The top 250 finalists have just been selected in the 3rd edition of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition. The contest invites photographers to submit images of the world of action and adventure sports in one of 10 categories, including Energy, Illumination, Sequence, and Experimental (where digital manipulation is allowed). This year the competition received more than 28,000 entries by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries. At the end of August, the top 50 finalists will be invited to attend a ceremony in Hong Kong, where the winners will be unveiled. The organizers at Red Bull were kind enough to allow me to select some of my favorites from among their current finalists and share them here with you.
See all the finalists at InFocus, the superb photo blog hosted by The Atlantic.
Note: This image was cropped to fit Kinja's ridiculous FP cropping parameters. Click the InFocus link to see it in its original form.