The 2010 Red Bull Illume Image Quest

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Only action and adventure sports images and images that capture the culture and lifestyle surrounding these sports may be submitted. Qualifying sports are listed on the official web site.


  • culture
    Images that visually capture the creativity of the culture, music and lifestyle that surrounds action and freesports, or represents what happens before, between, and after the action.
  • playground
    Images that showcase the landscapes, locations, platforms, and environments in which athletes play.
  • energy
    Images that demonstrate the force that powers an action and show the energy, speed and strength required for an athlete to perform.
  • spirit
    Images that portray the spirit or personality that athletic performances produce, as well as the pain, emotion and struggles that go along with trying to achieve ones goals, whether due to injury, failure or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • 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, etc.
  • wings
    Images that capture the point in a performance in which the athlete jumps, catches air, free falls, soars.
  • sequence
    Images that tell the whole story in a single frame and capture the progression of an action at every stage.
  • new creativity
    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 without digital alterations.
  • experimental
    Images that have been enhanced digitally or in the darkroom through alterations made in the production or digital editing process.
  • illumination
    Images that illuminate your artistic skill, your personal best, your unique style; this is an open category so anything goes – give us your best shot!


  • The overall winner of the 2010 Red Bull Illume Image Quest will receive a Leica S2 camera and equipment to the value of €30,000.


Photos that have been digitally or otherwise enhanced to change the original impression are only eligible for submission in the Experimental category. If any doubts occur regarding the authenticity of the digital image, the original RAW file will be requested by the Red Bull Illume judges for analysis. You can only upload JPGs. JPG is a compression format that reduces file size. You cannot submit TIFFS, RAWs or similar. Please make sure not to exceed the maximum file size of 10 Mega Bytes (MB). Photographers may submit photos to every category. Photographers may not submit the same image to more than one category. Photographers may only enter a maximum of five images per category.

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