DJI know a thing or two about drones, after all, they are the market leader thanks to products like the Mavic 2 Pro, Inspire and Spark models. DJI also help run the annual Skypixel Aerial Storytelling Contest- possibly the most prestigious aerial photography awards in the industry and now the latest winners have been announced.
The competition was founded in 2014 and this year’s contest saw over 30,000 submissions from creative shooters from 141 different countries. The grand prize winner in the Photo Category was named as Deryk Baumgartner, who used his DJI Mavic Pro drone to capture the Mont Saint Michel monastery in Britanny, France rising out of fog and framed by the ribbons of water. Deryk commented on the image; “I was sitting on a rock fighting with stubborn wind and thick rain for the whole morning. The sun came up when I was just about to stand up and go home. This photo tells a simple story of you and me. Stick to it for a little longer in life when you are just about to fold, the silver lining would often unveil itself.”
Winners were selected from a judging panel that included a mix of of award-winning directors, photographers and influencers, including documentary photographer Toby strong and prestigious DP, Ben Nott. Another winning image was taken by Vitaly Golovatyuk, who took first place in the Architecture category for a mind-bending image entitled ‘Not A Small HK Island’.
Second place in the Architecture category went to Witold Ziomek for an this fantastic image captured during sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar.
Taking first place in the Sport category was an image taken by Trung Pham entitled; ‘Running through the sand dunes’. Trung commented on the striking black and white frame, which was shot using a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone; ‘The kids were doing exercise by running through the sand dunes near their homes in Phan Rang, Vietnam.’
Austrian photographer Christoph Oberschneider was awarded second place in the Sport category for an amazing aerial frame entitled; ‘Shadow Skier’, which he captured using the DJI Mavic Pro 2.
Second place in the Fun category went to Vietnam-based photographer Tuấn Nguyễn, for an image entitled ‘Burden salt harvest’ that was captured on a DJI Phantom Pro 4. Tuấn commented; ‘The workers are carrying salt to the warehouse. They start work from 3 am to 7 am and remake from 1 pm to 6 pm every day. Hon Khoi salt field is the largest salt field in Vietnam.’
This amazing wedding portrait, entitled ‘Two’, was captured with a DJI Mavic Pro by a Latvian photographer named Mārcis Baltskars and was mentioned in the Nominated Winner’s category.
Another Nominated winner was French photographer Mathis Dumas, who captured these skiers on the Mont Blanc mountain during sunset using a DJI Mavic drone.
A number of images were selected as ‘People’s Choice’ winners, including this timeless view of a football field in Henningsvaer, Lofoten.