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.
"During winter I was researching lakes around the area that I live that might be frozen. While scrolling down the image search I found a lake near my home I didn't know existed. It had this interesting narrow stream of water flowing into it. So, a few months later I checked it out and found it was pretty steep, about 300 meters long and two to three meters wide, coming from the ground through the forest and into the lake. I had an idea for a drone shot of a kayaker, but first I had to check if it was even possible because of the stream and surrounding trees. I called my friend Matjaz, a skilled kayaker, and asked if he wanted to try it. On the day we also had to bring two wooden boards to use as a little kicker for Matjaz to ride over, as the bridge was too low to go under. He looked nervous, but at one point was like, ‘alright, let's do this!’ I went up with the drone, super close to the branches, and he went for it. It turned out to be super fun, so he dropped in a few more times. I struggled to find the right spot and there wasn't much light, but overall it was a great experience and I'm happy with how the shot turned out."