Back in 2007 Red Bull launched a photo competition focused solely on action sports photography called Illume. For the first time, the creativity and "art" of action photography was getting proper attention--and by one of the most recognizable brands in the world no less. From the very beginning, Illume didn't skip a beat, with 10 categories; Close up, Energy, Experimental (renamed Enhance for 2016), Illumination (renamed Masterpiece for 2016), Lifestyle, New Creativity, Playground, Sequence, Spirit, Wings, and all new for 2016, Mobile--all the aspects of action photography were covered. Every three years since 2007, in 2010, 2013, and now again in 2016, Illume called upon photographers to submit their five best images to each category. For 2016, the numbers were staggering... 5,646 photographers from 120 countries entered a total of 34,624 submissions. And we've got all the BMX photos from the top 275 semi-finalists from Red Bull Illume 2016 right here. While on the topic of finalists, photographer Lorenz Holder of Germany took home the Overall Winner of Illume for 2016--as well as winning the Athlete’s Choice Award--with his shot of Senad Grosic doing an endo on a bridge. Who would've thought that a photo of an endo would trump 34,623 other photos! But hey, it's a beautiful photo regardless of the action, and more importantly, a BMX photo reigned supreme in the most prestigious action sports photography competition in the world, and that's awesome. I’ll be posting all of submissions to Illume tomorrow, so check ’em out tomorrow as you sip some morning brew. 

You can see all the top 275 semi-finalist images from Red Bull Illume 2016 here…