Art | October 11, 2016 5:00 am

Winning Images from the Red Bull Action Photo Contest

Photographer: 2016 Category: Sequence Athletes: Miroslav Krejci, Jan Rudzinskyj, Stanislav Cejka and Jan Tvrdik Location: Jaromer, Czech Republic
Winner in Sequence category. (Daniel Vojtech/Red Bull Illume)
Lorenz Holder

Red Bull Illume held an international photo contest focused on action and adventure sports images, and the results are in! The 55 finalists, 11 category winners, and one overall winner were selected from over 34,000 photographs submitted by 6,000 photographers from 120 different countries.

Photographer: Lorenz Holder Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Senad Grosic Location: Gablenz, Germany
(Lorenz Holder/Red Bull Illume)
Lorenz Holder


Lorenz Holder’s beautifully composed shot of BMX cyclist Senad Grosic’s ride over a bridge in autumn won the Overall prize, as well as the Athlete’s Choice award. This marks the second time Holder has been the contest’s overall winner.

Photographer: Ale Di Lullo Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: New Creativity Athlete: Aaron Chase Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
(Ale Di Lullo/Red Bull Illume)
Ale Di Lullo


Ale di Lullo won the New Creativity award for this playful, kinetic shot of Aaron Chase riding his bike over a New York City cab’s windshield.

(Micky Wiswedel/Red Bull Illume)
(Micky Wiswedel/Red Bull Illume)


The Winds prize was claimed by South African photographer Micky Wiswedel for capturing a glorious, mid-fall shot of mountaineer Jamie Smith, who was finding a new route on Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

Photographer: Dean Treml Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athletes: Josh Neilson, Barnaby Prees, Sam Sutton, Tim Pickering, Ben Brown, Jamie Sutton and Jared Seiler Location: Storulfossen, Norway
(Dean Treml/Red Bull Illume)
Dean Treml


New Zealand’s Dean Treml won the Spirit category with this black-and-white shot of a group of kayakers coming to the aid of team member Josh Neilson, who took a bad fall off Matze’s Drop in Norway.

(Vegard Aasen/Red Bull Illume)


The winning photos are the subject of a touring exhibit that’s making stops in Chicago, Toronto, Yonkers, NY and San Francisco. Check Red Bull Illume’s website for more information and further tour dates, and also for a gallery of more photos from the contest.