20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

It's back! Can you believe it's already been three years since we wrote about Red Bull Illume, the world's biggest photography contest for action and adventure sports? (Remember the incredible winners?) Beginning in June, Red Bull has been slowly leaking its top 250 finalists, and today, we're happy to announce that the gallery has been complete! We just spent the last few hours looking over each image and all we can say is, "Wow!"

Similar to last time, there are ten different categories in this contest: Close Up, Creativity, Energy, Experimental, Illumination, Lifestyle, Playground, Sequence, Spirit, and Wings. From tens of thousands of entries, 50 finalists will be announced and invited to attend a grand ceremony in the city of Hong Kong where the winners will be unveiled. Though you'll have to wait for August 29 for all that, you can enjoy our top 20 right here. We love how each of these is either inspiring (in terms of travel and extreme sports) or artistic (check out the cool shadows and unique perspectives)!

This post originally appeared on My Modern Metropolis.


20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Tallinn, Estonia. Photographer: Jaanus Ree. Athlete: Gard Hvaara.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Zakynthos, Greece. Photographer: Dimitrios Kontizas. Athletes: Hubert Schober, Kedley Oliveti.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Saas-Fee, Wallis, Switzerland. Photographer: Willi Nothers. Athlete: Teddy Berr.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Aniak, AK, USA. Photographer: Scott Serfas. Athlete: John Jackson.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Helmcken Falls, Wells Grey Provincial Park, BC, Canada. Photographer: Christian Pondella. Athlete: Will Gadd, Tim Emmett.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Peniche, Portugal. Photographer: Miguel Nunes. Athlete: Hugo Pinheiro.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Kiroro, Hokkaido, Japan. Photographer: Yves Suter. Athlete: Dominik Betschart.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Frejus, France. Photographer: Sebastian. Athlete: Unknown.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

White Sea, Arctic Circle, Russian Federation. Photographer: George Karbus. Athlete: Katerina Hamsikova.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Margalef, Spain. Photographer: Bernardo Gimenez. Athlete: Olivier Favresse.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Are, Sweden. Photographer: Elias Kunosson. Athlete: Fredrik Berggren.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Dehab, Egypt. Photographer: Rafal Meszka. Athlete: Emilia Biala.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River, WA, USA. Photographer: Mike Leeds. Athlete: Rush Sturges.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Tamokdalen, Norway. Photographer: Rami Hanafi. Athlete: Miikka Hast.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Manitowish Waters, WI, USA. Photographer: Ryan Taylor. Athlete: Ben Horan.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal. Photographer: Romina Amato. Athlete: Todor Spasov.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Tuamotus, French Polynesia. Photographer: Ben Thouard. Athlete: Manu Bouvet.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photographer: Miha Godec. Athlete: Timotej Lampe Ignjic.

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

Oahu, HI, USA. Photographer: Zakary Noyle. Athlete: Gabriel Medina.

Isn't Zakary Noyle's beautifully crafted sequence of Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina just amazing (immediately above)?

This post originally appeared on My Modern Metropolis.