Now in its fifth edition, the Red Bull Illume photo contest is geared toward providing a springboard for adventure photographers to get their work more widely recognized (AJ favorite Chris Burkard won the 2010 contest). The photographers respond with mindblowing imagery. This year nearly 60,000 photos were submitted for consideration, and last month the winners were chosen with a ceremony at the swanky Lumen Museum of Mountain Photography, perched at 7,500-feet on Plan de Corones in South Tyrol, Italy.
A curation of some of our favorites are below.
All photos courtesy Red Bull. Top photo, Overall Winner, by Ben Thouard