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: "Lake Sihlsee" by Andreas Busslinger


"A few clicks and my picture is in the bag – if only it were that simple! I’m always on the lookout for unusual pictorial themes; I’m a restless photographer, you could say. This sharpens my senses for the special. From the paraglider viewpoint I discover structures in the landscape that remain hidden to a normal mortal. The great cold last January magically transformed the landscape into a winter wonderland and I knew the lake would freeze over. The goal was the beautiful ice structures near the shore. We discussed the shoot before takeoff as I would be busy with the camera and steering my paraglider. This requires the highest concentration. During the flight I discovered the mysterious lines further out in the ice. I had never seen anything like that before. Clearly, these cracks had to be photographed and the paragliders were to be the splashes of color. It wasn’t possible to repeat the exercise that day. Fortunately, the next day everyone had time and the weather was like copy and paste! The picture is perfect, no one can take that away from me – neither the fresh snow that fell shortly afterwards, nor the rainy weather that destroyed these structures."