Red Bull Illume: Hong Kong

posted by / News / September 4, 2013

Zak Noyle and Morgan Maassen playing tourist.

Zak Noyle and Morgan Maassen playing tourist.

The biggest Buddha.

The biggest Buddha.

Blacktip soup anyone?

Blacktip soup anyone?

One view from The Peak of Hong Kong.

One view from The Peak of Hong Kong.

Turn 180 degrees and here's the other view.

Turn 180 degrees and here's the other view.

The top 50 ready to party. Photo: Brian Ching See Wing / Red Bull Content Pool

The top 50 ready to party. Photo: Brian Ching See Wing / Red Bull Content Pool

A view of the lightboxes. Photo: Brian Ching See Wing/Red Bull Content Pool

A view of the lightboxes. Photo: Brian Ching See Wing/Red Bull Content Pool

One of my favorite images and also the Illumination category winner. Travis Rice, Photo: Scott Serfas

One of my favorite images and also the Illumination category winner. Travis Rice, Photo: Scott Serfas

Couldn't take my eyes off this base jumping image shot by Krystal Wright.

Couldn't take my eyes off this base jumping image shot by Krystal Wright.

Lifestyle by Leica category winner. Photo: Morgan Maassen

Lifestyle by Leica category winner. Photo: Morgan Maassen

Ben Horan ripping up some cranberries. Photo: Ryan Taylor

Ben Horan ripping up some cranberries. Photo: Ryan Taylor

Awesome double exposure shot by Jussi Grznar for the Experimental category.

Awesome double exposure shot by Jussi Grznar for the Experimental category.

This is what it looks like to skydive in Greece. Photo: Dimitrios Kontizas

This is what it looks like to skydive in Greece. Photo: Dimitrios Kontizas

A wave you shouldn't try to surf on Namotu, Fiji. Photo: Stu Gibson

A wave you shouldn't try to surf on Namotu, Fiji. Photo: Stu Gibson

Here's my photo of Kelly that made the top 5 in Lifstyle.

Here's my photo of Kelly that made the top 5 in Lifstyle.

Zak Noyle's winning image for the sequence category. Gabriel Medina backflipping in Hawaii.

Zak Noyle's winning image for the sequence category. Gabriel Medina backflipping in Hawaii.


 
It started with 28,257 images submitted by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries.

Eventually a panel of renowned photo editors from around the globe cut those down to 250, and then 50, which were unveiled last week at the Red Bull Illume Image Quest awards ceremony in Hong Kong.

Holding it down for surf was Zak Noyle, Morgan Maassen, and Chris Burkard, who all took category wins, while Tasmanian (and long time SURFING contributor) Stu Gibson also had a pair of finalist images.

I was lucky enough to have one of my photos chosen to make the finals in the Lifestyle category. An image of Kelly Slater walking down for his heat in Huntington Beach that was shot for a big US Open feature we had planned for SURFING, but never ended up seeing the light of day. Now it will sit alongside the other 49 selections and light up the night at multiple venues as Red Bull Illume tours around the world. I couldn’t be more psyched.

The biggest bonus was not being invited to Hong Kong and put up at the W Hotel, or riding in a pirate ship over to the awards, but spending time in the presence of so many incredible image makers from every kind of action and adventure sport you can name. People like Scott Serfas, Christian Pondella, Lorenz Holder etc… Everyone in attendance is amazing at what they do and a huge inspiration so many sets of eyeballs.

You can check out the full gallery and vote on your favorite shot for the People’s Choice Award here:
http://www.redbullillume.com/gallery/final-images-2013/top-50.html

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  • tealergang

    Hole molee dawg. Images be freakin nice. This post is real nice.