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Of 41,447 Photos Entered, This Rock Climbing Image Won First Place

Of the tens of thousands of photos entered, 11 are category winners

Photo by: Will Saunders

Red Bull Illume, an adventure and sports photography competition, returned to Aspen this past weekend to unveil its 15th annual exhibit and contest winners. There were 41,447 submissions, 56 finalists,11 category winners and one overall winner made for a tight competition and epic results.

“Being a judge involved voting online through all the categories before voting for the overall winner,” said Gripped Publishing photo editor Matt Stetson, who was one of over 50 judges. “There were  three different stages of voting, and I never corresponded with the other judges or knew who they were voting for.”

American Will Saunders took grand prize for his image Dirtbag Superhero, which is the above image. Saunders won a selection of prizes worth over $70,000. Canadian Bruno Long won top prize in the raw category for his photo of Dylan Siggers (see below).

“It was very cool to see all the images that were up for consideration,” said Stetson. “My favourite image was a white water kayaking image taken by Rod Hill in New Zealand. It won the energy category.” For all category winner’s photos visit here.

Category Winners

Best of Instagram by Lenovo – Photo: Yhabril (Spain)
Best of Instagram by Lenovo – Moving Image: Bruno Diego Cavalcante (Brazil)
RAW by Leica: Bruno Long (Canada)
Photo Story: Philipp Klein Herrero (Spain)
Playground by WhiteWall: Markus Berger (Austria)
Lifestyle by COOPH: Carolin Unrath (Germany)
Masterpiece by SanDisk Professional: Will Saunders (United States)
Emerging by Black Diamond: Victoria Kohner-Flanagan (United States)
Creative by Skylum: Jan Kasl (Czech Republic)
Innovation by EyeEm: Thomas Monsorno (Italy)
Energy by Red Bull Photography: Rod Hill (New Zealand)

Energy category winner by Rod Hill
Lead photo: Will Saunders