The Red Bull Illume is a photography contest that celebrates the fusion of extreme sports and photography. In its seventh edition, it involved 50 specialized judges who selected 50 finalists, including 10 category winners and one overall winner.
Australian photographer Krystle Wright won the 2023 edition, becoming the first woman to achieve this prestigious title. Her image captures climber Angela Vanwiemeersch tackling a crevasse in Utah’s Long Canyon.
Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2023 – Photos of Instagram Finalists
Wright used a Leica SL2 with an APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 lens to capture the winning image, inspired while driving towards a cliff in Australia. She illuminated a fissure in the rock to enable the athlete to engage in traditional climbing, a characteristic aspect of Traditional climbing.
This wasn’t Wright’s first involvement in the contest: she had previously participated in the 2013 and 2019 editions, ranking among the best. This year, in addition to winning the top prize, she also received recognition in the Innovation by MPB category.
Other winners from various categories include photographers from different parts of the world, each celebrated for their unique vision and photographic skills.
To celebrate the contest, every year Redbull is releasing an amazing book showcasing the best images submitted to the contest.
The Red Bull Illume Image Quest of 2023 showcases top-notch adventure and action sports photography. This year’s collection features 250 carefully chosen images, handpicked by the esteemed Red Bull Illume Judging Panel. The photobook is a limited edition, consisting of high-quality hardcover copies, each regarded as a distinctive work of art. With individual numbering and a print run of only 2500, each copy stands as a unique piece within this exclusive collection.
Credit: all images by Redbull Content Pool