An image by Whistler photographer Dan Carr was voted one the Top-50 finalists for the prestigious RedBull Illume Image Quest in Hong Kong Aug. 29, but the honour of placing first in his category, or best overall, ultimately went to other photographers.
Carr’s image, one of five finalists in the category of Sequence Photography, featured X Games gold medalist Sammy Carlson hitting a series of three jumps in the backcountry. In the end, fifty shots were stitched together, detailing Carlson’s every move and turn.
The photo was initially conceived to demonstrate the skier’s slopestyle skills, but with only the fading twilight hours to illuminate the sequence, the soft hues and tranquility of the scene pushed it into an almost surreal presentation, earning Carr his position as a Top-50 finalist in Hong Kong.
At press time, Carr was on assignment in Southeast Asia and could not be reached for comment.
Photographer Lorenz Holder was crowned Overall Winner, from the category of “playground,” for his shot of a snowboarder next to a giant satellite dish.
Holder received a Leica S camera and prize package worth more than $45,000. The German shooter also won top spot in the Experimental category.
“The quality of the images in the Top 50 was amazing, so for me it is a great honour to be voted number one. It’s so unreal. It will take a few days for the news to sink in,” Holder said in a release.
A total of 28,257 shots were submitted by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries.
This is not the journey’s end for Carr’s image. The Top 50 were unveiled in life-size light boxes along Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars, where they will remain for the next three weeks as a free public exhibition. Appropriately for a city known for its lights, the illuminated exhibition will open only at night, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 15. The images will then travel to several world capitals and cultural hubs for the next two years, also as a evening exhibition.