Heartstopping adrenalin-fuelled action revealed in winning photos of Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2023

Athlete: Angela VanWiemeersch (Social Media: @angela_vanwiemeersch) Location: Long Canyon, UT, United States Camera: Leica SL2 Lens: APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280 f/2.8-4 ISO: 3200 F-Stop: 4 Shutter Speed: 1/30
Athlete: Angela VanWiemeersch (Social Media: @angela_vanwiemeersch) Location: Long Canyon, UT, United States. Leica SL2 with APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280 f/2.8-4. 1/30sec at f/4, ISO3200. (Image credit: © Krystle Wright / Red Bull Illume)

Ice climbers, kayakers, surfers, bikers, and skaters showcasing their skills in some of the world's wildest environments, captured by equally daring photographers. The winning photographs of this year's Red Bull Illume 2023 competition are revealed. 

The Red Bull Illume is a competition that presents the pinnacle of action sports and adventure photography, and this year has been no different. Submissions from amateur and professional photographers from all over the globe have been judged by an esteemed panel of industry professionals, revealing the grand prize winner as Krystle Wright - the first female photographer to win the top spot in the competition's 17-year history. 

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 

Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.