SOURCE: Red Bull Illume

December 05, 2006 09:16 ET

Top 50 Action and Adventure Sports Images to Be Honored and Celebrated in an Exhibition Tour Launching on Aspen Mountain

International Photography Competition Illuminates the Art of Spirit, Grit and Edgy Perfection

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- The first-ever international action and adventure sports photography competition -- Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2006 -- will honor the unique expression and skill of 45 dedicated photographers who have triumphed in the eyes of experts for their passionate explorations of the still image. Fifty of the best raw moments in action and adventure sports selected by major players in the photography arena will be illuminated and celebrated in an opening exhibition at the base of the Little Nell Run on Aspen Mountain, Colorado, beginning on January 24, 2007.

Red Bull Illume Image Quest is the first international photography competition that celebrates the world of action and adventure sports. More than 2,000 professional and emerging photographers from over 90 countries submitted their best action sports photographs spanning ten distinct submission categories. The entries included a smattering of extreme-detail close-ups and lifestyle expressions to wild terrain landscapes and shots that soared. Official contest judges consisting of esteemed photo editors, and respected image experts from around the world selected five finalist images to be put on display in each of the 10 categories, including: Wings, Playground, New Creativity, Lifestyle, Spirit, Energy, Close-Up, Sequence, Experimental and Illumination.

Two standout photographers placed in the top 50 for three of their submitted photos: Fred Mortagne of France takes skateboarding to the limit with his unique use of perspective and experimental editing while Brian Bielmann of the U.S. shows a depth of range with his passion for sea and surf commanding his underwater explorations.

THE BIG PICTURE

From January 24 through February 4, the finalist photographers will join judges, heroes of the sport and special guests at a picture-perfect opening exhibition at the Little Nell Run at Aspen Mountain, and will vie for first place honors in their categories as critics make the final cuts.

"Having the chance to host the work of the world's elite photo editors and photographers against the stunning backdrop of Aspen is a privilege," said David Perry, senior vice president, Aspen Skiing Company. "The creativity to be presented and the innovative minds at Red Bull will find a perfect home in Aspen/Snowmass this winter."

A skilled panel of image experts from the action sports world, lifestyle publications, and representatives from the design and photography industries comprise the esteemed judging panel. Photo Editors from PHOTO Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Surfer Magazine, Men's Journal, The Skateboard Mag., Women's Health, Transworld Surf, Sports Illustrated, Powder, Bike, and others are among the specialized individuals who will decide which photos stand above the rest.

A work of art in itself, the opening exhibition in Aspen will unveil the 50 finalist images in the most dramatic compilation of action and adventure sports imagery ever assembled, honoring the winning photographers and kicking off a worldwide exhibition tour. The top 10 finalist images will be illuminated in a special ceremony culminating the quest. Awards will be given to the winner in each category as well as to the winner of the Athlete's Choice. Top honors will go to the Image of the Year winner, who will be commissioned for the photo shoot of a lifetime with a Red Bull athlete of the winner's choice, anywhere in the world.

Photography Finalists include:

Photographer                       Country

Ricky Adam                         Northern Ireland (UK)
Wojtek Antonow                     Poland
Santiago Arenas Monzon             Spain
Brian Bielmann                     United States
David Blazek                       Czech Republic
Thilo Brunner                      Germany
Yorick Carroux                     Germany
John Clark                         United States
David Clifford                     United States
Ray Demski                         Canada
Alfredo Escobar                    Chile
Klaus Fengler                      Germany
Derek Frankowski                   Canada
Mattias Fredriksson                Sweden
Mark Gallup                        Canada
Lozza Gian Paul                    Switzerland
John Gibson                        Canada
Florian Grill                      Germany
Alberto Guglielmi                  Italy
Grant Gunderson                    United States
Riki Gutierrez                     Panama
Rami Hanafi                        Finland
James Holm                         Sweden
Dawn Kish                          United States
Daniel Kudernatsch                 Austria
Damiano Levati                     Italy
Vitek Ludvik                       Czech Republic
Espen Lystad                       Norway
Jacques Marais                     South Africa
Tim McKenna                        Australia
Wade McKoy                         United States
Fred Mortagne                      France
Roberto Muñoz                      Dominican Republic
Brian Nevins                       United States
Desre Pickers                      South Africa
Corey Rich                         United States
Pasi Salminen                      Finland
Frode Sandbech                     Norway
Alex Schelbert                     Germany
George Steinmetz                   United States
Thomas Stöckli                     Switzerland
Marco Toniolo                      Italy
Thomas Ulrich                      Switzerland
Jimmy Wilson                       United States
Danny Zapalac                      United States
For more information, please contact Chantal Chrétien at 310-460-5062/ chantal.chretien@us.redbull.com or Heather Walsh at 323-866-6050/ heather.walsh@mslpr.com. Please visit www.redbullillume.com for all details and updates on the worldwide exhibit tour.

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