Image Quest 2021 is the sixth edition of Red Bull Illume’s adventure and action sports photography contest, and this year’s finalists include some stunning images selected from over 47,000 total submissions. Congratulations to the Overall Winner Will Saunders and to the category winners.
Here’s a slideshow of our 25 favorite winner and finalist images. Learn more about Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021 at the contest’s official website.
"For a long time I wanted to shoot a picture at night in front of a glacier with people and great scenery. This idea was in my mind, but the project wasn't very clear. In 2020, Samaya, a new tent brand company, contacted me to work on their new photography campaign. I proposed to shoot all the pictures in many places in the mountains, but every time at night and in various landscapes. For these pictures, I wanted to light the places from the sky, but when you're not in a studio it isn't really easy to do, especially in the mountains. I had the idea to illuminate the scenes with a drone. For this picture, it was hard to illuminate the foreground and the background at the same time. It was windy and freezing, plus at night it's not easy to fly with a drone. I stitched together several images to arrive at the desired lighting."