It’s all over. After 4 months, countless registrations and a record 34,624 images submitted, entries to Red Bull Illume 2016 are officially closed.

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The Red Bull Illume team would like to thank each and every photographer who participated. The world of action and adventure sports photography certainly isn’t for the fainthearted, but if the stunning images entered are anything to go by, then the effort is certainly worth it. Once again, we have received thousands of truly outstanding images and will now do our bit to ensure that the photographers who took them get the credit they deserve.

For photographers, the agonizing wait now begins, but spare a thought for the Red Bull Illume judges who have the unenviable task of selecting the best shots from such an impressive field. Over the next few weeks, the panel will cast their votes in four judging phases. If your image has been shortlisted, Red Bull Illume will contact you directly.

The Top 55 finalists will then be unveiled at the Winner Award Ceremony in Chicago on September 28, before the announcement of the various Category Winners and the Overall Winner. Following the ceremony, finalist images will travel to capitals and cultural hubs around the world as a unique nighttime photo exhibition – The Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour.

It’s been an epic journey so far, but one that’s only just begun. Keep visiting redbullillume.com for your weekly dose of action and adventure sports photography and galleries of inspirational images.

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