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These Images Reveal The Surreal Beauty Of Extreme Sports

These Images Reveal The Surreal Beauty Of Extreme Sports
© Christian Meier / Red Bull Illume

When the power of man intersects with the beauty of nature, mesmerizing moments are born. And nothing makes those moments possible like extreme sports.

This week, Red Bull released a random selection of photographs from their 2016 Red Bull Illume Image Quest — an action sports photography contest — and the submissions, revealed below, are nothing short of badass.

More than 5,600 photographers from around the world submitted their work, giving us a glimpse into the heart-pounding world of action sports.

A panel of photography and magazine editor judges are currently reviewing the submissions.Eleven category winners and one overall winner will be announced on Sept. 28, with each winner receiving a prize package of photography gear. Red Bull Illume will then tour the winning images around the world on life-sized light boxes as part of a nighttime photography exhibit.

“I believe action and adventure sports photography represents a kind of pinnacle of human spirit and achievement,” Apoorva Prasad, a contest judge and founder of The Outdoor Journal, said in a press release. “I feel that spectrum of human achievement can be encapsulated in an action sports image.”

Below, see these extreme athletes conquer their craft by reaching terrifying highs, exhilarating speeds and mysterious depths.

© Ben Thouard / Manu Bouvet scoring the perfect SUP session alone on one of the best wave in the Tuamotu/ Aerial Shot of Tuamotu atoll, French Polynesia,

© Ben Thouard / Manu Bouvet scoring the perfect SUP session alone on one of the best wave in the Tuamotu/ Aerial Shot of Tuamotu atoll, French Polynesia,

 

© Ryan Stanson / Red Bull Illume

© Ryan Stanson / Red Bull Illume

 

© Jean Baptiste Liautard / Red Bull Illume

© Jean Baptiste Liautard / Red Bull Illume

 

Zack Giffin, Paul Kimbraugh, Matt Steinman ski toruing out the Shuskan Arm

Zack Giffin, Paul Kimbraugh, Matt Steinman ski toruing out the Shuskan Arm

 

© Marcelo Maragni / Red Bull Illume

© Marcelo Maragni / Red Bull Illume

 

© Dasha Nosova / Red Bull Illume

© Dasha Nosova / Red Bull Illume

 

© George Karbus / Red Bull Illume

© George Karbus / Red Bull Illume

 

Big South Swell at the Wedge, Newport Beach, CA © Benjamin Ginsberg / Red Bull Illume

Big South Swell at the Wedge, Newport Beach, CA
© Benjamin Ginsberg / Red Bull Illume

 

© Frode Sandbech / Red Bull Illume

© Frode Sandbech / Red Bull Illume

 

RedBull - Lebanon David Lama Baatara Gorge Climb

RedBull – Lebanon
David Lama
Baatara Gorge Climb

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