The Red Bull Illume photo contest is known as one of the most prestigious competitions for photographers specialising in action sports to be featured in. And this year really is something to see! 60 finalists images were selected from a record-breaking 59,551 submissions, so you know this really is the best of the best. Categories included Best of Instagram by SanDisk, Innovation by Sony, Lifestyle, Moving Image, Masterpiece and more.
Ben Thouard (top) ended up taking home the Overall Winner honour for his captivating underwater photo of athlete Ace Buchan while he surfed in Teahupo’o. It took a panel of 50 photographer editors and digital experts to review the original batch of 59,551 images, with the winners being announced during an event at the LUMEN Museum in Italy.
Check out the top 10 winners here and the full 60 (or even 260) on their website
! Part of the top 11 finalists was a 'Moving Image' category, which can be see here.
And if you want a physical copy of this year's Illume Competition Winners, you can buy the book here
. Containing all 260 finalists in hardcover!
Jean-Baptiste Liautard in Bourgoin-Jallieu, France. Category: Emerging by Red Bull Photography
Philip Platzer in Fromberg, Austria. Category: Wings
Lorenz Holder in Ouse Valley Viaduct. Category: Playground
Laurence Crossman-Emms in North Wales, United Kingdom. Category: Innovation by Sony
Alexander Wick in El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, US. Category: Lifestyle
Baptiste Fauchille in Fillinges, France. Category: Best of Instagram by SanDisk
Denis Klero at Streetfire Club, Moscow, Russia. Category: Creative by Skylum
Lorenz Holder in The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland. Category: Masterpiece by EyeEm