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: "Climbing the Marble" by Federico Ravassard

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"This image is part of a project called ‘Carie’, an exploration lasting several months of the famous marble quarries of Massa and Carrara, a small province in Tuscany. The mining activity started in ancient Rome and it has never stopped since then, shaping the landscape and society of the Apuan Alps. Some of the most famous statues, like those of Michelangelo, are made from this marble, known worldwide for its whiteness. But, at the same time, the quarries are horrible: the mountains are literally cut like butter and the impact on the environment is enormous. The project also features a short movie called ‘Carie’. Climbing was a way to get closer to the problem, by touching it and interacting with those walls that spread wonder and horror at the same time. The lake in the photo is artificial; it was created by the accumulation of rain water that was not drained because the ground is sealed up by the fine powder of the mining activity. And even the cracks are artificial, as they are the result of the cuts made by the man-operated machines. To be there and to be confronted with the human destruction of these walls is a really, really impacting experience.
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