The finalists in the annual Red Bull Illume photo contest have been revealed, and action and extreme sports never looked so good. A total of 250 finalists have been announced with entries in 10 different categories. Come August 29th, a winner will be crowned from 50 finalists invited to the reveal in Hong Kong.

Photo by Sebastien Boue.

Photo entries were accepted in categories that included Close Up, Experimental, Sequence, and Creativity among others. The results include sequences of kayakers and snowboarders defying gravitycliff divers doing what they do, and after-hours stunts in an abandoned waterpark. In other words, they're pretty exciting. Take a look at a few here and head over to the gallery to see all 250 finalists.

Photo by Zakary Noyle.
Photo by Bernardo Gimenez.
Photo by Ryan Taylor.