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The world of adventure photography is showcased by winners of the Red Bull Illume competition

Winners of this year’s Red Bull Illume competition have been announced, with a variety of pictures showcasing incredible adventure photography taken in different locations all across the world.

Photographer Lorenz Holder's shot of Senad Grosic in Gablenz, Germany won the overall prize in the competition as well as being voted Athlete's Choice.
Photographer Lorenz Holder’s shot of Senad Grosic in Gablenz, Germany won the overall prize in the competition as well as being voted Athlete’s Choice. Image by Lorenz Holder

The competition saw over 5000 photographers from 120 different countries submitting a record-breaking 34,624 images. From that number, 55 images were chosen as finalists to compete for top spots in eleven different categories. Winners were announced in a ceremony at the Art Institute of Chicago last week.

The winning shot in the New Creativity category depicts Aaron Chase riding a bike on a cab in Brooklyn, New York.
The winning shot in the New Creativity category depicts Aaron Chase riding a bike on a cab in Brooklyn, New York. Image by Ale Di Lullo
The winning image of the Energy category showing Renan Faccini set against a huge swell in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The winning image of the Energy category showing Renan Faccini set against a huge swell in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Image by Luke Shadbolt

As well as winning the Masterpiece by Yodobashi and the Playground categories, for the second time running the overall winner of the competition was Lorenz Holder, whose incredible shot depicted BMX rider Senad Grosic crossing a stone bridge in Gablenz, Germany. The image was chosen by a panel of 53 judges who voted on the result, as well as winning the Athletes’ Choice Award.

The winning shot of the Wings categpru depicting Jamie Smith climbing in Cape Town, South Africa.
The winning shot of the Wings categpru depicting Jamie Smith climbing in Cape Town, South Africa. Image by Micky Wiswedel

Other winners included Luke Shadbolt, with a picture of surfer Renan Faccini set against a huge wave in Rio De Janeiro, Jody MacDonald, with an image of her brother Ken MacDonald sitting atop a train in the Sahara Desert and Ale Di Lullo with a fun shot of Aaron Chase riding a mountain bike on the windshield of a New York City cab.

The winning shot of the Mobile Category depicting Hakuba, in Japan.
The winning shot of the Mobile Category depicting Hakuba, in Japan. Image by Vegard Aasen
Lorenz also won the Playground category with an image that shows Senad Grosic in Senftenberg, Germany.
Lorenz also won the Playground category with an image that shows Senad Grosic in Senftenberg, Germany. Image by Lorenz Holder

This year marked the ten-year anniversary of the Red Bull Illume competition, with many guests from the world of photography and sports in attendance. The top 55 images from the contest are due to be placed in the Illume Exhibit Tour 2016, which will travel to cultural hubs and hotspots around the world for the next two years. The exhibition will be on display in Chicago for free until 9 October, opening to the public in the evening from 6.30 pm to 10:30 pm.

The winning shot of the Lifestyle category showing Ken MacDonald on a train in Choum, Mauritania.
The winning shot of the Lifestyle category showing Ken MacDonald on a train in Choum, Mauritania. Image by Jody MacDonald

Following that, the exhibition will travel to Toronto, New York and San Francisco, with more stops due to be announced soon.