Surely the past 10 months stuck in your own city with not a ton to do besides fly drones and edit footage has left you with award-winning content. Right? If that’s you, then it’s time to enter DJI’s SkyPixel 6th anniversary photo and video contest.
Entries are open between now and Feb. 18, 2021, and winners will be announced on March 18, 2021. And unlike many other photo/video contests, this one is free to enter.
New to this year’s SkyPixel contest is the addition of five categories: Vlog, FPV, Showreel, Hometown and Environment. That Hometown is an especial standout; while travel is usually a popular use case for drones, the new ‘hometown’ category proves that you don’t need to venture far to get a great aerial shot. Often, it’s the mundane parking lot or funky tree in the park that makes the best aerial photo anyway — not the beautiful-but-kind-of-generic-beach scene, or the same aerial shot of the Golden Gate Bridge that we’ve seen a million times before. Though, there is of course still a travel category too (there are no shooting date requirements, so you could submit a travel photo from a trip taken years ago).
How do I enter the SkyPixel 6th Anniversary Aerial Photo & Video Contest?
You don’t need to fly a DJI drone in order to enter, as there’s no restriction on the type or brand of shooting equipment. Yes, that means you could use a competitor drone, like the Skydio 2, to try to win.
The six video categories are:
- Vlog: Create a video of yourself that captures special moments in your daily life
- FPV: Capture an immersive experience and feeling of freedom that brings people closer to the action and excitement
- Sport: Capture moments in movement, and the power and energy of humans engaged in sports
- Travel: Share a story about humanity, culture, or an unforgettable adventure (people must be included in the video)
- Hometown: Create a video to share a story and what’s special about your hometown
- Showreel: Shoot a short video showcasing all the memorable moments of your 2020
Videos must not exceed five minutes in length, and at least 30 seconds of the video must consist of aerial footage, except for the Vlog category (Vlog category entries do not need to contain aerial shots at all, perhaps encouraging people to use DJI’s vlogging gear such as the Osmo line, including the new Pocket 2.
The five photo categories are:
- Portrait: Capture a person’s expression, action or life’s passion in the vast beauty of their surroundings
- Nature: Capture a moment in time to reveal the true beauty of nature
- Architecture: Discover amazing structures from a new perspective
- Sport: Capture the energy and excitement of an athlete pursuing their dreams
- Environment: Highlight an environmental issue you care about
All photos must be shot on a drone, and each image must be at least 3 MB with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
What are the prizes in the Skypixel contest?
There’s money on the table, with more than 55 awards up for grabs. Prizes are valued at approximately $83,000, consisting of a mix of both physical stuff, and cash money. The grand prize winners in the photo and video category will each receive a cash prize of $7,500, while prizes in other award categories include the Mavic 2, Mavic Air 2, RS 2 and Pocket 2.
And even if you don’t win, there is a consolation prize of sorts for all entrants. Existing SkyPixel users will receive points for every entry they submit. First time SkyPixel contest participants will receive a 20% off discount code applicable for DJI accessories on the DJI online store after successfully submitting their first entry.
What is SkyPixel?
SkyPixel is the social network of sorts affiliated with drone maker DJI, intended as a space for drone pilots to upload, organize and share their work. Created in 2014, the SkyPixel online community now claims 22 million members across 140 countries. With five SkyPixel contests so far on the books, the Skypixel competition has so far received 180,000 submissions over the years.