Red Bull Illume Photography Competition - Runners Up

Category: Spirit Category Finalist Credits: Photographer: Rafal Meszka Athlete: Emilia Biala Location: Dahab, Egypt Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Lens: EF17-35mm f/2.8L USM ISO: 800 F-Stop: 10.0 Shutter Speed: 1/400 Flash System: none "I was taking pictures of the freedivers and doing underwater fashion shoots and the whole thing quickly turned into my biggest passion." Biography: I am a freelance photographer born in Warsaw, Poland in 1974. I started my career in 1998 and specialize in underwater, freediving and scuba-diving photography for magazines such as Playboy, Elle or Uroda.About five years ago, I started freediving training with the Warsaw Freediving Team. Soon, I was taking pictures of the freedivers and doing underwater fashion shoots and the whole thing quickly turned into my biggest passion.Apart from that, I have a nine-year-old son called Anthony and love mangos, traveling, taking pictures and water. The Shot: I went to Dahab with Emilia Biala to make a documentary about freedivers. Emilia is the Polish national record holder in freediving, and she also won second place at the 2011 World Championships AIDA Indoor Event. Disaster struck five months after this contest when Emilia was badly injured in a train accident in Szczekociny, Poland, in which 16 people died. The doctors said that Emilia probably wouldn't be able to dive anymore. This image was taken during her first dive after arriving in Dahab, and we were about to find out if what the doctors said was true. Fortunately, Emilia is still an excellent freediver, and at the time of writing she is busy preparing for another World Championship in Belgrade. The winners of the world's largest action sports photography contest are revealed in Hong Kong. The wait is finally over. The 2013 Red Bull Illume Overall Winner, Top 10 category winners and Top 50 finalists were unveiled at a spectacular ceremony held in Hong Kong on August 29th. German photographer Lorenz Holder was crowned Overall Win - DAHAB, Egypt - Wednesday 16th May 2012 (2 Pictures)


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Red Bull Illume Photography, Competition and Runners Up
Photo credit: Rafal Meszka/Red Bull Illume


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Category: Spirit Category Finalist Credits: Photographer: Dave Lehl Athletes: Casey Capper, Andy Orley Location: Monument Valley, UT, United States Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO: 100 F-Stop: 4.0 Shutter Speed: 1/1250 Flash System: none "I quickly found that I was better at capturing action than beauty!" Biography: I am an action/adventure/lifestyle photographer. I've been shooting professionally since around 1997 when I graduated from college and started shooting model portfolios. I assisted professionally for six years with a plan of moving to New York, but ended up spending a season in Summit County, Colorado, where I quickly found that I was better at capturing action than beauty! For the next seven years I traveled the country and world and shot for almost every snowboarding company, most notably Future Snowboarding Magazine (senior photographer), Rome Snowboards, and ESPN. Although I shot nothing but snowboarding for those seven years, I'm now branching out into more general action. Lately I've been shooting a lot of bicycling, skateboarding, and running. I live in Denver, Colorado in the house that I remodeled with my three cats, Yuki, Larry, and Mac. The Shot: This photo happened on a road trip through the American Southwest. Originally I just wanted a shot of two skateboarders pushing down the famous "Forest Gump" road. Being that the road has a little steepness to it, the guys weren't pushing very hard, and the shot looked lame. So for one pass, I asked them both to push really hard. They came flying past me and both took a big push. However, Andy's back foot hit the back of his board, which sent him flying. Although I wasn't planning on a crash, I captured the moment that we all as skateboarders fear the most, that split second where you think "Oh shit, this is really going to hurt." Luckily Andy's a tough cookie and all he got was a scrape on his shoulder and forearm, and I got an awesome photo. The winners of the

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Red Bull Illume Photography, Competition and Runners Up
Photo credit: Dave Lehl/Red Bull Illume


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