Photos: Red Bull Illume Winners Ceremony

Images and quotes from the winners and judges at the Red Bull Illume ceremony in Hong Kong.

Winner Award Ceremony  at the famous Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China
© Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool

The Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2013 finally reached its finale at a spectacular ceremony held in Hong Kong on the evening of August 29. After looking through 28,257 images submitted by 6,417 photographers from 124 different countries, the judges finally announced their decisions. You can check out the winning photos here.

Lorenz Holder, overall winner at Red Bull Illume poses for a portrait during the Winner Award Ceremony  at the famous Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China
Lorenz Holder - overall and experimental winner© Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool

With so much competition across all of the categories, Lorenz Holder was delighted to have been chosen by the judging panel:

The quality of the images in the top 50 was amazing so for me it's a great honor to be voted number one. It's so unreal. It will take a few days for the news to sink in.

Lorenz Holder, overall winner and winner of the Experimental category.

Romina Amato at Red Bull Illume poses for a portrait during the Winner Award Ceremony  at the famous Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China
Romina Amato - Energy category winner© Brian Ching See Wing / Red Bull Content Pool

It takes huge amounts of talent, creativity and timing even to make the final 250, so the category winners were also understandably stoked:

It doesn't get any better. To win a category is amazing — it's a great honor.

Romina Amato, winner of the Energy category

Chris Burkhard at the Red Bull Illume Winners' Award Ceremony at the famous Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China
Chris Burkhard - winner of the Spirit category© Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Illume is all about bringing as many eyes as possible to action sports. It's an amazing experience being able to see people looking at your image.

Chris Burkhard, Spirit category winner and 2010 overall winner

Dan Vojtech at the Red Bull Illume Winners Award Ceremony at the famous Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China
Daniel Vojtech - winner of the Creativity category© Brian Ching See Wing / Red Bull Content Pool

For me it was really great to meet so many other photographers and in such a beautiful city. It couldn't have been better. And the party was great.

Daniel Vojtech, Creativity category winner

Performers look at the lightbox at Red Bull Illume poses for a portrait during the Winner Award Ceremony  at the famous Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China
Performers check out some of the winning images.© Brian Ching See Wing / Red Bull Content Pool

The ceremony itself was held on Hong Kong's famous Avenue of Stars, set against the city's stunning night time skyline. A fitting place to display such an awe-inspiring selection of images.

Images on display at the Red Bull Illume Award Ceremony at the famous Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China
Winning images are displayed on light boxes.© Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool

The Red Bull Illume Exhibition, displayed on these giant light boxes around the city's harbour, is now open to the public in Hong Kong, before embarking on a world tour as unique exhibition. Keep checking the official website for updates to see if it's coming to a city near you.

Morgan Maassen at the Red Bull Illume Winners' Award Ceremony  at the famous Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, China
Morgan Maassen - winner of the Lifestyle category© Brian Ching See Wing / Red Bull Content Pool

The finalists and winners were chosen by a panel of 50 expert judges from the action sports and photography industries. The incredibly high standard of entries was eye-opening, even for these experienced pros:

It's the best collection of images I've ever seen in action sports. It was an awesome experience. So inspiring.

Ryan Hughes, editor of Snowboarder magazine and Red Bull Illume judge

Winning images on display in Hong Kong
The lightboxes are now a public exhibition© Brian Ching See Wing / Red Bull Content Pool

There are talented photographers and then there are gifted photographers, I saw a lot of talent but also saw some truly gifted photographers. These are not just action photographers but people with great technical and artistic skills.

Jym Wilson, Red Bull Illume judge and senior photo editor at USA Today.

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