Drone photography contests get a lot of attention these days. DJI estimates that its SkyPixel platform has over 6 million members, so no wonder things are getting competitive. A competition launched today by DJI and Skypixel has prizes worth a combined $90,000.
The 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest
This final contest of the year from SkyPixel introduces a “Story” category, which calls for more than just stunning images. Pilots are challenged to enter compelling stories that follow a theme or narrative.
The other two categories are:
- Landscape: Whether it is a stunning photo of a quiet, untouched landscape, or the backdrop of a vibrant skyline, capture a captivating second of the world in motion.
- Portrait: Encapsulate a person’s expression, action or life’s passion in the vast beauty of their surroundings to lend context to your photo captured from above
The contest runs from today to December 29, and submissions from professionals and enthusiasts are welcome.
The world’s largest aerial photography community
“In just three years, the SkyPixel community has grown to more than 6 million registered users from around the world, with over 3.7 million photos and videos uploaded onto the site,” said Danny Zheng, DJI’s Vice President of Marketing. “This makes SkyPixel the world’s largest aerial photography community, demonstrating how drone technology continues to unleash creativity and introduce fresh perspectives worldwide.”
He added, “Through this contest, we aim to expand storytelling possibilities by encouraging our growing community of aerial photographer enthusiasts and professionals to share not just the vivid pictures they take, but the memorable stories they want to tell.”
This year’s Grand Prize winner will receive a reward worth $15,095, including a DJI Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X7 DL-S 16mm F2.8 ND ASPH, an iPhone X 256G, a Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body, a Lowepro Pro Runner RL x450 AW II, a Manfrotto MKBFRC4-BH Befree Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head, and more.
Professional and Enthusiast groups will have a First, Second and Third Prize in each category, with rewards up to $7,000. SkyPixel will also give out a Popular Prize reward to the top 10 most liked entries and an additional nine will stand to win Nominated Entries rewards.
The judging panel includes a select jury of award-winning photographers, including Chris McLennan, Pat Kay and Wang Jianjun.
How to get involved
Participants can submit photos taken with any aerial equipment. Data from previous contests has indicated that DJI’s Mavic Pro and Phantom series are the most popular aerial platforms. The same set of data also showed that approximately half of SkyPixel’s registered users may not share content on the website but joined the community to enjoy aerial photos and videos shared by other members.
To enter the contest, visit: https://www.skypixel.com/events/photocontest2017