Red Bull's jaw dropping photo contest

Bikes were well represented in this year’s Red Bull Illume international photography contest.

>>> The story behind THAT Nino Schurter photo

The Red Bed Illume is dedicated to action and adventure sports. It showcases “the most creative and captivating images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.”

It’s hard to argue with that hyperbolic statement when you actually see the images.

Here are just some of the shortlisted bike themed shots…

Overall winner: Lorenz Holder

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Overall Winner
Photographer Credit: Lorenz Holder / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Senad Grosic
Location: Gablenz, Germany

Ale Di Lullo

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Winner: New Creativity
Photographer Credit: Ale Di Lullo / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Aaron Chase
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States

Sterling Lorence

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: New Creativity
Photographer Credit: Sterling Lorence / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Graham Agassiz
Location: Big Water, UT, United States

Jaanus Ree

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Finalist: New Creativity
Photographer Credit: Jaanus Ree / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Erik Orgo
Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Justa Jeskova

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: New Creativity
Photographer Credit: Justa Jeskova / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Steve Storey
Location: Whistler, Canada

Jean Louis de Heeckeren

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: New Creativity
Photographer Credit: Jean Louis de Heeckeren / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Coco Zurita
Location: Valparaíso, Chile

Nicolas Brizin

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Close up
Photographer Credit: Nicolas Brizin / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Romain Baghe
Location: Digne-les-Bains, France

Joey Schusler

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Close up
Photographer Credit: Joey Schusler / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Dylan Stucki
Location: Crested Butte, CO, United States

Ryan Creary

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Close up
Photographer Credit: Ryan Creary / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Matt Yaki
Location: Revelstoke, Canada

Miloš Štáfek

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Finalist: Enhance
Photographer Credit: Miloš Štáfek / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Richard Gasperotti
Location: Klášterec nad Ohří, Czech Republic

Jan Pirnat

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Finalist: Close up
Photographer Credit: Jan Pirnat / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Gasper Dolinar
Location: Dolenja Vas, Slovenia

Mike Helfrich

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Close up
Photographer Credit: Mike Helfrich / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Nolan Tipton
Location: Whistler, Canada

Dean Treml

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Finalist: Spirit
Photographer Credit: Dean Treml / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Nicholi Rogatkin
Location: Virgin, UT, United States

Daniel Roos

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Masterpiece
Photographer Credit: Daniel Roos / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Bryan Regnier
Location: Nevşehir, Turkey

Paris Gore

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Sequence
Photographer Credit: Paris Gore / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Cam Zink
Location: Virgin, UT, United States

Armin Walcher

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Spirit
Photographer Credit: Armin Walcher / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Markus Pekoll
Location: Villarrica, Chile

Arthur Ghilini

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Mobile
Photographer Credit: Arthur Ghilini / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Arthur Ghilini
Location: les saisies, France

Sebastián Villegas Vargas

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Mobile
Photographer Credit: Sebastián Villegas Vargas / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Andrés Jaramillo Botero
Location: Manizales, Colombia

Chris Pilling

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Wings
Photographer Credit: Chris Pilling / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Reilly Horan
Location: Kamloops, Canada

Joey Schusler

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Masterpiece
Photographer Credit: Joey Schusler / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Dylan Stucki and Nate Hills
Location: Crested Butte, CO, United States

Scott Serfas

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Finalist: Sequence
Photographer Credit: Scott Serfas / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Thomas Genon
Location: Retallack, Canada

Ale Di Lullo

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Sequence
Photographer Credit: Ale Di Lullo / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Brandon Semenuk
Location: Les Deux Alpes , France

David Trumpore

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Masterpiece
Photographer Credit: Dave Trumpore / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Brandon Turman
Location: Whistler, BC, Canada

Bartek Wolinski

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Playground
Photographer Credit: Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Victor Salazar
Location: Castle Hill, New Zealand

Sterling Lorence

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Energy
Photographer Credit: Sterling Lorence / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Brandon Semenuk
Location: Kamloops, Canada

Josef Šulc

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Playground
Photographer Credit: Josef Šulc/ Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Ondřej Šléz
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Christoph Laue

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Masterpiece
Photographer Credit: Christoph Laue / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Peter Henke
Location: Monument Valley, CO, United States

Peter Cirilli

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Energy
Photographer Credit: Peter Cirilli / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Ryan McEvoy
Location: Essex Junction, VT, United States

Stéphane Candé

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Masterpiece
Photographer Credit: Stéphane Candé / Red Bull Illume
Athlete: Bryan Regnier
Location: Lanzarote, Spain

Grant Gunderson

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016, Category Semifinalist: Playground
Photographer Credit: Grant Gunderson / Red Bull Illume
Athlete:Francois Bailly-Maitre
Location: Grindelwald, Switzerland

Did they pick the right winner?

Do you think Lorenz Holder’s pic was the best? Who else should have won? As ever, leave a comment below.