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Extreme sports athletes and thrill seekers easily win the world's admiration when they're caught on camera — but what about the people behind the lens? For the third time, Red Bull is recognizing these bold photogs with its Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2013, which showcases the most exciting and creative action sports photography in the world. 

International judges and photo editors from renowned publications took on the overwhelming responsibility of choosing the best of the best from tens of thousands of entries, ultimately choosing Lorenz Holder as the grand-prize winner. Holder won a Leica S camera and broncolor Move Outdoor kit, as well as Sun-Sniper gear worth more than $3,000, for his shot of snowboarder Xaver Hoffmann performing a jump at a satellite dish in Raisting, Germany. 

The 50 finalist images will tour the world as a stand-alone photo exhibition on lightboxes measuring about 6.5 feet tall and 6.5 feet wide, and will only be on display at night-time. 

Check out some of the incredible finalist photos below, and visit RedBullIllume.com to see all of the top 250.


Photographer: Lorenz Holder
Athlete: Xaver Hoffmann
Location: Raisting, Germany


Photographer: Benjamin Ginsberg
Athlete: Bobby Okvist
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, CA, USA


Photographer: Lucas Gilman
Athlete: Rafa Ortiz
Location: Big Banana Falls, Veracruz, Mexico


Photographer: Juan Cruz Rabaglia
Athlete: Leonardo Cuny Proverbio
Location: Glaciar Perito Moreno, Patagonia, Argentina


Photographer: Dave Lehl
Athlete: Casey Capper, Andy Orley
Location: Monument Valley, UT, USA


Photographer: Rainer Eder
Athlete: Anna Stöhr
Location: Thörishaus, Switzerland


Photographer: Dimitrios Kontizas
Athlete: Hubert Schober, Kedley Oliveti
Location: Zakynthos, Greece


Photographer: Blotto Gray
Athlete: Jeremy Jones
Location: Anchorage, AK, USA


Photographer: Claudio Casanova
Athlete: Philipp Schicker
Location: Oberiberg, Switzerland


Photographer: Martin Lugger
Athlete: Florian Ebner
Location: Lienzer Dolomiten, Austria