Realise a career in film-making or photography

Kickstart your future in this three-month mentorship with access to professional content creators and the latest Canon equipment. In this program you will tackle creative briefs, build your first body of work and discover how to get started in the creative industries with one-on-one + group learning, and support of other Red Straps recruits. 

What is Red Straps?

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  • What is Red Straps?

    The Red Straps program is a three-month youth mentoring initiative to help young hobbyist photographers and filmmakers realize a future career, and take the first steps along their own creative journey. Created to inspire, collaborate and creatively challenge selected recruits, the Red Straps program includes online classes with young professionals, regular creative briefs to help you develop your first body of work, and one-on-one workshops with your nearest Canon Collective Ambassador. Each recruit will receive Canon equipment for the duration of the program, and will be invited to an end-of-program event, courtesy of Canon.
  • Why is Canon doing this?

    We know that what our products can achieve isn’t defined by us. It’s defined by the people that use them, and the next waves of creative talent are creating every single day. We want to help enable those most passionate to make imaging their career, and connect them with young professionals making national and international impact with their content. We are about supporting the future of the industry, and helping to build a community of creators made stronger by connection.
  • When is the cut off for applications?

    Submissions must be entirely completed and entered by middnight August 25. Contact will be made to successful applicants via email before Program two begins on September 9. If you’re unsuccessful or unavailable during this program but would love to be apart of Red Straps, stay tuned for tips, content and experiences to keep your photography or filmmaking journey inspired.

  • What is the criteria for selection?

    Recruits will be considered on their uploaded images or video clip. Those successful will showcase a genuine passion for capturing moments, whether stills or motion, professional camera or smartphone. They will have an interest in a future career in the creative industries, and an enthusiasm to improve their photography or filmmaking, eager to learn from young professionals.

  • How many times can I submit?

    Only one application per entrant. 

  • How will I be mentored?

    Mentoring will be provided via video conferencing in a private Red Straps online group. Each recruit will also be able to have one-one-one video consultation with a mentor each month. Each recruit will have a face-to-face workshop with their nearest Canon Collective Ambassador each month. 

  • What if I’m already a professional photographer?

    If you’re already a professional photographer, generating an income from your craft, then this is not the right program for you. This program is for young hobbyist, likely under the age of 21, with a passion for photography or filmmaking but unsure about the next steps to make it a career.
  • How do I apply?

    Upload three images or a short 1-2 min clip which you have captured and created and complete the entire entry form include your contact details and social media handles.

    Send us an email for any enquiries.
  • Can others follow our progress during the program?

    Progress will only be shared within the Red Straps group, but we welcome recruits to share their assignments, progress and challenges with their own networks.

  • What age do I need to be to apply?

    You will need to be over the age of 16 to apply.
  • Do I have to own a Canon camera?

    No, we will provide you with a Canon kit, including the a new R Series Mirrorless Camera, RF lenses, selected EF lenses, and adaptors for the duration of the program.

  • Is Red Straps a competition?

    No. The only competition you’ll have in Red Straps is with yourself. Red Straps isn’t about how good your image is compared to someone else’s. It’s about experimenting, stretching your imagination and challenging yourself, collaborating with other young creators and building your first Body of Work.
  • I’m not based in Australia, can I still enter?

    Unfortunately, this program is for Australian residents only.