Skateboards and silhouettes: see the first Red Bull Illume photo contest winners

Red Bull Illume 2021
(Image credit: Bruno Diego Cavalcante / Red Bull Illume)

The first semifinalists of the Red Bull Illume 2021 photo contest have been revealed, starting a week-long unveiling of category winners before the overall winner is announced on Saturday 04 December. 

The 11 category winners of the high-profile photo competition are being unveiled live each night on Instagram, with the titular Best of Instagram and RAW categories being the first to be showcased. (Full disclosure: the author of this article served as a judge on the Red Bull Illume 2021 panel.)

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.