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.
"The image shows Kaj Pandey walking on the first-ever highline established inside the Great Arch of Getu in Getu, Guizhou, China. It was part of an expedition led by James Xu, an outdoor educator for the nonprofit wilderness school NOLS, and Caroline Dignes, a professional aerialist and outdoor athlete. This magnificent highline was made possible through a collaborative effort between American and Chinese highliners during November 2019. James, inspired by Jimmy Chin's image of two climbers rappelling the Great Arch, and Caroline, recognizing the potential of adventure sports as a form of art, combined their dreams to realize this adventure of a lifetime. This excursion allowed us to connect with and showcase local Chinese highline athletes, something often missing during trips of this nature. We are very grateful for the privilege to share this experience with the world and the opportunity to showcase the infinite potential Getu has to offer for adventure sports. A documentary of the trip is also currently in production. Thanks to the Getu Climbing Hostel, Sony, Tamron, Rode Microphones, NOLS, American Alpine Club, and the dream team for making this shot possible."