The Red Bull Illume Image Quest bills itself as the “greatest international photography contest dedicated to action and adventure sports,” and, really, who’s going to argue? 2016 marks the competition’s fourth year, with a Mobile category added this year to keep up with the times.
Red Bull tells us that 5,645 photographers from 120 countries submitted 34,624 images to the contest; the Art Institute of Chicago recently hosted a ceremony recognizing the 11 Category and one Overall Winner. You can see their work below, as well as a striking selection of finalists.
For a gallery of winnowed-down finalists (all 275 of them) look here; for the stories behind the shots, here. You can also see galleries from past competitions.
This year’s finalist images are on a global exhibit tour until mid 2018 – of course not just any tour and exhibition, but one that takes place at night, and outdoors. Morning people: you may need something to perk you up.