The most incredible drone photography of the year

The winners of the SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest have just been announced. As you can probably guess from the name, the SkyPixel competition, supported by DJI, is for aerial photography and videography taken with a drone. Let’s look at some winners.

About the contest

Now in its seventh year, the SkyPixel competition is one of the largest competitions in drone photography and videography. This year there were almost 30,000 submissions from all over the world.

The competition includes six categories of videos (Nature, City, Travel, FPV, Sport and Showreel) and four categories of photos (Nature, Architecture, Portrait and Sport).

The prices were, to be honest, absolutely stellar:

And these are not even the first prizes. The grand prize winners (one each for videography and photography) each received $7,500 worth of DJI products of their choice, while the Mavic 3 Limited Award winner (for best video and photo taken with a Mavic 3) received $6,000 from DJI. equipment.

Considering the contest was completely free, it’s no wonder there were nearly 30,000 entries!

Note: We can’t embed the winning videos, but you can view them all here. We’ve also linked to a few of our favorites below.

Grand Prize Winners

Grand Prize Winner, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Zhu Jianxin

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Zhu Jianxin won the Photography Grand Prize for his stunning abstract shot of a frozen lake after heavy snowfall.

Wenrui Ye won the Videography Grand Prize for his documentary on the urban villages of Guangzhou, China. It lasts 4:20, but it is worth watching every second.

The Mavic 3 Limited price

The China Animation Museum shrouded in mist.
Mavic 3 Limited Award Winner, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. 张力视觉

张力视觉 won the Mavic 3 Limited Award in Photography for this stunning shot of the China Animation Museum shrouded in mist.

Wei Hai Su won the Mavic 3 Limited Award in Videography for his Tibet travel film. (It’s basically a love letter to drone travel!)

Nature Photography Award

A nature photo above that looks like
1st place, Nature, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Никита Духник

First place in the Nature category went to Никита Духник for their photo entitled “Scream”. Seems like a fitting title for a stunning shot.

A moody landscape shot with mountains, rivers, streams and very cloudy skies.
2nd place, Nature, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Mark 的视界

Second place went to SkyPixel user Mark 的视界 for his photo taken in Xizang, China.

Sunset in the American West.
3rd place, Nature, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. Lou

And third place went to SkyPixel user Lou for a photo that looks like it was taken in the American West, despite claiming it’s Mars.

Architectural Photography Award

A hill covered with buildings with the same brown roofs.
1st place, Architecture, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Competition. Sara Zani

The first place in architecture went to the Italian photographer Sara Zanini for their shot entitled “Perfect Chaos”.

An abstract shot of a footbridge over a snow covered field.
2nd place, Architecture, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Competition. 不想取这破名儿

Second place goes to SkyPixel user 不想取这破名儿 for their abstract photo taken in Hubei, China.

An abstract shot of a pier in the water with yellow trees.
3rd place, Architecture, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Competition. GoEricGo

And third place went to SkyPixel user GoEricGo for his photo, also taken in Hubei, China.

Portrait Photography Awards

A farmer collecting Bang grass in Vietnam.
1st place, Portraits, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Competition. Binhd7

First place in the Portrait category went to SkyPixel user Binhd7 for his photo of a farmer collecting Bang weed in Vietnam.

Portrait of a family appearing to sunbathe in the middle of a toxic lake.
2nd place, Portraits, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Competition. 张扬的小强

Second place went to SkyPixel user 张扬的小强 for their wild portrait of a family appearing to be sunbathing in the middle of a toxic lake.

Portrait of a farmer in Guizhou, China.
3rd place, Portraits, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Competition. 空山鸟语

Third place went to SkyPixel user 空山鸟语 for his portrait of a farmer in Guizhou, China.

Sports Photography Awards

First place in the Sports category went to Ekaterina Polischuk for her beautiful shot of two people playing basketball on a colorful court (top).

A man in a pink bathing suit swims in an almost frozen body of water.
2nd Place, Sports, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. 行者

Second place went to SkyPixel user 行者 for her photo of someone swimming very cold.

Two rowing boats racing towards a bridge.
3rd Place, Sports, SkyPixel 7th Anniversary Contest. AndyAndy

And third place went to SkyPixel user AndyAndy for his stunning shot of two rowboats racing towards a bridge.

How to Enter Next Year’s Contest

There are no details yet on how to enter next year’s SkyPixel competition. We suggest you join the SkyPixel community to be kept up to date. Registration is expected to open in December 2022.

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