Cover Photographer Credit: Severin Wegener / Red Bull Illume, Athlete: Andi Nitsche

Some of the world's best action sports photographers gathered in Chicago last week for the big unveil of this year's Red Bull Illume winners. After the selections, the winning photos were displayed in 6' x 6' light boxes and have now embarked on a tour around the world (For more stops click here).

According to a Red Bull press release, "German photographer Lorenz Holder was the evening's big winner, receiving the Overall Winner award for the second time as well as winning the Masterpiece by Yodobashi and Playground categories, along with the coveted Athlete's Choice Award. His atmospheric shot of athlete Senad Grosic riding his BMX across a bridge in Germany received the most votes from the panel of 53 respected judges and was chosen from a pool of more than 5,645 photographers from more than 120 countries who submitted 34,624 mind-blowing images."

The winning photo | Lorenz Holder photo | Red Bull Illume

We have hand selected some of our favorite ski shots from the collection:

Elliott Bernhagen photo / Red Bull Illume | Athlete: Sammy Carlson | Location: Revelstoke, BC, Canada
Rasmus Kaessmann photo / Red Bull Illume | Athlete: Jochen Mesle | Location: Silvretta Montafon, Austria
Vegard Aasen photo / Red Bull Illume | Athlete: Unknown | Location: Hakuba, Japan
Roman Neimann photo / Red Bull Illume | Athlete: Deyvid Oprja | Location: Raudalen, Norway
Dasha Nosova photo / Red Bull Illume | Athlete: Tor Lundstroem | Location: Sochi, Russian Federation

*Editor's Note: Ok he's a snowboarder but everyone on snow dreams of this feeling*

Elliott Bernhagen photo / Red Bull Illume | Athlete: Tatum Monod | Location: Revelstoke, Canada
Bligh Gillies photo / Red Bull Illume | Athlete: Sean Haverstock | Location: Lake Tahoe, CA, United States

To view all of the finalists' photos visit http://www.redbullillume.com/