Red Bull Illume is back for the fifth edition of the world’s greatest adventure and action sports imagery contest and evolves with two exciting new categories: Best of Instagram by SanDisk and the Moving Image category.

This time around, there are two essential submission phases for your diary; 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.

Best of Instagram by SanDisk is for photographers most gram-worthy moments of show-stopping adventure and action sports. To enter, participants simply need to tag @redbullillume and use the hashtag #rbi19submission. Importantly, the Best of Instagram category is an official category and each of the 5 winning images will automatically qualify as one of the 55 finalists of Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019.

The main contest will be open from May 1 until July 31, 2019 and images can be submitted via

Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer, young content creator, social media enthusiast or a videographer – there is a category for you!

The first change is the frequency; in light of the globally growing interest in photography and the sheer number of talented photographers, the event will now be hosted every two years instead of three – starting with the Image Quest 2019!

With the new Moving Image category, Red Bull Illume becomes more than just a photography contest. Responding to the explosion of dynamic video creators capturing jawdropping adventure and action sports moments, this category will feature the best video sequences of 5 – 30 seconds.

Best of Instagram by SanDisk is for photographers most gram-worthy moments of show-stopping adventure and action sports on Instagram. This category starts earlier than the others and is judged by the community every month from February to June, 2019.

This 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.

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.

The Exhibit Tour expands; in addition to the unique nighttime exhibition with 2x2m lightboxes, the 55 finalists will be illuminated on digital smart frames in an innovative Indoor Exhibition. The Indoor Exhibit Tour will run in parallel on three continents.

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.

Categories are influential in the judges selection – so choosing the right one is essential!
Partners of the Image Quest 2019 include photography industry leaders Sony, SanDisk, Skylum and COOPH which guarantee new heights of participation and exposure of Red Bull Illume.