The world's biggest thrillseekers – incredible photographs of adrenalin junkies putting their lives on the line for fun
- Images are part of Red Bull's Illume photo contest to honour photographers who put lives on line for their art
- They include bouldering in Himalayas, Surfing in California, highlining in Austria, surfing in Fiji, BASE jumping in Utah
By Matt Blake
Whether they are leaping off a cliff, dangling over a ravine or scything through a cranberry field at breakneck speed, these daredevils all have one thing in common... they are happy to put their lives on the line in the name of fun.
This eye-watering collection of photographs shows just how far the world's most committed adrenaline junkies are prepared to go in their hunt for the ultimate thrill.
Taken in a host of exotic locations across the globe, the pictures not only offer an insight into the outer limits of human endeavour, but also provide tantalising snapshots of some the planet's most beautiful locations.
They include bouldering in the Indian Himalayas, Surfing in California, highlining in the Austrian Dolomites, ice caving in Argentina and BASE jumping in Utah.
Castle Valley, Utah: This picture by Krystle Wright shows BASE jumper Michael Tomchek leap into Castle Valley, Utah. The photographer says, 'What continues to drive me is the love and challenge of documenting unique stories and the incredible privilege to share the athletes' stories with a wider audience'
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique: Jody MacDonald took this picture of paraglider Gavin McClurg. She says, 'My fuel, my drive, my being comes from capturing a precious split second in time - a time and place that shows how amazing this planet is'
Himalayas, India and Helmcken Falls, Canada: Ray Demski took this picture of boulderer Bernd Zangerl. Ray says he's a 'lifelong athlete and action addict'. Meanwhile Christian Pondella took the image on the right of ice climber Tim Emmett. Christian says his goal is to make viewers 'feel they are part of the action'
Glaciar Perito Moreno, Patagonia, Argentina: Juan Cruz Rabaglia took this picture of ice caver Leonardo Cuny Proverbio. Juan says, 'I came across the two passions that would inexorably define my future: Patagonia and photography'
They are part of Red Bull's Illume photo contest, designed to honour photographers who love nothing more than to put themselves in harms way to get the most exhilarating and extreme action shots.
'A lot of the photographers are going to just as extreme lengths as the athletes,' says Tarquin Cooper, a spokesperson for Red Bull Illume. 'They're putting themselves in positions where you're like, "How can you even think about taking a picture?"'