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Red Bull Illume 2016

Stay tuned, cause it’s almost time to unveil the winners of the Red Bull Illume 2016.

The winners of the world’s premier action and adventure sports photography contest will be revealed at a spectacular Winner Awards Ceremony in the Windy City on September 28, 2016.

On Wednesday, September 28, the winners of the Red Bull Illume competition will be revealed during a special, private Winner Awards Ceremony. Taking place at the iconic Art Institute of Chicago, the spectacular ceremony will announce the competition’s Overall Winner as well as 11 Category Winners, and Top 55 finalists. The ceremony will immediately be followed by the opening of the Illume exhibition gallery at Wrigley Square located in the heart of Chicago’s Millennium Park, marking the kickoff of the 2016 Red Bull Illume Global Exhibit Tour.


The prestigious ceremony will celebrate Red Bull Illume’s 10-year anniversary with attending guests from around the world including editors and photographers from renowned publications and key players in the photography industry. It’s the culmination of countless hours of hard work and a long wait for the 5,646 photographers from 120+ countries who submitted 34,624 mind-blowing images to Red Bull Illume Image Quest.


The Winner Awards Ceremony, which will be hosted by television personality Tina Dixon and professional snowboarder Louie Vito, promises to be a unique occasion, with the spotlight turned on the unsung heroes behind the lens whose remarkable images represent the very best raw moments in action and adventure sports photography.


Following the Winner Awards Ceremony, guests and finalists will make their way to Chicago’s Wrigley Square, where the photographers’ images will be unveiled and displayed on custom life-sized 6 w x 6 h ft. light boxes – illuminating the photos in the magnificent glory they deserve.


A judging committee of 53 high-profile international photo editors has selected the 55 finalist photographs in 11 categories from tens of thousands of entries. The submissions come from an astounding number of disciplines ranging from highlining to free diving and rock climbing, to skateboarding and snow sports. They show these sports performed in jaw-dropping locations around the world, captured using spectacular angles and innovative and inspiring photographic techniques.


The Chicago exhibition is free and open to the public every night from September 29 through October 9, 2016. The top 55 photo light boxes will then travel to Toronto’s Union Station from November 18 – November 27, 2016 and to capitals and cultural hubs around the globe as part of a unique nighttime photo exhibit until 2018.


Visit redbullillume.com and our social channels on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, to take a sneak peek at the entries as well as further information on the Red Bull Illume Winner Awards Ceremony and Exhibit Tour.


Official partners for 2016 include Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony, online retailer Yodobashi, external storage brand G-Technology, and lighting experts broncolor