The Top 50 Action and Sports Photographs from Around the World

Since 2007, Red Bull has hosted an international action and adventure sport photography contest called Red Bull Illume. It's where fifty winners are chosen every three three years from tens of thousands of photographers around the world. The winners were unveiled at a grand ceremony in Hong Kong on August 29, 2013.

Each year there are ten categories, this years were lifestyle by Leica, playground, energy, spirit, close up, wings, sequence, new creativity, experimental, illumination.  The photos are sure to give you not only a deep jealousy of the amazing places but also a slight heart attack at some of the things the subjects are participating in. While some of the names might not be recognizable, we've featured Chris Burkard here before with an awesome in depth view at surfing photography which may or may not include drunk boat captains.




Category Finalist 2013: Spirit
Photographer: Chris Burkard
Athlete: Keith Malloy, Dane Gudauskas
Location: Unstad, Lofoten Islands, Norway


Category Finalist 2013: Spirit
Photographer: Stuart Gibson
Athlete: Sean Woolnough
Location: Namotu Island, Fiji


Category Finalist 2013: Experimental
Photographer: Florian Breitenberger
Athlete: Xavier "Sherwy" Pasamonte
Location: Wildkogel, Austria


Category Finalist 2013: New Creativity
Photographer: Daniel Vojtech
Athlete: Tomas Slavik
Location: Prague, Czech Republic


Category Finalist 2013: New Creativity
Photographer: Juan Cruz Rabaglia
Athlete: Leonardo Cuny Proverbio
Location: Glaciar Perito Moreno, Patagonia, Argentina


Category Finalist 2013: Wings
Photographer: Dimitrios Kontizas
Athlete: Hubert Schober, Kedley Oliveti
Location: Zakynthos, Greece


Category Finalist 2013: Illumination
Photographer: Ryan Taylor
Athlete: Ben Horan
Location: Manitowish Waters, WI, USA


Category Finalist 2013: Energy
Photographer: David Carlier
Athlete: Gary Edgeworth
Location: Lower Mesa Falls, ID, USA


Category Finalist 2013: New Creativity
Photographer: Jussi Grznar
Athlete: Anto Chamberland
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
The work that goes into the making of some of these images is spectacular, so be sure to check out the awesome behind the scenes video we posted from the 2010 contest.  Be sure to view all the winners and their images here: Red Bull Illume 

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Daniel Yubi's picture

Pure awesomeness.

OhBoy's picture

How Tim Kemple's kayak/waterfall shot didn't make this is beyond me!!

Sarah Williams's picture

He did make top 250 though. I'd guess if he had a wider shot they would have picked it up for top 50

Razvan Velev's picture

Juan Cruz Rabaglia's image makes me go there !

Jason Vinson's picture

so cool!

lololalallll's picture

No HDR'd bullshit, FTW!
Just beautiful imagery.