Opening: May 1, 2019
Deadline: July 31, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: the Overall Winner – voucher to the value of €40,000, the various winners – valuable prizes worth over €60,000, participation in exhibitions
Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest adventure and action sports imagery contest. It showcases the most creative and captivating images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.
The Image Quest 2019 is the fifth edition and evolves with two exciting new categories; Best of Instagram by SanDisk and the Moving Image category. Submissions for Best of Instagram by SanDisk are open from 1 – 14 every month from February to June, 2019 with five monthly winners selected by a community vote, while entries for the main contest are open from May 1 to July 31, 2019.
A judging panel of 50 photo editors and digital experts will select 55 Finalists, 11 Category Winners and 1 Overall Winner, to be unveiled at the Winner Award Ceremony in November 2019.
In 2020, all finalist images will travel to capitals and cultural hubs on three continents in parallel as part of the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour, providing an unprecedented level of exposure.
- Best of Instagram by SanDisk
Images submitted on Instagram – photographer’s most gram-worthy moments of show-stopping adventure and action sports. Stuff so cool you have to stop scrolling.
- Creative by Skylum
Images that have been enhanced digitally or in the darkroom through alterations made in the production or digital editing process. This is an open category so anything goes!
- Emerging by Red Bull Photography
A fresh approach offers new angles. The up-and-coming category is for rising talents to compete on similar footing – submissions accepted only from photographers 25 years old or less. No video, no image manipulation. Show us your greatest capture!
Images that demonstrate the force that powers an action and show the energy, speed and strength required for an athlete to perform.
- Innovation by Sony
Images that reveal a unique angle, a visual idea, a different format, light and flash effects… something never seen before! It’s the purely creative image.
Images that visually capture the creativity of the lifestyle, music and culture that surrounds action and freesports, or represents what happens before, between, and after the action.
- Masterpiece by EyeEm
Images that illuminate your artistic skill, your personal best, your unique style – give us your best shot!
- Moving Image
Images are no longer standing still. The Moving Image category is an open playing field for video sequences between 5 and 30 seconds. Ready… set… action!
Images that showcase the landscapes, locations, platforms, and environments in which athletes play.
Shots that are straight out of the camera showcasing the real image. Composition, exposure, lighting done in front of the lens and in the scene, not behind a screen. That’s the Raw category –un-cropped, un-touched, no filter.
Images that capture the point in a performance in which the athlete jumps, catches air, free falls, soars.
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