Red Bull Illume: The Image Quest continues in 2013

Photographers have until April 30, 2013, to submit their entries as Red Bull Illume returns.

Red Bull Illume
Red Bull Illume

Submissions began on December 1, 2012, and photographers have until the end of April 2013 to send in their shots to for a chance to win the coveted award.

The Red Bull Illume Image Quest attracts the top names from action and adventure-sport photography as well as new talent. By the time entries close on April 30, tens of thousands of photographs will have been submitted from all over the world.

"Red Bull Illume is one of the best photo competitions in the world. The standard of photography and talent is amazing, the imagination of the photographers is incredible. I find looking at the images breathtaking," says Paul Sanders, the former picture editor of The Times, and Red Bull Illume judge in 2007 and 2010.

The contest consists of 10 categories: lifestyle, playground, energy, spirit, close up, wings, sequence, new creativity, experimental and illumination.

Red Bull Illume
Red Bull Illume

From a shortlist of 250 images, a team of judges – photo editors from prominent international publications – will select 50 finalist images, including 10 category winners and an overall winner.

These 50 images then travel around the world's capitals and cultural hubs as a unique and stand-alone night-time photo exhibition.

Chris Burkard’s ‘Perfect Day’ shot of surfer Peter Mendia riding the waves off Chile's west coast (below) was the overall winner in 2010. "Red Bull Illume put my work on the map," he says.

Besides acclaim, the overall winner will also receive a new Leica S camera, while category winners will each receive a Leica X2.

Once again, photographers can enter their images online at Submissions close on April 30, 2013.