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It’s back! Now in its 4th edition, Red Bull Illume Image Quest will once again showcase the most outstanding and creative action and adventure sports photography on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.

This year, the contest takes an exciting new turn with the inclusion of a Mobile category – celebrating the rise of smartphone and tablet photography by allowing photographers to enter the best shots stored on their mobile phone galleries.


“With mobile phones in our pockets, action and adventure sports photography is more accessible than ever before. The addition of the Mobile category allows us to explore the quick moments that would otherwise be lost and celebrate the creative freedom that mobile phone photography allows,” said Ulrich Grill, Red Bull Illume founder and photographer.

Once entries close on March 31, 2016, a judging panel of 50 photo editors will sift through the entries and select the 55 best shots, including the 11 Category Winners and one Overall Winner. Finalist images will then be unveiled at the Red Bull Illume Winner Award Ceremony before traveling to capitals and cultural hubs across the world as part of a unique nighttime photo exhibition.


As if gaining priceless exposure and street cred wasn’t enough, the Overall Winner, Category Award Winners as well as the Athletes’ Choice Winner will all walk away with amazing prizes from some of the biggest photography brands in the world.

Red Bull Illume has also teamed up with external storage brand G-Technology, who joins photo bag manufacturer tamrac as a new official Red Bull Illume partner.

Submissions open December 1, 2015 when photographers can start uploading their images – right here on