SkyPixel announces world’s premier drone photography competition


Image titleThe 2015 SkyPixel Photo Contest invites entrants to submit their best drone and drone-related photos to win valuable prizes, including a Grand Prize worth nearly USD $10,000

Shenzhen, October 26, 2015 – SkyPixel, the world’s most popular aerial photography community run in cooperation with DJI, announces the world’s premier drone photography competition. The 2015 SkyPixel Photo Contest accepts entries starting Monday, October 26, 2015 at 00:00 Hong Kong time (GMT+8). The contest invites both budding and professional aerial photographers to enter a selection of their best work. The competition is split into two groups, Professional and Enthusiast, each with their own awards for the following categories: Beauty, Unique Dronies, and Drones in Use, aimed at showcasing drones in the air, in addition to an overall Grand Prize. To celebrate the rise and popularity of aerial photography, the Popular Award is given to the contest’s ten most popular photos, based on number of likes received on SkyPixel. Winners will be announced on January 7, 2016.

SkyPixel users can submit their entries at the competition page:

There are several prizes from DJI on offer, including the Grand Prize worth nearly USD $10,000, which includes a DJI Inspire 1 RAW, DJI’s new handheld camera system, the DJI Osmo, and sponsor prizes including a ZEISS VR ONEheadsetand a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. For each of the three categories, DJI is giving away 3 units of the DJI Inspire 1 with Single Remote and 6 units of the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.

The competition is held to celebrate the upcoming one-year anniversary of SkyPixel, which launched in November 2014. SkyPixel has seen rapid growth since its inception and has proved particularly popular within the professional aerial community – in the last few months, SkyPixel has grown by more than 10% on a month-by-month basis, and sees thousands of aerial photos uploaded every day.

The contest invites the community to showcase the best of aerial imaging, which has grown in popularity over the last year with the increasing availability of commercial drones. The unique perspective provided by drone photography, now accessible to everyone, has offered a whole new way of looking at the world. The word ‘dronie’ – a selfie taken using a drone in flight – has also entered our common lexicon, which SkyPixel has recognised with its own category, inviting users to come up with the most unique ‘dronies’.

To maintain the quality of images submitted, SkyPixel requests that those entering the Enthusiast contest submit photo 2mb in size or more, and that those entering the Professional contest submit images 5mb in size, or above. Submissions should be at least 300 dpi.

Judging the competition is a jury comprised of esteemed photographers and drone users including Sudhir Shivaram, Manish Mamtani, Greg Girard, Matt Waite and Wang Jianjun.

Ken Geiger
Ken Geiger is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and also National Geographic Magazine's Deputy Director of Photography.

Jahangir Razmi
Jahangir Razmi is an award-winning Iranian photographer and winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. His photograph was taken on August 27, 1979 and published anonymously in Iran's oldest daily newspaper. The photograph was the only anonymous winner of a Pulitzer Prize in the 90-year history of the contest. The identity of Razmi as the photographer was not revealed until 2006.

Sudhir Shivaram
Sudhir Shivaram is a renowned wild-life photographer and one of the 5 most influential people within Asia’s photography industry (Asian Photography 2015 Awards).

Manish Mamtani
Manish Mamtani is an award winning photographer whose work has been published in popular magazines including National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Better Photography Magazine and Digital Photo.

Matt Waite

Matt Waite is a professor at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Nebraska, and also runs the Drone Journalism Lab.

WANG Jianjun

Wang Jianjun is a famous Chinese contemporary landscape photographer and winner of the China Golden Photography Award. He is the author of multiple photography books and has hosted personal exhibitions across the world.

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PR Specialist:  Chinmoy Lad


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