Red Bull Illume Top 50 Image Gallery


The Red Bull Illume photography contest comes to Denver’s Performing Arts Center June 3 – June 12. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind exhibition showcasing the best in action sports photography from around the world.

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The kick off event goes down June 3 at 8:30 pm and is free to the public. 

Below, you’ll find an assortment of photos that were submitted to the Red Bull Illume competition last year. You’ll see the winning images from the various categories, in addition to the top 50 finalists.


Overall Winner Chris Burkard/Red Bull Illume Free Surfing – Buchupureo, Chile Athlete: Peter Mendia


Vincent Perraud/Red Bull Illume Winning Catagory: Culture – BMX Street – Tallinn, Estonia Athletes: Alex Baret and friends


Tim Korbmacher/Red Bull Illume Winning Category: Playground – BMX Street – Krefeld, Germany Athlete: Stefan Lantschner


Stuart Gibson/Red Bull Illume Winning Category: Energy – Surfing Big Wave – Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania, Australia Athlete: Ryan Hipwood


Adam Kokot/Red Bull Illume Winning Category: Spirit – Free Climbing – Tomaszowski Vychlad, Spisske Tomasovce, Slovak Republic Athlete: Michal KrÛl


Nathan Smith/Red Bull Illume Winning Category: Close Up – Free Surfing – Wamberal, New South Wales, Australia Athlete: Andrew Mooney


Marcel L‰mmerhirt/Red Bull Illume Winning Category: Wings – Cliff Diving – Hamburg, Germany Athlete: JosÈ Eber Pava OrdoÒez


Miguel Angel LÛpez Virgin/Red Bull Illume Winning Category: Sequence – Skateboard Street – Guadalajara, Mexico Athlete: Alfredo Salcido


Eric Berger/Red Bull Illume Winning Category: New Creativity – Freeskiing Back Country Freestyle – Whistler, BC, Canada Athlete: Dan Treadway


Daniel Grund/Red Bull Illume Winning Category: Experimental – Aerobatic Flying – Monument Valley, UT, USA Athletes: Alex Maclean, Nicolas Ivanoff

Top 50 Finalists:


Ricky Adam/Red Bull Illume Category: Close-Up – BMX Street – Berlin, Germany Athlete: Alex Kennedy


Maiko Mou/Red Bull Illume Category: Close-Up – Free Surfing Athlete: Maiko Mou


Christoph Schoech/Red Bull Illume Category: Close-Up – Freeskiing Back Country Freestyle – Hintertux, Austria Athlete: Daniel Schiessl


Silvano Zeiter/Red Bull Illume Category: New Creativity – Snowboard Big Mountain/Freeride – Simplon, Wallis, Switzerland Athlete: Martin Seiler


Dean Treml/Red Bull Illume Category: Close-Up – Cliff Diving – Hamburg, Germany Athlete: Steve Black


Thomas Stˆckli/Red Bull Illume Category: New Creativity – Snowboard Big Air – Davos, Switzerland Athlete: Markus Keller


Lorenz Holder/Red Bull Illume Category: New Creativity – Snowboard Slopestyle – Ruka, Finland Athlete: Marco Smolla


Flo Hagena/Red Bull Illume Category: New Creativity – Motocross Freestyle – Mexico City, Mexico Athlete: Eigo Sato


Toby Caughron/Red Bull Illume Category: Culture – Skateboard Street – Los Angeles, CA, USA Athlete: Duane Peters


Tim Kemple/Red Bull Illume Category: Culture – Free Climbing – Yosemite National Park, CA, USA Athletes: Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson


Ryan Fudger/Red Bull Illume Category: Culture – BMX Street – Paris, France Athletes: DK Team (Nina Buitrago, Quinn Semling, Zack Yankush, Brian Hunt, Brett Walker, Brian Kachinsky, and filmer Shad Johnson


Matthieu Georges/Red Bull Illume Category: Culture – Snowboard Halfpipe – Soelden, Austria Athlete: Teo Kanttinen


Stephane CandÈ/Red Bull Illume Category: Energy – Mountainbike Downhill – Lyon, France Athlete: Tony Rocci


Alessio Barbanti/Red Bull Illume Category: Energy – Enduro – Citt‡ di Castello, Perugia, Italy Athlete: Taddy Blazusiak


Jed Weingarten/Red Bull Illume Category: Energy – White Water Kayaking – Outlet Falls, WA, USA Athlete: Luke Spencer


Rami Hanafi/Red Bull Illume Category: Energy – Snowboard Slopestyle – Truckee, California, USA Athlete: Scotty Lago


Roberto Alegria / Red Bull Illume Category: Experimental – Skateboard Street – Vitoria-Gasteiz, ¡lava, Spain Athlete: Inigo Igarza


Marcelo Maragni / Red Bull Illume Category: Experimental – Free Climbing – S„o TomÈ das Letras, Minas Gerais, Brazil Athlete: Bruno Dias


Eric Antoine / Red Bull Illume Category: Experimental – Skateboard Street – Tenerife, Spain Athlete: Eniz Fazliov


SÈbastien Anex/Red Bull Illume Category: Experimental – Snowboard Big Mountain/Freeride – Tanigawadake Tenjindaira, Gunma, Japan Athlete: Nicolas Vaudroz


Dominic Zimmermann/Red Bull Illume Category: Illumination – Snowboard Big Mountain/Freeride – Einsiedeln, Switzerland Athlete: David Bertschinger


Sterling Lorence/Red Bull Illume Category: Illumination – Mountainbike Downhill – Kamloops, BC, Canada Athlete: Matt Hunter


Oskar Enander/Red Bull Illume Category: Illumination – Freeskiing Big Mountain/Freeride – Engelberg, Switzerland Athlete: Sverre Liliequist


Josh Letchworth/Red Bull Illume Category: Illumination – Wakeskate – Nahunta, GA, USA Athlete: Ben Horan


Ricky Adam/Red Bull Illume Category: Playground – BMX Street – Dungeness, Kent, United Kingdom Athlete: Owain Clegg


Will Wissman/Red Bull Illume Category: Playground – Freeskiing Big Mountain/Freeride – Haines, AK, USA Athlete: Reggie Crist


Derek Frankowski/Red Bull Illume Category: Playground – Mountainbike Downhill – Big Water, UT, USA Athlete: Mike Hopkins


Rainer Eder/Red Bull Illume Category: Playground – Ice Climbing – Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland Athlete: Walter Hungerbuehler


Thomas Stˆckli/Red Bull Illume Category: Sequence – Snowboard Slopestyle – Hoch-Ybrig, Switzerland Athlete: Steve Gruber


Jeremy Koreski/Red Bull Illume Category: Sequence – Free Surfing – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada Athlete: Peter Devries


Agustin Munoz/Red Bull Illume Category: Sequence – Cliff Diving – Negril, Jamaica Athlete: Orlando Duque


Riccardo Monti/Red Bull Illume Category: Sequence – Motocross Freestyle – Negril, Jamaica Athlete: Vanni Oddera 310810VR53.jpg

Fred Mortagne/Red Bull Illume Category: Spirit – Free Climbing – MontrÈal, QC, Canada Athlete: Alex Gavin


Brian Bielmann/Red Bull Illume Category: Spirit – Free Surfing – Teahupoo, French Polynesia Athlete: Andy Irons


Mike Killion/Red Bull Illume Category: Spirit – Free Surfing – Hammond, IN, USA Athlete: Brad Tunis


Mike Smolowe/Red Bull Illume Category: Spirit – Surfing Competition – Mundaka, Basque Country, Spain Athlete: CJ Hobgood


Christophe Margot/Red Bull Illume Category: Wings – Freeskiing Big Mountain/Freeride – Squaw Valley, CA, USA Athlete: Reine Barkered


Camilla Stoddart/ Red Bull Illume Category: Wings – B.A.S.E. Jumping – Rob Roy Glacier, Mt Aspiring National Park, New Zealand Athlete: Josie Symons


Rutger Pauw/Red Bull Illume Category: Wings – Freerunning/Parcour – Mumbai, India Athlete: Daniel Ilabaca


Eric Boomer/Red Bull Illume Category: Wings – FWhite Water Kayaking – Palouse Falls State Park, WA, USA Athlete: Tyler Bradt


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