15+ Of The Most Powerful Action Photos Of 2016

Red Bull Illume is a major international photography competition dedicated to action and adventure sports. Tens of thousands of amateur and professional photographers enter the contest each year but only a select handful get chosen by the competition’s 53 judges. 34,624 photographs were entered this year from 5,646 photographers across 120 countries, and the stunning winners from the 11 different categories can be found in the list below.
The main prize went to Lorenz Holder for his beautiful shot of BMX rider Senad Grosic crossing a bridge in Germany. Other eye-catching entries include Daniel Vojtech’s hypnotic picture of fighter planes for the sequence category and Victor Sukhorukov’s mesmerizing picture of a paraglider swirling around a wintry lighthouse. Scroll through the list and vote for your favorites.

#1 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Gablenz, Germany

Photographer: Lorenz Holder Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Senad Grosic Location: Gablenz, Germany

Photographer: Lorenz Holder Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Senad Grosic Location: Gablenz, Germany

#2 New Creativity Category Finalist, Tallinn, Estonia

Photographer: Jaanus Ree Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: New Creativity Athlete: Erik Orgo Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Photographer: Jaanus Ree Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: New Creativity Athlete: Erik Orgo Location: Tallinn, Estonia

#3 Sequence Category Finalist, Budapest, Hungary

Photographer: Victor Sukhorukov Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Semen Lazarev Location: San Salvador Island, Bahamas

Photographer: Victor Sukhorukov Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Semen Lazarev Location: San Salvador Island, Bahamas

#4 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

Photographer: Markus Rohrbacher Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Enhance Athletes: Arthur Longo, Gjermund Braaten and Ludwig Biltoft Location: Kitzsteinhorn, Austria

Photographer: Markus Rohrbacher Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Enhance Athletes: Arthur Longo, Gjermund Braaten and Ludwig Biltoft Location: Kitzsteinhorn, Austria

#5 Enhance Category Finalist, Kitzsteinhorn, Austria

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#6 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Murnauer Moos, Germany

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#7 New Creativity Category Finalist, Brooklyn, New York

Photographer: Ale Di Lullo Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: New Creativity Athlete: Aaron Chase Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Photographer: Ale Di Lullo Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: New Creativity Athlete: Aaron Chase Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA

#8 Enhance Category Finalist, Vail Pass, CO, United States

Sage Kotzenburg, backside miller flip over a 13 foot stump.  Vail Pass, Colorado.  June 3, 2013

Sage Kotzenburg, backside miller flip over a 13 foot stump. Vail Pass, Colorado. June 3, 2013

#9 Sequence Category Finalist, Jaromer, Czech Republic

Photographer: Daniel Vojtech Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Sequence Athletes: Miroslav Krejci, Jan Rudzinskyj, Stanislav Cejka and Jan Tvrdik Location: Jaromer, Czech Republic

Photographer: Daniel Vojtech Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Sequence Athletes: Miroslav Krejci, Jan Rudzinskyj, Stanislav Cejka and Jan Tvrdik Location: Jaromer, Czech Republic

#10 Playground Category Finalist, Grampians, Australia

Photographer: Ken Etzel Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Playground Athlete: Wiz Fineron Location: Grampians, Australia

Photographer: Ken Etzel Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Playground Athlete: Wiz Fineron Location: Grampians, Australia

#11 Sequence Category Finalist, Retallack, Canada

Photographer: Scott Serfas Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Sequence Athlete: Thomas Genon Location: Retallack, Canada

Photographer: Scott Serfas Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Sequence Athlete: Thomas Genon Location: Retallack, Canada

#12 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Siargao Island, Philippines

Photographer: Gaps Sabuero Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Manuel Melindo Location: Siargao Island, Philippines

Photographer: Gaps Sabuero Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Manuel Melindo Location: Siargao Island, Philippines

#13 Mobile Category Finalist, Hakuba, Japan

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#14 Close Up Category Finalist, Fontainebleau, France

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#15 Playground Category Finalist, Senftenberg, Germany

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#16 Sequence Category Finalist, Vienna, Austria

Photographer: Sebastian Wahlhuetter Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Sequence Athlete: Andrea Maruna Location: Vienna, Austria

Photographer: Sebastian Wahlhuetter Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Sequence Athlete: Andrea Maruna Location: Vienna, Austria

#17 Lifestyle Category Finalist, Choum, Mauritania

Photographer: Jody MacDonald Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Athlete: Ken MacDonald Location: Choum, Mauritania

Photographer: Jody MacDonald Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Athlete: Ken MacDonald Location: Choum, Mauritania

#18 New Creativity Category Finalist, South, Iceland

Photographer: Tim Kemple Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: New Creativity Athlete: Rahel Schelb Location: Iceland

Photographer: Tim Kemple Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: New Creativity Athlete: Rahel Schelb Location: Iceland

#19 Energy Category Finalist, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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#20 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Zion National Park, UT, United States

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#21 Spirit Category Finalist, Verdon Gorge, France

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#22 Wings Category Finalist, Hrabovo, Slovakia

Photographer: Jan Kasl Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Wings Athlete: Andrew Pastura Location: Hrabovo, Slovakia

Photographer: Jan Kasl Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Wings Athlete: Andrew Pastura Location: Hrabovo, Slovakia

#23 Lifestyle Category Finalist, Piedra Riscada, Brazil

Photographer: Frank Kretschmann Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Athletes: Mayan Smith Gobat and Ben Rueck Location: Piedra Riscada, Brazil

Photographer: Frank Kretschmann Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Athletes: Mayan Smith Gobat and Ben Rueck Location: Piedra Riscada, Brazil

#24 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Teahupo’o, French Polynesia

Photographer: Ben Thouard Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Landon McNamara Location: Teahupo'o, French Polynesia

Photographer: Ben Thouard Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Masterpiece Athlete: Landon McNamara Location: Teahupo’o, French Polynesia

#25 Playground Category Finalist, Pamukkale, Turkey

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#26 Sequence Category Finalist, Lac Du Pontet, France

Photographer: Tristan Shu Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Sequence Athlete: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier Location: Lac du Pontet, France

Photographer: Tristan Shu Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Sequence Athlete: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier Location: Lac du Pontet, France

#27 Spirit Category Finalist, Hildale, UT, United States

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#28 Playground Category Finalist, Riem, Germany

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#29 Wings Category Finalist, Cape Town, South Africa

Photographer: Micky Wiswedel Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Wings Athlete: Jamie Smith Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Photographer: Micky Wiswedel Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Wings Athlete: Jamie Smith Location: Cape Town, South Africa

#30 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Nozawa Onsen, Japan

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#31 Enhance Category Finalist, Klasterec Nad Ohri, Czech Republic

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#32 Enhance Category Finalist, Tulum, Mexico

Photographer: Klaus Thymann Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Enhance Athlete: Guillaume Nery Location: Tulum, Mexico

Photographer: Klaus Thymann Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Enhance Athlete: Guillaume Nery Location: Tulum, Mexico

#33 Lifestyle Category Finalist, Venice, California

Photographer: Michel Chernitzky Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Location: Venice, California, USA

Photographer: Michel Chernitzky Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Location: Venice, California, USA

#34 Spirit Category Finalist, North Shore Of Oahu, Hawaii

Photographer: Corey Wilson Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athlete: Mick Fanning Location: O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

Photographer: Corey Wilson Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athlete: Mick Fanning Location: O’ahu, Hawaii, USA

#35 Mobile Category Finalist, Potomac, MD, United States

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#36 Wings Category Finalist, Kamloops, Canada

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#37 New Creativity Category Finalist, Laax, Switzerland

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#38 Wings Category Finalist, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Photographer: Vernon Deck Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Wings Athlete: Iker Fernandez Location: St. Moritz, Switzerland

Photographer: Vernon Deck Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Wings Athlete: Iker Fernandez Location: St. Moritz, Switzerland

#39 Spirit Category Finalist, Storulfossen, Norway

Photographer: Dean Treml Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athletes: Josh Neilson, Barnaby Prees, Sam Sutton, Tim Pickering, Ben Brown, Jamie Sutton and Jared Seiler Location: Storulfossen, Norway

Photographer: Dean Treml Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athletes: Josh Neilson, Barnaby Prees, Sam Sutton, Tim Pickering, Ben Brown, Jamie Sutton and Jared Seiler Location: Storulfossen, Norway

#40 Energy Category Finalist, Indian Creek, UT, United States

Photographer: Jeremiah Watt Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Energy Athlete: Patrick Kingsbury Location: Indian Creek, Utah, USA

Photographer: Jeremiah Watt Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Energy Athlete: Patrick Kingsbury Location: Indian Creek, Utah, USA

#41 Close Up Category Finalist, Sierra Nevada, CA, United States

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#42 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Crested Butte, CO, United States

Photographer: Thinh Little Shao Souvannarath Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Energy Athletes: Navid and Lil Amok Location: Dusseldorf

Photographer: Thinh Little Shao Souvannarath Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Energy Athletes: Navid and Lil Amok Location: Dusseldorf

#43 Energy Category Finalist, Dusseldorf, Germany

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#44 Close Up Category Finalist, Outer Banks, NC, United States

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#45 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Verdon Gorge, France

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#46 Playground Category Finalist, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

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#47 Playground Category Finalist, Tasiilaq, Greenland

Photographer: Federico Modica Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Playground Athlete: Mattia Felicetti Location: Tasiilaq, Greenland

Photographer: Federico Modica Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Playground Athlete: Mattia Felicetti Location: Tasiilaq, Greenland

#48 Lifestyle Category Finalist, Edmonton, Canada

Photographer: Kirsten Quist Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Athlete: Halley Coxson Location: Edmonton, Canada

Photographer: Kirsten Quist Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Lifestyle Athlete: Halley Coxson Location: Edmonton, Canada

#49 Mobile Category Finalist, Fairfax, CA, United States

Photographer: Satchel Cronk Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Mobile Athlete: Charlie Cronk Location: Fairfax, California, USA

Photographer: Satchel Cronk Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Mobile Athlete: Charlie Cronk Location: Fairfax, California, USA

#50 Energy Category Finalist, Kazimierz Biskupi, Poland

Photographer: Kuba Konwent Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Energy Athletes: Bartosz Staskiewicz, Sebastian Dratwa, Marta Molinska, Jan Kaczmarczyk, Sen Marcin and Agnieszka Rom Location: Kazimierz Biskupi, Poland

Photographer: Kuba Konwent Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Energy Athletes: Bartosz Staskiewicz, Sebastian Dratwa, Marta Molinska, Jan Kaczmarczyk, Sen Marcin and Agnieszka Rom Location: Kazimierz Biskupi, Poland

#51 Masterpiece Category Finalist, San Salvador Island, Bahamas

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#52 Lifestyle Category Finalist, British Columbia, Canada

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#53 Lifestyle Category Finalist, Raudalen, Norway

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#54 Mobile Category Finalist, Serra Do Cipo National Park, Brazil

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#55 Wings Category Finalist, Victoria Falls, Zambia

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#56 Mobile Category Finalist, Platteklip Gorge, South Africa

Photographer: Kelvin Trautman Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Mobile Athlete: Sabrina Chesterman Location: Platteklip Gorge, South Africa

Photographer: Kelvin Trautman Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Mobile Athlete: Sabrina Chesterman Location: Platteklip Gorge, South Africa

#57 Playground Category Finalist, Salzburg, Austria

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#58 Masterpiece Category Finalist, Park City Powder Cats, UT, United States

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#59 Close Up Category Finalist, Dolenja Vas, Slovenia

Photographer: Jan Pirnat Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Close Up Athlete: Gasper Dolinar Location: Dolenja Vas, Slovenia

Photographer: Jan Pirnat Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Close Up Athlete: Gasper Dolinar Location: Dolenja Vas, Slovenia

#60 Playground Category Finalist, Pedra De Lume, Cape Verde

Photographer: Rein Rijke Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Playground Athlete: Elvis Nunes Location: Pedra de Lume, Cape Verde

Photographer: Rein Rijke Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Playground Athlete: Elvis Nunes Location: Pedra de Lume, Cape Verde

#61 Energy Category Finalist, Folgefonna, Norway

Photographer: Emil Sollie Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Energy Athlete: Mons Roisland Location: Folgefonna, Norway

Photographer: Emil Sollie Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Energy Athlete: Mons Roisland Location: Folgefonna, Norway

#62 Close Up Category Finalist, The Azores Islands, Portugal

Photographer: Alexandre Voyer Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Close Up Athlete: Marianne Aventurier Location: The Azores Islands, Portugal

Photographer: Alexandre Voyer Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Close Up Athlete: Marianne Aventurier Location: The Azores Islands, Portugal

#63 Close Up Category Finalist, San Martino Di Castrozza, Italy

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#64 Lifestyle Category Finalist, Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

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#65 Wings Category Finalist, Umm Al-quwain, United Arab Emirates

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#66 Spirit Category Finalist, Ben Nevis, United Kingdom

Photographer: Paul Bride Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athlete: Marc-Andre Leclerc Location: Ben Nevis, UK

Photographer: Paul Bride Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athlete: Marc-Andre Leclerc Location: Ben Nevis, UK

#67 Enhance Category Finalist, Copenhagen, Denmark

Photographer: Dean Treml Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Enhance Athlete: Jonathan Paredes Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Photographer: Dean Treml Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Enhance Athlete: Jonathan Paredes Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

#68 Mobile Category Finalist, Golden, Canada

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#69 Spirit Category Finalist, Virgin, UT, United States

Photographer: Dean Treml Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athlete: Nicholi Rogatkin Location: Virgin, Utah, USA

Photographer: Dean Treml Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Spirit Athlete: Nicholi Rogatkin Location: Virgin, Utah, USA

#70 Close Up Category Finalist, Namotu Island, Fiji

Photographer: Stuart Gibson Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Close Up Athlete: Beau Pilgrim Location: Namotu Island, Fiji

Photographer: Stuart Gibson Red Bull Illume 2016 Category: Close Up Athlete: Beau Pilgrim Location: Namotu Island, Fiji

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