Nicolas Jutzi
Storm sailing A sailboat alone on Lake Geneva as a storm approaches. © Nicolas Jutzi/Red Bull Illume
Going up under ice
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Christian Pondella
Going up under ice Will Gadd ascends an icy overhang at Helmcken Falls in Wells Grey Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Illume
Walking to run
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Matt Baker
Walking to run Kayaker Rush Sturges hikes up Tenaya Falls in California. © Matt Baker/Red Bull Illume
Dune discovery
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Jody MacDonald
Dune discovery Gavin McClurg soars over sandy dunes in the Bazaruto Archipelago. © Jody MacDonald/Red Bull Illume
South pole skiing
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Gabe Rogel
South pole skiing Ben Shook skis towards the sea in the South Pole. © Gabe Rogel/Red Bull Illume
Ice falls
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Mike Leeds
Ice falls Erik Boomer takes an icy drop off of Sahalie Falls on McKenzie River in Oregon. © Mike Leeds/Red Bull Illume
Eddie would have definitely gone
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Jair Bortoleto
Eddie would have definitely gone Unknown surfers in Waimea Bay, home of the Eddie Aikau big wave contest. © Jair Bortoleto/Red Bull Illume
Tabletop tweak
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Haruki Harookz Noguchi
Tabletop tweak Geoff Gulevich goes for big air near Green River, Utah. © Haruki "Harookz" Noguchi/Red Bull Illume
Escaping the bite
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Frederico Pompermayer
Escaping the bite Shane Dorian isn't going to let Jaws close down on him. © Frederico Pompermayer/Red Bull Illume
Hiking to heaven
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Grant Gunderson
Hiking to heaven You've got to work for your ride in the North Cascades. © Grant Gunderson/Red Bull Illume