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Red Bull Illume’s European tour kicks off in Cologne


Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour – Hong Kong
© Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool

The world’s largest action sports photography exhibition provides perfect curtain raiser to the 2014 photokina

Red Bull Illume is coming to Europe! The world’s largest action and adventure sports photography exhibition will be in Cologne the week of the photokina photography expo. The top 50 images from the photography contest will go on display from 15-21 September, giving photography enthusiasts an even better reason for visiting the city!

After touring Asia and North America, the first Red Bull Illume exhibition on European soil looks set to be as dazzling as ever. The illuminated nighttime exhibition will be set against the scenic Rheinau harbor, where visitors will be able to stroll and appreciate the life-size light boxes, which feature the world’s most exciting and creative action sports photography. Top photographers and athletes will attend the opening night on September 15, adding a further draw for visitors.

Red Bull Illume will also have a booth at the 2014 photokina and plenty of action is planned, for the biggest week in the photography calendar, such as live shoots and demonstrations, meet and greet with some of the finalist photographers. For anyone with an interest in photography, checking out the exhibition is an absolute must!

“The Redbull Illume contest is one of the most incredible contests that I’ve personally seen,” says K Madhavan Pillai, editor of Better Photography magazine and one of 50 judges to select the winning images. “I am amazed to see what these athletes can do, and then beyond that, I am amazed to see how a photographer can capture that spirit, that entire energy of the action so beautifully well.”

The 2x2m lightboxes will go on display from 15-21 September and the exhibition will come to life after sunset each night until 11pm. More information on the event can be found on the official Red Bull Illume website.


Red Bull Illume contest – overall winner
© Lorenz Holder

The Cologne tour stop is the fifth stop after Hong Kong, Scottsdale USA, Vancouver Canada and Atlanta USA. The exhibition will continue traveling around the world’s capitals and cultural hubs for the next year as a unique nighttime exhibition.

Red Bull Illume Partners:

Leica is the official partner of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest for the second time, following on from the successful 2010 edition. New partners for 2013 are leading flash brand broncolor, and Sun-Sniper, maker of innovative camera strap systems.

About Red Bull Illume:

Red Bull Illume is the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to action and adventure sports. Its purpose is to showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet as art to the wider public. The 2013 Red Bull Illume Image Quest is the third edition of the competition after 2007 and 2010.

The overall winner Lorenz Holder received the new medium format Leica S camera. Category winners received Leica X2 cameras. Other prizes included broncolor’s new Move portable flash, and the latest strap system from Sun-Sniper.


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