February 1, 2023


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8th Annual SkyPixel Aerial Photo & Video Contest Opens Today!

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DJI and SkyPixel Open Submissions for 8th Annual Aerial Photo and Video Contest

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Today, DJI and SkyPixel announced that the 8th Annual SkyPixel Photo & Video Contest will have a focus on storytelling, as well as its largest prize pool yet, with a total prize value of roughly $143,00.

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Accepting submissions from November 9, 2022, to January 30, 2023, this year’s SkyPixel contest seeks for photo and video creators to inspire the aerial photography community through the exploration of “The Story Behind” their aerial and handheld works. With the growth of the creative imaging community, DJI and SkyPixel hope that the wealth of stunning aerial stories produced via drone technology will inspire more people to capture creative works of their own.

With a central theme of “The Story Behind,” this year’s contest will have an emphasis on storytelling, seeing participants convey a message and meaning through their submission. There are a total of ten categories, with Nature, City, Travel, Sports, Story and Vertical categories in the video contest, and Nature, Architecture, Portrait and Sports categories in the photo contest. There are no restrictions on the type or brand of drones used, and participants are free to submit as many photos or videos as they wish. Video submissions are required to be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes long.

The contest’s Judging Panel will consist of a wide range of industry professionals, including Claudio Miranda (Academy Award-winning cinematographer), Anne Farrar (Assistant Managing Editor of Photography for National Geographic Magazine), Phil Pastuhov (Director of Cinematography for films such as The Lord of the Rings), Hasselblad Master Benjamin Everett, Air Pixels founder Tobias Hägg, photographer George Steinmetz, Director of Photography Toby Strong, cinematographer Yu Jingping, and photographer Wang Ning.

For this year’s contest, SkyPixel and DJI will give away over 42 awards with a combined value of nearly $143,000. One Best Work winner in both the video and photo contest will receive the Hasselblad 907X Anniversary Edition Kit, alongside a trophy and award certificate. Winners in other categories will receive prizes such as the DJI Mavic 3, Osmo Action 3, and $13,700 in DJI Credit. The Award Announcement will take place on March 3, 2023.

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.



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