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
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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
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
First place in the Nature category went to Никита Духник for their photo entitled “Scream”. Seems like a fitting title for a stunning shot.
Second place went to SkyPixel user Mark 的视界 for his photo taken in Xizang, China.
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
The first place in architecture went to the Italian photographer Sara Zanini for their shot entitled “Perfect Chaos”.
Second place goes to SkyPixel user 不想取这破名儿 for their abstract photo taken in Hubei, China.
And third place went to SkyPixel user GoEricGo for his photo, also taken in Hubei, China.
Portrait Photography Awards
First place in the Portrait category went to SkyPixel user Binhd7 for his photo of a farmer collecting Bang weed in Vietnam.
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.
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).
Second place went to SkyPixel user 行者 for her photo of someone swimming very cold.
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.