Red Bull has selected the 250 semifinalists for this year’s Illume photo competition. They also just released the information about the unveiling of the 50 winners that will take place later this month in Ireland. Check out some of the BMX photos that were among the 22,000 images entered in the contest…



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Press Release:

August 3, 2010

The World's Best Action and Adventure Sports Photography is coming to Ireland
Red Bull Illume unveils the winners of the 2010 Image Quest

The best 50 photos from nearly 23,000 action and adventure sports images that were entered into the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2010 will be displayed in Dublin, Ireland at a stunning unveiling exhibition beginning August 31st.

As night time falls, the 50 winning images will illuminate the court of Trinity College. The university, in the heart of Ireland's capital city, will host the exhibition for ten days. This is arguably the world's greatest collection of action and adventure sports photography and it is fully open to the public.

Founded in the 16th century, Trinity College is one of the world's most prestigious universities, it boasts a long and rich history of artistic excellence, and remains an important part of Ireland's cultural history. Amongst its most famous alumni are writers such as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker (Dracula), while it's also home to the world famous 'Book of Kells' a priceless eighth-century artifact.

Fifty-three judges from around the world are voting to find the photos that stand out most for their composition, creativity and artistic flair. The judges will also vote for ten category winners and one overall winner - the results of which will be kept under close guard and will be announced at the Unveiling Ceremony.

"These are truly incredible images, I was floored," said Judge Nick Hamilton Director of Photography at Transworld Snowboarding. "It will be amazing to see them as a collection."

"'Staggered' is the word that comes to mind when considering the quality of images in this year's Red Bull Illume," says Steve Dickinson of Adventure Magazine. "As a judge I was staggered by the quality, staggered at the variety and staggered by the creativity. I spend my professional life immersed in action based images and this year's entries to Red Bull Illume are without doubt the very cream of the world's best action images."

For those who cannot wait for the Unveiling, a sneak peek of the 250 semi-finalist images on www.redbullillume.com is now online. This is the first time the semi-finalists have been made public although the images remain anonymous in order to preserve impartiality for the remainder of the judging phase.

For more information on Red Bull Illume, go to www.redbullillume.com.