Photos: looking back at the best of 2013

In the snow, in the sea, in the sky – amazing images came from everywhere in 2013. Here's our faves.
By Marc Schwarz

Picking our favorite images from 2013 wasn't easy. On top of many incredible adventures, there was also the Red Bull Illume Image Quest, the world's best action-sports photography contest.

While it's tough to pick the best of the best, we gave it a shot. Our favorite photos from 2013, below. Enjoy! 

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The glassy lake indicates perfectly still air.
The glassy lake indicates perfectly still air. Michi Kemeter crosses the glassy lake in perfectly still air. © Photography
Wavy walls
Caving in Switzerland
Wavy walls “The dramatically sculpted ice walls reminded me of shapes I’ve seen before in cylindrical caves formed in limestone,” says Shone. © Robbie Shone
Air France
Air France The 2013 Red Bull X-Alps featured an expanded course, which took competitors through (and over) some of the most beautiful terrain in the world, such as the Mt Blanc Massif near Chamonix. © Felix Woelk/Red Bull Content Pool
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Martin Lugger
Highliner Athlete Florian Ebner walks a daring line over the Lienzer Dolomites in Austria in this Red Bull Illume finalist image. © Martin Lugger/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
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
Dropping Tomata
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Tim Kemple
Dropping Tomata Tyler Bradt goes vertical south of the border in Mexico. © Tim Kemple/Red Bull Illume
The right light
Diving against a flooded tree.
The right light Henauer adds: “All pictures were taken in natural light without a flash.” © Marc Henauer/Solent News
Ice and style
Parks Bonifay jumping from a huge ice rock.
Ice and style The necessary restrictions of a bulky drysuit won't keep Parks Bonifay from going for the grab. © Gustavo Cherro/Red Bull Content Pool
Orlando Duque under the full moon.
Orlando Duque dives at the full moon in Cape Sounio, Greece on 21st of August 2013
Orlando Duque under the full moon. © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool
To jump or not to jump
To jump or not to jump Looking down to the canyon 'Vruca Rijeka', the biggest canyon of Montenegro. Often, the only way to continue... is to jump. © Predrag Vuckovic
Pillars of the earth
Caving Expedition to explore the caves of the Tongzi mastersystem in northern Wulong County, Chongqing Province of China
Pillars of the earth Large stalagmites at the foot of a giant ramp to another level of caves in San Wang Dong create a spectacle midway in a section of cave called Crusty Duvets. The jagged, uneven floor surrounding the three formations is as delicate and untouched as the stalagmites themselves. © Robbie Shone
Rozov launches from Everest
Valery Rozov jumps at the North Everest from 7,220m
Rozov launches from Everest Valery Rozov launches himself from an altitude of 7,220m down the north side of Mt Everest on May 5th, 2013. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Everest base camp at night
Base Camp long exposure at night
Everest base camp at night Base Camp lights up like a small city under the magical Everest night sky. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
A board among bergs
A board among bergs Chris Friis at the famous Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon on the southeastern edge of Iceland. © Si Crowther
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