25 Incredible Photos From Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

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.

Finalist: Untitled by Monica Dinh

Finalist: Untitled by Monica Dinh
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The North Shore of Oahu during wintertime is an unrelenting place, yet simultaneously a chaotically beautiful one. What I have come to learn is that in between the enormous roaring waves and crashing shore break lie pockets of tranquility, hence the title of this photo. On this particular day I went out to photograph a couple of friends at a break called Rocky Point. With a few hours of daylight left, I posted up close to the lava rock scattered shoreline. In no time my eyes were darting back and forth between the horizon filled with surfers and my camera’s viewfinder. As the sun began to fade slightly and dusk began to settle, the crowded lineup dispersed. Now only a handful of surfers lingered to catch the final sets rolling in for the day. One surfer’s agility and tenacity caught my eye. My attention drew closer as I focused on him with my lens. Wave after wave he charged, until one wave suddenly launched him upwards. Instead of showing any signs of panic or tension, he almost relinquished himself to be one with Mother Nature. Defying any signs of gravity, there he was, encapsulated in complete stillness – airborne, and floating as peacefully as a dove. Right there, time stopped entirely, even if just for a fleeting moment.