Top pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tures the mo­ment

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ONE of South Africa’s top ex­treme sports pho­tog­ra­phers, Capeto­nian Micky Wiswedel, has taken top hon­ours in the “Wings” cat­e­gory of the pres­ti­gious Red Bull Il­lume pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion for his shot of climber Jamie “Jimbo” Smith mid-fall as he at­tempts a new route on Ta­ble Moun­tain.

Another Capeto­nian, Kelvin Traut­man, was also short­listed.

The two were se­lected from about 5 645 en­tries from 120 coun­tries for the con­test, con­sid­ered one of the world’s great­est ac­tion and ad­ven­ture sports photography com­pe­ti­tions glob­ally.

The awards cer­e­mony took place in Chicago on Thurs­day night and the images were un­veiled as part of the Red Bull Il­lume Ex­hibit Tour.

Wiswedel said: “I can’t be­lieve I won my cat­e­gory when there were such epic shots in the com­pe­ti­tion. I’m still buzzing like crazy; it all seems a lit­tle un­real.”

Ta­ble Moun­tain also fea­tured in Traut­man’s pho­to­graph, which was named run­ner-up in the “Mo­bile” cat­e­gory, which was added this year. Wiswedel, 38, is renowned for his rock climb­ing im­agery. He was also named Stocksy Sport Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2016.

“Red Bull has had such a huge global im­pact in bring­ing ex­treme sports into the mainstream and now it is pos­si­ble to have a pro­fes­sional ca­reer pho­tograph­ing what were once fringe sports.”

His win­ning im­age de­picts close friend and rock climber Smith, cap­tured mid-fall while at­tempt­ing a new climb­ing route at Jeop­ardy Wall on Ta­ble Moun­tain, known as the Squid and Whale.

“That mo­ment of the climb is the crux of the en­tire route and there was al­ways a chance that Jimbo would fall,” he ex­plained. “The im­age of him be­ing weight­less in mid-air high above ground with only a thin rope to catch his fall was the shot that we felt cap­tured the in­ten­sity of the climb.”

Another SA pho­tog­ra­pher, Wayne Re­iche, made it to the top 275 for his im­age of BMXer Mur­ray Loub­ser sub­mit­ted in the “Play­ground” cat­e­gory.

Climber Jamie Smith falls as he at­tempts a climb on Ta­ble Moun­tain. The pho­to­graph, by Capeto­nian Micky Wiswedel, won the ‘Wings’ cat­e­gory of the Red Bull Il­lume pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion.

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