THE REDLINE CHALLENGE

TAKE ON THE REDLINE CHALLENGE

The Redline Challenge is for ambitious amateur photographers who want to challenge their creativity and test their technical know-how.
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TAKE ON THE REDLINE CHALLENGE

Entries have now closed

This years Red Line Challenge has now closed for entries. Thank you to the thousands of photographers who sent us their best light in the dark images. See the shots that caught our judges eyes in the shortlist below, and check back soon to see the winning image.

THE SHORTLIST

Light in the dark – see the shortlist

From the thousands of entries, see the shots that caught our judges eyes.
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MEET OUR JUDGE

Find inspiration in the work of 13-time Red Bull Illume Finalist, Lorenz Holder

Known for his fresh and dramatic style - as much fine art as photography - and his exceptional ability to capture the unexpected, even in the most challenging of settings, internationally-renowned photographer Lorenz is brilliantly placed to act as judge and mentor for the Redline Challenge.

THE BRIEF

Master light in the dark

Lorenz Holder invites you to explore the exciting possibilities of shooting in low-light, capturing the ever-intriguing relationship between light and shadow, colour and contrast.

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THE PRIZE

Here’s what you could win

Win the Redline Challenge and you’ll receive everything you need to keep on pushing your craft. You’ll walk away with the latest Canon kit – worth over £14,000.  What’s more, you’ll get the opportunity to develop your skills and push your creativity even further with an incredible money-can’t-buy experience: a personal photography assignment, set and mentored by Canon Ambassador and internationally renowned photographer, Lorenz Holder.

TIPS & TRICKS

Push your creativity and craft with exclusive pro insights

Hear from our inspiring line-up of Canon Ambassadors as they guide you through their approach to shooting in low-light, and offer up tips and tricks to help you master the Light in the dark brief.
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  • TIPS & TRICKS

    Magical Portraiture in Low Light

    Canon Ambassador Tasneem Al Sultan explores her local city streets, and gives you some final tips and tricks to make the most of light in the dark portraiture using easy to find day to day objects.

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    Colour in the dark

    Join Canon Ambassador Lorenz Holder as he explains how to play with colour while shooting in the dark to create unexpected and dramatic results.

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    Life in low light

    Canon Ambassador Aline Deschamps shares her tips for using light in the dark to create meaningful documentary images, and reveals how working in low light can often help build your relationship with the subject.

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    The particle shot

    Canon Ambassador Lorenz Holder talks you through how to use rain, fog, snow and other elements to add texture to your shots.

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    Lighting tricks for night landscapes

    Join Canon Ambassador Valterri Hirvonen as he treks his native Finland at night, creating magical landscape images with simple lighting tricks.

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    Slow shutter magic

    Canon Ambassador Lorenz Holder talks you through why the only limit in low light is your imagination.

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    Dramatic portraiture in low light

    Canon Ambassador Eliska Sky runs through how her light in the dark challenge stays bold and colourful with simple everyday lighting tips mixed with her signature bold, high fashion portraiture.

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    Learn about light

    Canon Ambassador Lorenz Holder talks you through why the only limit in low light is your imagination.

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    ARTICLE

    Redline Challenge: meet the judges

    Meet the panel of experts who will be picking the best 'Light in the Dark' shot and find out what they look for in a prizewinning image.

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    Redline Challenge: Preparing your images for submission

    Lorenz Holder shares his advice on how to select your strongest images and take them from good to prize-winning.

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    Pros reveal how to use darkness to your advantage

    Four Canon Ambassadors explain how shooting in low light is the perfect opportunity to push your creative boundaries.

  • A snowboarder performs a jump on a snowy outcrop, with a golden sunset in the background.

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    Pro tips for perfect exposures with flash in low light

    Redline Challenge mentor Lorenz Holder reveals his three favourite techniques when shooting sunset and night-time photography with flash.

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    Redline Challenge: tackling 'Light in the Dark'

    Action photographer Lorenz Holder unpacks the first Redline Challenge and shares tips and advice for approaching the brief.

  • A snowboarder high in the air in foggy conditions, eerily lit from behind the crest of a hill.

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    Adrenaline-fuelled landscapes

    Discover how Canon Ambassador and Redline Challenge mentor Lorenz Holder fuses landscapes and action in a striking and original way.

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    The dark side: low-light photography

    Valtteri Hirvonen forged his technique during Finland’s gloomy winters. Here he reveals his tips for shooting in low light.

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    When action sports meets architecture photography

    Canon Ambassador Lorenz Holder shares how he used a fast-aperture telephoto zoom lens to capture a skateboarder in action under a viaduct.

  • PROFILE

    Lorenz Holder

    Multi Red Bull Illume award-winning photographer, Lorenz, based in Freising, Germany, specialises in images of action sports combined with landscape and architectural photography.

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    THE COMMUNITY

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    Get involved in chats and discussions happening right now on our social channels, hear thoughts from the community on the Redline Challenge, or find further tips and tricks to help push your photography further on our YouTube channel.

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