Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest international photography contest dedicated to action and adventure sports. It showcases the most creative and captivating photography on the planet as art and aims to bring the public closer to the world of action sports.

Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 will be the fourth edition of the contest after 2007, 2010 and 2013.  A judging panel of 50 photo editors goes through thousands of entries and eventually selects 11 Category Winners and one Overall Winner, unveiled at the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony, which will be held on September 28th, 2016 in Chicago, USA.

From September 12, 2016 onwards and leading up to the ceremony, Red Bull Illume will reveal the highly anticipated Top 275 Semifinalist images via its Red Bull Illume Facebook page. We are going to showcase a smaller selection here, and we’ll see if our favorite ones will meet the judges decision!

New Creativity

Images that reveal a unique angle, a visual idea, a different format, light and flash effects

Close Up

Images that show extreme detail of one or more aspects of an athletic feat: a tight shot of the action, the equipment, the body, the face


Images that have been enhanced digitally or in the darkroom through alterations made in the production or digital editing process


Images that demonstrate the force that powers an action and show the energy, speed and strength required for an athlete to perform


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

These were just the first five categories for Red Bull Illume quest 2016. To see the other images, take a leap to this other article.