Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest adventure and action sports imagery contest. It showcases the most creative and captivating images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.
The Image Quest 2021 is the sixth edition bringing together the amazing work of photographers and content creators from around the world. Submissions for the contest close on July 31, 2021 and images can be entered on
A judging panel of 50 photo editors and digital experts will select the Finalists, Category Winners and 1 Overall Winner, to be unveiled at the Winner Award Ceremony in November 2021.
In 2022, all finalist images will be presented around the globe providing an unprecedented level of exposure.
Closing date – July 31, 2021
Prize pool – Total prize pool worth €200,000. Winner receives a Lenovo computer, a SanDisk Professional workflow bundle and a paid photoshoot with Black Diamond. The outdoor apparel brand is also offering a $5,000 worth of Black Diamond products for the Best Mountain image. In addition, the German camera manufacturer Leica will offer a Q2 camera for every category winner and a Leica SL2 camera for the Overall Winner.
Entry fee – NONE
Eligibility – Open to all
Selection process – Judged
Copyright policy – All images submitted for consideration in the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021 contest remain the sole property of the creator. Entrants retain copyright over each of their photos and moving images.
Usage Rights policy – Entrants grant Red Bull GmbH and its affiliates, subsidiaries, sponsors and partners the sublicensable, non-exclusive, worldwide and perpetual right to use and exploit the submitted images without compensation in the context of Red Bull Illume, the Red Bull Illume contests, the Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tours and/or for Red Bull Illume promotions, marketing, advertising, events and exhibitions of all kind. This includes the perpetual and worldwide use of the submitted images in any media, in particular any print-media (e.g. magazines, newspapers, books) and electronic/digital offline and online media (e.g. on Red Bull Illume or associated websites such as all websites operated by Red Bull and its affiliates) or social internet platforms and third party networks and websites). To protect the copyright of the creator, the Red Bull GmbH will use the submitted images only in low resolution whenever this is reasonable and technically possible (e.g. on the internet). Credits will be given according to the customary practice in the media business (name of the creator / Red Bull Illume). NOTE – the above does NOT include ‘commercial’ usage, which would be negotiated separately. The ‘advertising/marketing’ usage above only applies in the context of promoting Red Bull Illume. Full terms on the site.