Southern Charm Shines Bright on Red Bull Illume

Global Photography Exhibition Lights up the Night and Celebrates the Arts in Charleston

Mar 03, 2011, 14:17 ET from Red Bull

CHARLESTON, S.C., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Downtown Charleston's historic Marion Square has been selected as the next stop in the U.S. leg of the global tour for Red Bull Illume, the world's premier action and adventure sports photography contest and exhibition.  Red Bull Illume will turn on the lights nightly March 18 - 27, from 7:00 pm-11:00 pm and kicks off the city's celebration of the arts along with Charleston Fashion Week® which hits the runway on March 22nd.  A total of 50 photos will be on display in impressive light boxes that bring stature and significance to these works of art that capture the exuberant spirit of sport.



As sunset falls on Charleston on March 18th, a private gala ceremony will be held to open the ten day exhibit.  While the gala ignites the exhibition, the public is welcome to come see the flipping of the switch at 8:00 pm as these stunning images illume the night sky. Following opening night the exhibit will run from 7:00 pm11:00 pm through March 27th.  Red Bull Illume coincides with another celebration of the arts - Charleston Fashion Week®, which is a five-night event also held in Marion Square that is quickly becoming a premier fashion week in North America.


The winners of Red Bull Illume were chosen by a jury of renowned photography experts.  By illuminating these breath-taking photographs, we honor the photographers who've traveled, faced physical dangers, scaled buildings and navigated waves all to capture magical moments. The Red Bull Illume judging categories include culture, playground, energy, spirit, close-up, wings, sequence, new creativity, experimental and illumination.

The ten category winners are: Experimental - Daniel Grund (GER), New Creativity – Eric Berger (CAN), SanDisk Sequence - Miguel Lopez-Virgen (MEX), Energy - Stuart Gibson (AUS), Illumination – Chris Burkhard (USA), Playground – Tim Korbmacher (GER), Culture – Vincent Perraud (FRA), Spirit – Adam Kokot (POL), Wings – Marcel Lammerhirt (GER), Close up – Nathan Smith (AUS) who was also named Athletes' Choice winner. "I'm dizzy from the whole experience," said Smith. "I'm humbled to be here and happy to have made the top 50 let alone win two awards that in my book are very prestigious. I'm in a room full of photographers who I look up to."

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