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.
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.
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.
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.
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.