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: "Hot on the Heels" by Silvano Marino Zeiter


"Capturing speed, dynamism and motion in a single still image or sequence can be quite challenging. The low shutter speed in combination with the follow – or lead – cam angles are tools I use to capture that energy. With this technique, I not only try to make the spectators comprehend the motion of the rider, but also mine. So, it’s a great way of really pulling the people into the action and making them feel like they’re actually a part of everything that’s going on in the photo. I started shooting follow and lead cams about ten years ago and it has always been extremely exciting for me. You have to constantly anticipate what’s going to happen next and adapt every split-second. You have to focus on the camera, the rider, as well as your own snowboarding all at the same time. At high speeds it’s obviously dangerous for the athlete, the photographer and the equipment, so it’s crucial that there’s a certain level of trust between the two. I’m very happy to know Sevi and I definitely share this trust. We’ve had some ultra-close calls but thankfully so far nothing bad has ever happened. Fingers crossed it’ll stay that way."