The best action and adventure sports photography of 2016

The winners of the Red Bull Illume Sports Photography Contest were announced this week, and they include some stunning perspectives of action and adventure sports.

Photographer Lorenz Holder won top prize for his colorful image of BMX Pro Rider Senad Grosic.

"In my photos, I like to show the viewers the beauty of the environment where athletes perform. I think a great location is one of the key elements for a great action picture," Holder said.

In the image (embedded below) Holder was able to capture the mirrored scene on the water surface as the full color-spectrum of the autumn leaves acts as a frame for the image.

Category: Masterpiece  Athlete: Senad Grosic  Location: Gablenz, Germany
Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Senad Grosic Location: Gablenz, Germany
Image: Lorenz Holder/Red Bull Illume

The winning images represent the best from the world of action and adventure sports photography. The contest, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, attracted photographers from 120 countries who submitted 34,624 images.

The winning photographers' images will be unveiled in Wrigley Square in Chicago as the first stop of the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour – a nighttime photo exhibition where the photos will be illuminated on 2x2m lightboxes. The Wrigley Square exhibit is free and open to the public every night until Oct. 9.

Following the two-week exhibition in Chicago, Red Bull Illume will travel to its next world tour stop — Toronto, Canada. The exhibition will be open to the public at Toronto's Union Station from Nov. 18-27.

Check out the stunning images below:

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Red Bull Illume Sports Photography Contest Winners
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Red Bull Illume Sports Photography Contest Winners

Category: Playground  

Athlete: Conny Mirbach  

Location: Riem, Germany

IMAGE: LORENZ HOLDER/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Enhance  

Athletes: Arthur Longo, Gjermund Braaten and Ludwig Biltoft  

Location: Kitzsteinhorn, Austria

IMAGE: MARKUS ROHRBACHER/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Playground  

Athlete: Senad Grosic  

Location: Senftenberg, Germany

IMAGE: LORENZ HOLDER/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: New Creativity  

Athlete: Cedric Romanens  

Location: Laax, Switzerland

IMAGE: LORENZ HOLDER/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Spirit  

Athlete: Pete Takeda  

Location: Hildale, Utah

IMAGE: GREG MIONSKE/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Enhance  

Athlete: Jonathan Paredes  

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

IMAGE: DEAN TREML/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Mobile  

Location: Hakuba, Japan

IMAGE: VEGARD AASEN/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: New Creativity  

Athlete: Rahel Schelb  

Location: Iceland

IMAGE: TIM KEMPLE/RED BULL ILLUME


Category: Masterpiece  

Athlete: Max Horn  

Location: Murnauer Moos, Germany

IMAGE: LORENZ HOLDER/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Lifestyle  

Athlete: Ken MacDonald  

Location: Choum, Mauritania

IMAGE: JODY MACDONALD/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Sequence  

Athletes: Miroslav Krejci, Jan Rudzinskyj, Stanislav Cejka and Jan Tvrdik  

Location: Jaromer, Czech Republic

IMAGE: DANIEL VOJTECH/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Wings  

Athlete: Jamie Smith  

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

IMAGE: MICKY WISWEDEL /RED BULL ILLUME

Category: New Creativity  

Athlete: Aaron Chase  

Location: Brooklyn, New York

IMAGE: ALE DI LULLO/RED BULL ILLUME

Category: Masterpiece

 Athlete: Senad Grosic  

Location: Gablenz, Germany

IMAGE: LORENZ HOLDER/RED BULL ILLUME

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