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While we were searching for new ideas about sports photography, an excellent competition came in our “way”. We’re not talking about winter events or extreme challenges, with lots of people and rankings. Actually, the winners are right here, in the following categories, but their real talent and accuracy gave them the knowledge to capture remarkable and unique imagines full of emotion, dedication, strength or passion. The stunning collection of Red Bull Illume is the first premier action and adventure sports photography competition, with 10 category winners from 50 finalists and an overall winner, Chris Burkard (USA), for its “illuminated” picture.

1. Spirit

rock-free-climb_27624_600x450Photographer: Adam Kokot
Athlete: Michal Krol
Location: Spisske Tomasovce, Slovakia

2. Wings

Marcel Lämmerhirt_Wings_winnerPhotographer: Marcel Lämmerhirt
Athlete: José Eber Pava Ordoñez
Location: Hamburg, Germany

3. Playground

bmx-ireland-bike-jump_27619_600x450Photographer: Tim Korbmacher
Athlete: Stefan Lantschner
Location: Krefeld, Germany

4. Sequence

skateboard-street-shadow_27625_600x450Photographer: Miguel Angel López Virgen
Athlete: Alfredo Salcido
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico

5. New creativity

Eric Berger_NewCreativity_winnerPhotographer: Eric Berger
Athlete: Dan Treadway
Location: Whistler, BC, Canada

6. Illumination

surf-coast-sea-sunset_27626_600x450Photographer: Chris Burkard
Athlete: Peter Mendia
Location: Buchupero, Chile

7. Close up

ireland-free-surfing_27623_600x450Photographer: Nathan Smith
Athlete: Andrew Mooney
Location: Wamberal, New South Wales, Australia

8. Energy

big-wave-surfing-sternship_27618_600x450Photographer: Stuart Gibson
Athletes: Ryan Hipwood
Location: Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania, Australia

9. Culture

Vincent Perraud_Culture_winnerPhotographer: Vincent Perraud
Athletes: Alex Baret and friends
Location: Tallinn, Estonia

10. Experimental

airplane-desert-3-d_27617_600x450Photographer: Daniel Grund
Athletes: Alex Maclean, Nicolas Ivanoff
Location: Monument Valley, UT, USA