Canadian Photographers Celebrated at World's Largest Action Sports Photography Contest

Vancouver’s Scott Serfas named category winner at Red Bull Illume, crowned one of the world’s top ten action sports photographers

A handful of Canada’s most gifted photographers were crowned at the Red Bull Illume international photography contest ceremony last night, with Vancouver’s own Scott Serfas claiming the top prize in the Illumination category for his photo of snowboarding pro Travis Rice on the slopes of Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains.

“This turned out to be the last photo I took during what was the best snowboarding trip of my life, during the making of the Art of FLIGHT snowboarding film” Serfas recounts, “I really wanted to shoot a photo from a helicopter. The sun was setting so fast, and as Travis dropped into the line and made his second turn down the mountain, I snapped this shot.”

The 2013 Red Bull Illume Overall Winner, Top 10 category winners and Top 50 finalists were also unveiled at last night’s ceremony and British Columbia’s Jussi Grznar, Ray Demski, Paul Bride and Sterling Lorence submitted five of the top 50 in the competition. Canada’s Jody MacDonald also submitted a top-five photo in the Illumination category. German photographer Lorenz Holder was crowned Overall Winner for his remarkable shot of a snowboarder next to an enormous satellite dish. The top 50 photos can be found here.

“There are talented photographers and then there are gifted photographers,” said Jym Wilson, senior photo editor at USA Today and one of 50 Red Bull Illume judges. “I saw a lot of talent but also saw some truly gifted photographers. These are not just action photographers but people with great technical and artistic skills.”

The Red Bull Illume Exhibit:

  • Following last night’s ceremony, the contest’s top 50 photographs were unveiled on 2m x 2m life-size light boxes along Hong Kong's famous Avenue of Stars, where they’ll remain for the next three weeks as a free public exhibit
  • The illuminated exhibition will be open at night, from 8pm to 11pm only, from August 30 to September 15
  • The Red Bull Illume exhibit will then head to the US before traveling around the world’s capitals and cultural hubs for the next two years as a unique night-time only exhibit

About Red Bull Illume:

  • Red Bull Illume is the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to action and adventure sports. Its purpose is to showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet as art to the wider public.
  • The 2013 Red Bull Illume Image Quest is the third edition of the competition after 2007 and 2010
  • A total of 28,257 shots were submitted by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries

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All contest images are free for editorial use in the context of Red Bull Illume.

Credits should read: © photographer name / Red Bull Illume.

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These and more event images as well as news and highlight videos are available on the Red Bull Content Pool,

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The winners of Red Bull Illume are also featured across 17 pages of this month's Red Bulletin magazine in all 12 country editions and tablet versions.

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The Top 50 Red Bull Illume Winners:

Overall Winner: Lorenz Holder (GER), Playground

Athletes’ Choice: Morgan Maassen (USA), Lifestyle by Leica

Category winners are in bold below.


(AUS) Stuart Gibson

(IRE) George Karbus       

(NED) Jeroen Nieuwhuis

(SUI) Claudio Casanova  

(USA) Morgan Maassen   


(ARG) Juan Cruz Rabaglia           

(CAN) Jussi Grznar

(CZE) Daniel Vojtěch

(EST) Jaanus Ree

(GER) Lorenz Holder


(CAN) Sterling Lorence

(FIN) Rami Hanafi          

(SUI) Romina Amato

(SUI) David Carlier         

(USA) Christian Pondella


(CAN) Jussi Grznar

(ESP) Ismael Ibañez Ruiz

(USA) Morgan Maassen

(USA) Theodore Van Orman

(USA) Jimmy Wilson


(CAN) Scott Serfas

(CAN) Jody MacDonald

(SUI) Nicolas Jutzi

(USA) Clark Fyans         

(USA) Ryan Taylor        


(AUS) Stuart Gibson       

(IRE) George Karbus

(POL) Rafal Meszka

(USA) Dave Lehl

(USA) Chris Burkard


(AUS) Martin Lugger

(CAN) Paul Bride           

(GER) Lorenz Holder

(ITA) Olaf Pignataro       

(USA) Scott Dickerson    


(AUT) Rainer Eder

(CAN) Ray Demski        

(GER) Florian Breitenberger

(GER) Lorenz Holder

(SWE) Elias Kunosson


(CAN) Scott Serfas

(FRA) Vince Perraud       

(GBR) Dan Carr

(USA) Blotto Gray

(USA) Zakary Noyle


(AUS) Krystle Wright

(GRE) Dimitrios Kontizas

(SLO) Samo Vidic

(USA) Lucas Gilman

(USA) Benjamin Ginsberg

For more information, please contact:

Emily Palley-Samson

Communications Manager