Deadline: July 31, 2019 00:00 (CEST)| Apply here
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Eligibility: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019

Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest adventure and action sports imagery contest. It showcases the most creative and captivating images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.

A judging panel of 50 photo editors and digital experts will select 55 Finalists, 11 Category Winners and 1 Overall Winner, to be unveiled at the Winner Award Ceremony in November 2019.

In 2020, all finalist images will travel to capitals and cultural hubs on three continents in parallel as part of the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour, providing an unprecedented level of exposure.

Official partners for the 2019 Image Quest include Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony, storage specialists SanDisk, software developer Skylum, makers of the artificial-intelligence powered Luminar 3 photo editing suite and COOPH, photography apparel and accessories.


  • Creative by Skylum: Images that have been enhanced digitally or in the darkroom through alterations made in the production or digital editing process. This is an open category so anything goes!
  • Emerging by Red Bull Photography: A fresh approach offers new angles. The up-and-coming category is for rising talents to compete on similar footing – submissions accepted only from photographers 25 years old or less. No video, no image manipulation. Show us your greatest capture!
  • Energy: Images that demonstrate the force that powers an action and show the energy, speed and strength required for an athlete to perform.
  • Innovation by Sony: Images that reveal a unique angle, a visual idea, a different format, light and flash effects… something never seen before! It’s a purely creative image.
  • Lifestyle: 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.
  • Masterpiece by EYEEM: Images that illuminate your artistic skill, your personal best, your unique style – give us your best shot!
  • Moving Image: Images are no longer standing still. The Moving Image category is an open playing field for video sequences between 5 and 30 seconds. Ready… set… action!
  • Playground: Images that showcase the landscapes, locations, platforms, and environments in which athletes play.
  • Raw: Shots that are straight out of the camera showcasing the real image. Composition, exposure, lighting done in front of the lens and in the scene, not behind a screen. That’s the Raw category –un-cropped, un-touched, no filter.
  • Wings: Images that capture the point in a performance in which the athlete jumps, catches air, free falls, soars.


Overall and category winners will receive a selection of outstanding prizes from reputable photography brands with a total value of € 100.000,-

Category winners

  • Sony: Sony α7 III ILCE-7M3 + Sony FE 24-105 mm F4 G OSS Lens (SEL24105G Kit)
  • SanDisk: 3 x SanDisk Extreme Pro Memory Card (suitable for photographers` cameras), 1x Suitable SanDisk Card Reader, 1 x SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD
  • Skylum: Software package including Luminar and Luminar Signature Presets and other software programs from Skylum
  • Category Winner Creative by Skylum: Global Skylum Ambassador status
  • COOPH: High quality photography apparel and accessories e.g. COOPH Heatable Photo Vest
  • Red Bull Photography: Category WinnerEmerging by Red Bull Photography: Red Bull Rising Talent photography workshop in 2020 including travel, accommodation and board expenses

Overall winner

  • Sony: Sony α9 ILCE-9 + Sony FE-MOUNT 24-70/2,8 GM Lens (SEL2470GM)
  • SanDisk: Shoot with SanDisk Extreme Team Member, 3x SanDisk Extreme Pro Memory Card (suitable for photographers camera), 1x Suitable SanDisk Card Reader, 1 x SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD
  • COOPH: High-quality photography apparel and accessories

Interested in applying for the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019? Register your participation by following the application link and taking the suggested steps.

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