Aspen, Colorado (Jan. 24, 2007) – Tonight at dusk, the first-ever
   international action and adventure sports photography competition – Red
   Bull Illume Image Quest – unveiled 50 of the best raw moments in action
   and adventure sports from across the globe in a larger-than-life outdoor
   exhibition that “illuminated” Aspen Mountain.  Judges, heroes of the
   sport and special guests took witness during a special opening ceremony
   exhibition as finalist photographers vied for first place honors and the
   Athletes’ Choice Award. Judges selected the top 10 category winners and
   named the Illume Image of Year.

   Amidst the snow and darkness, the top 50 photographs were unveiled in a
   breathtaking spectacle of luminous glass and metal cubes that left the
   slopes of Aspen Mountain aglow. This illuminated exhibition, co-hosted
   by renowned music industry photographer Danny Clinch, included the very
   best of action sports, resulting in the most dramatic compilation of
   action and adventure sports imagery ever assembled.

   Contest judge Anne Telford of Communication Arts reflected on the
   experience: “This is the most incredible collection I have ever seen
   assembled in one place and is the most phenomenal experiences I have had
   in my 17 years of photo editing.”

   Official contest judges consisting of esteemed photo editors and image
   experts from photography, action sports and lifestyle magazines from
   around the world critiqued 7,200 submissions from over 90 countries.
   They combined their efforts in search of the top 50 images (five
   finalist images in ten image categories) that embody commitment, passion
   and risk in addition to technical superiority, superior composition,
   creativity, impact, artistic flair, and overall excellence.

   “It’s overwhelming,” said contest judge Pete Taras of Transworld SURF,
   “by far the biggest bonding meeting of the photographic minds I have
   ever witnessed.”

   Red Bull’s Illume exhibition spotlights the top 45 international
   photographers who have triumphed in the eyes of experts for their art,
   spirit, grit and edgy perfection. In search of the pinnacle of
   photographic excellence, judges underwent a third and final review and
   announced the top 10 category winners, who include:

              Categories                   Category Winners

         Lifestyle         Desré Pickers – South Africa
         Sequence          David Blazek - Czech Republic
         Close-Up          Dawn Kish - Flagstaff, AZ
         Energy                  Thomas Stöckli - Switzerland
         Spirit                  Brian Bielmann - Haleiwa, HI
         Playground              Wojtek Antonow - Poland
         Wings                   Fred Mortagne - France
         New Creativity    Jimmy Wilson - Melbourne Beach, FL
         Experimental            Tim McKenna - Australia
         Illumination            Gian Paul Lozza -Switzerland

   Top honors of Illume Image of the Year was awarded to Fred Mortagne of
   France for his stylized skateboarding image that had a composition
   beyond expression and wowed judges.  He is commissioned for the photo
   shoot of a lifetime with a Red Bull athlete of choice, anywhere in the

   In addition to honoring top photographers and celebrating these stunning
   camera explorations, the Illume opening ceremony marks the official
   kick-off for the multi-city exhibition tour. Following the exhibit in
   Aspen, the top 50 photographs will travel to various outdoor venues
   across the U.S. and Canada in 2007 – moving next to Huntington Beach, CA
   – and to unique international destinations in 2008.

   Beginning Jan. 25 through Feb. 4, 2007, the Illume exhibition will open
   to the public and Aspen Mountain will light up nightly with a smattering
   of vivid photography expressions. This extraordinary cubed exhibit
   illuminates at night and draws spectators through a maze of platforms
   and staircases, while during the day the mirrored cubes offer beautiful
   views of Aspen’s winter wonderland.

    Click here to see some of the BMX entires in the event. 

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