Lorenz Holder wins the Red Bull Illume photo competition – with the shot we featured on the WL 107 cover!

Massive congratulations to Whitelines contributor Lorenz Holder, who has just won the Red Bull Illume photograph competition with his incredible satellite dish shot of Xaver Hoffman. Lorenz bagged a bang tidy $30,000 worth of new camera swag for his efforts and incidentally also won The Open photography comp with the very same shot earlier this year:

Without wanting to stroke our own egos too aggressively, we’re proud to say that Whitelines was the only snowboard mag in the world to use Lorenz’s winning shot as a cover (issue 107).

Let’s face it though, what were the others thinking by not using it? Sure, it doesn’t immediately scream snowboarding (and the untrained eye might miss Xaver entirely), but it really is an incredible shot considering the technicality of lighting such a gargantuan structure, at night, in heavy snow.

Of course, there were many other breathtaking shots that made the finals, as well as a good few snowboard shots. We’ve included the ten that made the finals, as well as all of the snowboard shots that made the top 250 in the gallery below:

You can get yourself a signed print or canvas of Lorenz’s award-winning image over at


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