Red Bull Illume 2010

The world’s best action and adventure sports photographers were recently revealed at a spectacular unveiling in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland on August 31. A stunning landscape-style surf photo by Chris Burkard (USA) wowed the international jury and was selected as the overall winner of Red Bull Illume 2010.

“I am so blessed,” said Burkard on picking up the biggest prize in freesports photography. “I feel really, really lucky just to be here and be surrounded by people I look up to and my peers. There’s something to be said to win an award in front of people you respect. So for me this is huge, a really huge honour. I’m really grateful.”

“As action sports photographers, we’re used to getting towards the action and getting close to it. And nine times out of ten, that’s what we’ll do. But I decided to get as far from the action as I could so I could show the whole landscape so people could appreciate everything that was going on and not just the surfer.”

The top 50 images were voted as the best from an amazing 23,000 images that were submitted to the competition. The collection can lay claim to being the cream of action and adventure sports photography and features shots of daredevil female B.A.S.E jumpers, high-flying BMX riders and stylish skateboarders from around the world.


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