The winners of the Red Bull Illume 2016 action sports photography contest have been announced! For the second year in a row, Lorenz Holder was recognized as the Red Bull Illume Overall Winner. The talented photographer was also a winner in Masterpiece by Yodobashi and Playground categories, and he won the Athletes’ Choice Award too.
Here is what Lorenz Holder had to say about his Overall and Masterpiece by Yodobashi winning image:
“Senad and I were on the way to a different location early in the morning, when we passed this scenic spot. We saw a sign from the street, and I had some pictures in mind that I’d seen from this bridge on the Internet. When we got there the sun was just above the trees, and it was lighting up the full color-spectrum of the autumn leaves in a very soft way.
One thing that was a little annoying was that the lake was covered with leaves which had fallen from trees, so the reflection of the bridge in the lake was just not there. But sometimes you just need a bit of luck—I had been on a fishing trip some days before and still had my fishing boots and a net in the car. So got the stuff and tried to clean the lake by hand. It took a while until it was almost perfectly clean—at least where it was relevant for the picture. Luckily the sun was still very soft, so we had good light for the shot.
I’d chosen a very low camera position to get an almost perfect mirrored scene on the water surface. The bridge looked like a perfect circle, and the light was still very good. When Senad was on the bridge, it took us two or three tries to get the shot. There was also no more time for another try because the wind came up, and the perfect reflection on the water was gone.
We jumped back to the car and drove towards our originally planned spot. It was an awesome feeling to have shot this picture with more or less pure luck. Without the sign next to the road, we would have passed one of the nicest photo scenes.”
Photographer: Lorenz Holder
Athlete: Senad Grosic
Location: Gablenz, Germany
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L USM
Shutter Speed: 1/640
Canadian Jody MacDonald won for the Lifestyle category with an image of her brother on top of a train travelling through the Sahara. She shared:
“When I was young I used to look through National Geographic magazines and dream of adventures like this—train hopping through the Sahara on one of the world’s longest trains. I had dreamt of the oceans of sand, the loud noises of the train, the cold, the wind, the scorching sun, the unknown smells and sounds of the desert and the discomfort that goes with it. So when I was asked to dream up and photograph a trip in harsh conditions, a 700 kilometer journey through the Sahara desert in Mauritania came to mind.
After weeks of planning, our journey began in the capital of Nouakchott; from there my brother and I moved north through the interior to board the Mauritania Railway. Our risky rail journey started from the iron-mining center of Zouérat in the Sahara and snaked through the barren desert toward the port of Nouadhibou on the Atlantic. We wanted to get to the coast to try to find some unexplored surf breaks and capture the spirit of adventure and exploration through this incredible landscape. Having only a few minutes to hop on the train in the middle of the night, we spent 15 long hours slithering through the desert on the three kilometer train that transports approximately 84 tons of iron ore across a country crippled by terrorism, slavery, and poverty.”
Photographer: Jody MacDonald
Athlete: Ken MacDonald
Location: Choum, Mauritania
Camera: Leica X-U (Typ 113)
Lens: 23.0mm f/1.7
Shutter Speed: 1/500