Photographers – Three weeks until Red Bull Illume submissions close

The clock is ticking. There are just three weeks left before submissions close for Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, the world’s greatest action and adventure sports photography contest. Photographers have until March 31, 2016 to submit their shots for a chance to be part of this prestigious photography contest and put their names on the map.

© George Karbus / Red Bull Illume

© George Karbus / Red Bull Illume

The contest consists of 11 categories: Close Up, Energy, Enhance, Lifestyle, Masterpiece by Yodobashi, New Creativity, Playground, Sequence by Sony, Spirit, Wings and the new addition – Mobile. The inclusion of a Mobile category allows smartphone and tablet photographers to enter and share the amazing shots hidden on their mobile devices. Head over to redbullillume.com and check out the full list of categories.

The images are judged by a panel of 50 photo editors from prominent international sports, news, lifestyle and photography publications, who will select the 55 best shots, including the 11 Category Winners and the Overall Winner.

© Zakary Noyle / Red Bull Illume

© Zakary Noyle / Red Bull Illume

“I am fascinated how action and adventure sports photographers are able to create beautiful images in difficult environments,” says Amber Matsumoto, Red Bull Illume Judge and photography and multimedia manager at Yahoo Sports. “Contests like Red Bull Illume give the public the opportunity to really appreciate the art that these photographers are creating.”

Once judging is complete, the finalist images will be unveiled and the winning photographers will be honored at the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony in Chicago, USA on September 28, 2016 before traveling to capitals and cultural hubs across the world as part of a unique nighttime photo exhibition.

To date, thousands of images have been submitted from all over the world. However, the Red Bull Illume team is keen to ensure that great images aren’t left sitting idle on hard drives and laptops and encourage all photographers to find and enter any overlooked shots. There are three weeks left until submissions close, so there’s still time to head out and capture that winning image!

The photographers efforts will certainly not go unrewarded – the Overall Winner will walk away with a Yodobashi voucher to the value of €40,000, which can be redeemed for any number of the company’s massive selection of consumer goods. Electronics giant Sony will also award the various winners with photography gear worth over €60,000. The prizes will include cameras such as the Sony ILCE-A7RII or the Sony DSC-RX1RII along with a variety of accessories and lenses. Check redbullillume.com for the full list of prizes, including those from Red Bull Illume’s other esteemed partners.

If the combination of prizes, worldwide exposure and the exhibition tour isn’t enough motivation, have a look at the inspiring stories on redbullillume.com to find out how the contest transformed the careers of former finalists and winners.

Visit redbullillume.com to find out more about judges, prizes, rules, categories and entry details.