Think you and your drone have got what it takes to win prizes on the biggest stage? Want to be recognized by established platforms including Dronestagram, DJI, National Geographic and Skypixel? Two drone photography contests have just been launched…
Dronestagram’s International Drone Photography Contest
The first contest is the fourth in a row held by drone social media platform – Dronestagram. The 2017 International Drone Photography Contest is once again being supported by National Geographic. And there are plenty of prizes on offer for the winners.
Drone photographers are being asked to submit their best work across three different categories, Nature, People and Urban.
The entries will be judged by:
- Patrick Witty, Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic,
- Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, Chief Editor of National Geographic France,
- Emanuela Ascoli, Photo Editor of National Geographic France and
- Dronestagram’s co-founders Eric Dupin & Guillaume Jarret.
The judges will be looking for originality, creativity, photographic merit and relevance to the category. There are no limits to how many photos you can enter across the three judged categories. Submissions are open now until June 30th at 13:00 GMT.
The judges will be announcing the winners on July 3rd. So what prizes could you be in with a chance of winning?
The prizes include 3 DJI Spark drones, courtesy of sponsor Studiosport; 3 Kodak Pixpro SP360-4K cameras, virtual reality headsets, photo prints and Droneguard BP backpacks.
Want to enter? There are three simple steps to follow:
- Sign up if you’re not a Dronestagram’s member yet or login to your account
- Submit your best shots under the following three categories: nature, people, urban
- It’s done! Now you’re in the game to win some amazing prizes!
DJI And SkyPixel’s Aerial Video Contest
SkyPixel And DJI Launch The 2017 Aerial Video Contest
SkyPixel and DJI have launched a slightly different type of contest. Instead of focusing on single images, the two are looking for video entries showcasing drone photography and exploring the creativity of pilots from all around the world.
The contest kicked off last Friday and is running until the deadline for submissions on August 2nd at 4:00 CST. The winners will be revealed on August 31st.
So what exactly are DJI and SkyPixel looking for? The Video Contest is for drone users to “submit their vision of the world in video format” across any of three categories: Nature, City and Sport. That does sound pretty vague, but that’s the whole point: there’s plenty of room for creativity.
“Since its inception in 2014, SkyPixel has become the largest community for aerial enthusiasts and photographers from around the world. We now have over four million users worldwide using this platform as a way to share their perspective of the world and inspire others with this fantastic new art form,” said Danny Zheng, DJI Vice President of Marketing.“This art form is very much about storytelling and allows people to see or experience something different or otherwise out of reach. With this video contest, we hope it will expand creative possibilities even further and allow people to explore the world like never before.”
These are the categories open for entries, along with the short description SkyPixel has offered for each one:
- Nature: Tell us a story with landscape shots, revealing the deep secrets of Mother Nature from above.
- City: Capture the character of your city’s transformation or show us places we know and love, but from a brand new perspective.
- Sport: Capture the energy and excitement behind a sport or an athlete pursuing their dreams.
Apart from those vague suggestions, the only rules are that videos should be no longer than five minutes, featuring at least 30 seconds of aerial footage. Any drone can be used.
As this is a more high-profile and challenging contest than the Dronestagram competition, the prizes have been stepped up, too.
The winner of the grand prize will receive the following items with a total value of $15,391 USD:
- A DJI Inspire 2 Premium Combo
- A Nikon D750 Body + 24-70 mm VR 2.8 Lens
- A Suunto Spartan Ultra Copper Special Edition (HR) Watch
- A LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 3 Hard Drive
- Oakley Latch Prizm Sunglasses
- A Tourism Australia Travel Package
The Grand Prize in the SkyPixel / DJI contest
The SkyPixel panel will also be revealing the winners of the ‘People’s Choice Prize’ – the top ten most liked videos. These will each win:
- A DJI Osmo Mobile
- A LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C Hard Drive
- A Suunto Traverse Alpha Black Watch
- Oakley Latch Prizm Sunglasses
With all of these photography prizes up for grabs along with the promise of industry recognition, there’s no reason not to enter your best drone footage and see if you’ve got what it takes.
For more information on how to enter, visit the dedicated SkyPixel page.