Think you can’t take great low light images using a smartphone? Well, it’s time to think again because the winning images from Apple’s Night mode photo challenge show that you can capture amazing photos whatever the light level.
The innovative Night mode is available on Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max smartphones and submissions for the challenge were sent in from countries around the world, including China, India, Russia and Spain. A panel of judges, including Malin Fezehai, Tyler Mitchell, Sarah Lee and Alexvi Li selected six winning photos. The winning images are set to feature in a gallery on Apple’s website and Instagram feed.
Konstantin Chalabov’s winning image was captured in Moscow, Russia using the iPhone 11 Pro and judge Phil Schiller commented: “Konstantin’s photo is a super-dramatic image shot with Night mode. It could be the opening shot of a great Cold War spy movie.”
Also from Moscow in Russia, Andrei Manuilov’s winning photo was shot on a iPhone 11 Pro Max and drew this praise from UK-based judge Sarah Lee; “I love this and feel it could only have been shot on Night mode. It is beautifully composed, uses symmetry very well, and without cliché to communicate a fascinating story about densely populated urban spaces and the way many people live.”
Mitsun Soni captured this ultra-colourful scene in Mumbai, India using an iPhone 11 Pro. Judge Tyler Mitchell commented; “This one blows my mind. I have no idea where that deep rich red light is coming from on the tree. It almost feels like a UFO sitting above the tree, just out of frame. Absolutely beautiful composition as well.”
Rubén P. Bescós from Pamplona, Spain drew praise from judge Phil Schiller for his low light scene, captured using an iPhone 11 Pro Max with the judge commenting; “Photography is the art of light, and Ruben’s photo magically uses light to bring this art installation in Spain to life. The colour in this Night mode image is a captivating orange, beautifully framing the band of pilgrims in sharp silhouette. The crackly details on the foreground rocks add to the story of the long and difficult journey ahead for these pilgrims before they reach their holy site.”
The now-classic viewpoint of Hamnoy in Norway’s Lofoten Islands was captured by Russian photographer Rustam Shagimordanov using his iPhone 11. Judge Malin Fezehai commented; “I love how the lights in the red cabins give a sense of warmth in the cold. The layers in the image create depth and give me a sense of cold and warmth at the same time. It’s a beautifully captured landscape image of a winter evening.”
The final winning image in the Night Mode Challenge came from Beijing-based Yu “Eric” Zhang, who shot this street scene using a iPhone 11 Pro Max. Judge Jon McCormack commented; “This image represents iPhone at its best. Capturing life as it happens, no matter what the light is! The sense of moment, intimacy and place in this image is very good. It really transports the viewer to being right there.”