The winners of Red Bull’s 3rd Illume Image Quest photography competition have just been announced. This competition is a tribute to the beauty and grace of extreme sports, with photographers capturing the most spectacular moments of participants. Below are the top ten pieces chosen by judges from a pool of 28,000 pictures submitted by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries.
1. Overall Winner: Snowboarder on Satellite Dish
This spectacular photograph by Lorenz Holder won first prize in the contest. The photo is of Xaver Hoffman snowboarding on a satellite dish. The photo is taken amidst heavy snowfall, with the photographer using strobes in the background to silhouette the snowboarder.
2. Wings Category Finalist: Base Jumping in Greece
This beautiful picture by Dimitrios Kontizas was taken at the 2011 ProBase Shipwreck Boogie, a base jumping competition at Zakynthos Island in Greece. Here jumpers dive from a 200-meter cliff.
3. Wings Category Finalist: Surfer Over a Wave
Here is an exciting shot of surfer Bobby Okvist sailing out over a wave. This photo by Benjamin Ginsberg won third place.
4. Experimental Category Winner: Snowboarding in Sweden
This striking image by Lorenz Holder captures snowboarder Jordan Mendenhall in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
5. Energy Category Winner: Cliff Diving in Portugal
This photo captures diver Todor Spasov at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo in the Portuguese Azores. The unique angle was taken by photographer Romina Amato shooting from a boat.
6. Playground Category Finalist: Turnagain Arm Bore Tide Surfing
This amazing picture by Scott Dickerson captures surfers riding the Turnagain Arm bore tide, an incredible wave in Alaska that can provide up to 50 minute, 5 mile rides.
7. Energy Category Finalist: Ice Climbing in British Colombia
This photo by Christian Pondella is of an ice climber at Helmcken Falls in Wells Grey Provincial Park, British Colombia. This prime ice climbing spot is formed by waterfall mist that literally freezes onto the overhanging rock.
8. Spirit Category Winner: Surfing in a Blizzard
This memorable photo by Chris Burkard is of two surfers getting ready to surf in a blizzard.
9. Lifestyle Category Winner: Surfing Off the Coast of Fiji
Morgan Massen captured a fantastic underwater shot of young surfers at Cloudbreak, Fiji for this winning piece.
10. Sequence Category Winner: Sequence Shot of a Surfer in Oahu
Photographer Zakary Noyle captured this eye-popping sequence shot of a surfer off the coast of Oahu.
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