Breathtaking photo of a falling climber wins Red Bull Illume 2021 contest

If you like action sports photography, here is a real treat for you. The Red Bull Illume Image Quest has announced its 2021 contest winners, and there are truly striking. In this article, we bring you the overall winner, as well as the category winners that will take your breath away.

Will Saunders from the USA was awarded the overall winner in this year’s contest. His stunning image shows a climber falling from a rock tower in Indian Creek, UT, USA. He’s tied up, of course, but still – just looking at this image made me feel short of breath!

The fearless climber in the image is Jake Talley, caught while striking a pose as he took a lead fall. For this photo, Will also won first place in Masterpiece by SanDisk Professional category. “I’m just super grateful, I never thought I would be here,” Will said upon receiving the award. “But it really is a team effort, it takes so much more than an individual.”

© Will Saunders/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

41,447 images were submitted by photographers all over the world. So, I imagine that choosing the best of the best must have been a tough choice. Still, there are ten more winners other than Will who won first place in different categories, and they are:

Take a look at the remaining category winners below, and make sure to visit Red Bull Illume’s website for more photos and information about the contest.

© Yhabril/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

© Bruno Long/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

© Markus Berger/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

© Carolin Unrath/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

© Victoria Kohner-Flanagan/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

© Jan Kasl/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

© Thomas Monsorno/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

© Rod Hill/Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021

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